Staten Island Libertarian Party (SILP) Platform
Adopted May, 2010
- INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY
- LESS GOVERNMENT
- FREE MARKETS
- STATE’S RIGHTS
I. Personal Liberty
- Individuals should be able to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make.
- We support freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation or control of communications media and technology.
- We support freedom of religion as long as it does not violate the rights of others.
- We support the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to bear arms.
- We support the protections of the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes and property.
- We support the repeal of all laws creating victimless crimes, such as the use of drugs for medicinal purposes.
- We believe that abortion should be left to each person for their conscientious consideration and not be a question for the government.
- Under the Equal Protection Clause, the State cannot deny any two people a civil union for any reason including members of the same sex.
II. Economic Liberty
- A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner and each has the right to offer goods and services to others in the free market.
- Government’s role in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework that protects free trade.
- Government should not incur debt that burdens future generations.
- Require that the Federal Reserve Bank be audited yearly and restore sound money principles.
- All persons have the right to keep what they earn, but recognize the need for some form of taxation. However, taxation should never be used as a means to redistribute wealth.
- Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government.
- We support the rights of free persons to associate or not associate in labor unions.
- We oppose government subsidies, bailouts or any type of financial support to business, labor or other special interests.
- We support a halt to inflationary monetary policies, the repeal of legal tender laws and compulsory government units of account.
III. Foreign Relations
- We support the maintenance of a strong and well equipped military to defend the United States against aggression.
- We believe the United States should not act as the world’s policeman and should avoid military conflicts that do not involve threats to our Nation.
- We believe American policy should seek peace throughout the world.
- We believe in the right of sovereignty of other nations but recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny, oppression and defend themselves and their rights.
- We condemn the use of force, and especially terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.
- We support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources.
- Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect the environment, while governments have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection.
- Environmental advocates and social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior not government regulation.
- Schools should be managed locally to achieve greater accountability and parental involvement.
- Achieving greater quality of education is best achieved by a variety of choices under free market principles.
- Allow schools to expel disruptive students or remove them to special schools. We recognize that education is a privilege not a right.
- Introduce a voucher system to increase competition, combat waste and provide educational choices that are more effective.
- Elimination of “rubber rooms” for teachers awaiting hearings, provide expedited disciplinary hearings and implement stiffer penalties for more egregious issues that allow immediate termination and the loss of pension benefits.
- Reduce unnecessary regulations that are hostile to business and that make it more difficult for businesses to expand their operations, sustain their business or for new start up businesses to emerge.
- Let businesses determine wages not government regulators.
- Create a New York State Charter Bank, similar to North Dakota, to give New Yorkers an opportunity for banking profits to be reinvested in the community.
- Recognize that reducing taxes will encourage business development and business relocation to New York, and especially to Staten Island.
- Staten Island residents have taken on a great burden of public tolls. This policy needs to be stopped and residents should be compensated for unfair treatment by the State.
- Toll revenues should be maximized at the cost to fix roads, not for raising revenue for other projects.
- Private/public transportation alternatives need to be encouraged and expanded. Instead they are being blocked by the City Council.
- Mass Transit such as train service on the West Shore should be created to provide similar options as the other boroughs.
VIII. Private Property
- Property Rights are entitled to the same protections as all other human rights.
- We oppose the abuses of both government and private action that have taken land away from individuals.
- We recognize that New York City has become the biggest abuser of eminent domain laws in the country and pledge to fight further abuses.
IX. State’s Rights
- We support the Tenth Amendment and reaffirm the principles of sovereignty under the Constitution. We will demand that the federal government halt it practices of assuming powers and imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States.
- We need to end our dependence on foreign oil. The U.S. Department of Energy should be eliminated as it wastes money and produces no energy. Instead, we should empower the private sector to produce the energy our nation needs.
- Explore the use of Thorium power plants in New York State. This alternative is cleaner, safer and more abundant.
- We should streamline the process to make legal immigration more accessible.
- Crackdown on illegal immigration and enforce our current laws.