Welcome to the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin
- Category: News/Views
- Published on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:54
- Written by Jim Maas
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My name is Robert Burke. I am running for governor of Wisconsin, and I need your vote. Our
current two-party system is broken, and as my counterpart in Minnesota says, this year we need to "Vote Differently." Who we send to Madison and Washington, D.C., is irrelevant because the machine of the two-party system is in control. Money, influence and corruption are the flavor of every day, and it needs to change. We do this one by one. It's slow and it's messy, but in the end it will be well worth the fight — freedom is always worth the fight. Many have perished in America's quest for that freedom, and our blindness to the truth disrespects those sacrifices.
Libertarianism is different in that all candidates follow a set of principles laid out in our platform, which you can find at RobertBurkeforGovernor.org. Everyone running for office follows these principles and we have a committee whose job it is to review our voting record and hold our elected officials accountable to the voters who put them in office. Should our elected officials stray too far from these principles we will eject them from the party, because unlike the red and blue team, Libertarians aren’t afraid to hold our elected officials accountable just to hold a seat. These principles say you are free and that the proper role of government is in the protection of those freedoms and your personal property. These principles are not subject to special events or situations and they are not open for compromise. When you vote for a Libertarian you will get a Libertarian — limited government, maximum freedom.
- Category: News/Views
- Published on Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:52
- Written by Jim Maas
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We’ve all seen the bumper stickers proclaiming that “I’m a gun owner and I vote.” Fine; what does that really mean? That you will vote Republican, no matter how often they take you for granted?
The NRA (I was once not only a member but a certified rifle marksmanship and hunter safety instructor and taught hundreds of Boy Scouts at three different Wisconsin camps) is very good, on safety issues. On political issues, it leaves much to be desired. The NRA and the Republican Party are about power, not principle, and it shows up during the current Wisconsin governor campaign.
The NRA is spending over a million dollars promoting Scott Walker’s support for our right of “self defense,” not the Libertarian candidate. However, if gun owners will recall, Senator Pam Galloway introduced the bill for “constitutional carry.” In other words, it would have brought the laws up to date with the wording of Article I, Section 25 of the state constitution, “The people” (all citizens) have the right to keep and bear arms for self defense, as well as for any other lawful purpose.
The constitutional amendment, granted, was passed in a previous century, the 20th (1998), but most of us were around then and voted overwhelmingly for it, twice. Responding to the Constitutional Carry bill, following weeks of obfuscation and political posturing, Governor Walker was able to manipulate Republicans in the Legislature to give up on their principles and restrict the number of “the people” who could bear arms. In doing so, the Republicans had to ignore their campaign promises, hearing testimonies by “the people,” and the GOP party platform, which called for voluntary, not mandatory training.
There was no one and nothing standing between Wisconsin citizens and the constitutional right to bear arms they were promised when they voted to approve the Keep and Bear Arms amendment except Governor Walker and his Republican collaborators. Now, with the assistance of the NRA, they are attempting to convince voters that they have been done a favor, not a scam which gun owners have to pay for, unlike our other constitutional rights. Do we pay for our right of free speech?
Madison politicians have turned our constitutional right into a privilege for those people willing to pay for it. That was just plain wrong. The NRA is currently trying to convince gun owners that Scott Walker is concerned about their self defense. Do not be fooled.
“Gun owners vote.” Libertarians hope that gun owners don’t forget what Scott Walker did to their constitution right to bear arms and will remember that the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin Platform of Principles states, simply and clearly, “We believe the right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed. We therefore oppose all laws which tax or otherwise restrict the ownership, open or concealed carry, manufacture, transfer, or sale of firearms or ammunition. We further oppose all laws requiring registration of firearms. We also cannot ignore the clear lessons from history of the suffering which can fall upon a disarmed people.” We mean it.
- Category: News/Views
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:54
- Written by andycraig
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On September 4, the Government Accountability Board voted in closed session to dismiss the complaint I filed on July 4 against the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The W.B.A. is the organization which has issued the criteria for inclusion in the 2014 televised gubernatorial debates. These criteria have the deliberate effect of prohibiting Libertarian and other third-party candidates from participating, turning the debates into an exclusive promotion for the Democratic and Republican nominees.
The Board issued a brief two-page ruling, which I have attached below. I want to take this opportunity to explain why I filed this action, and my response to the rules adopted by the state's elections agency.
First, the basis of the complaint: Wisconsin law imposes strict requirements on campaign expenditures to advocate the defeat or election of candidates for public office.
If Robert Burke, the Libertarian candidate for Governor, were to accept an offer from a corporation (such as the W.B.A., which is in turn made up of incorporated TV and radio stations), or even from an individual, to air a ninety-minute statewide commercial for him to speak to the voters, that would be illegal.
We couldn't do it—and yet, Republicans and Democrats collude to get exactly that in the form of a special statewide broadcast that only their candidates can participate in. Thus these supposedly neutral, nonpartisan forums become effective advocacy for the defeat of excluded candidates, and constitute an extremely valuable and illegal in-kind contribution to the Walker (R) and Burke (D) campaigns.
- Category: About Us
- Published on Sunday, 27 December 2009 19:53
- Written by Super User
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The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is committed to America’s heritage of freedom:
- Individual liberty and personal responsibility
- A free-market economy of abundance and prosperity
- A foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade
As Libertarians, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.
We seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals control their own lives and are never forced to compromise their values or sacrifice their property.
We believe that no conflict exists between civil order and individual rights and that individuals, groups, or governments should not initiate force against other individuals, groups, or governments.
We invite you to join us in the partnership for a more free and prosperous America.