PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

It’s simple. I have the right to choose;
if I make the wrong choice, I pay the price.

Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their choices. When Libertarians support an individual's right to make their own decisions, it does not mean that they necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices. Every human being has the free will to live and act as he or she sees fit, pursuing his or her happiness as long as they respect others’ rights to do the same. Our government’s principal role is to protect our freedom and our constitutional rights of Life, Liberty, and Property, all crucial rights for building a free and prosperous society.

FREE MARKET

I want to compete on a level playing field... No advantages!
How about you?

Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others in the free market system, which allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Libertarians oppose government subsidies to business, labor, or any other special interest. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society. Libertarians believe that non-profit organization and private individuals have the best answers to help people who need economic assistance.

ENVIRONMENT

This land is our land; let’s take care of it. Whattaya say?

Pollution and misuse of resources cause damage to our ecosystem. Libertarians support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources. Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights in resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Libertarians recognize that environmental advocates and social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior in regards to the environment. Our parks and sensitive lands can be better preserved and protected by non-profit organizations and active community involvement.

GOVERNMENT SPENDING

Geez. Stop spending money like it's going out of style!

Libertarians believe that a smaller, efficient government best serves our state and our nation. Libertarians seek to reduce government to its necessary size to efficiently support its constitutional responsibility and get rid of unnecessary programs and agencies. Libertarians support balancing the budgets at all levels of government by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.

HEALTH CARE

I get to choose how much health insurance I need and how to pay for it... Choice is pretty good.

Important facts were lost in the recent healthcare debate: over 90% of hospitals are already owned by a government agency and over 65% of all medical expenses are already paid for by the government (before 2010 and Obamacare). We haven’t had a free market healthcare system at any time in the last 100 years in the United States. The only proper way to ensure that healthcare is affordable to all is to reduce the costs of healthcare, and to eliminate the factors which currently make healthcare so expensive. Libertarians support restoring and reviving a free market health care system, recognizing the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want, the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use, and all other aspects of their medical care.

NATIONAL DEFENSE

Our military ain’t the World Police;
we really need them here to protect us.

Libertarians support maintaining a sufficient military to defend the United States against attack from abroad. We also oppose any form of draft or mandatory national service. The United States should avoid complicated alliances and abandon attempts to act as a policeman for the world.

IMMIGRATION

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free... sound familiar?

Libertarians hold that a border secure from invasion is essential to American freedom. However, we also hold that securing our border will be very difficult unless American immigration laws are reformed to remove the incentives to violate border control laws. Peaceful immigrants should be issued work visas, subject only to an evaluation to ensure that they are not terrorists or criminals, and that they don’t pose a credible threat to health or property. People attempting to enter the U.S. at any point other than a port of entry should be regarded as invaders and treated accordingly.