Saturday, May 19, 2012

These Libertarians? They're a Joke.

Just returned to the Emerald City from day one of the State GOP Convention, during which each congressional district chose its national convention delegates.  In The Wiz's district, a total of six delegates were selected, of whom three have no business representing the party at the national convention.

During the presidential primary in February, our district voted for Mitt Romney.  So, our delegates have to commit to vote for Romney at least through the first ballot at the national convention.  In order to be considered for national delegate, each person had to sign an affidavit stating he or she would vote for Romney.

So, what's the problem?  Three of the delegates voted in by our district were selected by bloc votes cast by those committed to a former Libertarian now claiming to be a Republican, who puts one in mind of Professor Irwin Corey.  Not only were votes cast as a bloc, they were withheld from other candidates as a bloc, under orders from campaign organizers.

Here's how it works:  6 candidates were running for four spots, one of them being a "Corey" supporter.  The other "Coreybots" in the caucus all voted for the one Corey supporter only, and did not vote for any other candidate, thus reducing the votes the other candidates would have received and artificially inflating the relative votes of the favored Corey backer.

Now, let me make clear that I do not care how the vote came out, and I argued against naming a slate of candidates to exclude the Coreybots.

Here's what I find troubling and laughable at the same time:  these Coreybots think of themselves as libertarians.  Random House Dictionary defines "libertarian" as "a person who advocates liberty,  especially with regard to thought or conduct; a person who maintains the doctrine of free will."

These folks didn't exercise free will (unless you argue that it was an act of free will to give up their free will, in which case there are a few other descriptors that would apply) -- they voted in lockstep, following orders.  (And do they have to be so nasty about it?  Two of the elected ones called one of the other candidates a "witch.").

So listen up, bots -- don't give me any more of your claptrap about individual liberty and autonomy, until you start walking the walk. 

And by the way, we'll be watching you at the convention, to make sure you cast your vote for Romney.  If you don't, that affidavit you signed might be evidence in a perjury case.  Just sayin'.

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