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Libertarian Party to Muslims: We stand with you.
January 29, 2017
: In the early morning hours of January 28th, a fire broke out in the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, TX. It quickly destroyed the whole building. The cause has not officially been determined.
Two weeks ago, another mosque, the Islamic Center of Lake Travis, in Austin, TX, burned. Again, the cause of the fire has not been officially determined.
Both mosques have previously been vandalized. And the mosque in Victoria was burglarized last week.
Regardless of the causes of these fires, the Libertarian Party extends sympathy to the Muslim communities in these towns and across America.
As one member of the mosque in Austin, TX, said, “We are all just praying it wasn’t a hate crime.”
Indeed. The Libertarian Party hopes that these fires were caused by some innocent accident. But the fact that our Muslim brothers and sisters even have to worry about hate crimes perpetrated against them or their buildings of worship is a sad statement on current affairs in America.
New executive orders have barred entry of people from 7 countries that are mostly Muslim. We’ve heard talk of registries for Muslim Americans. And we’ve heard a lot of nasty rhetoric from the President and others. Muslim Americans have every reason to feel uncomfortable. And their concern should be the concern of every American.
Libertarian Party Chair, Nicholas Sarwark, says, “America was founded on freedom, including and perhaps especially freedom of religion. It is central to who we are as Americans and it is values such as this that make our country great. When we lose sight of these values, our country ceases to be great.”
He continues, “There are two real threats here: One is the infringement on people’s rights to live and worship as they see fit. The other is the complacency that some Americans have about it.”
The Libertarian Party calls on all Americans not to be complacent when the rights of one group, any group, are infringed. Sarwark says, “When we allow one group’s rights to be degraded, we are degrading the human rights of all of us, and degrading our country.”
Today and everyday, the Libertarian Party stands for the rights of all people, all the time.
Today and everyday, the Libertarian Party says to our Muslim brothers and sisters, we are with you. We have your back. We’ll do our best to speak out and amplify your voice. We hope and pray that a registry is never created. But if one is, we will oppose it vigorously and you can rest assured that many of our members will register themselves in protest. We will speak out against travel and immigration bans. We will speak out loudly against any and all acts of violence or destruction that may be committed against you. When your rights and humanity are infringed upon, we stand with you.
Reason Magazine: Thank You, Gary Johnson, for Being the Best Thing in 2016!
January 4, 2017
From Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine on January 3:
Before we completely flush 2016 down the memory hole, let us pause to remember Gary Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico who generated a record number of votes as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president. If there was anything good that happened in 2016—a year filled so much awfulness that even the Chicago Cubs could win the World Series after a thousand-year drought—it was Governor Gary Johnson‘s ramshackle campaign to bring a very different way of thinking and talking about national politics to America.
Gary wasn’t perfect and I still don’t really comprehend anything about that tongue-thing while talking to NBC reporter Kasie Hunt, who was understandably all like, Get me the hell out of here. But in the end, Johnson pulled almost 4.5 million votes (3.3 percent of the total), compared to 1.3 million votes (1 percent) four years ago. Of course, all of us who voted for Gary Johnson wanted him to do better still, but the world exists to disappoint us believers in small government.
I choose instead to focus on what I think were two major themes that Johnson introduced into national politics that will have a very long shelf-life. He might have scratched out tiny numbers in the final tally, but the little acorns he planted in November will grow into might oaks over the coming years, as confidence in government continues to fade, the nation’s finances continue to deteriorate, and we all realize that we need a different approach to the size, scope, and spending of government.
First, he was the first politician in forever who had the temerity to say what we all know to be true: That most Americans are socially liberal (or tolerant) and fiscally conservative (i.e. responsible). Libertarian purists will denounce such a formulation as lazy or incorrect or insufficiently Misesian or Hayekian or Randian, but the way that Gary put it is exactly right in political terms. Most Americans have no problem with immigrants (except that we seem to be attracting fewer and fewer of them), legal or illegal. … a majority of Republicans favor some sort of legal status for illegals. The same is true about marriage equality, pot legalization, and abortion rights….Growing majorities are OK with living in a more-cosmopolitan, more-globalized America where you’re free to travel, work, and mix with whatever people, food, and music you want. It’s not simply coastal elites who are dining out more; goddamn Kroger stores in Ohio have sushi bars in the produce sections. If Texas is the near-future of America, the one thing you can say about it is that it’s pretty comfortable with all sorts of mixing. And yet, somehow neither this reality—or the idea that people want a government that does less and costs less—isn’t represented by either major party. Indeed, according to Gallup, 54 percent of us agree that “government is doing too much” while just 41 percent say the government should be doing more. What’s more, for the first time, Gallup data shows that libertarian is the single-the-libertarian-moment-is-so-over-that-l” largest ideological bloc at 27 percent, bigger than conservative (26 percent), liberal (23 percent) or populist (15 percent). That was the essential message of the Johnson campaign and if it got drowned out somewhat by various gaffes and world events, it isn’t going away any time soon.
Second, and more controversially, I think, Gary Johnson incarnates what we will come to expect from politicians and presidents. Hillary Clinton was imperious and hyper-credentialed to a fault, Donald Trump was simply a bullying blowhard…Johnson presented himself as experienced and competent—he had a great run as a two-term governor of New Mexico and had built two successful businesses—but also relentlessly human. He didn’t pretend …be all things to all people. As the government is inevitably scaled down due to financial constraints, we will also want to scale down the people and the personalities that operate it. We don’t need louts like Donald Trump or distant technocrats like Hillary Clinton or rhetorical masters such as Barack Obama any more. One of the most-attractive things about Johnson to me was that he didn’t need to own every room he walked into, didn’t need to be a super-genius or ultra-coiffed glibmeister with a canned line about everything in the world. Rather, at his best, Gary came off as a motivated and capable everyman, the sort of person you would trust to do right by you, own his mistakes, and move forward in the best faith possible.
The tragicomedy of America is that we mostly get the government we demand. For all his faults, Johnson articulated the broadly felt desire for government that does less and costs less and personified a down-to-earth politician. In doing so, he prototyped what the politics and politicians of the future will be like. Gary, we hardly knew ye, but we will, and sooner than most of us think.
LNC chair interviewed on Lions of Liberty podcast
December 29, 2016
Libertarian National Committee chair Nicholas Sarwark was interviewed on the Lions of Liberty podcast on December 28.
In the podcast Nicholas discusses the state of the Libertarian Party after the November election, the Johnson – Weld 2016 presidential campaign, and political messaging.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
Libertarian candidates pledge to contain and reduce government authority
October 20, 2016
Scores of Libertarians running for federal, state, and local
office have pledged to contain and reduce government in several areas. More
American jobs, far greater access to health care, and lower taxes are among the
many benefits that will result.
Specifically, Libertarian candidates have pledged to sponsor
and work diligently to pass legislation that will:
impose term limits on elected federal and state politicians;
mandates on local jurisdictions;
nullify and void state and federal regulations
that were decreed by unelected bureaucrats, rather than voted on by elected
expand health freedom at both the state and federal level
to make it vastly more affordable, safe, and effective;
government licensing; and
vote against expansions of government — at any level: federal, state,
"A lot of Democratic and Republican politicians talk a
good game when it comes to getting government down to size," said Nicholas
Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. "But almost never do
they make bold, specific pledges like these, because they're fueled by special
interests who aim to expand government. So their campaign promises
are either vague and vacuous, or they threaten more government."
Click on the embedded links, above, to see the list of
Libertarian candidates who have made each pledge, and the benefits and
reasoning behind each measure.
Click on federal, state,
or local to see
the full list of 2016 Libertarian candidate pledges for each level of
Libertarians grow by 1,000 voters in Louisiana as election approaches; Orleans chapter prepares for red-light camera fight
October 18, 2016
More than 1,000 voters in Louisiana registered their disgust with two historically unpopular candidates for President over the last month by registering for the Libertarian Party, at a time when New Orleans activists are preparing to ramp up their fight against a proposed proliferation of red-light cameras.
The Libertarian Party had 13,868 voters registered across Louisiana as of Monday, Oct. 17 — an increase of more than 1,000 people since a month ago, said Wendy Adams, executive director of the New Orleans chapter of the party. Likewise, in New Orleans alone, 1,591 voters are registered as Libertarian, up by 100 people since September, she said.
Read More at MidCityMessenger.Com.