Libertarian Party Monday Message: If Libertarians save one life

Via email and LP blog:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The War in Afghanistan has dragged on for almost nine years. According to the Washington Post, there have been 1,189 American military deaths, which is more than two per week.

And of course, today’s big news about WikiLeaks raises a lot of questions about whether we’ve been honestly told how badly the war is going.

I’m often asked how Libertarian candidates make a difference in cases where they don’t win their election. We have over 150 candidates running for U.S. Representative, and over 20 for U.S. Senator.

Here’s how: ending the war sooner will save both lives and money. I’m also convinced that ending the war sooner will reduce terrorism, although I understand some others disagree.

I’m not attempting to put a dollar value on a life saved, but I’ve seen reports that some environmental and safety regulations cost anywhere from millions to billions per life saved. The cost of training and equipping replacement military personnel is also very high.

The entire national Libertarian Party budget, plus all of the funds raised by Libertarian candidates and affiliates, is a few million dollars at most.

I don’t know when this war will end. But if our party and our candidates help end this war just one week faster, that alone could save two American soldiers’ lives, plus contractors, and many more civilians. And with just a few million dollars in spending, Libertarians could save lives at a far lower cost than what the government spends on its attempts to save lives.

I think we can do even better than that, but I’m just trying to make the point that even a small improvement makes the whole effort worthwhile.

Libertarian candidates for Congress can help end this war by putting pressure on incumbents, particularly Democrats, who voted to authorize Afghanistan and Iraq. Simply mentioning it in a voter survey or media appearance makes a difference.

Any Libertarian volunteer can write a letter to the editor reminding people that Libertarians support a non-interventionist foreign policy. I often think that short letters work better. You could try, “I thought President Obama and the Democrats would end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring our troops home quickly, but I was wrong. Congressman ___ voted to authorize the wars and keeps voting for additional war spending. That’s why I’m voting

You can check here to see if there’s a Libertarian running for Congress in your district.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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15 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Monday Message: If Libertarians save one life

  1. Good luck ----- You'll need it ........ Lake

    ‘Bout time!


    “Barack Obama, who rocketed to the White House promising “change you can believe in,” is now telling voters they shouldn’t change a thing.

    “His message for the fall elections, which are looking ominous for his Democrats, is that Republicans caused the nation’s economic troubles, but he and the Democrats are starting to fix them. So stick with the Democrats and don’t go back to the GOP.

    “This is a choice between the policies that led us into the mess or the policies that are leading out of the mess,” Obama said recently in Las Vegas.

    “Trouble is, it’s a tough sell to voters who’ve seen little progress.

    “Unemployment is stuck near double digits and polls show many voters have decided Obama’s policies are to blame, not his predecessor’s.

    “Obama often frames the argument by saying that Republicans had their chance to drive, then drove the car into a ditch and shouldn’t get the keys back. But voters may be concluding that Democrats, who control the White House and both chambers of Congress, have had their chance at the wheel, too, and haven’t gotten very far.

    “From the American public’s point of view, the people in charge at this point are the people who own the problem,” said Andrew Kohut, head of the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

    “Obama’s challenge for the next four months is to turn that perception around.”


  2. Robert Milnes

    paulie, paulie, I conjure your name to summon you hence.
    Whats going on? I count 26 new posts since I ranted about my birthday & solar panels. 19 by you in what, about 12 hours? Did somebody pay you to post like a demon so as to passive-aggressively push my rant to the previous posts oblivion bin?
    Time off sentence?

  3. Robert Milnes

    Wes, Wes, Wes.
    Need I remind you that Ron Paul & Obama ran anti-war campaigns in 2008?
    Ron Paul raked in $35 million.
    Unfortunately Ronulans were deluded that he could end the war etc. BY HIMSELF & that he could win. NOT.
    BUT with PLAS the LP COULD WIN. Campaign on that & you just might could tap into another $35 million.
    Not to mention the multi millions of progressive votes.

  4. Vaughn

    Kucinich and Paul introduced Con. Resolution 301, which supports a withdrawl from Pakistan. Call your congress member and ask them this SAT question.

    Vietnam is to Cambodia as Afghanistan is to _____?

  5. Robert Milnes

    Vaughn, if the answer is Pakistan, where was Al Quaida in Cambodia circa 1975-80? & their nuclear weapons with intermediate range ballistic missiles?

  6. citizen1

    2 deaths a week because of an illegal war is tragic. Worse though is nearly 3,000 deaths a day of unborn children due to abortion. Also tragic is that in some years as many as 52% of all black pregnancies ended in abortion.

  7. paulie Post author

    Vaughn, if the answer is Pakistan, where was Al Quaida in Cambodia circa 1975-80?

    The viet cong were allegedly operating in Cambodia and Laos.

  8. JT

    Milnes: “Did somebody pay you to post like a demon so as to passive-aggressively push my rant to the previous posts oblivion bin?”

    Haha! That’s exactly it, Milnes. It’s a conspiracy against you.

  9. George Phillies

    Meanwhile the LP has stood up for private property and freedom of religion
    and is being vigorously attacked
    –by its own National Committee.

    By its own Committee? From LNC-Discuss and the LNC, where my sources asked me to paraphrase on this issue,

    To start with the good, to his credit Dan Wiener urged that we should argue against legal limits based on religious issues’ [Indeed, the article is not well-served by its title, which is much closer to ‘allow to build’ than ‘build’.]

    But David Nolan urges that we should avoid ‘unnecessary controversies’ , because this issue is outside the platform. To which I say ‘I’m sorry, but a libertarian party that thinks freedom of religion and use of private property is outside the platform has missed the boat.’

    and Kevin Knedler apparently says that our candidates do not need to add this issue to their “explanation” list.

    Wayne Root claims that this issue is prominent on his list of “no no’s” that destroy and damage our reputation with what he views to be mainstream voters.

    And Aaron Starr, who is now Treasurer of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee, questions if this topic will resonate with the American public — one might propose that among the millions of Americans who are Islamites, the answer is a resounding affirmative.

    To finish with other end, Alicia Mattson asks “Do any of us deny that there are fundamentalist Islamic sects that are extremist, advocate and carry out terrorism, and randomly murder innocent people???”

    to which I answer: Fundamentalist sects? Yes, anyone more than marginally literate and familiar with the issue would question her claim. The people who do shooting at Americans are doing it as members of political organizations, e.g. Al Qaida, the Afghani Student Party. The people in Iraq who shoot at us include socialists, people whose country we conquered, and if you must bring up claims about Shi’a Islam, well, the reasonable analogies are that Shi’ite Islam is in many ways other than the actual teachings of its Prophet like Orthodox Christianity, while the Saudi Wahabbi Islam with its emphasis on the holy text –nothing but the book– is very close in its ‘stay with the text’ teaching to the teachings — for a different faith — of Martin Luther.

  10. paulie Post author

    I’m glad the LP stood up for religious freedom and property rights and I hope we keep doing so.

  11. paulie Post author

    “Did somebody pay you to post”

    It would be nice if someone did. I’ve been having bad luck with lining up jobs the last few months, and am now not working and getting deeper into debt every day.

  12. Michael H. Wilson

    I didn’t know that the LNC-discuss list was open to none LNC members but I see that Aaron Starr apparently is still on it. At least that is how I read George’s post. Am I miss reading it or is Mr. Starr still on the LNC-discuss list? If so can I get on the list?

  13. Born Again Non-Voter

    It’s morally disgusting that some LNC members (and Libertarian National Congressional Committee members) would advise the LP to ignore bigotry against American Muslims, because defending their rights may “lose votes.”

    And hypocritical. If their own religions (as opposed to Islam) were being assaulted, I’m sure these LP hypocrites would insist the LP stand up for their rights.

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