Welcome to the Libertarian Party of Douglas County

The Libertarian Party Of Douglas County is a county affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.  

Our Purpose:

A. Uphold the Statement of Principles of the National Libertarian Party and the non-aggression principle as the philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by which it shall be sustained, and through which liberty shall prevail;

B. Promote and grow the membership and political influence of the Libertarian Party through electoral and educational activities, neither of which are placed in primacy over the other;

C. Promote the election of Libertarian Party candidates and to move public policy in a Libertarian direction;

D. Promote the passage of ballot initiatives, ordinances, or other measures that respect the precepts of Libertarianism;

E. Oppose the passage of ballot initiatives, ordinances, or other measures that violate the precepts of Libertarianism;

F. To provide an environment in which members will be able to grow in their ability to understand, express, and lead others to Libertarian ideals. 

The 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.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life -- accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action -- accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property -- accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.

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    Why Libertarian?

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    BY STACY PETTY:

     

    I don’t think my story is different than many. It’s been my observation that most of us end up the religion, and political beliefs of what our parents raised us in. Not inherently bad, but the hurdles in challenging those precepts are far beyond the surface. More, biologically prescribed, with the “You’re going to Hell” addendum attached. I continually try to remind myself that we all come from somewhere, for a reason. That we all believe our opinions, our ideologies are correct, and of value. But where does that leave us? What grounds for a society, a culture, a country; do we build our foundation on, and adhere to; when our variables are seemingly infinite? What do we, as occupants of this country, have as a commonality? That question, takes me to one answer. Our founding documents.

    I was the typical religious, right wing Republican, twenty years ago. Jesus, a pledge, a flag. I can’t pinpoint the moment I started questioning if what I had been told was true, or not. Maybe it was my love of history, maybe it was the grinding in my gut that something just wasn’t right. Or maybe I was seeing that I was doing to my own children, what was done to me. A noose I very much disliked, a noose that did not represent freedom, or Free Will. I honestly don’t know what set that wheel in motion.

    That wheel pushed me to reading a variety of historical opinions that I wouldn’t have considered earlier in my life. Some of that history aligned with my ideology, some of it challenged me. If a person, or even an entire country, can be conditioned, how far fetched is it to believe that perhaps, you’re one of them as well? Our American ancestors arrived here for a variety of reasons. Some religious, some feudal, some prosperity. Their efforts to escape that conditioning need to be honored. Their efforts to escape that conditioning, are what resulted in our Declaration of Independence.

    When I contemplate how quickly this nation adapted to the ideals contained in that document, it really is astounding. Have there been challenges to freedom, self ownership, and civil rights? Yes. Indeed. It has been a joy to witness in my lifetime, civil rights granted to a group of people who have been long discriminated against by a country that claimed we were all equal. And when I ask myself honestly, what party platform best represents the philosophy of our founders, the answer for me is the Libertarian Party.

    What does the Libertarian Party stand for? What should an American electorate that’s unfamiliar with this third party anticipate? What does the platform contain? That’s something that I plan on exploring piece by piece in coming days. Exploring that, and exploring the biggest name in the party right now, Gary Johnson, who I have been critical of.

    I will make no promises on timing of content. I’m quite the curmudgeon as of late, and commitments just aren’t in my wheelhouse.

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