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The '''Libertarian Party''' (formed in 1971) is an [[United States|American]] political [[party]] advocating [[libertarian]] political views (although many libertarians are not members of the Libertarian Party).  In terms of [[Presidential election]]s, the party reached its peak in popularity in [[United States presidential election, 1980|1980]], receiving only about 1% of the vote<ref>[http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections]</ref>. However in terms of political activity (number of candidates, access to the ballot, and elected office holders), the Libertarian Party is the third-largest political party in America. They are active in all 50 states and have more than 200,000 registered voters. Most Libertarian Party elected officials are in office at the local level of government.<ref>[http://www.lp.org/article_85.shtml Frequently asked questions about the Libertarian Party]</ref> The party has permanent ballot status in 27 out of 50 states and runs candidates in all 50.
  
The '''Libertarian Party''' is an [[United States|American]] political [[party]] advocating [[libertarian]] political views (although many libertarians are not members of the Libertarian Party).  It has existed since 1971 and reached its peak in popularity in the 1980 election, receiving only about 1% of the vote. This political party has permanent ballot status in only 27 out of 50 states and runs candidates in all 50.
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==Party Platform==
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The Libertarian Party platform is a combination of fiscal [[conservative|conservatism]] and social [[liberal|liberalism]] with a strong emphasis on individual [[liberty]] and [[responsibility]]. Libertarians believe in [[free market]] economics, protection of [[private property]], and in any person's right to perform any action which is peaceful and honest. These are the fundamental principals which guide the rest of the platform. <ref>Libertarian Party, [http://www.lp.org/issues/platform_all.shtml National Platform of the Libertarian Party]</ref>
  
==Platform==  
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===Abortion===
The Libertarian Party exercises fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. They are supportive of the concept of individual liberty. Many Libertarian leaders are conservative because of their support of the [[Second Amendment]], personal responsibility and states rights. A majority of them are against the [[War in Iraq]] and believe that the United States should be neutral in foreign policy, and also that the United States should not be involved in the [[United Nations]]. They do not believe that the government should be involved in issues such as [[abortion]] and homosexual marriage.
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The Libertarian Party believes that there are good-faith arguments on both sides of the [[abortion]] debate. It therefore thinks that the [[government]] should stay out of the issue entirely, letting individual decisions and [[morality]] dictate action.<ref>Libertarian Party, [http://www.lp.org/issues/platform_all.shtml#reprodright National Platform of the Libertarian Party]</ref>
  
==External Links==
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===Gay Marriage===
:[http://www.lp.org/ Official website of the United States Libertarian Party]
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The Libertarian Party believes that consenting adults should be allowed to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships, free from government intervention. It believes that much of the cultural tension involved with [[Same-sex "marriage"|gay marriage]] and gay rights would go away once personal relationships are kept private, solely defined by the persons involved.<ref>Libertarian Party, [http://www.lp.org/issues/platform_all.shtml#sexgend National Platform of the Libertarian Party]</ref>
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===Gun Control===
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The Libertarian Party believes that [[gun]] ownership is one of the fundamental rights laid down in the [[United States Constitution|Constitution]], and, since ownership is a peaceful action, criminal penalties against such cannot be morally justified. It also believes that [[gun control|gun prohibition]] would not prevent people from owning guns, and that Americans have the right to decide how to best protect themselves. Lastly, since the Libertarian Party believes strongly in personal responsibility, it believes that the responsibility for violence should rest on the gun owner, not the gun.<ref>Libertarian Party: Issues & Positions. [http://www.lp.org/issues/gun-rights.shtml Making Healthcare Safe and Affordable]</ref>
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===Health Care===
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The Libertarian Party believes that government [[bureaucracy]] and spending are the reasons that the [[health care]] system is currently in crisis. The party endorses establishing [[health savings account]]s, [[deregulating]] the health care industry, and replace the [[Food and Drug Administration]] with a more efficient free-market alternative.<ref>Libertarian Party: Issues & Positions. [http://www.lp.org/issues/healthcare.shtml Making Healthcare Safe and Affordable]</ref>
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===Taxation===
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The Libertarian Party strongly supports cutting all [[taxes]]. It believes that the size of government can be drastically lowered by cutting wasteful spending and [[privatizing]] certain services. <ref>Libertarian Party: Issues & Positions. [http://www.lp.org/issues/cut-taxes.shtml The Libertarian Party: Working to slash your taxes!]</ref>
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===War on Drugs===
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The Libertarian Party believes that, while [[drug]] misuse is deplorable, the [[War on Drugs|war on drugs]] has caused more problems than it is solved. It believes that the war on drugs is a threat to [[civil liberties]] and peace with foreign neighbors. It believes that individuals have the right to use any drugs, but they remain responsible for their actions while on those drugs.<ref>Libertarian Party, [http://www.lp.org/issues/platform_all.shtml#drugwar National Platform of the Libertarian Party]</ref>
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==References==
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The Libertarian Party (formed in 1971) is an American political party advocating libertarian political views (although many libertarians are not members of the Libertarian Party). In terms of Presidential elections, the party reached its peak in popularity in 1980, receiving only about 1% of the vote[1]. However in terms of political activity (number of candidates, access to the ballot, and elected office holders), the Libertarian Party is the third-largest political party in America. They are active in all 50 states and have more than 200,000 registered voters. Most Libertarian Party elected officials are in office at the local level of government.[2] The party has permanent ballot status in 27 out of 50 states and runs candidates in all 50.

Party Platform

The Libertarian Party platform is a combination of fiscal conservatism and social liberalism with a strong emphasis on individual liberty and responsibility. Libertarians believe in free market economics, protection of private property, and in any person's right to perform any action which is peaceful and honest. These are the fundamental principals which guide the rest of the platform. [3]

Abortion

The Libertarian Party believes that there are good-faith arguments on both sides of the abortion debate. It therefore thinks that the government should stay out of the issue entirely, letting individual decisions and morality dictate action.[4]

Gay Marriage

The Libertarian Party believes that consenting adults should be allowed to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships, free from government intervention. It believes that much of the cultural tension involved with gay marriage and gay rights would go away once personal relationships are kept private, solely defined by the persons involved.[5]

Gun Control

The Libertarian Party believes that gun ownership is one of the fundamental rights laid down in the Constitution, and, since ownership is a peaceful action, criminal penalties against such cannot be morally justified. It also believes that gun prohibition would not prevent people from owning guns, and that Americans have the right to decide how to best protect themselves. Lastly, since the Libertarian Party believes strongly in personal responsibility, it believes that the responsibility for violence should rest on the gun owner, not the gun.[6]

Health Care

The Libertarian Party believes that government bureaucracy and spending are the reasons that the health care system is currently in crisis. The party endorses establishing health savings accounts, deregulating the health care industry, and replace the Food and Drug Administration with a more efficient free-market alternative.[7]

Taxation

The Libertarian Party strongly supports cutting all taxes. It believes that the size of government can be drastically lowered by cutting wasteful spending and privatizing certain services. [8]

War on Drugs

The Libertarian Party believes that, while drug misuse is deplorable, the war on drugs has caused more problems than it is solved. It believes that the war on drugs is a threat to civil liberties and peace with foreign neighbors. It believes that individuals have the right to use any drugs, but they remain responsible for their actions while on those drugs.[9]

References

  1. Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
  2. Frequently asked questions about the Libertarian Party
  3. Libertarian Party, National Platform of the Libertarian Party
  4. Libertarian Party, National Platform of the Libertarian Party
  5. Libertarian Party, National Platform of the Libertarian Party
  6. Libertarian Party: Issues & Positions. Making Healthcare Safe and Affordable
  7. Libertarian Party: Issues & Positions. Making Healthcare Safe and Affordable
  8. Libertarian Party: Issues & Positions. The Libertarian Party: Working to slash your taxes!
  9. Libertarian Party, National Platform of the Libertarian Party