Peter James for U.S. House of Representatives, MD
Peter 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 unconstitutional and the Federal Reserve needs to be abolished. Money should be issued from the US Treasury. Budget must be balanced as well or else Congress will issue too much and casue inflation.
In support of Dr. Paul alternative private currency position, I am issuing JUST MONEY and loaning it to my campaign and already have several thousands of FNRs exchanged. Local business take it in exchange for goods and services.
2. What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
Congress needs to issue non interest bearing money directly, balance the budget, cut all spending not authorized by Article 1 section 8.
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 see above.
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
yes, but more so it needs to be abolished. Like Jackson I want to say on my death bed. “I killed the bank”
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
1. What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
No war should be fought the is not declared by Congress. Congress has no authority from the people to delegate this power to the President or anyone.
2. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
Identify and corroborate individual overt acts of aggression and use Congress’ power to issue letter of marque and reprisal to go after specific offenders not invade entire countries.
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, yes, a few to support rapid deploy via the navy and to keep commercial sea lanes open and free from pirates.
4. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
No go back to state militias. Train for rapid call up. We haven’t won a war since WWII and that was under the state militia system. I would keep units of marines for rapid deployment via the navy and some bases to support Air force rapid deployment and refueling.
5. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
No it is unconstitutional same as the enabling act in Germany. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck.
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?
Zero. This, if any, is solely a state function
2. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
Probable cause review and order by a judge. All judge issued warrants should be reviewed by a grand jury.
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?
No. Not an enumerated power. I’m a farmer. States can do this if they so choose.
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?
None. Not just guns but “arms” are protect by the second amendment. The 2nd amendment was for to protect hunters or self defense it is so that the people can throw off tyranny.
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?
Treaties are authorized under the Constitution and shall be the supreme law of the land. They must however be properly vetted by the senate and be pursuant to our constitution. This is the most dangerous part of our Constitution, so I would be open to a Constitutional amendment that limits treaty power of the president.
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?
3. Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
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 authority to do this.
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
1. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
If it is not enumerated in Article 1 section 8 and if by treaty not pursuant the the Constitution.
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?
Only for crimes that cross state borders and crimes against other states or citizens of other countries.
VI) Illegal Immigration:
1. What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
Lack of enforcement. I see the focus on illegal immigration as scapegoating just like happen in Germany against gypsies.
We would have any Christian if Egypt had adopted a similar policy when Jesus’ family fled there as a baby.
2. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
I want to stop everyone from receiving federally funded social services. Each state can decide through the people want if any services they wish to provide.
VII) Misc. Questions:
1. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
Tough question – repeal 16th amendment 2nd choice limit treaty power.
2. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
3. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
4. Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
Yes, I do. No. It does an end run around federal treaty powers not allowed to the state or entity of the states.
Your Name: Peter James
Office you seek: U.S. House of Representatives
PRIMARY DATE: April 3 – early voting March 25
Email Address: email@example.com