Floyd did not win his primary — thank you, Floyd, for running! See you next time around!!!
Floyd was a 2010 Liberty Candidate! Welcome back, Floyd!
Floyd answers the Liberty Candidate questions below:
I) Re. the U.S. Financial System:
1. What is your view of the monetary system in the U.S. today?
It is an unnecessary mess. This is due to either an ignorance of economics on the part of Congress or an unwillingness to do the things necessary to correct the problem, or both.
2. What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
Reduce or eliminate burdensome/unnecessary regulations and reduce the tax burden on businesses and consumers.
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?
I do not agree with anything the Fed has done to “correct” our economic issues. The best thing the Fed can do is simply cease to exist and allow a free market to once again determine our economic status.
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
The Fed should, at the very least, be fully and completely audited. No secrets, nothing withheld.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
1. What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
Current U.S. foreign policy is ineffective, inefficient, too costly, and unconstitutional.
2. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
The answer to this question is, has to be, multifaceted. We begin by staying out of the business and internal affairs of other nations. If attacked, we respond by going after those who orchestrated and committed the attack. We do not invade and occupy countries for years on end. There is more that can be done, but this is a good first step.
3. Should the U.S. occupy other countries? If not, would you push to close all bases? Are there any you would keep open?
No, the United States should not and can ill-afford to occupy other nations. I would bring our troops home from the many bases that we have around the world. At this writing I cannot think of a base in a foreign country that I would keep open.
4. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
A standing army, of the size we currently have, would not be necessary if we adhered to the Founding Fathers concept of non-interventionism. If you are not occupying other countries you do not need a large standing army.
5. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
The Patriot Act is not only misnamed, it is an abomination to our Constitution. I would vote to repeal it in its entirety.
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?
Unless there has been probable cause shown, through proper due process, that a citizen is, has been, or may be involved in illegal activities, NO information on that person should be gathered by the government. The Constitution has set in place the proper methods for allowing such gathering of information and all levels of law-enforcement should be held to those standards.
2. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
Without a warrant, obtained through constitutionally prescribed due process, the government has no right to search its citizens.
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?
The Second Amendment is quite clear – the right to bear arms is an individual and inviolable right. Criminals, by their very nature, do not obey laws, therefore, any laws that restrict gun ownership only affect, adversely, the law-abiding citizen.
IV) Re. U.S. Sovereignty:
1. Is our involvement in and subjugation to global organizations, such as WHO (World Health Organization), NATO, the UN, etc., a benefit to U.S. citizens?
No! They only serve to undermine our Constitution, personal liberties, and national 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?
Yes! I would work to repeal any and all such international agreements.
3. Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
Free markets and free trade are beneficial to all. Agreements that benefit one country over another are not.
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! There is no constitutional authority for such aid. If people wish to help another country they may do so voluntarily.
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
1. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
When that law is outside the scope of one of the enumerated powers of the federal government, as spelled out in our Constitution. See the 10th Amendment.
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?
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?
The cost and the fact that the federal government and our gutless political leaders are doing nothing about it.
2. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
If you cannot show proof of citizenship you get no social services paid for by American taxpayers.
VII) Misc. Questions:
1. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
I would make no new amendments at this point. In fact, I would rather remove a couple.
2. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
3. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
Exposing corrupt government should never be punished. My only concern with the actions of folks like Assange would be if they expose information that may put the lives of our soldiers at greater risk. While I do not think we should be in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, that is not the fault of the soldiers, it is the fault of corrupt career-politicians with their own agendas and I do not wish to see our men and women in uniform suffer further because of it.
4. Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
Yes, I know quite well, as I live near and am friends with a staunch anti-Agenda 21 advocate. I am against Agenda 21 and everything it stands for. I will not support any such agenda as it is destructive of personal liberty, property rights, and national sovereignty.
Your Name: Floyd Bayne
Office you seek: U.S. House of Representatives
PRIMARY DATE: June 12 (As of this writing)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org