Motion: Motion to amend Constitution Art I, Sect. 2 and 3

There are four motions carried forward from the 2017 Annual Convention to the 2018 Annual Convention.  I’m planning on reviewing and posting on these motions as part of my review of the 2018 Annual Convention Agenda. All of these blog posts will be tagged LPF2018, so if you want to look at my thoughts on the other motions, just click on the LPF2018 tag on the right side of the page or the bottom of this post.

Type: Constitution
Title: Motion to amend Constitution Art I, Sect. 2 and 3
Text: Motion by the Rules Committee renaming the Article, striking existing Sections 2 and 3, and replacing with a new Section 2.

ARTICLE I Name & Object Purpose

Section 2. The object and purpose of the LPF is to engage in political action in the State of Florida, to serve as an affiliate organization of the Libertarian Party in national politics, and to serve as a nucleus for designated county affiliate organizations and for LPF members in matters of statewide political action.

Section 3. The purpose of the LPF is to implement and to give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles currently adopted by the LPF by:

A. Supporting candidates for national office, recruiting and supporting candidates for state and Congressional offices, and aiding local affiliates upon request.       

B. Promoting, chartering, and coordinating county affiliate parties within the State of Florida.

C. Entering into political information activities, including the promoting and securing of party members.

Section 2. The LPF adopts the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles and is organized to implement and give voice to it by: functioning as an affiliate of the Libertarian Party in national politics and engaging in political activity in the State of Florida as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements; promoting Sustaining Membership in the Libertarian Party; moving public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office; chartering affiliate parties throughout the State of Florida and promoting their growth and activities; supporting Libertarian Party candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States; and recruiting and supporting LPF candidates for state and Congressional political office; and entering into public information activities, including securing LPF voters.

A minor complaint:  This motion, like all the motions being carried forward from the previous year’s convention, have crap titles.  Couldn’t the motion be titled with some sort of explanation of what they’re trying to do?

Now for the actual meat of the motion.

At first glance, this looks like a reorganization of the existing text.  But there are some changes embedded in the document.  Here’s what the new text would look like, with the old clauses highlighted in red.  That should indicate what is new:

Section 2. The LPF adopts the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles and is organized to implement and give voice to it by: functioning as an affiliate of the Libertarian Party in national politics and engaging in political activity in the State of Florida as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements; promoting Sustaining Membership in the Libertarian Party; moving public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office; chartering affiliate parties throughout the State of Florida and promoting their growth and activities; supporting Libertarian Party candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States; and recruiting and supporting LPF candidates for state and Congressional political office; and entering into public information activities, including securing LPF voters.

However, certain wording has been changed:

In the original text, the LPF gives voice so the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles “currently adopted” by the LPF.  (There is no specific mention of when that time was.)  In the new text, the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles is adopted by the LPF.  If the national party changes their Statement of Principles, then the LPF must follow suit.

In the original text, the LPF supported candidates for national office.  In the new text, it supports candidates for President of the United States.

In the original text, the LPF aided local affiliates upon request.  That has been dropped from the text.  So has the clause about “promotion, chartering, and coordinating county affiliate parties within the State of Florida.”

Looking at these changes, it appears that the LPF is tying itself more to the National Party, and removing support for the County Affiliates.  This is happening at a time when there is a movement by libertarians across the country to cut ties with the National Party and to work locally for libertarian causes.

Even though I’m still a supporter of the National Party, I dislike tying our fortunes to the monolithic party and it’s whims, and I dislike turning the county affiliates into incidental functions of the state party.

I see no reason to support this motion, and will be voting against it.

 

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