The following is a press release written by or on behalf of BTP Vice Chairman Todd Andrew Barnett.
New Baltimore, MI — Boston Tea National Committee Vice-Chairman Todd Andrew Barnett, currently a candidate for the Party’s vice-chair seat, excoriates Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Sonny Landham for more of his anti-Arab and anti-Muslim comments and condemns his call for genocide of those groups. Landham, whose racist comments generated much public outrage in the press and on the blogosphere, made his case for the decimation of all Arabs and Muslims during his much-hyped second appearance on Ben Goodman’s The Weekly Filibuster, a political talk radio show on Blog Talk Radio.
“When Mr. Landham made these putrid comments on the show, I felt the need to regurgitate,” said Barnett, who also appeared on the show to debate Landham after his press release against Landham generated much public interest. “These statements of his are not libertarian. These remarks are coming from a Libertarian candidate who espouses outright hate for all Arabs and Muslims and exploits the events of 9/11 to justify murder laced with hatred and bigotry under the label of libertarianism.”
Landham openly called for “outright genocide” of all Arabs and Muslims. On the Weekly Filibuster, when asked whether he called for the genocide of Arabs, Landham snarkily retorted, “When you are in a war, you kill every thing that moves.” Then, when asked again whether he called for “outright genocide,” Landham sardonically replied, “I call for outright bombing them back into the sand until they surrender and if they don’t surrender, then you continue the war. Because if you don’t, you will never have peace in the United States. Now do you want peace in the United States or do you want to live to some utopian ideals that are impossible in a world?.”
“The reason we are at war is that our decades-long foreign policy of interventionism has led to a myriad of political and militaristic conflicts that have resulted in so much acrimony and animosity towards the United States federal government, and not the United States as a country and the American people,” said Barnett. “After years of embargoes on Iraq and the Middle East, our own military’s daily bombing runs on Iraqi soil for over 10 years, the United States’ own imposed illegal no-fly zones on the Southern region of Iraq, and our incessant interference with the political and military affairs of the Middle East, it’s no wonder that many Arabs in the Middle East harbor so much resentment, hatred, distrust, and dislike towards our own government. It’s also the reason why terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hammas have been organized because of our government’s interference with those countries, although Israel shares the blame as well.”
Barnett points out that these facts do not justify the 9/11 attacks, but rather that the United States government must bear responsibility for what transpired in the Middle East for many years. “The terrorists who struck us on 9/11 were never brought to justice, and the 3,000 Americans killed on that horrible day were never allowed to rest in peace,” said Barnett. “However, if we alter our foreign policy to one of non-interventionism, end our War on Terrorism, and the War in Iraq, we can end the divisive tensions between the U.S. and the Arab countries and begin the healing for both sides.”
The vice-chairman also expresses disgust with Landham’s attempt to back him into a corner and question his patriotism, when Landham’s claim of support for liberty needs to be called into question. “Mr. Landham questioned my patriotism on the show, especially as he was using that moment to make himself look good in the process,” he said. “As I told Ben Goodman and his panelists on that show, Sonny Landham is a collectivist and a statist. He believes in the state. What I didn’t get to tell them is that he also hides behind the 9/11 attacks to justify a holocaust of an entire race. When a Libertarian candidate for public office uses racism to bolster neoconservative and pro-war support for his candidacy and attacks his critics for calling him out on his racist and pro-genocide beliefs, that man is unworthy of the office for which he is running. It’s that simple.”
In response to Landham’s anti-Arab, pro-geocide statements, LP member Lance Brown has set up a petition that calls for the Kentucky Libertarian Party to rescind its nomination of Landham and disavow and disassociate itself from the candidate and his anti-libertarian statements. The petition, titled “Libertarians Against Landham,” was put up on the web on July 28 and calls upon Libertarian Party members to sign it.
“I am pleased that Lance and his fellow party members are calling for this man to be removed from any consideration,” said Barnett. “I’m no longer a Libertarian; therefore, I can’t sign it. But I do endorse it in spirit. I just hope the Kentucky Libertarians will take notice of this and take this into consideration.”
The Boston Tea Party was formed in July of 2006 in response to the gutting of the Libertarian Party’s platform at the organization’s Portland, Oregon convention. It is the fastest-growing libertarian alternative to the LP, whose World’s Smallest Political Platform reads:
“The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.”