Libertarian Party Calls Out Republicans

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Arvin Vohra, Vice Chair of Libertarian Party, released an open letter to Republicans calling out their hypocrisy of calling themselves the small government party, while advocating for bigger government.

This is a response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing Friday that he would be reintroducing mandatory minimum sentencing. Sessions also wants become more tough on crime stating “that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.”

Mandatory sentencing is a large contributor to the United States massive prison population, as drug-abusers often receive extremely strict sentences for victimless crimes. It also strips freedom away from judges who may not feel that someone convicted does not deserve that strict of a sentence.

Vohra responded to this recent by stating that “Recently, you’ve focused on restarting increasing marijuana arrests. I can assume you aren’t stupid enough to actually think using marijuana can hurt another person, or that a crime without a victim is a real, dangerous crime. I also assume that you know that most marijuana users vote Libertarian, Democrat, or Green. Obviously, locking them, giving them felonies, making it impossible for them to vote, will help your cause.”

Attempts to remove Libertarians from ballots was also a topic that the Vice Chair criticized Republicans. The Montana Republican Party State Chair attempted to remove a Libertarian from the ballot, but the State Supreme Court ruled that the Libertarian had filled out all of proper paperwork and would be eligible to be on the ballot. In the 2014 election cycle, Republicans allegedly sent security employees to tell citizens that the petitions they had signed for Libertarian were fraudulent.

The statement ends with a warning to Republicans that “Those who want to see an actual reduction in government, a party with ideas so good that we don’t need to imprison our opponents, please visit LP.org.”

Read the full statement below

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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