Today, 10:06 AM
Strategic thinking about the future does not involve refusing to build the LP's momentum and refusing to secure them ballot access and matching funds because the best candidate they can come up with advocates one or two things you hate. Especially if that candidate is unlikely to win anyway.
The liberty movement is not in any imminent danger of dying. And if it does, no one is going to carve Johnson's picture on its tombstone. That's what would fall under the heading of 'unrealistic emotional fantasy', and it's not going to stop any serious liberty advocate from doing his or her damnedest to help the LP break new ground.
Strategic thinking about the future is something other than daydreaming about the death of the liberty movement and working toward an honorable end to it. Unless you're a neocon. For those who actually care about liberty, strategic thinking about the future involves finding ways around the silly-assed wedges that the powers that be use to divide us one against another, and concentrating on building coalitions which can concentrate on things that are actually important to more than three dozen evangelist bakers.
I have no doubt that the Establishment infiltrators will double down on their campaign to encourage us to apply our purity tests to everyone in the country, and chase everyone out of our big tent until there are only three people left in it. But it won't work.
Less than five percent of the population has, by stealing this nomination, handed us a golden opportunity on a silver platter. By focusing on something that affects less than a hundred small businessmen--by focusing on anything that is a back burner issue at best, and possibly not an issue at all--when we need to be focusing on horrific wars, police state massacres, massive violations of the Constitution, the deliberate trashing of the economy, the loss of opportunity brought on by laws that prevent small businesses from competing with corporations, and a thousand important things, we snatch defeat from the jaws of the greatest opportunity for victory to come our way in at least half a century.