RJ 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?
The Federal Reserve System is both unconstitutional and unethical. I will audit and then end the Federal Reserve which is nothing more than a private bank operating under a contract. I will restore a sovereign currency backed by gold and silver. This is possible because the Federal Reserve act of 1913 is unconstitutional and the president is under no obligation to execute unconstitutional law.
2. What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
End federal socialism except Social Security and Medicare which are both debts which have to be paid until phased out. Eliminate all unconstitutional federal agencies and consolidate those that remain for greater efficiency. End the foreign policy of interventionism which is costing trillions. End all foreign aid which is costing trillions. End the war on drugs which is costing trillions. STOP the Congress from deficit spending of any kind. Veto any and all bills which include bailouts or subsidies of any kind. Eliminate the IRS and replace ALL personal taxes with a 10% corporate profit tax rate as our only tax source. Direct the AG to rigorously investigate all Congressional dealings with business lobbyists. Promote healthy and sustainable immigration which will increase the size of our middle class and create new markets for local business.
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. The Federal Reserve is exacerbating the problem by creating new debt based money which is causing massive hidden and under-reported inflation. Moreover, without Congressional approval it has put the taxpayers on the hook for trillions more than the current federal deficit by bailing out failed business all over the world. This behavior is criminal and I will see that the entire Federal Reserve is investigate and those that knew about and perpetrated these crimes will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
Fully audited, investigated and then ended.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
1. What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
It is a foreign policy of interventionism unrecognizable to the founders of this Republic.
2. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
Repeal or refuse to enforce all gun control laws. Encourage citizens to learn how to defend themselves and protect them from lawsuit when it is shown that they acted in their own self-defense or that of others. Direct the Navy and Marines to rigorously patrol international waters known to be harbors for pirates and terrorists. Require that transportation crews be armed and be trained to defend their cargo, passengers and vessels in order to obtain a charter to operate as a U.S. carrier. Issue Letters of Marque to privateers wishing to hire themselves out for international security operations.
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. The only foreign bases I would look at retaining in the short term are those needed to defend Japan since we have a treaty from WWII to provide for its defense in return that they will not ever be allowed an expeditionary military with which to wage war again. However, I would look to see these bases closed as well after successfully negotiating changes to this treaty which would see Japan’s sovereignty fully restored.
4. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
No. The National Guard represents more than half the combat forces deployed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has proven itself to be more than capable of defending the Republic since before there was a Republic. I would restore the National Guard as the primary provider of our ‘homeland’ security and end the Cold War practice of maintaining standing Armies. Prior to the Cold War with the Soviet Union, which no longer exists, the United States never maintained a standing peacetime Army although it did, and we should, maintain a very strong Militia or National Guard.
5. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
No. I will not only fight for its repeal, but as President I will stop enforcing it on day one and begin investigations of any government official which used to tyrannize We the People. Following orders will not be an excuse for any human rights abuses discovered by the AG.
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?
It may gather, through the census, a count of Citizens for the purpose of allocation of Congressional Representation. It may not gather any other data without a lawful warrant alleging with particularity a breach of U.S. Law. It may also request data from those wishing to hold appointed office as part of the hiring process. Other than this the U.S. government cannot gather data on We the People.
2. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
The government should NEVER be able to search us without a 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?
None. The 5th and 14th amendments allow for the infringement of Liberty only through due process and equal protection. Those found guilty of a felony have received both and so they can be kept from owning a gun. I think this should be further restricted to only those found guilty of a violent felony but I will not try to tell the states how to handle their criminal justice matters unless they are breaching the Constitution in the process.
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?
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. I will END ALL FOREIGN AID! We are $15T in debt and yet borrowing more money to BUY friends? This is not HONEST friendship.
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
1. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
At all times except in those areas specifically allocated to U.S. jurisdiction in 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?
Federal Officers must work through the County Sheriff or the Tribal Police to arrest any person not in federal jurisdiction. They may detain persons deemed to be immediate security threats but only until the County Sheriff or Tribal Police arrive. But then this is the same power any individual citizen has when acting to protect themselves or others and its scope should never be extended beyond that.
VI) Illegal Immigration:
1. What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
That prevention of immigration, other than in the case of known felons, is even attempted. Eliminate the unconstitutional federal social services and the socialism, the cost of which is driving our businesses/jobs overseas, and suddenly immigration becomes critical to our future economic growth again just like it has been for generations previous.
2. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
Ending all social services programs at the federal level. If states want to give away their resources it is for their citizens to redress at that level.
VII) Misc. Questions:
1. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
I want an amendment which clarifies the ambiguous term “person” in the 5th and 14th amendments. At the time these amendments were ratified it was thought not to be possible to be a person before natural birth. But due to advancements in modern medical science; we now know that it possible. Up till now this clarification has been attempted by the Supreme Court alone which represents a tyranny upon the People since this is outside the scope of the court’s power. Article Five states that situations like this are to be addressed by amendments which is why I support this course of action on this issue.
2. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
3. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
As President I will stop the persecution of Mr. Assange by this government and see to it that his grievances resulting from our late treatment of him are redressed as fully as possible. Furthermore, I will stop the prosecution of PFC Bradley Manning, issue him a full pardon, restore his military rank, honor and privileges, reimburse him for all his lost legal bills, lost wages and personal pain suffered and award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his actions taken at the risk of his own life in defense of the People’s Liberty.
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 what it is and I am totally against it in whatever form or guise it takes.
RJ Harris is a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nomination for President of the United States. RJ is also a career Army National Guard Officer and three-time combat veteran having just returned from Afghanistan in August 2011. Additionally he has been a small business owner and an Air Traffic Controller in the Federal Aviation Administration. RJ is a University of Oklahoma graduate in Philosophy and a third year law student (3L) at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is a Constitutional Libertarian and a prominent leader in the nation-wide grassroots Liberty Candidate movement having run a vigorous 2010 campaign for Oklahoma’s 4th U.S. Congressional District against incumbent, (R). Tom Cole. RJ has appeared on the Lisa Wexler Show, Fox News’ Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, before numerous Tea Party candidate panels and been the featured guest on conservative/libertarian talk-radio/blogger talk programs across the country. Endorsements for RJ’s 2010 U.S. Congressional Campaign include: Senator Rand Paul, Mr. John Dennis, Ms. Debra Medina, the Republican Liberty Caucus, the Oklahoma Conservative PAC and grassroots Tea Party organizations from across Oklahoma. RJ is also a proud a son of the Kiowa Nation located in Carnegie, OK. His father, Dr. RichardMichael Settainte (White Bear) Harris, is the Physician for the Kiowa People. RJ’s mother is Deborah Jill (Rochelle) Barnes; a retired business executive residing in Casa Grande, AZ along with RJ’s Step-Father Mr. Sam W. Barnes; a Musician and retired Sales Rep. RJ has been married to his wife Jennifer for 20 years and they flourish together in Norman, OK along with their five children; Mercedes, Georgia, Wyatt, Peyton and Braxton.
Liberty Candidates Application: By RJ Harris, 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidate.
Name: RJ Harris
Office Sought: U.S. President
Home State: Oklahoma
Libertarian Party Nomination Date: May 5th 2012
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.RJHarris2012.com