Defending Our Principles!

Defending Our Principles!

A couple weeks ago I was proud to join others from The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and serve as a delegate representing Granite Staters to The Libertarian National Convention. In the months leading up to this convention I was also proud to work with the National Platform Committee in drafting recommended changes to the Platform to the remaining delegates in attendance. While we did adopt several new planks, amend several others, and pass a number of resolutions calling for the implementation of Libertarian Policy at all levels of government, these actions were not what I was most proud of.
The foundation of the platform and the ideals of The Libertarian Party lie in our statement of Principles. An inherently Radical document that doesn't hesitate to announce our goals of fighting against the oppressive state at all turns, this document has served as the header of our national platform since the 1974 Libertarian National Convention in Dallas, Tx. It has remained unchanged since. Last week, Libertarian Delegates voted overwhelmingly to protect the national bylaw requiring a 7/8ths majority of credentialed delegates present at a convention to alter or change the Statement of Principles in any manner.
When this motion passed, there was a celebration on the convention floor as efforts to alter our parties principles and history had been stopped in their tracks. That is what being principled means to a Libertarian.
And while we may have succeeded at protecting our principles in writing at the national level, our principles are under attack in practice right here in New Hampshire. The basic underlying principle of Libertarian philosophy can be summed up by the Pledge our members take when joining the Party - "I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals." I wholeheartedly embrace this philosophy as a tenet of my own philosophy and strive to live by the non-aggression principle.
My primary opponent does not.
I embrace the democratic process and support the notion of primary elections to select the best candidates. In this case I cannot rationally defend the actions, statements, or principles of my opponent. While he calls himself a Libertarian, my opponent in the Libertarian primary for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District has refused to sign or abide by the Libertarian Party's membership Pledge. He also disregarded the Non-Aggression Principle. As a Republican state legislator, he called on his constituents to carry out violence against police officers. He was forced to resign in disgrace. More recently, he has been charged and arrested with assault and battery of a 12-year-old girl. He has purchased voter rolls from state governments, published voters' personal information on the internet, and then extorted people to have their data taken down. He has been surrounded by persistent controversy his entire career, whether calling for violence against others or making a living out of invading the privacy of strangers.
I could not in good conscience support this type of person as a candidate for any office, even if they claim to be a Libertarian and were running under The Libertarian Party's banner. While others have challenged his candidacy with the Secretary of State or tried to pressure or force him to withdraw his candidacy, I am for a simpler resolution.
I plan to WIN the Libertarian Primary on September 11th!
And I plan to provide a true Libertarian message in the debates leading up to the November Elections! To do that I'm going to need your help. My opponent has name recognition. He is notorious. I need to be able to reach Libertarian and Independent Voters en masse prior to squaring off at the polls. I need to put a Radical but Reasonable message in front of Granite Staters all over the District, From Nashua and Keene, to Lancaster and Berlin, Concord and every town in between.
Can I count on your support? Can you help us put yard signs in every ward? Can you help us put bumper stickers on every roadway? Can you help us equip a small army of passionate Libertarian volunteers to knock doors, talk to voters, and get out the vote this fall?
Can I count on you to contribute $250, $100, $50, or even just $25 to this campaign today?
Can I ask you to contribute even more? $500 will help us canvas independent voters in an entire city. $1,000 helps us reach half of a rural county. $5,000 raised will help us break records for turnout in a Libertarian Primary, and break records with a margin of Victory as well!
Follow this link to www.odonnell2018.com/donate in order to send your contribution today. because with your help, we will make Liberty win, and we will defend our Libertarian principles at the ballot box this September.
Yours In Liberty,
Justin O'Donnell

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