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Libertarian Party (United States)

Libertarian Party of West Virginia puts out new platform

Libertarian Party (United States) 54%

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Human Rights

The Libertarian Party of West Virginia asserts that all humans are created equal, and that the rights of every sovereign individual must be respected. Human rights are inherent to all humans and must not be in any way abridged or regulated by the state except in cases where the individual has violated the rights of another sovereign individual.

We see the right to be recognized as marital partners by some and not others as injustice. Thus, we feel that the policy of state-sponsored marriage is inherently inequal as it recognized only some and not others. Marriage should be viewed as a right - the right to free association - and respected for all people including in cases where individuals wish to marry someone of the same sex or to marry multiple partners.

The right to free association and assembly


Individuals should be free to associate and assemble with one another as they see fit. No government should in any way abridge this right. Any collusion between government and industry to attempt to prevent the formation of labor unions is an unjust infringement of this basic right. Our state has a long history of labor organizing to fight corporatist corruption in the state, despite attempts by corrupt bureaucrats to prevent it.

Welfare

To take from one and give to another is unjust and unfair to whomever is being taken from. Even if we wish to help our fellow man, studies show that private charities deliver more help to needy individuals and families than government welfare programs due in large part to less bureaucratic overhead. We firmly believe in philanthropy and charity, however we advocate an end to all welfare programs. Furthermore, we believe that badly run businesses ought to fail and advocate an immediate end to all corporate welfare and “bail outs.”

The right to keep and bear arms


Enshrined in the US Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms is an important part of American culture and West Virginian culture especially. We firmly believe that governments in the state of West Virginia should take no action restricting that right in any way, as this would only serve to prevent law-abiding citizens from defending themselves and their families.
The drug war

The Libertarian Party of West Virginia advocates an immediate end to the drug war, and legalization of all drugs. While drugs can be harmful, prohibition is even more harmful. By creating black markets, prohibition has been shown during the alcohol prohibition era of the early 20th century and drug prohibition throughout the 20th and 21st centuries to create a dangerous atmosphere where violent criminals compete to make a profit often using violent means.

Property rights

The rights of property owners to feel safe in their own homes should not be assailed by governments. When powers such as eminent domain are used by governments to take away private property from individuals and businesses who have in no way initiated aggression against others they are violating the rights of those individuals or businesses. Furthermore, such abuse is usually due to undue influence by large corporations on the government. We belie. e this should be stopped immediately.

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Source: Independent Political Report - June 21st, 2009


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