Open Letter to Nicholas J. Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian Party
Many people have, in the past two years, professed their hope that I would lead a reform of the libertarian movement. The libertine degeneracy now commonly understood as the hallmark of our Party has caused no small amount of concern among those who believed that we stood for the great traditions of our nation – or that at least we stood for something more significant than marijuana and gay marriage.
This equation of libertinism and libertarianism in the public mind is not the fault of the American people. It is the fault of the leadership of our Party, which has not merely tolerated in a laissez-faire manner but rather promoted sexual perversion, drug use, multiculturalism, globalism, and the destruction of American culture, tradition, and heritage.
But worse than all this, you personally crossed a line that cannot be uncrossed. You have taken sides with the communists, and in doing so you have betrayed the Libertarian Party and the movement generally. Until this point I was happy to work independently within the movement, far away from your domain; now I am compelled to action against the established order. Today I open hostilities against the leadership of the National Libertarian Party.
Recently you made the remark that it was “understandable” that the Antifa, a violent gang of communists, would initiate violent protests to shut down a speech. I could write this off as nothing more than an off-the-cuff remark that is being read into unfairly by the right-wing media. But the history of your conduct as Chair of the Party during my campaign for the United States Senate makes it clear that this was not a misinterpreted remark: it was a slip made in a rare, unguarded moment.
On the First of March last year – one year ago today, mind you – a meeting of Libertarians was attacked by the Antifa. You said nothing about it. Four days later, another meeting of Libertarians was attacked by the Antifa. You remained silent. And I know you know about these events, because they were my events, and they were in the papers.
It would be difficult indeed for the Chair of the National Party not to notice an assassination attempt on one of his Senatorial candidates. It strains credulity that the Chair could fail to notice the gloating of the mainstream media when this same Senatorial candidate was expelled from Canada days later. And yet you said nothing in condemnation of the Antifa, who beat my libertarian supporters with wooden boards, smashed in their car windows, and even poured urine on the head of one of the girls who committed the crime of coming to hear me speak.
Now, one year later, you defend this same group of violent communists for shutting down the speech of another. Now you have reached the point of no return. Any faith I had in your ability to change the leftward course of this Party has been destroyed. Any hope I had that one day you and I might come to an understanding has been lost.
You and I have long been wary of each other, Mr. Sarwark, but we have never made our disapproval of each other a public matter. What actions we may have taken cannot be said to amount even to a Cold War. I think it is safe to say that you and I have both had better things to do than snipe each other behind the scenes or engage in some sort of petty backstabbing, which, sadly, seems to be the fashion in the movement these days.
I do not question your commitment to libertarian principles, as you have questioned mine. What I call into question is your leadership of the Party. Despite what is about to unfold, I do have great respect for you. We are both second-generation libertarians. We have both acted as attorneys for the damned in our respective careers in criminal defense. We have both done our utmost to realize our respective visions for our country.
Our visions are, however, clearly incompatible. I must say, your orchestration of the National Convention last May was masterful, truly awe-inspiring to watch – but the electoral disaster in November is directly attributable to the Party leadership, which is, at the risk of sounding redundant, headed by you. The tragicomedy of 2016 was your fault, the direct consequence of your vision for America.
The leftward shift we have witnessed in the Party has occurred under your watch. The deliberate recruitment of Bernie Sanders supporters, whether openly communist or just plain confused; the defense of Hillary Clinton in the press by our own Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates; our representation by the absolute embarrassment that was and is Gary Johnson: these things have all occurred as a result of your leadership.
Your opposition to States’ rights, your promotion of centralization, your advocacy of Federal Government intrusion in the matter of civil rights, your criticism of a true libertarian like Ron Paul and promotion of a closet liberal like Gary Johnson: these things have all been marked on your record.
It is your leadership and the policies you have promoted that have delegitimized the Libertarian Party. It is your failing as Chair that the Party made itself utterly irrelevant in the 2016 elections, even while Americans were begging for leadership and for an alternative to the two major parties. It is you who has presided as the core of the Libertarian Party has been rotted out by leftism.
I will expand on all these things as time goes on. As a parting word today, I want to make three things clear about the coming fight.
First: I consider wives and children off limits in conflict. Libertarians on your side of the fence have been all-too-willing to attack my Hispanic children as cover-ups for my alleged white supremacy; they have publicly questioned the legitimacy of my children and insulted their mothers. You are a family man, as am I. So let us keep the families out of this. You have my word on that.
Second: This is not personal. I will not harp on the stunts you pulled during my Senate campaign. You, Arvin Vohra, Carla Howell, and Wes Benedict all played an underhanded, dirty game behind the scenes, proving that the leadership of the Libertarian Party is no different than the leadership of the Republican and Democratic Parties. But that is politics; it is water under the bridge, as far as I’m concerned. I will speak no more of it, except of course for the matters aforementioned in connection with your defense of the Antifa. This is not a personal matter; this is about the integrity of the Libertarian Party, the future of the movement, and the destiny of our country.
Third: I have the utmost respect for you and all you have accomplished at such a young age. Again, my attacks are not personal but political. I would appreciate it if we could keep this a chivalrous conflict between gentlemen, rather than mud wrestle in full view of the public. Let us debate the issues and not resort to the low blows of lesser men.
All that being said, I will see you at the Pennsylvania Convention next month. Until then, Mr. Sarwark.
Libertas et Imperium,
Augustus Invictus, Esq.
01 March 2017