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Jordon answers the Liberty Candidate questions below:
PLEASE NOTE: Jordon clarifies some of his answers just below this first list of answers! Don’t miss it. Thank you.
I) Re. the U.S. Financial System:
1. What is your view of the monetary system in the U.S. today?
Today’s monetary system is in need of major reform. While I do not have all the answers I believe that the United States must end the practice of allowing a private institution, the Federal Reserve, control its money supply through paper money without any backing. We need to restore the gold standard to once again restore value and consistency to the US dollar. I support reforms such as the “Constitutional Tender Act” previously introduced in North Carolina to allow the use of certain gold, silver and registered specie to be used as legal tender within North Carolina.
While I may not be an expert economist, I do understand that printing paper money without any form of standard to back it results in inflation which is in essence a tax on the buying power of the dollar to American citizen and we must work to end this process and restore a currency backed by something of true value.
2. What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
Beyond the actions mentioned above in regards to restoring a gold standard and allowing the use of gold, silver and registered specie for legal tender, I believe that Washington and North Carolina must curtail spending and reduce taxation. The Congress has a moral obligation to the people of this nation to reduce its spending at least to a level that will allow for federal revenue to exceed annual spending by the federal government. However, this is not enough. The Congress needs to work to cut unconstitutional programs such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security and other unneeded and constitutionally unauthorized departments along with cuts in spending to non-profit organizations and other private businesses in order to reduce spending significantly enough to begin paying off the national debt without raising taxes.
3. Do you agree with the actions the Federal Reserve has taken to solve the financial crisis? If not, what could the Fed have done differently?
No, I do not believe the proper action was taken. Private businesses should be allowed to prosper or fail on their own; the federal government should not prop up failing business that it believes are too big to fail. Let the free-market make the decision, not the federal government.
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
The Federal Reserve should be fully audited!
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
1. What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
I believe that our current foreign policy is dangerous and instead of making America more safe it actually makes America less safe through spreading hatred and distaste for our nation around the world because of our intervention in foreign crisis as the police of the world. We have spread our military thing across the globe, we continue to bomb foreign nations and we attempt to beat other nations into submission to our values.
We need to mind our own business and cease to promote fear of other nations, and confide in the superiority and strength of our own military. We must bring our troops home from the unconstitutional, undeclared, and unjust wars in the west and protect our own borders, not another nations. The United States needs to take a foreign policy position of non-interventionism not foreign interventionism.
2. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
I truly believe that we cannot aptly fight a war on an idea that knows no real national boundaries, and we especially cannot arbitrarily go to war with a country because terrorist are known to be within that nation. We must fight wars based on actual actions taken by another nation against us, and then only when constitutionally declared for a just cause.
If we truly wanted to end terrorism we should end all foreign aid period to ensure that other nations are not putting the hard earned money of US citizens toward terrorist actions against us, and beyond that simple purpose, the American people should not be responsible for propping up the governments of other nations, especially the many which do not hold to democratic ideals.
3. Should the U.S. occupy other countries? If not, would you push to close all bases? Are there any you would keep open?
The United States should not and I believe has no right to occupy other countries. I am unsure atthis time as to whether we should close down all military bases abroad, however I do believe that we ought to close down a large portion of our military bases abroad as we need our troops home to defend America, not the rest of the world. While the US should not meddle in the affairs of other nations and should hold a non-interventionist foreign policy, I believe we should also be ready for the challenges that may be before us.
4. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
Yes, we should maintain our standing army; however, we must restore the proper use of our military. I believe that Governors in their respective states should use their authority as the Commander-in-Chief of their state’s National Guard to ensure that those forces are only called upon for active duty for the federal government when in conformance with a constitutional declaration of war from the Congress.
5. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
The USA Patriot Act is absolutely unnecessary to protect America and I would vote to repeal it without question.
III) Re. Personal Liberty:
1. What information may the U.S. government legally gather about its citizens? When would it be necessary to overstep those boundaries?
Beyond that information obtained through a court-ordered warrant, the federal government may gather information regarding the total number of citizens within the country for it decennial census and that is it, not the other information they request on the census, but simply the number of individuals living within the United States. Never that I can imagine.
2. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
I believe that the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 20 of the North Carolina State Constitution clearly put the limited on the US government’s ability to search citizens without a warrant. No agent of the federal or state government should ever search a citizen or their property without a proper court-ordered warrant.
3. Ought the U.S. government be allowed to protect its citizens’ health by outlawing foods it considers unsafe, or to force medicate (i.e., fluoridation) or force vaccinate citizens?
4. What controls, if any, should be placed on the right to own a gun? Is there an effective way to keep guns out of the hands of madmen and criminals without encroaching on the rights of free, law-abiding citizens?
I believe that the Second Amendment to the United State Constitution is clear that Congress should make no law abridging the right to keep and bear arms, and therefore that Congress cannot rightfully limit the ability to possess, purchase or lawfully use (i.e. excluding criminal usage, for instance murder, etc) firearms or their accessories at any time or in any place.
To keep guns out of the hands of “madmen” is also to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens and to prevent them from defending themselves. The best protection against “madmen” with guns is a population aware of, in possession of and comfortable with guns. Guns are not the problem, an atmosphere of fear pertaining to guns and the lack of a presence of guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is the problem.
IV) Re. U.S. Sovereignty:
1. Is our involvement in and subjugation to global organizations, such as WHO, NATO, the UN, etc., a benefit to U.S. citizens?
No, our involvement is a negative to United States Citizens and often times in violation of our nation’s sovereignty.
2. Would you work to repeal international agreements that purport to hold U.S. citizens and/or property under its jurisdiction, or do you think there might be times when benefits outweigh concessions?
I do not believe that any foreign nation ought to have any right, or purport to have any jurisdiction, over any United States property and especially to any United States Citizen. I would work to repeal these international agreements.
3. Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
No, free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA put the United States at a disadvantage to other nations where workers can be hired for less and therefore costs of production can be reduced by moving business oversees and then shipping products back home. The problem is that we lose American jobs to overseas due to these free trade agreements and I believe weaken our economy. We need fair trade agreements, that allow American businesses to compete with foreign business and encouraging American businesses to stay in America to retain and build jobs.
4. Should the U.S. give foreign aid to other countries? If yes, for what purposes would it be justified? If not all countries, which would you continue to support?
No, the United States should not hand out money to other nations. Foreign Aid is nothing more than welfare for nations on the backs of the United States Citizen. We should end all foreign aid period, without exception. The American people should not be responsible for propping up the governments of other nations, especially the many which do not hold to democratic ideals.
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
1. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
State law takes precedent over federal law when that federal law is not explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution’s enumerated powers. State do have a right however to nullify federal law in their state that they find oppressive and against their state’s best interest.
2. Would you stand up to the federal government and demand that it stay within the bounds of its enumerated powers and out of state business?
Yes. North Carolina, as well as other states, ought to take a definitive stand by passing State’s Rights Resolutions and laws nullifying unconstitutional acts of Congress such as Obamacare and enforcement of federal usurpation of police powers such as in the Patriot Act in their state. Legislators and all elected officials should honor their oath of office, not the federal government when it is goes beyond its constitutional authority.
3. Do federal officers have the right to arrest non-military citizens within the individual states for any crimes?
VI) Illegal Immigration:
1. What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
While the number one problem with illegal immigration is hard to pinpoint, I would say that it is the disregard for the rule of law and the established legal pathway to proper citizenship and entry into the United States. Beyond that, it is a drain on American jobs that could be used to lessen unemployment and it is a drain on the US economy by providing services to those illegally here that are paid for by those who are legally here.
2. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
End all talks of Amnesty, end birth-right citizenship, complete the border fence and strengthen border security.
VII) Misc. Questions:
1. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
While there are several amendments I would like to propose, largely to repeal past amendments that I view negatively and some to provide for the protection of individual liberty and property, the first I amendment that I believe I would offer would simply read “The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of these United States is hereby repealed.” This amendment would put the responsibility of elected United States Senators back in the hands of the state legislators where it was originally placed as a protection on state’s rights.
2. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
3. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
The United States government should take no action against Julian Assange.
4. Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
I am relatively aware of these programs and from what little knowledge I do possess of them I am in opposition to them as it seems to me that their proposals are not in line with individual liberty, our nation’s sovereignty and our constitution.
JORDON CLARIFIES A FEW ANSWERS:
In regards to Education: Yes, that is how I feel about education. However keep in mind that I am referring to state, not federal, government in North Carolina and more importantly I am referring to education taking priority in the sense of not cutting teachers to fund or increase funding for other unneeded programs, give to non-public entities (non-profits) or other entitlement type spending areas. I do not believe however that more funding equates to better students, but that competition in the school place through school choice leads to better students. On the federal level, there should be nothing regarding education, no Department of Education and I don’t even like the idea of the federal government giving money to the states for education because it means there are strings attached.
In regards to the second question on immigration, I do support a border fence that is actually gaurded, however I understand that the key problem is the incentives that those who come here illegally seek, not an open area of land. The incentives are what must be reformed, there ought to be no welfare, education, healthcare, hosing, etc benefits for those who are here illegally. Of course welfare, social security and other entitlement programs ought to be phased out and ended entirely as well.
As for the last question I’ll answer it point by point.
1. The issue of military bases in foreign countries is an issue I had not though about much until asked on the survey. As I said on the survey I do not believe we ought to occupy other nations and I do believe that we ought to close the vast majority of military bases abroad. However, at the same time as both Major Gen. Smedly Butler and Congressman Ron Paul both have said military bases in foreign nation is not necessary and believe in restricting the deployment of our military to any other nation except in the case of declared war. I greatly admire both of these men’s view on foreign policy, and I can understand their views on the issue and as I stated earlier this is something that I may need to consider more as time goes by.
2. I don’t know enough about the topic to say which bases ought to be closed, or as I stated above if all should. As for timetables, I think we ought to bring our troops home immediately.
3. Yes I agree that ending birth-right citizenship will do nothing to stop illegals from taking advantage of social service benefits, however that is beside the point as ending birth-right citizenship is to end granting citizenship to children born here to illegals. As for amnesty, we should not give a benefit or special pass to someone who comes to our nation illegally to become a legal citizen. They like others must use the same legal process.
Name: Jordon M. Greene
Office you seek: State Representatives
State: North Carolina
District: 87 (Caldwell County)
PRIMARY DATE: May 8, 2012
Jordon Greene for NC House
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