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YC Magazine, Libertarian Commentary, January 2012

Peace, Love, and Liberty for 2012

I lament to report that some “servants” in our Senate and House like Lindsey Graham along with President Obama, have forgotten their oaths to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in supporting the illegal National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA 2012), which was finalized by both houses on December 15th, Bill of Rights Day. The final version, which some elected leaders say is not “perfect,” puts down on paper the power previously assumed by the Presidency in determining that an American citizen can indeed be detained indefinitely without a fair trial, tortured, and killed.

In all fairness to Obama, he has not yet signed this bill as of late December, but the White House has largely expressed support. Obama supports an expansion of the foreign policies that Bush started, and we all know Republicans love to spend, so I think Obama’s your guy this year, Republicans. It’s sad to see pro-lifers supporting the killing of innocent people overseas in addition to the loss of life and extra hardships upon our military men and women for a false sense of security. Their oath-keeping mission of freedom would be better accomplished if they stayed home to protect the natural rights of Americans from politicians who routinely violate them. This is why Oathkeepers.org is calling for a recall of all representatives who supported this legislation.

Lest we forget, the Department of Homeland Security manual defines protesting as a form of low-level terrorism. Please contact the President and your Representatives that they’d better go back to the drawing board.

Will we hope for change in 2012 or will we actually vote for it?

Last May, Obama extended parts of the USA PATRIOT Act including roving wiretaps, searches of business records, and surveillance of individuals not linked to big terrorist groups.

This is the year to vote third party if there ever was one. A protest vote is much better than a vote for more of the same, from the War n’ Spend Duopoly. There are exceptions to every rule, and Reps Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Ron Paul (R-TX) are among the few in Congress that realize bailouts for bankers and massive military spending is not the way to save Main Street.

In May Libertarian delegates to the 2012 National LP convention in Las Vegas will be choosing a Presidential nominee all while footing the bill instead of stealing from taxpayers like the Demopublicans.

Below is information about the current most promising 2012 Libertarian Candidates for President who have filed with the FEC. All of the information here has been taken directly from each candidate web site or paraphrased.

Gary Johnson, “The People’s President” http://www.garyjohnson2012.com

Johnson says he has been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country while serving New Mexico from 1995-2003. He built a door-to-door handyman business into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico. He is also an avid mountain climber, cyclist, and adventurer.

On protecting civil liberties, Johnson’s web site had a lot posted, but here are the bullet points: “End the assault on privacy. The Freedoms on which America was founded are now under attack from the very people charged with protecting and upholding them. The PATRIOT Act should be allowed to expire, Habeas corpus should be respected entirely, and the TSA should take a risk-based approach to security and should not have a monopoly on airport security.”

“Government must be neutral on personal beliefs. We are a nation of many peoples and beliefs. The only way to respect all citizens is to allow each to make personal decisions themselves. A woman should be allowed to make her own decisions during pregnancy until the point of viability of a fetus. Stem cell research should only be completed by private laboratories that operate without federal funding. Government should not impose its values upon marriage.”

Roger Gary, “Rock Solid-Experience, Dedication, Leadership” http://rvgary2012.com/

Gary is a long-time Libertarian activist from Texas who served six years as an elected Director of the San Antonio River Authority and has a lot of vote-earning experience, most recently in 2010 where he earned 138,978 votes for the Texas Railroad Commission.

From his web site on civil rights and the Patriot Act: “Under both the Bush and Obama administrations, the federal government has frequently trampled on the Rights of the American citizens under the guise of protecting Americans from terrorism. We must stop molesting people at the airport, listening in on your private phone conversations, and reading your library check-out records, and start protecting Americans from actual terrorism. Roger Gary will respect the 4th and 10th Amendments.”

R.J. Harris, “Wake Up America” http://rjharris2012.com

RJ Harris is an Army National Guard Officer. He has been a small business owner and an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is a Constitutional Libertarian and a leader in the nation-wide grassroots liberty movement.

Civil Liberties: “I will work with the Congress for an amendment which states that the Constitution is henceforth intended to apply to all Citizens of the United States regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality, creed or religion even if such was not the original intent of the Constitution’s framers.”

4th Amendment : Right to Privacy “I will direct the Department of Justice to cease all domestic spying on We the People and I will work to nullify the USA Patriot Act. Any Government Official claiming that it is not possible to provide for the common Defense while upholding the Constitution at the same time should be considered unqualified to hold Office by We the People.”

R. Lee Wrights, “I am not at war!” http://wrights2012.com

Wrights is a former U.S. Air Force sergeant, has degrees in history and journalism, and works as the secretary and communications director for Sativa Science, a pharmaceutical start-up company. He is a long-time Libertarian activist from NC, now living in TX. Wrights is founder and editor of LibertyForAll.net, and is an editor of the Rational Review News Digest. Lee is also president of the Foundation for a Free Society, a 501c3 non-profit educational organization.

On civil liberties: “Then came our own elected representatives riding a Trojan horse called the Patriot Act, a gift to the frightened American people. The gift of Security was presented to them, purchased with the liberty of those that sought its refuge. Congress decided to make us safer by restricting our freedom more than ever before, and by removing some of our precious rights altogether. Everywhere we turn, we see more restrictions on our liberty and more intrusions into our lives. The Bush and Obama administrations have eroded our privacy and civil liberties on an unprecedented scale. Warrantless searches, no-knock-raids, phone taps and secret databases are the tools of a police state, and a free society should not and must not tolerate them.”


Jen is chair of the York County Libertarian Party. For more information, go to: www.yclp.org

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