Libertarians believe in, and pursue, personal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. The Libertarian Party itself serves a much larger pro-liberty community with the specific mission of electing Libertarians to public office.
Libertarians strongly oppose any government interfering in their personal, family and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
In a nutshell, we are advocates for a smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.
Petitioning has ended, I went to Springfield yesterday and was able to submit over 3400 signatures for the 3000 requirement. Petition challenges come next.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED!!!
Libertarians are neither. Unlike liberals or conservatives, Libertarians advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. For example, Libertarians advocate freedom in economic matters, so we're in favor of lowering taxes, slashing bureaucratic regulation of business, and charitable -- rather than government -- welfare. But Libertarians are also socially tolerant. We won't demand laws or restrictions on other people who we may not agree because of personal actions or lifestyles.
Think of us as a group of people with a "live and let live" mentality and a balanced checkbook.
In a sense, Libertarians “borrow” from both sides to come up with a logical and consistent whole -- but without the exceptions and broken promises of Republican and Democratic politicians. That's why we call ourselves the Party of Principle.
There may be a huge disparity between people of means and people of average means, but let's evaluate what the people of means cannot do. They cannot raise or lower my taxes. They cannot pass rules, laws and regulations that take away my freedoms. They cannot force someone to suffer due to the lack of herbal remedies. They cannot prohibit my ability to defend myself and my family when traveling outside my home. They cannot pass rules, laws and regulations that prevent the private sector from starting new businesses and creating jobs. They cannot mandate the use of or disallow the use of any product. They cannot create a huge debt that has this state on the brink of bankruptcy. They cannot spend tax dollars. They cannot devalue the credit rating of the state because of poor money management and uncontrolled spending. They cannot authorize programs like Medicare and Pensions that are eating up funds faster than can be accrued. No, only the government, mainly the legislature which does these things. We already have a graduated tax system under which the wealthiest Illinoisans provide the lion's share of state revenues, but they are not getting good value for their money. None of us are - and that's precisely what needs fixing.
Before voting on ANY new law, as I do today, I will continue to ask myself:
1. LESS GOVERNMENT – Does the bill tend to reduce government regulations, size of government, or eliminate entitlements or unnecessary programs?
2. LOWER TAXES – Does the bill promote individual responsibility in spending, or reduce taxes or fees?
3. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – Does the bill encourage responsible behavior by individuals and families and encourage them to provide for their own health, safety, education, moral fortitude, or welfare?
4. INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM – Does the bill increase opportunities for individuals or families to decide, without hindrance or coercion from government, how to conduct their own lives and make personal choices?
Unless every bill promotes one or more of these objectives, I will oppose it as a further erosion of the freedom of Illinoisans