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The U.S. Supreme Court recently held, in the case of Kelo vs.
City of New London, that States and local governments are
allowed to seize private property through eminent domain in
order to facilitate private commercial development. This is a
complete abuse of government power.
The Los Angeles Times reported on January 2006 that a parcel
of property had been seized by the City of Los Angeles from a
private furniture manufacturer. The City later decided to sell the
land to a competitor of the original owner. Of course, no one
was surprised at all when it was discovered that the person to
whom the property is to be sold is a significant campaign
donor! Should we tolerate this kind of corruption?
The government's powers of eminent domain need to be strictly
limited and strictly supervised. Politicians should not be trusted
with the power to seize private property! As an immediate first
step, all government units should be prohibited from taking
private land under eminent domain in order to transfer the
property to any person or business for economic development.
“Gun control means hitting your target.” This is the kind of gun
control I support.
“The right of the people, to keep and bear arms, shall not be
infringed.” The Second Amendment seems perfectly
straightforward to me. Almost every government official has
taken an oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution,
which includes this important provision. So why do these same
officials feel free to infringe the right of the people to keep and
bear arms? Every lawmaker who has voted in favor of gun
control laws has violated his/her oath of office. Every judge who
has upheld gun control laws has violated his/her oath of office.
I intend to uphold my oath of office. I understand the meaning of
“shall not be infringed.” I will work to roll-back the improper gun
control laws that are presently in existence, and to fight any new
gun control laws that are proposed.
Does this mean I support individuals stockpiling nuclear
weapons, conventional explosives, bazookas, mortars and other
destructive devices? No. These are not firearms and do not fall
within the scope of the Second Amendment. However, there is
a category of firearms that the State and the Media have
demonized with the scary label “assault weapons” which have
been banned. This ban violates the Second Amendment.
Permits to all citizens of good character and clean
backgrounds who meet certain objective requirements of
weapons training, weapons skill and knowledge of the law
regarding the use of deadly force. The evidence shows that
after Florida adopted mandatory issuance of CCWs, the rate
of violent crimes against persons went down. The fact is,
criminals are far less likely to mug or rape or otherwise
attack people when their potential victims might be armed
and able to fight back! In just about every state that passed
mandatory issuance of CCWs, the doomsayers predicted
shootouts in the streets, and shootouts in parking lots as
people fought over parking spaces. None of this came to
pass. Instead, the honest citizens are less fearful, less
intimidated. We can hold our heads higher. We have taken
back some of our parks and streets. It is the criminals who
are now more cautious, because the honest citizens can
now defend themselves!
So long as we maintain a welfare state, with taxpayers
being forced by the government to provide social benefits to
others, I am strongly against illegal immigration. I will work
to stem the flood of illegal aliens who are taking over our
State. We need to protect our borders!
I will not sugarcoat the problem and I will not accept the
euphemisms that have become politically correct. Illegal
aliens are not “undocumented workers” or “undocumented
immigrants.” They are illegal aliens. They have entered this
country illegally, or they have entered legally but failed to
leave upon the expiration of their visas. Their very presence
in this country constitutes a criminal act, and should not be
We need to amend the Constitution to do away with the
“anchor baby” situation. If you are not legally in the United
States, your baby should be an illegal alien, not a U. S.
citizen, even if it is born here in the States.
The recognition of “matricula consular” should not be
encouraged. Driver’s licenses should not be issued to illegal
aliens. We need to fight illegal immigration, not encourage
I do not care if the illegal alien in question is Mexican,
Canadian, Asian, .... This is not a question of race, color or
nationality. The United States is a sovereign country, and
we need our borders to be secure. This is not a question of
racial prejudice; it is a question of national sovereignty and
national security. Huge numbers of “other than Mexicans”
cross into the United States through the porous Mexican
border every month – these can be foreign terrorists who
threaten our security. The borders must be made secure.
The Libertarian Party Of California officially opposes
immigration controls and supports open borders. The
Libertarian Party Of California opposes welfare for illegal
aliens, just as it opposes welfare for citizens. But as
matters now stand, we are a welfare state, and immigration
controls and strong borders are necessary (unless and until
we wean our society away from the welfare system). As
long as we are a welfare state, we must close and police the
We need to further clamp down on welfare fraud, including
disability fraud, MediCal fraud and all other forms of fraud by
which people gain government subsidies. Although I join
with the Libertarian goal of ending all of the government
subsidies, this will be a long-term process. In the
meantime, we need to remove the welfare cheats from the
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