Libertarians fiercely defend the 2nd Amendment and we are generally pretty good with firearms. So why are we mimicking Cheney and, at least figuratively, shooting our supporters? Why do some libertarians employ “shoot to kill” verbiage to settle personal issues? Cheney’s accident was exactly that- an accident. We are shooting our friends on purpose.
We are in election season. This year, Libertarian Party candidates have the issues on our side. Will we take seats? I sure as hell hope so but I know that it won’t be easy. It will be impossible if we keep attacking our own.
I bring this up because Michael Badnarik called me recently to ask for help getting the word out about the Texas door hanger order. I agreed but had internet issues and Stuart was kind enough to get the post published for me. That was really big of Stuart because he had previously questioned Badnarik’s campaign expenditures. When Stuart originally questioned campaign expenses, there was some debate over the appropriate amount of dollars to spend on staff lunch. In that post dialogue, we heard from people actually experienced in campaign management and I understood that we agreed to allow Mr. Hacker to do his job and question the effectiveness on the back end. Stuart set a fine example when he clicked “publish” as a favor to me. Some of the comments, though, would turn people off from even the slightest amount of inquiry.
I like Michael. I am blown away by how he has submitted to a lifestyle that few of us would live, so he can have an opportunity to bring liberty back to her most recent country. I considered throwing my hat in the ring as a paper candidate. My husband made it clear that I would find myself divorced if that idea became reality. A paper candidate has none of the hardships of an active candidate, but I could not bring myself to risk my marriage for liberty.
There are many libertarian men and women sacrificing their daily lives for liberty and there are those of us that give a few bucks and write some blog entries. Even if I don’t agree with a particular person’s campaign ideas, I know damn well that I have not uprooted my family and life to work as hard. And neither have most of the campaign critics. Give these guys some breathing room. Let them work. And, mostly, let’s practice what we preach and let the market work. If those running and those managing fail to deliver, then we can demand an explanation and if the explanation is not satisfactory, we can refuse to employ them again. But shooting our friends in the foot and bitching about a lost race is stupid. We may as well stay out of the race and save our “sponsor” dollars for target practice. If we manage to get on the ballot after target practice, we can send the argumentative “shots” where they are best directed- at the duopoly who now shits on the very things that made us freedom’s beacon in a world of tyranny.