The South Carolina Libertarian Party successfully re-organized its Spartanburg County affiliate today. The Spartanburg County Libertarian Party held a traditional South Carolina Libertarian Party organizational meeting on the courthouse steps at noon today at Spartanburg County Courthouse on Magnolia St. today. The convention recessed and moved to Papa’s Breakfast Nook and reconvened for the business meeting.
The County party delegates elected the following officers: Robert Ritchey Chairman, Treasurer and Executive committee representative. James Cooley Jr. was elected Vice-chairman and Stacy Ritchey was elected Secretary. Robert Ritchey will represent Spartanburg at the state party executive committee starting in February.
State party chairman Michael Carmany, who attended the meeting said:
“There is much excitement and motivation in the Upstate with Spartanburg and Cherokee counties organizing and becoming active in the advancement of the Libertarian party in South Carolina.”
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Spent 14 years in the Libertarian Party. Great educational organization. The Libertarian Party, even to this day, is my philosophical base. However, as a political organization it has been a complete failure. One has to see results; in political organizations results are in the form of politicians elected who are members of your party. How many LP politicians do we have in State Legislatures, Governors, U.S. Congress, etc… I believe the answer is 0. For libertarians to achieve their goals, I suggest they work within both the Republican and Democrat Party to advance the cause of limited government, individual and economic freedom. This effort has been started in the Republican Party and we have actually seen results; think – Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Justin Amash, Mark Sanford, and several more Republicans who base their decision making process on libertarian concepts. I am open to all comments on how the Libertarian Party can be effective in influencing the American political landscape.
A bunch of city council members, and a few mayors, but no state or federal office: http://www.lp.org/candidates/elected-officials
People don’t like investing time and money if they aren’t going to get a result. The duopoly have rigged the system in their favor and intends to squash any third party from earning a chunk of “their” power.
In my opinion The LP (and other parties) will only win meaningful elections if election reform takes place. I like reforms such as approval voting, removing campaign contribution limits, shortest splitline districting (an algorithm that draws straight district lines), and my favorite, return to the 30,000:1 representative ratio called for in the Constitution.
Please show me the results America has had over the last 13 years. I look forward to those accomplishments I overlooked!
Here you folks go again, making me look up the definition of a word I’ve never seen before (although I GUESSED correctly!) “Duopoly” — such as, on FitsNews there is a duopoly of commentators who post stupid, insulting, unintelligible, irritating and masochistic comments,. — maybe!
Here’s another one for you, Henry.
“Organized Libertarians” is an oxymoron.
GT is a given, but the second is a little tougher… Smirks? euwe max? Maybe jimlewisowb?
Only the GrandTurnip – the others are just fine.
“I suggest they work within both the Republican and Democrat Party to
advance the cause of limited government, individual and economic
freedom. This effort has been started in the Republican Party and we
have actually seen results; think – Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz,
Justin Amash, Mark Sanford, and several more Republicans who base their
decision making process on libertarian concepts.”
You’ve said many interesting things, I think the most interesting is how Libertarians should work with Dems in the first sentence quoted above, yet ends with “Republicans who based their decision making process on libertarian concepts.”
I agree with you that the Libertarian Party has not been successful though.
My hope is that the current political paradigm will be so completely destroyed and discredited(and it will in my opinion), that no one will care anymore about “Republican” or “Democrat”.
So in summary, why would any Libertarian wanting change join the very movement that will end up destroyed and discredited?
For the pleasure of rearranging a few deck chairs on the Titanic?
The County party delegates elected the following officers: Robert Ritchey Chairman, Treasurer and Executive committee representative…
Although an avowed libertarian and a LP member for many years…TBG opines that having one guy with three titles is indicative of a tribe with not enough Indians…
Never good when a party convenes to a place called Papa’s Breakfast NOOK….if you can get a party into a NOOK, more than just Papa, it must be nasty.
There’s a joke there … somewhere.
Yeah, it’s across from the Chapman “Cultural Center”
Papa’s ain’t “nasty”
A good place for breakfast but if you want a good burger/beer/fries go to Ikes, the Nu-Way or Chiefs.
if is WAS involved in some political BS those are the places i would go.
The young Democrats claim the Nu-Way as a meeting place.
Ikes and Chiefs are neutral.
All 3 suit me just fine.
All have been around for years and each have their own personality – God Bless ’em all!!!!!
Please come join us and help out. Then one guy will not hold 3 offices due to neccesity.
I agree with SOME things the Libertarian Party stands for but I have come to the conclusion that because i am a TRUE Independent, I belong to neither the Libertarian,Green,Constitution, Democrat or Republican parties.
I hereby declare myself as a proud card-carrying member of the GRP party (i.e.:Get Real Party)
Too bad Pat Paulsen ain’t around…………
It’s kinda hard to find a phone booth in the age of cell phones…but good luck w/ that.
On second thought it may be well attended if all the head shops, abortion clinics and wh*re houses, close down to come to the meeting.
PS: I’ve never seen a real warlock. Tell me what he looks like when you get back from the meeting…
there’s no such thing as a libertarian party. a party has an independent platform and fields candidates in elections.
OOOPS..!! I misread that as “LIBERTINES”…..
Organized Libertarians? Laughsnort! So does this mean they’ll finanlly have the balls to run as Libertarians and stop pretending to be Republicans? Lots of Libertarian RINO’s out there.