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Libertarian Candidate

 

Gail Lightfoot
For U.S. 
Senate - 2012


Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.”

Wm. Allen White,
[1868-1944], 1923 Pulitzer prize winner known as the ‘sage of Emporia’, gained national fame in the election of 1796 by his ferocious anti-populist edictorial, ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas.’

We must keep our laws few, simple and clear.”  
Gail K Lightfoot
, CA LP Candidate for US Senate, 2010

The reason governments exist is people decide to create governing bodies to protect their individual rights and keep the peace with:  

A Court system that
           
Investigates crime
           
Seeks restitution

            Isolates violent individuals

A Diplomatic Service that

            Interacts with other nation states

A Defense Department that

           
Defends the country from invasion with an Army, Navy and Air Force.

The American government is a Constitutional Republic with a limited federal government that says the states shall provide a Republican government for their residents.

2004 Statement in Primary Voter Pamphlet

I am a Charter member of the Libertarian Party but I cut my political teeth as a Young Republican and Young American for Freedom, walking precincts for Barry Goldwater in 1964.  My beliefs mirror this statement from his book, The Conscience of a Conservative, "I have no interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is needed before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."  In 2001, I watched a biography of Harry Truman which inspired me to obtain a book of his quotes. Here in one expressing my belief. "In the cause of freedom, we have to battle for the rights of people with whom we do not agree; and whom, in many cases, we may not like. These people test the strength of the freedoms which protect all of us. If we do not defend their rights, we endanger our own."

2010 Candidate Statement in the Nov Voter Pamphlet:

ISSUES - Gail's views on CORE ISSUES mentioned by the media.

 War on Drugs is a failed policy.

 Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are resulting in more violence.

 National Security can be preserved without endangering Civil Liberties.

 Right to Bear Arms is an individual right of self defense.

 Right to Life is for the living.  Abortion is a personal medical decision for the individuals concerned. Late term abortions occur in other states and result in the death of a viable individual. Abortions should not occur after the first 3 months of a pregnancy for good, sound, medical reasons. Physicians should be informing their patients about these reasons.

 Big Government is the problem, not a solution.

 Separation of Church and State means the state can't endorse religion, not that you cannot follow a religion of your choice.

 Government According to Gail Lightfoot

 It is the Cities and Counties that need to work together so that roads meet at their jurisdictional lines not the state or federal governments.

 We, the People, as individuals, need to understand that government [since it uses force] is not a solution for every problem. Problems are best solved by individuals, either on their own or with friends, family or groups set up by and for voluntary individual action.

 THE CONSTITUTION 

 
Restore it. The Constitution grants certain carefully ‘enumerated powers’ to the federal government. The purpose is to limit the federal government to just those listed powers and no others. All other non-enumerated ‘powers’ are “reserved to the states . . . or to the people.” Cut the federal government back to those ‘powers’ by returning all unconstitutional agencies and regulations back to the states. Individuals are ultimately responsible for the decisions and may suffer from poor decisions. The government is not there to fix them or their mistakes. Individuals can choose to help others but should not be forced to by government.

 FOREIGN POLICY 

 
Commerce, not coercion, creates fewer enemies.

 Notify the world that the U.S. is not their policeman. Bring our troops home. Return control of Iraq to the people of Iraq and responsibility for peace in the Middle East and everywhere else to each country's citizens. They have more to lose than we do. Individuals and/or non governmental organizations [NGOs] can and should work to reduce conflict around the world and provide aid when and where it is needed. We and others should only go where it is safe and where safe havens for those in danger can be provided. We and others seeking to help those in need should use diplomatic channels to provide permanent relocation so lives are rebuilt instead of waiting years hoping to return ‘home’ whether it is a natural disaster or some sort of civil dispute resulting in violence.

 THE ECONOMY

 Let the private sector work its wonders. If we respect private property, reduce government control by agencies, licenses, regulations and subsidies everyone can work towards the goals they think are most important.

 TAXATION is legalized theft. Stop it. Find other funding methods [fees]. If a service cannot attract financial support, maybe we don't need it.

 ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY

Reform the legal system for easier access by individuals. Set up user friendly web sites and make them available in Kiosks or at the local library so anyone can sue for damages to their person or property. If polluters had to pay, they would think more carefully about what they do.

 Possession or use of a substance is not a crime, ‘Decriminalize Drugs’, educate to promote responsible drug use.

 Nuclear waste should be reused so the final byproduct is so small that storage is not a problem.

 Different life styles are not a crime. If force or violence is used, authorities can investigate and ask for a court hearing prior to taking any action unless a life is in immediate danger. It is up to the court to provide appropriate solutions.  

 HEALTH CARE

 
Pass the “Health Freedom Protection Act,” to deregulate the health care industry. Leave all medical decisions, including abortions, to individuals, families and physicians. Let individuals shop for the health insurance they need. When we individually select health insurance, it can follow us from job to job and state to state. Insurance companies will compete for our business if we have the right to pick and choose the coverage we need.

 EDUCATION

Allow parents to choose the schooling they wish for their children. Gradually end all government funding of education beginning with vouchers that follow the child. Recognize that children learn best when they choose to learn and learning is a lifelong process. With today's technology no one need remain uneducated even if they never leave home. Exceptions to this would come under the heading of Welfare.

 WELFARE

 Privately funded and supported agencies do a better job of helping individuals get back on their feet or have long term assistance with dignity. This is as true internationally as it is here at home [see foreign policy].

 SOCIAL SECURITY

 Encourage personal retirement savings accounts. Merge all taxpayer funded and government agency retirement plans for everyone over 55 into one identical plan for all retirees – including Congress. Allow anyone to opt out along the way transferring what they paid, with reasonable interest added, into their personal retirement account.

 IMMIGRATION

 Set up a simple registration system to know who is here, why and for how long. Do not punish those who came here without ‘permission’ because we failed to allow for their entry. They came because we had jobs waiting for them. That is a sure sign we were not permitting enough immigration to meet our needs [not theirs].

 ID cards. Passports, Visas and licenses or privately issued IDs can be tamper proof and insured as such.

 POLITICAL REFORM

 No retirement benefits for elected officials. Let them, like everyone else, earn retirement by working and paying into a fund for that purpose. With no ‘retirement benefits’, we might not need to limit terms.

 Term limits for all elected officials – I prefer just one office, one term. That sounds drastic but it would be very effective. The government of the people can be run by the people. We don't need ‘experts’ or career politicians. In fact, that is the last thing we need. Meanwhile, the term limits we now have are continuously being challenged. If the people really want long terms for elected officials, let them set them longer.

 Enact “Fully Informed Jury” laws. Let Jurors know they can ‘judge’ the law as well as the defendant.

 Immediately post vote counts at all polling places with next day pick up and posting at a central public location.

 Inform the voters which candidates are publicly posting all contributions and expenditures.

 The power to overturn existing problems lies in the hands of the voters. Know who you are voting for, what they believe and why they seek office. When voters begin to pay attention and turn the rascals out, change will happen.

 SECOND AMENDMENT

 Secure our right of Self Defense by keeping the Second Amendment intact and understood as a protection of the individual right of all Americans to keep and bear arms for protection.

 EMINENT DOMAIN

 Eminent Domain is for ‘public’ use of land only!

 GAY RIGHTS and CIVIL UNIONS

 Marriage is no longer a legal issue of property so it is no longer a government issue unless the individuals wish to have a legal contract. It has become a religious or Church issue. Civil unions are legal contracts which can be taken to a court. The government does not need to write our contracts for us. We can do it ourselves and/or hire competent help. Employee benefits are up to the business and its employees, not the government.

 STEM CELL RESEARCH

 Let private enterprise deal with Stem cell and DNA research and development. Let the discussion of morals and ethics take place in the public arena where all sides can be heard and individuals can decide what projects to support according to their own beliefs or business goals.