This time we'll look at the LIBERTARIAN PARTY platform. Former SEVENTH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE BOB BARR and WAYNE ALLYN ROOT are the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, respectively, on the Libertarian ticket.
As before, I am using ON THE ISSUES for the source and analysis of the party platform. It's the best I've seen and includes a party voting analysis on various issues and plots the party's position on a graph.
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON ABORTION
- Government should be kept out of the matter of abortion. (May 2008) (I don't think there's any backbone in this position - a problem we have too much of in Washington now).
- Abortion is a woman’s choice and does not concern the state. (Jul 2000) (Not when it concerns the life of another human being. Why is it that abortion is legal, that is, killing a baby, even one that is completely born except for cutting the cord, and some piece of filth that murders a pregnant woman, gets charged with TWO COUNTS OF MURDER? A huge contradiction).
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON BUDGET & ECONOMY
- Reduce taxes, spending, and eliminate controls on trade. (Jul 2000) (I disagree on this one - we havealready seen too many consequences of trade that is too free. I do agree with reducing taxes & spending).
- Abolish all regulation of banks in favor of free market. (Jul 2000)
- Pass constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. (Jul 2000) (Not a bad idea, but won't happen. Pork-barrel spending would have to stop, and none of them will give that up!)
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON CIVIL RIGHTS
- Support individual's right to choose, even if we disapprove. (May 2008)
- Repeal all laws against homosexuality. (Jul 2000)
- Right to complete freedom of expression includes pornography. (Jul 2000) (I disagree. Too much research involving the correlation between pornography & sex offenses. Limits to this freedom was ruled upon by the Supreme Court in 1919 in Schenck vs. U.S.:
- "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. [...] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent."
- Redress the wrongs of the U.S. towards the Indians. (Jul 2000)
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON CORPORATIONS
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON CRIME
- Three Strikes approach is illusory & dangerous. (Nov 2000) (Third time serious offense shows a pattern, & the offender has been granted more than ample opportunities to correct his/her behavior. It's sad, but the only other alternative is to separate such people from the rest of the public for the public's safety).
- Omnibus Crime Bill, including death penalty, has failed. (Nov 2000)
- Encourage private efforts to fight crime. (Jul 2000)
- Allow drugs, alcohol, prostitution, gambling, and suicide. (Jul 2000) (You think there's a DUI problem & STD problem now??)
- Strengthen, not reduce, the rights of the accused. (Jul 2000)
- Hate crimes are used to punish blacks. (Feb 2000) (Though I don't go along with the reasoning here, there should be no such things as "hate crimes." One human life is not more valuable than another - murder is murder, for example, and should be treated as such. I don't care what color or sexual orientation of the perpetrator or victim happens to be. "Hate crimes" legislation is a politicization of human life & other crimes, and is unnecessary. All crimes against people or property should be punished).
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON DRUGS
- Repeal all drug laws creating "crimes" without victims. (May 2008) (No such thing as "victimless crimes". Drugs for example, is what drives the majority of burglaries & robberies. If dope was legal, you think there is a problem with burglaries & robberies now . . . )
- The war on drugs threatens individual liberties. (Jul 2000) (Only the individual liberties of dope dealers).
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON EDUCATION
- Let parents control all educational funding. (May 2008)
- Poor kids end up at worst schools in current system. (Nov 2000)
- Separation of education and State. (Jul 2000)
- End compulsory busing & compulsory education. (Jul 2000) School Choice
- Support a market in education to provide more choices. (Nov 2000)
- The state should stay out of education. (Jul 2000)
- Treat private school funding the same as public schools. (Jul 2000)
LIBERTARIAN PARTY ON ENERGY &OIL
More on the Libertarian Party platform later.