The Libertarian Party has officially chosen “I’m THAT Libertarian” as the next slogan for their biannual national convention in remembrance of 2016 Presidential hopeful Marc Feldman, who passed away last year. He gave an impassioned speech that was widely seen as one of the highlights of the conference.
At a tumultuous and divisive Libertarian National convention that caused bitter divisions within the party, Feldman’s unifying, passionate message was an across-the-board hit. A relative unknown at the time going up against several noteworthy competitors with national profiles, Feldman stole the show with his closing remarks – even his rivals were laughing and applauding. Tragically, he would pass away a month after the convention of natural causes at the age of 56.
“I’m that… no pain, no gain, get those petitions signed in the rain Libertarian,” Feldman said to raucous applause during a Presidential debate at the convention. “That ‘sorry, I’m not sorry’ libertarian. That can’t stand the infringements and abuses libertarian. That right here, right now, no excuses libertarian. I’m that libertarian!”
The entirety of Feldman’s speech can be viewed here:
The results were announced after a fundraising drive in which a handful of slogans were presented and the winner was decided by the donations of interested members. “I’m THAT Libertarian” beat out the other options of “Building Bridges, Not Walls”, “Pro-Choice on Everything”, “Empowering the Individual”, and “The Power of Principle”. In total, the party raised $15,395 in funds to help offset the cost of next year’s convention with $6,222 coming from donations in support of the winning slogan.
The 2018 Libertarian Party National Convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 30 through July 3, 2018. They will select the body of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), and attend to other party matters in preparation for the mid-term elections.