About

Dedicated to the principles of individual liberty and limited government, the Libertarian Party of Rush County (LPRC) meets the fourth Monday of every month at Rushville Public Library, downstairs at 7:00 p.m.

Welcome to the website of the Libertarian Party of Rush County in Indiana. We are affiliated with the national Libertarian Party and the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States and is the only non-major party with ballot access in the state of Indiana.

Libertarians believe in being SERVED by a small, non-intrusive government that is financially responsible, administratively competent and socially tolerant.

“Libertarians believe the answer to America’s political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America’s founders.” (Source: http://www.lp.org/our-history The Libertarian Party: A Short History, 2000;)

Purpose and Principles

The mission of the Libertarian Party is to move public policy in a libertarian direction by electing candidates of the Libertarian Party to public office.

The Libertarian Party of Indiana affirms the following principles:

  • That all people possess certain unalienable natural rights, and that among these are rights to life, liberty, justly acquired property, and self-governance.
  • That the only moral basis of government is the preservation and protection of unalienable natural rights.
  • That no person or institution, public or private, has the right to initiate the use of physical force or fraud against another person, and that all people are bound, without contract, to abstain from infringing upon the natural rights of other people.
  • That all people are entitled to choose their own lifestyles, as long as they do not forcibly impose their values on others.
  • That the voluntary and unrestricted exchange of goods and services is fundamental to a peaceful and harmonious society.

Issues

  • Property Tax Repeal/Reform — The Libertarian Party of Indiana is at the forefront of the battle to eliminate or reform property tax laws in the state. Proposed in the early 2000’s, the LPIN activists proposed a sensible alternative for moving Indiana away from unconstitutional taxes. The plan, designed for incremental change, allows for equitable assessment of property based upon square footage in three classifications: residential, industrial/commercial and agricultural. We want a fair tax system for farmers, small business owners, and home owners alike. The eventual goal for most in the party is the elimination of the tax. View the 2001 Libertarian Party of Indiana Property Tax Reform Plan here.
  • Support for Small Business — The Small Business Initiative builds upon the rights of small business owners to operate their businesses as they see necessary with little interference from government. Excessive taxation, restrictive business licensing and expensive permitting should be examined and minimized. Our laws should protect the interests of entrepreneurs and pave a way for a thriving private economy free from corporate welfare and transference of tax dollars from one business interest to another.
  • Electoral Reform — The Libertarian Party of Indiana believes in true election reform and the administration of fair elections. Free speech should not be hindered by overreaching campaign finance laws. Every vote should count and we should count every vote. We must provide a verifiable paper audit trail with each election. We cannot accept paperless, electronic voting equipment. We cannot accept Gerrymandered districts any longer.
  • Defense of Private Property — Be it opposition to eminent domain and forced annexation or defending the rights of restaurant owners to offer a smoking section, the Libertarian Party of Indiana fervently defends the property rights of individuals and corporations alike.
  • We stand for school choice. Parents and the local community is the final authority on educational standards. Money should always follow the student.
  • We stand for a true free market economy, which is self regulating.
  • We stand for state sovereignty, believing that the Tenth Amendment should be obeyed. The Bill of Rights are not polite suggestions. Citizens can monitor and control their government far easier at a local level.