Monday, September 6, 2010

Libertarian Candidate for Lt. Governor Dan Barber has hit the Ground Running

This guy gets it.

Libertarian candidate for Lt. Governor Dan Barber is making waves in his campaign for the number two slot here in Georgia. From his FaceBook page:

Less government – more freedom
As a Libertarian, I believe that all individuals have the right to control their own lives, and live however they choose, as long as they don’t forcibly interfere with the freedoms of their fellow citizens. I believe the government has no right to regulate the lives of citizens, or to seize the fruits of their labor without their consent. I oppose all interference by government in the area of voluntary and contractual relations between individuals (free trade).

Freedom of choice
I believe that individuals have the right to choose how to live, and the responsibility to accept the consequences of those choices.

Freedom of expression and communication
Freedom of speech is among our most precious rights. I oppose all government efforts to limit, censor or control communication and self-expression.

The right to privacy
I support the right of the individual to be secure in his person, property and home. Only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. I favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Personal relationships
I believe the government has no authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults have the right to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships, without the endorsement or interference of government.

True freedom presupposes the right to defend one’s life, liberty and property. I recognize the right of the individual to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. I oppose all laws at any level of government requiring registration of, or restricting, the ownership, manufacture, or transfer or sale of firearms or ammunition.

Economic freedom
Free markets are the most efficient means of allocating scarce resources. The only legitimate role of government in the market is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. Any effort by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, is unconstitutional and harmful to a free market, and by extension, to our personal freedom. I oppose all government controls on wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.

Government finance and spending
Free citizens are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. I support the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. I further support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution and to the Constitution of the State of Georgia, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.

Retirement planning
Planning and saving for retirement is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. I support the abolishment of Social Security, and its replacement by free and voluntary alternatives.

I support intelligence-gathering by the government for the purpose of national security, only to the extent that efforts at gathering intelligence do not violate the civil liberties of free citizens. The Constitution and Bill of Rights shall not be suspended even during
time of war.

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