RE: [RLC-Action] FW: Bob Barr Shows Leadership to Unify Liberty Movement
Actions have consequences: if you refuse to support the candidate of your own professed party, then you are indeed enabling the opponent. McCain was almost surely not the first choice for president of any RLCer. But when it comes down to two, us and them, it is either us or them. Simple. Now, looking forward, let’s work hard and make sure that next time the primary winner is as libertarian a candidate as possible. There are some coming up the line and they need our support. Look at McCain’s advisors –there are some of our people up there notably Steve Forbes. Now let’s drop this discussion and get to work helping McCain-Palin keep Obama bin Biden from appointing to the Supreme Court those who will take away our Constitution completely (among other devastating anti-libertarian actions.). -Geo
From: RLC-Action@yahoogroups.com [mailto: RLC-Action@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of David Johnson
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 2:27 PM
Subject: RE: [RLC-Action] FW: Bob Barr Shows Leadership to Unify Liberty Movement
> The misconception that Mr Johnson expresses below needs to be put in
> perspective. I know of NO RLCer who is "slavish" to anything oranybody,
> much less a political party; no one except Mr Johnson has ever suggestednot
> anything like "my party, right or wrong.." We are part of the party,
> subject to it. We are helping to set the agenda in a libertarian directionRepublic and get busy educating and
> and we are succeeding -check out the 2008 Platform and compare it to the
> 2004 version as one example already. Mr Johnson and some others seem to
> think that the party sends out directives and we all jump to it. They
> should get involved and find out how the real world works. We have a lot
> to do and a long way to go and we don't need this misinformed negativity
> in our way. Bring your libertarian principles, knowledge and
> understanding of our Constitutional
> influencing within the party. That's our purpose and goal. -Geo.My "slavish" statement was directed towards the following quote:
"Anything you do to limit support of the Republican ticket is exactly
equal to support for the Obama bin Biden ticket."
I interpret this as meaning I must support whoever the party nominates no
matter what. I cannot do that. I won't work against McCain, but neither
can I actively campaign for him. Don't lay a guilt trip on me about
The only power we have as the RLC is our reputation and our support of
libertarian candidates. But we lose our reputation when we support
non-libertarian candidates. Telling us all to shut up and back McCain
emasculates us. It sending a clear signal to the party leadership that we
will support anyone they tell us to. We shouldn't be supporting Barr, but
neither should we be elbowing our way to the front of McCain's
p.s. Regarding that original post urging Ron Paul to accept Barr's offer,
I think it's a silly idea am I am in no way endorsing it.
- George Blumel wrote:
> The post by McLenden belongs on the LP site ...I have warned Guy McLendon about posting solicitations
for LP projects or campaigns on RLC sites ... but it looks like
we'll have to put him on moderated mode. We have absolutely
no responsibility to facilitate any LP objectives.
But, do note that the RLC has no "litmus test" for becoming
a member and participating in this forum. We have a distinct
membership class ("Associate Member") for those who are
not "affiliated" with the GOP. Those members CANNOT be
RLC officers or delegates, nor hold any official position in
the RLC, but they can participate in RLC forums.
Posted by: "David Johnson"
> How can we possibly influence the party leadership when itBe careful about the "we" in this sentence. The RLC does
> knows we'll roll over and support whatever statist ...
not monitor, enforce, nor purge members who cast a ballot
for non-GOP candidates (nor those who participate in any
other political party ... ie: "Associates").
The RLC itself, a different "we", does not ever endorse
any candidate *in opposition to a formal GOP candidate*,
but we do - and have - endorsed LP candidates in races
where there is no GOP nominee. Even if we do not formally
endorsed an official GOP nominee, *as an organization*
we implicitly favor GOP candidates over any alternatives.
The RLC itself *never* contributes to any campaign,
GOP or otherwise. That function is exclusive to RLCUSA-
PAC, which is "affiliated with" the RLC, but has a separate
Board and checking account.
> ... The attitude of "my party right or wrong" has to go.That's the whole purpose of the RLC: to advance liberty
> When the party is wrong we must not be afraid to tell
> it is wrong.
ideals in the GOP ... frequently in direct opposition to the
party platform and official GOP candidate positions.
But, in order to work *within* the party, we almost never
make official RLC statements in opposition to any GOP
candidate as an individual. Members and officers are free
to criticize any candidate they please, but *may not do
so as an official RLC representative* in a public forum.
RLC-Action is a *private* forum, for members-only, but
we discourage any kind of personal attacks on anyone,
candidate or not. Also bear in mind that this forum is
for activism, NOT for discussion of candidates or issues.
Queries about RLC policy are welcome.
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- Boil all the fat off of it, and this forum should never be used to denigrate the Republican Party. That only causes them to circle the wagons against the perceived threat. We're trying to help them re-discover their roots, not put them out of business. The rank and file there are just a susceptible to NEOCON propaganda as the rest of the country. We are the light for them. The rank and file there are not collectivist. However, they are for the most part uninformede. Therefore, they are our allies. We are the light.
Republican Liberty Caucus
"Pursuing libertarianism within the GOP since 1990"
- I hate to agree with George on just about anything. But he is right, this is a Republican group. We will all make our own choice when we go to cast our ballot for president, i am sure that most of us who came to the Republican party because of Dr. Paul, will feel entirely different about our choices then some others, but there are many other, more appropriate discussion boards to take up the 3rd party cause on.
I hate to derail a discussion like this, but has anyone reached out to homeschoolers? I would bet money that most people who do homeschooling vote Republican, as votes about the topic usually fall along party lines.
We were brainstorming about ways we could get more awareness out there about Liberty, and coming up with some curriculum for homeschoolers was mentioned.