<Note: Norma Segal is the Chair of the RLCNY,
and its most "notable" member.>
Good Morning Norma,
I just got the news this morning of your severing
"computer ties" with the RLC, and indirectly,
criticizing my "outreach" activities.
First, let me say, I am very sad to see you cutting
your computer ties with us at this time, but I am
hopeful, after further reflection, that you
will rejoin us in the not to distant
future. I certainly hope so.
Second, I am just a bit confused with your
statement: "Too much LP outreach, too little
RLCNY participation in the events of local Republican organizations, being on
the absolutely wrong side of our war for our
survival against Islamic totalitarism". Does this apply to me, the RLCNY,
the RLC, or two or more of "us". Let's try to examine
each of these suppositions:""
"Being on the absolutely wrong side of our
war against Islamic totalitarianism".
a. There is absolutely no
way that this can apply to me, and if it is
directed at me, I would appreciate knowing how you came to this fallacious conclusion.
b. There is
absolutely no way that this can apply to the
RLCNY. As an organization, we have never taken a position on the "war(s)" at all. Indeed, it has always been my position
that we concentrate
on state affairs since on foreign
policy there are differences
within the libertarian movement (and the larger
" limited government" movement
too). I do not believe
that any of our
State Board members are on the wrong side,
and if that is the implication, <I do not
believe it is>, I believe that you owe them an explanation.
c. The RLC? I
honestly have been so immersed in attempting
to establish a viable RLCNY that I am
embarrassed to say that I really do not follow closely what occurs at the 'National' level.
am doubtful, knowing Bill Westmiller's
"style", that 'National'
is "absolutely" on the "wrong side". If you know something that I
do not know, I would like to
2. " Too
little RLCNY participation in the events of local Republican organizations".
The RLC, and by
extension, the RLCNY were never designed to participate in local
Republican organizations; its MEMBERS are strongly
encouraged to do so.
Frankly, I do not know what most of our members are doing in this regard, but
I suspect that it is more than what you may think. You know who are the members in
Westchester, and I believe that a large
percentage are engaged as
members of local Republican town or city committees, have run as
candidates, are leaders of Republican
organizations (i.e., LCR), have contributed financially to campaigns,
or worked in them. I know that
I really think that your "criticism" here is that there
are not more of "us". Am I
3. "Too much LP
outreach" (and I know that this also means
to much "outreach" to the Ron Paul "people"
know that this pertains only to me, and I can certainly be criticized for this policy; it rubs some folks the wrong
you sent you "post" far and wide, I feel that I must give some of our readers in
other states, and even here, some background about the NYS political
There is no Libertarian Party in NYS; it does not have "recognition" as a
political party under NYS Election Law since it has not produced the vote
required to qualify (50,000 for their gubernatorial
The LPNY, which runs candidates under the banner of the Libertarian Party, is a
political club similar too the RLCNY with a dues requirement. It is
Nominating Body" under NYS Election Law when it fields candidates.
You can now "enroll" as a Libertarian under the NYS Election Law, and there are
just over 1000 individuals state-wide who have done so. These folks,
few exceptions, are not members of the LPNY since they have not "joined, and
paid their dues. Indeed, I suspect that most of these folks have little,
if anything to
do with the LPNY, and actually consider themselves "libertarians". On a
somewhat similar note, we do have a "recognized" political party here, the
Party, and polls have shown that large numbers do not even realize that they
belong to this "Party" -- they consider themselves "independent
voters", and do not
realize that they have enrolled in the Independence Party.
large percentage of LPNY members are enrolled Republicans, including much of the
leadership. This is obviously an intelligent decision since they can vote
Party primary (or in some cases the Conservative and Independence primaries) --
there is know such thing as a "Libertarian Party" primary in
significant number of LPNY folks, including elements of the leadership, do not
want to be a recognized political party since they would, or could, lose
NYS permits "fusion" or "coalition" tickets where candidates can run under
the banner of more that one political party, and that includes
<I would encourage RLC and LP folks in other states to support similar
legislation in their states>.
Bill Schmidt, an RLCNY member, was the first candidate to run on
the "lines" of the Republican, Independence, Conservative,
and Libertarian Parties.
He lost his bid to win election narrowly as the Mayor of the City of Peekskill
(52%-48%) in 2007 (a city trending strongly Democrat with a significant
of 'minority' voters) probably due to some adverse publicity from an outside
force - a developer threatening to desert the city if his Democratic rival
to office. If he had won, the subsequent publicity would probably strongly
encouraged similar ""pro-freedom" coalitions, and put the NYS
Party on the 'map".
c. There are more than 1.4
million more Democrats than Republicans in NYS, and for 'limited
government forces" to WIN, we are going to have to forge multi-party
coalitions in most races. <I have come to believe
that one of the most important functions of the RLCNY is to
facilitate the establishment of such coalitions>.
8. Many RLC
people were once actively involved, or at least belonged to the LPNY.
<Norma Segal was by far the most successful LPNY politician
in NYS history;
she garnered more than 117,000 votes when running for the
US Senate in 1992. Some folks NOW are
members of both the RLCNY and LPNY.
So how do you
build an effective RLC state affiliate from scratch, pretty much by
yourself, and as quickly as possible? What if you had
little, if any organization
were handicapped by the lack of all but the most basic of techncial
skills. How would you do it
prospects would be the 10,000+ former LPNY "associates" who had deserted the
LPNY after discovering that the LPNY was not a viable mechanism to
elections. Folks like you and me. Unfortunately, LP 'rules" cut off
any propects of acquiring this information (at least at this time).
"We" did have
a 'dated' list of "prospects from 'National' which to a large degree was too
'stale', but it did allow us to identify some exceptional prospects that
members. Time showed that about 50% of this first list were current
or former LPNY members or associates, and 'time" also allowed me to identify
this list who
were, to say the least, "outside of the mainstream".
Over the last
two years, we have identified thousands of additional prospects, or "found"
prospects from our initial prospect list. In addition, and just as
important, we have "found" younger, "smarter" libertarians who are ready to
become the new leaders of the RLCNY.
I must confess that
I have sought prospects outside of the LP 'orbit" and outside
the RP "orbit" too. Conservatives, and some Independence people
have been on "our' radar,
and some of these
folks are stepping forward along with our fellow Republicans.
I should add that many of
our prospects are not RLCNY 'material', and that I would not, and do not, encourage them to join the RLCNY,
as I would not, for example,
"join" the NY Constitution Party or the John Birch Society.
Such entanglements, I fear, would undermine the possibility of
achieving "workable" coalitions.
I believe that we have
accomplished, at least I hope we have, something else. A "working
relationship" with elements of the LPNY including the realization that to
victorious we must achieve
working coalitions around individual candidates. We are entering
unchartered waters, and there are bound to be frustrating times
but I am fairly confident
that if our young people step forward to take the reins, and our "old
hands" do not desert the ship, that we can compete against our
adversaries on fairly even
terms. Conversely, if the young do not step forward, and our "old hands" desert
the ship, I fear for the future of our Republic.