Fireside Chat on the Invictian Agenda
22 November 2015
Good Evening, Friends.
Tonight we will conclude our section on what is to be done. So far we have discussed what individuals can do to change their lives and the world around them, including the political system, and we have discussed how supporters of the campaign can help us to push forward. Tonight I will lay out as well as I can my intentions should I win a seat in the Senate next year.
Before going forward, it is necessary to point out a few things. The first is that I am running for federal office, which means that my plans and efforts can only pertain to federal law. Being an advocate of States’ rights, I cannot say that it is the prerogative of the Federal Government to become involved in moral, health, and safety issues like drugs, abortion, family court proceedings, and the like, and in fact I must openly oppose such interference in State affairs by the Federal Government.
A second thing to note is that I am my own man. Though I am a member of the Libertarian Party, I do not consider myself bound to swallow without salt every item of the official platform. Though I may have anarchists amongst my supporters, I do believe that government has a role to play in human affairs. And though I may have authoritarians amongst my supporters, I am a staunch advocate of civil liberties. I have been very fortunate to have gained a genuinely diverse array of supporters, and I do not mean to alienate any certain group by focusing on our differences. It seems to me far more constructive that we should focus on our shared objectives and our shared enemies.
A third thing to note is that my positions, while admittedly radical, are not simply knee-jerk reactions against one thing or another, and I see no virtue in looking at things in a black-and-white fashion. Though I speak against the abuses of government at every possible occasion, I am not therefore against the very thought of government; rather, I am in favor of just government. Though I seem to speak against my fellow Libertarians more than in friendly terms, it is not to be hostile but to be critical, so that the Party may become better. To judge my positions on one critical statement or another would be folly, and I hope to correct any misjudgments this evening.
These things being noted, I will state my guiding principles:
- We must return to the system of government envisioned by our forefathers in the Constitution and the original Bill of Rights. This would include the return to a balance between State’s rights and federal prerogative; the abandonment of the concept of judicial activism; the return of the power to declare war to the Congress; and the return of the power in this country to the American people.
- We must fix the problems of our own country before helping others. Exempli Gratia, we must ensure the welfare of our people before allowing mass immigration; root out corruption in our own government before hypocritically attacking other governments for their corruption; formulate foreign policy objectives that benefit America before doing the bidding of Israel; and work toward the improvement of America before sending billions of dollars in aid to foreign countries.
- We must recognize that government is a necessary evil. This is quite distinct from saying that government is simply necessary: we must be at all times wary of the expansion of state power.
- We must as responsible citizens consider the good of the country and not just what is good for our own demographic. Both sides of any situation should consider what is reasonable and what is best for all concerned. This is equally true for the public servant, who must balance competing interests with every decision.
- We must prioritize our values. I value the Spirit over money. I value the family over the state. I value freedom over comfort. I value individual liberty over state-imposed conformity. I value individual empowerment over government protection. These values will inform my actions and legislative objectives as a Senator.
These principles being stated, I will name my top targets:
- The Federal Reserve, a parasitic banking cartel feeding off the American people while corrupting our economy
- The Drug Enforcement Administration, a band of thieves and brigands dedicated to ruining lives, families, and communities in search of profit and power
- The Internal Revenue Service, a division of an army of bureaucrats whose mission is to steal from the American people in order to pay the army of bureaucrats itself
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a meddlesome organization targeting the Second Amendment and those who seek to avail themselves of the rights guaranteed therein
- The Department of Education, a machine geared for a single purpose: to turn our children into dumbed-down, ignorant slaves
These targets being listed, I will name examples of legislation I would move to repeal; examples I say, because the list of unjust, unconstitutional, and unnecessary legislation in our Federal Government would be too long to write in a single lifetime. But in the time granted me by election, I would move to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, the Controlled Substances Act, the federal income tax, Obamacare, and Common Core.
I would also block such legislation as multinational trade agreements that circumvent that constitutional requirement of ratification by the Senate, and I would promote such legislation as term limits for legislators and the prohibition of laws that would affect regular citizens and not the members of Congress. These, again, are mere examples that I hope will illustrate my policies.
Such legislation being addressed, I will state as briefly as possible the major components of my platform.
I want to end the financial crisis by significantly cutting government spending, not just shifting taxpayer dollars to my Party’s pet causes; by ending the Federal Reserve; and by formulating a long-term plan to address the crisis rather than crafting a sales pitch to the American people for the short-term goal of reelection.
I want to end the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, two wars which started off figuratively enough but which have become part of a literal war against the citizens of the United States.
I want to implement a non-interventionist foreign policy, disentangling ourselves from troublesome alliances and evaluating each situation in terms of what serves the interests of the American people.
I want to restore our civil liberties and limit the power of the government to interfere with the private affairs of its citizens.
I want to end the standardization of education at the federal level and put the care of our children back into the hands of families and communities.
I want to protect the American Wilderness and our environment from the corporations that control our federal representatives.
I want to make America independent of the need for foreign energy, which would free us from many unnecessary wars and which will in the long run be better for our environment.
I want to end the unchecked mass immigration in which our Federal Government has been complicit, at which time we may consider a better immigration system altogether.
This listing of my guiding principles, top targets, legislative policies, and platform issues is far short of a master plan, I know. But I believe that it is far better in politics to state achievable objectives than to scheme grand schemes and build fantastical castles in the sky to bamboozle prospective constituents into voting for a certain candidate.
We can end the Federal Reserve. We can end the War on Drugs and the War on Terror. We can fix the financial crisis. But only if the American people elect candidates who are not already bought and sold by the System. My singular differentiating quality as a candidate is that I speak in terms of what is best for America, not the special interests footing the bill for my campaign.
And on that note we will retire. In addition to being the conclusion of this section, this will also be my final Fireside Chat of the calendar year 2015. I wish you all Happy Holidays, and I look forward to the coming year.