Dear fellow libertarians and supporters of the Libertarian Party,
I have long been a libertarian. I may not have always really known it, but I do know that I’ve always been skeptical of the establishment and a believer in smaller government. Ron Paul’s run for President in 2008 energized my interest in politics like no time before in my life. I became much more passionate, began writing, and sought an outlet to direct my efforts. Ultimately, I joined the Libertarian Party.
I don’t remember the exact date that I joined, but I can unequivocally tell you that Chris Spangle was a major influence. The Libertarian Party here in Indiana is truly a vehicle for change, and Chris helped convince me of that fact. We’ve had three things going for us here that set us apart from most of the rest of the country: continuous ballot access since 1994, a pragmatic approach to accepting libertarians, and a paid and professional staff for the better part of over a decade.
Now, Chris Spangle is moving on to new adventures. This leaves us with both challenges and opportunities.
I firmly believe that we must keep up the momentum here in Indiana. We had great candidates in 2012 with record vote totals. As we look to 2014, we must retain ballot access, continue taking a “big tent” approach to libertarianism, and maintain a paid and professional staff. To do the latter, we need money.
The void that will be left in Chris’s absence gives us an opportunity to restructure our office, and, hopefully, to expand the office. It is not the time to shrink our staff or hire less-qualified employees. We need raise funds, through consistent income, to support this expansion.
So, today, I am going to increase my monthly 1994 Society contribution to the LPIN. We cannot afford a decrease in income. We cannot allow Chris’s absence to justify lower contributions. It is time for all of us to step up and either join the 1994 Society or increase our contributions.
When we hire new staff, we need to keep them. We cannot afford to lose them to better opportunities!
Join me today!