Eric Olson is on the ballot for the general election in November! Congratulations, Eric!
Eric answers the Liberty Candidate questions below:
I) Re. the U.S. Financial System:
What is your view of the monetary system in the U.S. today?
The monetary system is badly broken.
What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
End the Federal Reserve, return to gold standard.
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 think they should exist.
Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
Yes full audit.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
How should we fight a “war on terror”?
We should stay out of other nations business, and not prop up dictators and supplying them with arms.
Should the U.S. occupy other countries? If not, would you push to close all bases? Are there any you would keep open?
No, I would close most if not all of them, I can not think of any that I would specifically want to keep open.
Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
No it is not, yes I would repeal.
III) Re. Personal Liberty:
What information may the U.S. government legally gather about its citizens? When would it be necessary to overstep those boundaries?
I think basic census data is useful, but I see no reason to collect any personal information. In cases of involvement in criminal organization that operates across national boarders I think the US government should be keeping a close eye on anyone involved. (Human trafficking for example)
What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
No warrant no search, if they can’t get one they don’t need to search.
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?
No. I think they can require labeling of contents of consumable items being imported so people can make an informed decision, but they should not force our actions.
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?
The only limit I would find acceptable would be for people who are convicted of violent crimes, or suffer severe mental illness. (I say severe because it seems like every personality quark is regarded as an illness with a corresponding medication these days.)
IV) Re. U.S. Sovereignty:
Is our involvement in and subjugation to global organizations, such as WHO, NATO, the UN, etc., a benefit to U.S. citizens?
I see no real benefit.
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?
No, I can not think of any.
Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
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, especially not when we have a debt.
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
When does state law take precedent over federal law?
When the constitution says it does.
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?
Do federal officers have the right to arrest non-military citizens within the individual states for any crimes?
Sometimes, if someone where to commit a crime against federal property or elected officials in a federal office. Creating counterfeit currency, bribing federal officials, rigging federal elections.
VI) Illegal Immigration:
What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
Organized criminal organizations, primarily from Mexico as a result of the drug war.
What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
Create an environment where we don’t need or have so many social services.
VII) Misc. Questions:
If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
I would likely advocate leveling the playing field for third party and independent candidates, likely involving limitation on ballot access requirements.
Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
To say thank you for pointing out the error of our ways, we will now work to correct these problems.
Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
I am aware of it’s existence, but do not a full understanding of it at this point. I am very unlikely to support. I find it doubtful that the best interests of the people or the planet are the real purpose.
Name: Eric Olson
Office: U.S. House of Representatives
State: North Dakota
Primary Date: June 12th
Mailing Addy: PO Box 7512 Fargo ND 58103 Phone Number: 218-979-7125