What is a Libertarian?
When I first heard that word, I wondered what it was. I didn't actually find out what it meant until years later. When I found out, I realized that this was me! I am a Libertarian! Are you? IF you are, come join us at the Libertarian Moms group here on CafeMoms.
These statements are from the LP and TWLP websites:
The Libertarian Party is your representative in American politics. It is the only political organization which respects you as a unique and competent individual.
Libertarians believe that being free and independent is a great way to live. We want a system which encourages all people to choose what they want from life; that lets them live, love, work, play, and dream their own way.
The Libertarian way is a caring, people-centered approach to politics. We believe each individual is unique. We want a system which respects the individual and encourages us to discover the best within ourselves and develop our full potential.
The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. Government's only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.
The Libertarian Party is for all who don't want to push other people around and don't want to be pushed around themselves. Live and let live is the Libertarian way.
Libertarians are practical; we know we can't make the world perfect. But, it can be better. Libertarians will keep working to create a better, freer society for everyone.
The politicians in Washington and our state capitals have led us away from the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility which make up the only sound foundation for a just, humane, and abundant society.
Government at all levels is too large, too expensive, woefully inefficient, arrogant, intrusive, and downright dangerous. Democratic and Republican politicians have created the status quo and do not intend to change it.
Libertarians respect the right of every individual to make his or her own choices in every aspect of life. Who knows better how to run your life: you, or the government?
The Libertarian Party supports choice across the board: in how you choose to spend your money, raise your children, and save for your retirement. These choices should not be forced on you through a one-size-fits-all "plan" cooked up by politicians. It's your life, not theirs.
Libertarians also recognize that with choice comes responsibility -- the responsibility to respect the rights of others, and the responsibility to deal with the consequences of your choices. The government shouldn't force you to pay for other people's choices -- but you shouldn't expect government to force your neighbors to pay for your choices, either.
Libertarians recognize that people won't always make the right choices. Libertarians don't take their stand for choice because they necessarily support the choices that some people might make, but because letting individuals make their own choices and take responsibility for those choices is the only way to respect their rights
Americans want, and deserve, a political system which respects them as unique individuals; as people who can make their own plans, who can take responsibility for themselves, who are compassionate, and who can and will solve their own problems if allowed to do so.
Most Americans, after some thought, prefer the Libertarian option in politics. Most people in their private, non-governmental, affairs deal with each other on the libertarian premise of mutual respect. You don't threaten your neighbors with fines or jail just because they choose careers or lifestyles different than yours.
Let's hold government to the same standard. Protect us and our rights, and give us the respect we deserve.