The government incumbents and their media cheerleaders have already defined this year’s presidential debate for America. They have decided that it’s an epic throw down match between Obama and Romney, two candidates who could not possibly be any more different……yeah right.
The Libertarian Party candidates wont let the media frame the debate for them, they will not parrot the cliches, lies and platitudes of the other parties, they will not make people feel “comfortable” with the way things are, because they should not be comfortable.
This party is here because we are being hammered by the political class, their corporate sponsors, and their sycophantic media mouthpieces. They’re murdering people, spreading violence all over the world, incarcerating the non-violent, pillaging our economy, spying on us, and even taking an interest in our sex lives, all while feeding us the illusion that we are free and have a choice because we can vote for twins who “couldn’t possibly be more different”.
We’re here to say that the entire political discourse in this country is a lie manufactured by the establishment to divide us to eventually conquer us. That’s why we’re here, and we need to make sure we get it right this time.
The Libertarian Party will show America that the typical debate is completely false. People always say, “it’s about the issues”. But the problem is that the issues spoon fed to us are not the real issues.
The issue is not whether government should grant marriage licenses or civil unions. The issue is not whether government handouts should be given to insurance companies, or pharmaceutical companies instead. The issue is not what type of fuel our cars should burn, what jobs our economy should have, or who should receive the most goodies from government. The answer to these is the same – NO. These questions are bogus and they are distracting us from the real issue – and that real issue is WAR. Rigging the economy through legislation is a violent act that is no better than grabbing axes and clubs and raiding the next village for food, gold, and women. Wearing suits and giving us a “choice” does not make what our government is doing legitimate and it doesn’t make us free.
Nowhere is this more true than with our foreign policy. It’s our foreign policy that is the most sinister, hypocritical, dangerous, and corrupt, and it’s also the one that Americans have been the most blind to, even cheering on the establishment. The media asks us, “What should we do about all the Muslims planning to underwear bomb us?. Are drone attacks or secret assassination teams more effective? Is it groping your crotch or radioactive scans that are better for finding weapons of mass destruction and/or the pocket Constitutions of anti-government radicals?” These are false questions.
The real question is who will stop the violence? We should be more concerned not with who hates us, but with why do they hate us? – STOP ALL WAR!
We are not going to achieve liberty by keeping people comfortable with being hammered. We need to make them feel the chains around their necks and the government’s hand up their butts. They can’t feel it any more because it has become so normal. The other two candidates will tell them it’s ok, or that it’s not as bad as it seems, or that maybe being taken advantage of just a little bit less over here is the answer, NO, stop hammering us, how can we make that more clear?
We know that the popular political discourse is a front, a sham, a theater to keep us entertained and distracted from the real problem. The real problem is WAR. Government’s war on our economy, on our citizens, on other countries, and it’s ruining us all.
It does us no good to get more votes or win more elections if we do it on a Republican or Democratic platform. As soon as we pretend we’re okay with being manipulated and lied to, we lose all credibility. Stop all war is the message we need, and stop all war is the message that’s right.
If we want this party to grow, we must stand on that libertarian message, and let the light of our message draw people in.
This was written as a nominating speech for R. Lee Wrights at the Libertarian National Convention May, 2012, but it was too long. Mr. Myers has allowed it to be posted here. He is a long-time activist from Texas.