"They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
February 17, 1775
My top campaign theme as I run for the United States House of Representatives in California's 4th Congressional District is "Personal Freedom." Since politicians- including my opponents- are prone to generalized platitudes such as this, I will elaborate with examples of how I would vote in Congress, and both challenge and summarize my opponents on the same examples.
I am absolutely outraged that our cherished Constitutional Freedoms are under attack from our own Federal Legislature. I am unable to sit idly by while our elected officials pass bills in Congress that, in my estimation, dangerously damage our 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Amendment rights. In Congress, I would have voted against the Patriot Act, and against the more recent HR 1955 and HR 1959 bills referred to as the "Thought Crime Bills." These bills- under the guise of protecting us from terrorists- do more damage to our freedoms than any terrorists could ever dream of, and broad bi-partisan support for this legislation shows that our current government has dangerous disregard for its own citizens; no wonder our Congress has become so wildly unpopular. I will not go into specifics of these bills, but they passed 357-66, 404-6 and 404-6 respectively. If you are not familiar with what these bills mean to your liberty, I suggest you research them yourself online: house.gov, wikipedia.org or google.com are great places to start.
I encourage you to ask my opponents how they would have voted on the Patriot Act, HR 1955 and HR 1959. I would have voted against all three for their disregard of our Constitutional Freedoms. Please allow me the liberty to characterize the other candidates positions; I publicly challenge them to refute my studied postulations as follows:
Eric Egland, Republican
Counter-Terrorism Consultant and Military Intelligence Officer http://ericegland.com/
He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. He is a spy. Egland probably thinks that the legislation listed above is far too weak and needs to give more freedoms to our Government's Intelligence Agencies and far less freedoms to the people.
Rico Oller, Republican
His close connections to the current party establishment and our District's incumbent lead me to conclude that he would not have the courage to take a principled stand against our GOP leadership, even if our freedom was being badly compromised. Rico mentions the 2nd Amendment constantly but rarely mentions the other Amendments. At least he'd still let you have a gun when your other rights were gone.
Doug Ose, Republican
Former Member of Congresshttp://www.dougose.com
Ose has already served sessions in Congress that attacked and diminished our freedoms, his voting record is public. He voted in favor of the Patriot Act October 24, 2001 while serving another Congressional District. He wants to give more power to our Police and Military, which would, by necessity, require more government spending. Ose served in Congress when it set all-time spending records.
Charlie Brown, Democrat
Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired)http://charliebrownforcongress.com
Brown spent two decades as an Air Force pilot, along with two terms as Vice President of the Roseville Police Association. While his career is certainly admirable, it seems very clear that his allegiances would not be to civilians but to government agencies. Further, it seems that his career is distinguished by following orders; this is not a quality that would allow him to break ranks with Democratic leadership in Washington, even if our freedoms were at stake. HR 1955 and HR 1959 were sponsored by California Democrat Jane Harman.
It is likely that all of the candidates above will jump at the opportunity to attack my position on this issue, branding me 'soft on terror.' This proves my position further: I am not going to compromise our freedoms because of policies based on fear. I am not scared. I am not scared of terrorists. I am not scared of my political opponents. I am not scared to speak out against our own political establishment when it is necessary to protect our rights. I do not see these strengths or this degree of courage in any of the other candidates.