From the desk of George Phillies
The following and many other things have recently poured across my transom. Apparently members of the LNC are really unhappy with each other. My comments precede the Cory memo in the following text. The memo authenticity I am inclined to believe but cannot verify. I am fairly sure his attack on me is not quite historically accurate.
To judge from all the emails I am having forwarded to me by a large number of different people, I gather that the LNC is unhappy about something, since it has sprung more leaks than the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.
In any event, some of you may find interesting the following, which was forwarded to me. It appears to show that the LNC was told in advance by Mr. Cory that he would be putting out his notorious press release attacking by inference Dr. Ruwart’s book.
Mr. Cory also uses the memo as an opportunity to attack me. Because I have not previously seen this memo, I did not have an opportunity to defend myself from his false statement about me, a deficiency I will soon be correcting.
Most of you were not on the LNC last year, and therefore likely did not see the following.
By the way, I have also recently seen a report to you on a count of members. It is visible that at someplace in the middle of the graph the count of members has been replaced with a count of members and donors, making recent progress look better than is reasonable.
On the bright side, while Sarah Palin blew $150,000 on clothing, our Presidential candidate is only up to $18,000 on limousine services. It is good to see that Libertarian thrift and fiscal prudence are leading the way.
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 17:27:26 -0400
Subject: [Lnc-discuss] Are we Anarchists or Libertarians?
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Dear LNC members,
The comments from Mary Ruwart’s book that were recently found by George Phillies and publicized are now hitting the media. The top headline on the heavily trafficked site Politics1.com reads “Leading Libertarian Prez Candidate Defends Child Porn.” This is becoming an issue that cannot be ignored and does trouble myself and the rest of the staff.
For a quick recap, here are the comments from page 43 of Mary Ruwart’s book, “Libertarian – Short Answers to the Tough Questions”:
“How can a libertarian argue against child pornography?
Children forced to participate in sexual acts have the same rights and recourse as rape victims. We can, and should, prosecute their oppressors.
Children who willingly participate in sexual acts have the right to make that decision as well, even if it’s distasteful to us personally. Some children will make poor choices just as some adults do in smoking
and drinking to excess; this is part of life.
When we outlaw child pornography, the prices paid for child performers rise, increasing the incentives for parents to use children against their will.”
I spoke with Mary about this directly and was left reeling with the stupidity of an argument that defended a child being allowed to make their own “decisions” regarding sex, prostitution or the free-market notion of a child pornography industry, which again is very different to the adult pornography, websites similar to full tube xxx.
My discussion with her was not about the issue of consent of a 16 or 17 year-old, we were talking about children — 5, 6, 7. We were talking about my daughter.
In my mind, it is a clear bright line. You are either in favor of the government protecting children from predators and the outlaw of child pornography, or you are not. There is no free-market argument or way to wax philosophic so that I will somehow find it palatable to walk into my local Seven-Eleven and watch someone purchase kiddie porn. There should be a difference drawn between kiddie porn and regular porn found on websites like hdpornvideo xxx.
There is not a chance in hell that I’m going to smile and say “have a nice time” when my eight year-old son walks out of my front door for a date with a 50 year-old pedophile based upon his own supposed decision.
Forgive me for being so upset and so “American” about this, but I believe that our government does serve a purpose and at its core it is to protect the rights of the individual. That includes those who cannot help themselves. As a parent it is our responsibility to make everything safe for our children, that includes setting up parental controls on any computers they have access to, monitoring their emails and chat messages to make sure no-one sends them a message or email with links like visit this site right here porn7 or any other porn spam.
I find it deeply troubling that Mary and others would dance around this issue with theoretical nonsense. This goes far beyond what will happen in Denver and her being a current presidential candidate. Significant, long-term harm may come to our party because of the anarchistic views of
someone the media will portray as a party leader.
I have discussed this with our chair and in no uncertain terms, I will not defend Mary Ruwart or her stances to the media. I am not an anarchist hiding under the “purist” label, I’m a libertarian. I believe
in a small, efficient government that both respects and protects our liberties.
If, after all of this time, I have been somehow kidding myself in thinking that the the vast majority of the members of this party think the way I do, please let me know. If I am actually supposed to be
representing anarchism masked as libertarian “purism,” please, please let me know.
In the meantime, I will be doing what I believe is my obligation to the party and our members by going on the offensive to protect us from further fallout. Later today we may issue a statement addressing the issue of child pornography and will do more if necessary.
If you have any questions or concerns, please voice them on this discussion list.
Libertarian National Committee