What is Freedom to a libertarian?

From Jay Polk, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee:

Freedom is having the ability to succeed and show others the way. It is having the ability to make bad decisions, fail, and try again. It is having the ability to earn as much money as you want without the government taking it away. It is having the ability to associate with whomever you choose. It is having the ability to study and learn and pass on to future generations the lessons you have learned. It is having the ability to defend yourself, or your nation, against those who would take your Freedom away. It is having the ability to create a better life for you and your family. It is having the ability to learn how to love, whom to love, and when to sacrifice. In short, Freedom is Life. 

From the time that man was created, he has had the right to Life and Freedom. No one person, or group of persons, has the right to forcibly take these away or alter them. The Founders of the United States of America sought to establish limits on government so that our human dignity and Freedom would not be infringed. The Libertarian Party is made up of people who revere Freedom and want it for themselves and for their neighbors. Libertarians do not make choices for other people, but want Freedom for people to make their own choices. Constitutionally-limited government should protect our Freedom, it should not define it. And whatever government does, it must remain smaller than the human ability to discover its own limits. 

Libertarians are people who are devoted to the principle of protected Freedom. This is expressed in the rights of Choice, Responsibility, and Love.

Stated in the platform of the Libertarian Party: “We…hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual; namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.” (www.lp.org)

Since only the truth can set you free, libertarians share in educating others with the truth about Freedom. When people understand their Freedom, they express it by selecting people who share their vision of Freedom. And this is what has made the Libertarian Party the third largest party in America. (For more information, go to www.lptn.org)

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