Libertarian state convention in Hickory

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina will hold its annual state convention April 15-17 at the Gateway Center Hotel and Convention Center in Hickory. The theme is “Making It Real: Liberty Comes From You, Not To You.”

“The slogan we’ve chosen this year, ‘Liberty Comes From You, Not To You,’ expresses an idea we think most Americans believe,” said Bev Wilcox, state vice chair. “Our nation was founded on the idea that all human beings are born free, and that the purpose of government is to help them preserve their liberty, not run their lives.”

Convention business will include revision of the bylaws and elections of officers and members of the executive and judicial committees. Guest speakers will present information on grassroots activism, political campaigns, and effective lobbying, interspersed throughout the business sessions.

R. Lee Wrights, a potential Libertarian presidential candidate and North Carolina native, is expected to make a major announcement at the convention. Wrights is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he is determined that the Libertarian message in 2012 be a loud, clear, and unequivocal call to stop all war.

Wrights has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will go toward ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights, 52, is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine, Liberty For All. He is a longtime libertarian writer, political activist, a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, and a past vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee. Born in Winston Salem, Wrights now lives in Texas.

Sharon Harris, president of the Advocates for Self-Government, will be the featured speaker at the Saturday night banquet. The Advocates for Self-Government is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1985 that specializes in libertarian communication and outreach. The group is the creator and publisher of the world-famous World’s Smallest Political Quiz. Ms Harris will be presenting special awards to outstanding activists. She will also make a presentation to the county represented by the greatest number of young libertarians.

Harris has been active in the libertarian movement since the early ’70s and is a founding member of the Georgia Libertarian Party. She was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of Georgia’s law requiring candidates for office to take a drug test. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional.