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Number of N.C. Libertarians doubles!

Mike MungerThe number of registered Libertarians has more than doubled.

But don't get too excited — it's only gone from 5 to 11.

As recently as Monday, the State Board of Elections reported only a handful of people registered to the political party, which was only re-recognized in late May.

Deputy elections director Johnnie Mclean said that the state board only recently got the forms together to allow people to re-register, so it will take a while before the party bounces back.

No word yet on whether Mike Munger is one of the 11. 


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Re: Number of N.C. Libertarians doubles!

It's difficult to understand from David's description just what occurred in the conversations he references, but as a Libertarian I know that our activists are stretched very thin in terms of supporting campaigns. And I understand that we rise to the occasion - raising tens of thousands of dollars for ballot access, petitioning for ballot access, and raising tens of thousands more dollars for a lawsuit which we hope will end the necessity of such punishing petitioning work in the future and open the ballot to more interesting candidates from an array of political parties. Them *after* we are on the ballot, the real work of trying to represent our positions to voters begins. We run for office ourselves, or support our fellow activists with their runs for office. We work outreach tables, we scrape together yet *more* money to produce outreach materials. A little weariness in even our staunchest activists should surprise no one. However, I speak to Libertarians from NC every day and I haven't met one who is not actively interested in - if not actually engaged in - Mike Munger's campaign.

David seems to have different standards for Libertarian and D/R activists - he writes:

But on both occasions, my Libertarian advocate friends shrugged off the particulars of the governor's race, indicating in effect that they probably didn't want to get involved in an actual Libertarian campaign for public office in the Old North State. ...

But I must say that at least with the Democrats and the Republicans, when you encounter people deeply committed to the principles of their respective political parties, you're probnably talking to someone who will be inclined to actually go out and vote for their preferred candidates at election time.

So it seems that David expects that Libertarian activists are expected to "get involved in an actual Libertarian campaign for public office", and Dems and Reps who are "deeply committed to the principles of their respective political parties" are "probably ... inclined to actually go out and vote". That strikes me, without clarifying information, as a bit of a double standard. But as Libertarians, we have become used to double standards. Speaking for myself, though, I hope that people will understand that every political movement contains an array of people who are at various stages of their individual lives, and that even the most tireless of political activists has a home to which he returns every night, a family to which he belongs, and work to which he must attend.

For myself, I will not only vote for Mr. Munger, I will work with him to engage the voters of North Carolina on the issues that matter most to them. I will do so as a candidate (for State House), as an activist and volunteer, and most especially as an individual who is deeply engaged in many more activities than just the political. I always encourage other Libertarians to do the same, but I hope I do not fault them if their priorities are differently aligned from mine at any given moment.

Re: Number of N.C. Libertarians doubles!

Yeah, it seems MacKnight is an ingrained democrackkk or demopublican...

Demopublicans in NC are VILE when it comes to ballot access. NC ballot access laws are ANTIQUATED, and OPPRESSIVE, but people like Macknight and
Rob Christenson cannot fathom what that means because of their narrow biased views.

Democrackkks in NC ARE DESPICCABLE!

Re: Number of N.C. Libertarians doubles!

Having fun, MacKnight? You forgot to mention that most local boards have been refusing to process ANY registration changes because of the run-off held last Tuesday.

Ds & Rs put up ballot restrictions worthy of Robert Mugabe and we get jibes from supposed democrats. Thanks for understanding, David.

Re: Number of N.C. Libertarians doubles!

This is a timely item from the point of view of one who is coming to believe that Triangle Libertarians truly believe in the philosophical principles of their party.

On two occasions within the past week, I have enjoyed having conversations with individuals who went to considerable lengths to explain why they have chosen to follow the precepts of the Libertarian Party or have decided to register as Libertarians as their preferred affiliation for participating in state and local politics.

After hearing their well-framed arguments for choosing the Libertarian Party over "one of those other two parties," on each occasion, I contributed the following point for discussion along these lines:

"By the way, there's a candidate for governor this year running as a Libertarian, and he's Michael Munger, chair of the political science department at Duke University." My thinking was that perhaps these committed Libertarians would be impressed, if they didn't know already, that someone who obviously knows a lot about American politics and government is running a serious campaign for governor of North Carolina under the Libertarian banner.

But on both occasions, my Libertarian advocate friends shrugged off the particulars of the governor's race, indicating in effect that they probably didn't want to get involved in an actual Libertarian campaign for public office in the Old North State.

So we throw this question out to Dome's experts in the ways and means of political party advocacy: does being "a true Libertarian" on a personal level entail being such a staunch supporter in the cause of "less government" that you should avoid even finding out about an actual Libertarian candidate running for an important state or local office?

No, this writer is not Libertarian but just rather one of many across the land who back along the way must have contracted that special "Tim Russert fever" which gives you a sense of personal delight and intellectual curiosity simply in chatting with just about anyone interested in any aspect of contemporary elective politics.

But I must say that at least with the Democrats and the Republicans, when you encounter people deeply committed to the principles of their respective political parties, you're probnably talking to someone who will be inclined to actually go out and vote for their preferred candidates at election time.

Perhaps the Libertarians, in their zeal to espouse a minimal level of governmental involvement in their personal lives, still have some work to do in terms of being willing to support candidates engaged in the hard work of running for office with similar philosophical commitments.

David McKnight

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