Analysis of proposed Platform changes - Responses to survey from Platform Committee chair

This is a bad bunch of proposals from the Platform Committee.

  In 2010, there were 24 PlatCom proposals, of which I supported 13 and opposed 11.

  This year's committee has 18 proposals (they are labeled 1-16 along with two additions 1b and 2b), of which I consider only two -- proposals #11 and #16 -- to be worth supporting.

  Of the others, #5, appears to be a harmless but not really necessary style change that would not affect the meaning of the plank it would revise and which would have been best left to the Style Committee. The rest I consider to be misguided proposals which I encourage everyone to soundly reject.

  The survey, and my responses to each proposal, are copied below.

  Finally, I note that once again this survey is being conducted in a flawed manner, and that this is part of an ongoing pattern. These issues I address in a separate email which is an open letter to members of the Libertarian National Committee.

  Please feel free to repost and distribute this email and its contents.

Love & Liberty,
                                   ((( starchild )))

Platform Committee Report 2012
The Libertarian Party Platform Committee's job is to recommend changes to the platform, to be voted on by the delegates to our national convention.

Four years ago, based on survey feedback by thousands of you, the 2008 Platform Committee learned what type of platform you wanted. This critically important feedback helped us construct proposals to successfully rebuild our party platform in a new style – short, bold and outwardly focused, yet still in keeping with our core values.

Thanks to your input, the 2008 convention delegates were able to accomplish an amazing feat, getting the 2/3rds agreement necessary to rebuild a complete platform in a single convention day.

Then in 2010 the Platform Committee focused on editorial cleanup, as the 2008 platform was rebuilt with cut-and-paste passages from past platforms, which left some subject matter holes and some readability shortcomings.

With the 2012 convention just around the corner, our convention delegates will soon be voting on improvements to the platform. Again, this year's Platform Committee focused on polishing existing language and filling in subject matter holes to address current issues not previously covered.

The 2012 Platform Committee met in December and adopted a series of 16 recommendations. Each is presented here with a note from the committee chair describing the purpose. By completing this survey you will be able to share with us your thoughts on our recommendations, many of which were inspired by written comments received on the 2008 and 2010 surveys.

Your responses will be very helpful. If you identify important factors we overlooked, or if you can think of improvements for the proposals, the Committee will have an opportunity to modify our report when we meet again in Las Vegas just before the convention in May.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to participate in the process by completing this survey which allows you to show support/opposition for each recommendation as well as an opportunity to provide comments on each.

Alicia Mattson
Platform Committee Chair