Mary Ruwart, who narrowly lost the 2008 Presidential nomination to former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, has removed her name from nomination to the Libertarian Party Judicial Committee. R. Lee Wrights, her non-State-sanctioned partner in life, was elected vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee earlier today and she said she did not want people to fear that the LP power couple would be influencing each other in their respective roles.
Texas Libertarian R. Lee Wrights, life partner of Dr. Mary Ruwart and owner of the LibertyForAll.net website, won vice chair, after campaigning for and not winning Chair, Vice Presidential nominee and Presidential nominee. Secretary will require a second ballot, with a run off between current chair Alica Mattson and convention director Ruth Bennett. Ms. Bennett is the only openly gay candidate for an officer position, though there are others running for at large seats.
America needs secure open borders
by R. Lee Wrights
BURNET, Texas (April 14) – America has always had an “illegal immigration”
problem. Just ask any Native American. During a conversation with a
Cherokee chief several years ago I asked him, “What did the native tribes
call America before the white settlers came here?” He looked me straight in
the eyes and solemnly replied, “Ours.”
This immigration debate is a classic example of why libertarians must
become better communicators. Libertarians and others advocating immigration
law reform talk about “open borders.” Conservatives, on the other hand,
insist America must have “secure borders.” Both sides use these terms as if
they were mutually exclusive. They’re not. They’re opposite sides of the
same coin. It’s possible to have borders that are both open and secure.
The problem is that the term “open borders” is not specific enough to
convey to a listener what we actually mean. When some people hear the words
“open borders” they immediately envision an invading army marching across
our borders unchallenged. On the other hand, when others (particularly
libertarians) hear open borders, all that it means is accessibility for
peaceful people to come and go.
As far as I’m concerned, we have open borders now. You go through a
checkpoint at the border and if you are on the up and up, you’re allowed to
pass unmolested. The border is kept both open and secure this way, at least
in theory. Building walls and fences do not keep people out, and really
only serve to keep people in.
People who complain about “illegal immigration” usually insist that anyone
who wants to come here should “get in line.” The problem is there is no
“line,” at least no line that makes any sense, as this
* from Reason magazine illustrates. The real problem we have is not the
immigrants themselves as much as America’s immigration laws.
The Emmy award-winning investigative report John Stossel did a program last
year that dramatically illustrates this point. If you’re from India, for
example, have a doctorate and want to come to America and become a citizen,
the immigration process takes five to seven years. Most people would agree
that’s relatively reasonable and doable.
But if you’re an unskilled laborer from Mexico and want to come to America
and become a citizen, the same process takes about 130 years. We’ve made it
impossible for these people to immigrate legally. It’s no wonder people are
swimming the Rio Grande. We have literally made it easier to swim the Rio
Grande than to climb Mount Bureaucracy.
Not surprisingly, government has “created” this illegal immigrant problem.
When people start screaming about the illegal immigrant problem, are they
complaining about people coming from India to burden our system by taking
advantage of already over burdened government programs? No. Generally they
are complaining about people coming from south of the border. Why? Because
we’ve made it impossible for them to come here legally.
Libertarians can become better communicators if we stop using broad and
general terms too easily misunderstood by our audience. Instead of building
walls we should work to expand the doorway leading to the American dream.
The Libertarian position on immigration should advocate for “secure open
borders” coupled with reform of the ridiculous immigration laws and phasing
out of onerous welfare programs, to make it easier for peaceful people to
come here to live, work, prosper and become productive members of our
*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 <http://lp.org/>**and co-founder and editor of the free speech online
magazine **Liberty For All <http://libertyforall.net/>**. Born in
Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.*
*Lee Wrights for President
<http://www.wrights2012.com/>*Contact: *Brian Irving <firstname.lastname@example.org>
*, press secretary
Libertarianism Is Different Because It’s About Peace
by R. Lee Wrights
BURNET, Texas (March 17) – As I’ve crisscrossed the country the past few months visiting Libertarian state party conventions, I’ve had plenty of time on the road between stops to reflect on what I’ve heard from my fellow libertarians. And what I’m hearing from an increasing number of them is that they’re ready to make a difference in 2012 simply by being different, by being true libertarians.
Libertarianism is all about non-aggression. The philosophy of life which guides all libertarians and which drives some of us to plunge into the political process is the exact opposite of what motives Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. We leave people alone. They tell everyone how to live. We’re good neighbors. They’re nosy neighbors. We’re for peace. They’re for war.
As I’ve said many times, I’m running for president of the United States not to do things, but to undo things. I am, proudly, part of that vast libertarian conspiracy that wants to take over the government so that we can leave you alone. My good friend Anthony Gregory called libertarianism “the ultimate anti-war philosophy.” I can see manifestations of that truth at every event I attend. When I started this campaign more than a year and a half ago, I was motivated primarily by the many young people I met who asked why the Libertarian Party wasn’t taking the lead in the antiwar movement. But as this campaign has progressed, I’ve been encouraged and reinvigorated by the fact that people of all age groups have been just as receptive to the message to stop all war.
In a speech at LibertyFest West, Adam Kokesh said, “The message of liberty is of love and empowerment and we shouldn’t be on the sidelines shaking our heads because we’ve realized something that others haven’t. We should be right there in the game, taking charge and showing people that there is a better way, that survival and reproduction are better off in a free society, that freedom is the greatest thing we can do for our own security because it’s the greatest thing we can do to provide for our own prosperity.”
That’s what this campaign is all about. As the Libertarian candidate for president in 2012, I can, and will tell people exactly what libertarians really stand for, not what they’ve been told we believe. I won’t have to think about how to answer a question with a true libertarian response because I already know that whatever the question, freedom is the answer.
More than that, I’m determined that whoever is the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 is just as committed and just as able to do the same. While I respect Dr. Ron Paul as an advocate for libertarian ideas, and greatly admire the commitment and dedication of his supporters, I don’t think he’ll be the Republican nominee.
That means that the only presidential candidate speaking for liberty in the 2012 election will be the Libertarian candidate. So I want all Ron Paul supporters to know that their help and support will not only be welcome, but will be sorely needed to guarantee that liberty has a genuine and fearless champion come November.
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
The Fair Tax Isn’t Fair, It’s a Farce
by R. Lee Wrights
BURNET, Texas (Jan. 7) – The so-called Fair Tax is not fair; on the contrary, it is a farce based on fallacies and falsehoods. Sadly, some libertarians have fallen for the bogus arguments uttered by proponents of this national sales tax and bought into the idea that this is the “best we can hope to get.” This is a justification very similar to the flawed reasoning that induces some people to vote for the “lesser of two evils.”
One of the core values of libertarianism is the right of people to keep all the fruits of their labor. No taxes are fair. All taxes are, at their root, immoral because they involve the use of force to take money from people, money that rightfully belongs to them, and give it to others. That is why libertarians would fund most government services with voluntary user fees.
The most dangerous claim used by advocates of the Fair Tax is that it’s “revenue neutral,” that it will allow the federal government to collect just as much money as the income tax. Fair Tax supporters say this as if it were a good thing. It is not. The greatest danger facing our nation isn’t terrorism, global warming or the energy crisis. It is out-of-control, unbridled government spending. It is our $15 trillion federal debt, which grows every day.
This leads to the second most dangerous, and very disingenuous claim by Fair Tax advocates, that it repeals the income tax. It does not. The Fair Tax Bill merely repeals various sections of the federal tax code relating to the income tax. The bill leaves the 16th Amendment intact; most tellingly, it uses tepid language about the 16th Amendment, saying only that Congress “finds” that it “should be repealed.”
This clearly leaves an opening for Congress to reinstate the income tax once the national sales tax is in place. Given the addiction to spending and the lack of integrity that pervades our government, I’m convinced that even if the Fair Tax passes, it’ll be implemented without doing away with the income tax — thus giving us the worst of both worlds. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some congressman championed “bringing back” the income tax as the only solution to a future “debt crisis.”
The most egregious and demeaning aspect of the Fair Tax, however, is that it puts every American man, woman and child on welfare. Here again proponents turn common sense, the meaning of words, and basic economic principles upside down. They call making all citizens wards of the state a good thing. Every household graciously receives a monthly check from the beneficent federal government. This dole is supposed to make sure all Americans can consume “their necessities of life free of tax,” according to FairTax.org. This is not an “entitlement,” they explain, but merely a “rebate (in advance)” of what they would pay in taxes. And it is “progressive,” say the Fair Tax folks, because everyone gets the same, whether they make poverty-level wage or a million dollars a year.
Of course, you get the “rebate” whether you pay the national sales tax or not. If you buy everything used, grow your own food, and never spend a dime on any taxable thing, you still get a check from the government once a month. And once government starts sending out checks, how many people will vote for anyone who promises to make the checks bigger, and against anyone who might make them smaller, or get rid of them?
The Fair Tax does nothing to solve the problem of a bloated, overspending, overreaching, tyrannical federal government. That is why I do not support this tax — or any tax — for any reason. The goal of the Libertarian Party is to get rid of big government, not find new ways of financing it. The most direct and effective way of ridding ourselves of the hundreds of federal programs intruding on our liberty is to cut off the means of funding them. Harry Browne said it best: “Abolish the income tax and replace it with nothing!”