The War on Drugs is a failure and an embarrassment. It is a failure, not because the cartels have won, but because it is not the Government’s role to regulate vice. It is an embarrassment, not because the American people continue to consume drugs, but because we have spent countless billions of dollars trying to cure the world of substances once revered by our ancestors. It is not crime, but an obsession with vice, that has destroyed the community of our country. We must repeal the Controlled Substances Act, abolish the Drug Enforcement Administration, and stop militarizing the police against its own citizens in the name of morality.
For the past hundred years, the United States has involved itself in the wars of the world, justifying its greed with dubious talk of peace and brotherhood. Our Government has assumed the mantle of the world’s policeman, dedicated to interfering with the Governments of other nations in other parts of the globe. This has cost us an extraordinary amount of American lives, countless trillions of dollars, and untold embarrassment. We must embrace a policy of non-intervention without becoming isolationist; we must lead the world without becoming the monsters we swore to fight; we must decline to waste billions of dollars protecting reckless allies and laying waste to sovereign countries in the name of humanity.
Spending by the Federal Government has been out of control for generations. If we are to avoid a total collapse, we must make drastic changes to the federal financial structure. We must balance the budget; shrink the size of the Government; cease reckless Government spending; deregulate American businesses. We must repeal the individual income tax, abolish the Internal Revenue Service, and recreate the tax code so that the American people can understand what they are being asked to pay to their Government.
Few Americans are aware that our money is printed not by the Federal Government but by the Federal Reserve. Few Americans are aware that the Federal Reserve is not a branch of our Government but is actually a group of private banks; or that the Federal Reserve lends money to our government at interest; or that this usurpation of power by private banks is intended to make the banks richer, not to help the public good. It is a force inimical to the American people, and it is the foremost cause of economic ruin in our country. We must repeal the Federal Reserve Act and abolish the Federal Reserve. [cf. “A Plan for Eliminating the Federal Reserve”]
Whether an American marries a member of the same sex or of the opposite sex is not the concern of the Government. Whether an American speaks with his wife or his mistress is not the concern of the NSA. Whether an American consumes alcohol or marijuana is not the concern of the DEA. Whether an American owns one firearm or three is not the concern of the ATF. We must restore our civil liberties and limit the power of the Government to interfere with the private affairs of our citizens.
“One-size-fits-all” education standards set by a central authority are harmful to both the most gifted and most challenged children. Programs such as No Child Left Behind and Common Core overemphasize standardized testing at the expense of individual exploration and classical scholarship. Strict standards also encourage administrative bloat, which raises the cost of education with little benefit to the students. We believe education should not be regulated at the federal level and should instead be handled at the State and local levels.
Economic freedom does not necessitate the destruction of the environment. America can be productive & powerful without polluting the air, water, and soil. The freedom of Americans to pursue their business interests should not mean that we can no longer drink our own water. And where urban sprawl may threaten our American Wilderness, there we must decide which we cherish more: strip malls or our children’s heritage.
America must become independent of the need for foreign energy. Aside from the economic cost of our dependence on foreign energy, it involves us in endless, unnecessary wars. Whether the consideration is economic or military, domestic or foreign policy, we must find alternative sources of energy.
John Locke write in his Second Treatise of Government that, “Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.” Thinkers and philosophers have proposed numerous variations of the non-aggression principle for thousands of years – from Lao Tzu to the Christ himself. Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee, has summarized the concept rather succinctly: “Don’t hit people and don’t take their stuff.”
You will not find a single American who believes that our immigration system works, whether they are on the Left or the Right. We need to have a more efficient system in place so that legitimate immigrants are not deterred and illegal immigrants are not canonized as hallowed martyrs. More importantly, we must end mass immigration if we are to avoid total societal collapse. Immigration does play a role in the American identity, but mass immigration heralds the fall of entire civilizations. Open borders, amnesty to illegal immigrants, and the recruitment of refugees: these are suicidal policies that must be ended.
While we recognize the danger of a corporate-controlled internet, the fact remains that the current FCC regulations only further cement that control by shifting it from ISPs to the video-streaming services that reap a disproportionate benefit from them. The root of the problem lies with government subsidies to large ISPs and local ordinances that create last-mile monopolies.
The notion that we as Americans must choose between strict regulation and a lack of corporate accountability is a false dichotomy. We recognize that dangerous drugs have slipped through FDA screening and made it into public hands, but we also acknowledge that potentially life-saving medications are being kept off the market longer than necessary due to bureaucratic red tape. The solution to this problem is corporate social responsibility, which demands a higher degree of accountability to the consumers themselves, rather than to a single regulatory agency.
The federal government does not have the authority to regulate individual matters of health and safety. Issues like abortion should be handled at the State level, and we would oppose any federal legislation regarding them.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Active steps will be taken to abolish all Mandatory Minimums. No State that upholds Mandatory Minimums is to receive federal funding for Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Grants or incentives to improve prison conditions. Federal mandatory minimums shall be repealed.
Solitary Confinement for Juveniles
Ban solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Incentives to improve prison conditions shall not be granted to States that keep solitary confinement for juveniles.
Abolish the death penalty at the federal level. Use the Senator’s bully pulpit to push for an end to the death penalty in Florida.
War on Drugs
Scale down the War on Drugs by ending the federal prohibition on marijuana and streamline all FDA approval processes for medical marijuana research. Be part of a movement asking the President to pardon all non-violent marijuana offenders currently in federal prisons.
Prisoner Slavery Reform
Ban the use of prisoners as underpaid and slave workers in federal and State prisons, unless a court has issued a special directive as part of a criminal’s sentence.
Felons’ Right to Vote
Use the bully pulpit to advocate the restoration of civic rights to all felons once released from prisons, unless a court has issued a special directive taking away a criminal’s civic rights as part of a criminal’s sentence.
The use of civil forfeiture, whether federal, State, or local, shall be banned by an Act of Congress to prevent any future administration from scaling up the practice via executive directive.
Law Enforcement Accountability
Use the Senator’s bully pulpit to push the State Attorney General and Offices of the State Attorney for pursuit of all cases involving a controversial death by a police officer as a criminal case and end the practice of giving special privileges to police officers due to their status in the process of such a suit.
Rehabilitation Advancement Programs
Reallocate funding in the penal system budget to allow more funding to programs aimed at rehabilitating federal prisoners showing good behavior.
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