Originally posted at http://www.lpwv.org/lpwv-platform/
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.
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.
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 believe this should be stopped immediately.
Taxation is theft. Working to pay income taxes is slavery. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia advocates an end to taxation. We oppose any new taxes or tax increases.
Your health is important to you. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia feels that you should be able to make treatment decisions along with your doctor based upon your own wishes and pertinent medical advice. Over-regulation of the medical industry, lobbied for by big pharmaceutical corporations and others with profit motives, has lead to less freedom of choice for patients in West Virginia and around the country. Treatment options such as medical marijuana should be available to patients. Serious drug and alcohol addictions should be treatable based on the best practices developed by experienced researchers and doctors rather than the whims or bureaucrats.
We believe that the freedom to choose how your children are educated is very important. No bureaucrat knows your child better than you do, and hence, they cannot understand the best way to provide them with a good education better than you can. Therefore, we feel that choices in education must be left to parents and not to bureaucrats.
Separation of church and state
The Libertarian Party of West Virginia understands the importance of the principle of separation of church and state. Religion is an important part of the lives of many West Virginians, and we have a wonderful tapestry of faith here in our state. The right to worship as each individual sees fit is very important and is a basic human right. As such, we realize that any sort of imposition of morality by the government is inappropriate, as different individuals and families have very widely varied and subjective ideals of morality.
West Virginia is a wonderful state inhabited by wonderful people. The fact that our state has become dependent on so much funding from the federal government has caused us to become less independent as a state, and this in turn has allowed outsiders to have undue influence over the way we choose to run our own state. West Virginians should be proud of our heritage and seek to rely more on ourselves, our communities, our friends, families, and neighbors, and less on overbearing Washington, DC bureaucrats.
Over-regulation of economics
The over-regulation of private industry and the economy by the state has led to West Virginia falling behind in economic growth. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia endorses Austrian economics and believes that a truly free market will lead not only to growth, but to sustainable growth that will enable us to build a strong, lasting economy.