Mark Hopp for Alamance County Commissioner, NC
Mark 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?
Must change, anything based on centralization of power and a monopoly is horrible and ripe for corruption.
What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
Reduce regulation, cut government costs, lower taxes…build a new economic foundation (a monetary system that is free-market based/competition)
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?
Let the market handle it and quit kicking the can by borrowing from the future and robbing from the people who save $…let the prices come down to their real value
Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
Absolutely…it is the core of all our problems both socially and fiscally.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
Horrible, bring the troops home
How should we fight a “war on terror”?
Profile…why search granny when obviously she’s not likely to have a bomb..and pull out of the middle east!
Should the U.S. occupy other countries?
If not, would you push to close all bases?
75% of them should be closed
Are there any you would keep open?
Not sure…running at county level for now
Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
For a while after pulling out of middle east in case we’re attacked.
Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America?
If not, would you vote to repeal it?
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?
NEVER…we’ll deal with it in other ways. No shortcuts
What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
Should NOT be allowed! NEVER!
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 maybe in Nazi Germany
What controls, if any, should be placed on the right to own a gun?
None, they’re going to find a way to get one anyway
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?
If anything it should be up to the one selling it. Perhaps something at the state level but that’s it
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?
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?
Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
NO, not to the extent that I know
Should the U.S. give foreign aid to other countries?
No, this should be handled by churches and civic groups only.
If yes, for what purposes would it be justified?
If not all countries, which would you continue to support?
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
When does state law take precedent over federal law?
Always, Article I Section VIII is all the feds can do
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?
Oh, I plan on it…from the county level I’ll be raising the issue.
Do federal officers have the right to arrest non-military citizens within the individual states for any crimes?
VI) Illegal Immigration:
What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
It’s illegal and unfair for legal citizens…it distorts the work marketplace
What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
Work to assure benefits are not given to illegals to draw them in.
VII) Misc. Questions:
If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
Be more clear on the Interstate Commerce Clause
Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
Let him alone!
Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is?
I’m learning more.
Do you support it?
Why or why not?
It will destroy private property rights
Your Name: Mark Hopp
Office you seek: Alamance County Commissioner North Carolina
PRIMARY DATE: May 8th
Email Address: email@example.com