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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!