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Marin, Sonoma County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Richard W. Friesen

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 6

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Why We Believe in YOU and YOUR Liberty

The founding of the United States was, well...revolutionary.

It was a giant step in moving power from the anointed to the individual. This was an extraordinary event. Now each of us has the opportunity to continue the work of our founding fathers and expand our power to run our own lives as we see fit.

Americans have vision.

Americans want nothing but the best. Americans are generous beyond what the rest of the world imagines. We want to end systemic suffering in every corner of our world and we have the optimism to do it. We don't believe the world has to be the way it is. As individuals, communities and businesses we have provided one of the highest standards of living in the world.

But this wasn't enough.

We made a deal with the devil.

The most damage we have done as Americans is from the collective power of Washington. Consider for a moment, what worries and concerns you most about our country - and most likely the top three issues will be political issues or abuses of political power.

  • To provide homeland security we have create a military industrial complex whose mission is foreign nation building..
  • To provide social justice we have created a federal bureaucracy that has gone beyond protecting the rights of all Americans to pitting one group of Americans against each other in a bid for privilege and entitlements.
  • To provide an education for every child, we have moved the power of how to educate our children from parents and teachers to programs and assessments from Washington and Sacramento.
  • To protect us from our own moral and psychological challenges we have imprisoned a higher percentage of our citizens, especially minorities, for victimless behavior, than ANY other countries in the world by criminalizing the personal use of drugs.
  • We have gone from providing a rule of law for business to selecting special business interests that are protected from competition, receive corporate welfare and tax advantages.
  • To provide for medical security we have created a bureaucratic federal monster that consumes half of all money spent on health care and created enormous overhead and regulations that stifle creativity and burdens our children with an unfunded liability they won't want to pay.
  • To provide for our retirement, Washington has spent our Social Security savings we trusted to it, foisting our retirement care on our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars of unfunded retirement obligations that will break their backs and pit the young against the old.

We made a deal with our government.

They promised, if we give them the power they will end our pain. So we gave Washington the power to tax up to half of all we earn. We gave them the power to make millions of pages of regulations on how to run our lives, our businesses and our communities. We gave them the power to imprison us for our own moral protection.

And what are the results?

We are a nation segregated into special interest groups fighting for crumbs from the federal pie. There is a reason why lobbying is the biggest growth industry in the country - because Washington directs more and more of our lives. Every group needs a lobbyist to protect their interests. The greedy want to take what is rightfully ours. Others simply want to protect what they have made.

We have moved so much of what is truly important to our lives, such as education, health and retirement from civil society to political society. As the size of Washington continues to grow under both the Democratic and Republican politicians, they take more and more in order to control and distribute less and less to us. Rather than cooperating to find solutions, we have to fight each other for the spoils of our own labor.

Libertarians believe that everyone can win in Washington.

If our legislative, judicial and executive branches were devoted to protecting our freedom and liberty from force and fraud, we as individuals, communities and corporations could focus on unleashing our joint creativity to take care of ourselves and our communities so much better.

Libertarians believe that you know best how to run your own life. This is right and moral.

Please, join me and other libertarians as we continue to enjoy and protect our unalienable, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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