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 authoritarian power.

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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.”