“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.
Wrights 2012 press release