Criminal And Civil Laws
Any action which does not infringe on the rights of others cannot properly be deemed a crime or civil violation. Individuals retain the right to voluntarily assume risk of harm to themselves. Therefore, I favor the repeal of any and all laws that create penalties without actual victims.
- The repeal of all laws prohibiting the production, sale, possession, or use of drugs and alcohol, as well as all medicinal prescription requirements for the purchase of vitamins, drugs, and similar substances. I call for the abolition of any agencies that exist to enforce any of these restrictions, including the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.
- The repeal of all laws regarding consensual sexual relations, including prostitution and solicitation.
- The repeal of all laws regulating or prohibiting gambling.
Individuals have a right to live or die as they choose, and I will support their right to end their suffering.
Further, I will support the pardon and exoneration of everyone who has been convicted solely for these “crimes.”
Health Care is a complicated subject with a complicated answer. Where government run health insurance such as Medicare and Medicaid have only served to limit people’s choices and treatments, free market forces such as transparency and competition will help increase options for individuals.
While it may not be possible to completely separate medicine from the state at this time, I would be an advocate for free market tools, such as transparency in procedure costs (there is no way to know what procedures cost until the bill hits the insurance). This sort of implementation would activate other free market tools, such as competition, which will serve to reduce costs while increasing the quality of services. This also holds true with government regulations on shopping for health insurance. Choice is a freedom being denied the people of the United States, and I will stand to support legislation promoting consumer choice in all things.
The failed “War on Drugs” is in reality, a war on people. While I do not advocate drug misuse, I will sponsor legislation supporting alternative solutions to drug abuse that do not increase the power of the state. In addition, I support the people’s right to be secure during conversations with their doctors. I will oppose any legislation abridging or restricting a person’s rights while they are on medication prescribed by doctors. Through the Drug War, we have witnessed the largest number of humans incarcerated in the world. Many of these individuals are there for non-violent drug offenses. I will sponsor or co-sponsor any legislation that will reduce the number of individuals warehoused like cattle.