Here is an exchange I had with Rachel Lagunoff, who has attended
some of our events. I think it may offer useful feedback for us.
It begins with me [Michael E.] inviting her to join the LPSF:
About six months ago you were reluctant to join the Libertarian Party
of San Francisco. I wonder if now, as a result of new information,
considering the issues, and getting to know some of us, you would be
interested in supporting us and becoming a member. It's only $25 and
it will help us get out the ideas of liberty. Many thanks.
I feel very comfortable supporting individual Libertarians, such as
Denny, who is very open-minded, respectful of others, and understands
principles the LP is based on, but I do not feel that the Libertarian
in general represents my political ideas (and ideals) well. There are
some individual Libertarians who I am not comfortable associating
with at all. Of course, this is true with any political party, which
I've decided to declare myself an Independent.
You may use my name. To clarify a bit, the Libertarians I would feel
uncomfortable associating myself with are those who support violence
as the death penalty or war, those who scoff at environmental or
causes (save the seals, help the homeless, etc.), those who believe
leftists (garden variety, not hardcore communists) are somehow the