About the Libertarian Party
The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
Principles and Values of Libertarianism:
As Libertarians, we believe the following Principles in drafting, conceptualizing, or implementing any type of public policy:
- We uphold the primacy of individual liberty, political freedom, and voluntary association.
- We uphold the free market.
- We uphold individual rights as law and advocate self-governance.
- We uphold all rights as naturally inalienable.
- We uphold constitutions as foundational legal documents establishing parameters of governance.
- We recognize any rights of the government as endowed by the People and therefore subject to the Will of the People.
- We uphold respect and honor towards each other as essential to the preservation of individual liberty and the moral principle of self-ownership.
- We believe individuals have supreme authority to control our own bodies, minds, actions, speech, and property. Government’s only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.
- We uphold that government shall not encroach or over-regulate business, nor select winners or losers because a free market based on individual choice best determines success or failure.
- We believe that limited government, the value of? individual liberty, and the protection of personal property is the basis of all governmental policy and actions.
- We strive to abolish the notion of an authoritarian police state and a disempowering? nanny state.
- We believe in a noninterventionist foreign policy and that war should only be declared and fought according to the Constitution and in defense of our nation.
- We uphold individuals as competent and responsible for allocating resources earned by their labor.
David Nolan and several other friends got together in the summer of 1971 after Richard Nixon announced to the public the implementation of wage and price controls, which removed the gold standard and allowed the government to impose inflation easier. Along with the ‘illegal’ Vietnam War, loss of fiscal conservative direction of the Republican Party and the socialist directions of the Democrat Party, the group started the think tank to come up with a better political solution for real limited government and individual freedom.
The group had many preliminary meetings in Westminster, Colorado and decided to start sending letters across the country to libertarian minded people.
After receiving overwhelming responses on December 11, 1971, David Nolan and seven other friends met at the home of Luke Zell in Colorado Springs to officially form the ‘United States’ Libertarian Party. The group held a press conference early the following year to announce the new “Libertarian Party,” which amazingly the mass press welcomed.
Thus, Colorado is the Birthplace of the Libertarian Party.
After several years without official LP presence, El Paso county reorganized and became LPCO’s biggest County Affiliate in 2013.