WHAT IS THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY?
The Libertarian Party (LP) is your representative in American politics. It is the only political organization which respects you as a unique and responsible individual.
Our slogan is that we are “The Party of Principle”, because we stand firmly on our principles.
Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
Founded in 1971, we run many hundred of candidates every election cycle. These candidates seek positions ranging from City Council to President of the United States. Each of these candidates helps to give liberty a voice.
THE LIBERTARIAN OPTION
Consider voting Libertarian or joining the Libertarian Party because…
- We seek to substantially reduce the size and intrusiveness of government and cut and eliminate taxes at every opportunity.
- We believe that peaceful, honest people should be able to offer their goods and services to willing consumers without inappropriate interference from government.
- We believe that peaceful, honest people should decide for themselves how to live their lives, without fear of criminal or civil penalties.
- We believe that government’s only responsibility, if any, should be protecting people from force and fraud.
LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTER -- WHERE WE STAND
Libertarians are a diverse group of thinkers. The center is larger than the two major parties would have you believe, and even though you may not agree with every person near the center on every issue, odds are you probably have more in common with Libertarians than you in the extremes of the majors.
|The Left Side Favors||Libertarians Favor||The Right Side Favors|
|Government-regulation to advance equality of outcomes||Personal and economic freedom, advancing equality of opportunity||Government regulations to promote a moral society|
|Using eminent domain and land-use restrictions to advance social and government objectives||Respect property rights of all citizens||Using eminent domain and land-use restrictions to advance interests of favored citizens and corporations|
|Special treatment for select groups and minorities||Equal treatment for everyone to create level playing field||Special treatment for select groups and corporations|
|International and UN-led military actions on foreign soil at our cost||Robust national defense and non-interventionist foreign policy||Military adventurism and nation building on foreign soil at our cost|
|Government permission for some privacy and civil liberties||Privacy and civil liberties for all persons||Limiting privacy and civil liberties for the greater good|
|Banning guns, smoking, sugary beverages, and anything else they disagree with||Individual freedom and personal responsibility||Banning drugs, gay marriage, flag burning, and anything else they disagree with|
|Support for "public education" at high cost with poor results||Support for choice in a market-based educational system and homeschooling||Support for "public education" (but send their own kids to private schools)|
|Taxpayer funding of welfare, social programs, and government hand-outs||Private giving to those in need||Taxpayer funding of faith-based charities, corporate subsidies to favored businesses|
|Government is the default solution for all problems||Trusting free citizens to manage their own lives and maximize personal and community happiness||Government is the default solution for all problems|