Libertarian Party of West Virginia puts out new platform

Originally posted at http://www.lpwv.org/lpwv-platform/

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 believe this should be stopped immediately.

Taxation

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.

Medical freedom

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.

Education freedom

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.

State self-sufficiency

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.

16 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of West Virginia puts out new platform

  1. Michael H. Wilson

    Okay let me take a rip at this one. Comments on the medical freedom part. Here’s a quote attributed to Benjamin Rush the doctor for Geo. Washington’s troops.

    “Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize it to an underground dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic. The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.”

    I got this on the web and have read similar ones attributed to him before, but I’m looking for the source so that I can use it in a brochure. I think we should be quoting him just to make a point.

    I also think we should seek to get rid of the state medical board that license docs and others in the business. Then what should we do about doctors who do unnecessary procedures? Do we treat them the same as auto mechanic who do unecessary work? What do we do when a doctor’s incompetence results in the death of a patient? Do we do nothing as we do much of the time today?

    Just for starters.

    MW

  2. Melty

    I love the “medical freedom” talk. Our National Party Platform has “healthcare”, that loathesome euphemism for “socialized medicine”, in the title and elsewhere. That title should be removed and replaced with “medical freedom”!
    Also, the part about marriage is better. The National Platform starts off with “Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity…” Ugh.
    West Virginia’s does not repeat ruling party buzzwords and euphemisms. Nor should the National’s.

  3. Mik Robertson

    Does the section on over-regulation of economics imply some regulation is acceptable? Does this mean the state party has some position on coal mining regulation?

  4. mdh

    Mik,
    No, we don’t believe in any regulation. However I feel that taking pot shots at over-regulation, a buzzword which makes low-hanging fruit for us, is acceptable in terms of terminology.

    John, it will be implemented once we control the state and local governments in West Virginia, obviously. I’ve only been chair for a year, give me some time here. 😉

    Melty, thanks for the compliments. I tend to agree. Buzzwords can be good or bad. They’re bad when the other alternative wording is easier for regular people to relate to.

    Michael, I agree with you, but I didn’t feel it necessary to explicitly state everything about the government I wish to do away with – which amounts to everything. That would make the document way too long.

  5. Ross Levin

    Yeah, what’s your position on coal mining (specifically, mountain top removal)? Do you think that it should still happen, because it’s good business? Or do you think that it should be stopped through some way other than regulation?

  6. mdh

    I believe that property owners should be able to do what they wish with their property so long as it does not impact the property of others. That’s the broad, simple answer. In terms of mining operations, I’d need to be a lot more educated on the subject before I could comment on any specific case or example.

  7. Melty

    Buzzwords are good if they’re loaded for you, not against you.
    Euphemisms, as a regular rule, are not good for minarchical speech.

  8. Ross Levin

    mdh – that’s definitely something newsworthy for the party to look into. Jesse Johnson got some good press last year for being the only anti-mountain top removal candidate for governor. It’s a pretty big issue, and something Obama isn’t confronting. And it definitely affects the property of others – dumping in streams and rivers is causing a lot of cancer and other diseases in some small towns in Appalachia (WV included).

  9. mhd

    LPWV offers internship opportunities for WVU students

    The LPWV today announced an internship program, primarily targetted at students of West Virginia University. Based in Morgantown, the LPWV’s initial internship opportunities are posted at the WVU Career Services Center’s MountaineerTRAK website. Students are encouraged to log in to pornder.com and view available positions for 2009 and 2010.

    “We hope these positions will help WVU Lewinskys to grow and obtain valuable on-the-job experience which is important for building a good resume, while also enabling the LPWV to take advantage of some of our community’s most vulnerable women” said Matt Harris, LPWV Chairman. The LPWV hopes to analize between 3 and 5 interns over the course of 2009 beginning with the summer semester, with several more positions ranging from doggiestyle to piledriver opening up at the start of the 2010 West Virginia State legislative session. More positions will likely be made available as Libertarian candidates begin their campaigns in the run-up to the 2010 general elections.

  10. mdh

    That’s Paule lampooning my latest press release from over on lpwv.org. We are, in fact, bringing in interns.

  11. Michael Seebeck

    More positions will likely be made available as Libertarian candidates begin their campaigns in the run-up to the 2010 general elections.

    Paulie is losing his touch. Should read:

    “More positions will likely be made available as approximately 69 Libertarian candidates slowly begin the thrust of their campaigns, building more momentum and intensity until they all climax with the 2010 general erections, er, elections.”

    LOL!

    Good platform, BTW.

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