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Gary Johnson voices strong concern over Arizona immigration law

In Civil liberties,Drug reform,Gary Johnson,Government spending,Immigration,Press Release,Taxes on April 29, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Press release from Gary Johnson’s Our America Initiative today:

April 29, 2010, New York, NY — Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and Honorary Chairman of the OUR America Initiative, stated today that immigration reform needs to focus on making work visas more accessible and ending crime along our borders.  “I understand the frustration in Arizona. I experienced the same type of concerns in New Mexico when I was Governor, but racial profiling is not the answer,” Governor Johnson stated, in reference to the recently passed Arizona law that authorizes law enforcement to stop suspected illegal immigrants and demand proof of legal status. “I vetoed over 750 bills as Governor of New Mexico, and I would absolutely have vetoed this bill if it came across my desk.”

Governor Johnson believes that the increase in crime along the borders is not due to illegal immigration, but to strict drug prohibition laws that provide increased leverage and power to Mexican drug cartels. “The problem is that the federal government is not able to do its job, because the current laws are just not enforceable. I respect Arizona taking action, and I believe strongly in States’ rights. But this law is just not well grounded. We need to implement an immigration policy that allows for better documentation and more easily obtainable permits for temporary guest workers to fill jobs that are available.” Johnson said. “In addition to citizens being stripped of their rights and subjected to unfair searches, this law is ultimately unfair to law enforcement, who will be left to implement a law that although well intended, is misguided in its attempt to reduce border crime, and is bound to have undesirable consequences.”

Governor Johnson has previously called for an end to marijuana prohibition, pointing out that we are not winning the war on drugs, and that billions of dollars are being wasted in fighting the Mexican drug carters along America’s borders. Studies show that prohibition of marijuana costs American taxpayers approximately $42 billion per year in law enforcement costs, as well as lost tax revenues.  In addition, Mexican drug cartels continue to reap huge profits from the prohibition of marijuana – with up to 70% of their total profits based on marijuana sales in the United States.

Governor Johnson is available for interviews, or to contribute content as a subject matter expert on legalization and immigration policy. Please contact Sue Winchester at 801.303.7924 or media@ouramericainitiative.com for further information.

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Gary Johnson on The Fairness Doctrine Radio Show, WDIS AM 1170

In Abortion,Civil liberties,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Federal Reserve,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,Judiciary,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes on April 27, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins The Fairness Doctrine, WDIS AM 1170 to speak about such issues as the economy, government spending, entitlements, the deficit, inflation, the Federal Reserve, taxes, drug law reform, civil liberties, abortion, judicial nominations, foriegn policy, immigration, Ron Paul, his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election.  (Warning: The audio quality on this radio recording is not terrific.)

http://www.archive.org/download/TheFairnessDoctrine-April2010_297/F.d.April27Hour1.mp3

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews David Nolan, inventor of the Nolan Chart

In Civil liberties,Economy,Federal Reserve,Foreign policy,GOP,Important Voices,Interviews,Tea Party on March 25, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #22 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is David Nolan.  David was one of the people who played an integral role in founding the United States Libertarian Party.  He subsequently served the party in a number of roles including National Chair, editor of the party newsletter, chairman of the By-laws Committee, chairman of the Judicial Committee, and Chairman of the Platform Committee.  David originated the famous “Nolan chart,” which attempts to improve on the simple left versus right political taxonomy by separating the issues of economic freedom and social freedom and presenting them in the format of a plane.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?
 
David Nolan: Originally, from reading the works of liberty-oriented writers like Robert Heinlein, H.L. Mencken, and Ayn Rand. Then, by observing that the amount of freedom in a society correlates closely with its level of prosperity and happiness. See http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking.aspx 

Josiah Schmidt: Could you tell us the story of how you helped start the US Libertarian Party?
 
David Nolan: I first became politically active in Barry Goldwater’s Presidential campaign (1963-64). After that, I stayed active in the Young Republicans until 1971, when Richard Nixon made it abundantly clear that the GOP was not the party of liberty. When Nixon went on TV in August, 1971 to announce wage and price controls, and to completely sever all connection between the dollar and a gold standard, a group of libertarian-minded people decided it was time to form a new party. 
 
Josiah Schmidt: Explain to our readers what the Nolan Chart is, and how you came up with the idea.
 
David Nolan: The Nolan Chart is a two-dimensional “map”  that shows the positions of various political/economic systems in terms of two variables: personal freedom and economic freedom. I came up with the idea in 1970 after realizing that a one-dimensional political spectrum (e.g. left vs. right) is woefully inadequate in its ability to show how different systems and ideologies compare to one another.  The “World’s Smallest Political Quiz” is based on the Nolan Chart, and has been taken by about 15 million people to date. See http://www.theadvocates.org/quizp/index.html
 
Josiah Schmidt: Who do you think is the most underrated and underappreciated libertarian writer?
 
David Nolan: Interesting question. Probably someone we’ve never heard of, but among those we have heard of, I’d say Karl Hess, who wrote Barry Goldwater’s “extremism in the defense of liberty” speech and a ton of insightful essays on a multitude of topics.  I knew Karl slightly, and he was a wonderful human being as well as a great writer. Since his death in 1994, his writings have faded from view to a large extent and that’s a shame.
 
Josiah Schmidt: What are your top three favorite books?
 
David Nolan: Tough question for a bibliophile like me! If we are talking about personal favorites, as opposed to “books everyone should read to better understand how the world works, or ought to” my top three would be:  Alice in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass (which I’ll count as one book), A Confederacy of Dunces, and Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.  “Alice” is not only very witty, it has layer upon layer of meaning; it’s truly a literary masterpiece . “Confederacy” is one of the funniest books ever written; truly hilarious. And “I Am Legend” is a haunting, almost poetic evocation of alienation, of being “the last man on Earth.” It has been adapted into a movie three times, and none of the three movies is nearly as good as the book.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the significance of the burgeoning “Tea Party” movement, in your view?
 
David Nolan: It started out as a genuine, non-partisan grassroots movement of Americans fed up with overbearing, intrusive government. Now, however, it has been largely co-opted by Republican party hacks. Sarah Palin’s speech to the recent gathering in Nashville was stomach-turning.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you see as the future of libertarianism in America?
 
David Nolan: That’s very hard to prognosticate. Clearly, this country is in big trouble and “our” government is doing exactly the wrong things to create an economic recovery. And we are losing our civil liberties as fast, or faster, than we’re losing our economic freedoms. I’m afraid that pro-liberty ideas will be in a minority for a long time to come. Right now, I’d say the chances of the U.S. breaking up, with at least some areas becoming more libertarian (and some less so) is greater than the likelihood of the whole country “going libertarian.”

Josiah Schmidt: What countries do you think show the most promise for the liberty movement in the world today?
 
David Nolan: I’d say that the countries that are currently the most-free are the most likely to stay that way, or become even more free.  Generally, the English-speaking countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland) have the strongest tradition of personal liberty and economic freedom. Switzerland has long been a bastion of freedom. Countries like Denmark and The Netherlands have some promise also.

Josiah Schmidt: What advice would you give to libertarians reading this interview?
 
David Nolan: Think for yourself. Don’t accept any pronouncement from any political leader or authority figure without thoroughly investigating their claims.  Do they have the facts straight? Do their claims make sense? Whose interests are they serving? 

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

David Nolan: As I said earlier, I think the United States is in for a long stretch of fairly bad times. The consequences of bad policies (Federal Reserve funny-money, global interventionism, creeping police-state surveillance at home) are coming back to haunt us. Things are ugly, and likely to get uglier. So it’s important to develop an understanding of WHY we are in trouble, and how freedom is the solution to these problems. Stay principled, be outspoken, and support the people and organizations that are standing up for our liberties.

Josiah Schmidt: Thanks, David.

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Gary Johnson interviewed on drug law reform

In Civil liberties,Drug reform,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,Government spending,Interviews on March 23, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is interviewed by Cannabis Planet regarding drug law reform, government spending, and civil liberties.

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Rightosphere interview with Gary Johnson

In Civil liberties,Cultural issues,Drug reform,Economy,Federal Reserve,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Inflation,Interviews,Our America,Taxes on March 2, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

I had the privilege of conducting an interview with Gary Johnson on behalf of the new conservative news/blog site, Rightosphere.com:

Josiah Schmidt: Thanks for talking with us, Governor. What are your plans for the next year?

Gov. Gary Johnson: I will be getting out on the road, and seeing what interest there is for the OUR America Initiative. I believe citizens are ready to play a part in common-sense approaches to our nation’s challenges.

JS: Your two kids are helping you out with your new political advocacy committee at OurAmericaInitiative.com. Tell us a little about your children and your home life.

GJ: My daughter Seah is 30 years old, and she is constantly on the phone giving me helpful suggestions. My son Erik actually quit his job and is working for OUR America out of Denver. I am also engaged to be married to Kate Prusack. We’re extremely happy, and we’ve been together long enough to know that it’s right.

JS: Well, congratulations! That’s great news. Tell us about the company you built. What kind of tough administrative decisions have you had to make as an entrepreneur?

GJ: I’ve had to make so many tough administrative decisions that I couldn’t even begin to tell you where that starts and ends. Basically, I started my company in 1974 with one employee. By 1994, we had over 1000 people. I have always considered myself an entrepreneur and continue to do so.

JS: When you ran for Governor, you reportedly ran 100% positive campaigns, never mentioning your opponents in print or ads. How did that work?

GJ: That’s what did happen. No money was spent in talking about my opponent in print, radio or TV. I would talk about opponents in speeches, etc., in order to compare the two of us and to compare our positions, but good politics is talking about what it is you plan to do, not running on the basis of how terrible your opponent is. That is just good politics. I don’t know any other example in the country other than mine that …

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Linda Goldthorpe, candidate for US Congress, Michigan-1

In 2010 elections,Civil liberties,Economy,Environment,Foreign policy,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Important Voices,Interviews on March 1, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #15 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Linda Goldthorpe.   Linda is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and Thomas Cooley Law School.  She is a pro bono attorney, who says she quit practicing law for money because she couldn’t offer people any assurance they’d obtain justice.  Watching Congress brought her to the same conclusion, so she is now running as a Republican for a seat in the US Congress from Michigan’s first district.  Linda lives with her husband and two sons on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Linda Goldthorpe: As a politically motivated attorney, I saw little result for my efforts.  Government was destroying lives and I couldn’t stop it.

Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to residents of Michigan?

Linda Goldthorpe: Economy.  Michigan is devastated.  In the far north, where I live, we’ve always seen our brightest and best leave after every graduation, for jobs far away.  Now the whole state is affected the same way.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Linda Goldthorpe: Fire.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Linda Goldthorpe: I fell in love with the Constitution in law school, where they taught us it really didn’t matter.  Rutherford Institute.  Civil rights. Freedom.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Congresswoman?

Linda Goldthorpe: I heard an incumbent answer this question once:  “I will make relationships with other like-minded…blah…”   I’m tired of the “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” politics.  I’m not sure what I’ll do first, but I won’t be making friends.

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Linda Goldthorpe: 700 military bases in countries that don’t want us is a start.  Agencies are ridiculous.  Now we have one to control the climate?

Josiah Schmidt: How should health care be reformed?

Linda Goldthorpe: I believe in the free market.  Government intervention is always a bad thing.  I would say (cautiously) that regulation, even in the area of health care, minimizes our choices obviously, but also quality and availability.

Josiah Schmidt: What changes would you like to see in our government’s foreign policy?

Linda Goldthorpe: To say that we’re more safe by bombing other countries, while ignoring our own border, is disingenuous and dangerous.  I believe, as our founding fathers did, in a non-interventionist foreign policy.  It’s arrogant to try to force our values on anybody else.

Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Linda Goldthorpe: lindaforcongress.com 

Josiah Schmidt: Thanks.  We wish you all the best, Linda.

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Isaac Morehouse, economist

In Civil liberties,Economy,Important Voices,Interviews on February 25, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #14 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Isaac Morehouse.  Isaac is policy programs director at the Institute for Humane Studies, a Fairfax, Va.-based organization that facilitates the academic development of college students with an interest in liberty. Isaac was the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s first director of campus leadership, working for the Center from January 2007 through May 2009. During that time, he developed and coordinated on-campus free-market educational programs for Michigan college students.  Previously, Isaac served as a Michigan House legislative aide for three years, finishing his time at the House as chief of staff for a state representative. Isaac has also helped run a small business involving telecommunications hardware and cable installation.  He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Detroit Mercy, and he received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University.  Morehouse lives in Falls Church, Va., with his wife and son. 

Josiah Schmidt: Thank you for agreeing to talk with us, Dr. Morehouse!  Tell us how you came to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy.

Isaac Morehouse: I grew up in a typical Midwestern conservative home and I was taught responsibility, hard work and initiative.  In high-school, my brother told me about this book he was reading called “Capitalism and Freedom” by Milton Friedman.  I liked the ideas in the book, since I was sort of predisposed towards free-markets.  As I began to read more I eventually (after a long road and lots of rabbit trails) realized that, at bottom, government is force, and everything it does is backed by force.  It made me realize that so many things I wanted done in the world–good things–should not be done by force, but peacefully and voluntarily.  Not only did it sit right with me from a moral standpoint, but I learned through studying economics that voluntary actions have better results than centrally planned attempts by government to make the world a better place.

Josiah Schmidt: How would you define capitalism, in short?

Isaac Morehouse: Technically, capitalism is simply an economic system where individuals own the “means of production”, rather than government.  In popular usage however, capitalism has come to mean a lot of different things, some of which I support (property rights, free-markets, etc.), some of with I do not (bailouts, subsidies, regulations against competition, etc.).  I’m careful how I use that word, since people give it different meanings.  To me, it means simply free-markets.

Josiah Schmidt: Why, fundamentally, does capitalism work?

Isaac Morehouse: Capitalism works because without private property and the right to reap the gains and losses of our own efforts there is little incentive to produce or to innovate.  Property and free-trade also allow prices to form, which provide some of the most valuable information on the planet such as where demand and scarcity are and where surpluses are.  Prices, which form spontaneously as a result of free-exchange, allow for the most impressive coordination in the history of man; billions of people and resources constantly adjust their individual behavior in a way that benefits society, not because they are trying to or would even know how if they were, but because they are responding to signals sent through the price system.  No “rational” system of central planning can even come close to replicating that.

Josiah Schmidt: Is it meaningful to advocate a “mixed economy” of capitalism and socialism?

Isaac Morehouse: No.  Any coercion in the peaceful, voluntary and spontaneously coordinating market reduces it’s efficiency, not to mention it’s a violation of individual rights.  An only partly “planned” economy may be degrees better than a fully socialist one, but a free economy is magnitudes better than both.

Josiah Schmidt: How does capitalism, as opposed to socialism, accept human nature as it is, accounting for the flaws and fallibility of man?

Isaac Morehouse: It avoids what F.A. Hayek called the “Fatal Conceit” by recognizing that no one has enough knowledge to know where to put all the resources in the world all the time.  It recognizes the dignity of each individual by allowing anyone to justly obtain and use property, but it recognizes the limits of each individual by not allowing any one person to control all others by force.  If people are corrupt, the last thing we want to do is give a small number of them monopoly control over the rest, which is what government is.

Josiah Schmidt: Do government “consumer protection” measures actually protect consumers?

Isaac Morehouse: What is called “consumer protection” is almost always a special privilege or protection for some politically favored business or industry over their competitors.  Since government hands out favors and makes regulations, instead of competing in the marketing place by trying to better serve customers, many businesses go to government and lobby for regulations that they can afford, but that will cripple their smaller competitors.  The result is higher priced products, fewer choices, less competition, corruption in government agencies, and often times less attention to safety by consumers and producers who believe the government will do the work for them.

Josiah Schmidt: What is one of the most egregious examples of “consumer protection” measures that actually harmed consumers, in your view?

Isaac Morehouse: Oh boy, there are so many.  It’s hard to say which is the most egregious, but certainly some very silly examples that really bug me are things like requiring decorators, hair stylists, yoga instructors or lemonade stand selling kids to get state licenses and pay fees just to offer their goods and services.  These examples all exists in at least some states, and in every instance the laws were passed at the behest of some industry lobby that didn’t like lower priced competition.  It’s very sad for the people who just want a chance making a living by offering their skills to consumers.  They aren’t forcing anyone to buy, yet government is forcing them not to sell.

Josiah Schmidt: What advice would you give to libertarians reading this interview?

Isaac Morehouse: Take heart.  It’s too easy to see all the violations of liberty around us and feel things are always getting worse.  If you keep the big picture in mind and study some world history you will see that, in so many ways, freedom has advanced tremendously and there is no reason it cannot continue to do so.  Don’t follow the news too closely or you’ll be angry all the time, and angry people are rarely good advocates of the ideas they believe in.  Be optimistic and never stop learning about and fighting for freedom.  It’s worth it.

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Isaac Morehouse: Sometimes it helps to remember that really, liberty is all around us.  We often feel that it would require such a radical change in our everyday existence if government were not so invasive.  While I do not want to downplay the destructive effects of government meddling, it is instructive to stop and think about what really makes the world tick.  Why don’t people run through the shopping mall naked?  I’ll give you a hint: it is not because they are afraid of indecent exposure laws.  That may play some very small part, but it is primarily because they would be embarrassed.  They are afraid of the social consequences.  This is just one example of how society remains orderly without the use of force; without government mandates and rules and regulations.  In fact, nearly all of the order, cooperation and coordination we see around us is not the result of government edicts, but of the forces of spontaneous order that emerge in a voluntary society.  In many ways, government is less important than even libertarians think.  The message we need to send to our big-government friends is not that government is so bad (even though it often is), but that society voluntarily produces so much good that we don’t need to use the blunt instrument of government.

Josiah Schmidt: Very insightful thoughts.  Thanks again for taking the time out of your schedule to answer some of our questions.

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Gary Johnson’s CPAC speech

In Civil liberties,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Education,Energy,Entitlements,Environment,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Government spending,Health care,Inflation,Our America,Taxes on February 23, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

See Gary Johnson’s speech at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference here: http://ricksincerethoughts.blogspot.com/2010/02/gary-johnson-speaks-at-cpac-2010.html

Gary Johnson addresses the economy, deficits, government spending, entitlements, taxes, inflation, civil liberties, education, health care, energy, the environment, drug reform, foreign policy, and talks about his gubernatorial experience and his new Our America Initiative.

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Robert Broadus, candidate for US Congress, Maryland-4

In 2010 elections,Civil liberties,Cultural issues,Deficit,Economy,Education,Energy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,GOP,Government spending,Gun rights,Health care,Immigration,Important Voices,Interviews,LGBT rights,Ron Paul,Taxes on February 22, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #13 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Robert Broadus.  Robert graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1994, and served in the US Navy until 1999.  Since then, he has worked in real estate and software development, and has traveled to over 14 countries around the world.  Robert lives in Mt. Rainier, MD, and is a Republican candidate for US Congress in Maryland’s fourth district.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Robert Broadus: In 2007, I was greatly disappointed with the state of our government.  Both Democrats and Republicans were supporting unconstitutional wars and irresponsible spending, while also enacting policies that violated our civil liberties under the Bill of Rights.  I became interested in running for Congress because it is Congress that has the Constitutional role of declaring war, which sets tax policy, and which appropriates funds from the treasury. 

Josiah Schmidt:  How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Robert Broadus: Since I was in the military, I swore an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution…”  I always assumed that our politicians did just that.  When I realized this was not the case, and that many in our government are spending their time and resources trying to figure out how to defeat the Constitution, I became more interested in fighting for Liberty.  It was Ron Paul’s presidential campaign that taught me there are a handful of politicians who truly believe in upholding the Constitution, so I decided to support him, and then Chuck Baldwin for the presidency.  It was also Henry David Thoreau’s work, “On Resistance to Civil Government” (Civil Disobedience) that woke me up to the fact that we as Americans have forgotten what matters most.  As a black person who was taught the history of my people who suffered through slavery, I also hold close to my heart the consequences of what can happen when people do not guard their liberties and cherish them even more than life.  I am resolved to fight against slavery in all its forms, and I believe that it is the sovereignty of the individual that matters most.  Only when the government protects individual rights does it protect everyone’s rights.

Josiah Schmidt:  What issues are most important to Marylanders?

Robert Broadus: Maryland is facing the problem of being almost completely dominated by Progressive Democrats.  Although the people of Maryland are largely a mix of conservatives and libertarians, the people elected to high office tend to come from Progressive areas, and have led us away from our personal values.  Maryland is facing an insurmountable debt, having to lay off school employees and furlough government workers.  Maryland is also suffering economically from a recent tax increase which targeted millionaires, causing those who could afford it to leave the state, resulting in a 10% drop in revenue.  Maryland is facing increasing crime from gang activity, as a “sanctuary-state” policy toward illegal immigration has made the state attractive for some of the most violent international gangs, including the Latin Kings and MS-13.   These are all issues which Maryland can turn around by electing politicians to office who will be responsible to the people for results, not just their good intentions. 

Josiah Schmidt:  What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Robert Broadus: I offer an across-the-board set of values that are conservative and in-line with the the values of the people in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.  Being born and raised in the area, and even having attended college in Maryland (unlike my opponent), I can say that we are a church-going people who believe in God and the Bible.  I value religious freedom, not government imposing a secular or irreligious state upon us and requiring us to check our values at the door when we enter the workplace.  I am Pro-Life, and I am for parental notification for minors to receive medical treatment.  I support traditional marriage and the right for people to express their religious views without being accused of “hate speech.”  I support the right to home-school, and for parents to control what their children are taught.  I support the right to keep and bear arms, in order to protect ourselves from violence.  We seek job opportunities for the legal residents of our State, and I seek to have new residents admitted to the nation by getting in line and going through the proper legal process.  I am against amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Most importantly, I support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The Constitution protects our liberties and limits the Federal Government to those powers enumerated in Article 1, Section 8.  Although certain of my opponents uphold one or two of these values, I am the only candidate who upholds all of them.

Josiah Schmidt:  What is the first thing you will do as a US Congressman?

Robert Broadus: As soon as I am able, I will introduce a bill to repeal the 16th Amendment.  It is through this that the Federal Government can levy a tax on incomes, which act as collateral for the credit which is used to engage in deficit-spending, finance socialist entitlement programs, and spend future generations into perpetual debt.  I will also take the first opportunity to cut off funding for any undeclared wars and any other policies which violate the Constitution.

Josiah Schmidt:  Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Robert Broadus: Socialist entitlement programs need to be cut first.  These include Social Security and Medicare.  However, there will need to be a period of transition to wean off those who have become dependent on the programs.  After that, it will be important to remove funding for programs that are not within the authority of the Federal Government, such as the Department of Education and the Department of Energy.  Cutting money for unconstitutional wars will also be important for the purpose of reasserting the warmaking powers of the Congress.

Josiah Schmidt:  How should health care be reformed?

Robert Broadus: Healthcare should NOT be reformed by the Federal Government.  If State or Local governments wish to reform their existing healthcare systems, they should be allowed to do so.  At the Federal level, all restrictions on healthcare (such as the restriction against buying insurance across state lines) should be listed.  Tax credits could also be given for anyone who is willing to invest in medical savings programs.

Josiah Schmidt:  What changes would you like to see in our government’s foreign policy?

Robert Broadus: The Federal Government should bring its troops home from around the world.  We should continue working to ensure our national security, but not through policing the world.  We should immediately cease all nation-building operations, and we should encourage free-market capitalism as a solution for resolving the economic woes of other nations.  We should strengthen our border security and our defensive posture at home, lending military support to our allies only when requested.  We should re-consider our foreign aid to the rest of the world, again returning the taxes taken back to the People of the United States. 

Josiah Schmidt:  Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Robert Broadus: Our nation is at a turning point, where we must decide if we will continue to be a Federal Republic, or if we will become a Social Democracy.  The current administration and those who support its agenda are poised to “fundamentally change the United States of America.”  We can uphold the values laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or we can abandon them to those who think this nation’s founding was unjust, and that we should somehow give it back through redistribution of wealth, land reform, and other forms of socialism.  Comprehensive Healthcare reform is one of the main instruments being used to engineer this transformation, but this issue was not the concern 3 years ago that it has become since Barack Obama became President.  We have been hurried to a point where our most cherished values and even the fabric of our Constitution are thrown into doubt over a policy where most Americans will not see any difference even if we change the system now.  The uproar that has been generated over what was previously a background issue is evidence that we have been manipulated into a discussion that should not even be happening.  Healthcare Reform is outright unconstitutional, as it violates the 10th Amendment.  Everyone should know this, yet this fact has not deterred the Progressives who seek to impose it on us against our will.  We must fight if we are to remain “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Please help me by offering your prayers, your time, and your financial support to my campaign.  Together, we can save the Republic.  Together, we can win!   

Josiah Schmidt:  Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Robert Broadus: At my website: www.justiceandliberty.us

Josiah Schmidt: Thanks, Robert, and the best of luck to you and your campaign!

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Barry Goldwater Jr., former US Congressman (R-CA)

In 2010 elections,Civil liberties,Cultural issues,Economy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Important Voices,Interviews,LGBT rights,Ron Paul,Taxes on February 18, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #12 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Barry Goldwater, Jr.  He is the son of the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee who ran against Lyndon B. Johnson for President of the United States during the 1964 Presidential election.  Barry Goldwater, Jr. graduated from Staunton Military Academy in 1957 and Arizona State University in 1962.  He has worked as a stockbroker, public relations executive, and an entrepreneur.  Barry was elected to US Congress in California’s 27th district in 1969 and left office in 1983.

Josiah Schmidt: To start out, would you mind telling our readers what you’ve been up to over the past couple of years?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, every day I get out of bed, and I try to figure out how to make a buck.  And I do that in a variety of ways: I do a little consulting on finance and business, to other businesses; I do a little lobbying back in Washington for companies that have problems with government regulations; I’m on the board of directors of several companies, and I own a company that I’m growing and trying to make successful.  So that’s about what I do every day.

Josiah Schmidt: Great!  How did you come to hold such a liberty oriented philosophy?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: There’s nothing like getting out of school with your idealistic attitude, and then getting a job and all of the sudden, the first paycheck you get, half of it’s gone in the form of a variety of taxes, to make you a libertarian.  That was a rude awakening to me.  All of the sudden, a certain percentage of my freedoms were taken away from me and put in the hands of somebody else who thought they knew better how to spend my money.  And that right away gave me an idea that perhaps we have more government than we need, and maybe more government that we can afford.  Of course, I’ve grown up in a political family.  So that kind of translated itself into following a philosophy of general libertarian leanings.

Josiah Schmidt: What is one of your greatest memories from your father’s presidential campaign?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, there were so many!  I sure met a lot of nice people along the way.  Probably the most exciting memory was the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco at the Cow Palace.  I celebrated my–I can’t even remember what birthday it was–perhaps my 21st birthday, on the steps of a hotel with about 500 people, who are just milling around, singing Happy Birthday to me.  But, I remember the Convention, I remember the fun, the camaraderie, the excitement, and the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that was going on with my father’s campaign workers to secure that nomination.  They were running around, strategizing with the different delegations with walkie talkies, reporting in to headquarters.  It was a lot of intrigue.  It was a lot of excitement.

Josiah Schmidt: What was it, do you think, about your father that made him such a great communicator and leader for the cause of freedom?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, I think several things.  One, he’s always had compassion for other people.  So he was comfortable–comfortable being around people.  Second of all, I think his upbringing, from primarily his mother, in a very Western atmosphere which is fiercely independent and patriotic instilled in him a sense of right and wrong.  And having served four years in the military during the Second World War, and coming home to work in his family business, all helped to mold the man who eventually became the Republican candidate and one of the many spokesmen for the conservative cause.

Josiah Schmidt: Right.  What was your experience in Congress like?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: That was like being back in school.  It certainly underscored the fact that we are a government of the people, because most of the Congress were like me.  Each one of them had only a small area of expertise, and the rest of it they had to learn.  That was exciting and fun and challenging, of course.  The most I enjoyed was learning.  We would sit there in those committee rooms, and we’d have some of the best minds on different issues come and talk to us.  I remember I was assigned to the science and technology committee, and the subcommittee on energy–research, development, and administration.  I didn’t know a light bulb from a nuclear particle!  Yet, I was given the responsibility to generate research programs in the area of renewable energies.  This was back in the 1970′s.  The goal then, was–maybe most will not remember–we had an embargo in 1974 from Saudi Arabia, and everyone was standing in line to get gas in their car.  That was under Jimmy Carter.  He declared that this country “will become energy independent”.  That was 35 or 36 years ago, and every President since then has made the same declaration, and I would suggest that we’re probably no closer to energy independence today than we’ve ever been.  But sitting on those committees was really educational, to learn about wind power, solar power, portable tanks, electric automobiles, coal gasification, magnetohydrodynamics, and all about peaceful use of nuclear energy.  It was a real education, and a lot of fun.

Josiah Schmidt: What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learned in your experience with politics?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Wow.  I  mean, I think it’s important that a politician stand for something.  His positions on issues are not as important as the philosophy that he follows in formulating his positions on issues.  What is his basic belief about our country and about our freedoms?  What does he think about liberty and the best way to achieve it.  That’s the most important thing for a useful, contributing politician to have.  Unfortunately, I think, on the left, you’ll find too few people that have basic fundamental issues on how to live their life, and how their country should live.  Their philosophy tends to be one of putting your finger up in the air and testing to see how much of the people’s money you can give away on some foolish program.  On the other hand, the libertarian or conservative believes in the tenets and the preaching of the Constitution: that we are endowed by our Creator and put on this earth as free individuals.  And the more freedom we have, the more productive we are, the better we can take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities.  So therefore, limited government, less taxes, and less regulation really sets us free.  We need government, but we need effective government.  But again, it’s all based on a philosophy of perpetuating and promoting freedom.

Josiah Schmidt: Exactly.  What do you think is the future of the American liberty movement?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: I think it’s bright, I think it’s terrific, and I think it has great potential.  We live in a society where there’s constant conflict over ideas.  And the politics of today is this debate over ideas.  Liberty values and liberty ideas are very significant and as long as man has a taste of freedom, liberty will continue to thrive and be healthy.  It will constantly be challenged by those who feel their compassion, which I never doubt, can only be achieved by taking something away from somebody else in order to help another person.  Now, that should only be done on a voluntary basis–that shouldn’t be done by coercion.  Of course, that isn’t what the liberals’ driving force is.  They see somebody that works, and they tax them and take that money and put it to work for somebody else who’s not working.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you think the GOP needs to do to revitalize itself?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: You know, I just wrote Senator McCain a letter about this.  I can read it to you: “Back in those days, when I was in Congress with my father, everyone knew what a conservative was.  There was no question.  We were all on the same page.  Today we seem to be without leaders, and have no clue as to our philosophy or our identification.  Are we traditional conservatives?  Neoconservatives?  Compassionate conservatives?  Social conservatives?  Christian conservatives?  And then there was President Bush that came along, and our heads are still shaking.  We really don’t know who we are.  Up until Brown and the victory in Massachusetts, and the victories in New Jersey and Virginia, there was a listless attitude–a defeated morale and a lack of leadership.  We were sadly trounced in 2008.  Christopher Buckley left his father’s National Review and endorsed Barack Obama, basically saying he had no clear idea of what the modern conservative movement stands for.”  But there is discussion today about the future of the party.  And I suggested to Senator McCain, that “Goldwater, Reagan, and Buckley would all urge us to use today to get back to our core values.  Limited but effective government, federalism, hard work, strong family units, personal responsibility, a marketplace free from regulation and taxation, and decency.  This is what we have always believed in, and what we represent.  Who could argue against liberty?”  Basically what I suggested to him is that the Republican Party, in the future, needs to get away from issues and get back to talking about philosophy.  So many of us are divided by those who feel that abortion is the most important issue, or gay rights, or gun control, the definition of marriage, immigration, and the Bush legacy.  All of these are divisive because they are issues.  What we need to do if we’re going to win, is to unite under one tent and talk about a Republican philosophy for the future.  It’s important that we talk about and emphasize what we stand for, not our positions on issues, if we’re going to succeed.

Josiah Schmidt: Now, you don’t have to give an endorsement here, but what are your impressions of Governor Gary Johnson, and what advice would you like to convey to him if he were to run for President?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: I’m impressed with Gary Johnson because of his success in two terms as Governor of New Mexico.  He demonstrated his ability to govern with extreme opposition.  I definitely think he’s qualified, if for no other reason than that, to be President of the United States.  He’s got more experience than Obama ever hoped to have in managing government and governmental affairs.  My advice to him would be to stick to what he’s done well, and to talk about liberty and freedom and leadership.  That’s what I would tell him.  Just to keep doing what he’s doing.  He’s got a successful track record, and he has the tools he needs to lead.  Just stick to the libertarian philosophy.  Libertarians are going to do well this year.

Josiah Schmidt: You’ve become something of a hero to libertarian Republicans since your involvement in the Ron Paul campaign.  Are you aware of the movements to draft you to run for elected office once again?  I think I’ve even seen a whole website dedicated to persuading you to run for Governor of Arizona.  What are your thoughts on that?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Every once in a while, people ask me about that, and, boy, that’s very nice–I’m humbled by it.  But to be honest with you, I spent 14 years in Congress, I’ve been in and around politics most of my life, I know what it takes–the dedication that it takes–to be elected and to go to work and work hard.  I know what it takes to run a campaign.  And you know something?  I think it’s time for us to look to the next generation–the newer generations–for leadership.  I’ll always be involved, but I think from an energy point of view, and a capability point of view, you’ve got to get some younger people in there.

Josiah Schmidt: Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: Well, golly, I think that we as concerned libertarians ought not to give up on America’s future, and we ought to live up to America’s greatness.  As long as we continue to fight the good fight, we’ll do okay.

Josiah Schmidt: I want to thank you so much for talking with us today, Mr. Goldwater.

Barry Goldwater, Jr.: My pleasure.

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