South Carolina Libertarian Party Platform 2016-2018
This Platform was ordained and established by the South Carolina Libertarian Party
State Convention in Rock Hill, on November 7, 2015
1) Our Constitutional Republic is established to protect our rights to life, liberty and property
The only legitimate purpose of Government is to preserve and protect our individual rights.
2) The SCLP supports a free market economy
Government should be restrained from redistributing income or subsidizing businesses, individuals or groups. Taxes, regulation and government spending should be reduced significantly and immediately and done openly.
3) In a free society, it is not the government's purpose to tell its citizens what to do for their own health and safety
Government should be restrained from enacting laws that infringe on the free choice of citizens solely to promote personal safety.
4) The SCLP endorses personal responsibility in choice of lifestyle
We hold that individuals are entitled to choose their own lifestyles, as long as they do not impose their values on others. Each individual is responsible for accepting the consequences of their own actions
5) The SCLP supports the elimination of all property tax, both real and personal
One of the basic principles of the Libertarian Party is the right to own property. When taxes are levied on property, ownership is only temporary and subject to seizure by government agencies.
6) All state laws and local ordinances must adhere to the U.S. and South Carolina constitutions
Any bill or ordinance must pertain to one subject only, and that subject shall be expressed in the title.
7) Recall, Referendum and Initiative, and N.O.T.A
The SCLP supports the right of citizens to recall elected officials, the right of citizens to place binding referendums on ballots, and the inclusion of a "None Of The Above" option on all ballots for elected offices.
8) State Sovereignty
The SCLP supports actions by the State to defend the rights and powers reserved in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution against federal incursion.
9) On-The-Record Voting
The SCLP supports a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit voice votes in the General Assembly and require a recorded vote from each of its members on all matters.
The SCLP supports a state constitutional amendment that would permanently place the members of the General Assembly under the authority of the State Ethics Commission and require all elected officials to report their income sources.
11) Restoration of Federalism
The SCLP supports the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, thereby restoring to the state legislatures the power of appointment of United States Senators.
12) Judicial Independence
The public deserves confidence that judges rule independently of the legislature whose laws they judge. South Carolina is the only state in the nation in which the legislature unilaterally appoints judges even when vacancies arise. The SCLP supports a constitutional amendment that would have the governor nominate judges, with advice and consent from the Senate.
13) Executive Branch
The SCLP supports a constitutional amendment that would make the Governor fully accountable for the Executive Branch.
The South Carolina Legislature possesses many powers that belong properly to the Executive Branch. For example: Legislators control more than 420 appointments to the Executive Branch - more than half the number the Governor appoints. Four legislators control about 150 Executive Branch appointments. And the Legislature, not the Governor, controls procurement - making responsibility for purchasing decisions difficult or impossible to track.
The state's 250-plus boards and commissions, moreover, should be put under the Governor: too often these bodies don't exist to serve the taxpayer but to limit competition, and there is no one to hold accountable for their decisions.
14) Change the state law that mandates an open budget process to a State Constitutional Amendment
State law requires that the Governor, not the Legislature, write the first draft of the budget, and that the Legislature make revisions to the Governor's budget in "joint open hearings" - a requirement that is routinely ignored. The SCLP believes that making this law into a state constitutional amendment will keep the Legislature from changing it [or ignoring it] at its whim.
15) Forbidding the General Assembly to exempting themselves from laws that they pass
The SCLP believes that there should not be a ruling class that can exempt itself from the laws that they deem necessary to impose on the citizenry of South Carolina. Therefore, the SCLP supports a constitutional amendment that would keep lawmakers to placing any exemptions on or favors to themselves.
16) Government Accountability
The SCLP believes in order to have good government, the government must allow it citizens access to its records without prohibitive rates for things like photocopying and "labor."
17) Reduce Legislative Sessions
South Carolina has one of the longest legislative sessions in the country. Long sessions create more demand for lobbyists, more special interest legislation and they favor career politicians over citizen-legislators. Therefore, the SCLP supports changing the state constitution to set the session to occur bi-annually [January through June] and require all legislation to be passed and signed by the Governor prior to the end of session in order to be enacted into law.