Libertarians predicted Tea Party betrayal in January
WASHINGTON - On January 17, 2011, the Libertarian Party (LP) asked the 90,000 readers of its weekly email message to take a poll asking, "When will we know that Republicans successfully fooled the Tea Partiers?"
59% of respondents chose the option, "When they raise the debt limit without real spending cuts."
Libertarians: Casey Anthony gets off easy, just like Congress
WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle released the following statement today:
"A lot of people feel like Casey Anthony got off easy. I feel the same way about our members of Congress.
"These folks violate their solemn oath to uphold the Constitution on a daily basis. Most of them deserve to be kicked out of office for life -- but instead, they get praised by the media, by the special interests they cater to, and others. And of course, they get to enjoy cushy government jobs.
Libertarians say Obama's Afghanistan policy is a failure
WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle responded to President Obama's June 22 speech with the following comments today:
"President Obama's speech was disappointing, but not surprising. The withdrawals he announced are painfully inadequate. Obama's withdrawals, even if they are carried out as he described, will still leave about 70,000 American troops in Afghanistan, probably for years to come. The president is commander-in-chief of the military. He has the power to end the war now, and withdraw all American troops, and that's what he should do.
John Hospers, first Libertarian presidential nominee, dies at 93
WASHINGTON - John Hospers, the Libertarian Party's first presidential nominee in 1972, died on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 93.
Hospers became the Libertarian Party's first nominee for U.S. President at its first national convention in Colorado on June 18, 1972. Hospers and his running mate, Tonie Nathan, each received one electoral vote in the 1972 election from Roger MacBride, a renegade elector in Virginia.
Hospers was a professor of philosophy at several universities, including the University of Southern California.
Libertarians say marriage equality only one step toward ending legal discrimination
WASHINGTON - While supporting steps taken over the past several years to end the unequal treatment of gays in the area of marriage, Libertarians say a just society is one in which no law depends on one's sexual identity.
Libertarians say restore freedom, repeal Patriot Act
WASHINGTON - Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today:
"Yesterday, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined hands to renew several provisions of the Patriot Act. These provisions are unconstitutional and violate our right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.
"These provisions should be repealed, and if they're not repealed, they ought to be ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
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