to Lubbock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 3/28/03
Iím Chip Peterson, Iím a Libertarian running for Congress. I have a website: Chippeterson .com that will
contain the full text of this statement if I run out of time here.
I am here to tell you that I am running for several
nation is heading for a train wreck on social security and our politicians keep
ignoring that fact! I wrote a book titled, The
REAL Social Security Problem: What Everyone Must Know Before Itís too Late.
Copies are available free to those in the audience, since the book analyzes the
problem and explains it in very simple terms so people can no longer be fooled
about it. We need to face up to our potential social security problems now so
the train wreck wonít happen.
writing the book I realized that many of the potential solutions to the social
security problem involved Libertarian policies. Some
of the most important policies that I support are the following:
Tax Rates and Simpler Taxes without Double Taxation. Such policies are necessary so that people will
have incentives to work hard and be more productive, thereby producing more
goods that retirees could consume in the future.
Wasteful Government Spending on Pork Barrel Projects and activities no longer
needed. Wasted resources are gone forever and wonít be available to
support future retirees.
Levels of Government Regulation.
Such regulation often impedes the productivity of farmers and business, thereby
wasting resources, and again leaving less product for future generations to
legal immigration for people who want to work in the U.S. People who come to work should be allowed to,
while those who come only for welfare or with destructive intentions should be
excluded from the U.S. Additional production by new immigrants will be helpful
when taking care of future retirees.
strong domestic defense policy to protect what we have, ourselves, and our
above are all basic Libertarian positions. In addition, as you will see if you read my social security book, I
also favor strong family and strong
educational policies, including educational choice or home schooling if that
would be more effective. Choice in
education is also a Libertarian Policy.
I also agree with Libertarian positions that take their guidance from the
intent of our nationís founding fathers. I
strongly believe in our nationís Constitution and its Bill of Rights,
which were intended to provide explicit guarantees that government would not
become too powerful and try to enslave its citizens by taking away their rights.
In recent years, unfortunately, some of those constitutional protections and
rights have been eroded as government has grown and reached for more power.
Thus, I want to state that I strongly support first
amendment rights regarding freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom
of the press, and freedom of peaceable assembly and petition to redress
grievances. I also support second
amendment rights of the people to keep and bear arms, and fourth
amendment rights that protect people against unreasonable searches and
seizures. In addition, I support the Fifth
through 8th amendments that guarantee people the right to not be
deprived of life liberty or property without due process, the right to trial by
jury, and the right to reasonable bail. Finally, I support the 9th
and 10th amendments that reserve all rights not expressly given
to the federal government to the people or to the states unless the rights are
expressly prohibited to them.
I am concerned that many of the protections promised by our
Constitutionís Bill of Rights have been violated by government entities in the
war on drugs. There have been unreasonable searches and seizures, seizures of
property without due process, and other violations of individual rights
guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. Recently, in Tulia, it appears that many
minorities were cited for drug offenses based upon the testimony of a single,
possibly unreliable, undercover agent who may have been biased against many of
them. That action caused the accused to bear substantial legal costs and
Abuses of government power in the name of the drug war make me ask, like
all Libertarians, whether the ďcureĒ to the drug problem is worse than the
ďdisease.Ē I think we need to seriously question whether government
solutions to the drug problem are too draconian with regard to drugs that are no
more dangerous than alcohol, and could be regulated similarly.
Thus, like all Libertarians, I support your constitutional rights, I want
to reduce and simplify taxes, and I seriously want to reduce government spending
and regulation so taxes can stay down and business can be more productive.
Consequently, I urge you to vote Libertarian for me for Congress. And by the
way, if you like my positions, I would appreciate donations to the campaign at
the box number shown on my literature so I would have some money to advertise my
views more widely. I thank you.
Email Chip with any questions.
Richard Peterson Campaign, Richard Peterson treasurer