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These 37 Senate Members Voted To Continue The War In Yemen

By Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

Earlier today, an overwhelming majority of the United States Senate approved a measure to debate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. By a vote of 63-37, the resolution was co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Senator Mike Lee (UT) and found new traction across partisan lines after President Trump failed to condemn Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mattis had been among the most outspoken critics of the resolution and suggested that abandoning involvement of American military in the region could destabilize the situation further. But Senators, fed up with a President that is unwilling to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his blatant role in the death of Khashoggi, rallied together to pass the resolution.

For months, American citizens have watched as their government has assisted in bombing campaigns that have murdered innocent civilians in the Middle Eastern country. Though the war is being led by Saudi Arabia, the weapons, jets and financial backing have quietly been shuffled into Saudi coffers by the United States government. In October, USA Today reported that American officials were ‘disturbed’ to learn of a funeral home that was bombed killing more than 100 innocent Yemeni people. Still, the support continued with no end in sight.

Furthermore, Americans were outraged to learn about the bombing of a school bus carrying over 40 children was bombed with American made weaponry.

The ongoing involvement in Yemen is only part of the larger scale interventionism that has characterized United States foreign policy since 9/11. It has recently been suggested that the wars have cost the American taxpayer a staggering six trillion dollars in taxes and produced over half a million dead men, women, and children in its crusade to rid the world of terrorism and bring coercive democracy to shores near and wide.

At 71 Republic, we strongly believe in exposing members of the American political apparatus who support the failed oil wars. We recognize that it is our continued intervention across the globe that harbors resentment and aids in the creation of new terror threats at home and abroad.

We would like to provide our readers with a list of the 37 members of the Senate who wished to continue this abomination in Yemen.  You can find hyperlinks to each of their respective websites with contact information included. The names are as follows:

Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Capito (R-WV)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Gardner (R-CO)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lankford (R-OK)
McConnell (R-KY)
Perdue (R-GA)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Wicker (R-MS)

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Everyone Should Vote

Josh Hughes | United States

Opponents claim that voting is an act of aggression, and thus violates the NAP, or non-aggression principle, that libertarians abide by. They argue that because the state’s existence is made possible through coercion and violence, voting simply legitimizes it. Simply getting a choice on who your leader is, some claim, does not make you freer. A slave that picks his master is still a slave nonetheless, after all. In our Republic, it only takes a simple majority for a leader to be elected. Is it fair that just because 50.001% of voters feel one way that the other 49.999% shouldn’t get a say? These are just a few of many, many totally valid arguments against the institution of voting. However, does being an idealist in this sense truly accomplish anything?

To some, the answer is clear. Abstaining from aggression in every way possible is of utmost importance. However, the other side of the token needs to be examined. Voting in a libertarian candidate, even if he or she is imperfect and not totally in line with your principles, is important for the sake of advancing the cause of liberty.

The system favors a two-party process, meaning that the overwhelming majority of people will align with either a Republican or a Democrat, and their views will match those of their respective party for the most part. In fact, there are many who are unaware of other options such as the Libertarian Party. If enough people show up on election day, many libertarians nationwide have legitimate chances to win their elections. The best way to get voters informed about the LP is for it to grow. The “lesser of the evils” argument is a strong one, but in the world of politics, idealists rarely get anywhere.

Politics in America are becoming increasingly polarizing, and the future seems destined to either take a turn for radical neo-conservatism or liberal socialism. Both futures are ugly ones for those who support personal and economic liberty. However, this will become the reality. While a libertarian leader is still a person with power over individuals that will engage in aggression, it will be a stepping stone towards a society absent of authority.

The Democrats are increasingly advocating for higher taxes and more economic intervention on the part of the government, which are ultimately a threat to American finances. The Republicans are advocating for an expansion of the military and police state, a threat to the social tradition of America. While imperfect, the principles of the Libertarian Party are by far the least aggressive and would lead to less government interference across the board.

This November 6, if you are able, get out and vote for your local libertarian candidate. If there isn’t one, find other ways to support the party or a candidate of your choice.  If a vote was hypothetically going to come down to a democratic-socialist, a neo-conservative, or a moderate libertarian, who would you choose?

Ideals are important to individuals. It is imperative to not sacrifice your principles and remain consistent with what you believe. However, the current system America has left little room for true ideals. The best way to advance the liberty movement is to deal with voting pragmatically and vote for your libertarian candidate.

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The New Mexico Senate Race is Heating Up

By Trey Johnson | United States

Former two-time New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is calling for Republican candidate Mick Rich to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico and coordinate his efforts towards helping to defeat Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich. Johnson’s bold idea could work as he is pulling away more voters from the Republican party than the Democratic party. New Mexico has been sending Democratic senators to Washington D.C. since 2009, and Republicans have a lower chance of winning the U.S. Senate seat than a Libertarian candidate.

Rich is asking Gary Johnson to withdraw from the race, stating in a fundraising email: “Let him spew his radical beliefs elsewhere, so the hard-working families of this state can gain a voice in the U.S. Senate.”

Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, and helped to realize a large increase in the percentage of votes received by the Party between the two elections. Libertarians were able to garner this support while on the ballot in 37 states.

Johnson pulled in 9% of the votes for president in his home state of New Mexico during the very important 2016 presidential election. Only the two candidates from the major parties were included in the presidential debates, making it impossible for the former Governor to be considered by American voters.

Republican Senator Rand Paul recently endorsed Gary Johnson for Senate.

I have an important announcement today. I’m endorsing Gary Johnson for US Senate.

Gary Johnson is a true fiscal conservative. As Governor, he reduced the size of government while improving services and cutting taxes.

His leadership on issues of government overreach, protecting Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights against mass surveillance, and common sense foreign policy is sorely needed in the United States Senate, for New Mexico and the nation.

He will be an important ally and a critical independent voice.

This marks a historic moment as Paul refused to endorse a candidate from his own party.

Gary Johnson is popular in New Mexico and has a fair shot at winning the U.S. Senate race. In the words of Rand Paul, “he is an important American ally and a critical independent voice”.

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Gary Johnson Officially Enters New Mexico Senate Race

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Monday evening, Gary Johnson made a massive leap into the political ring once more. Yes, that’s right. Johnson is now officially running for the United States Senate as a Libertarian. After weeks of speculation, which culminated in the Libertarian Party offering him the role, the former New Mexico governor has formally accepted the nomination.

As of 9:30 PM local time Monday, the Johnson campaign officially filed paperwork for his senatorial run with the Secretary of State.

Johnson’s last-minute entry comes two weeks after the former candidate, Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, dropped out.

The two-term governor is running in a three-way race. However, he polls considerably better in a head to head race against incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich. The Republican, Mick Rich, on the other hand, is facing pressure to drop out in support of Johnson.

Despite this, the Cook Political Report has stated that the race is solidly Democratic. It is unclear whether Johnson’s entry into the race will impact the rating, though he has stated in the past that he would not run if he did not think it was possible to win.

Tuesday afternoon, Gary Johnson officially released his first campaign video on Twitter. In it, he described his accomplishments, including cutting taxes 14 times as well as vetoing over 750 different pieces of legislation. Despite this, he managed to balance the budget and even run a billion dollar surplus.

The video also points out Johnson’s personal traits, including his dedication and competitive nature.

This is a breaking story, and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Austin Petersen Is Bitcoin’s Best Chance In Congress

By Spencer Kellogg | @TheNewTreasury

We are less than a month away from Missouri’s GOP primary on August 7th, and Austin Petersen is standing strong behind his support for Bitcoin and alternative currencies. Following an open-faced attack on Bitcoin from Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, Petersen promised to “stop cryptocurrency regulation” if he is elected to the United States Senate.

Petersen is a long time cryptocurrency advocate who ran for president as a Libertarian in 2016. He is now at the end of a heated primary race against Josh Hawley, the sitting Attorney General of Missouri. Hawley has had to battle off Petersen’s determined grassroots campaign along with questions from both the state GOP and the national media who have spotlighted Hawley for his ineptitude and lack of interest in the primary campaign. Petersen has seen a major wave of youth support that has enabled his campaign to reach tens of thousands of Missourians through phone calls and knocking on doors in the past few months alone.

This isn’t the first time that Petersen has made headlines in the cryptocurrency community. His campaign began taking Bitcoin donations through BitPay (here) last summer and in February, Petersen received the largest Bitcoin donation ever made to a US political campaign at the time: 0.284 BTC, which was then valued at $4,500 USD. Three months later, his campaign was gifted a stunning $250,000 dollars worth of Bitcoin that the team had to return due to Federal Election Committee (FEC) rules.

Speaking with CCN last year, Austin Petersen elaborated on how his limited government stance on the American financial infrastructure has instructed support for open market cryptocurrency conditions:

Bitcoin’s disruptive influence is just what our financial system needs at this time. For too long, the federal government has had exclusive control over currency, stymying competition and growth by falsely limiting consumer choice — a fact we would all be aware of were the Federal Reserve subject to the same kind of audits privately-held companies are. Cryptocurrency represents the future of American creativity and American liberty, and I’m delighted to accept campaign donations in this form.

An atypical politician, Petersen has been banned from Facebook twice for raffling off donated AR-15’s to his campaign. He is a devoted supporter of the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution. This is evidenced by his pro-gun commercial titled “no compromise” that has been airing all over Missouri televisions recently. His limited government message of less bureaucracy and more freedom makes him one of the most exciting candidates that America has seen in the last half-century. Crypto has always been an outsider economic revolution and Petersen is a political one. That it would be a farm boy from the plains of Missouri to lead the cryptocurrency charge into the beltway seems in many ways fitting.

Petersen represents the first American generation of crypto-conscious politicians. While there are a few crypto advocates in Congress today, none have been so vocal and open in their support for alternative currencies and blockchain technology. Petersen has, again and again, recognized the artistic, cultural and economic liberties that are the heart and soul of the Bitcoin community and his insightful knowledge of United States monetary policy makes him an eloquent defender of the sector. His pro-capitalism ideology is rooted in a strict, hands off interpretation of government’s role in a citizens life that champions innovative financial networks like Bitcoin instead of demonizing them. All of this makes him a natural fit in the new currency scene which emphasizes privacy, liberty and peaceful transactions by free market standards.

If Petersen can triumph over Hawley his campaign has polled strongly against Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill for the general election in November. To learn more about Austin Petersen’s campaign, you can find his candidate website at the link below:

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