I am declaring my candidacy for congress in the first congressional district in Maryland and I am going to run as an independent. Such an announcement naturally raises two questions. First, why would anyone want to try to get into a club whose approval rating is consistently in the single digits? Second, why run as an independent? I will answer each of these questions in turn.
First, why am I running? Several reasons. First, I am sick and tired of my government taking my money and using it to put me in a regulatory straightjacket. I am tired of being forced to pay for other people’s irresponsibility and immorality. I am tired of having my pocket picked to build my own cage. I am tired of listening to politicians and bureaucrats who think they know how to run my life, raise my children and worship my God better than I do. I am tired of hearing that everything that made America the greatest nation on earth is evil and that I, because I believe in the principles of our founding, of limited government, and individual freedom and responsibility, I am stupid, ignorant, bigoted and wrong.
But those are just my personal pet peeves. More importantly, I have three children who are nearing adulthood and I fear for their future. Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to drive to school or work because the government has made war on cheap energy? Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to buy the necessities of life because the government has destroyed the dollar? Are they going to be free to work when my and my parents generation has placed a crushing burden of debt upon them and made them slaves to the Chinese and Saudis? Are they going to be free when their dreams are put into the straightjacket of political correctness? Are they going to be free if they live the in fear that global jihad will come to their doorstep; or even worse, a government bureaucrat?
America; our ingenuity, our wealth, and our voluntary charity has been a benefit to billions of people. We have been the bedrock of freedom in the world for over two hundred years. We have been the best hope of mankind to escape tyranny, we have been the check against totalitarianism, we have demonstrated that when men are left to rule themselves, to reap both the positive and negative results of their free choices, a nation of unparalleled wealth and morality results.
If we lose our national soul, if we abandon our ideals, it is not just we and our children who will suffer, but we will condemn generations of people around the world to oppression and tyranny. We have been losing our spirit for decades and it is accelerating…rapidly. We defeated totalitarianism from abroad and are succumbing to it from within. We are suffocating inside the bubble wrap of a government that tries to meet every need and regulate every action and in the process we have bankrupted our nation and relinquished our freedom. If we allow this process to continue, very soon we we will lose all those unique traits that made us Americans and a blessing to the world.
Therefore, for the sake of my children and their future children, that they may have a chance to live in the freedom the great men who founded this nation believed in, I am compelled to do everything I can to give that to them. It would be the greatest honor if representing the first district is part of that effort.
However, I have no desire to be someone who just tries to stick his finger in the dike to stop the flow of tyranny, I am not interested in conserving the status quo. An individual and an campaign need a positive program for what they would do. In contrast to any other major party candidate you will hear, my platform is not based on how I plan to use government to “fix” our problems. Daniel Webster warned us against men with ‘good intentions.’ “Good intentions will always be pleaded for in any assumption of power. The constitution was made to guard people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men of all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” The “good intentions” of our politicians and bureaucrats have cost us trillions of dollars, given us a mountain of debt and destroyed our essential liberties. The fact is this. Anytime government expands beyond the negative-protecting only natural, God-given rights, and becomes proactive, when it tries to “do” something, it will always plunder one man to give to another and thus destroy the humanity of both men and the legitimacy of the government itself. “To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”.
To restore our great nation to its foundation, I have identified three areas that need to be addressed which I have written about at length in “Leave Me Alone; A Patriot’s Plan to Restore Pride and Prosperity in America.” Our great country is in mortal danger from three fronts. First, and foremost on the minds of many, is our economic peril-debt, deficits, spending, monetary policy, regulation, taxes, trade deficits, economic stagnation, unemployment, inflation. The second is our loss of American culture-multiculturalism, a lagging work ethic, gay marriage, abortion, crime, the celebration of immorality and the assault on religious liberty and expression. Finally, there are the threats from outside our borders-Islamic militancy and terrorism, illegal and unrestricted immigration, a powerful China and reassertive Russia.
The first two are problems we have created for ourselves by departing from the wisdom of our founders and the principles upon which our nation is based. To restore our moral condition we must once again embrace the only moral system for organizing society, capitalism. Capitalism is the idea that all of our interactions with our fellow citizens should be voluntary and that private property is sacrosanct. Government, in a capitalist system, exists only to protect the God-given rights of the people it serves. Therefore, it is immoral to use government as a mercenary to steal the property of our neighbors for any reason, no matter how noble it may sound. Not for our food, not for our housing needs, not for our education, not for our retirement, not for our health care. The necessities of our lives are our responsibility, not our neighbor’s, and a just government exists only to ensure we have the liberty to pursue what we determine is the most pleasant way to fulfill those responsibilities without infringing on the rights of our neighbors to do the same. In reality, capitalism produces the society we all idealize; a prosperous, charitable, moral and religious society where each man is responsible for his own life and enjoys the fruits of his own labor. It was our nation before big government.
The idea that the state is the be all and end all destroys our humanity, it puts our lives in the straightjacket of government acceptability where someone other than ourselves determines the scope and feasibility of our lives and dreams. That is wrong, it is immoral and we need to change it. In America, of all places on the earth, we are to be all we can be, realize our full potential, take risks and reap the rewards of a full life. We can’t do that when we need to apply for a government permit for every activity, perform an environmental impact study for every undertaking, pay for the privilege of pursuing every endeavor and ask the government if our dreams are politically correct. It is up to our fellow man to determine the worth of our endeavors through their free acceptance or rejection and it is up to us to measure the value of our lives and ideals. Free men and women acting in their own interest with respect for the rights of their neighbors is what made our nation great and will once again.
The most severe assault on our economic well being is the existence of the Federal Reserve Bank. The idea that a private corporation of unelected bureaucrats, with the blessing of our representative government, has the power to determine the direction of our economy by manipulating the value of its most fundamental element, our money, is anathema to the liberty of the individual and the health of the republic. It is the Fed’s ability to legally counterfeit money that has allowed our government to grow beyond all bounds reasonably constrained through taxation and borrowing. It is the Fed’s intervention in the market that causes the severe swings in the business cycle. It is the inflation caused by the Fed that impoverishes us through that hidden tax and prompts us to put our money in banks and the stock market for the benefit of the banking cartel that created the Fed. It is the Fed that exacerbates our trade deficits. It does all this in secrecy without oversight for the benefit of government and the banking cartels. This must end, the Fed must end. Only by returning to sound money and transparent free market banking will consistent, long term prosperity return to the people of America.
Finally, we face external threats in an increasingly dangerous world. This is not new, of course. From the conflicts with the British Empire in the first half century of our founding to an aggressive Soviet Union spreading the tyranny of communism throughout most of the twentieth century, there have always been enemies outside our borders regardless of our desire to live at peace with all. A resurgent, militant Islam is this century’s ideological totalitarianism bent on world domination and it needs to be recognized as such. Why did the communists hate us, why does every tin pot dictator rail against America, why do the Muslim militants despise us? Because the health and prosperity of a free people is a black eye to every totalitarian who wants to convince his miserable slaves that he knows what is best for them, that his way is the only way to happiness. For almost two hundred years we defeated every challenge to our sovereignty and identity. It was not only a question of military superiority, unquestioned today but non-existent in our early years. It was even more so a result of our strong cultural identity, the belief in the morality of, and the divine blessing on, our noble experiment.
In the 1960’s we began to lose that and have allowed the “elites” in our nation and government to convince us that our enemies are right, that our nation is responsible for all the evil in the world because we are racist, homophobic, sexist, slave owning, money grubbing, warmonger imperialists. Relativism and multiculturalism are trying to persuade us all that our culture of freedom founded on Judeo-Christian morality is no better than the brutal atheistic communism of Stalin, the murderous genocide of innumerable dictators or the barbarity of the “Religion of Peace”. America became great because America was good. Not perfect, but very good. However, we are losing the strength of our virtue, which is a culture of a free people based on Judeo-Christian principles. We have diluted our culture through unrestricted legal and illegal immigration from third world nations and those of our enemies, we have degraded our culture through the government’s enforcement of political correctness and multiculturalism in our schools, workplaces and political institutions and have destroyed the American spirit through the welfare state. We have put ourselves at the mercy of those who desire us harm through energy dependence and debt. We have abused our military and our national good will through military adventurism and misguided attempts at nation building. If the America we know is going to survive, we must treat the threat of Islam, which has been at war with the West for over a millenium, as the most serious since communism. We must get our fiscal house in order, control the border, maintain military superiority and stop attacking our own culture and lying about our own history. It is this that will ensure a free nation for our children.
You may agree with a lot of what I have said so far, maybe most of it. You may be asking, why can’t we have courageous people in Washington or at all levels of government with ideals, clarity, courage and common sense. Because the system is rigged against it. Because the two parties we currently have exist for the purpose of acquiring and expanding government power. Because the mindset of every major party politician and appointed bureaucrat assumes that government is good and can solve all our problems even if one of those problems is a lack of liberty. Government, by definition, is the greatest threat to freedom; it is foolishness to believe that by using government, adopting some new policy, trying some new program, government will restore what government, by definition, is designed to take. In the last twenty years we have seen rule solely by Democrats under Clinton and Obama, solely by Republicans under Bush, and split or shared rule under both. No matter what, government has gotten bigger and more intrusive, debt has increased, freedom has retreated and our standard of living diminished. The only way this is going to change is to stop supporting our current masters, to stop voting for the lesser of two evils, and to have the courage to support men and women who truly believe that liberty, not government, is the answer-economically and morally.
In the first district we have a unique opportunity to make a national statement. We could vote Mr. Harris back into office or replace him with a Democrat and nothing is going to change. Two years from now we will be a couple trillion deeper in debt, government will be bigger, corruption more widespread, our freedom will have retreated further and the parties in power will remain secure and complacent in their position. Or we could stand up and say “NO MORE” and elect an independent not beholden to the parties or special interests, whose only passion is to protect the liberty of those he is elected to serve. I have no desire to make a career out of organizing, directing, ruling or plundering society. I don’t want to reform, conserve or “fix” anything; I want to dismantle. I, like you, want government to stay out of my life and my pocket; I want to be left alone. If the first district rejects the status quo of the two parties and the edifice of power they have created, we will have cracked the wall for the first time. We will have shown that it can be done, that even a rigged system can be overcome by determined voters. We will give courage to other candidates and other voters in districts all over the country and two years from now there will be others. And then we will begin to tear down the monstrosity on the Potomac that has for too long stolen our money and freedom. If we muster the courage to step outside convention, if we believe liberty is worth the pledge of our lives, fortunes and sacred honor, if we believe in ensuring a free America for our children, we can be the tip of the spear, we can make history.
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