Dr. Shaun Crowell for U.S. Senate, TN
Shaun answers the Liberty Candidate questions below:
1. What is your view of the monetary system in the U.S. today?
We are at a breaking point with our monetary system and policy. There is no common sense at the Federal Reserve with their Quantitative Easing and continued inability to recognize that they are inflating the U.S. dollar and thus eroding the foundation of our struggling economy.
2. What corrective actions could we take to improve the economy?
Audit the Federal Reserve Bank would be a nice start. The Congress needs to stop spending 1 trillion dollars + more than the GDP and balance the budget. The next step would be to pay down the national debt. Amending the Constitution and effectively ending the 16th Amendment would be great. Then we could consider a flat tax or fair tax to pay down the debt and supply our needs. Eliminate useless Cabinet departments and Cabinet level departments that continue to regulate small and medium size businesses and look the other way with large corporations. By the federal government downsizing then business would be able to grow and hire more workers thus ending major unemployment and stimulating our economy by the government getting out of people’s business. Laissez-Faire!
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 the Federal Reserve. Quantitative Easing is a nice term that means that “the Fed” is going to print more money. Every time this happens then our dollar becomes devalued and the currency will inflate.
The Fed could have lent money to small and medium sized businesses to allow growth and real GDP. This would have allowed job growth and would have turned around our economy. But that didn’t happen did it? Are you fed up with the Fed?
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
Yes, they should be audited. No, they should not keep any secrets – transparency.
5. What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
Let me be politically correct when I say that it stinks! Our economy cannot sustain these wars. They continue these wars and there is no one who can tell us what our objectives are. The national media chooses to give the current President a pass on his foreign policy agenda. We are and will experience “blowback” if we continue this agenda.
6. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
As a Christian this question is easy. We stop killing in the name of protecting U.S. citizens and allow the Church do their thing by loving people to Christ. Christ promotes peace and I truly believe that this would be the best foreign policy. Politically, it is called diplomacy. Our Constitution states that we “provide for the common defense”, not offense, which seems to be our modus operandi (m.o.).
7. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
The Constitution provides for a militia and U.S. history depicts a standing army/militia throughout our existence. It is interesting because our founding fathers debated the use of force to quell uprisings. (See Federalists verse Anti-federalists) The short answer is yes.
8. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
No, we do not need the Patriot Act. This Act is an attack against our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I would vote to repeal the Patriot Act, the NDAA of 2011, and I would strengthen the Posse Comitatus Act.
9. What information may the U.S. government legally gather about its citizens? When would it be necessary to overstep those boundaries?
I think that the Federal government should get out of the business of its people. John Acton said that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is never necessary to overstep the Constitutional rights of the people. Benjamin Franklin said that “if someone is going to give up a little of their liberty for security then they deserve neither liberty nor security.”
10. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
The 4th Amendment states that a person has a right to their papers, house, person, and effects against unreasonable searches or seizures unless a Warrant is obtained with the person, place , and things to be searched and seized.
11. 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?
Our food sources are truly unhealthy. But it is not the government’s responsibility to legislate how people conduct their lives. What people choose to eat or drink, or if they decide to vaccinate or not vaccinate is not the responsibility of the government. We live in a Republic. If some people want socialism then they can move outside the United States.
12. 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 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms. Therefore no restrictions should be placed on U.S. citizens. It is not guns that kill people; it is people who kill people. The best way to effectively control criminals is to allow the people to defend themselves.
13. 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?
The premise and founding of these organizations may have been pure in their infancy, but they have now grown up into the monsters that they are. They seek to control and manipulate the people of the world thereby destroying the liberty that we Americans have fought and died to preserve. We have to ensure the sovereignty of our nation, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our currency.
14. 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?
There is no reason for an organization or other nation to have any say in the liberties that we have here in our own nation. If U.S. citizens are traveling abroad then they are subject to the laws of those nations.
15. Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
What did Ross Perot say about NAFTA in 1992? He said that there would be “a big sucking sound, and that would be all the jobs being sucked out of the United States” when NAFTA became law. Twenty years later we find his prediction was true and now we are dealing with record unemployment.
16. 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?
I believe that foreign aid is a cover for American contractors to make large sums of money off of the U.S. taxpayers. Maybe not in all cases does this happen, but in most it does.
17. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
The 9th and the 10th Amendment allow the states and/or the people to take precedent over the federal law as long as it does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
18. 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?
19. Do federal officers have the right to arrest non-military citizens within the individual states for any crimes?
No, the federal officers should have to coordinate with local law enforcement and obey the Constitution specifically the 4th, 5th,6th, 7th, and 8th Amendments.
20. What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
An unsecure border is the problem. Our Preamble says that we should provide for the common defense, yet drug cartels cross our border everyday to carry out their missions.
21. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
If we end social services for all and allow the people to make their own choices for their food, retirement, etc. then we would not have to worry about illegal immigrants straining our economy.
22. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
End the 16th Amendment by removing Congresses authority to tax income and instead allow Congress to tax only goods bought/consumed, a fair tax. Also, make a ceiling on the national sales tax provision which would deter any future Congresses from raising the national sales tax.
23. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
24. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
Even though he is not a U.S. citizen, he should still be afforded the right to freedom of press, freedom of speech. I do not believe in secret organizations, secret government dealings, etc. The government and business should be transparent. Secrecy makes its bed and lies down with Deceit and Dishonesty almost every time.
25. Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
Agenda 21 is the United Nations attempt at controlling the local governments through an environmental agenda. It’s voice is Al Gore and the like who would love to control every man, woman, and child through this Cap and Trade Tax which is a nice phrase for a Carbon Tax or a If You are a Person and Breath then You will be Taxed tax. I do not support this agenda and I do not support the U.N. We have to take our country back. This election is the most important in U.S. history. United we stand! Divided we fall! Let’s unite as U.S. citizens!
Dr. Shaun Crowell
Giving America back to the People
Dr. Shaun Crowell for US Senate 2012