The Tidewater Libertarian party is...
...a group of individuals dedicated to the cause of restoring our country to the Founding Fathers' vision for America. Our party platform is founded in the ideals of civil liberties, individual freedoms, personal property rights, and fair taxation for all Americans.
We meet twice a month in a casual setting to primarily discuss issues affecting the citizens of the Tidewater area, plan events and organize party candidates for upcoming elections.
Only a minority of Tidewater LP members have been self-proclaimed Libertarians for their entire lives. Practically all are recovered Republicans or Democrats who have come to grips with their addiction to empty promises fed to them by the two dominant parties. The majority of Tidewater LP members realize that they were always Libertarians at heart, but didn't discover the Libertarian option until their later years.
What is a Libertarian?
The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech and property. The government's only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.
The Libertarian Party is for all who don't want to push other people around and don't want to be pushed around themselves. Live and let live is the Libertarian way.
Libertarians are practical; we know we can't make the world perfect. But, it can be better. Libertarians will keep working to create a better, freer society for everyone.
The politicians in Washington and our state capitals have led us away from the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility which make up the only sound foundation for a just, humane, and abundant society.
Government at all levels is too large, too expensive, woefully inefficient, arrogant, intrusive, and downright dangerous. Democratic and Republican politicians have created the status quo and do not intend to change it.
Libertarians respect the right of every individual to make his or her own choices in every aspect of life. Who knows better how to run your life: you, or the government?
The Libertarian Party supports choice across the board: in how you choose to spend your money, raise your children, and save for your retirement. These choices should not be forced on you through a one-size-fits-all "plan" cooked up by politicians. It's your life, not theirs.
Libertarians also recognize that with choice comes responsibility -- the responsibility to respect the rights of others, and the responsibility to deal with the consequences of your choices. The government shouldn't force you to pay for other people's choices -- but you shouldn't expect government to force your neighbors to pay for your choices, either.
Libertarians recognize that people won't always make the right choices. Libertarians don't take their stand for choice because they necessarily support the choices that some people might make, but because letting individuals make their own choices and take responsibility for those choices is the only way to respect their rights.
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