2016 Libertarian Party of North Dakota Platform

2016 North Dakota Libertarian Party Platform

 

MISSION STATEMENT:     The Libertarian Party of North Dakota is committed to the enhancement in the standard of living for the individual while respecting the right to life, liberty, and property.

PREAMBLE:    As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES:    We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

 

The Issues

 

  • Economic Policy

 

    • Supports a transition towards Sound Money
      • Money is supposed to be a medium of exchange which represents a good or service
      • When a currency is no longer backed by a good (like gold or silver) and is merely dependent on faith in the issuer of that currency the purchasing power of that currency can be manipulated through the process of adjusting the supply of that currency
      • The supply of U.S. dollars has greatly increased worldwide through the Federal Reserve’s fractional reserve banking policies dependent on the status as the World Reserve Currency
      • This process has led to a dramatic debasement in the purchasing power/value of the U.S. dollar
    • Supports the independence of a State Bank
      • The L.P.N.D. recognizes the dangers of fiat currency, fractional reserve banking, and inflation due to central banking generally and the Federal Reserve System specifically
    • Recognizing the devaluation and vulnerability of the U.S. dollar the L.P.N.D. supports the state of North Dakota establishing a (commodity/asset/gold/silver/ and/or combination) backed currency through the North Dakota State Bank

 

    • Opposition to any tax increase
      • The L.P.N.D. respects individual liberty and is opposed to any forced confiscation of wealth (alcohol tax, tobacco tax, property tax, etc.)

 

 

  • Monetary Policy

 

    • Strongly supports an Audit of the Federal Reserve System
      • The L.P.N.D. demands transparency and accountability in Monetary policy which directly affects all parties using U.S. currency
      • The L.P.N.D. strongly rejects the ability of the Federal Reserve System to enter agreements with foreign governments with no accountability to the United States Congress
      • The Constitution of the United States grants the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof to the Congress of the United States and not a Central Bank
    • Supports the repeal of legal tender laws
      • The L.P.N.D. is opposed to inflationary policies of the Federal Reserve and Fractional Reserve Banking
      • Inflationary monetary policies of the Federal Reserve is theft in the form of monetary expansion
      • The L.P.N.D. party is opposed to the government monopoly of currency

 

  • Financial Budget – Federal and State
    • Supports the National proposed Balanced Budget Amendment only under the circumstances that taxes will not be raised and credit expansion will not take place
    • Opposition to pre-funding infrastructure
      • The L.P.N.D. supports bonding infrastructure so that years from now current users are paying for the projects.
    • Opposition to current taxation for future expenses.

 

 

  • Property Rights

 

    • Supports the abolishment of property taxes
      • Property taxation is a form of theft by the state
    • No private land will be seized by ND State Government
      • Private property is a fundamental human right that must be respected and honored to maintain a free and prosperous society
    • No surveillance drones will be used by law enforcement over private land without a properly acquired warrant
    • All Nationalized land will be returned to former owners or open to homesteading
    • Supports the opening of waterways to private proprietorship

 

 

  • Agriculture

 

    • Supports the legalization of Hemp farming and production
    • Supports the elimination of State-funded subsidies
      • The purpose of government is to honor and protect individual liberty
      • The purpose of government is not to grant special privilege to any group

 

 

  • Foreign Policy/Military
  • Supports a non-interventionist foreign policy
  • Opposition to the unrealistic “War on Terror”
  • War cannot be waged on an idea
  • War cannot be won if there is no specific and defined enemy and strategy for victory
  • The “War on Terror” is an unwinnable conflict with no specific and defined strategy for victory
  • U.S. presence overseas has led to a rejection of Americanism globally
  • U.S. military intervention around the world actually weakens national defense by creating anti-Americanism and leads to blowback
  • The L.P.N.D. stands by the statement from Thomas Jefferson: “Commerce with all Nations, Alliance with none.”

 

      • Opposition to involvement of ND arms servicemen in undeclared Wars
      • Any ND armed servicemen currently serving will return home immediately
      • Opposition to ND servicemen being involved in civilian law enforcement with respect for the Posse Comitatus Act and the Constitutional right of habeas corpus
      • Opposition to ND taxpayer dollars supporting undeclared Wars or maintenance of Military bases overseas
      • Opposition to the current desertion policy of the U.S. Military
      • Opposition to any future conscription
        • Forced conscription is an act of aggression against the sovereignty of the individual

 

  • Marriage

 

      • Opposition to State involvement in Marriage
        • Marriage is a voluntary agreement between free and sovereign individuals which has no need for government interference
        • Any government involvement in the state of marriage should be repealed including:
          • Tax subsidies
          • Licensing
    • Immigration
      • Support for the removal of governmental impediments to free trade
        • Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries
        • Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders
        • However, open borders are non-compatible with the current welfare-state

 

  • Drugs

 

    • Supports the Decriminalization of all drugs
      • The L.P.N.D. recognizes and respects property rights
      • The basis for property rights lies in the right to the ownership of one’s own body
        • Parents ownership/guardianship over their children
      • Individuals have the right to use their own body how they see fit as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of another individual
      • Putting any substance in one’s own body is a personal choice respected by individual liberty
    • Non-violent drug offenders will be pardoned and released from jail
      • Non-violent and/or victimless crimes can be handled without mandatory minimum prison sentencing

 

 

  • Education

 

    • Supports elimination of federal mandates, regulations, and restrictions
    • Opposition to Federal Dept. of Education presence in North Dakota
    • Compulsory attendance laws will be immediately repealed
    • Home-schooling will be respected and non-state regulated
      • Parents/Guardians have ownership over their children
      • Parents/Guardians have the right to care for their children as they see fit
      • Parents/Guardians have the right to pursue and establish an Educational system that they deem appropriate for their children
      • Education should be established and carried out by local communities
      • No ND taxpayer dollars will be put towards the Department of Education
      • ND will reject all Dept. of Education funding

 

  • Alcohol/Tobacco
    • The L.P.N.D.  supports the repeal of the minimum age requirement
      • The L.P.N.D. firmly believes that certain private affairs are better dealt by families and individuals
      • Laws such as guilty by association, minor in possession, minor in consumption put youths in danger
      • By levying laws that could strip the youth of academic/athletic prestige this forces the youth to the most desolate of areas to avoid punishment
      • Legislation such as guilty by association forces intoxicated individuals to get behind a wheel
      • Responsible individuals are caught between helping a friend and facing “the law”
      • Issues as these are better left solely to parents and the family

 

 

  • National Sovereignty

 

    • Opposition to any legislation establishing international supremacy to the Constitution of the U.S. including a North American Union (NAU)
    • Supports the immediate withdrawal from institutions not established or recognized in the Constitution of the United States including but not limited to:
      • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O)
      • World Trade Organization (W.T.O.)
      • North American Federal Trade Agreement (N.A.F.T.A)
      • World Bank
      • International Monetary Fund

 

 

  • State Sovereignty

 

    • Opposition to any legislation infringing on the Constitutional rights of North Dakota citizens
      • The U.S. Constitution is the law of the land and the Constitution of North Dakota is the Supreme law of the state
    • Supports having state law preempt and nullify any and all laws deemed unconstitutional by the North Dakota legislation
      • A federal government which determines the extent of its own powers is destined to grow beyond original intent and out of control
      • State nullification is a check against federal tyranny
      • In his draft of the Kentucky Resolution in 1798 Thomas Jefferson said, “nullification… is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers
      • James Madison said the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution
    • Supports the abolishment of warrantless surveillance, the F.I.S.A. court, and the N.S.A. domestic spying programs
    • Supports the process of warrants procured in open court only
      • The purpose of the U.S. Government is to respect and protect individual liberty of all American citizens
      • The Federal Government has overstepped its authority and has become a danger to the sovereignty of the individual
      • Legislation like the Freedom Act, Patriot Act, and The National Defense Authorization Act (See Sections 1020-1021) have:
        • Greatly hindered the 1st amendment, 4th amendment, and 5th amendment
    • Opposition to any and all financial or personal resources to aid Federal mandates that go against ND legislation and will pursue immediate prosecution of Federal agents breaking North Dakota state law (Ex. Gun confiscation, Hemp, Marijuana)

 

 

  • 2nd Amendment

 

      • Pro- 2nd Amendment
      • Opposition to any legislation attempting to manipulate or hinder ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase and own arms
      • Supports having state law preempt and nullify any and all local firearm ordinances that are more restrictive than state law

 

  • Abortion

 

    • No tax dollars of North Dakota citizens will be allocated towards programs administering abortions
      • Anti Roe V. Wade
      • State’s rights
      • The L.P.N.D. respects the freedom of religion
      • The L.P.N.D. respects individual liberty and is opposed to any forced confiscation of wealth

 

 

  • United Nations

 

    • Opposition to any recognition in authority of the United Nations
      • The United States is a sovereign nation establishing its own laws through the Congressional process
      • The United States Congress cannot give its governing authority to any foreign entity

 

 

  • Limited Government

 

    • Supports abolishment of agencies and departments not authorized by the North Dakota State Constitution or the Constitution of the United States including but not limited to:
      • The Department of Homeland Security
      • The Department of Education
      • The Department of Commerce
      • The Department of Housing and Urban Development
      • The I.R.S.
      • The D.E.A.

 

  • Transparency
    • Supports legislation allowing U.S. citizens to review legislation before being voted on
      • Government transparency is a fundamental necessity in preserving accountability

 

  • Healthcare
    • Opposition to any state interference in the health industry
      • The Free market is the most efficient system to handle Healthcare issues
    • Supports the repeal of Obamacare
    • Supports the ability to opt out of Obamacare

 

 

  • Free Markets
  • The L.P.N.D. supports transitioning all government related programs to be handled through free market processes (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.)
  • The free market system has proven to be the most efficient system in allocating scarce resources while enhancing the standard of living for the greatest amount of people

 

 

 

  • The L.P.N.D. supports free market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types
  • Markets are not actually free unless fraud is vigorously combatted and neither profits nor losses are socialized
  • Individuals engaged in voluntary exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item
  • Opposition to any State-interference in private-sector business practices Including but not limited to:
  • Gambling emporiums
  • Business hours
  • Smoking areas
  • Discrimination

 

    • Opposition to any interference in the independence of the Internet
      • An independent media is key to keep a government from reaching outside its constitutional authority
      • The mainstream media have proven they are incapable of providing a journalistic environment uninfluenced by government
      • The internet is the future of news, journalism, and transparent government
    • Abolishment of State price-fixing (minimum wage)
      • Price fixing is an interference in the free-market system
      • Price-fixing leads to shortages through artificial manipulation of the natural processes of supply and demand
      • This interference affects the individual consumer in a negative way
    • Abolishment of any State-funded subsidy program
      • Governments are not to be in the business of granting special privileges to any groups
    • Abolishment of State-licensure
      • The L.P.N.D. views state licensure as a grant of government privilege; like all interventions, it harms all consumers and would-be competitors
      • It is a cartelizing device incompatible with the free market
    • Abolishment of any sanctions on foreign countries
      • The L.P.N.D. recognizes the right of individuals to trade with whomever they wish including others overseas
      • The L.P.N.D.  recognizes the dangers of sanctioning countries deemed “unfriendly” to the U.S. Federal Government’s demands
      • Sanctions are an act of War

Omissions

  • Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval

 

The Libertarian Party of North Dakota