Friday, September 16, 2016

Remove Johnson & Weld from Libertarian ticket, Seacoast Libertarians tell National Committee

Should Johnson and Weld Be Removed from the Libertarian Party Ticket? — The Desert Lynx - Rodger Paxton, Lava Spurt podcast:

September 15, 2016 - "The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast of New Hampshire has asked the Libertarian National committee to remove Johnson / Weld as the candidates....

"Many of us have been railing against Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for months, and many of us have independently asked the Libertarian National Committee to invoke Article 14 Section 5 of their Bylaws to remove Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, or at the very least, Bill Weld, from the Libertarian Party. Every time I’ve mentioned this to friends of mine and people I endorsed on the LNC, they have told me to contact my regional LNC representative and ask them to do it. So, I decided to do just that, with some help.

"At last night’s monthly meeting of the Libertarian Party of the Seacoast in New Hampshire, I put forth a motion to ask our LNC representative, Patrick McKnight, to send a motion to the LNC asking for the removal of these two anti-libertarian clowns as our candidates. The motion was passed by 10 of us unanimously. This morning our chairman, Brian, sent the following letter to Patrick McKnight and all of the LNC At-Large reps:
On September 13th at the regular business meeting of the LP Seacoast, a motion was made and passed to contact you regarding the presidential ballot of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.  The motion asked that you make a motion to the LNC to suspend the nomination of both Gary Johnson and Bill Weld as they do not uphold the principles of the Libertarian Party as both have openly made statements in support of the use of force.  Both candidates actively avoid using the word libertarian and have demonstrated time and time again an inability to even grasp what it means to be libertarian.  Per Article 14, Section 5 of the LP bylaws, a candidate’s nomination may be suspended by a 3/4 vote of the entire membership of the National Committee at a meeting.  We understand that this motion has a low probability of success, but we’re asking you to show that there are some in the Libertarian Party who still hold principle above party.  Do you have the principle to stand with those who voice opposition to those without principles?   Will you put forth an effort on behalf of principled libertarians or will you willingly step back, swallow your principle and pump the party line?  Is this still the “Party of Principle?” Members of your region are speaking out and the ball is in your court.  We will patiently await your response.
"We are hurting the brand of the LP by running non-libertarians in the top two spots. This action by the LP of the Seacoast is an effort, albeit a long shot, of trying to repair that brand in any way possible."

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