Dr. Mary Ruwart endorses Lee Wrights for president

BURNET, Texas (Oct. 21) – Dr. Mary Ruwart, author of the highly-acclaimed guide to libertarian ideas “Healing Our World,” has endorsed R. Lee Wrights for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2012. An in-demand speaker on libertarian ideas at colleges and libertarian conventions, Dr. Ruwart was runner-up for the 2008 Libertarian presidential nomination.

Here is Dr. Ruwart’s statement:

“For the 2012 LP Presidential nomination, I am proudly supporting R. Lee Wrights, editor and co-founder of one – if not the – longest running libertarian Internet blogs Liberty for All. Lee Wrights is a principled, knowledgeable libertarian who presents our message in a compelling yet uncompromising manner. He has worked in the trenches as ballot access coordinator in North Carolina, and served on the LNC, both as an at-large member and vice chair. Currently, Mr. Wrights serves on the national party’s judicial committee.

“As an Air Force veteran, Lee Wrights is the perfect person to call for an end to the overseas wars that continue long after the alleged mastermind of 9-11, Osama bin Laden, has been killed. As a parent and grandparent, he understands how our runaway spending is impoverishing the next generation. As a libertarian who thoroughly understands the non-aggression principle, Lee Wrights will represent our values valiantly.

“The Libertarian Party is at a cross-roads. If we want to be the Party of Principle, our banner must be lifted by someone who carries it proudly and without equivocation. In 2012, that person is R. Lee Wrights.”

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 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


40 thoughts on “Dr. Mary Ruwart endorses Lee Wrights for president

  1. Starchild

    “The Libertarian Party is at a cross-roads. If we want to be the Party of Principle, our banner must be lifted by someone who carries it proudly and without equivocation.”

    True, that. I’m not making an endorsement at this time, but I do think it is essential that our party nominate someone who understands and believes in the Non-Aggression Principle and will run a solidly libertarian campaign, and I think R. Lee Wrights would be such a candidate.

  2. Mike Seebeck

    Bryan @2: Only in that it took so long, methinks.

    I endorsed Lee months ago and was actually working his campaign for a while. Personal stuff got it the way, though (nothing to do with politics).

  3. Erik Viker

    We know the Libertarian Party will not win the 2012 Presidential election but should therefore select as our 2012 standard-bearer an experienced Libertarian Party activist who can best represent Libertarian Party principles as we continue growing as an alternative to Republocratic Party failures. R. Lee Wrights is that sort of candidate.

  4. Here's a radical idea

    @ # 1. Dah NO. She lives with the guy.

    Since when do LNC members go out and endorse candidates. Probably a matter of personal choice for the LNC member.


    No surprise, but disappointed that Mary herself is not running. Maybe it is time to run a Libertarian, who happens to be a woman, to see if that attracts any additional media?

  6. Hugh Mann


    In other news the sun became visible once again this morning and the grass out on the lawn grew at approximately the same rate as yesterday.


    She probably did not enjoy being slimed as a “child molester” last time and decided not to do that again. Just a guess.

  7. Robert Capozzi

    mr: If we want to be the Party of Principle, our banner must be lifted by someone who carries it proudly and without equivocation.

    me: Specifically, then, if the LP’s nominee has some question about this:

    “Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals.”

    Especially with the word “all,” are we to accept that this person would be (somehow) UNprincipled? If so, I’d like a complete explanation!

  8. Richard Winger

    I am also disappointed that Mary Ruwart herself is not running. It seems likely that all the general election presidential candidates in 2012 will be men, except chances are high the Green Party will nominate Dr. Jill Stein.

  9. Low Point

    LOL! Funniest IPR story I’ve seen in a while.

    You know your campaign has hit a low point when you issue a press release that the woman you live with endorses your candidacy. Next week – an endorsement from his mother!

    And the first lifetime achievement mentioned in the article is that he runs an internet blog. Whoop tee do. Now the media will really take us seriously…

  10. Me

    @9 “I am also disappointed that Mary Ruwart herself is not running.[…]”

    You’re only four years behind the times…

  11. Yo Ming

    I am willing to bet that there will be at least two national tickets with a mathematical possibility of winning the election headed by women.

    Any takers?

  12. George Phillies


    Since when… apparently you missed the then-LNC-officer boasting at the 2008 convention banquet that he had recruited Bob Barr as our Presidential candidate.

  13. Here's a radical idea

    what rank was Wrights in the USAF?
    Lt Colonel, Major, Captain?

    Or a Lt or an airman?

  14. George Phillies

    @13 Green looks to be a safe bet. Democrats are extremely highly unlikely. Republicans like unlikely. There are currently no female Libertarian candidates who are campaigning. Constitution Party appears questionable.

    However, who will Americans Elect run? Very clever point you have there.

  15. Gene Berkman

    Mr Wrights is also associated with The Foundation for a Free Society @ http://f4fs.org/about/

    He would probably get a better result promoting freedom through his foundation, since his mannter of presenting libertarianism is a gratuitously extreme manner is likely to win few new recruits for The Libertarian Party.

  16. Moderate Pragmatic Libertaryan

    I’m nostalgic for 2008 too!

    I really really wish Bob Barr would run again.

    That would be, like, omygosh, so awesome.

  17. Me

    The Libertarian Party has never had a female candidate for president. That may change this year according to inside sources…

  18. Jeremy C. Young

    @18, Gloria La Riva was on the ballot in 16 states in 2008 for the new Party of Socialism and Liberation (I believe they are Trotskyists). If she runs again, it’s quite possible she’ll secure ballot status in a few more states and reach a 270 electoral vote potential.

  19. Tom Blanton

    Maybe Bob Barr could run in 2012 as a woman. He could change his name to Kandi and wear a big blonde bee-hive wig.

    That sort of campaign would attract a lot of attention.

  20. BoorRatt 2008

    Wayne Root was seen at San Francisco mens parade very manly looking in assless chaps. There was much manly comradeship among manly men.

    Some of them wore dress of woman, but were manly nevertheless.

  21. Richard Winger

    #24, in 2008 Gloria La Riva was on in 11 states, not 16. She was on in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

  22. Jeremy C. Young

    I’ll trust you on that. By my count, that would get her to 126 electoral votes in 2012 — impressive for a Marxist candidate, but a far cry from the 270 she’d need.

  23. Starchild

    CommonTater @23 – Where did this rumor about Lisa Murkowski come from? What’s the substance of it? I sure hope it has none!

    The Libertarian Party needs another long-time member of the two-party cartel establishment trying to recast themselves as an overnight, born-again libertarian and lead us to “success” like we need a hole in the head.

  24. Robert Capozzi

    30 sc, would you oppose Paul or Johnson as the LP’s nominee (or both)?

    btw, I’m fairly sure the Murkowski thing was a joke…alluding to last year’s issue where she reportedly attempted to get the LP line after losing in the R primary…

  25. Michael H. Wilson

    Sorry Jill. There are a number of Libertarians who think Sarah Palin would make a great LP candidate. And I have spoken to more than one of them which takes me back to one of my favorite issues. As long as we do not explain ourselves to others they are going to define us as they choose. We can’t blame anyone except ourselves for those who think we are little republicans.

  26. Jill Pyeatt

    MHW @ 37: Well, she is more Libertarian than…Santorum or Bachmann, maybe.

    I know many Libertarians like her. I don’t, but we all know I’m on the left side of Libertarians, and she obviously appeals to the right.

    I think the face that she quit being governor in the middle of the term is a very big deal, and should disqualify her for higher office. Why would anyone think she wouldn’t quite the President as soon as it got tough?

  27. Michael H. Wilson

    He-ha Jill. I guess anyone is more libertarians then Sanitarium, er Santorum.

    But I do wonder about Libertarians who think so highly of her. She does know how to get media attention. Got to give her credit there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *