Reason Magazine blogs the LP response to SOTU

ImageReason Magazine's Brian Doherty blogged the Libertarian Party's response to the President's State of the Union speech last evening.


Libertarian Party on Obama's State of the Union

L.P. Hits Obama: Do Less in Education, Economy, Drug War, Military, Surveillance

Brian Doherty Jan. 20, 2015 10:33 pm

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Libertarian Party Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Arvin Vohra, Libertarian Vice ChairClick here to view the Libertarian Party response to President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address


Libertarian response to SOTU tonight

Arvin Vohra
Arvin Vohra
LNC vice-chair

Libertarian National Committee vice-chair Arvin Vohra will be providing the Libertarian Party response to President Obama'a State of the Union speech this evening.

The response will be available at by 10 pm EST.

2015 list of dates and events of interest to Libertarians

Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19
celebrates racial equality

Below is a list of dates of events -- good and bad - that may be of interest to libertarians.


6: Pres. Franklin Roosevelt delivers his “Four Freedoms” speech (1941)

16: Ratification of the 18th Amendment (1919).

Libertarian Party of Alabama calls for ballot access law reforms, announces issue coalition

The Libertarian Party of Alabama is pleased to announce our coalition with Alabama for Our America Initiative, Let Bama Vote, Alabama for Ballot Access Law Equality, and other partner organizations to lobby the legislature to ease ballot access barriers for candidates running outside the establishment parties.

Jennifer `Hap` Werther

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff,

Election Date: October 24, 2015

Phone: (985) 327-9995


Libertarian Party of New Jersey 2015 State Convention


Start date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:00am
End date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 6:00pm


Tavern on the Lake
101 North Main Street, Upstairs
Hightstown, NJ 08520-3306


2015 NJ Libertarian Party Convention


Ohio LP vice-chair op-ed published in online site for the state's largest newspaper

Sarah Bevins
Sarah Bevins
LP0 vice-chair

Sarah Bevins, the Libertarian Party of Ohio vice-chair, has an op-ed piece on, the online site for the state's largest newspaper, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Lawmakers and Silk Road investigators, prosecutors are the real perps


Nicholas J. Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released the following statement today:

The Libertarian Party calls for dismissal of the unfounded criminal charges against alleged Silk Road founder and operator Ross Ulbricht, whose trial is set to begin tomorrow, and for the resignation of the New York prosecutors who trumped up charges against an innocent man.

Silk Road is a website that allows its users to maintain their privacy while trading goods and services by using Tor, an open network that protects anonymity, and the digital currency Bitcoin for payment.

Because the site is alleged to accommodate the buying and selling of illegal drugs, prosecutors have charged Ulbricht with a slew of crimes: narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, money laundering, engaging in a criminal enterprise, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent IDs.

The prosecution has failed to identify a single victim of any of the alleged offenses.

This trial grossly oversteps the bounds of a properly limited government: one that protects the lives, liberty and property of its citizens against perpetrators who would do them harm – and no more.

The perpetrators in this case are the FBI, which shut down Silk Road and may have illegally hacked the site, and New York prosecutors involved in this case.

Their immediate target is Ross Ulbricht. Their ultimate target is every American whose rights are threatened by this attempt to expand government control over the Internet and to violate individual liberties.

Attorney and Simple Justice blogger Scott Greenfield notes the freedoms that are at stake in this trial:

  • ‘If Ulbricht is convicted, it opens the door for the censure and erosion of a free Internet. Under present law, website hosts are not held responsible in civil cases for illegal actions on their sites. This case could set precedent and open the door to criminal liability for web hosts.
  • ‘A US citizen’s constitutional rights are being violated with vague allegations that do not cite specific crimes, a violation of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the US Constitution.  In addition, his Fourth Amendment rights have been violated with illegal warrants and searches and seizures lacking any warrant. If the government can misapply the law against Ulbricht, it can do it to any of us.
  • ‘In its documents, the government equates the desire for privacy (use of Tor for example) with criminal intent.
  • ‘This case represents the first challenge to the government’s attempt to expand the money laundering statute to include digital currency.’

The prosecution may have further breached Ulbricht’s rights by inserting into the case allegations that he was involved in the planning of several homicides, even though no homicides or attempted homicides are charged as part of this case.

Discussing uncharged allegations of violent conduct appears to be a deliberate attempt to smear Mr. Ulbricht and prejudice the jury against him with accusations they know they can’t prove.

The attacks against Ulbricht are the work of a stubborn political class that refuses to acknowledge the utter failure of the Drug War. Dangerous drug use continues unabated since President Nixon declared his ‘War on Drugs’ in 1971.

In addition to dismissing the charges against Ulbricht, the Libertarian Party calls for:

  • Scaling back the FBI. When a government agency abuses its power, it needs to be downsized.
  • Downsizing all U.S. spy agencies. Their excessive size, spending and scope have led to abuses such as the Silk Road case.
  • Cutting total government spending commensurate with these cuts – so politicians don’t use the proceeds for new wars or injustices perpetrated on the American people
  • An immediate end to the failed War on Drugs

Whereas drugs, like alcohol and many pharmaceuticals, can be harmful to those who take them, the Drug Prohibition is far more dangerous. It encourages excessive drug use and more potent drugs. It demonizes and incarcerates people who have harmed no one else. It discourages labeling, testing and other responsible behaviors of free market merchants.

Worst of all, the Drug Prohibition, like the Alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s, provokes horrific and widespread violence in the U.S. and abroad.

We must stop harassing and criminalizing innocent Americans and go after the real perps: politicians who refuse to repeal bad laws and power-seeking government employees and agencies that violate individual rights.

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