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Sometimes I hate going out to eat with a group of libertarians. It can take hours to get ten individualists to agree upon one particular restaurant — unless someone takes charge of the situation. Similarly, whenever a Libertarian politician makes any major decision, the fiercest resistance generally comes from within libertarian ranks and not from the opposition.
One such example was the recount effort in Ohio after the 2004 presidential election. Once the decision was made to take the election results to court, both Michael and I have taken complaint after complaint about it. We’ve been accused of wasting Libertarian Party money, being in league with the Democrats, damaging the party image, and of not initially communicating well enough with the Ohio Libertarian Party. Only the last example is true; we screwed up there.
A federal judge. Badnarik, Cobb and their attorney have not yet decided if they plan to appeal. In the meantime, Badnarik that the allegations circulating within the party are incorrect.
Sometimes, it takes more courage to stand up to one’s friends than to face the enemy. Michael did so with, “I will make my decision based on what I think will be best for Liberty, and not by what some Libertarians will complain about next.”
I strongly applaud my good friend for taking charge of the situation. I’ll ask the rest of you to either support him or not stand in his way. At least he is doing something, as opposed to wasting perfectly good oxygen — like a vocal minority in the libertarian community does with their incessant bitching combined with a lack of meaningful action.
UPDATE: Badnarik just called to thank me for the support. He commented that he loved the STFU button and hopes to have a batch of them made soon.