Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. Libertarians are committed to restoring and protecting civil liberties. We aim to:
- Protect freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly.
- Reverse the militarization of law-enforcement agencies.
- Reform asset-forfeiture laws.
- Restore Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.
- Restore voting and gun rights for those convicted of non-violent drug offenses.
- Fight against federal overreach and government spying programs.
- Restrict law-enforcement use of general surveillance technologies.
- Protect internet freedom & privacy.
We support all measures that enhance educational choices available, such as charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school tuition, and homeschooling. Education is best provided by the free market, achieving higher quality, accountability, and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education. Compulsory attendance and truancy laws should be repealed. Students cannot be forced to learn, and teachers should not be forced to act as juvenile delinquency officers. All individuals, regardless of age, are entitled to the protections of the constitutions of the United States and Florida. Random drug tests, locker searches without probable cause, censorship of student publications, or any similar actions violate those rights.
About Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
The Common Core State Standards have been developed to create uniform standards for American students across the nation and promoted by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in an attempt to create a top-down education model devoid of competition and accountability. CCSS has been adopted in numerous states as part of a federally backed coercion attempt on the states, which allows those states to become eligible for funds within the federal government stimulus packages. The Libertarian Party of Florida condemns the implementation of the CCSS in Florida and recognizes the inherent federal and state overreach contained therein, in violation of the enumerated powers of the U.S. Constitution, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and individual rights of parents, guardians, and Florida students.
In the United States, federal and state governments have increasingly intervened in the medical sector through Medicare, Medicaid, the HMO Act and tens of thousands of regulations on doctors, hospitals, and health-insurance companies. Health insurance costs are skyrocketing, government health programs heading for bankruptcy, and politicians continue to create regulations. Libertarians believe the only healthcare reforms that will make a positive change are those centered on deregulation. The Libertarian Party aims to establish medical savings accounts, deregulate the healthcare industry, and remove barriers to experimental medications and alternative treatments.
Gun ownership, by itself, harms no other person and should not justify criminal penalties. Gun bans make guns more expensive and give organized crime increased opportunity to make profits in a black market. Criminals will not give up their guns, but law-abiding citizens will, leaving them defenseless against armed assailants. The police do not provide security in homes or businesses. They show up after the crime to take reports and do detective work. Only an armed citizenry can be present in sufficient numbers to prevent or deter violent crime before it starts, or to reduce its spread. Let us put the responsibility where it belongs, on the owner and user of the gun. If they act responsibly, without attacking others or causing injury negligently, no crime or harm has been done. But, if a person commits a crime with a gun, then impose the severest penalties for the injuries done to the victim. Similarly, hold the negligent gun user fully liable for all harm his negligence does to others. The only proper gun ban is that imposed upon an individual through the due process of law.
Poverty And Welfare
Since the start of the “war on poverty” in 1965, the United States has spent more than $5 trillion trying to ease the plight of the poor. What we have received for this massive investment is — primarily — more poverty. Our welfare system is unfair to everyone: to taxpayers who must pick up the bill for failed programs; to society, whose mediating institutions of community, religious institutions, and family are increasingly pushed aside; and most of all to the poor, who are trapped in a system that destroys opportunity for themselves and hope for their children. The Libertarian Party believes it is time for a new approach to fighting poverty: by ending welfare and reverting to reliance on charitable institutions, establishing a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to private charity, repealing barriers to entrepreneurship, and reforming education to focus on adaptable skills suited to entering more economic sectors.
Crime and Violence
The Libertarian Party advocates a criminal justice system which focuses on protecting the rights and interests of victims, rather than one which punishes and considers "society" a tangible victim. Victims should have the right to be present, consulted, and heard throughout the prosecution of their case. We endorse the decriminalization of all crimes without victims, including drug use by consenting adults. Prohibition of any drugs, as with alcohol historically, increases the costs and dangers associated with its use. By decreasing the number of nonviolent offenders in jail, the criminal justice system can focus on enforcing actual violent crimes with victims. The Libertarian Party also seeks to repeal waiting periods, concealed carry laws, and other restrictions that make it difficult for victims to defend themselves against crimes. The Libertarian Party would focus on crime prevention through investing in employment opportunities by slashing taxes and government red tape, ending the welfare system with its culture of dependence and hopelessness, and promoting low-cost private alternatives to the failing public school system.
The Libertarian Party advocates repealing laws that prevent full ownership of the air and water above and below land, which deny individuals protection under the law against polluters. We further advocate repeal of corporate limited liability laws protecting the individuals who own or manage corporations from the personal liability of pollution. We also support the abolition of sovereign immunity laws, which protect those in charge of government property, utilities and military installations from the personal liability of pollution. Governments are the biggest polluters of the environment worldwide, and the Libertarian Party wants to provide individuals with the means to combat this injustice.