Libertarian Party joins lawsuit to open presidential debates

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The Libertarian Party joined Level the Playing Field, the successor group to Americans Elect, and the Green Party to file a lawsuit aimed at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a Democratic- and Republican-run agency that sets rules designed to exclude third parties and independents from presidential debates.

The lawsuit is filed against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which is also run by Democrats and Republicans and which refuses to enforce laws that the CPD is blatantly violating.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is another example of the two old parties working hand in hand to keep the American people from hearing real, bold ideas for how to fix this country,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “Nothing scares them more than having a fresh voice on that debate stage.”

“Any candidate eligible for the Presidency and on enough ballots to be elected should be on the debate stage,” he said. “Anything else is unfair and perpetrates a fraud on the American voter.  This lawsuit is just one way we are calling out this sham and fighting for all Americans to hear from

Why the Republican Party is equally guilty of Obamacare; Libertarians explain

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Republican politicians and their allies are wailing over the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling which affirmed provisions of Obamacare, blaming the president for the onerous, 17,000-page body of law that is driving up the cost of health insurance premiums and reducing health care access for Americans.

But Republicans are just as much to blame for Obamacare as the president.

During the 2012 primary election, presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other Republican politicians ran on repeal of the law. But as soon as Romney secured the GOP nomination, he changed his rhetoric to “repeal and replace.” Most Republican politicians quickly followed suit, punting on the prospect of outright repeal.

Republicans continue to chant the “repeal and replace” mantra today, long after Romney lost his bid.

Republican politicians, to the horror of their rank and file constituency, have long been enemies of health freedom. Their transgressions include:

  • Republican politicians refused to defund Obamacare despite holding majorities in the US House and Senate.
  • Republicans nominated Mitt Romney for president in 2012, despite the fact that he championed an earlier version of Obamacare – “Romneycare” –

Old Parties Collude on Budget Deal to Put Americans Deeper in Debt

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The White House, along with Democratic and Republican politicians in Congress, released a budget deal on October 26 that throws more cash at Big Government programs and raises the debt. It also subverts the budget caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 by upping them by $80 billion and by throwing an additional $59 billion into a Pentagon slush fund.

Hailed as “a win for both parties” by NBC News, Democrats and Republicans included in the deal a provision to suspend the debt limit until March 2017 — after the 2016 election. It’s no secret that this delay is an attempt to divert attention from their destructive spending during the election year.

“No wonder the two old parties’ approval ratings are at an all-time low,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “Democratic and Republican politicians in Washington, D.C. are lavishing taxpayer money on their K Street pals while raising taxes and printing money to pay for it, devaluing the dollar, and selling the rest of the country down the river.”

“There should be no ‘debt ceiling’ debate, and there’s no need for ‘sequesters’ — a

Republican-controlled U.S. House votes to jack up military spending, skirt the sequester

228 Republicans and 41 Democrats in the U.S. House voted for a $612 billion defense authorization bill on May 15. They maneuvered the increase in military spending, which should have been prohibited by “sequester” spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, by putting some of the spending in a slush fund.

The Senate Armed Services Committee also approved a $612 billion defense authorization bill that circumvents the sequester.

President Obama is in favor of the military spending hike, although he may quibble over use of the slush fund (for “Overseas Contingency Operations”).

“Both Democratic and Republican politicians are throwing more taxpayer money at the military-industrial complex in Washington D.C.,” said Nicholas J. Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian Party. “We need to starve the beast, not feed it more.”

“More military spending virtually guarantees more war, more U.S. troop casualties, and a higher risk of a terrorist attack in the United States,” he continued. “This country needs people in office who are committed to a foreign policy of peace – and who don’t need a sequester to keep spending down and act in the best interest of the American people.”

In 2014,

Call now and urge your U.S. Senators to let the ‘Patriot’ Act die

I woke up this morning to the news that the government no longer has the legal authority to spy on the phone records of every American. Those most egregious provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired last night, thanks in large part to the efforts of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.  This is a powerful first step in the fight to restore liberty for all Americans.

The tragedy is that this blot on everything America stands for was ever passed into law in the first place over a decade ago.  The tragedy is that many other provisions of that horrible law remain in place.  The tragedy is that in two days time the Senate is aiming to pass some sort of “kinder and gentler” version of the PATRIOT Act that will keep spying on Americans, but promise toothless “oversight” of that spying.

Make no mistake.  The Libertarian Party wants nothing less than to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act in its entirety, a sentiment widely shared by most Americans who have taken a hard look at the law.  We are the only national political party to endorse the Surveillance State Repeal Act sponsored by Representatives Pocan and

Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill lets foreign governments and foreign special interests control American medical care, banking, the Internet, and even civil liberties

Republicans howled when Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it.” Now GOP lawmakers, who control the U.S. House, are following suit in their passage of a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill.

After rejecting an earlier version of the bill last week, the House passed a new TPP bill on June 18 which gives President Obama carte blanche to negotiate and sign a massive anti-American trade treaty with eleven other Pacific nations without public oversight or news coverage. They’ll have a short period of time, after the hundreds-of-pages-long treaty is finally published, to cast an up-or-down, take-it-or-leave-it vote.

Although Congress will get to see the text of the final treaty before the final vote, they and the American public will have insufficient time to review it. Congress will be under intense pressure to pass it, and serious objections will likely be given short shrift. This appears to be their plan, allowing them to avoid public scrutiny of TPP’s provisions until after it is passed and the heat is off.

“The two old parties will happily work together to get special favors for particular

Libertarian Party four-decade advocacy for marriage equality pays off with US Supreme Court decision

n a 5-4 ruling today, the US Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriage and recognize those marriages entered into in other states.

Libertarian candidates, including the party’s 1976 presidential nominee, Roger MacBride, have been bravely calling for marriage equality since long before it was politically correct. In fact, they’ve been doing so when it was considered downright dangerous.

David Boaz, Vice President of the Cato Institute, noted in a column in The Advocate, “The Libertarian Party endorsed gay rights with its first platform in 1972 — the same year the Democratic nominee for vice president referred to ‘queers’ in a Chicago speech. In 1976 the Libertarian Party issued a pamphlet calling for an end to antigay laws and endorsing full marriage rights.”

“I’m glad to see that the Supreme Court has upheld the equal rights for all Americans that the Libertarian Party has been fighting for, for over forty years,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

“We applaud and celebrate this victory, and we will continue to fight for the rights of all Americans to pursue happiness and prosperity in any way they choose,” he

Libertarians versus Donald Trump

No hair jokes, just issues.

Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee issued the following statement:

Libertarianism is the idea that you have the right to pursue happiness in any way you wish as long as it doesn’t hurt people or take their stuff. We support the fundamental rights of all people, all of the time. We do not denigrate or disparage any group. We respect the humanity of all people.

Unfortunately, the only policy position addressed on Mr. Trump’s official campaign webpage is immigration. Thus, we are limited to piecing together Mr. Trump’s positions on policy issues based on recent quotes in the news media.

Let’s compare and contrast Donald Trump’s views with those of the Libertarian Party:

National Security

Mr. Trump likes tough talk and seems to think that wars are an effective solution to many of our problems. Libertarians think that wars often create more problems than they solve, are bankrupting our nation, and that violence is only justified when used for defense.

Foreign Policy

Mr. Trump advocates more sanctions on Iran, more support for Israel, and being tough all around. Libertarians think the United States should both

Libertarian Party responds to new Gallup Poll

Monday, Gallup published a new poll showing that 49% of Americans think that “the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

This is up from 30% in 2003.

Gallup also asked participants, “In what ways do you see the government posing an immediate threat to rights and freedoms of its citizens?”

Top responses were: too many laws/big government (19%); violations of civil liberties (15%); and violations of 2nd Amendment rights (12%).

The Libertarian Party is the only political party that cares about all rights, of all people, all of the time.

The Platform of the Libertarian Party states:

“We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.”

Chairman Nicholas Sarwark says, “The Libertarian Party invites all Americans who value their liberties to join us as we seek to remove government intrusion into their lives.

Libertarian and Green Parties Sue FEC for Anti-Trust Violations in Presidential Debates

Washington, D.C. — The Libertarian and Green parties, along with their respective 2012 presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. today, charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.

The legal challenge maintains that the Commission on Presidential Debates, a private 501(c)3 organization created in 1987 by the Republican and Democratic national parties, intentionally limits participation in the nationally-televised debates to the Democrat and Republican nominees — placing other national parties’ nominees at an unfair disadvantage. Other candidates are excluded by the Commission’s imposing of arbitrary polling criteria and its colluding with the two old parties to refuse participation in any nationally-televised debates or in Democratic and Republican nominees’ joint appearances not sponsored by the CPD.

The lawsuit’s proposed remedy is fair and objective: include all candidates in presidential debates who are legally qualified to serve (American born and 35 years of age or older) and whose names appear on enough states’ ballots to potentially secure a majority in the Electoral College. In 2012, that threshold would have allowed participation, in addition

Libertarian Party: Stop Border Patrol drug-busting of U.S. citizens

Washington, D.C. — Agents of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in the southwestern United States are unconstitutionally harassing and detaining American citizens, on a fishing expedition for drug busts, sometimes as far as 100 miles from the border.

According to a report by the Arizona ACLU, Border Patrol agents are routinely “stopping and searching motorists without justification; threatening residents with assault rifles, Tasers, and knives; destroying and confiscating personal property; interfering with efforts to video-record agents; and using dozens of false alerts by CBP dogs to search and detain innocent people.”

“Americans should not lose their constitutional rights just because they live within 100 miles of the border,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “Border Patrol should be ordered to stop busting Americans for drugs and to stick to the border.”

The ACLU reports that the CBP is “systematically disregarding the law with impunity,” and that Border Patrol checkpoints are more directed at drug busts than at immigration enforcement. Eighty percent of recorded Border Patrol drug arrests were of U.S. citizens.

“Not only is Border Patrol grossly overstepping its authority,” said Sarwark, “It is prosecuting the failed War on Drugs,

LP to New York: Cease and desist your rigged state lottery ; leave fantasy sports alone

In the face of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s  issuing of cease-and-desist orders to fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel, the Libertarian Party calls for the state of New York and every other state-run gambling operation to immediately shut down their immoral and hypocritical operations.

One only needs to stand at a check-out counter where working poor dump the bulk of their disposable income into reels of state lottery tickets every day to witness  the devastation that state lotteries wreak on the vulnerable.

Yet politicians have the audacity to call private gambling a “social ill.”

Not only is this egregiously hypocritical, it covers up the state’s own racket.

Greedy politicians use state lotteries to gouge gullible players, paying out only a fraction of what private operators pay out.

New York payouts are no more than 40-75% of ticket sales. That is to say, it pockets a whopping 25-60% of revenue.

In contrast, online gambling websites pay out 96-98% on average. Typical Las Vegas casinos payout over 99% on slot machines and poker games. Plus they throw in entertainment and free drinks.

In other words, the New York government pockets 25 to 60 times as much as

Justice Antonin Scalia Honored at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia’s body arrived at the Supreme Court on Friday morning and was carried up the courthouse’s grand marble steps, through two rows of men and women in dark suits, to its majestic Great Hall, not far from the courtroom where he dominated the court’s arguments for three decades and helped shape American law.

Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers, and some of Justice Scalia’s former law clerks served as honorary pallbearers. Among them were Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and Paul D. Clement, a former United States solicitor general.

His body was placed on the same catafalque, on loan from Congress, that once held President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin. He will lie in repose at the court until Friday evening.

The remaining justices lined up, somber and robeless, in an unfamiliar order to await the body of their departed colleague, reflecting the positions they will take on the bench when the court returns for arguments on Monday. They stood in order of seniority alternating from the chief justice near the center:

Libertarians say stop reckless Middle East interventions, honor freedoms of innocent Muslims

It is easy to feel outrage, anger, and fear in response to the terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere. But in order to preserve life and liberty, keep America safe, and restore peace, the U.S. response must strictly honor the Bill of Rights and reverse failed policies in the Middle East.

Republican presidential candidates are drawing upon the rhetoric of hate. They call for shutting out refugees, ominous border walls, stepped-up military action, and dragnet profiling of Muslims in the United States.

Donald Trump called for creating a database of US Muslims and suggests government actions to shut down mosques — an unprecedented encroachment upon religion in the U.S. Ben Carson wants a database for all American citizens.

But such frenzied, reckless proclamations are exactly what have made Americans abroad and at home a target for Islamic extremists. They play into the ISIS strategy of recruiting more terrorists and put all Americans at greater risk.

“When your enemy wants you to do something, you may want to think twice before doing it,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

“Libertarians condemn, in the strongest of terms, terrorist acts of violence against innocent civilians,” he added. “But we will not condemn people of an entire religion based on

Ds and Rs cement No Child Left Behind while claiming eased regulations

Today President Barack Obama signed into law the latest in the federal government’s long string of education mandates, this time a bill dubbed the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” The Democrat- and Republican-supported bill is 1,061 pages long and was finalized only two days before the U.S. House vote, a virtual guarantee that it is loaded with pork and hidden federal controls.

Touted by co-sponsor Lamar Alexander (R) as a measure that eliminates the federal government’s ability to coerce states into using the Common Core standards, the legislation actually cements the standards further.

Breitbart News reported that, according to Jane Robbins, senior fellow at the American Principles Project, ESSA requires each state to submit a state plan for approval which must be coordinated with a maze of eleven different federal statutes, creating incentives for states to stick with Common Core rather than risk losing their federal money by trying something else.

“Like ‘reforms’ of NSA spying, ESSA gives failed federal education control new life by trimming off a few sacrificial limbs and slapping a new name on it,” said Nicholas Sarwark, national chair of the Libertarian Party.

Colorado Libertarian Party state chair and Chinese immigrant

Open Letter to Muslim Republicans

I share your outrage and hurt at Donald Trump’s recent comments and policy suggestions about Muslims. I share your outrage and hurt that he still is polling well among Republicans. I share your outrage and hurt that we should even have to discuss such matters. But obviously we do.

Freedom of religion is one of our most sacred American values, protected by our Constitution. Never should someone be disparaged, profiled, or have their rights infringed upon because of their religious faith. Republicans like to talk a good game about our Constitution but, clearly, many are making an exception when it comes to religious liberty. This is quite sad and it is this kind of double standard that has caused so many liberty-loving people to leave the Republican Party and find a better home in the Libertarian Party.

If you have not previously considered the Libertarian Party, I encourage you to do so now. We are an extremely diverse group of people who are passionate about liberty…about all rights, of all people, all the time. We do not denigrate or disparage any group. We respect the humanity of all people and their rights to make their own decisions about their lives. Simply put: Libertarianism is the idea that every person has the right to pursue happiness in any way they wish as long

. Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore Joins Libertarian Party

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 8, 2016 — The Libertarian Party of Nevada (LP Nevada), the fastest growing political party in the state, today announced Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore has joined the party.

Moore represents the 8th Assembly District of Nevada and is currently serving his first term.

“I first met some of the leaders of the party during the last legislation session and I was really impressed,” said Moore. “We started working together, and before I decided to join the Libertarian Party, they provided a lot of support for me. Since we started working together under the Libertarian Party banner I have received so much support and I am really looking forward to our future together.”

“I had the opportunity to meet Assemblyman Moore last summer at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas and was impressed by how closely his views aligned with those of the Libertarian Party,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the national Libertarian Party. “We welcome him and look forward to working together to restore liberty to Nevada and the rest of the country.”

“The Libertarian Party of Nevada is proud to welcome Assemblyman John Moore to our party, and we fully support him,” said LP

Libertarian Party: The Only Presidential Choice for Liberty Still Standing

With Sen. Rand Paul’s announcement today that he is suspending his campaign, the Libertarian Party nominee will be, indisputably, the only choice for small government in the 2016 race for President of the United States.

Many “small l” libertarians hoped Rand Paul would win the GOP nomination. But the forces of Big Government that dominate the Republican Party won out, once again.

The Republican Party was Lucy snatching the football from Ron Paul in 2012 when they changed the rules in the middle of the game to prevent him from being nominated on the floor of the convention. The only time the elder Paul was on the general election ballot for President was in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee.

“We applaud Rand Paul for his principled stance on the Fourth Amendment and criminal justice reforms,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “We hope he will continue to fight for these and other liberty causes in the Senate.”

“We welcome all Americans who fear for the nation’s high debt, reckless spending, and heavy-handed and dangerous Big Government policies, domestic and abroad. We invite them to join the Libertarian Party and support

Republican presidential candidates refuse to talk about the toughest issue: cutting government spending

Despite a lot of tough talk about going after ISIS and immigrants, or taking on the D.C. establishment, the Republican candidates vying for the GOP’s presidential nomination are chickening out on the toughest issues: ever-increasing government spending and massive government debt.

In seven GOP debates, not one of the candidates, who all claim to be fiscally conservative, has vowed to stop today’s astronomically high federal government spending and to balance the budget now.

When business owners and families spend more than they take in, they are forced to take action—or pay consequences. They must stop overspending immediately, balance their budget, and come up with a plan to pay off their debt.

In 2012, Republicans and Democrats in congress voted for a ten year plan to balance the budget. If they kept their word, the 2022 budget would be balanced. But in December 2015, the Republican-controlled congress not only refused to balance the budget by then, they passed a spending bill that, projections show, will nearly double today’s deficit, raising it to over $1 trillion.

“Apparently, the Republicans’ ten-year plan to eliminate the deficit became a ten-year plan to explode it,” said Libertarian National Committee

Why John Kasich is Unfit to be President

“Why compete for votes when you can use your gubernatorial powers to change or bend the law to quash your opponents?” That seems to be the attitude of Ohio Republican governor and presidential hopeful John Kasich.

Voters today strongly disapprove of the performance of both Democrats and Republicans in office and want more choices on the ballot. But Kasich denied them a choice when he helped to knock his competitor, Libertarian for Governor Charlie Earl, off the ballot in 2014.

Earl’s campaign had collected enough signatures to be on the ballot. But Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted challenged his signatures. Courts eventually ruled to disqualify Earl along with Libertarian Steven Linnabary for attorney general on a technicality that had been only selectively enforced in the past.

Terry Casey, who worked for Kasich’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign and whom Kasich later appointed to a $70,000-a-year job chairing the state personnel review board, hired the firm Zeiger, Tigges & Little to do the legal work needed to challenge the signatures.

“Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is unfit to be president,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “Not only does he play dirty, he’s a big-spender who fights