I’ll admit it, stuff gets done a lot faster working with the pool of 1.2 million Coloradoans who vote Republican versus the paltry 26 thousand registered Libertarians.
But hey, I’ll say “you’re welcome” to this:
When I left the LP after 2012, Sarwark chided me in the most Hammer of Truth way, asking what it was like to be a “corpse fucker” (because the GOP was dead, haw).
Sure, it’s a bunch of old people who hang out and have debates clubs. But so is the LP and I’ve watched it gain its share of baldies, grays and wrinkles at the same steady rate while only marginally managing to elect it’s way into relevance.
Many days (or months) later, I had a sufficient retort to Mr. Sarwark’s joke. I told him, “The GOP might be dead, but it elects more libertarians on accident than the LP does on purpose.”
I eagerly await no response.
So when I had a chance to have lunch with Sarwark recently, he now slyly said “come home” to me once again in nearly mocking way.
I was, of course, unimpressed. And partly confused.
I’m confused, because rather than thanking or even trying to convince me, Sarwark seriously ought to consider ignoring the entrenched, and yes, “older” (fuck you, I’m only slightly older than he is) political veterans like myself.
Fact: you’re going to have an easier time convincing a first time voter how to vote the way you want than me.
Proof: 2008 and 2012.
Instead, libertarians of all stripes must now launch a serious registration effort and digital ground game aimed at Millennials instead.
I’m reminded of Michael Badnarik giving a stump speech in Atlanta, where he claimed that libertarianism is so easy to young people, because it’s the same concept of moving out of your parents house and knowing true ownership of your own life. While it’s sad and true that Millennials are more likely to live with parents longer than a generation ago, there comes a breaking point when you ask them if they want to.
The answer is always less authoritarianism of the parent. Extrapolate that to government and keeping what you earn, and you have a new disciple of liberty.
I’ll take off my wonk hat now and once again say to Nick “you’re welcome”. It was a fantastic voyage on the U.S.S. Libertarian Party Failboat every time I bought a ticket, but I’m glad someone like Sarwark is still able to rock the Libertarian Party electoral boat in a direction none of us can predict.
Liberty can win!
THE REASON-RUPE SPRING 2014 MILLENNIAL SURVEY (PDF) – reason.com