Voter Choice & The Libertarian Party
Community & Prosperity
Safety & Security
Political Competition, Voter Choice, and the Libertarian Party
- Competitive Legislative Districts. Promote political competition by putting an end to gerrymandering, a chilling practice of which the contorted 3rd Congressional District in Maryland is one of the most egregious examples in the United States. In the absence of Supreme Court decisions to prohibit gerrymandering, we need a constitutional amendment to bring about reasonably compact and competitive districts that neither favor nor disfavor any particular racial group.
- Term Limits. Impose term limits upon the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the federal judiciary.
- Finance and Ethics. Make campaign finance more transparent and ethics rules more consequential.
- Alternatives to the Established Parties. Eliminate barriers that impede third parties from entering elections and providing alternatives to the two established parties, who have become an entrenched and polarized political duopoly.
- The Libertarian Party. Join and support the Libertarian Party, which is the only party dedicated to a coherent set of principles, specifically the principles of protecting and respecting individuals and their liberties regardless of race, gender, or sexual preference. The Libertarian Party, with its consistent emphasis on freedom and accountability, is the proper home for the many “socially liberal but fiscally conservative” voters who in recent years have felt ever more discomfited and disenfranchised within the Democratic and Republican parties.
Community & Prosperity
- Respect and Dignity for All. Cease and desist with declaring others either angels or devils on the basis of their race, gender, or sexuality. Emphasize personal character and community contributions. Insist upon mutual respect and civil discourse. Terminate federal funds and prohibit student loans for institutions of higher education that fail to protect free speech and ensure due process.
- Justice. Insist upon the equality of all before the law per the traditions of the civil rights movement. Expand opportunity of all to pursue happiness, but abandon attempts to bring about an equality of incomes and wealth by government action. Encourage family formation, educational achievement, and work experience as the surest means of securing liberty and justice for all. Provide assistance to those who are vulnerable and needy, being transparent about the costs and effectiveness of programs undertaken.
- Balanced Budgets. Control the burgeoning federal debt, which injects ever higher risk into our financial system and imposes ever greater burden on future taxpayers, by holding taxes and reducing spending over a handful of years. Pass a constitutional amendment for a balanced federal budget, so as to emplace a bulwark against political appetite and plunder. Implement protections against federal bailout of individual states at risk of bankruptcy due to unsustainable public pension plans and/or other profligate public programs.
- Healthcare. Expand access and improve quality by expanding rather than constricting or eliminating market-oriented, choice-based models for healthcare insurance and services. Reject the single-payer model that will only intensify the ACA / “Obamacare” problems of excessive governmental hubris and reach.
- Immigration. Embrace our heritage as a beacon and destination for those seeking political freedom and economic opportunity. Ensure that new arrivals to America not only enjoy their freedoms and opportunities, but also fulfill their civic duties. Offer a path to citizenship for those who may have arrived here illegally but are willing to become responsible citizens. Manage immigration sensibly, but build no walls; deport no innocents.
- Infrastructure. Treat infrastructure dispassionately as a physical public asset, leveraging public-private partnerships (PPPs) when practicable and assessing returns on investment stringently for all proposed projects. Reject hysteria about a crumbling infrastructure in such bad condition that it justifies either further expansion of federal debt or imposition of new taxes on individuals and corporations. Force regional and local authorities to finance projects that are regional and local in nature.
- International Trade. Promote competition in economic markets, so as to lower prices, improve quality, and expand choice for consumers; so as to avoid protections and favors for producers. At the same time, protect the rights of American companies abroad, notably in terms of intellectual property.
Safety & Security
- Safe Neighborhoods. Support those in law enforcement who patrol our streets and protect the vulnerable, while both adopting tactics to diminish the likelihood of officers abusing their power and ensuring accountability and justice in instances that they do. Refuse to over-simplify the reasons for crime and homicide in American urban centers such as Baltimore.
- Foreign Affairs. Practice a restrained realism that keeps America engaged in international affairs while avoiding foreign entanglements and expeditions. Demand that any action that might reasonably be characterized as warfare be submitted by the President as Commander in Chief to the Congress for consideration and approval. Enlist allies willing to contribute their share of costs and risks to defend freedom. Reject nation-building as an objective or rationale for U.S. foreign military intervention. Make the U.S. an exemplar of liberty, justice, and prosperity.
- Domestic Intelligence. Impose oversight and controls on domestic surveillance by U.S. security agencies. Impose strong deterrents and ensure proper accountability for those in the Executive branch who might encourage or tolerate the abuse of U.S. agencies for monitoring or intimidating domestic political opponents; for attempting to influence public elections.