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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.