The preamble to our platform defines its purpose and underlying philosophy. It sets the stage and tone of what follows. 

The current version of the preamble can be found in the Platform of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.

Proposed Revision

We believe in the people of North Carolina. We believe in their spirit, their ingenuity and their compassion. From the mountains to the coast, from those who here trace colonial roots to those who have just arrived, the promise of a free, peaceful, prosperous state is not beyond the reach of any who strive to make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

From “first in flight,” to the advanced innovations that will lead the 21st century, North Carolina has been a place where individuals engaged in voluntary social cooperation have tapped into free market incentives and a respect for the dignity of others to solve some of humanity’s most critical challenges. And while we recognize the countless ways North Carolinians have made the world a better place, we are particularly proud of the ways that neighbors help neighbors, families encourage families, and people come together with strength, respect and understanding to celebrate and support diversity and individuality within our communities.

Freedom is the natural condition of all human beings. But far too often, governments stifle innovation through regulation, subvert compassion through bureaucracy, and suppress achievement through economic manipulation—and in so doing, limit our potential to work together voluntarily in achieving shared success and individual fulfillment. The Libertarian Party of North Carolina holds that state, county and local governments should never stand in the way of the people of North Carolina, of who we are, who we can be, and what we can achieve, so long as each individual respects those same rights of others.

What are your thoughts on our Preamble proposal? Leave your comments below.

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  • Brian Irving
    commented 2015-12-04 20:32:27 -0500
    Capitalize “First in Flight.”
  • Brad Hessel
    commented 2015-12-04 17:45:30 -0500

    However, we should consider an amendment to the third sentence. The senior North Carolinians among us—comprising over 100,000 of our fellow citizens (more than there are registered Libertarians)—trace their roots here back well BEFORE those with colonial roots. Not to mention, they were the first to feel government suppression.