What IS the Liberty Movement?

The Liberty Movement is a Political Shift in the Republican Party toward Authentic Conservatism: Constitutional, Fiscal, and Social.

The Liberty Movement in KY has been a reaction within the Republican Party, both nationally and at the state level, against the status quo of establishment politicians who claim to be conservative representatives of the people at election time, then more often than not fail to defend their constituents’ values & rights, conserve little, and instead represent the powerful. It tends to blend influences in the Republican Party critical of that establishment, from Rand Paul to Donald Trump.

On the whole, the Liberty Movement is more critical of government debt spending, corporate handouts, the influence of money and lobbyists in politics, and intrusion upon the rights of individuals than the establishment. It also is more vocal about & willing to use government influence to protect children and families from negative cultural influences, incl. in public schools, strengthen traditional societal institutions, and to promote economic opportunity and legal fairness for the poor than Republicans are typically seen to be.

 

There is no universal mold for a Liberty Candidate, it ranges from more Libertarian-influenced (eg Maddox) to more religious, socially conservative-influenced (eg Calloway) with most falling somewhere between. The Liberty Movement sees itself as representative of a more authentic, and vocally unapologetic, conservatism than establishment Republicans on at least 3 fronts:

Constitutionally, they believe that government should have a limited set of priorities and do those well. Above all else, they want to make sure that the government protects the constitutional rights (eg freedom of religion, free speech, gun possession, rolling back the surveillance state, due process…) of its citizens from those who would violate them, including from its own agents.

Fiscally, they see government as too big, too involved in our lives, and putting its thumb on the economic scale far too much. They want to dramatically eliminate government spending and debt, reduce taxes, and decrease picking economic winners and losers, including being very skeptical of selective corporate handouts or regulations.

Socially, they see a culture influencing young people that is antagonistic to traditional (often Christian) values and is systematically undermining societal institutions and consensus: from the church, to marriage and traditional family development, to concepts as basic as meritocracy, equal protection under the law & classical liberalism. Even more frustrating, this societal transformation is often financed with taxpayer dollars, from activism in public schools & universities, to mental health professionals, to subsidized media coverage. The Liberty movements tends to be very vocal in opposing these cultural trends, protecting children from them, and mitigating the societal damage from them to the extent reasonable under the law.

Finally, they tend to be very skeptical of the corrupting influence of money in politics. Many do not take business & industry linked PAC money, and promote the elimination of taxpayer-funded lobbying.

Most liberty candidates feel their viewpoints on these topics are representative of a majority of their constituents, but systematically suppressed by many members of current Republican leadership, which view actual conservative values on other topics as a distraction too controversial, or not cosmopolitan enough, for their true business consistency. Their view is born out by their greater grassroots activist engagement and continuing ability to win difficult elections despite being massively outspent 3+ to 1, and having the party apparatus and paid operatives working against them.

 

We are Unwavering Guardians of Liberty

We Believe in America! We Fight to Preserve American Exceptionalism Against Radical Marxism & Managed Decline and Exploitation by Internationalist Elites
We Proudly & Unapologetically Promote These Core Values:
Faith | Family | Freedom | Fairness

We are Only Beginning,
Great Things are Ahead as
We Fight to Save America!

In short, What are some of our key principles & priorities?

Policies that Promote (Traditional) Conservative Values like Faith, Family, Freedom & Fairness:

Freedom:
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Fighting for individual liberty and freedom
 ✅ Promoting free speech expansionism (a society that embraces free speech, not just freedom from government interference)
 ✅ Promoting free & fair (neutral) investigative press (instead of one-sided “Fake News”), allowing gov’t transparency (1st Amendment)
 ✅ Protecting the right to assembly and peaceful protest
 ✅ Expanding functional 2nd Amendment rights, and the right to self defense (eg castle, stand your ground, constitutional carry laws)
Faith:
✅ Welcoming religious faith and values in the public square (respecting the 1st two clauses of the Bill of Rights)
 ✅ Embracing individual freedom of conscience/belief
 ✅ Insuring the ability of religious organizations to continue their social mission (incl. when providing gov’t services with gov’t funding) while fully respecting their faith traditions
Family:
✅ Promoting family formation & development, including adoption
 ✅ Establishing Medical Freedom that protects medical confidentiality and conscientious refusal of treatment
 ✅ Prioritizing mental illness treatment, and drug (esp. opioid) addiction recovery & rehabilitation
 ✅ Globally competitive education systems (incl. post-secondary) that also reflect the values of Kentucky’s taxpayers
 ✅ Parental Rights to School Transparency, Non-indoctrination, Non-sexualization & Safety, allowing parents to instill values in their own children
 ✅ “Money Follows the Child” (not the bureaucracy) School Choice
Fairness:
✅ Tax reform that promotes economic growth, small businesses, competition & free enterprise, with a corresponding reduction in gov’t spending
 ✅ Preserving the American Dream: promoting economic upward mobility through hard work & innovation
 ✅ Reviving our economy by getting able-bodied Kentuckians trained and back to work
 ✅ Low inflation, fiscally sound economic policy (inflation is an unapproved tax on everyone, but esp. it is a regressive tax on the poor)
✅ Fair elections & legal/justice systems that protect everyone equally, and treat the accused solely on the facts and merits of their case
 ✅ Law & Order with Equal Protection Under the Law, enforced by supported, well-equipped, well-trained, crime-responsive policing & prosecution
 ✅ Secure, trust-worthy elections
 ✅ Secure borders, with merit- & skill-based legal immigration
❌ No more laws that threaten constitutional rights (eg gun control)
❌ No censorship, political correct speech codes, or cancel culture
❌ No more abortion (enforcing an abortion ban to protect unborn human life)
❌ No more mandates (esp. medical), or new regulations (and removal of unnecessary ones)
❌ No new taxes on workers, or increased tax burden on the poor or middle-class
❌ No nanny-state, larger than life government
❌ No more expansive administrative state: career unelected bureaucrats effectively acting as legislative, executive, and judicial branch
❌ No discrimination by the state on the basis of race, sex, or creed
❌ No political or social indoctrination in public schools
❌ No domestic economic protectionism, corporate bailouts, or picking “winners and losers” among industries using the force of government
❌ No sweetheart deals made with taxpayer dollars or subsidies, handouts to the rich; any incentives/enticements must have a repayment plan
❌ No cronyism, nepotism, backroom deals, or unequal prosecution or politicization of the justice system for the connected or wealthy

(*Substantial credit to Rep. Savannah Maddox for list compilation, though with alterations and expansions.)