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Thursday, July 15, 2010

John Stagliano For President!


This group urges the nomination of John Stagliano for President by acclamation at the 2012 Libertarian Party National Convention.

Mr. Stagliano is an adult film producer who is currently being prosecuted in a federal kangaroo court on "obscenity" charges. The "law" which he supposedly violated is unconstitutional, and the trial is conducted in a lawless manner. What's worse, his "crime" involved only consenting adults acting on their own free will, doing things which are not illegal, and for which no objective standard has been established in law. For details, check out coverage of his case at Reason Magazine: http://reason.com/topics/john-stagliano-trial

Regardless of how you feel about pornography, we must draw a line in the sand. Federal prosecutions of consensual "crimes" must stop!

We don't know what motivated the persecution of Mr. Stagliano. But it is interesting that he has been a financial supporter of liberty-oriented organizations such as the Reason Foundation and the Libertarian Party. It reminds one of the prosecution of the late author and medical marijuana advocate Peter McWilliams, who supported the Libertarian Party and even wrote a book, Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, that argued for libertarian values.

McWilliams died ten years ago while on bail - he was charged for being a "drug kingpin" for his medical marijuana activities.

Was Peter McWilliams targeted for his actions, or because he spoke out in favor of freedom?

Is John Stagliano singled out among all porn producers for his actions, or because he supports those who speak out in favor of freedom?

We don't know. What we DO know is, if convicted, Mr. Stagliano could face up to 32 years in prison!

Nominating Mr. Stagliano for President would send a message to America. It would say that libertarians reject, completely, the federal war on consensual behavior, and that, whatever we think of pornography, we'd rather have a porn producer who respects individual rights, as Mr. Stagliano does, as President than anyone who believes porn producers should be in jail.

John Stagliano is not just a victim of the federal government, he's also a symbol of the federal government's march toward absolute tyranny and lawlessness. The Libertarian Party could not make a bolder statement for freedom, and for the United States of America, than by nominating John Stagliano to be President of the United States.

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