Libertarian

Democrat

Confederalist

Republican

Constitutionalist

Abortion

Yes – Not a matter for the Government

Yes - Choice is a fundamental, constitutional right.

No – However, allow in cases of harm to infant by both parents’ consent or allow with consent of mother only if birth would cause deadly
harm to mother.

No - Ban abortion with Constitutional amendment.

No - God-given legal personhood from fertilization.

Budget

Abolish all regulation of banks in favor of free market.

Policy should encourage home ownership & affordable housing.

Separate Federal and State spending. No Federal funds should go to states or local government programs.

Shrink the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Eliminate debt by only spending collected revenues.

Civil Rights

Repeal all laws against homosexuality.

Equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.

Constitutionally define marriage as one man & one woman.

Constitutionally define marriage as one man & one woman.

God's law defines marriage as one man and one woman.

Corporations

Unrestricted competition & no bailouts.

Government counters the concentration of economic power.

Encourage small businesses,
regulate monopolies.

World's highest corporate tax rate cripples job creation.

None at this time.

Crime

Strengthen, not reduce, the rights of the accused.

Fight crime with prevention, community police.

Restoration of rights after sentence is complete and restitution is paid
in full.

More victims’ rights and harsher penalties for certain crimes.

No enhanced penalties for so-called hate crimes.

Drugs

Repeal all drug laws creating “crimes” without victims.

Reduce racial disparities in sentencing for drug crimes.

Recreational drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine should be legal. Extremely addictive or deadly drugs regulated and illegal usage should result in mental confinement until rehabilitated.

Jail time and school drug testing deters drug use.

Support legislation to stop the flow of illegal drugs.

Education

End compulsory busing & compulsory education.

Double investment in Pell Grants & more tax credits.

Free education until
25 years old.
No loans or grants.
(Masters degree)

No federal college loans; just insure private loans.

Support non-traditional charters.

Energy

Oppose government control of energy pricing and production.

Transfer billions in oil & gas subsidies to alternative R&D.

Tax all forms of commercial energy production/sales with no taxes on energy generated at a residence for residential use.

No mandatory carbon emissions controls. Provide tax incentives for energy production.

Government should not interfere with energy development.

Environment

Enforce individual rights for land, water, air, and wildlife.

Restore wilderness & watersheds for generations to come.

Repeal EPA restrictions on residential land, water, air, and wildlife use. EPA should continue to regulate all land, water, air, or wildlife owned by the government or used for commercial endeavors.

Encourage market-based solutions to environmental problems.

No UN action or eminent domain for environmental protection.

Family

No gender identity restrictions on child custody or adoption.

Expand Family and Medical Leave Law; end marriage penalty.

Support pill contraceptives, end incentives that favor co-habitation over marriage, & equal gender rights in custody or adoption decisions.

Reduce child welfare caseloads & encourage adoption. Support abstinence and fatherhood.

End incentives that favor co-habitation instead of marriage.

Foreign Policy

End all foreign military and economic aid.

Work to close gap between richest and poorest nations.

No continuous foreign economic aid. Only for limited short terms after a natural disaster. Military aid stops at treaty obligations to aid during an unprovoked attack.

Provide new strategies to help poor nations.

End international giveaways including IMF & foreign aid.

Free Trade

Government efforts to control or manage trade are improper.

Knock down barriers to free, fair and balanced trade.

Remove barriers to natural resource free trade (ore, lumber, unprocessed foods) and limit manufactured imports. Above all, maintain a diversified economy.

U.S. should position itself to dominate trade.

Withdraw from NAFTA, the GATT, and the WTO.

Gun Ownership

Repeal all gun control laws and regulation of weapons.

Right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. No military rifles or firearms.

No registration of guns or ammunition. However, require each person to obtain a general gun safety license. (The same as a drivers’ license.)

Will protect right to bear arms. Right to obtain and store ammunition without registration.

No registration of guns or ammunition.

Healthcare

Let people purchase health insurance across state lines.

Make sure everyone has access to affordable health care.

Free healthcare with benefits for prescription drugs, long-term care, prescription glasses, mental health, and dental care.

Government-run universal health care leads to inefficiencies.

Freedom of choice, not government rationing of services.

Security

Military should defend against aggression; not world police. Don't suspend Bill of Rights, even during time of war.

Confront terrorism while upholding Constitutional values. Excessive use of our military breeds more terrorists.

Support strong military for defense. Oppose using military, intelligence agencies, or local police for surveillance or spying on citizens. Remove TSA except for international flights. Homeland Security is a redundant department to the FBI.

National Military Strategy to deter rogue aggression. Restore health of defense industry; peace thru strength.

No operations in foreign theatres except in war. Vigorously oppose the USA PATRIOT Act.

Immigration

Unrestricted political refugees; but restrict threats.

DREAM Act; Path for undocumented illegal aliens to earn citizenship.

Only legal immigrants, but a person cannot be stopped just to check immigration status once they are in the country.
No H-1B visas.

Only legal immigrants, through tightly controlled borders.

H-1B visas displace American workers.

Jobs

Eliminate the minimum wage in every state. No compulsory collective bargaining.

Protect workers’ right to organize. Help the long-term unemployed.

No stance on unions or minimum wage. Supports eliminating background checks for employment except in certain cases. Supports separating a persons’ personal and professional life.

Support employee ownership over union elites. Increasing minimum wage makes country uncompetitive.

None at this time.

Religion

Church and state should be completely separate.

"God" removed from DNC platform in 2012. Secular Christians allowing LGBT. Popular with Atheists.

Supports church and state be separate in that church should influence state but state should not influence church.

Evangelical Christians and Jews, no LGBT but secular in economics.

Christian, God, and Constitution.

Social Security

Replace the Social Security system with a private system.

Preserve promise of Social Security; don't privatize.

Restructure Social Security from payroll taxes to national and international sales tax on goods and services sold.

Give workers control over their retirement investments.

Social Security is unconstitutional individual welfare.

Taxes

Repeal the income tax and abolish the IRS.

Cut taxes for every working family, but not millionaires.

Balance / redistribute taxes. Flat 10% income tax, replace payroll with national sales tax,

Modify business taxes.

Cut taxes to stimulate economy and help families.

Tariffs to replace income tax, payroll tax, & estate tax.

Technology

Repeal the PATRIOT Act and end the surveillance state.

Electronic bill of rights will protect privacy & kids.

Supports right to digital, location, and travel privacy. Opposes metadata collection and street corner / traffic control cameras. Supports digital commerce as long as payment is not implanted or permanently affixed to a person and transactions can be done in anonymous fashion from person to person as currently done with physical cash.

Invest in cutting-edge cyber security technologies. Digital surveillance.

None at the moment.

Voting

We call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns. We oppose laws that effectively exclude alternative candidates and parties, deny ballot access, gerrymander districts, or deny the voters their right to consider all legitimate alternatives. We advocate initiative, referendum, recall and repeal when used as popular checks on government.

The right to vote is fundamental. Automatic Registration, Same-Day Registration, Online Voter Registration, and added to the list of acceptable forms of identification when voting or otherwise made the voter ID laws less restrictive.

The right to vote is fundamental.
Supports constitutional amendment guaranteeing right to vote to all legal citizens age 16 and older and bans removing right to vote due to incarceration or debt. Supports voter ID laws.

Voter ID laws, Early voting restrictions, and Limiting automatic registration

While the U.S. Constitution bans the restriction of voting based on race, sex and age, it does not explicitly and affirmatively state that all U.S. citizens have a right to vote.

Welfare

Non-profits more effective than government at
“safety net”.

Protect entitlements (but it needs reform). Government and faith based help.

Government and faith based help, but after a set time offered a government job. Recipient then has choice of finding a private job or taking the government job, however, welfare support ends when given choice.
(Does not include those with disabilities.)

Move more welfare recipients off the welfare rolls.

Encourage churches to help those in need.

*Stances from http://www.ontheissues.org as of 9/29/2017.