Libertarian Party turns 37 years old today

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Libertarian Party founded on Dec. 11, 1971

The Libertarian Party, America’s third-largest political party, is celebrating its 37th birthday.

“Since we began in 1971, we’ve elected hundreds of Libertarians to public office across the country,” says Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath. “These Libertarians make a significant impact on their community, and serve as a testament to the values of the Libertarian Party. As more and more Americans look for an alternative to Republicans and Democrats, our numbers continue to grow. Until Republicans and Democrats significantly reduce the size and power of government, the Libertarian Party will be there fighting for smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom.”

The party was founded Dec. 11, 1971 in Colorado Springs, CO as an alternative to Republicans and Democrats. The Libertarian Party seeks to restore the vision of government held by our Founding Fathers, and divest government of the powers not granted to it by the Constitution.

The platform of the Libertarian Party can be found here: http://www.lp.org/platform.

A list of frequently asked questions can be found here: http://www.lp.org/faq.

For more information on this issue, or to arrange an interview with the Libertarian Party, please email Andrew Davis at andrew.davis@lp.org, or call (202) 731-0002.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

Chairman Bill Redpath writes:

Even after 37 years, the Libertarian Party is still America’s most viable alternative to Republicans and Democrats, and in times like these, our presence in American politics has never been more important.

If they haven’t already, millions of Americans are losing faith in their elected officials. They’re lost, and looking for the answers they now can’t find in their old political parties. Republicans are supporting nationalization, and Democrats are supporting corporate welfare.

Yet, while members of the GOP and the Democratic Party wonder where their parties went, I want to renew our promises to you, which haven’t changed in the 37 years that we’ve been around:

* The Libertarian Party will never use your money to bailout private corporations
* The Libertarian Party will always promote free market alternatives to government action in the economy
* The Libertarian Party will always fight for less government intervention in the market
* The Libertarian Party will never raise your taxes, letting you keep the money that you earn
* The Libertarian Party will ensure transparency is included in all government expenditures
* The Libertarian Party will drastically cut the size of government, not increase its size with positions like “Car Czar”
* The Libertarian Party will protect a free and competitive market, which allocates resources in the most efficient manner—even in times of economic downturn
* The Libertarian Party will always oppose all government attempts to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade
* The Libertarian Party will work towards the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution
* The Libertarian Party will fight against government debt, which burdens future generations without their consent
* The Libertarian Party will divest government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals
* The Libertarian Party will oppose government subsidies to business, labor, or any other special interest
* The Libertarian Party will repeal of all laws that impede the ability of any person to find employment
* The Libertarian Party will support the right of free persons to associate or not associate in labor unions, and protect the right of an employer to recognize or refuse to recognize a union
* The Libertarian Party will oppose government interference in bargaining, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain
* The Libertarian Party will repeal all governmental impediments to free trade
* The Libertarian Party will protect your rights as a taxpayer, businessman or consumer

You will always know where we stand because we always stand for more liberty and less government.

This is our promise to you that we made 37 years ago, when our Party was founded by a group of people who were tired of the two-party system and were ready for a change.

That group has now grown to America’s largest third party, and the only political party completely dedicated to maximizing freedom and minimizing government.

This is what we mean when we say we’re the party of the taxpayer, the party of the businessman and the party of principle.

To celebrate our birthday, please consider a birthday gift of $37, celebrating our 37 years as a political party. Your gift will help mark this special time for us, and will help to further what we do for liberty in the United States. Also, please consider a gift of $50, $100 or $1,000 if you are able.

Please consider donating right now, or simply renewing your membership as we have renewed our promise to you.

Thank you for all that you have done for us in these last 37 years, and we look forward to serving you for at least the next 37 years.

In Liberty,
Bill Redpath
National Chairman
Libertarian National Commitee

9 thoughts on “Libertarian Party turns 37 years old today

  1. Gene Trosper

    There is a reason it has lasted so long, in spite of the numerous internal dramas and attempted purges: FREEDOM.

    So long as some people crave freedom in our lifetime, organizations like the LP will continue existing in one form or another in order to meet that need.

  2. TheOriginalAndy

    “Gene Trosper // Dec 11, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    There is a reason it has lasted so long, in spite of the numerous internal dramas and attempted purges: FREEDOM.”

    It is a damn shame that there has to be so much drama, backstabbing, and infighting in the Libertarian Party. I never wanted to be a part of any of that, it was thrust on me and I reacted in self defense. All I wanted to do was work to build the Libertarian Party and advance the cause of liberty.

  3. mdh

    “The Libertarian Party will repeal of all laws that impede the ability of any person to find employment”

    This is the first time I’ve seen a Libertarian come out explicitly against child labor laws. I am genuinely excited and heartened by this one, as such laws prevent young people from succeeding in society and keep hundreds of thousands of homeless teens on the streets.
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