Why the Libertarian Party?
government is best which governs the least,
because its people discipline themselves."
know not what course others may take, but as for
me, give me liberty or give me death."
St. John's Church, March 1775
it mean to be a Libertarian?
The Statement of Principles for the
Libertarian Party reads as such: "We hold
that all individuals have the right to exercise sole
dominion over their own lives, and have the
right to live in whatever manner they choose, so
long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal
right of others to live in whatever manner
As Libertarians, we believe very strongly in
the principles shown above. It is our
belief that the government of this country, the
United States of America, was built on a strong
foundation consisting of the belief that a free
people can best build a strong nation.
Through the course of our nation's history we can
think of many instances where liberty was not
ensured to the people the way it should have been
guaranteed in the Constitution. Slavery and
the Jim Crow Laws are prime examples of where our
nation's government has failed to protect those
natural rights of it's citizenry. Just as
in the past, government continues to threaten our
natural rights. Today, one side of
contemporary political thought pushes for
government intervention into your personal life
while the other for government control of our
once free market. Libertarians can not
be fit into the ideologies of contemporary
political thought, in particular Republicans and
Democrats, because we believe liberty is
essential to all walks of life.
Government should not take the wealth of
the people for programs that benefit only few and
government most certainly should not
determine your moral obligations in life.
We believe people hold the power to determine
their own course in life and government should
not work to control that course, but instead
should protect our right to choose it. With
these freedoms, which are given to us by nature,
comes also individual responsibilities that
should remain exclusively with the
people. If you truly believe in liberty,
you are without a doubt a libertarian and we
encourage you join the cause of the Libertarian
Party, that cause being the quest to protect our
where the Libertarian Party stands on the issues:
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You can learn more about
where the party stands on the issues at our
national headquarters web site, www.lp.org , or the state web site LPVA.com .