You perpetrate a straw man fallacy, David. Nowhere have I said I do not see the importance of a party platform. You made that up, probably because it's easier for you to respond to what you pretend I said about the platform, rather than respond to what I actually said. See here to learn more: www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html
There is no straw man argument Erik. You support the current platform which doesn't say anything and mock anyone who believes we need something of substance.
Earlier you posted the following.
Nobody can define for anybody else what a "principled libertarian" is. And anybody can say they know what a "real platform" is. That sort of "line-in-the-sand" fussiness will do nothing to promote Libertarian ideals in public policy by getting Libertarians elected.
You could just as easily claim that the MOST principled Libertarians cared enough about liberty to drive to Franklin, PA and decide what the current LPPA platform should say, and that all those who failed to attend the most recent convention are the unprincipled libertarians.
Ironically, in that comment you make my point. All kinds of people believe they are libertarians. Some of them don't begin to understand what a libertarian is. They believe in wealth redistribution schemes, the war on drugs, outlawing gambling, limiting gun rights, marriage amandments, the list goes on. The believe we will nominate them as candidates after they were rejected by the R's & D's.
Even within the Libertarian movement, we have divides on issues with people coming from the far left or right for example. As I pointed out before, in my opinion, the current platform would work for just about any party. I believe we covered that in a previous post http://www.lppa.org/smf/index.php?topic=35963.msg48938#msg48938
The members of the LPPA need a meaningful platform that sets forward what we expect from libertarians in PA. What that platform says is for the members to decide. It could lay out our position on a number of issues. It could say we don't want far left or far right ideas. Whatever it says, it should say something about the direction of the LPPA.
The current platform is a disservice to the party. Some believe it creates a big tent, but what it really creates is a party without direction and the potential for a slate of candidates running on opposing views across PA on some pretty key issues. I predict in the end, this approach will be damaging and do more harm than good. Allready we have long time supporters witholding funds. It wouldn't suprise me if counties consider dissafilliation.
I'm not sure what kind of people or candidates you are trying to attract with this platform. If all we cared about was getting people elected, the best way to accomplish that is to run them as R's or D's. If we care about getting libertarians elected as Libertarian Party candidates, then we need to agree about what a libertarian position is on many issues. I and others are not going to put our resources into supporting libertarian candidates only to find they aren't libertarians and they fail to support our views on some very key issues.
And, no we can't guarantee that once elected they would continue to support our platform, but we can expose them as liers and withhold future support.
And for the record, I was not a fan of the old platform. But going from one extreme to the other is not the answer.
As it is now. I know I and others are reluctant to promote the party or making any financial contributions until this is resolved, and we are convinced this party is a good investment. Maybe the R's and D's that are attracted to the big tent will fill the void.