Below are a few brief statements of my positions on some of the issues that I think are most important. I will be elaborating on some of these points in future posts. If you have any questions about these or any other issues, please feel free to ask.
NO MORE FOREIGN WARS
The U.S. military should be returned to its original purpose. It should be a defensive force, not an imperial force or an international police force. U.S. troops should not be used as pawns in global politics and should not be sent to fight in foreign wars.
Our current involvement in foreign wars has cost us much of our reputation in the world and created more anti-American sentiment than it could have prevented. The personal suffering that this involvement has caused, both in America and abroad, is almost too horrible to imagine. We should bring our troops home now.
REDUCE THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Power should be shifted away from the federal government and decision-making should be returned to the state level, the local level, and (most of all) the individual level.
PROTECT OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
Our basic freedoms and our privacy are under attack from both the Left and the Right. We should not sacrifice liberty for security and we should keep the government out of our private lives.
OPEN AND FAIR ELECTIONS
Our election laws have been written to favor the Republicans and the Democrats, to strengthen incumbents, and to oppose consideration of ideas that are unpopular with the political establishment. We should re-write those laws to open the political process to a broader range of voices, personalities, and ideas. Fairer ballot access laws are needed and other electoral reforms (e.g., instant runoff voting, fusion, Congressional term limits, and proportional representation) should be considered.
RESTORE GUN RIGHTS
Contrary to what some people seem to think, the right to keep and bear arms has nothing to do with deer or duck hunting. It is intended to give the people the means to protect themselves from an oppressive government. It is one of our most important rights because it gives us the ability to, when necessary, preserve all our other rights from a government that would take them away.
REPEAL PROHIBITION OF DRUGS
Much of our crime problem is the result of our failed "War on Drugs." Drug prohibition has created a market that is too profitable for criminal gangs to resist, has encouraged those criminals to commit the most brutal crimes to protect their profits, and has burdened our criminal justice system with a flood of non-violent drug-users. We should decriminalize drugs, allow a carefully regulated drug market, and treat the problems associated with drug use as a health problem rather than as a criminal problem.
END CORPORATE WELFARE
Private business should generally be free from government control, but private businesses must also be allowed to fail. There should be no government bailouts of private industries. The various government-instituted benefits, including subsidies and limitations on legal liability, that private businesses receive should be ended.
REFORM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS
Copyrights and patents are unlike any other type of "property." They are government-granted, limited monopolies. They were contrived for the purpose of encouraging creativity, but are now used to stifle creativity.
The internet and other modern technologies have revolutionized both the production and the distribution of idea-based property. The economic realities of today are very different from those of the 18th century. Keeping in mind the altruistic purposes for which intellectual property laws were first written, we should update those laws so that they can better complement the ways in which we now create, realize, and exchange ideas.
Lowering taxes will have the two-fold advantage of allowing the people to keep more of their own money and forcing the government to become smaller.