With the 2018 Libertarian Party National Convention rapidly approaching, the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus thought that it would be wise to invite Ron Paul, the father of the liberty movement, to the convention. To the shock of any principled libertarian, the leadership of the Libertarian Party rejected Ron Paul, who was their presidential nominee 30 years ago.
Interestingly enough, the Libertarian Party would not have had to pay a dime to host Ron Paul. The Libertarian Party Mises Caucus was willing to pay the speaking fees for Ron Paul, incurring no costs to the LNC. In addition to Paul, the Mises Caucus also sought to bring Judge Andrew Napolitano to the convention. The Libertarian Party rejected these heroes. If one rejects someone like Ron Paul, it is safe to assume that they are not libertarians by any stretch of the imagination.
Here we see Daniel Hayes, the Convention Coordinator for the Libertarian Party, explicitly reject Ron Paul, claiming the former congressman has no idea what the party stands for. Hayes is also a Member-At-Large for the LNC. He is supposed to represent the entirety of the LP’s membership. This is not where libertarians stand, but perhaps the “Libertarian” Party hates Ron Paul and true libertarianism now.
In the article that Hayes is triggered over enough to reject Ron Paul, Paul outlines the failings of the Libertarian Party in 2016. “Unfortunately the Libertarian Party has failed to live up to what should have been its role as an ideological alternative to Washington’s one-party system. As was quite obvious in the 2016 presidential election, the Libertarians yielded to prevailing attitudes on war, welfare, the Federal Reserve, and more. In believing that winning was more important than standing for something, they ended up achieving neither.”
Nothing Ron Paul said was false. The Libertarian Party sold out when they nominated people like Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. If Hayes thinks he is above criticism, he ought not to hold a public position in any political party. In the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus’s official statement regarding the Libertarian Party’s rejection of Ron Paul, Michael Heise, founder of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus said “You would think that Ron would be a valued source of advice and that his followers and audience at the Ron Paul Liberty Report would be a prime recruiting ground for the Libertarian Party.”
But it seems that the Libertarian Party is more interested in getting cozy with Mike Shipley, founder of the Socialist Caucus of the Libertarian Party. Is anyone really surprised that the people rejecting Ron Paul are openly associating with communists who reject private property? Here we have Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian Party, showing his affection for the communists who have hijacked libertarianism.
This isn’t the first time the LP attacked true libertarians. Think about the time they equated Ron and Rand Paul with the Bushes and the Clintons.
What about the time Chairman Sarwark attacked Rand Paul for not doing enough for liberty (implying the Libertarian Party has done ANYTHING for liberty). In addition, the same chairman attacked the Ludwig von Mises Institute, calling it a Nazi organization. The Mises Institute is the most principled libertarian organization that has dedicated itself to spreading the teachings of Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises. The Mises Institute also served as inspiration for Ron Paul. Sarwark also thinks that Bernie Sanders is Ron Paul. In other words, the Libertarian Party leadership is a bunch of morons who hold their positions as a trophy. Liberty is not their objective.
In light of this event, Liberty Hangout informed the Republican Liberty Caucus of this incident. Citing Matt Nye, the Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, The RLC released the following official response:
“If you didn’t think the Libertarian Party had gone off the rails after the full monte display at the last National convention and the Johnson-Weld presidential fiasco, you might be justified in thinking so now”, RLC Chairman Matt Nye said. “I’ve just been informed that the Libertarian Party (LP) National Committee has declined Dr. Ron Paul as a guest speaker at their National Convention in New Orleans.
“Last year at FreedomFest in Las Vegas, LP Chairman Nicholas Sarwark took credit on stage for Ron Paul being one of the few prominent libertarian-leaning politicians ever elected while answering a question I posed from the audience,” Nye said. “Apparently things have changed; now Ron Paul – who almost single-handedly created an entire movement of libertarian leaning young people working to change the world of politics – is no longer welcome at the LP.
“I’ve not heard the explanation or rationale for this, and there may be more to the story, but one thing I can say for sure is that Ron Paul will always be welcome at the Republican Liberty Caucus”, Nye said. “No other individual in recent memory has done more to advance the cause of liberty than Dr. Paul, and I can personally cite him as one of the primary catalysts for my own activism.”
So long as the Libertarian Party rejects Ron Paul, the LP is dead. As mentioned before, the LP leadership sees their positions as trophies, not as tools to promote liberty. They are complacent as government grows and tyranny expands. It is for this reason that the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus must take over the Libertarian Party in 2018. Things have gotten so bad under Nick Sarwark and Arvin Vohra that Ron Paul is shunned by the Libertarian Party.
Ron Paul wouldn’t want us to get mad, nevertheless, he would want us to fight for freedom. And in this spirit, It is the goal of Liberty Hangout to host a Ron Paul rally in partnership with the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus and the Republican Liberty Caucus should they choose to accept this invitation. Details will follow. If the “Libertarian” Party will not defend the figure who dedicated his life to freedom, we will.