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Libertarian Party

Our History

The Libertarian Party

About Us

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 in freedom and independent, caring for neighbors, and tolerance.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States, which started in 1971 by David Nolan. The formation was prompted in part by price controls and the end of the Gold Standard implemented by President Richard Nixon. The first Libertarian National Convention was held in June 1972. Throughout several years, Libertarian party members make strives to continue political tradition.

Party Platform:"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." These fine words are stated in the Preamble of the Libertarian Party’s platform. The platform also consists of three main ideas: Personal Liberty, Economic Liberty, and Securing Liberty. We believe individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. Libertarians want all members of society to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic success where each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. Libertarians believe that the protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of government.

Issues:The Libertarian Party deals with many issues; however, the party’s current issue is civil liberties. Civil Liberties:In May 2011, President Barack Obama signed the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, which is a four-year extension of the USA PATRIOT Act, an act signed by former President Bush in May 2001. Under this act, the government may still snoop into the most personal of American citizens’ mail and email. The government may use your mobile cell phone as a bugging device with this act. The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights, significantly limit the power of the federal government to usurp the rights of private citizens. This Patriot Act is limiting the freedoms of Americans. That is why Americans are encouraged to vote Libertarian to stop this act!

Nationwide, there are 142 Libertarians holding elected offices: 47 partisan offices, and 95 nonpartisan offices.

Gary Johnson

Bill Redpath

Our Members

Bill Redpath is the current Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, an At-Large Representative on the Libertarian National Committee, immediate past Treasurer and a former National Chair of the United States Libertarian Party. He is the 2014 Libertarian Party nominee for the US House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.

Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, was the Libertarian candidate for President in 2012. He received more votes than any Libertarian candidate in history. Gary Johnson has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, balanced budgets, rational drug policy reform, protection of civil liberties, comprehensive tax reform, and personal freedom. He is a true Libertarian!

Click to view a debate between two Libertarian presidential nominees from 2012

To learn more about the history of the Libertarian Party, click on this image.


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