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Clark Patterson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Libertarian for U.S. House (TX) - District 37


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Texas Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
As an Ayn Rand Objectivist, I don't believe that life begins at conception. Even if life does begin at conception, no person has the right to live at the expense of another person's life. A woman cannot be forced to use her body as a mandatory life support system for her fetus by forcing her to carry her fetus to term. Consequently, I'm pro-choice on abortion.
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Libertarians support massive across-the-board cuts in government spending, cuts to both guns and butter -- so-called "entitlement" spending and defense spending. Libertarians don't believe that taxation has any place whatsoever in a free society, and should be phased out. All government revenue should be derived from lotteries and voluntary contributions from Americans. The US is the most existentially secure nation in world history yet it spends more on defense than any other nation and more than the next seven countries combined. The US should switch to a foreign policy of strict non-interventionism and cut defense spending by 75 percent.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I oppose the regulation of indirect campaign contributions. Today, elections are completely in the hands of the American voter. In today's internet age, American voters have unprecedented access to information about political issues and candidates, access to far more information than voters had in the days of the founding of the republic. In short, American elections today cannot be "bought." If the American voters elect a Hitler over a Thomas Jefferson because Hitler spends ten times as much money on his campaign than does Jefferson, then the problem lies with the American voter, not with "dark money" or its source.
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
Libertarians vehemently oppose qualified immunity from civil litigation for government officials, including law enforcement officers. When defending rights, police officers should not be allowed to violate rights. The function of police officers is to be defensive protectors of the community, not militarized, outside agents. Libertarians also oppose "no knock" warrants which allow police to violate citizens' 4th Amendment rights by breaking into their homes unannounced. Libertarians vigorously oppose the War on Drugs which is actually a war on citizens engaged in victimless "crimes" like possessing, using or selling controlled substances. Finally, Libertarians also oppose civil asset forfeiture.
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
Libertarians such as myself believe in a foreign policy of strict non-interventionism. The US today is the most existentially secure nation in world history, yet we spend more on defense than any other nation and more than the next seven nations combined. In its relations with all other countries, the US should pursue complete free trade, greatly increase the level of legal immigration and implement a 100 percent gold dollar, preventing currency manipulation. The US should close all overseas military bases, withdraw from the UN, NATO and all other entangling alliances and cut defense spending by at least 75 percent.
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
Libertarians believe in extremely limited government spending and no taxation. In fact, severely limiting government spending and drastically reducing taxation is the best way to promote private economic growth. Libertarians also believe that only the private sector should create jobs. If US federal governmental involvement [and state and local governmental involvement] were completely removed from the American economy, the result would be unprecedented economic growth and expansion. Libertarians also oppose governmental manipulation of money and credit and oppose artificially low interest rates, which create economic malinvestment and economic recessions. A 100 percent gold dollar should completely replace the Federal Reserve.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Libertarians oppose any governmental funding, regulation, or involvement in primary, secondary, and higher education. Libertarians also emphatically oppose state compulsory education laws that force parents to enroll their children in school. Children are highly unique; not all are meant for formal schooling. Many children are "square pegs" forced to fit into the "round hole" of mass compulsory public education. Libertarians also believe that higher education is not a public good, nor is it a right. The US spends more money per capita on education than any other nation, yet our student test scores are far from the highest.
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Even if human activity is contributing to climate change, Libertarians oppose all attempts to regulate or limit private property rights. We must realize that the earth's climate was changing even before the advent of mankind. We must also recognize that cold weather kills more humans each year than does hot weather. The answer to climate change, whatever "problem" it poses, is to expand private property rights and human freedom, not restrict them. With full private property rights in place, mankind will be able to "change the climate" by combating the harmful effects of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural weather disasters.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Libertarians emphatically oppose gun control. Over the last 40 years, the murder rate and the number of people who have died from gun violence in the US has fallen dramatically. During this same period, the number of guns purchased in the US has risen sharply. The US should not attempt to protect rights by restricting rights. The first US gun control laws were passed in the post-Civil War American South, designed to keep emancipated blacks from owning guns. Today, gun control laws make it much harder for a single mother living in a high crime area to protect her family.
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
Libertarians believe that Obamacare should be phased out. We should also phaseout Medicare and Medicaid within one generation. Libertarians believe there should be no governmental involvement in healthcare. Unfortunately, too many Americans today believe that healthcare is a right. It is not. Removing all levels of government from healthcare would, in the long run, greatly reduce overall health care spending. In a complete healthcare free market, Americans would pay almost all of their health care costs "out of pocket." Health insurance, if it even existed in a health care free market, would likely only pay for medical emergencies.
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No, I oppose that. Instead, I support comprehensive immigration reform based on greatly increasing legal levels of immigration. In a 2012 Gallup poll, roughly 150 million foreigners expressed a desire to immigrate to the US. With some procedural vetting, we should allow the vast majority to do so. Contrary to the current conventional wisdom, immigration is a win-win proposition. Immigrants benefit from moving to the US, but so do natives. We should grant the current 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants and DREAMers a pathway to citizenship. Allowing much more legal immigration would almost completely end all human trafficking and sex slavery.
No Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
No, because we lived for forty years with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union -- which possessed thousands of nuclear weapons, we can live with a nuclear Iran today. In fact, Sunni Saudi Arabia is Shia Iran's number one enemy today, not the US. Libertarians believe in a strictly non-interventionist foreign policy, which doesn't involve overthrowing foreign governments. The US overthrew Iran's democratically-elected government in August, 1953. For the next quarter century, the US kept in power the autocratic, unpopular Shah of Iran. As late as the 1970s, the US government financially supported a plan to build 23 nuclear reactors in Iran.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Because Libertarians emphatically believe in the principles of free trade and open emigration and immigration, Libertarians strongly support the outsourcing and offshoring of US jobs that can be performed more efficiently in foreign countries. Libertarians generally favor increasing the legal level of immigration which would somewhat reduce the need for outsourcing and offshoring jobs. The total level of production is reduced if companies like Carrier and Ford pay more for work in the US that could be done for less in Mexico, for example. Outsourcing jobs lowers prices significantly for low cost goods and services, products purchased by bluecollar workers.
I'm running for Congress to advocate the philosphic ideas of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism and the economic views of Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian School of economics. Bad philosophic and economic ideas have led America to our current philosophic, cultural, and financial crises. Only the sound views of Rand and Mises can make America great again. If elected, I'll introduce legislation to phase out all entitlement programs -- including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- within one generation. Also, I'll advocate for a foreign policy of strict non-interventionism and to cut defense spending by 75 percent.

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