— Thomas Hill (@thomasbhill) June 15, 2017
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson
My dearly departed friend Lee Wrights used this quote as a tagline under his email signature. I received hundreds of emails from Lee over the years. Hundreds of times, I was exposed to this saying. Quotes, like mantras, are sometimes so often used and repeated, they seem to lose luster and become blurred in the background of our over-stimulated minds.
Knowing Lee as I did, this particular quote never faded into my subconscious. With his love and respect for his friends, Lee brought this quote to life. This love and respect extended even further to include everyone he met. This timeless yet all too rare custom and quality of character, I found in my friend. His depth of compassion and pursuit of peace left an impression on me that will remain a part of me forever.
He indeed was a Preacher of Peace… and what a preacher he was!
“Government is force, and war is the inevitable, ultimate and deadliest expression of that base characteristic. Force and coercion are not only incompatible with freedom and liberty, they are destructive of them. Freedom and liberty can only survive and flourish in a society where peaceful exchange of goods, services, and ideas is preserved and protected by the respect of everyone involved, by mutual consent. Just as freedom and responsibility are said to be two sides of the same coin, so are peace and prosperity.” – R. Lee Wrights
Originally published on March 17th, 2012 during R. Lee Wrights run for president…
BURNET, Texas (March 17) – As I’ve crisscrossed the country the past few months visiting Libertarian state party conventions, I’ve had plenty of time on the road between stops to reflect on what I’ve heard from my fellow libertarians. And what I’m hearing from an increasing number of them is that they’re ready to make a difference in 2012 simply by being different, by being true libertarians.
Libertarianism is all about non-aggression. The philosophy of life which guides all libertarians and which drives some of us to plunge into the political process is the exact opposite of what motives Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. We leave people alone. They tell everyone how to live. We’re good neighbors. They’re nosy neighbors. We’re for peace. They’re for war.