LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark, Replaces Sen. Mike Lee on FreedomFest Panel: “The Two Old Parties Don’t Mean What They Lie About Any More.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

LNC Chair Sarwark looking prepared for next year’s FreedomFest theme THE WILD WEST.

LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark replaced US Senator Mike Lee on 2018’s FreedomFest panel “Danger Zones: How America Is on the Brink of Losing Its Soul Through Its Foreign Policy,” Las Vegas Nevada, 14 July 2018.

A partial transcript of his remarks follows.  The full audio can be purchased HERE.  More information on FreedomFest can be found HERE.

Chair Sarwark was joined by US House Representative Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky; Ed Rush Author, Consultant and F-18 pilot, and Doug Casey, Chairman, Casey Research. Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University, moderated the panel.

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SARWARK: In my house I have a security system and guns.  I’m not telling you how many because it’s none of your damn business.  I do not have more guns than I need to keep my family safe because every gun that I buy that is more than I need is food that is taken off the table for my kids.  As a country, if defense spending is legitimate, we need to realize what we are doing.  Every dollar that builds a bomb, every dollar that builds a fighter plane sends over our brothers and sisters, or sons and daughters to die in other country’s civil wars and it cripples our economy.  The only political party in the country that is paying any attention to it, or saying anything about it is the Libertarian Party.  Frankly, I do not think there is a lot of hope as long as we keep tolerating a Congress that cannot even legislate the things that they say that they want to do.  Just an example, Democrats want to abolish ICE, and the Libertarian Party is like, Yes! Let’s abolish ICE!!! Ryan is going to bring it for a vote, but the Democratic sponsors are like, We’re going to vote “No” against our bill to abolish ICE; we’re not going to do it.  That is the level of spinelessness in Congress because the two old parties don’t mean what they lie about any more.

(Applause)

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SARWARK: It used to be the War Department; let’s make it the War Department again and stop lying to the American people. We are taking your money to bomb people overseas and bring home maimed soldiers. Let’s call the department what is it and then see if people will still vote for it.

(Applause)

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SARWARK: We should get out of NATO; NATO has no reason to exist.

(Applause)

SARWARK: We should just leave and let it go the way of The Cold War.  The UN is not my favorite international organization, but at least all they do is talk about stuff. They waste some money on diplomats, but it’s pretty safe.  NATO has guns, and that attempt to create an new hegemony to replace the old hegemony is fundamentally making us less safe because it is limiting the ability of Americas to invest and go and visit overseas and engage in public diplomacy where we change other countries and make our relations better by having individuals interact with other individuals rather than sending our crappy politicians to go meet with their crappy politicians.  Bad things happen then. We need to remove some of these barriers.  We need to deescalate the entire world and stop trying to build up the military-industrial complex.  Let’s just listen to President Eisenhower and shut the thing down.

CASEY: I totally agree with that.

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(NOTE: See President Eisenhower’s 17 January 1961 Farewell Address HERE.)

SARWARK: The Chinese are establishing a new hegemony throughout Asia and throughout most of Africa.  They are doing it at a lower cost than us because they are not sending soldiers, they are sending business.  They are engaging in economic activity that is increasing the quality of life for African citizens. They are making friends and influencing people while we are wasting money having troops get blown up.  We can learn from other countries, even though we are still the best one, and we can do things smarter so that we actually remain prosperous. It requires us to say, as the Congressman said, We were wrong, we are going to vote differently now, and stop having these fights.

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SARWARK: We are threatened by the potential attack on our markets because we are creating the threat ourselves.  When we engage in destructive trade negotiation where we are not doing integrative bargaining but are doing distributive bargaining, and doing transactional things to poke China in the face, they start moving out of our economy.  They stopped all their soybean orders after the steel and aluminum tariffs. When they are not integrated into our economy, it hurts them less when they attack our economy.  The way to be safe from an attack from China or Russia is to have peace and economic trade so that it hurts them more than it hurts us if they attack us.  The way to have the fight and then win it is – to avoid the fight.

(Applause)

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SARWARK: We are in Afghanistan for a very simple reason; defense contractors like to make money. All politicians like to get money.  Defense contractors know our politicians like to get money, and you cannot make money making bombs unless they use some of your bombs. That’s the only reason we are in Afghanistan.  That’s the only reason we are in the other seven countries where we have American forces on the ground – that they tell us about.  It’s not going to change until we fundamentally change our philosophy of what we want this country to be. Do we want to be a walled state that is constantly under threat from bugaboos foreign and abroad? Or do we want to be a “shining city on a hill” that people want to trade with and come and visit?

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SARWARK: What we need to do is back out, back away and let South Korea run their own country.  Let them reunify; stop trying to make Korea a pawn in our fight with China and start fighting on ground that actually matters. Why is it that we are trying to establish an hegemony on a peninsula that does not have that much economic utility instead of spreading out and diversifying our investments around the world and building better relationships with more countries? I want an America back where we are a confident country. Confident people do not bully other people. They do not need self-respect of beating someone else up to feel good about themselves. They do not need to tempt North Korea to get into a war.  They do not need to threaten other countries. They walk softly and carry a big stick.  We can do that again at roughly ten percent of the cost of our current Department of Defense as soon as we grow up, get a little bit of confidence and stop trying to pick fights.

(Applause)

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SARWARK: A lot of things that the US government spends my money on piss me off because taxation is theft.  But what pisses me off most of all is that the US government spends my money to give cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia so that they can bomb little children in Yemen with my money. And that should piss everyone in this room off if you are moral people. We need to stop coddling Saudi Arabia.  We need to recognize the regime for what it is. We need to have trade and economic diplomacy, but we need to stop protecting them because they are not a country that shares our values.

(Applause)

3 thoughts on “LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark, Replaces Sen. Mike Lee on FreedomFest Panel: “The Two Old Parties Don’t Mean What They Lie About Any More.”

  1. Joseph Buchman Post author

    From 15 April 1953, only three months into his presidency, his The Chance for Peace speech:

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. . . . This is not a way of life at all . . . Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

    Also carved into stone at his gravesite in Abilene, Kansas.

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