Libertarian Party: No one should be above the law.

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Hillary Clinton

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The FBI has decided not to push for criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server for her State Department emails.

“This is a serious miscarriage of justice,” says Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “One key criteria for laws to be just is that they must be applied equally to all.” Countless other people who have served in roles handling classified information have been prosecuted, fined, and jailed for far lesser breaches of protocol and security.

Hillary Clinton’s complete mismanagement of highly sensitive information while Secretary of State, and dismissive attitude towards the situation since, shows that she is not qualified for the very serious role of President of the United States.

“What is particularly sad is that while most of us understood the egregiousness of this situation, we also knew from the beginning that Hillary Clinton was not going to be prosecuted or punished for it. Our system is allowing big corporations, big banks, big politicians to get away with things that normal Americans would never be allowed to. We bail out the banks. We bail out the corporations. We bail out the politicians. This is not justice. This is crony capitalism and crony politics,” says Sarwark.

“In essence, Hillary Clinton thinks that she should not be held to the same standards that other Americans are and our Justice system is allowing that to happen. This is elitist, tyrannical, and completely un-American. No one should be above the law.”

The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all rights, of all human beings, all the time. As part of this mission, the Libertarian Party seeks a minimal set of laws, that are truly just, which defend the rights of individuals, and which are equally applied to all.

(The above is a press release from the Libertarian Party).

43 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: No one should be above the law.

  1. Pete Blome

    Damn straight…

    Our own government reduces us to begging for the law to be applied to all, but as this case lets us all see without a doubt, some animals are more equal than others.

  2. Andy

    According to William Weld, Hillary is a “great gal” and did a fine job as Secretary of State, and did nothing wring in the email controversy.

  3. T Rex

    As much as I despise Hillary, isn’t it a good thing that she made a bunch of State secrets easier for the public to access? I don’t really care if government secrets are leaked or not.

  4. robert capozzi

    I would think that the NAP interpretation is that:

    Government is illegitimate, and so any of its papers — classified or otherwise — are fruit of a poisoned tree. Governments can’t have law-enforceable secrets. Maybe there’s a weak case for suing HRC for damages, though again it’s all just forms of aggression.

    I would think it’s only “equal protection” of property rights, not government booty.

    Or do I misunderstand the NAP?

  5. Tony From Long Island

    zzzzz Yawn . . . Prosecutors have always had leeway. I should know!

    Nothing to see here. Move on. LP should have been happy that there was more access to government!

  6. robert capozzi

    Gary Chartier on FB:

    The Obama administration has racked up an awful record prosecuting leakers and others who have “mishandled classified information.” We have every reason to protest that record. And one way of doing so is certainly to point out the mismatch between the treatment of others and the treatment of HRC by the FBI. But I think it’s important to make sure we don’t appear to think that it would have been OK to treat HRC in the way Manning and others have been treated. Imprisonment and the criminal law are still problematic even where high-level state officials are concerned.

  7. George Phillies

    The FBI has put the Democrats in a box. If they had recommended prosecution, the Democrats might well have turned to Sanders, who runs well ahead of Clinton against Trump. This way, the Democrats are stuck with Clinton, who will be hearing the FBI remarks all the way from now to the election.

  8. Bondurant

    This is great news for Weld. One of his political icons was handed a get out of jail free card.

  9. Tony From Long Island

    How can there be a “get out of jail free card” when there was no crime committed?

    George, unfortunately we will be hearing this crap long past the election – probably until the 2024 election when her successor will be elected.

  10. natural born citizen

    Clinton had a secret email system so she could sell US foreign policy to foreign dictators and criminal multinational corporations. This isn’t that hard to figure out.

  11. Tony From Long Island

    Ahh . . . another conspiracy theorist.

    I guess Colin Powell was doing that too with his personal e-mail when he was S of S.

  12. Bondurant

    @ Tony from Long Island

    Do you belive a staffer lower in the hierarchy would’ve walked away with a slap on the wrist? Suppose it was you or I. I guarantee either of us would be in jail or politically shunned forever.

  13. Tony From Long Island

    Her lower staffers were interviewed extensively.

    There was no crime here! Just carelessness. Move on.

    I am not a big fan of Hillary, but give it a rest. Dislike her on the issues. I’m sure there are PLENTY of those you disagree with.

  14. Magnus Dahlstrøm

    Lol @ establishment shill Tony of Long Island (probably the same guy as “Jim” of Long Island who spammed establishment bullshit all over IPR)

  15. Tony From Long Island

    No. I am just me. I’ve been posting pro and con libertarian posts for the last three months. So, look back before you accuse.

    Again – here is my POTUS voting record:

    1992 – Andre Marrou
    1996 – Ross Perot
    2000 – Harry Browne
    2004 – Michael Badnarik
    2008 – Barak Obama
    2012 – Gary Johnson

    Also – posting my opinion is not spamming. The only person I dislike intensely on this board is ANDY. Everyone else I consider friends – for the most part. I was a dues paying member of the LP from age 18 until around 35.

  16. Tony From Long Island

    Please don’t tell me that was a racist comment. Are you really going to go there? You’ve lost whatever shred of credibility you had.

  17. robert capozzi

    nbc: Clinton had a secret email system so she could sell US foreign policy to foreign dictators and criminal multinational corporations.

    me: She may well be an influence peddler. Having an unsecured server that anyone could hack, however, is the work of a very unsophisticated, irresponsible person. There are far less bush-league ways to store data.

  18. Tony From Long Island

    Also remember that even just 8 years ago, cyber security wasn’t the super high priority it is today, especially considering that Mrs. Clinton is of the generation that is not as computer-literate. My father is the same age as her and has NO IDEA what to do with a computer.

  19. Magnus Dahlstrøm

    My voting record:

    1992 – Harold Stassen
    1996 – Earl Dodge
    2000 – John Hagelin
    2004 – Jack Fellure
    2008 – Daniel Imperato
    2012 – Robert Milnes
    2016 – Nathan Norman

    And if you believe any of that I have some nice ocean front property to sell you here in tropical South Dakota.

  20. Magnus Dahlstrøm

    Lol @ Tony: Look at me! I’m not racist! I voted for the black man!

  21. Tony From Long Island

    Oh yeah, Austin Petersen should shut the hell up! You are not the nominee and don’t speak for the party.

    His fake righteous indignation is what turned off so many delegates. He says there’s a “”social justice warrior” vibe to Johnson’s “effete liberalism . . . ” Wow. “Effete?” The first time I heard this guy speak I disliked him.

  22. NewFederalist

    Again – here is my POTUS voting record: (Tony from Long Island)

    1992 – Andre Marrou
    1996 – Ross Perot
    2000 – Harry Browne
    2004 – Michael Badnarik
    2008 – Barak Obama
    2012 – Gary Johnson

    My voting record: (Troll poster currently using Magnus Dahlstrøm)

    1992 – Harold Stassen
    1996 – Earl Dodge
    2000 – John Hagelin
    2004 – Jack Fellure
    2008 – Daniel Imperato
    2012 – Robert Milnes
    2016 – Nathan Norman

    Gee, let’s ALL post our votes! Wouldn’t THAT be fun? Just like a sleep over in jammies and everything! 😉

  23. Andy

    My presidential voting record:

    1996 – Harry Browne
    2000 – Harry Browne
    2004 – Michael Badnarik
    2008 – Ron Paul (write in)
    2012 – None Of The Above (write in)

  24. Magnus Dahlstrøm

    Nathan Norman just sent me his voting record:

    2008 –
    Primary: Ron Paul
    General: Bob Barr
    2012 –
    Primary: Newt Gingrich
    General: Virgil Goode
    2016 –
    Nathan Norman all the way!

  25. Just Some Random Guy

    As much as I despise Hillary, isn’t it a good thing that she made a bunch of State secrets easier for the public to access? I don’t really care if government secrets are leaked or not.

    It’s hardly a positive thing if, for example, names of spies in enemy countries are open to the public and thus those enemy countries? Such information does nothing to benefit the public and a whole lot to hurt the country and benefit enemy countries. I certainly think someone should care about something like that.

    Now, if we’re talking about government secrets that would be important to the public to know, such as the government doing something illegal, that is another matter. But many of the government secrets are secrets for a good reason–it’s critical that enemies and criminals NOT be aware of what the government is doing to catch and stop them.

    Even if we were under the assumption that all leaks are good leaks, this was all done through incompetence on the part of Hillary and thus she deserves no praise for it. If I accidentally crash into the car of a guy who was on their way to murder someone, I may have brought about a positive outcome, but I certainly deserve no praise for it because it was completely accidental (particularly if it were due to me driving drunk).

    Also remember that even just 8 years ago, cyber security wasn’t the super high priority it is today, especially considering that Mrs. Clinton is of the generation that is not as computer-literate. My father is the same age as her and has NO IDEA what to do with a computer.

    But your father, I’m assuming, wasn’t in a position where knowledge of such things was important. If you’re in charge of classified data that involves computers, then you’d BETTER be as computer literate as possible.

  26. dL

    Well, no one except for Johnson/Weld…they clearly are above the bylaws of the LP party platform.

    #talkIsCheap

  27. Rob

    Sarwark uncharacteristically really screwed the pooch on this one. Libertarians don’t agree that there should be security classifications as a general rule. Open records for all democracies. In addition, the process was followed. If anything, the FBI was too harsh.

    Sarwark is also stabbing Gary Johnson in the back. Johnson wisely sees no point in attacking Clinton, and properly discussed the only issue that mattered even if you accept the security laws: intent..

    If Sarwark used the incident to point to the problems in the security laws or laws that punish despite intent and how they’re enforced, he would have made a helpful statement. He should be calling for the release of people falsely jailed, not calling for others to be jailed.

  28. Wes Wagner

    Egalitarianism is one of the three legs of the stool of freedom.

    Hillary should have to beg a jury for nullification just like everyone else :p

  29. George Phillies

    Johnson not criticizing hos opponents is, well, rather pointless as a campaign. Saying nice things about them, rather than drawing distinctions, or supporting the party platform, is a bit eccentric.

  30. T Rex

    “Johnson not criticizing hos opponents is, well, rather pointless as a campaign.”

    Exactly.

    As soon as I saw Johnson proclaim (I forget which interview) that he had no intention of criticizing his opponents, my jaw dropped. “Is he serious or joking?” Sadly he was serious.

  31. robert capozzi

    GJ has critiqued what the Ds stand for…repeatedly so. He’s just not making PERSONAL attacks on HRC.

    He’s using jui jitsu with DJT. When DJT labels J/W “fringe,” Team L embrace the label gleefully but with a touch of sarcasm. We can’t know how it plays widely, but I suspect it plays well.

  32. Tony From Long Island

    He doesn’t say he won’t criticize his opponents! He doesn’t want to attack them PERSONALLY. He criticizes Trump’s “policy” positions all the time.

    You don’t need to personally attack your opponents to run a good campaign. Bernie Tried very hard (and for the most part succeeded) in not attacking Hillary personally. He did quite well for himself considering where he started.

    It’s not in Johnson’s personality to make character attacks. He doesn’t need to. Many many people hate when “politicians” do that. Tell us what YOU want to do and maybe how that differs from your opponents.

  33. Andy

    There is a big difference in not engaging in personal attacks against your opponents and sucking up to them. Johnson and Weld clearly sucked up to Hillary Clinton.

    They also clearly engaged in personal attacks against Donald Trump, calling him a “huckster” and etc….

  34. Robert Capozzi

    WW ran for Senate vs Kerry some years back. They had a gentlemen’s agreement to keep it to substance. It’seems his default position.

    Yes, he called DJT a huckster. Hard not to.

    And, yes, GJ called DJT a pussy. It was said in jest, and GJ seemed sincere on Colbert when he said saying so was a mistake.

  35. T Rex

    For those of you with a strong stomach:

    Here is Johnson giving his most un-libertarian interview yet. Supports every statist/welfarist/interventionist program there is:

  36. Reform a more perfect union

    Perhaps the situation with Hillary is really designed to wake more people up to what is going on under their noses in government and leadership in America today. Perhaps people needed it to jar them awake and start doing something. I don’t think Hillary is getting away with anything rather it simply shows how close America is to falling… when lawless behavior is so brazenly paraded by leaders.

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