Caryn Ann Harlos
caryn.ann.harlos at lp.org
Sat Jan 13 02:09:21 EST 2018
Arvin, let me be blunt. I do not buy for a second that you have any
sympathies for any "difficulties" your massive lack of judgment and
insensitive ham-handed ways of dealing with serious topics. Your
sympathies do little to negate the fact that more of our time and resources
is spent cleaning up YOUR messes. I for one, am tired of it.
You didn't only state what you claim above. You went far further and
completely lacked tact and nuance.
On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 11:45 PM, Arvin Vohra <votevohra at gmail.com> wrote:
> First, let me express my sympathy for the difficulties many of you have
> faced over the last couple days, on account of my view that family,
> culture, and individuals, not government, should determine if a person is
> ready to give sexual consent. Those who have read my longer posts on the
> topic probably find material you agree with. Or perhaps not, but probably
> nothing explosively sensational. Any future posts on this topic, which I
> probably won't bring up given it's minor budgetary cost, will probably be
> written in a comparatively non-inflammatory way.
> I know many of you are weary of dealing with local responses to my social
> media posts. I would encourage those of you in this position to write,
> publicly, clearly, and comprehensibly on any of these topics. If age of
> consent is too incendiary, fine, write on government schools. Or military
> enlistment. Or military policy. Or social security. Or medicare. Or
> anything past soda taxes, hemp, and the federal Department of Education (a
> whopping 10% of the total welfare spend on education). If you don't want to
> be rude, fine, be polite. Just be honest, and be Libertarian.
> As I look through social media of the LP leadership, LP candidates, and
> general media, I find that the most accurate representation of Libertarian
> positions today are coming from our opponents. As an example, our enemies
> say that we want to end public education; our candidates and leaders deny
> it. Will it be just me and our enemies that put forward complete
> Libertarian positions? I can't imagine that we want that.
> In terms of sexual consent, as far as I know, the only Libertarians I know
> who have spoken on this topic at all are the elected Libertarian councilman
> who initially posted on the issue, Dr. Ruwart, and me. And when you silence
> the Dr. Ruwarts of the world, you end up being a party okay with nominating
> Bob Barr.
> It is also telling the extent to which those who have had their lives, and
> the lives of their loved ones destroyed by current age of consent laws have
> only felt okay messaging me privately, fearing the extent of the histrionic
> public backlashes against anyone who goes against the unspoken rules which
> so many so vigorously enforce. A few minutes ago, I learned of a 20 year
> odld who dated a 17 year old for months, then found out she had been lying
> about her age, and is now a registered sex offender. Should he have had his
> own read ID scanner? Perhaps.
> People are so terrified of being labelled perverts (with good reason),
> that they will not stand up for clear violations of decency. And as a
> party, we are so afraid of having the wrong spin or whatever it is that
> we're acting spineless. Even casual observation shows us that age of
> consent laws cannot be morally right, given that they are *different in
> different states*!
> If you don't like how I speak against government school and government
> funded school, fine. Use your own words. Or send me your own words, and
> I'll post it under my name. The military welfare complex? Speak on the
> topic however you like. Age of consent? Same thing.
> Could I write on any of these issues better? Of course. Life is about
> learning and improving. But censuring ourselves, lying about our positions
> and principles, and waiting for our literal enemies to be the only ones who
> present our views isn't the answer. Refusing to stand up for those who
> don't have the right optics for our current politicking is cowardice, not
> political cleverness.
> Arvin Vohra
> Vice Chair
> Arvin Vohra
> VoteVohra at gmail.com
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