Only a few short years ago, I thought I was a
political misfit. I thought I didn’t “belong”. I was lost, I was angry, and I had
lost hope for our country’s future.
Like conservatives, I thought the government
was wasting my hard-earned money on inefficient projects that the Constitution
gave them no right to create. Like liberals, I was angry that the government
thought they had a right to legislate morality and tell non-violent citizens
what they can or can’t do in the privacy of their own home.
In the midst of my political identity crisis, I found the Libertarian Party. The Party
of Principle. I finally found a home where “liberty” didn’t mean “just for some
and not for others” or “in some cases but not all the time.”
The Libertarian Party’s Platform Preamble
says it better than I ever could:
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which
all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to
sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.
We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential
precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be
banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and
prosperity be realized.
Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any
activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom
brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow
their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any
Our goal is
nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this
end that we take these stands.”