While we adhere to the core principles of the Libertarian Party, we outline the following values to clarify our positions. None of these values stand in opposition the generalized principles of the Libertarian Party.
Government exists to secure the blessings of life, liberty, property, and equality in law. All other societal needs are secured solely by the people. A smaller, less powerful national government returns power to the states and the people is in order. Limited government always seeks to grow and gain power. Therefore, it must be limited from time to time through legislative reform and constitutional amendments to restore checks and balances, separation of powers, and the political elite.
To secure life, the government must maintain a robust, impartial legal system, favoring none, and provide a minimally sufficient national defense. We oppose offensive wars and the death penalty as administered.
To secure liberty, the national government must be restricted by the people themselves to the delegated powers of the United States Constitution. To do so, we must pass a Second Bill of Rights to protect equality, privacy, limit the political class, insure fair elections, balance the budget, and protect the states from an overreaching national government.
To secure individual property, the government must do more than solve property disputes. Government must:
To secure equality in law, the government must provide both investigatory services and an impartial legal system to address grievances. Further, it must undertake all possible measures to insure equality in representation, voting, maximum voter participation, access to government, civil rights, civil liberties, and equality of opportunity for all.
If any of us were born in the least advantageous position in society, we deserve social equity (as Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, said) in the areas of health, safety, and conservation of natural resources. We commit to helping the disenfranchised, disabled, and injured. We commit to helping others. We reject the old adage that, “You must pull yourself up by your own boot straps.” Instead, we offer a pair of boots to all in need that they may walk on their own.
Too often, the rich elites have not paid the full price for our common natural resources. Through pollution and waste, the powerful shed cost onto us, the people, by injuring our health and destroying the blessings of our world. When the government corrects through regulation and cleanup, we the people bear the financial cost. We support legislative cap-and-trade regulation coupled with international treaties with tax penalties and trade restrictions for noncompliance.
Even with limited democratic government, we need good representatives that work for us. Good representation requires good people. We: