What is the Libertarian Party?
The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 to elect Libertarians to public office, help our state affiliates promote their growth and activities, nominate candidates for President and Vice President and other offices, and engage in public information activities. Our 2016 presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, received over 4 million votes nationwide, and there are 174 elected Libertarians in partisan office. Over 500,000 Americans are registered Libertarian voters. National operations are coordinated by the Libertarian National Committee and its staff, and there are affiliate parties in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
What do Libertarians stand for?
Respect and Freedom.
Respect for each individual’s life and liberty, without government coercion or force. We strive to reduce the use of force, thus increasing happiness, harmony, and prosperity for all. We believe that the most peaceful, prosperous, socially fair, and tolerant society is one that solves its problems without government force. We believe that social woes like inaccessible healthcare, inadequate social justice, inadequate housing, economic instability, and racial disparity are caused and perpetuated by officials who would rather increase their power instead of solving problems.
We believe in freedom. The Libertarian Party has been at the forefront of advocating once radical issues like marijuana legalization, marriage equity, school choice, gun rights, transportation competition, ending mandatory minimum sentences, and ending asset forfeiture laws. We oppose foreign wars and want to bring our troops home from overseas. We want to stop giving money and power to the same people who have caused the problems we face today.
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Are Libertarians liberal or conservative?
Neither. Unlike liberals or conservatives, Libertarians advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. For example, Libertarians advocate freedom in economic matters, so we're in favor of lowering taxes, slashing bureaucratic regulation of business, and charitable -- rather than government -- welfare. But Libertarians are also socially accepting. We won't demand laws or restrictions on other people who we may not agree because of personal actions or lifestyles.
Think of us as a group of people with a "live and let live" mentality and a balanced checkbook. In a sense, Libertarians “borrow” from both sides to come up with a logical and consistent whole -- but without the exceptions and broken promises of Republican and Democratic politicians. That's why we call ourselves the Party of Principle.
What kind of people join the Libertarian Party?
People like you. People who used to be Republicans, Democrats, and independents – from all walks of life. They joined us because they realize that we’re the only political party working for their best interests. Those who join us realize that, unlike the two major parties, we place the interests of our nation ABOVE the interests of our political party. While the Republican and Democratic parties exist to maintain their own power, we exist to grasp power for the benefit of you and millions of other Americans across our nation.
How do I get involved in the DC Libertarian Party?