In perhaps what may be its greatest opportunity yet, the Libertarian Party has within its grasp a chance for the strongest showing in a presidential election in its 37 year history. One of the LP candidates - Bob Barr - is already polling 4% to 7% in Zogby, which translates to roughly 5 to 6 million votes. Another frontrunner - Wayne Root - has already appeared on Fox News, CNN, ESPN and numerous major radio talk shows nationwide.
However all of that may be compromised and put into jeopardy by the Party's anarchists and 9/11 Truthers wing who are planning on turn the LP convention this month (starts May 22) into a referendum on 9/11 revisionism and denial of the Holocaust on American citizens in New York City, and Washington DC.
Libertarian candidates Mary Ruwart, Mike Gravel, Michael Jingozian,
Daniel Imperato and Steve Kubby have already signed this current pledge by Libertarians for Justice, a 9/11 Truth movement started by Jim
Duensing, the state party LP chairmen for Nevada.
Libertarian Presidential Candidates Bob Barr, George Phillies, and Wayne Root have
not signed the pledge.
The cleverly worded Libertarians for Justice Pledge:
On Behalf of the People of the United States of America, the undersigned DEMAND JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIMS of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
For the families who have fought bureaucratic stonewalling;
For the rescue workers who are still dying of mysterious illnesses;
For the researchers and experts who have dedicated their lives to researching the governmentâ€™s conspiracy theory;
And for the American people whose freedoms were surrendered to the terrorists by our own government.
We, the undersigned, demand a publicly conducted Congressional inquiry, with full subpoena power, into the largest terrorist attack in American history.
The committee shall meet, ask questions, and demand answers until We the People are sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the terrorists have been brought to justice.
With one of it's presidential candidates now running at 7% nationally in the polls(Bob Barr), one would think that the LP would be more focused on turning that 7% margin into 14% or 21% by November but instead they are insuring that once again the LP will be stuck with less then 1% of the national vote. Even if Bob Barr is smart enough to stay away from such revisionism, if he does get the LP nomination, this pledge will hound him for the entire presidential campaign.
Don't kid yourself. This is not some minor side show that is going on with these Libertarians for Justice. This year already Dylan Avery, director of Loose Change, was the keynote luncheon speaker at the 2008 Libertarian State Chairs Conference. Loose Change, is the You Tube hit from 2005, a documentary claiming that 9/11 was an inside job. A documentary so full of mistakes and distortions that even members the 9/11 truth Movement like Michael Green have separated themselves from some of the theories in the documentary.
Make no mistake, allowing the 9/11 Truth movement to take over the LP is not going to be good. It is not only bad history but it is bad politics. Like the albatross in Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, this will hang around the LP candidates neck and may even ultimately hang the entire libertarian movement with them.
*Editor's Note - The Editorial Board at Libertarian Republican blog wishes to express our extreme disgust with those who claim to be "Libertarians" yet subscribe to such conspiratorialist views. These views are nothing less than reprehensible. And we wish to affirm that they in no way represent the views of the libertarian movement. We condemn them in the strongest terms possible, much as we would condemn Nazis, Murderous Communists, Racists like the KKK and other Hate Groups. It is a great shame that some Libertarian Party Presidential candidates have chosen to shame the movement by endorsing this Hate Group. -- Eric Dondero, Publisher
This article has been commented favorably on as a feature story at the Delaware Libertarian blog. Commenting on Andrew Murphy's assertion above that such a linkage to the 9/11 Truther movement would hurt the LP, Steven Newton, LD Publisher says, "I must reluctantly agree that here is another great way to marginalize yourself as a party." We hope to run the piece in its entirety here at LR, pending permission from the LD site.