United States House of Representatives
Texas District #24
|1999 to present||Project Manager,
|up to 1999||Computer Programmer,
Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Southern Illinois Univeristy
||uproot the current, dysfunctional federal Union
||keep the The Constitution of the United States front and center
stop the explosive growth of government
stop our descent into Socialism
||people must live their lives as they see fit
being a “good neighbor” - the greatest social pressure
only people directly involved should resolve the issue/conflict
Give me Liberty!
... or more dysfunctional, partisan politics
Politics Better than Usual
I will not conform to the dirt of today’s politics. I pledge to you to:
- Keep The Constitution of the United States front-and-center
- Look for outcomes that reduce the size, scope, and reach of the federal Union
- Focus on ideas
- Speak about governance, not resort to politics
- Believe in my fellow citizens (vs. imposing additional legislation)
- Look to repeal ineffective legislation (vs. proposing additional legislation)
- Highlight the differences with the other candidates
- Not use the tactics in Rules for Radicals, a truly evil book!
- Not mudsling or resort to personal attacks
My faith informs my private and public action; it is part of my core being. I have a Christian
There is a separation of
Church and State.
The Federalist Papers
These newspaper articles in colonial New York were to persuade citizens to vote for the recently adopted The Constitution of the United States.
These 85 letters present the philosophy of the Constitution and reasons behind the proposed structure for the new Union. These patriotic letters declared:
- We The People retain all authority, our representatives merely execute our will/voice
- Government’s charge is to protect individual life, liberty, and property (natural rights)
- Government action is force; it can lead to tyranny
- The restructured federal Union is to be a Republic, not a democracy (a.k.a. mob-rule)
- Minority interests are protected in a Republic. They are trampled in a democracy.
- The People control their representatives via frequent public elections
- Democracies (50% plus One) are short-lived and end violently - Federalist 10
- Our freedom is in large part the ability to conduct unrestricted commerce
- Faction will always be present; it must not bully the true will of The People
- George Washington’s farewell address warns us about political parties
- The need for
strong sovereign states – a confederation, not a consolidation
- All authority resides in The People - Amendment IX
- All authority not specifically delegated to the federal Union belongs to the sovereign states - Amendment X
- Sovereign states and Union divide power – the states being superior
- The federal Union is delegated specific duties by The People via Article I Section 8
- To be effective government must be given the ability (means) to achieve its assigned objective (the ends) – "the means justify the ends"
- The need for separate powers/departments of government – checks and balances
- The Declaration of Independence – expressed the Natural Rights of men – Life, Liberty, Property
- The Constitution of the United States – neighbor of and mentor to James Madison, the author of the Constitution
- “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entanglements with none” – inaugural address
The Law by Frederic Bastiat (1850)
Mr. Bastiat, a member of the French legislature, saw the shortcomings of newly arrived Socialism and provided the public with:
- “What is Unseen” – economic decisions have rippled effects long after the initial effect. Often these unforeseen,
downstream effects cause more disruption than the original “problem”
- Legal Plunder – an example of what-is-unseen, where legislation is used to take from one group of citizens to give to another group of citizens.
Without the "legitimacy" of legislation this redistribution could not take place. Governments can gain power and influence via "The Law".
- An national economic philosophy should be set before politics are introduced into governance
Other Informative Resources
- The Constitution of the United States
- The Roots of Liberty (Rediscover Your Bill of Righs) - DVD at krisannehall.com
- The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College by Gary and Carolyn Alder - much different than the founding fathers envisioned
- The Real Lincoln by Thomas DiLorenzo - a different view of the War Between the States ... is secession constitutional?
- Libertarian Party Platform - less than 2,600 words (just 10% of the dominant party platforms...)
- Healing Our World: In an Age of Aggression by Mary J Ruwart - we need the good neighbor policy and mutual aid societies
- The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater - ... except the go-to-war rhetoric
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
- Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt - a very readable primer
- Social Security: The Attempt to Kill It by Allen W Smith - Social Security "unsustainable"?
- The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - check out the 10 demands of the Communist Party
- Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky - establishes the I-win-you-lose model for politics - a truly evil book! ... but you need to know
Newsletter of Dallas County Libertarians
- Jun 2014 - Pages 2 (Federalists), 3, & 5
- Apr 2014 - Pages 3 & 7
- Feb 2014 - Pages 1 & 8
- Comments on Edward Snowden featured on page 8
It is time to put your values and convictions into action. There are many political and social movements afoot; adopt one.
I have become engaged with some of the precepts of the following ideas:
- Libertarianism - restoring Freedom/choice to people ... taking it away from government - while practicing non-aggression
- Objectivism - a philosophy of man seeking his own "good" ... when we all excel mankind benefits. Three Ayn Rand novels give this philosophy flesh:
- The Fountainhead follows a disciplined Howard Roark through public architecture
- Atlas Shrugged follows several characters (including John Galt) through a society of providers and takers
- Anthem follows an unnamed character from "we" to "I"
- The TEA Party Movement - advocates of lower taxes, smaller government, constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and personal responsibility
- The Occupy Movement - What about the people? The top 1% should be more socially responsible.
My thoughts on these movements are compared and contrasted on my Take It! page.
Life, Liberty, Property!
Web author - Mike Kolls