Five Self-evident Truths

I am an enthusiastic libertarian. I rave about individual rights and government limits. Five truths are self-evident.

  • One: we are all created equal. Being born in Brooklyn gives me no more rights than a woman born in Aleppo. Deny someone a particular right, you deny it for yourself.
  • The second truth: our rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have other rights: a right to privacy, a right to travel. But no one has a right to another person’s labor.
  • The third truth is that we create governments to secure our rights. They may use force to protect our rights, for no other purpose. Using force in the name of social justice makes us all slaves. For social justice we have voluntary organizations: Doctors Without Borders. food banks, Habitat for Humanity.
  • The fourth self-evident truth is that our governments derive their just powers from our consent to our Constitutions.
  • The fifth truth is that whenever a government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.

Where are we now?

Our governments obstruct our peaceful assembly. Police infringe on our liberty and violate our privacy without proper warrants, and courts issue warrants without any opportunity for defense. Congress seizes part of our labor, keeps some, and returns the rest with rules that ignore the Constitutional limits on Congress, and the Supreme Court fails to enforce these limits. Tax laws require involuntary service, invasion of privacy, and testifying against ourselves. Immigrant families are detained and abused in violation of our Constitution, while presidents keep prisoners off-shore to avoid restraint on torture and kangaroo courts try to perfume the stink of the NSA and ICE. On top of all this, native Americans have suffered greatly at the hands of our governments.

What should we do about it?

That is a long train of destructive abuses. It is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such government, to alter or abolish it. Abolish the police? Abolish the Constitution? The Libertarian Party offers an alternative, peacefully altering our governments to respect basic rights. Do your duty. Vote Libertarian. Vote Walsh for Senate.

Phony Immigration Courts

Perhaps the worst feature of our current immigration system is the use of phony courts, in which the judges are employees of ICE. Their jobs depend on adherence to administration policy rather than adherence to the law. One of my first acts as Senator will be to introduce a bill requiring that immigration judges be part of the judicial branch of government, not employees of the administration.

Read more about Bob’s immigration policy here.

On Anonymity

On anonymity: Everyone in any public place should be identifiable. That includes law enforcement personnel. Uncovered faces are sufficient, because all activities in public spaces may be recorded by anyone. We believe in an absolute right to privacy, within which any activity or transaction among consenting adults in a private space may be kept private. However, there is no right to privacy in public spaces.

Read more about Bob’s stance on privacy here.

On Background Checks

On “background checks: ” In a totalitarian state, the government controls the people. In a democracy, the people control the government. Although we like to believe that the people in our democracy control the government through elections, that is only because the people are a greater military force than anything available to the government. We avoid any test of the military balance, any violent confrontation between the people and the government, by assuring that the people maintain an overwhelming military superiority. Therefore the public should possess any weapons available to the government, and the government may not disarm persons on any grounds, eliminating the need for background checks.

9/11: the People protected the Government.

Today we remember 19 years ago. On that day, our extensive intelligence operations and our expensive military systems failed to protect the people. They had only two fighter planes on standby. They sent those fighters against an imagined attack from over the Atlantic. Meanwhile, the people, the unarmed passengers on the fourth plane, used handheld devices to learn the nature of the attack. They brought down the missile headed for the White House.

Reclaiming The American Birthright

The foundations of American democracy are the principles proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence.

Everyone has the same birthright. You have rights because everyone has them, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The only just function of governments is to secure everyone’s rights. If a government fails to secure our rights, if it tramples on anyone’s right, it is our right, it is our DUTY, to alter or abolish it.

Abolish the police? Abolish the Constitution? The Libertarian Party offers the alternative, a peaceful transition to greater individual liberty, to let you live your own life in your own way. Do your duty. Vote Libertarian.

Bob’s Top Priorities

My priorities when sworn into the Senate:

1) Repeal all Federal immigration restrictions, all of which exceed the powers granted to Congress in the Constitution. They are immoral and inhumane infringements on human rights. Because these laws are unconstitutional, no current resident is illegal. States may impose appropriate quarantines or similar controls.
2) Stop requiring preparation of individual income tax returns, which amounts to involuntary servitude, invades privacy, and compels individuals to testify against themselves. Instead, have the IRS prepare a return for each individual, which the individual may modify or not.
3) Repeal all tariffs, which are known causes of depressions.

The Future of Social Security

We cannot guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations. The Social Security Trust Fund contains only 20% of the amount required to be solvent. It was never planned to have a sound actuarial basis. Most contributions have been spent on retiree benefits instead of investment in the trust fund for current workers. The system envisions workers supporting retirees forever. It is not possible to guarantee that future generations will continue this system. We favor a transition to a voluntary system as soon as possible, recognizing that the victims of this scheme may need the help of, once again, voluntary associations of people with a sense of responsibility to their local communities.

Free Market Healthcare

We should eliminate Federal meddling with healthcare, including termination of Medicare, Medicaid, the FDA and the CDC. Libertarians favor a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines. Should backup be needed, that may be provided by voluntary associations of people with a sense of responsibility to their local communities.

Charity is a Personal Responsibility

As a libertarian, I am very conservative on economic matters and very liberal on social matters. The only just function of government is to secure the rights of the people, which do not include any right to another person’s labor. Social goals with such names as social justice, greater equality, and economic security are appropriate goals for voluntary associations of people with a sense of responsibility to their local communities.