Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 2, Part 5)

The Following Report was submitted by Joe Magyer from this weekend’s Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Joe is covering the event for Third Party Watch and we’ll be posting his dispatches as they’re received.

DAY 2 / Part Five ————————————————————

There was a motion to consolidate planks on the ballot. Long story short, sorry. Very busy. There has been a lot of discussion on this.

Good lord almighty. In the time since I last typed, there has been discussion on gay marriage and immigration.

Honestly, I don’t know the first thing about what happened. I’ve been under the gun to finish counting the Platform Ballots and that was priority number one. Thankfully I’ve got that arduous task behind me. As stressful as this has been, Bob did set up a very clean system that has made things pretty straightforward.

As of right now, there are over 10 people in line to speak about immigration. There are currently a bunch of old white guys talking about how we should change our platform on immigration to support cracking down on the borders. Heck of a note of national sentiment when such a position is expressed at the LP convention.

There was an update on the immigration platform regarding the removal of quotas.

Sorry I can’t be more expressive, but I’m still busy and I’m not facing the screens where the text for the motions is shown.

Currently, there is discussion on our position on taxes. The hardliners think we should maintain our complete aversion to taxes. Others think we should soften up our position.

At this point, a lot of the convention goers just look bored. Very. I think that many of them are feeling a combination of mental fatigue and jet-lag. There are a lot of burned out Libertarians in the room… I think we need a round of Fat Tire in here.

One thing I would like to emphasize is that I think Mike Dixon has done an outstanding job of leading the delegation today. He is very much in control while at the same time respectful to the delegates, including those who are totally clueless on the rules.

I think the next Chairman will have big shoes to fill when it comes to matching his convention leadership, if nothing else.

5 Responses to “Joe Reporting from Portland (Day 2, Part 5)”

  1. Wish I Was There Says:

    Great work!!

  2. Jason Pye Says:

    Thanks for the updates, Joe.

  3. space cadet Says:

    “There are currently a bunch of old white guys talking.”
    Speak with some degree of reverence for these people.
    Its old farts.
    Anyway good work. You are reporting pretty much what I am seeing from the floor.
    Space Cadet

  4. BarbaraHGordon Says:

    Yes, we were bored, CONFUSED, tired, suffering from Jet Lag and in need of a drink stronger than water. Again, your reporting is accurate from my point of view.

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