My Issues

OPPOSE TRUMP AND HIS WALL

Immigration is a national issue, but building a border wall is also a Texas issue.  It is important that the Governor of Texas represent property owners along the Rio Grande when Trump threatens to violate their property rights and create an atmosphere of hostility with Mexico.  Like the other Libertarian candidates for this office, I join them in objecting to the ineffective and costly building of a wall across Texas.  As Governor I will use the powers of the office to represent the interests of Texas in dealing with federal impact on our state.

 

LIBERATE MARIJUANA

Locking up people for marijuana production, possession, and use has resulted in a diversion of law enforcement resources into victimless crimes and an exploding prison population.  We do not need federal intrusion from Washington to dictate how we govern Texas.  As Governor I want law enforcement to be focused on crimes where people do harm to others.  By allowing peaceful people to live their lives in liberty we create a more peaceful world.  I would use the power of the office to oppose federal intrusion, including the possibility of nullifying unconstitutional actions through the appropriate means.

 

FREE MARKET SUSTAINABILITY

Libertarians know that we do not have a free market.  Increased control by government at all levels has resulted in cronyism and distortions to economic incentives.  The state Enterprise and Emerging Technology funds are examples of what should not exist in a free market.  As Libertarians we believe our tax dollars should not be used for corporate welfare to promote unsustainable growth.  We recognize that there are limited resources, and growth should occur when a free market balance between demand and supply makes it sustainable for the economy, the environment, and the population.  As Governor I would seek to eliminate policies that favor large corporations over small businesses and bring true free market approaches to the Texas economy.

 

 

TAXATION

As the Libertarian Party of Texas, we believe that all persons are entitled to the fruits of their labor. As such, we view taxation as the forced taking of property. At most we regard it as a necessary evil, so that the vital functions of government can continue independent of undue outside influence. For this reason we advocate the reduction of taxation to the lowest feasible level, and the replacement of taxation with voluntary subscription where possible.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

EDUCATION

The Libertarian Party of Texas seeks to eliminate truancy laws and other barriers to school choice, and supports competition in education, in accordance with community standards. We believe that parents/guardians should have the authority to decide where and how their children are educated. We support measures to restore decision-making regarding education to parents, guardians, teachers, and/or local education boards. 

The Libertarian Party of Texas rejects any involvement of the federal government in our local school systems, including funding.

The Libertarian Party of Texas seeks a nonpartisan education funding policy that would provide equitable use of state funds to eliminate waste and decrease bureaucracy, with the ultimate goal of voluntary funding.

The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) seeks to repeal all federal mandates on public education, eliminating the need for federal funding and any strings that come with it. Standards and objectives for education should be determined by individuals in the free market.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

TRANSPORTATION

The Libertarian Party of Texas  supports eliminating barriers to free market construction and maintenance of infrastructure. Let market demand and willingness to fund dictate which routes are developed.

The Libertarian Party of Texas  opposes costly boondoggles intended to benefit land developers through the abuse of eminent domain.

The Libertarian Party of Texas  also opposes any unelected boards charged with transportation planning; as such boards are not accountable to constituents or local authority.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

PERSONAL FREEDOM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Speech
The Libertarian Party of Texas upholds the ideals embodied in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; specifically, that government should not interfere in matters of personal conscience, such as religion, speech, creativity, or political activity. Nor should any majority be allowed to use government power or support to force the minority to accept their moral, religious, or political beliefs.

The Libertarian Party of Texas calls for an end to so-called “free speech zones,” which are in reality a means of isolating and silencing dissent in the public arena. Public officials have no right to be insulated from the voice of opposition to their policies.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Religion
The Libertarian Party of Texas supports the principle of separation of church and state, and that there is no freedom of religion without freedom from religion. The Libertarian Party of Texas opposes government funding or endorsement of any religious or nonreligious position over any other. The Libertarian Party of Texas calls for strict supervision of how government payments or tax subsidies to all religious organizations are used, to insure they are not used to support indoctrination.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Self-Defense
Self-defense is an inherent individual right, and must not be restricted or impeded. Therefore, the Libertarian Party of Texas supports the right of individuals to keep and bear arms in a manner consistent with the Non-Aggression Principle.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Equality Under the Law
The Libertarian Party of Texas supports the full and complete protection of all people from biased legislation that violates individual rights. The Libertarian Party of Texas believes government does not have legitimate authority to define or restrict personal relationships or associations to any group of citizens. We believe that “Hate Crime” legislation is unconstitutional, and that our nation has prospered under the concept of “equal protection under the law.”

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Marriage and Domestic Partnership
The Libertarian Party of Texas believes that marriage is a matter of private contract, and should not be defined or licensed by government. We believe that government should not treat individuals differently based on their marital status.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Parental/Guardian Rights
The Libertarian Party of Texas holds that legal rights of parents/guardians must not be infringed by the state based upon unsubstantiated claims and not without due process

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Family Welfare and Government.
The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) views government welfare programs as unnecessary as they drive out private charity organizations and replace the role of the family and of the community. As such, we generally oppose government charity programs. These programs can be better served by the local/private sector of society in the form of private charity.

The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) believes there is a great amount of wasted tax dollars in government programs due to mismanagement, fraud, and waste. We would seek to replace, where possible, all welfare programs by private charity organizations.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

Eminent Domain
The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) would close the exceptions and loopholes in the state prohibition against the use of eminent domain for private economic development. Under no circumstances should government have the power to force the transfer of land from a private entity to another against the will of the owner. Additionally, we believe that property owners displaced through eminent domain should be compensated 125% of the fair value of their property to compensate for their moving expenses and inconvenience. The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) strongly opposes state and local government’s abusive use of eminent domain laws for the creation of toll roads, transportation corridors, and semi-public or private use projects.

The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) supports vested property rights above and below the surface, and there shall be no limitation by regulation, ordinance, or authority without just compensation.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

HEALTH CARE
Government should neither provide, control, nor require health care. The Libertarian Party of Texas does not believe that people have a right to be provided with healthcare at other peoples’ expense. We advocate the phasing out of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIPS programs. The Libertarian Party of Texas supports free market based healthcare systems and health insurance. We oppose a “single payer” concept and the federal legislation known as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Obama Care). The Libertarian Party of Texas opposes any and all forms of unearned tax credits, tax subsidies, and tax penalties that are directed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obama Care.”

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

DRUG POLICY
The Libertarian Party of Texas opposes the War on Drugs. Consistent with the principles of self-ownership, consenting adults ought not be restricted from partaking in activities that harm no one else. This includes possession, consumption and/or market transactions of substances for medicinal, recreational, or other purposes. Individuals seeking or providing medical treatment should not be subject to prosecution. Individuals seeking or providing treatment for addiction or offering Good Samaritan aid should not be subject to prosecution.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Recognizing that reproductive rights are a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, the Libertarian Party of Texas believes that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration. The Libertarian Party of Texas does not condone that tax dollars be spent for any such medical cost.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

PRIVACY
The Libertarian Party of Texas believes in an inherent right to privacy. As such, we oppose any legislation that permits government to become involved in our personal affairs where such authority has not been exclusively granted via a constitutional provision. We hold that the purpose of government is to protect our rights and property, and should never become a threat to the very things it was established to protect.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

PRIMARY SCREEN-OUT
The Libertarian Party of Texas supports the right of voters to decide who will be on the ballot. As such we support legislative efforts which would remove restrictions regarding eligibility to sign candidate and party petitions to appear on a ballot. All eligible voters should have the opportunity to voice their opinion. Their voice should not be silenced due to their participation in a primary election or their decision to sign an alternative candidate’s petition.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

ELECTION REFORM
The Libertarian Party of Texas supports election reform that does away with a two party duopoly and the uncontrolled corporate and PAC influence that exists today. The Libertarian Party of Texas believes that party primaries are not a function of the state, and rather are processes which should be self–funded. We also believe that all races should be decided by Approval Voting, and that each race includes a choice for None Of The Above (NOTA).

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

FEDERAL JURISDICTIONAL LIMITATIONS
Federal authority to prosecute “crime” is limited to only a few subjects (treason, counterfeiting, piracy, offenses against the laws of nations, and violations of rights by state agents). We find no authority in the U.S. Constitution for extraterritorial criminal jurisdiction or expenditure of tax dollars to interdict drug trafficking.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

VICE AND MORALITY BASED LAWS
The Libertarian Party of Texas supports the repeal of all Vice and Morality based laws that are against consenting adults and that do no harm to others. The State has no right to either criminalize or legalize the morality of adult individuals and their interaction with other consenting adults.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

FREE TRADE AND MIGRATION
The Libertarian Party of Texas believes the right to work or travel is an inherent personal liberty that should not be unduly impeded by the laws of governments.

The Libertarian Party of Texas seeks to encourage immigration of students, workers, and business owners willing to invest in Texas.

The Libertarian Party of Texas believes in and encourages free and fair trade among individuals from all nations which allows the easy exchange of currency, goods, labor, and services. The Libertarian Party of Texas supports the spirit of the American Dream, where even the poorest immigrant can start anew, and through hard work, responsibility, and free market principles, may prosper and thrive.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

NULLIFICATION
The Libertarian Party of Texas supports nullification of unconstitutional federal acts by all sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic. Those who can and should engage in nullification and interposition include our Texas governor, legislature, and law enforcement officials, and especially our constitutional county sheriffs.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.

 

TEXAS INDEPENDENCE
The Libertarian Party of Texas fully supports the rights of the people to alter their form of government. As the U.S. federal government is increasingly expanding its influence well beyond its Constitutional authority and clearly violating citizens’ rights as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the right of the people of Texas to alter their form of government, as stated in Article I Section 2 of the Texas Constitution, must be acknowledged by allowing Texans to have an honest and frank discussion on the merits of independence and being allowed to vote accordingly to reassert Texas’ Independence.

This is from the LP Texas State Platform, and I stand in agreement with this position.