What is the libertarian party?
The Libertarian Party believes, as did Thomas Jefferson, that that government is best that governs least. We believe that as long as people are peaceful and honest, the government has no business interfering in their lives. Along with personal freedom comes economic freedom. We believe that governments have no right to seize the fruits of an individual's labor without his or her consent.
Libertarians seek a return to the basic principles that made America great. We support an unfettered free market economy as the best way to provide abundance and prosperity for all. We defend America's traditional civil liberties and personal freedoms as the foundation of a tolerant society. We believe in the protection of people from dishonest business through liability in the courts. We endorse a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's Founding Fathers. Unlike the two major parties, for whom the only debate is whether the government should be enormous or merely huge, we believe the size and scope of government must be substantially reduced. Individuals should have sovereignty over their own lives as long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.
The Libertarian Party supports the abolition of the Income Tax, one of the greatest infringements on individual liberty in the world today. Money that you earn should be yours to dispose of as you choose. According to the Census Bureau, 47% of our national income goes to various federal, state, and local taxes. It is time to end this confiscation of our earnings and get the government out of our pocketbooks.
The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. We have active, growing party organizations in all 50 states, have elected hundreds of Libertarians to local office, have run thousands of candidates, and have received millions of votes. These accomplishments were achieved in spite of legal barriers erected by the Democrats and Republicans to keep other parties off the ballot. We have put great effort into opposing these restrictions, so that some day all Americans will be able to have the widest possible choice on election day.
In a nutshell, libertarianism is about repsecting individual rights and always keeping a healthy distrust of government intervention.
The Libertarian Party represents you!
The Libertarian Party is your representative in American politics. It is the only political organization which respects you as a unique and competent individual.
Libertarians believe in the American heritage of liberty, patriotism and personal responsibility. Libertarians recognize the responsibility we all share to preserve this precious heritage for our children and grandchildren.
Free and independent
Libertarians believe that being free and independent is a great way to live. We want a system which encourages all people to choose what they want from life; that lets them live, love, work, play and dream their own way.
Caring for people
The Libertarian way is a caring, people-centered approach to politics. We believe each individual is unique. We want a system which respects the individual and encourages us to discover the best within ourselves and develop our full potential.
A principled and consistent approach
The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech and property. Government's only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.
The Libertarian Party is for all who don't want to push other people around and don't want to be pushed around themselves. Live and let live is the Libertarian way.
America's third largest political party
The Libertarian Party is America's third largest and fastest growing political party. Libertarians engage in a variety of projects, working for everyone's liberty on every issue. The Libertarian Party was created in December of 1971 by people who realized that the politicians had strayed from America's original libertarian foundation, with disastrous results. Their vision was the same as that of America's founders; a world where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, a world of peace, harmony, opportunity and abundance.
Libertarians are practical; we know we can't make the world perfect. But, it can be better. Libertarians will keep working to create a better, freer society for everyone. As William Allen White said: "Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others."
Why not stick with the establishment?
The politicians in Washington and our state capitols have led us away from the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility which are the only sound foundation for a just, humane and abundant society. Government at all levels is too large, too expensive, woefully inefficient, arrogant, intrusive and downright dangerous. Democratic and Republican politicians have created the status quo and do not intend to change it.
The libertarian option
Consider the Libertarian option:
- Substantially reduce the size and intrusiveness of government and cut all taxes.
- Let peaceful, honest people offer their goods and services to willing consumers without a hassle from government.
- Let peaceful, honest people decide for themselves what to eat, drink, read, or smoke and how to dress, medicate themselves or make love, without fear of criminal penalties.
- The U.S. government should defend Americans and their property in America and let the U.S. taxpayer off the hook for the defense bill of wealthy countries like Germany and Japan.
What Americans want
Americans want, and deserve, a political system which respects them as unique individuals; as people who can make their own plans, who can take responsibility for themselves, who are compassionate, and who can and will solve their own problems if allowed to do so. Most Americans, after some thought, prefer the Libertarian option in politics. Most people in their private, non-governmental, affairs deal with each other on the libertarian premise of mutual respect. You don't threaten your neighbors with fines or jail just because they choose careers or lifestyles different than yours.