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Thomas Jefferson espoused a set of political beliefs that would later be named after him, Jeffersonian Democracy. Jefferson believed that the federal government must not violate the rights of individuals or violate the rights of the states. Jefferson believed national government to be a dangerous necessity to be instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation and community. Government, Jefferson believed, should be watched closely and be limited in its powers. I believe that the current and former administrations have run far beyond the limited government scope envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and specified in Article I section 8 of the Constitution. For this reason, I believe that over time, a powerful states’ rights movement will gain traction in the U.S. Neither of the two major parties has earned the respect and trust of conservative, small business owners; Constitutional originalists; 2nd, 9th and 10th Amendment supporters; and certainly not retirees and financially-savaged investors looking to retire over the next four years.
Here are highlights from my Foundation Principles: (A) From former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura: “Nowhere in the Constitution does it describe government’s business as being able to create jobs.” (B) From The Federalist Society: “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.” (C) From former Israeli President Shimon Peres: “Oil is the greatest problem of all time-the great polluter and promoter of terror. We should get rid of it.” (D) From Justice Antonin Scalia: “An individual right to bear arms exists and is supported by ‘the historical narrative’ both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.” (E) From economist Milton Friedman: “The Great Depression was caused not by capitalism, but by government intervention in the economy.” (F) From Barry Goldwater in The Conscience of a Conservative: “The graduated tax is a confiscatory tax. Its effect, and, to a large extent, its aim is to bring down all men to a common level.” (G) From Patrick J. Buchanan: “Neocons: Basically leftists in disguise.” (H) From the Cato Institute’s website: “We support a true market system for health care that would de-emphasize third party payments (including insurance and government) and restore the direct doctor-patient relationship.” Finally, the principle author of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote that the powers of the Federal Government were “few and defined.” The Tenth Amendment made clear that any powers not specifically granted to the federal government were reserved to the states and to the people.
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