So, some of us are saying “Why bother with the Libertarian Party? We lost, we lost, we lost in 2016. We've lost for decades.” I get that, but what we have to understand is, 2016 was a turning point. We are now beginning to win. All we need right now is to take all that motivation, everything we have and put it into the right plan. And guess what? We've been working on that plan.
In the next two years, this party must spend its time building its infrastructure. We have to run more people at the local level, but more importantly, we have to be able to teach these people who are running how to grow teams around them and support them with fundraising, organizing, campaigning, and every little piece that matters to building up the infrastructure of our party. We've got to spend the next 2 years doing this.
It's 2018 through 2019, and hopefully, we get some real impact. In 2019 and again in 2020, if we keep doing this, we're going to have people who've run multiple times, people who've run often, and all of a sudden now, we've got a solid down ticket.
There's a problem though, the top of our ticket has the least chance to win in almost every single state. Even in 2020, in a presidential election, the odds of victory are going to be low. I get that, but the down ticket has the highest chance to win. That's great, but the press is the reverse for us. We get most of our press at the top of the ticket. So our goal over the next 4 years or so,
has to be to make sure our top of the ticket promotes
down ticket again and again and again, and gets
those people at the bottom to get as much
press as possible to actually win.
If over the course of the next 3 or 4 years we can get people at the lower levels elected, winning, competent, good at running, with infrastructure prepared, when 2022 comes around we'll get people at the federal level. We will actually close deals. We will have people in Congress, in Senate, and when that happens 2024 comes around. 2024 we get a shot. This is my 7-year plan.
We’re building up the bottom now and I'm asking you to do this, right? As always if I ask you to do it, I have to join in, so I'm promising you this; I'm going around the country now. I'm trying to get more people to understand how to build a campaign out and build infrastructure. I’m running for Governor now in 2018 so that I can be one of those people whom I can build my team around the same thing. I've also worked with the Libertarian Leadership Academy so that organization will help train people in how to grow their individual parties, how to make the campaign work better, stronger, faster. That's what we're doing, building infrastructure. If we build our farm team in the coming years 2020, in 2024 we are going to have an amazingly powerful homegrown talent that can actually win.
I know some of you are thinking “Larry, shouldn't we just get people in other parties to come join us? Wouldn't it be easier if those guys came to us?” And you know what? Maybe. But here's the problem, if we don’t build our party, if we don't have our own culture when they come to us, they will take us over. It won’t be our party. But if we build our party, they'll want to come to us, and when they do they will join our party not take it over. And that's what I want. It's up to us in these next 3,4,5,6,7 years to make our party so powerful, so strong, that everybody wants to come aboard. And that's up to us to do it. Run, support, help, down ticket first, then up ticket until we win at the top.
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C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."