By Spencer Kellogg | UNITED STATES
71 Republic has received screenshots that show The Libertarian Party rejecting an opportunity to have both Ron Paul & Judge Andrew Napolitano speak at their national convention in July. Regardless of your libertarian leanings, there is no doubting that Ron Paul is the single most important living figure in the libertarian movement today and Judge Napolitano has been one of the leading advocates for libertarianism in the past decade through his show on Fox Business that was paramount in expanding the ideology and base of the Libertarian Party. Michael Heise, leader of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus – http://lpmisescaucus.com (a break off organization dedicated to spreading the ideas of Austrian Economics), has been at the forefront of cryptocurrency and anti-war advocation in recent years and his outreach to bring Mr. Paul and Judge Napolitano to the convention seemed to prove fruitful at first. However, correspondence with Daniel Hayes, chair of the LP’s convention committee, shows that many in party leadership do not want Mr. Paul or Mr. Napolitano to have an opportunity to voice their concerns at this summer’s biannual meeting. Even more startling is Mr. Hayes suggestion that Glenn Beck be a featured speaker. In the following screenshots, Mr. Heise from the LPMC is in blue and Daniel Hayes of the LP committee convention is in grey:
In the screenshots, you can see almost six weeks of radio silence and stonewalling by Mr. Hayes before he finally returned correspondence with a link to an article by Ron Paul. In the article dated December 04, 2017 (Young Americans Want New Political Party), Mr. Paul was critical of the Libertarian Party by writing: “The Libertarian Party has failed to live up to what should have been its role as an ideological alternative to Washington’s one-party system. As was quite obvious in the 2016 presidential election, the Libertarians yielded to prevailing attitudes on war, welfare, the Federal Reserve, and more. In believing that winning was more important than standing for something, they ended up achieving neither.” As is often the case with the Libertarian Party, any criticism of their nationwide and local failures are met with combative discourse. Mr. Paul is right in his assertions that the Libertarian Party not only missed a phenomenal opportunity to grab our fractured political landscape by the horns but also that the party and its membership has trended away from the foundational principles that define us as libertarians. While Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency space, in general, has boomed in the later part of 2017, the LP has remained dreadfully quiet and missing in terms of their understanding of the space and their implementation in regards to using these assets to overhaul the mind numbingly corrupt Federal Reserve. On the issue of war, the Libertarian Party has also been surprisingly quiet as our nation continues its daily bombings of the Middle East while threatening the Korean peninsula with fire and fury. “Taxation is Theft” has been met with sneers and grins by many in leadership and too often we have watched as party leadership lowers itself to social justice discourse to try and pull leftists into the party.
What is all the more puzzling and terrifying is the fact that the leadership in the Libertarian Party seem dramatically out of touch with the people who have helped grow the movement. Without Ron Paul, libertarianism and the modern Libertarian Party wouldn’t even be on the national radar screen. His work to advance the cause of liberty in a positive and respectful manner signaled a breath of fresh air to many disenfranchised Republicans and Democrats who have since joined our movement and carry forward the message of limited governance. Mr. Paul’s 1988 Libertarian Presidential campaign remains perhaps the most principled representation of the ideology ever put forward on the national stage. The fact that the LP won’t let him speak should be evidence enough that they, by and large, do not count Big L libertarians as important to the movement and also appear to have no respect for the history of our party or those who have carved the path before them.
The dismissive tone toward Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano is not surprising to many active libertarians who have grown frustrated with the direction of the national Libertarian Party. In the past year alone, Austin Petersen, 2016 Presidential Nominee for the Libertarian Party and one of the brightest stars in our movement has left the ranks to represent the Republicans. We have also heard from Vice Presidential Candidate Judd Weiss, (John McAfee’s VP Pick On What Really Happened At The 2016 Convention), who suggested that party leadership was adamant about a Johnson/Weld ticket and did everything in their power to ensure it would happen. This smacks of the same hypocrisy and anti-freedom tactics used by the Democratic Party to smear Bernie Sanders in their bid to make sure Clinton was the nominee. For many, Johnson did great damage to the message with his soft sell of “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” libertarianism and his several slip-ups on national TV remain the defining moment for our party in 2016. Also, his Vice President pick, Bill Weld, hawked for Hillary Clinton in the days leading up to the election because he didn’t like Donald Trump. How very principled.
Libertarians are frustrated with poor electoral showings and rightfully embarrassed by our non-existent representation at state and national levels. We have been made into a joke by the media and by the majority of American voters who are yearning for new ideas but are continually let down by poor messaging and broken infrastructure from the Libertarian Party. Many of the diehard activists to come through the Libertarian Party in recent years have left the maligned party behind and moved on to opportunities that don’t include bowing before a committee that resemble statists more than free thinkers. To think that the Libertarian Party does not want Ron Paul to give a speech at their convention smacks of everything we have come to expect from the braindead leadership who grow more out of touch with their base by the day. A party that is supposed to stand on the ethics of free speech is not allowing their greatest advocate and needle mover to address a crowd of adoring support. Let that sink in for a second and then tell me if you can stomach the current LP. They think he doesn’t “know what the party is about.” Well I think they don’t know what the party is about.
We have one recourse and that is our vote. The only way we change this beleaguered and softened representation of our constitutional rights is to become state delegates and meet in July at the national convention to vote these slick talking, suit wearing, small L libertarians back into the dustbins they came from. We are at a pivotal moment in the Libertarian Party. It is obvious that the leadership is lining up Bill Weld for another ‘experienced’ run, this time at the presidency, and there is the very real possibility that we gain debate access in 2020. If Bill Weld is the first person to represent us on that stage, the dream of Rothbard, Konkin, Mises, Paul and Nakamoto dies. The time to take real measurable human action is now before it is too late!