Monday, March 12, 2012

What is a Libertarian?

Please explain Libertarianism.

What do Libertarians believe? 

What is the Libertarian position on the Federal Reserve, government involvement in the housing market, ObamaCare, the Drug War, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Uganda, the Vatican, public schools, gay marriage, marijuana laws, the Keystone Pipeline, gun laws, gun ownership, licensing requirements, monopolies, the stimulus package, Cash For Clunkers, the minimum wage, and cat-declawing?

What is the Libertarian Party trying to accomplish?

Why am I putting in lots of key words that will attract Google hits?  Do I have no shame? 

The best answer to most of these questions can be found on the Libertarian Party of Texas website. 

It's very simple: Let people live their own lives as they want and get the government out of our business. The Libertarian Party of Texas bases its philosophy on these core principles:

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. You, as stated by our nation's Founding Fathers, have the inalienable right to live, be free and prosper to your fullest potential without hindrance from any person or entity. You have the freedom to pursue your happiness as long as you respect others' rights to pursue theirs.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for your personal choices, able to take care of yourself and capable to do for others as you expect them to do unto you. Conversely, others are free to live their lives as they see fit and are responsible for their choices. We believe in tolerance toward others and respect for self-sovereignty.

LIMITED GOVERNMENT. Your government's principal function is to protect your freedom, your unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and Property, all crucial rights for building a free and prosperous society. Government should be of the necessary size and scope, as outlined in the United States Constitution, to efficiently support its constitutional duties and effectively maintain the rule of law. The Libertarian vision of government is of a government strictly confined to its constitutional role, a government that respects civil liberties, recognizes that the individual is more important than the State, exercises fiscal restraint and understands that each generation must pay its own debts, believes in free markets and practices a non-interventionist foreign policy of "peace toward all, entangling alliances with none."

The Libertarian Party is the third largest and fastest-growing political party in Texas and in the United States. It is also the only political party to advocate truly limited government, especially as established in the U.S. Constitution by our Founders.

For a more in-depth explanation of the philosophy of liberty, view this video. To learn where the Libertarian Party of Texas stands on specific issues, please read our platform.

Are you a Libertarian? Take the quiz and find out!

You are 16 trillion dollars in debt.  You have undeclared wars going on all over the place.  China is going to kick your ass if you don't stop borrowing money from them.  Jefferson Davis didn't have as many black men living in cages as you do. 
There is no "moderate" or "inside the mainstream" way out of this mess.  Republicrats or Demoblicans won't shut down any part of the machine. 
We will. 

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