Nicholas Sarwark: ‘No preferred flavor of statism’

Via email from LPHQ:

Dear Libertarian,

Some folks have asked me why the Libertarian Party is not participating in Jill Stein’s recount efforts.

My answer is that Libertarians don’t have a preferred flavor of statism.

We know that there is no significant difference between the oppressively big government offered by the Republicans and the oppressively big government offered by the Democrats.

We don’t prefer a Democratic War on Drugs or a Republican War on Drugs. We work to end the War on Drugs.

We don’t prefer a Democratic “Patriot” Act or a Republican “Patriot” Act. We work to repeal it and protect Americans’ natural right to privacy.

We don’t prefer Democratic cronyism or Republican cronyism. We work to make government too weak to give any company special favors.

And so on.

Simply put, Jill Stein’s efforts are meant to benefit the Democratic Party. And we don’t play that kind of politics. The Libertarian Party stands for liberty, not for helping a big-government political party gain more power or attention.

That’s why the Libertarian Party chose not to participate in Jill Stein’s recount efforts.

We acknowledge the right of any person, including Jill Stein, to fight for her preferred brand of big, wasteful, meddling, intrusive government. But we will spend our time, financial resources, and expertise fighting for liberty instead.

As 2016 comes to an end, let me update you on our critical projects.

We are currently in court in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, pursuing a fairer playing field for our future candidates.

We are also suing the Commission on Presidential Debates, towards that same goal.

We are preparing documents for a court case defending 2nd Amendment rights.

We are recruiting candidates for the many elections coming up in 2017 and 2018.

We are upgrading our IT infrastructure at Libertarian Party headquarters, to better serve our members and candidates and improve outreach to voters.

We are planning various ballot access petitioning drives to make sure that the Libertarian Party is again on ballots in all 50 states and DC in 2018, as we were in 2016.

This is the meaningful work we are doing right now, as we defend all of your freedoms, all of the time.

Happy New Year, my friends!

Nicholas Sarwark
Libertarian National Committee

4 thoughts on “Nicholas Sarwark: ‘No preferred flavor of statism’

  1. Luke

    “Simply put, Jill Stein’s efforts are meant to benefit the Democratic Party. ”

    The list of states she focused on may give that impression, and it maximized her donations, but she also used it to make legitimate points about the reliability of vote counting methods, especially electronic ones, that needed to be made and more widely publicized. The money and attention she got with the recount efforts helped her to spread that message, to boost her personal “brand” for future political efforts, and (assuming not all the money was spent) to have some capital towards building on those efforts in the future.

    I think Sarwark is too quick to dismiss the advantages of the recount effort.

  2. Andy

    I agree with the gist of this article, but the sad reality is that the Libertarian Party did chose a brand of statism when it nominated Gary Johnson and Bill Weld at its national convention in Orlando last year.

    One of the bad things about selling out your principles is that it gives you less moral grand on which to stand and point the finger of criticism at others.

  3. T Rex

    Agreed, Andy. Next time we need to run someone who is:

    1) Actually libertarian. How hardcore is up for debate, but the candidate should be *at least* as libertarian as Harry Browne or Michael Badnarik. Hopefully that is not too much to ask…

    2) A stronger personality who will be aggressive and not get slapped around by the media. Whatever one may think of Petersen, he definitely would have done better than Johnson in this department.

    Johnson was weak in both areas, which is why his campaign was so lousy and underwhelming.

  4. George Phillies

    NH would have been interesting as an additional challenge state, but their deadline is quite early and may have been missed.

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