At the prompting of Santa Clara County central committee member Ed Wimmers, the Libertarian Party of California has adopted a resolution calling for an end to U.S. government involvement in the current war in Europe.
The resolution was adopted by a vote of the LPC's Executive Committee, meeting immediately after the close of the recent state convention in Sacramento. Both the sentiment and the form of the two-sentence statement met with approval from the committee, with Elizabeth Stump, LPC Northern Area Coordinator, commenting "thanks for being succinct".
Text of the resolution:
We support the withdrawal of the U.S. from NATO. We oppose taxpayer funds being spent on the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Wimmers, a resident of San Jose, is a former Chair of the LP of Santa Clara County, as well as a past candidate for Congress. In a commentary published in the June 2022 issue of the LP SCC newsletter "Liberty Quill", he outlined how the LP's platform addresses conflicts such as the current one.
Specifically addressing NATO he wrote: "If the US had followed the Libertarian policy of 'avoid entangling alliances', the US would have pulled out of NATO thirty years ago when the Soviet Union disbanded." Addressing the tax burden of supporting the military-industrial complex he wrote "Instead of spending US resources on a foreign war, we could utilize the money in the US to improve the quality of life here."
The Libertarian Party, while consistently opposing tyrannical government action both at home and abroad, and supporting the right of people everywhere to defend themselves against autocratic regimes, has also consistently held that it is not the job of the U.S. military to act as "policeman of the world".