The Stuff That Drives Me Nuts…

I’ve been poking around the Libertarian Party of Florida’s message boards lately to see what’s up with my state’s LP affiliate.

Here are just 2 examples of things that drive me nuts about Libertarians sometimes, and if you think I’m being overly sensitive then that’s fine. I probably am.

1. A guy comes onto the board and announces that he’s switching affiliation from Republican to Libertarian. One line in his post reads: “How big is the movement in Florida?” My question… is this a political party or a religion? Is the LP raising a revolutionary army or trying to impact public policy through electoral politics?

One of the first comments made in response is: “Nick, the world of thinking for yourself feels good, doesn’t it…” I guess this suggests that anyone who isn’t a Libertarian is a blind dummy until they discover the party? That arrogance is a major turn-off for me.

2. A discussion about Michael Badnarik running again in 2008 turns up this comment: “Michael Badnarik deserved a much bigger audience for his message and I think our mistake was having a candidate of his caliber running in a race he most likely was not going to win. Instead, I think he would have done more for the Party, his constituents and the country if he had run for Representative or Senator for his respective area. After having served for a couple of terms, he then could consider running for President.”

This comment represents a total disconnect with reality. Badnarik ran for state house in 2002 and got 2% of the vote. However, this person believes he should just go get himself a seat in the United States Senate and then come back after a few terms to run for President? That’s so far beyond wishful thinking that it’s impossible to discuss strategy with a person like that.

Sorry, just had to share my 2 cents of frustration somewhere. :)

3 Responses to “The Stuff That Drives Me Nuts…”

  1. Alex Peak Says:

    No problem. No party is perfect, and that applies to the LP, too. Every (major and semi-major) party has people in it that say stupid things from time to time. I’m sure I say plenty of stupid things. :)

  2. Otto Kerner Says:

    I don’t really see the problem with the first one. It seems pretty normal for political groups to see themselves as part of, or even leaders of a movement. Do a google search on “Dean movement” and you will get some hits from respectable sources. It’s also not at all unusual for people involved in politics to think that their side is just plain right and the other side is wrong.

    As for the second point, you’re right on the money. It was a dumb thing to say (although, it’s possible that the speaker was talking about a State Representative or State Senate seat; however, it’s still out of touch for them to think that they can realistically get one of those). I remember about 6 years ago when I was getting LP News. There was a segment where they asked various people to predict the party’s future in 100 words or less (or something as silly as that). Steve Dasbach, who was then the party’s uncontested later, made a statement saying, “I really believe that 2002 or 2004 will be the year we finally break through and elect someone to a high-level office, like governor or U.S. Senator.” I remember thinking, “I hope this guy knows something I don’t, because, from what I can tell, that’s completely impossible.” But it turned out he was just babbling. And now the party is bankrupt.

  3. Vincent Darrah Says:

    I hear these comments all the time from people about the Constitution Party. I look at it this way. Any candidate of any party has the chance to win if everyone who refuses to vote third party because “they dont stand a chance” would vote for what they truly believe. I dont believe in the LP, but those that do, should vote their conscience if thats what they truly believe in instead of holding their nose and voting for the lesser of two evils. Evil is evil period

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