Government should confine itself to protecting individuals from aggression, coercion and deceit. We oppose all laws and regulations that attempt to protect individuals from the consequences of their own behavior. While not necessarily condoning such activities, we advocate the repeal of all laws criminalizing gambling, possession and sale of drugs and alcohol, and sexual relations between consenting adults. All those presently incarcerated or ever convicted solely for the commission of these victimless crimes should be pardoned and their records expunged.
- To do any harm to yourself is not a crime.
- You should be able to ingest anything you wish.
- You should be able to take any risk you wish
- A crime can only be committed against another individual.
- No laws against self administration of drugs
- No seatbelt or helmet laws
- No laws against prostitution
No-fault auto insurance
The highest in the country! No-fault laws should be repealed because they deprive the victim of the right to recover damages from those responsible for causing harm. They forbid you from trying to set your own risk. Ask yourself, are the drivers of Michigan really $2000/yr. better off than the drivers of North Carolina? It’s time to repeal No-Fault laws and as your representative, I will work to do just that!
The common law authority of a trial by jury preceded our constitution and is the foundation of our legal system. If a jury of peers deems a law unjust, oppressive or inappropriately applied, it has the right and duty to acquit the defendant. Even more than referendums, jury nullification puts the people in control of the law, finding a defendant not guilty when charged with a law the jury finds unjust. As your representative I will introduce legislation revising jury instructions so jurors are informed of their rights before deliberation.
Local educational control
Education should be left to the educators (not the politicians), and there should be a free market for schools. As someone who managed 5 charter elementary schools in Michigan for 17 years, I know we would have actually benefitted from less state and federal interference. We spent time, resources and money complying with state and federal reporting requirements.
Voucher programs and for-profit private schools give parents freedom to choose and power over their child’s education. Such an open market can lead to the creation of magnet schools, technical schools, and all sorts of other innovations that can benefit students of all different abilities. I oppose central planning of education, both at the National level and the State level.
Everyone who is able to work should have the opportunity to do so. One way the state can help is to drastically reduce the number of jobs you need a state license to perform. Right now in Michigan, about 21% of workers, in 162 different occupations, need a license to hold a job. Having a criminal record is an automatic disqualification for many licenses, keeping many otherwise qualified people from having good jobs. As your State Rep, I will not vote for any bill creating a new occupational license and will work to remove restrictions on existing ones.
We all learned in school about the branches of government, how there is a legislative branch that makes the laws, an executive branch that enforces the passed laws and a judicial branch that interprets how the law applies. The reality is that more and more, the legislative branch creates executive bodies with broad goals and allows them to make up their own rules on how to achieve those goals. They are sometimes even given their own review panels that bypass the courts! These bureaucrats are not elected by the people and don’t answer to you. Legislators get to play both sides of the fence where they can both take credit and distance themselves from bad decisions.
Agencies should only enforce laws passed by the legislatures and the legislators should be responsible for their decisions. As your representative, I will not vote for any law that allows anyone in an unelected position to be able to create regulations that affect your life. Take back control of your government and vote Libertarian this November!