Friday, June 24, 2016

Some CNN Town Hall Notes, and a Question

Video, for reference (all Gary Johnson quotes below are from this "town hall"):

Libertarian Party Platform, Plank 1.9: "We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition."

Gary Johnson: "I don't think our position would be making it easier [to buy guns], we're not looking to roll back anything. But with regard to keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, with regard to keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists, Bill talked about establishing a thousand person task force to potentially address that, a hot line. Look, we should be open to these discussions."

Libertarian Party Platform, Plank 2.4: "We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors."

Libertarian Party Platform, Plank 2.8: "Employment and compensation agreements between private employers and employees are outside the scope of government, and these contracts should not be encumbered by government-mandated benefits or social engineering."

Libertarian Party Platform, Plank 2.11: "Libertarians would phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system."

Libertarian Party Platform, Plank 3.4: "Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders."

Gary Johnson: "We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this country and work to be able to get a work visa ... that should entail a background check and a Social Security card so that applicable taxes get paid."

Libertarian Party Platform, Plank 1.7: "[W]e favor the repeal of all laws creating 'crimes' without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes. "

Gary Johnson: "We are not espousing legalization of any drugs outside of marijuana. ... We're not advocating the legalization of any drugs, not heroin. ... No drugs legalized outside of marijuana .... keep the drugs illegal."

Libertarian Party Bylaws and Convention Rules, Article 14, Section 4: "The National Committee shall respect the vote of the delegates at Nominating Conventions and provide full support for the Party’s nominee for President and nominee for Vice-President as long as their campaigns are conducted in accordance with the Platform of the Party." [emphasis mine]

Libertarian Party Bylaws and Convention Rules, Article 14, Section 5: "A candidate's nomination may be suspended by a 3/4 vote of the entire membership of the National Committee at a meeting. That candidate's nomination shall then be declared null and void unless the suspended candidate appeals the suspension to the Judicial Committee within seven days of receipt of notification of suspension. The resolution of suspension must state the specific reasons for suspension and must be signed by each member of the National Committee agreeing thereto. The Judicial Committee shall meet and act on this appeal within 30 days and before the election."

Question: According to the draft minutes of the Libertarian National Committee meeting of May 30, the committee will next meet on July 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Is suspension of Gary Johnson's presidential nomination on the agenda for that meeting (or, to put it a different way, does the LNC have any plans to do its job)?

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