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Re: “Libertarians

Dear Mr. Cope, The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 to promote the values of liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. The founders of the Libertarian Party realized that no matter which of the major parties wins, government gets bigger, more arrogant, more intrusive, and downright dangerous. Only a principled party consistently committed to liberty on all issues can reverse this trend. Libertarians believe we must give back to people their natural sense of being their own master. As self-owners, each of us has the right to control our own lives, bodies, and property acquired by honest labor, or trade, or by gift. Each of us also has an obligation to respect the equal rights of others. Libertarians believe that people should control governments; governments should not control people. Rights do not come from government; people with inalienable rights create government as a mechanism to protect those rights. The role of government is not to protect us from ourselves; it is to protect us when our inalienable rights are violated. The more freedom we have, the greater is the opportunity for each of us to realize goals and values of our own choosing. Libertarians want a political system that encourages all people to choose what they want from life; let them live, love, worship, work, play and dream their own way, at their own pace, accepting whatever consequences come. That is the only way we can discover the best within ourselves and actualize our full potential. Libertarians see freedom as the necessary condition for creativity, innovation, and progress. State control of our lives leads not only to tyranny but also to economic and cultural stagnation. The Libertarian Party of Idaho is working for freedom, not only because it is morally right, but also because freedom is infinitely more practical than policing everything people think, do, and say.

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Posted by Gordon Wilmoth on 01/27/2008 at 2:40 PM

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