BURNET, Texas (Feb. 23) – The Lee Wrights for President campaign has launched another project to help win votes for the Libertarian Party and Libertarian candidates in 2012. The Million Vote March is an effort to achieve a historic one million votes for the Libertarian candidate for President, and to encourage people to vote for all Libertarian candidates on the ballot.
“This is not a march on Washington. It is not a march on your state capitol. It is not even a march on city hall,” said R. Lee Wrights. “It is simply a march to your local voting precinct on November 6, 2012 – a march to vote for liberty, to vote for freedom, to vote for peace, to vote for prosperity, a march to vote Libertarian to stop all wars.”
In 2010, one million Americans voted for a Libertarian candidate for Congress. But the Libertarian Party has never received one million votes for its candidate for President of the United States. Edward Clark earned the highest vote total for a Libertarian presidential candidate in 1980. He got just over 900,000 votes.
Wrights said that he decided to launch this project because he’s convinced that the Americans are tired of war and eager to hear and vote for candidates who want to stop all war. “I believe that Americans are tired of the ruling elites, the political and corporate special interest that profit from death and destruction,” he said.
“I can’t believe there are not at least one million people in America who want to stop all war, who want to stop killing other people,” Wrights said. “I can’t believe there are not at least one million people in America who want peace and the prosperity it brings.”
Stop all war has been the theme of his campaign, but Wrights vowed to continue The Million Vote March project even if he is unsuccessful in his bid for the Libertarian presidential nomination.
“The Million Vote March is not about any candidate; it is about the libertarian message, a message I believe Americans are waiting to hear,” he said. “Just as I’m convinced that there are at least one million people who want to stop war, I’m convinced that there are at least one million people – or more – who are eager to hear and embrace a libertarian message of peace and prosperity. All we Libertarians have to do is deliver that message properly.”
“Only the Libertarian Party is committed to peace,” he said. “People can only vote for liberty if they vote Libertarian. They can only get peace if they vote Libertarian.”
“In The Million Vote March, no vote will be lost, no vote will be wasted, and you won’t have to vote for the ‘lesser of two evils,’” he explained. “Best of all, you will be able to vote for something, not against something. You will be able to vote for a principle – the libertarian idea of maximum freedom and minimum government.”
This is the second project designed to help Libertarian candidates undertaken by the Wrights campaign. It’s also producing 30-second TV spots and offering them free of charge to Libertarian candidates and affiliates. Each spot will be customizable, with a 10-second segment to insert a local message. The spots will emphasize a principled libertarian position on a single topic.
In addition to these projects, Wrights has pledged that ten percent of all donations to his campaign will be used for ballot access so that the Libertarian message is heard in all 50 states in 2012.
R. Lee Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end 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. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.