Lee Wrights, Libertarian candidate: Christmas present to the troops – Bring them home

From a December 24th press release from Wrights 2012 Exploratory Committee, which was e-mailed to the IPR contact e-mail:

Christmas present to the troops – bring them home

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (Isaiah 2:4)

BURNET, Texas (Dec. 24) –In a Christmas Eve statement R. Lee Wrights, a
libertarian writer, activist and potential 2012 presidential nominee,
said that if elected president his first message to members of the U.S.
Armed Forces will be “you will be home for Christmas.”

“As I listen once again to the taped messages from our men and women in
uniform serving overseas being aired on TV and radio this holiday
season, it saddens my heart to know that for many of them this is not
the first Christmas they’ve spent away from home and family, nor will it
be the last,” Wrights said. “Sadder still is that for too many of those
brave souls serving their country, this Christmas will be their last.
That should not be.”

“The greatest Christmas present any president can give the men and women
of the U.S. Armed Forces is to bring them home,” Wrights said. “My first
order as commander-in-chief will be to instruct the joint chiefs of
staff to make it so, as quickly and safely as possible.”

“There are a multitude of organizations and thousands of individuals who
do think of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines at this time of
year. They sincerely try to make the troops’ holidays away from home a
little brighter,” Wrights said. “I greatly admire and respect their
work. But I think the greater gift is to never send these young men and
women into harms way unnecessarily again.”

“As president, my pledge to those men and women who take the oath to
defend our country and our Constitution, and to their families, will be
that I will never send them to fight and die on far-away battlefields in
order to support dictators, corrupt governments or to serve some
nebulous ideal of global nation-building.”

“Whether or not you’re a Christian, or whether or not you even believe
in God, the true meaning of this annual holiday season transcends any
and all political, national and religious differences,” Wrights said.
“The proclamation of peace on earth and good will to all men is greater
than any one person, or any one faith, or any one nation.”

“The message of peace announced more than two thousand years ago
inspired me to consider seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination
and sustains me in that endeavor. To achieve peace we must first stop
all war. Stop all war, beginning with the coercion and violence
exercised by our own government at home and abroad, and extending to
calming the turmoil and unrest inside our selves.”

“America is indeed the home of the brave and my promise to the men and
women of our Armed Forces is that I will bring the brave home.” Wrights
concluded by saying, “I much prefer a nation filled with living patriots
to American cemeteries filled with dead heroes. Merry Christmas, my
comrades in arms. My Christmas wish for you is for God to watch over you
and grant each of you a safe return.”

Wrights is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he
believes the Libertarian message in 2012 should be a loud, clear and
unequivocal call to stop all war. He has pledged that 10 percent of all
donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the
stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states.

The 52-year old writer and political activist was born in Winston Salem,
N.C. and now lives in Texas. He is the co-founder and editor of the free
speech online magazine Liberty for All.

Contact:
Brian Irving, Press Secretary
*WRIGHTS 2012 EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE*

23 thoughts on “Lee Wrights, Libertarian candidate: Christmas present to the troops – Bring them home

  1. Mik Robertson

    This is a nice sentiment as a holiday wish from a pacifist, but it is not really a plan from a Presidential candidate. To say the troops are not necessary may have been an argument for not putting them there in the first place, but now the burden shifts to demonstrating how the withdrawal of the troops would improve the situation in each and every case.

    That is a very burdensome task, but I think one that has to be done if any real progress to rein in the military is to be made.

  2. Paulie

    Wrights is correct. Peace to all.

    Happy holidays everyone!

    Paulie
    415.690.6352
    Anti-TSA/Pro-WikiLeaks
    College Park, MD

  3. Buck Turgidson

    All is Right with Lee Wrights for President.
    He is 100% pure real libertarian. We will get our usual 300,000-400, 000 protest votes for President with a Wrights nomination and the LP will continue to be an asterisk on the political map.

    Now if Governor Gary Johnson sought the LP nomination, 1-2 million or more votes for President is within the realm of possibility. But is Gary Johnson a “Real” Libertarian.

    Merry Christmas.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    BT@9,

    Check your premises. Here are a couple of questions to help you along:

    1) How does “1-2 million or more votes for President” magically make the LP something more than “an asterisk on the political map?”

    2) Is becoming more than “an asterisk on the political map” the LP’s goal?

    3) If so, its only goal, or one of several?

    4) If one of several, does its importance depend on the simultaneous achievement or maintenance of one or more of the other goals, or can it usefully be achieved in isolation from those other goals?

  5. Thomas L. Knapp

    CSP [Comment Spam Parliamentarian] Ogle @12:

    “It’s a much more inclusive way to work together than any other way.”

    That really depends on what you mean by “work,” doesn’t it?

    Two questions:

    1) Do you guys ever take a break from chasing each other in and out of the veritable warren of “MP, MMP, MSP, Executive, let’s keep making up titles and electing each other to them” rabbitholes?

    2) If so, what is it that you do during said breaks?

  6. Robert Capozzi

    bt: Now if Governor Gary Johnson sought the LP nomination, 1-2 million or more votes for President is within the realm of possibility. But is Gary Johnson a “Real” Libertarian.

    me: Setting aside what a “real” L is or is not, I am getting the sense that Johnson will be running. He’s doing what it takes to enter the R nomination race.

    I’m getting the sense that Paul may also run.

    This will have implications for the LP. Like Paul 08, it tended to drain away resources and energy from the LP, I suspect. 2 L-leaners might make this more pronounced, might not…dunno.

    I would say that Johnson and Paul will be very long shots, and will likely not get the R nomination. In 08, it didn’t appear that the LP picked up much of Paul enthusiasm and energy, and tended to alienate the Paulistas. I would hope that LP leadership handles the transition better this time.

  7. Buck Turgidson

    Merry Christmas Thomas

    I think the ultimate goal of the LP is to elect Libertarians to office. Although some would argue that debating political philosophy on IPR is our ultimate goal of LP.

    Gary Johnson, who I believe is more Libertarian than our 2008 nominees for President and VP, would get more media attention an Old Guard Party Activist. Gary Johnson as a successful 2 term Governor would get coverage from Fox News, CNN and other MSM outlets.

    No disrespect to Lee Wrights. His resume is quite impressive within the party. But outside of the party, few will care or take notice of his candidacy.

    If Gary Johnson were to get 5-10% of the vote nationwide, LP would lose the asterisk and become a force to be dealt with in the political environment. Thats of course, if the LP does not self destruct after our first real political success.

    Merry Christmas

    B. Turgidson

  8. Robert Capozzi

    bt, it’d be great to see Johnson at the top of the ticket. I’d note that he voted for Baldwin in 08, which I definitely don’t get on any level.

    I don’t foreclose the possibility, but it appears he wants to give the R nomination a shot. Should the LP be open to a bolt? Sure, but that didn’t work out too well in 08 with Paul.

    As to whether Johnson is “more L” than Barr or Root, how do you know? Has someone invented a Libertarianotron to measure such things?

  9. JT

    Robert: “Like Paul 08, it tended to drain away resources and energy from the LP, I suspect.”

    Maybe a little bit, but I suspect not much. I think most people believe that giving resources to a sitting U.S. Representative running for President within one of the two major parties is a wiser investment than giving those resources to someone else running in an alternative party. Ron Paul was out of the running pretty early in 2008, but hardly any of his support shifted to Bob Barr, even before the dust-up over Paul’s endorsement (which also didn’t shift much to Baldwin). It’s not fungible.

    Buck: “I think the ultimate goal of the LP is to elect Libertarians to office. Although some would argue that debating political philosophy on IPR is our ultimate goal of LP.”

    The ultimate goal is to achieve liberty. But I agree that getting Libertarians elected to office should be the party’s primary focus.

    Buck: “Gary Johnson, who I believe is more Libertarian than our 2008 nominees for President and VP, would get more media attention an Old Guard Party Activist.”

    I don’t really understand why Gary Johnson is viewed as very libertarian. Has he ever talked about eliminating any government agencies besides the DEA perhaps? Maybe I just don’t know about it.

    Buck: “No disrespect to Lee Wrights. His resume is quite impressive within the party. But outside of the party, few will care or take notice of his candidacy.”

    That’s true.

    Buck: “If Gary Johnson were to get 5-10% of the vote nationwide, LP would lose the asterisk and become a force to be dealt with in the political environment.”

    Also true.

    Robert: “As to whether Johnson is “more L” than Barr or Root, how do you know? Has someone invented a Libertarianotron to measure such things?”

    LOL. Of course there’s no way to measure! Barr, Root, Johnson, Obama, McCain, Kerry, Bush, etc….who’s to say who’s more “libertarian” than who? It’s all just someone’s opinion, anyway.

  10. Robert Capozzi

    jt: It’s not fungible.

    me: Yes, largely agreed. However, ideas have a tendency of cross-pollinating over time.

    jt: It’s all just someone’s opinion, anyway.

    me: Yes! And taking one’s opinion too seriously tends to cause myopia.

  11. Thomas L. Knapp

    Buck,

    You write:

    “I think the ultimate goal of the LP is to elect Libertarians to office.”

    It’s not a matter of what you think (or what I think). The LP’s bylaws specifically list its purposes (which have been biennially reaffirmed by its membership through their representative delegates at national conventions for decades now), and electing Libertarians to office is a subsidary, not ultimate, goal of the LP.

    And, it only makes sense. If the “ultimate goal” of a political party was to elect people to office, the GOP national convention would have rebelled in August 2008 and co-nominated Barack Obama, who was obviously going to win that election.

    A political party attempts to elect people to office so that those people will advance the party’s agenda.

    “If Gary Johnson were to get 5-10% of the vote nationwide, LP would lose the asterisk and become a force to be dealt with in the political environment.”

    The political landscape is littered with the wrecks of parties that got 5-10% of the vote nationwide and didn’t become “forces to be dealt with in the political environment” except to the extent that they already were such forces when they did it.

    That’s not to say Johnson might not make a good LP nominee, but answering that question STARTS with whether or not he is, as you put it, a “‘Real’ Libertarian.”

    If he is, nominating him might advance the LP’s interests in ways including but not limited to gaining more influence for it by racking up vote totals.

    If he’s not, then even an outright Johnson presidential victory wouldn’t benefit the LP in terms of achieving its actual purposes.

  12. JT

    Me: “It’s not fungible.”

    Robert: “Yes, largely agreed. However, ideas have a tendency of cross-pollinating over time.”

    I wasn’t talking about ideas; I was talking about support for Ron Paul vs. support for Bob Barr or other Libertarian presidential candidates. I think most of RPs supporters see a big difference in context there that many Libertarians just ignore.

    Me: “Of course there’s no way to measure! Barr, Root, Johnson, Obama, McCain, Kerry, Bush, etc….who’s to say who’s more “libertarian” than who? It’s all just someone’s opinion, anyway.”

    Robert: “Yes! And taking one’s opinion too seriously tends to cause myopia.”

    That was a reductio ad absurdum. I didn’t expect you to seriously say it’s all a matter of opinion whether Obama, Bush, etc. are more libertarian than people who want to greatly reduce government power, and therefore one’s view that those men are more libertarian than, for example, any of the LP’s previous presidential candidates is as valid as one who holds the opposite view. I admit it’s my fault for not expecting that though. Damn, I’m so relieved the vast majority of Libertarians think differently than you do!

  13. Robert Capozzi

    jt: Damn, I’m so relieved the vast majority of Libertarians think differently than you do!

    me: If that’s what it takes to get you a sense of relief, JT, then I’m pleased to play a role in your healing!

    Personally, I get a sense of relief knowing that people will sometimes disagree, and that’s OK. I disagree with myself, as I too used to buy into the Libertarianotron, holier-than-thou mindset too, as you effectively seem to.

    If Obama, McCain, Kerry, Bush started calling themselves L, I might have a challenge, since few-to-none of their views align with mine or my general understanding of what it means to be a L. Rather than worry about that, or worry about who IS and IS NOT L, I’ll just do my thing and let the chips fall where they may. Ultimately, it’s none of my business what others call themselves, or even whether others choose to ex-communicate others from the L club. If you think it IS your business, maybe you could tell us why it is. Don’t you have more important pursuits?

  14. Be Rational

    Another nice piece by Lee Wrights.

    I hope this gets some play in the real world and he will become another “de facto” spokesperson for the LP. Radio and TV appearances, newespaper and online write-ups. The more the better.

  15. JT

    Robert: “I disagree with myself, as I too used to buy into the Libertarianotron, holier-than-thou mindset too, as you effectively seem to.”

    And it’s impossible to disagree with yourself; you can only change your mind.

    Regardless, I think it’s very telling that you’d say I have a robotic, holier-than-thou mindset. I feel kind of sad that you decided to be that way and suffered before you flipped to the other side of the same coin. Now you’re projecting your former attitude onto me and others. Maybe you’ll find a way to get past that in time. I hope so!

    Robert: “Ultimately, it’s none of my business what others call themselves, or even whether others choose to ex-communicate others from the L club. If you think it IS your business, maybe you could tell us why it is.”

    I don’t think “excommunication” is the issue here. But I do think “libertarian” is a noble concept and I don’t want to strip it of meaning.

    I think there’s room for both radical and moderate Libertarians in the LP, but those terms do presuppose some objective standard by which “radical” and “moderate” are measured. Libertarians disagree about what that standard is, of course. But in many years I don’t think I’ve ever met one who said there is no standard at all and it’s just opinion, with any opinion being as valid as any other one. That’s why I said I’m so glad you’re in very small company (if any).

    Robert: “Don’t you have more important pursuits?”

    Don’t you have more important pursuits than attacking anarchists (I’m not one) and “Libertarianotrons” and anyone who says concepts are objective? Don’t you have more important pursuits than trying to showcase your crude skepticism and relativism on IPR probably, let’s see, 30 times a day? It seems otherwise.

  16. Tom Blanton

    I’m reading between the lines here and guessing that Buck Turgidson has already recruited Gary Johnson to seek the LP nomination and that Buck is just holding back on that news.

    Compared to Wayne Root, I’d say Johnson is very libertarian, especially since he is a Republican. All Republicans should be more like him.

    So, Buck, is it true that Gary Johnson has committed to seeking the LP nomination?

    Hell, if Johnson isn’t running, it could be that Lee Wrights is the only one seeking the LP nod who is a Libertarian AND a libertarian.

    Just think what the LP might have accomplished if it had become the peace party…say about a decade ago.

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