"[Libertarians] are a very interesting group of people who are deeply committed to many of the basic principles enunciated so clearly in our [nation's] founding document, the U.S. Constitution. The Libertarian Party now exists in all 50 states and is growing. The party believes in the right of individuals to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest. The individual should be free to follow his or her dreams without interference from any government, as long as that pursuit remains peaceful and honest."
-- (Former Governor) Lee Sherman Dreyfus, The Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin), February 24, 2000
"If you're fed up with politics-as-usual, disgusted with partisan antics, appalled at gerrymandered districts, and outraged at elected officials who put special interests above the public good, help at least one Libertarian candidate win state office. A single success would send shock waves throughout the state and the nation, forever changing the political dialogue and opening up the possibility that other alternative parties could also break the two-party stranglehold on public policy."
-- Stephen Goldstein, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel,, May 15, 2002 2002
"Principled, focused, and idealistic, Libertarians have a simple agenda: small government, freedom, personal responsibility. Many of us accept these basic concepts, but have become accustomed to government handouts. The Libertarians keep us aware that liberty, not high-tax serfdom, was once the American dream."
-- Barbara Anderson, The Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts), April 7, 2002 2002
"Maybe there should be a lot more Americans who are Libertarian-oriented."
-- John Faddoul, The Daily Leader (Pontiac, Illinois), May 2, 2002 2002
"Among the adversaries of Big Government on the American scene, few have proven more principled than the libertarians."
-- Pat Buchanan, WorldNetDaily.com, January 22, 2002
"They may be No. 3 on the roster, but they have to be No. 1 in your heart: the Libertarians. [They] want to reduce the size of government and strike down laws that slow the wheels of industry."
-- Joey Bunch, The Sun Herald (Gulfport, Mississippi), December 29, 2001
"The 30-year-old Libertarian Party believes in less government, lower taxes, and gun rights. Major parties ignore them at their peril."
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 19, 2001
"[Libertarians] believe that government should run the way it is supposed to -- by the Constitution. Currently, there are 415 Libertarians in public office, elective and appointive. The party has candidates in every office imaginable. The numbers are staggering, but why then has the media focused more on Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan and not on the Libertarian Party?"
-- Joey Dauben, Focus Daily News, DeSoto, Texas, October 23, 2001
When things went wrong in ancient times,our pagan ancestors tried to appease the gods by destroying that which they held dearest, hoping that their sacrifice would purchase their safety. In modern times, we sometimes resort to the same practice -- though what we are asked to place on the altar is not a goat, or even a child, but our freedom. That's what happened after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, when we enacted the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which drastically enhanced the power of law enforcement in all sorts of ways. Though even proponents of the act admitted that nothing in the law would have done anything to prevent the Oklahoma City bombing, we still wound up passing the act. After TWA Flight 800 went down, initial beliefs that the crash was an act of terrorism (a theory eventually disproved) made Americans willing to accept new "security" regulations. Those new regulations would not have prevented that disaster, and they did not prevent [the] terrorist attack against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I have no doubt even as I write this, that longstanding bureaucratic wish lists are being transformed into "essential" anti-terrorist precautions. This sort of overreaction is exactly what terrorists want. Make no mistake. They hate us not because of what we do but for what we are: rich, free, and happy. To the extent that we give away our freedom in the vain hope that its sacrifice will purchase us a little security, we are playing into their hands. And, as Benjamin Franklin famously predicted, in making that sacrifice we will in fact wind up with neither freedom nor security.
-- Glenn H. Reynolds, Fox News, September 12, 2001
I've been what they call a "small L libertarian" ever since I was old enough to realize that we were given free will and the challenge to learn how to use it. I had what I considered an incredible epiphany when I realized that this came from God, who seemed to regard free will so highly he allowed his son to be killed rather than force people to do the right thing. To me, this meant that EVERYONE had free will, and it was not my job to force them to do things my way. As I became interested in politics, this also meant that it was not my job to use government power to force people to do things my way.
-- Margaret Mathers, Daily Times (Farmington, NM), July 22, 2001