My view on this. . . The Libertarian Party has long been infested with Fruit Loops, Nut Bars and Bananas. They could have opened a whole snack bar right there at the convention, and they were all outraged at the thought of their beloved party being "taken over" by grown-ups like Johnson and Weld.
From where I sit, Johnson and Weld aren't hijacking the party. They're just trying to rescue it from the Looney Tunes.
You know who I'm talking about. . . I mean the guys in bizarre costumes screaming at Johnson because he won't commit to abolish driver's licenses. . . or legalize all hard drugs overnight. . . or abolish public education. . . or privatize our highway system and make all roads into toll roads. . . Policies that the American people want, deep down in their hearts, if only they realized it! If only everyone would read Ayn Rand and become enlightened!
I'm talking about the faction trying to get "opposition to all forms of government" inserted as a plank the party platform. Here's a hint for you guys: It's the Libertarian Party, not the Anarchist Party. If you love anarchy so much, why not form your own Anarchist Party? Or better yet, move to Somalia and see how you like it!
The Fruit & Nut Club will undoubtedly be gnashing their teeth and retorting that I'm no libertarian and have no libertarian principles. That's not true. I have a very strong believe in libertarian principles. To wit:
1. I favor freedom for the people. They shouldn't trampled by big government or big business or big unions or big religion or big anything.
2. I'm not sure how much government we need, but I'm sure what we have right now is too much.
3. We should really try to keep the country from going broke.
I think if the party would stick with *my* principles, they could have a lot clearer message, focused on what's important, and make some headway with the general public -- as opposed to blathering about Rand, NAP, and anarcho-capitalist doctrine.