Saturday, June 24, 2006

Sounding off like they've got a pair


The Libertarian Party's latest press release is going to torque some party members off. That's fine. What it says needs to be said, over and over (and louder and louder):

The Republicans will trade dead soldiers for November votes. The Democrats will trade dead soldiers for November votes. With the Libertarian Party solution, all of our troops would have been home by now.


Let's get the heartburn out of the way right now. LP members who support the war are free to do so, but they should keep three things in mind:

1- The Libertarian Party opposes the war on Iraq and advocates ending it.

2- The Libertarian Party opposes the war on Iraq and advocates ending it.

3- The Libertarian Party opposes the war on Iraq and advocates ending it.

Period.

Some LP members are pro-life, but the LP's platform is pro-choice.

Some LP members support restrictions on immigration, but the LP's platform opposes such restrictions.

Some LP members support the war on Iraq, but the LP's platform clearly and unambiguously places the party in opposition to that war. You don't have to like it, but that's the way it is.

Since the war remains a key -- possibly the key -- American public policy issue, the LP's public communications must address it ... and the parameters within which those communications must address it are found in the LP's platform.

Since before the war began, pro-war LP members have agitated on behalf of the notion that the existence of dissent within the party trumps both the platform -- which has been ratified multiple times, including once in the run-up to the war and once since the balloon went up, by representative national party conventions -- and the requirement that a political party communicate its positions to the American public.

I'd be lying if I said that I didn't believe that that agitation has been -- at least occasionally and partially -- effective, to the party's detriment.

It's good to see the muzzle come off. It's good to hear the dog bark. Sic'em.

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