Positions on Issues
by Jim Rash, candidate for the LPD’s nomination for U.S. Senate
I believe there are only two ways to influence human behavior. It can be manipulated, with laws and regulations, or it can be inspired, where true change can take root. I will always try to inspire change before resorting to manipulation.
Government – The size and scope of government must be permissible by the Constitution and should, in my opinion, adhere to the free-market principles of operating as efficiently as practicable while achieving clearly defined goals. Agency and Department heads should be required to sign a contract that they will adhere to these principles. Their inability to meet the terms of the contract should be the only cause for dismissal, thus insulating them from changes in political power. As a general rule, Government should not compete with private enterprise. Unemployment insurance, for example, could be purchased from an insurance company by the employee and, thus, tailored to his/her needs regarding the term and the amount, both of which could be different depending on the job and the person’s needs. There are exceptions, I’m sure, but these instances should be few and still must be in accordance with the Constitution.
Inflation – Inflation erodes your purchasing power, much as does a tax. Historical data shows that a Constitutional monetary system is not inflationary to the extent that we don’t take on unexpected expenditures, e.g. engage in war. Inflation is always a feature of war. Central banking, which was tried with the first and Second Bank of the United States and is the current monetary system under the Federal Reserve Bank, requires inflation to function. The government likes it because it can meet its obligations with cheaper (read, freshly printed) dollars instead of raising taxes, despite the hardship on us. The founders understood this which is why we must return to a Constitutional monetary system and repeal all laws that are inflationary such as minimum wage laws.
Deficit Spending – It is irresponsible when you or I live on credit and is just as, if not more, irresponsible when done by the government.
Energy – I believe renewable (Green) energy should be promoted by the government but never subsidized. We have ample sources of energy in the form of oil and coal. Those sources should be further developed and utilized to their fullest until such time as renewable energy is made available by, and considered affordable within, the private sector. The use of nuclear power should be promoted by the government. Regulations regarding refineries, nuclear power plants, and the production and use of coal should not be superfluous and should only deal with relevant health and safety issues.
Healthcare – Every federal law regarding the healthcare industry that is currently in effect should be reviewed with the intended consequence of repeal.
Banking – Fractional-reserve banking should be replaced with full-reserve banking and eliminate the need for a lender of last resort, the Federal Reserve Bank. Banks should be encouraged to own gold (or, perhaps, other commodity with intrinsic value) and allow their customers to tie their deposits to that commodity as a means of reducing the risk of inflationary actions by the government. Any law restricting such holding(s) by any banking institution should be repealed or amended.
War – Congress is responsible for declarations of war, not the President. No U.S. forces should be deployed without a declaration of war or the issuance of letters of marque and reprisal by Congress. Furthermore, Congress should fulfill its Constitutional duty to arm the Militia (a military force composed of ordinary citizens of a State to provide defense or emergency law enforcement without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service). It can be argued, I believe successfully, that the National Guard is not the Militia since the National Guard is and has been deployed as front-line troops in the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan.
Gun Control – All laws currently in effect restricting the keeping and/or bearing of arms are unconstitutional. This is a right that cannot be taken from the people by the government.
Foreign Policy – Alliances should be temporary and entanglements avoided maintaining a noninterventionist policy. We should not have military bases in other countries.
The War on Drugs – Drug laws must be approached sensibly. If there is not a victim, there is not a crime. Therefore, plants such as marijuana should be removed from the Controlled Substances Schedule immediately. The government has no authority to control what a person puts in his or her body. It took a constitutional amendment to make alcohol illegal. It should have taken a constitutional amendment to enact the prohibition of drugs.
The Supreme Court – There is some doubt in my mind as to whether the Supreme Court is constitutional. There is a precept that predates the Magna Carta that the created can never be higher than the creator. Since “We the People” created the Supreme Court with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, and the founders considered each State to be sovereign, how can the Supreme Court have authority over our state courts? Just because something (the Judicial Branch) is in the Constitution, doesn’t make it constitutional. I would submit that slavery was never constitutional yet the Constitution provided for it until 1808. Even if the Supreme Court were to be considered constitutional, I think an Amendment to limit the terms of Justices and actions by them that are impeachable (such as any deliberate attempt to violate an inalienable right) would be appropriate. Regarding the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress, I think the States should make that determination. If a State decides a law is unconstitutional and their legislative body nullifies it, a procedure of ratification could then begin to establish whether that law is or is not in accordance with the Constitution.
Unconstitutional Laws – Repeal or modify any and all laws that violate the Constitution, such as the Patriot Act which violates the Fourth Amendment (“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…”).
Abortion – Personally, I am opposed to abortion. That’s not to say that there is never a reason for a woman or couple to decide that, for her or them, due to unforeseen circumstances, an abortion would be appropriate. I will not, however, vote for taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.
Illegal Immigration – Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be returned to their home countries and that trip should be paid for from their assets, which should be seized (as a deterrent to illegal entry). I believe they’re here for purely economic reasons. Jobs here are more plentiful and pay better than jobs from where they’ve come. While most of these people are hardworking individuals not looking for a handout, they aren’t contributors to our society. These are people who, for the most part, live “under the radar.” My experience is that they typically don’t have drivers’ licenses or insurance. They take jobs that would otherwise go to Americans. They don’t pay taxes. They steal from you and me whenever they go to a hospital to receive treatment, can’t (or won’t) pay for their care, and our health insurance plans foot the bill. I support the Libertarian Party’s position: “…we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a threat to security, health or property.”
Term Limits – This is an issue with which I’m a little conflicted. I think I should be able to vote for the person of my choice. Term limits restrict my voting freedom. I think if the retirement pay was eliminated term limits wouldn’t be an issue. That’s not likely to happen any time soon. So, I would support a Constitutional Amendment that would limit an elected official to one term. No President, Senator, or Representative would be able to succeed himself/herself and would have to sit out the same length of time he/she served before running for that position a second time. If a Representative, for instance, was to run for the Senate, there would be no out-time because it’s a different office. I believe that if it takes more than one term to “get the job done” it probably doesn’t need to be done.
Global Warming – Well, Washington’s finally declared War on the Weather. The research doesn’t support it.
If you think of any issues that are missing, please contact me (email@example.com) and I’ll do my best to address them.