Dear Fellow Libertarian,
The Libertarian Party of Florida State Convention will be held from the 24th through the 26th of May this year at the Hilton Hotel in Naples, Florida hosted by the Collier County LP.
http://www.collierlp.com/convention.html If you would like to be a delegate, be sure to be registered as a Libertarian with your local County Supervisor of Elections no later than the 23 March, and send me a message. I will get you set up.
At that convention I will propose the following as an addition to the LPF Platform, subject to the vote of the assembled delegates.
“Just as it is true that the only economic situation consistent with individual rights is the free market, so is it also true that life, liberty and happiness cannot prosper under continuous state surveillance. The LPF opposes the use by the state of people or technology to monitor, account for, and keep Floridians under surveillance, especially where there is no evidence of criminal behavior, and thereby restrict the normal interaction of peoples. The LPF also opposes passive, yet compulsory, surveillance legislation, such as laws that require reporting legal activities without evidence of criminal acts. The first, second, fourth, fifth, ninth, tenth and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution are all threatened by unfettered state surveillance. The LPF further supports an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the right of privacy of all citizens, to affirmatively defend individuals from state intrusion, to limit state intervention in private lives, and allow the free exercise of liberty away from the overbearing powers of government."
Our founding fathers established the Bill of Rights because they knew that if certain rights were not codified, the march of time and the nature of government would lead to certain natural rights being legislated out of existence. Privacy is a well know implied, but not codified, right in the Constitution, and it has come under unrelenting assault from both our legislatures and the ability of technology to see things that could never be seen before. Privacy was an issue for the Founding Fathers as it is for us, but it is certain they could not conceive of a situation where all the populace could be kept under surveillance all the time. Technology and an undisciplined view of the Constitution has brought us to the point we are now, and it is past time to set things right for individual liberty.