The Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee has proposed a bylaw amendment to be voted on by the delegates attending the Libertarian Party’s National Convention scheduled for May 3-6, 2012 at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The proposed amendment reads:
“No individual enrolled as a registered voter affiliated with another political party, if he or she has the option of affiliating with the Libertarian Party, shall be eligible to serve as a Party employee, National Committee member, committee member, or delegate, or hold any other position of trust or responsibility within the Party.”
York, PA County Chair David Moser, himself on the 2011 fall ballot as a Libertarian candidate, registered Libertarian voter, and self proclaimed “by-the-book libertarian”; was elated when presented with the news of this proposed amendment. He has been quoted as saying:
“It is about time someone listened to Murry(Rothbard) and (Ayn) Rand.” _ Mr. Moser continued: _“One of the very few if not only thing they could ever agree on despite their incompatible personality fields was that the Libertarian Party had started too soon. The reasoning from both was that there was simply to few “core libertarians” that truly believed in and lived daily the principles of both the political philosophy and the platform itself. They both feared, and as time has told with good reason, that without a solid core of such walk-the-line libertarians the party would succumb to the influences of the left-right paradigm. What would(did) happen instead of attracting people to be educated and lead in libertarian principle is people would pick and choose from the platform what already fit within their comfort zone and never truly embrace the philosophy on which the entire party is founded. Ultimately this only serve to detract from the core values and confuse those seeking “true Libertarian”. Again…….40 years of Libertarian Party history only reinforces what these two great libertarian minds predicted.”
Mr. Moser later went on to share another reason that he and other Libertarians in York County and other parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware fully support this clarifying amendment proposal:
“Our founding fathers knew you cannot serve more than one master faithfully. This is why we have limitations in place within the confines of the Constitution of These United States of America(regardless of how anyone might feel as to them currently being enforced) that limit the President of These United States of America to a natural born citizen. So how would it not be serving more than one master to not be registered Libertarian and without affiliation to any other party? Right now there is a person by the name of Tom Stevens that is the founder, current national chair, and 2012 presidential candidate for something called the Objectivist Party. This person ALSO serves on the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania’s(LPPA) executive board, acts as coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Libertarian college groups, is LPPA.org forum moderator, and a voting member of the state executive board. Please think about the all the LP members private info, contacts, and influence with the next generation of Libertarians this guy has access and that he is the national chair of another political party. Please someone rational and sane explain to me how that is not a conflict of interest. I don’t even have to quote a hypothetical worse-case-scenario to make my point because this is really happening right now!”
Turns out Mr. Tom Stevens is himself quite outspoken on this proposed amendment and based on the information Mr. Moser has provided it is of no surprise that he is feverishly against the proposal. As quoted from Mr. Stevens blog:
“Under the proposed bylaw amendment, not only will the National LP try to dictate who the State Affiliates may designate as delegates but the amendment could also be interpreted to dictate who may be allowed to be State and Local Officers of that State Affiliate. The last part of the proposed bylaw amendment indicates a person not enrolled locally as “Libertarian” will not be eligible to “hold any other position of trust or responsibility within the Party”. According to the National Libertarian Party Bylaws, “the Party” refers to the “Libertarian Party” and arguably to all its chartered affiliates. As a result, even officers serving in a County Libertarian Party Organization such as the Libertarian Party of Queens County may now be subject to this proposed national rule. Some might claim the bylaw amendment cannot be used in this manner but if it can be used to dictate who may be delegates from a State Affiliate, I see no reason why it cannot be used to claim that certain State or Local LP officers are ineligible to hold their positions.”
When Mr. Moser was presented with Mr. Steven’s quote his response to it was as follows:
“I fully Agree! I too see no reason why it cannot be used to claim that certain State or Local LP officers are ineligible to hold their positions.” If anything I strongly support it being used for just such reason and believe that is in fact the intended purpose. When I have brought this person up at state meetings and inquire of our state chair Lou Jasikoff and others as to how this is not a conflict of interest for the Libertarian Party they only defer to Mr. Stevens himself who provides a story about how the national party has said he is allowed and that Lou Jasikoff himself invited him to the LPPA. I only hope the National Party does the right thing with this proposal and that Mr. Stevens and Mr. Jasikoff have the decency to abide by it so we can begin to groom the libertarian core necessary to address the shortfalls of the past and move boldly into the future.”
There is obvious by anyone’s standard a real issue here and it looks to be shaping up to be one of the biggest tackled at the National Party Convention in 2012.
David Moser can be reached: Contact me
York PA Chair
Mr. Tom Stevens can be reached through the LPPA.org forums.