We agree with the 2016 Libertarian Party Platform:
"We seek a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and must accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make."
"We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world."
"We defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings."
"Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life."
"The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and relationships."
"Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation."
We agree with the 2016 Green Party Platform:
"All human beings must be allowed a say in decisions that affect their lives; no one should be subject to the will of another. We work to improve public participation in every aspect of government and seek to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them."
"A national ID card system is one of the hallmarks of a totalitarian government or police state. We need to repeal the Real ID Act and resist the establishment of any system that would suppress freedom to travel and require citizens and non-citizens alike to “show their papers” and reveal their private information to government monitors at every turn."
We agree with the 2016 Republican Party Platform:
"We denounce bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, and religious intolerance. Therefore, we oppose discrimination based on race, sex, religion, creed, disability, or national origin and support statutes to end such discrimination. As the Party of Abraham Lincoln, we must continue to foster solutions to America’s difficult challenges when it comes to race relations today. We continue to encourage equality for all citizens and access to the American Dream."
"Freedom of speech includes the right to devote resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage citizens from participating in the public square or limit their ability to promote their ideas."
We agree with the Objectivist Party Platform:
"VICTIMLESS CRIMES: We believe the government has no right to criminalize conduct consensually agreed to between adults that cause no direct harm to others. We believe in people taking responsibility for their own lives and oppose paternalistic government. As a result, we seek the immediate decriminalization of marijuana, prostitution, pornography, gambling and other victimless crimes."
We agree with the Tea Party Patriots:
"We recognize the government is slowly taking away basic freedoms we each deserve. For instance, every American deserves the freedom to make a phone call and send an email without the government monitoring what we say and write. Washington continues to pass laws taking even more freedoms away. Americans sense a freedom gap, between how we value freedom and how free we actually feel today, with an elevated sense that the American Dream is becoming harder to reach.
We support policies that protect and defend personal freedom and individual rights, and the ability to pursue the American Dream without government intrusion. We also support policies that will reclaim those freedoms and rights that have been eroded through intrusive policies of unaccountable politicians and Washington bureaucrats, many of whom answer to special interests and lobbyists rather than their electorate.
We believe that our freedom is America’s greatest strength, and that any policy or action that restricts or erodes that strength is detrimental to the potential and growth of our country."
What has become of our "rights"?
- You have equal voting rights in electing lawmakers, but legislative power is surrendered to those who allegedly know better.
- You have a right to be tried in court, before a judge and jury, except when the government proceeds against you administratively.
- You have a right to the familiar civil and criminal burdens of proof, and all of the other procedural rights secured by the Constitution, unless the government proceeds against you administratively.
- You have a due process right to the independent judgment of an unbiased judge, but not when administrative agency pre-determines the facts and interprets the law.
- You have a right to the freedom of speech, without prior licensing of speakers or words, except when the government establishes administrative licensing.
- You have a right to the benefit of lower court precedent interpreting federal statutes, unless an administrative agency adopts a different interpretation.