A Christmas Message of Peace (from libertarian Lee Wrights)

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From a press release by Wrights 2012 Exploratory Committee:

Christmas present to the troops – bring them home

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (Isaiah 2:4)

BURNET, Texas (Dec. 24) –In a Christmas Eve statement R. Lee Wrights, a
libertarian writer, activist and potential 2012 presidential nominee,
said that if elected president his first message to members of the U.S.
Armed Forces will be “you will be home for Christmas.”

“As I listen once again to the taped messages from our men and women in
uniform serving overseas being aired on TV and radio this holiday
season, it saddens my heart to know that for many of them this is not
the first Christmas they’ve spent away from home and family, nor will it
be the last,” Wrights said. “Sadder still is that for too many of those
brave souls serving their country, this Christmas will be their last.
That should not be.”

“The greatest Christmas present any president can give the men and women
of the U.S. Armed Forces is to bring them home,” Wrights said. “My first
order as commander-in-chief will be to instruct the joint chiefs of
staff to make it so, as quickly and safely as possible.”

“There are a multitude of organizations and thousands of individuals who
do think of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines at this time of
year. They sincerely try to make the troops’ holidays away from home a
little brighter,” Wrights said. “I greatly admire and respect their
work. But I think the greater gift is to never send these young men and
women into harms way unnecessarily again.”

“As president, my pledge to those men and women who take the oath to
defend our country and our Constitution, and to their families, will be
that I will never send them to fight and die on far-away battlefields in
order to support dictators, corrupt governments or to serve some
nebulous ideal of global nation-building.”

“Whether or not you’re a Christian, or whether or not you even believe
in God, the true meaning of this annual holiday season transcends any
and all political, national and religious differences,” Wrights said.
“The proclamation of peace on earth and good will to all men is greater
than any one person, or any one faith, or any one nation.”

“The message of peace announced more than two thousand years ago
inspired me to consider seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination
and sustains me in that endeavor. To achieve peace we must first stop
all war. Stop all war, beginning with the coercion and violence
exercised by our own government at home and abroad, and extending to
calming the turmoil and unrest inside our selves.”

“America is indeed the home of the brave and my promise to the men and
women of our Armed Forces is that I will bring the brave home.” Wrights
concluded by saying, “I much prefer a nation filled with living patriots
to American cemeteries filled with dead heroes. Merry Christmas, my
comrades in arms. My Christmas wish for you is for God to watch over you
and grant each of you a safe return.”

Wrights is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he
believes the Libertarian message in 2012 should be a loud, clear and
unequivocal call to stop all war. 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.

The 52-year old writer and political activist was born in Winston Salem,
N.C. and now lives in Texas. He is the co-founder and editor of the free
speech online magazine Liberty for All.

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