“Cyberia” (PRWEB) July 5, 2006 – Citing the Libertarian Party’s “abdication of its political responsibilities to the American people,” activists have founded the Boston Tea Party (www.bostontea.us) as an alternative, Internet-based vehicle for libertarian political action.
“For various reasons, the ball got dropped in Portland,” says Boston Tea Party founder Thomas L. Knapp, referring to the Libertarian national convention, held over the July 4th weekend in Oregon. “Factional disputes led to a wholesale gutting of the party’s platform — a muddle in which the party was left without a mechanism for expressing its positions on several of the foremost public policy issues facing America’s voters.”
Rather than setting up the new party as a splinter group, Knapp says that he thinks of it as a “hopefully a pinch hitter, going to bat for America while the LP nurses its wounds and prepares to get back in the game. Until and unless that happens, the Boston Tea Party will fill in. Americans deserve — and desperately need — a pro-freedom party which forcefully advocates libertarian solutions to the issues of the day.”
Those solutions will be set forth in a program to be put together by the new party’s organizational convention, to be held online, Knapp says, in the next 30 to 60 days.
He has a rather simple idea for a political platform, one that in all honesty I wouldn’t mind the Libertarian Party adopting.
All in all, it looks like a lot of good ideas but losing Knapp and permanently splitting the movement would be a tragedy for the Libertarian Party. We need his ideas now in the Libertarian Party, working to make it better… just as much as we need everyone else’s contributing.
I really like the idea of a small, simple Statement of Principles for the LP like the platform Knapp proposed above, as well as a four-year platform that has five key points or so. A lot of people in the LRC would agree with something simple like that, I’d imagine-it lays out our priorities and eases in-factional fighting, and says nothing about purity vs. incrementalism, freeing our candidates to be either.
When the LP fixes its platform, I hope they go with something like this. It would be a permanent, effective fix that would finally unite our party for good.