Wrights joins Americans from across the political spectrum calling for an end to U.S. militarism

BURNET, Texas (July 6) – Lee Wrights has joined with a group of eminent Americans from across the political spectrum who have put aside political differences on other issues to send a letter to President Obama and Congress urging an end to U.S. militarism. The letter, spearheaded by Come Home America, cites a combination of events that present a “historic opportunity to redirect U.S. foreign policy down the pathways of peace, liberty, justice, respect for community, obedience to the rule of law and fiscal responsibility.”

“I’m proud to join such distinguished company as Daniel Ellsberg, David Cobb and Michael Badnarik and add my voice to theirs in calling President Obama and Congress to stop all wars,” Wrights said. “That is exactly what my campaign for the Libertarian presidential nomination is all about.”

The letter urges a “fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy away from domination of others through military strength and damaging sanctions.” It calls for the end to “these unconstitutional wars (which) have been justified on false premises … fueling hatred abroad for Americans and undermining the rule of law.”

“I urge everyone to go to ComeHomeAmerica.us and add their name to the list of signers,” Wrights said. “Just as our Founding Fathers pledge their ‘lives, fortune and sacred honor’ to defend liberty 235 years ago, Americans today must pledge today to demand our elected leaders stop all the immoral, unconstitutional and unnecessary wars which threaten our liberty and freedom.”

Go here to read the full letter and add your name to the list of signers.

R. Lee Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end 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. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.

Lee Wrights for President
Contact: Brian Irving, press secretary


27 thoughts on “Wrights joins Americans from across the political spectrum calling for an end to U.S. militarism

  1. Tom Blanton

    Shame on anyone who won’t take 3 minutes to read this letter and sign onto it.

    It needs to go viral and in order for that to happen, you must sign it, post it on your blog or facebook page, and e-mail your friends about it.

    There is just no good excuse for noninterventionists not to make the minimal effort required to take a stand against this nation’s militarism.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    TB @ 3,

    I disagree.

    I consider my reasons for not signing the letter very good.

    The main such reason is that I do not endorse, and am not willing to go on record as endorsing, a “the United States as a democratic Republic.”

  3. Rev. Alberto Medvedev

    Is it safe to assume that Wrights is the party’s favored choice for the 2012 nomination?

  4. Tom Blanton

    I’m not so sure that signing on to this letter is an endorsement of “the United States as a democratic Republic” based on the statement:

    It is time to return to our Founders’ declared conception of the United States as a democratic Republic and not an Empire.

    It might be precisely that time. That is not to say that one may not want anarchy at some later time. I believe that might be next Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the minarchists with the ability to read the minds of anarchists regarding time-frame preferences.

    It would seem that someone who is tolerant of incrementalism should not be bothered by calling for a drastic reduction in the evil that the government is currently engaged in just because it sets an immediate goal of returning “to our Founders’ declared conception of the United States as a democratic Republic.”

    I’m not even sure of which “Founders” the letter refers to or exactly what their actual conceptions might have been. I do know that it is time to roll back the militaristic empire and that is the real message this broad coalition is trying to advance.

  5. Tom Blanton

    Reverend M, it isn’t safe to assume anything as long as crypto-fascist neolibertarians are lurking in the shadows plotting and scheming.

  6. Tom Blanton

    It seems a number of prominent anarchists have signed onto the letter:

    Kevin A. Carson
    Gary Chartier
    Roderick T. Long
    Sheldon Richman
    Butler Shaffer
    Brad Spangler

    I’m sure they will all respect themselves in the morning.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    MHW @ 10: Thanks for the suggestion. Those who know me can assure you that whatever goes on here has almost certainly been posted to FB.

  8. JT

    Rev: “Is it safe to assume that Wrights is the party’s favored choice for the 2012 nomination?”

    At this point I’d say yes. But considering that the election is well over a year away and his competition to date, that’s not saying a lot.

  9. Steven Wilson

    I appreciate what is being attempted here, but ten years into another vietnam, and now people are getting angry enough to sign a paper is not going to stop the government.

    We are not technically at war due to the void of a declaration of war. The language game of “war” means nothing when our country had pre-existing conditions set for such a state of being. They were not met and nobody cared enough then to do anything.

    If the voter voted for someone who did not adhere to law before, what makes you think they will listen this time? Consider the consequences of such an act of honesty on their part.

    It is symbolic and this will be Wrights main message throughout his campaign. I wish him the best.

    Arkansas is on the ballot. cheers.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    Tom B @ 7 and 9,

    Just to be clear here, I’m not condemning anyone else for signing the letter.

    That doesn’t mean that I have “no good excuse” for not doing so myself.

    Tom Knapp

    PS: “Being tolerant of incrementalism” is not the same thing as “endorsing incremental measure X.”

    Nor does it mean that I need any excuse at all for not doing so myself.

  11. Concerned Chuck and Hetro Harry

    Helena Blavatsky has contacted during a spirit quest and told me that not signing this list will make you turn into Tom Knapp, who we all know is the handyman of the devil. In other news, Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar and living Mahanta, has announced that his faith too has found Tom Knapp to be a Satanist. Welcome to the fight, Harold. May the blesses of Swedenborg, Mary Eddy Baker, and Captain Beefheart bless us all! (besides Tom Knapp)

  12. Tom Blanton

    For those noninterventionists inclined to sign the letter, don’t forget to give your actual name, city and state.

    Too many of the few that have signed on have only given a screen name and/or neglected to give their location.

  13. Jose C.

    the United States as a democratic Republic

    We are not a democracy. We are not a democratic republic. We are a constitutional republic. Read the Constitution and you will not find the word democracy but you will find the word republic many, many times.

  14. JT

    Jose: “We are not a democracy. We are not a democratic republic. We are a constitutional republic.”

    Give me a break. They just mean that lawmakers are chosen by popular vote. They are. Nobody thinks the U.S. is Ancient Greece.

  15. NewFederalist

    “Give me a break. They just mean that lawmakers are chosen by popular vote. They are. Nobody thinks the U.S. is Ancient Greece.”

    I am glad you are so certain. I’m not.

  16. JT

    NF, you’re not sure whether or not every citizen gets to vote directly on any political proposal like in Greece? That one seems obvious to me.

  17. NewFederalist

    That is not the point. Signing up to anything that is prefaced with words like “we are a democracy” or “we are a democratic republic” is not going to get my support. As I said above, words DO have meaning and if they are going to be misused I want no part of it.

  18. JT

    NF, the point is that the U.S. *is* a democratic republic if by “democratic” you’re referring to the *electoral process*, which is a perfectly valid usage of the word. It’s not the same usage as “democratic” pertaining to the political system of Ancient Greece, which is what rankles constitutionalists.

    This is a semantic argument without much import though, IMO, so you can have the final word on it.

  19. National Libertarian Conference

    @26 You are completely correct. Refer back to WW1, the war to make the world safe for Democracy, the rule of the people. The argument you are hearing goes back to William F Buckley Jr and his desire to score high-school-debating-club level debating points against the liberal establishment in a bizarre article in his at-the-time racist (argued against voting rights for African Americans) magazine. He quoted Franklin (‘we have a Republic’), totally missing the point of Franklin’s comment, which was that we did not have a monarchy or a dictatorship.

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