Welcome to the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin
- Category: News/Views
- Published on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:21
- Written by Jim Maas
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“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~ John Quincy Adams
Wisconsin Libertarians, “The Party of Principle,” take comfort in that advice from a great patriot. In Tuesday’s election, no Libertarian won a race but the Party advanced closer to its goals.
There were over ¼ million votes cast for eleven Libertarian candidates statewide. Many voted Libertarian for the first time. Three of the five candidates running for statewide constitutional offices exceeded the threshold for ballot status and Libertarians will be on the ballot automatically in the next election. Many voters learned more about Libertarian principles and some have expressed interest in becoming a candidate or helping with future campaigns.
Unfortunately for many, the first time they were aware of third party candidates was when they entered the voting booth. “Mainstream media political coverage is not ‘Fair and balanced’ in Wisconsin,” observed Jim Maas, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin. “With a majority of voters saying that they are interested in more than two choices on the ballot, you might assume that it would be easy for alternate candidates to get attention. This has not been the case, so far. Our gubernatorial candidate was excluded from opinion polls and the televised candidate debates. We don’t think that voters approve of such discriminatory practices when they are trying to choose a candidate to support. We are the choice for the socially tolerant and fiscally conservative, a significant portion of the population.”
The Libertarian Party is Wisconsin’s third largest political party. Libertarians believe that all individuals have the right to control their own lives and live in whatever manner they choose, as long as they do not interfere with the identical rights of others.
- Category: Food Freedom
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:58
- Written by Jim Maas
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Many of us see Wisconsin’s health care system at a crossroads, faced with rising costs, quality concerns, and a lack of patient control. Many problems can be traced directly to intrusive government influence. If consumer choice and competition can deliver higher quality and lower prices in other areas of the economy, why not for something as important as our health?
What can we do to get the government out of the way? What if government bans on natural remedies were cancelled, or if Wisconsin just ignored them, out of compassion and respect for its people?
The Economist has reported, “Cannabis has been used as a medicinal plant for millennia. In fact, the American government actually supplied cannabis as a medicine for some time, before the scheme was shut down in the1990s. Today, cannabis is used all over the world, despite its illegality, to relieve pain and anxiety, to aid sleep, and to prevent seizures and muscle spasms." Other, safe, medicinal applications for cannabis (“medical marijuana”) are too numerous to mention here.
On another health topic, unpasteurized milk is a natural health food, full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and helpful bacteria which some find beneficial or even essential to their health. Unfortunately, the laws of the so-called Dairy State now makes it illegal for family farmers to sell it to them. However, if a corporate dairy cooks the good stuff out of the milk and it is sold in a corporate store, then it gets the state stamp of approval.
What do natural milk and medicinal cannabis have in common?
The two old political parties impose government mandates to buy chemical cures, side effects and all, from their friends in clinics and pharmacies rather than grow them. The old parties want the power to decide for us what kind of products we can ingest into our bodies. Shouldn’t Wisconsinites be able to choose our own cures?
Libertarians think differently, which is why we have no corporate sponsors and don't run millions of dollars in campaign ads. Libertarians don't want the government to protect us from natural cures. Libertarians believe we all own our own bodies and should be able to choose for ourselves what to put in them, not the state. We urge voters to be careful when choosing the candidates who want to represent you. Your health may be at stake.
- Category: Policy
- Published on Monday, 03 November 2014 21:44
- Written by Jim Maas
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With sadness and hope, those who support the right of individuals to choose how they wish to die note the passing of Brittany Maynard in Oregon. "She died peacefully on Saturday, November 1 in her Portland home, surrounded by family and friends," according to a statement from Compassion & Choices.
Portland was not really home for the young woman, who was suffering with a deadly brain tumor. She captivated millions with her choice to move to Oregon where she could legally end her life with a prescribed pill, according to the state law.
The ability to die with dignity still eludes many Americans, including citizens of Wisconsin. A Wisconsinite might also face relocation to Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico, or Vermont in order to end their life the way they would prefer. The Wisconsin Legislature last considered Death with Dignity in 2005. The bill failed.
Therefore, authority rests with a Wisconsin statute which states, “Euthanasia is not condoned or authorized by Wisconsin law, nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying.” Libertarians wonder what happens to an individual’s pursuit of happiness in the case of a painful terminal diagnosis.
“Right now it’s a choice that’s only available to some Americans, which is really unethical,” said Mrs. Maynard. “I believe this choice is ethical, and what makes it ethical is it is a choice.”
The Platform of Beliefs of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin section on Victimless Crimes states, in part, “Because only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed ‘crimes,’ we favor the repeal of federal, state, and local laws restricting our fundamental freedom to govern our own lives.” That includes the decriminalization of assisted suicide.
- 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.