The Libertarian Party is America's third largest and fastest growing political party. Libertarians work for everyone's liberty on every issue.
Libertarians support a free-market solution to all issues. Individuals should be allowed to produce their own energy from various sources and sell any excess they may have, if they choose to do so.
Government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. Libertarians oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production. Government interference in the production, delivery and pricing of utilities ultimately impose costs we cannot afford.
Libertarians believe that gambling, as a completely voluntary pursuit, should not be illegal. However, many Libertarians feel that government sponsored gambling, such as state lotteries which are used to swell government coffers and increase budgets, should not be allowed.
Libertarians believe that individuals should be free to choose the medical care they believe is best for themselves. This includes the freedom to seek alternative forms of treatment, such as holistic, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture, shaman, or any other form of treatment they choose.
Libertarians support the existence of free-market certifications and believe such certifications are helpful to those looking for qualified health care.
Anything you wish to do that neither harms nor causes a loss to another person should be permissible under the law. Governments have no right to tell you what books you can read, who you can communicate with, where you can travel, whom you can trade with or any other number of things they try to regulate or make illegal that have no identifiable victim.
federal legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act, REAL ID, FISA, and many others are an unconstitutional violation of our natural rights.
Libertarians believe the only time force is justified is in defense of person or property. Despite what some calling themselves libertarian may say, pre-emptive use of force is always wrong.
The foundation of libertarianism is mutual respect. It is a principle that extends to our relationships with people throughout the world. Libertarians call for the withdrawal of all troops from around the world.
Libertarians believe that education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Individuals without kids in the school system should not be forced to pay for a system they aren't utilizing.
Every individual should be responsible for his/her own retirement. Therefore, everyone should be allowed to opt-out of the Social Security system. Those who decide to opt-in to Social Security should have their contributions placed into a private account, such as a 401k or Money Market Account, which they control.
Libertarians believe American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Peace will never be achieved through force. Libertarians seek the withdrawal of troops from the 900+ military bases in over 130 nations around the world.
Libertarians support an end to taxpayer funded foreign aid and we support real free trade (not the bureaucratic version of "free trade" that exists under NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, etc).
The "War on Drugs" costs the federal government over $15 billion per year, State and local governments spend an additional $25 billion each year. These costs include the incarceration of nearly 1 million people for drug offenses; the vast majority of these individuals have harmed no one.
Individuals with drug addictions should be treated medically for these addictions, they should not be treated as criminals.
Libertarians support the existence of “Stand Your Ground” laws and believe that every person has the right to defend themselves wherever they have a right to be.
Libertarians further believe that no groups of people have any more right than any individual. For instance, every individual has an inherent right to defend themselves (including their friends, family and others from imminent attack) in any manner they see fit. That includes the right to own any weapon they believe is necessary to defend themselves.
Libertarians support a free an open internet. We oppose proposed legislation such as SOPA, PIPA, CISPA & ACTA. These proposals would claim the federal government “owns” the internet and will have the ability shut down any website that violates one of their policies. In addition to the possibility of your favorite sites being taken down, you could wind up in jail for 5 years, if you inadvertently violate the law, while not willfully or knowingly violating the law. These proposals could allow governments to censor politically objectionable content and stifle the free press.
Libertarians believe governments should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We believe the federal government simply can't afford to continue borrowing 43 cents out of every dollar we spend. This run away spending has led to a federal debt of over $16 trillion and climbing.
Some Libertarians believe the federal debt is invalid and and believe it is past time for Congress to admit publicly the debt will never be paid off and repudiate the debt. Others support the passage of a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.
Libertarians generally believe that people should be allowed to travel freely without government interference. This includes the right of individuals to choose where they decide to live.
Current federal immigration laws are convoluted and give preferential treatment to individuals from certain countries. The current system also relies on quotas, hosts and in some cases an immigration lottery, as well as preferred treatment to athletes and refugees.
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