Who Should Run Your Life -- You or the Politicians?
Libertarians believe you are better able to run your life than any politician can.
Libertarians want you to be free - free to live your life as you want to live it, not as the
Republican and Democratic politicians think is best.
Libertarians want you to be able to raise your children by your values - not those of
bureaucrats who see your child as a little soldier in their crusade to bring about a Brave New
Libertarians want you to be able to keep every dollar you earn - to spend it, save it, or give
it away as you see fit.
In short, Libertarians want to get government out of your life.
Libertarians want you to be free. And this attitude is reflected in the stands taken on the
issues by Harry Browne and other Libertarian candidates. In all cases, they want to reduce
government and expand your freedom.
This campaign platform provides a few example . . .
Part I: Social Security
Would you prefer to get out of Social Security, keep the money for yourself, and put it where
you know it will be safe for your retirement?
Too bad. Republican and Democratic politicians think you're incapable of taking care of
yourself. They're determined to keep you locked in the Social Security system. They differ only
over how much of your hard-earned money you must entrust to them, and over which rules you must
In the presidential race only Harry Browne, the Libertarian presidential candidate, believes in
your ability to take care of yourself. He wants to unlock the door and let you out of Social
Security - immediately and completely. He wants to sell off unneeded and unconstitutional federal
assets to provide lifetime retirement accounts for those dependent on Social Security today, so
that everyone else can be free of the system.
Part II: Self-Defense
Criminals will always be armed, even if they have to smuggle, steal, or manufacture the weapons
themselves. They will never buy them in ways that involve registration, background checks, waiting
periods, or safety locks. So gun laws have no effect on true criminals; their only effect is to
intrude upon your privacy and make it harder for you to defend yourself.
Democrats want even more gun laws. Republicans want tougher enforcement of the existing gun
laws. But the gun laws are bad laws - every one of them.
In the presidential race, only Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate, wants to repeal all
these harmful laws - so you'll no longer be at a disadvantage to criminals.
Part III: The War on Drugs
Will someone in your family be killed in the crossfire between warring drug gangs? Will your
child be lured by the high profits available from dealing drugs, make one silly mistake, and end
up spending many years in prison? Will you be terrorized by violent thugs who are released early
from prisons that are overcrowded with non-violent drug offenders?
If you recognize that the Drug War is dangerous to your children, your city, and your country -
putting the wrong people in prison, trampling on your liberty, taking the drug business away from
pharmaceutical companies and doctors, and putting it into the hands of criminals - you will get no
satisfaction from Republican or Democratic politicians. They all support the Drug War
Libertarian Harry Browne wants to end the Drug War once and for all - bringing peace to our
cities, reserving the prisons for those who do harm to others, and making your life and property
once again safe from search and seizure.
Part IV: Health Care
Democrats want to complete the federal takeover of the health-care system within the next four
years. Republicans want it to take five years.
Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate, recognizes that our health-care problems began when
the federal government moved into medicine. He wants to get the federal government completely out
of health care - so your doctor can make house calls again, health insurance will again be
affordable for everyone, and a hospital stay will no longer cost you a year's pay.
Part V: Education
Democrats want to spend more of your money on all the failed federal programs that have done so
much damage to America's schools. Republicans want to extend these bad programs to private schools
- by issuing vouchers that will force private schools to obey federal rules.
Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate, wants to get the federal government completely out of
education - and repeal the income tax so you'll have the money to put your child in any school you
Part VI: Foreign Policy
Republicans and Democrats alike think your child should be cannon fodder in their plans to
police the world. They have created the greatest national offense in history - capable of
annihilating any country, bullying small nations into accepting agreements fashioned by our
President, and imposing on other countries "human rights" that don't exist in this country.
At the same time, we have a very weak national defense - incapable of protecting this country
from any dictator who can get his hands on a nuclear missile.
Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate, wants to sharply reduce our national offense and
establish a strong national defense - one that doesn't depend upon intimidation or threats.
Libertarians do not want your children to fight or die in a foreign war. Libertarians do not
want terrorists targeting your city in order to gain revenge on a meddling U.S. government.
Libertarians want to restore the foreign policy of Washington and Jefferson - a foreign policy
that wishes good will toward people everywhere and is a threat to no other country.
Part VII: The Internet & Personal Freedom
Republican and Democratic politicians see the Internet as a wonderful new source of tax revenue
to feed their never-satisfied demands for more money to spend. And they see the Internet as a new
arena in which to exert their power - by telling you what you should be allowed to read and view.
The Internet must be kept entirely free of taxation and censorship. The smallest tax will
eventually grow to become the most oppressive burden. And the tiniest regulation - such as to keep
children away from pornography - will inevitably grow into the most stifling bureaucratic
There are Republican and Democratic politicians who claim to oppose Internet taxation and
censorship. But they are unreliable friends because they have no principled opposition to taxation
and censorship. And so they will support your freedom only so long as it is to their
Libertarians realize that a more basic problem is the concept that government owns your life,
and can take from your earnings or your spending money whatever it needs to feed its appetite.
Thus it is always only a matter of time until the government looks for a new source of money.
Libertarians realize that a more basic problem is the belief that your personal freedom can be
tossed aside whenever the government has a "compelling interest" in doing so. Thus it is always
only a matter of time until that compelling national interest presents itself.
Libertarians know that the Internet will not be securely free, that you will not be securely
free, until the government is forced to live within the very narrow confines of the Constitution.
Until we once again bind down the politicians with "the chains of the Constitution," you will be
fighting battle after battle to protect what little freedom and wealth the politicians have not
yet taken from you.
Part VIII: The Income Tax
Democrats want to rearrange the burden of big government with targeted tax cuts. Republicans
want to rearrange the burden of big government with across-the-board tax cuts.
But if we continue to have big government, who's going to pay for this burden -- the
Of course not. No matter how they rearrange the tax code, you and I will continue to pay
through the nose for the politicians' fun.
Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate, wants to dramatically reduce the burden of big
government, so we can repeal the income tax entirely.
Our country did without an income tax for more than a hundred years. But since the income tax
began in 1913, the government has grown larger and larger and larger -- creating enormous social
and political problems.
A federal government limited to its constitutional functions of national defense, the
judiciary, and a few other harmless activities would be so small that existing tariffs and excise
taxes could fund it. No income taxes would be needed. And that would mean no more record keeping,
no more tax forms, and no more fear of the IRS.
If you believe that some unconstitutional federal programs benefit you, we invite you to
consider The Great Libertarian Offer:
Would you give up your favorite federal programs if it meant you'd never have to pay
income tax again? And your children would never pay income tax. And your grandchildren could go
through their entire lives without the awful burden of taxation you've had to
Conclusion: Toward a Libertarian America
These are just some of the areas in which Harry Browne and other Libertarian candidates want
you to have more control over your own life. The solution is always the same -- less government,
greater individual liberty, and more personal responsibility.
You can view specific proposals on other issues by going to www.HarryBrowne.org or www.LP.org.
Republicans claim to be the party of limited government and economic freedom, while downplaying
the importance of personal freedom. But they recognize no limits to their power, and they take
away more and more of your economic freedom. They put poor people out of work by raising the
minimum wage, they use your money to prop up the Russian government for another hour, and they
pass obscene pork-barrel bills for farming or highways or corporate welfare or anything that
provides an excuse to spend money.
Democrats claim to be the party of peace and personal freedom, while downplaying the importance
of economic freedom. But they take away more and more of your personal freedom. They want to
censor the Internet, put a V-chip in your television set, intrude into your home without a
warrant, and shred the Bill of Rights. And they put you at risk by bombing innocent people in
Neither party keeps its promises and neither party is on your side.
Harry Browne and Libertarian candidates across America want to enforce the Bill of Rights, keep
the federal government out of every area for which it has no constitutional authority, and restore
the freedom and security the Founding Fathers intended for you.
We want you to keep every dollar you earn -- to spend it, save it, or give it away as you
decide, not as the Republican and Democratic politicians think is best for you.
We want you to control your own life and make your own personal decisions.
We want you to be free.
Isn't that what you want? If so, vote for Harry Browne for President --
and for Libertarians up and down the ticket. That's the only way you can tell
the world what you want.
To do otherwise is to endorse what the politicians are doing.
Finally, this year you have a choice.
Don't throw it away.