Jan 23, 2006

Polling -- Liberty Beacon

Taking pride in the differences among our own supporters has always been a defining trait of Libertarian Party members. Is a position taken "libertarian enough" or is there such a thing dominates discussion groups? The argument of dogmatic belief in the libertarian philosophy versus pragmatic incremental change has been at the heart of our most entertaining, yet frustrating, debates. Recognizing that libertarians walk in the same direction, but not always lockstep is critical for our party growth.

Bringing legislative issues to our membership has shown we have some differences. Does a landlord's rights to his property trump those property rights of a tenant and his personal possessions? Is there ever a legitimate use of eminent domain? There are many shades of "charcoal" -- not light gray -- we consider on a daily basis.

As a trial last week, a poll was published on our Liberty Beacon Yahoo! group. The results? More than 90% of our respondants agree with our position on eminent domain. But what about the others? From time to time, as we receive feedback, we will put up for polling our party stands on issues. This is your chance to agree or disagree. When necessary, we will offer up majority and minority views on our http://www.lpin.org website.

In the meantime, if you want to be a party to our polling, join our Yahoo! group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lpin. For current polls, simply go to the polling section on the main page of the group.

In liberty,
Dan Drexler
Executive Director
Libertarian Party of Indiana

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