Libertarian Party

Mark Elworth Jr., A Story Of LP Infiltration

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Making the rounds on my social media accounts was a screenshot of former Nebraska gubernatorial candidate, Mark Elworth Jr., claiming that although he is running as a libertarian, he is not associated with the party and considers the voters and members of the party to be “whiny bitches”.

The former candidate, who is a former member of the Green party and claimed “I’ve always been involved in third parties because we can speak our minds,” also stated that he doesn’t care that he doesn’t “cater” to the LP and “[i]f the LP really didn’t want me on the ballot they would run someone against me.”


He then continued his stint within the LP by running for the party’s nominee for Vice-President, but then switched to running as the Legalize Marijuana Now Party’s Vice-presidential candidate. Currently, Elworth is running for US Senate in 2018 under the Legal Marijuana Now Party.

I divulge into this story of a libertarian candidate who has demonstrated that they are not libertarian (though there is a lot of overlap in his beliefs, he sounds more like a Sanders supporter), to discuss the prevailing problem within the party currently: infiltration and appropriation of the party to those who should not be representing libertarians.

And I don’t mean that the party is being infiltrated by leftists with the new Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the Libertarian Party (if you sincerely believe this, please google communalism, mutualism and syndicalism as they are all forms of socialism that could fit within a libertarian society), but more along the lines of people who hold severely collectivist views or advocate for more government interference and yet claim the title of libertarian.

The biggest hurdle of the Libertarian Party, I believe, is the perception that we are not a serious party. Part of this in my opinion, is the lack of vetting that goes into candidates for office. Having participated in my own state affiliates convention, I have seen that there’s a policy of having a name on every position open in each election cycle over selecting quality candidates.

And I understand that there’s ballot access requirements that have to be met every cycle, so there may be times where someone has to be on the ballot who may not be entirely vested in the race. Thus, is the life of being outside the major parties, but when the general population see a man start stripping during our national convention or that a man with a boot on his head is vying for the president slot or that the Party’s candidate for a governorship thinks we’re “whiny bitches”, it gives the impression that we’re a radical party of jokes.

How do we fix this? I would suggest an application process for all elections. If a candidate demonstrates that they understand libertarian principles and can communicate effectively, they may represent the party. No more of the “putting names down just to have them” policies unless in dire circumstances. No more allowing the former Green party members, “anarcho-fascists”, or future headliners at Chippendales, to be on the ballot.

If we want to move forward, we have to be viewed as a serious part of the political race.


6 replies »

  1. We don’t have to worry about ballot access in Nebraska, because of a law that Sen. Ebke pushed through. We get to be extra picky.


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  4. Perhaps it is true, that no one else is capable of running for this position who identifies anywhere as close to libertarian as Mark. Luke leaves out that Mark ran for Governor of Nebraska as a Libertarian for his first political race. This whiny article proves that the LP is whiny and doesn’t have a plan, or they would have made sure someone was on the ballot against Mark for this race, correct? Mark was a Vice Presidential candidate for the United States of America and deserves respect for that work. He earned 10th place in that race out of 364 million people in this country who could have ran for that position. Your last VP admitted to voting for Hillary. Awesome choice in candidates. You glossed over that too, Luke. Anyone should be allowed to run for office. You vetting your party is only going to widdle your support base down to a toothpick. Why? Because your best candidates, across the country, aren’t even libertarian.


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