Due to some long-forgotten gerrymandering, my house sits in the southern panhandle of Texas Congressional District #26.
Come November, this accident of geography gives me the privilege of voting for Mark Boler, the Libertarian candidate for Congress.
Here's why I think Mark Boler would be great....
Go here to check out his responses to the Dallas Morning News Voter Guide survey.
You can also go here to his campaign website, but Mr. Boler's Facebook page has a much more concise summary of his beliefs and principles:
I am a Libertarian. I am outspoken. I believe in extremely limited government and maximum personal and individual freedom. And I believe the United States of late is moving in the opposite direction and is in need of REAL change.
I believe that government is best that governs least. The role of the government is to protect INDIVIDUAL rights and DEFEND the country from attack. I believe in free trade and no entangling alliances.
I firmly believe in the non-aggression principle of the Libertarian Party. I believe in cutting taxes, bringing all of our troops back home and ending the Federal Reserve system.
Because I believe in a strong DEFENSE, however, I do not believe the US should dismantle all nuclear weapons. Other countries will acquire them in the future no matter how hard we try not to let them.
I am running for US Congress, Texas' 26th District. The platform I believe in that will restore this country to greatness includes these tenets:
* Dramatically reduce the size and scope of government.
* Shut Down the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
* Abolish the Federal Reserve System and return to a policy of sound money.
* Restore the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 8th amendment rights of every American.
* Repeal the Patriot Act and other legislation that violates 4th amendment rights.
* Return the United States to a foreign policy of non-intervention. Note: This does NOT mean isolationism.
* End the war on drugs and get rid of drug prohibition
* Withdraw the United States from the United Nations and other one-world organizations.
* Remove "big government" Republicans and Democrats from office.
* Phase out Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, and other communist programs and eventually replace them with free market, insurance and charity based systems.
* Restore individual sovereignty and reduce the role of government in our lives.
* Restore the rule of law and criminally prosecute politicians, corporations and other individuals who violate the law.
* Allow American citizens to spend their own money, own their own property, raise their own children, practice their own religion, be secure in their persons, be free from government harrassment and regulation, own and carry deadly weapons for protection, travel and do business from state to state unmolested, and speak and think freely without danger of imprisonment.
Does this sound extreme? Heck yes, it sounds extreme.
Now, tell me if this sounds extreme....Your government has you on the hook for $50,000.00 in debt. If you, like me, have a family of three people, you are $150,000.00 in debt.
There's also your share of the unfunded liabilities are somewhere north of $350,000.00. (More than a million dollars if you're in a household of three.)
Once all the teachers, soldiers, policemen, jailers, parole officers, congressmen, bureaucrats, and African Genital Washers start retiring, they're going to want your money. And they're going to get it. We're doomed. The piper is going to have to be paid.
However, there is some hope for our grandchildren. We can start electing Libertarians who pledge to shut down entire departments within our government, get us out of the Korean/German/Japanese defense business, get us out of the bailout industry, and force us to spend only about 75% of what we take in while we whittle down the debt.
Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Monsanto) is probably a great guy, but he will no more shut down the Department Of Energy than shut down the orbit of Venus. Republicans just aren't the shutdown types.
Extreme? Maybe so. But say your family is one million dollars in debt, and if you're an average American earner with a family of three, your family really is going to have to come up with a million bucks to fund this disaster.
Can you think of a way out that's "moderate"?
Back to Mark Boler's Facebook page:
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing" ~ Albert Einstein
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