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Monday, December 14, 2009

Libertarians on the Bill of Rights

Great press release, and I love the shout-out to the 10th Amendment.

This weekend the PlatCom recommended added more BoR coverage to the Platform, including petition and assembly. We also recommended explicitly mentioning the 2nd Amendment in the Self-Defense plank, and fixing a couple of BoR-related bugs, by 1) saying the 4th “recognizes” rights rather than providing them, and 2) saying that the BoR should not be suspended in wartime rather than incorrectly saying it has no wartime exceptions.

Some Libertarians claim that the LP Pledge rules out the Sixth Amendment right of the accused “to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor”. (The Bill of Rights — void where prohibited by the LP Pledge?) However, LP founder David Nolan says the Pledge is merely a promise against violent revolution, to distance the LP from people like Tim McVeigh (who voted for Harry Browne in 1996).