Written in 1998 by Harry Browne, 1996 & 2000 Libertarian Party Nominee for President
Libertarian Lee Wrights Goes On the Road to Stop All War
ATHENS, Ga. - R. Lee Wrights, a longtime libertarian writer and activist, is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for president because he wants to stop all war. He's so committed to insuring that this is the Libertarian Party message in November, regardless of who gets the nomination, that he's taking his campaign on the road – literally.
Wrights will attend the Georgia Libertarian Party State Convention in Athens March 25-26. Then he will embark on a two-month odyssey, traveling by car, that will crisscross the nation twice. He'll attend Libertarian state party conventions and events in Georgia, California, Mississippi, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas/Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and New York.
“We must not only stop the wars in Afghanistan and on other countries, we must stop the war on drugs and alternative lifestyles, we must stop the war on civil liberties, we must stop the wars on food, healthcare, guns -- you name it,” Wrights said. “We must stop all war.”
Wrights said that all politicians, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, manipulate every calamity and issue into a war on something or somebody to instill mindless fear into Americans, to divide us, and to con us into surrendering more and more of our liberty in the vain hope of insuring our security.
“We have waged war on poverty since the 60's, and people are still poor,” he said. “We've waged war on ignorance since the 70's, and our children still cannot read, write, or think critically.”
“And we have gallantly fought the Demon Drugs for decades, and all we have done is put more people in prison for non-violent crimes than any other nation, while funding terrorists who kill people all over the world,” Wrights said.
Rather than bringing change, President Barack Obama has reneged on his promise to reverse the trampling of civil liberties begun under the Bush Administration. “He’s done just the opposite,” Wrights said. “He’s expanded federal power to invade our privacy and curtail our rights, or detain us indefinitely.”
“What is most frightening and appalling of all is that President Obama has ordered assassination of American citizens, making himself judge, jury and executioner, in total disregard for the rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution,” Wrights said. “We’re all now suspects, not sovereigns.”
“President Obama has also bombed more countries than any other Nobel Prize winner in history,” Wrights noted.
Wrights said that the Republican candidates for president, except one, challenge the right of the president to do any of these things. “Only Libertarians do that,” he said. “Only the Libertarian Party is committed to peace, which will bring prosperity.”
“The libertarian promise of peace and prosperity is one Americans are longing to hear,” Wrights said. “We don't need to soften, refine, modify or craft what we believe to appeal to conservatives or liberals to win votes. Instead, we must embrace our beliefs and wear them proudly.”
“As the Libertarian candidate for president I'm ready, willing and able to take this bold stand. I've never been afraid to speak truth to power,” Wrights stressed. “I'll take the true libertarian message of peace and prosperity to all 50 states and won't be ashamed to say in a loud, clear and unequivocal voice: Stop all war!”
The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the U.S. Libertarians believe the answer to America's political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders.
Libertarianism is essentially the application of the Golden Rule to politics: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. “This means that no one, not even the government, has the right to tell you how to live your life, or what you can do with your property so long as you respect other people's right to live as they please and use their property the way they want,” Wrights explained.
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