John has been officially endorsed as a Liberty Candidate. Here’s how he answered questions posed by the organization:-
I) Re. the U.S. Financial System:
What is your view of the monetary system in the U.S. today?
Our monetary system was hijacked by a criminal cabal of private bankers with the unconstitutional passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. The constitution clearly states that congress should issue our money so the Federal Reserve must be audited and abolished. Thanks to these thieves printing money out of thin air and charging us hundreds of billions of dollars in interest for the privilege, our dollar today is worth just two cents of a 1913 Federal Reserve Note.
What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
End the wars, end the Fed.
Do you agree with the actions the Federal Reserve has taken to solve the financial crisis? If not, what could the Fed have done differently?
The Federal Reserve caused the crisis. First they created the housing bubble by keeping interest rates artificially much lower than market rates, then as soon as Lehman Brothers collapsed, they – for the first time in their history – started paying interest on reserves paid back into the Federal Reserve by commercial banks. Within a few months of Lehman, the Fed took in $500 billion in reserves from the banks. Since banks can lend 30 or more times their reserves (fractional reserve banking), this underreported rule change sucked more than $15 trillion out of an already reeling economy. And the banks (who just happen to include shareholders of the Federal Reserve) are still not lending.
The Fed went on to give tens of trillions of taxpayer dollars to foreign banks, but nothing to mortgage holders.
What could they have done differently? They should have surrendered themselves to the Secret Service for counterfeiting, fraud and conspiracy and shut up shop.
I recommend everyone watch the documentaries “The Money Masters,” “The Secret of Oz,” America: Freedom to Fascism,” and “Inside Job.” These criminals should all be behind bars.
Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
The Federal Reserve should not exist, let alone be able to keep secrets from us.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
It’s shameful, immoral and wrong. The “Bush Doctrine” – preemptively invading sovereign nations just because they might, sometime in the future, decide to attack us – is a euphemism for a war of aggression. Obama has enthusiastically continued the policy.
Iran hasn’t invaded anyone for 200 years, Libya didn’t attack us, Iraq didn’t attack us, and neither did Afghanistan. Bin Laden was a CIA asset (we funded him and Al Quada while he was fighting the Russians) and the Taliban’s biggest crimes were opposing the Unocal pipeline and eradicating the opium poppy crop.
Let’s talk to and trade with the world – not bomb it into submission.
How should we fight a “war on terror”?
A better question would be how do you declare war on a noun? Invade the offices of Miriam-Webster? Joking aside, the so-called “War on Terror” was based on a lie, that some guy on dialysis in a cave got the entire US military to stand down and demolished three New York skyscrapers with two planes. Six of the ten 9/11 commissioners said they were lied to and their report was a whitewash.
Now this War on Terror is being directed at you and me, the American people. Our phones are tapped, emails read, we get molested at the airport by the lawless TSA – and courts have ruled that we can be strip searched for jaywalking. Police departments are buying tanks and all kinds of military hardware and soon our skies will be patrolled with 30,000 drones. Just last month Homeland Security announced they were buying 400,000 hollow-point 40-cal rounds for “domestic” use.
The Obama administration has illegally authorized the secret arrest, torture and assassination of US citizens. They have even announced “reeducation camps” for political dissidents. Do you still think the war on terror is aimed at Al Quada?
Should the U.S. occupy other countries? If not, would you push to close all bases? Are there any you would keep open?
Just as foreign countries have no right to occupy the USA, the USA has no right to occupy foreign countries. We should close down all our foreign bases. The USA routinely invades and occupies other sovereign nations for many geopolitical reasons – resources, trade routes and debt – but never for the reasons stated to the public. As Sun Tzu said, “All war is based on deception.”
Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
Our founders warned us about standing armies, but with modern mechanized warfare, a well regulated militia is not enough to repel foreign invaders. We do need a standing army, at the very least at the State level – but they must never be deployed in the US. Mind you, every Swiss citizen over the age of 18 must own and be trained with a fully-automatic assault rifle, so the entire population can be mobilized within 24 hours of an invasion. Besides never getting invaded, Switzerland has an extremely low rate of burglary.
Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
As Ron Paul says, the Patriot Act would more aptly be named the “Repeal the Fourth Amendment Act.” It diminishes our freedoms and is mostly used against low-level drug users.
And since it clearly violates the Fourth Amendment, it has no legal standing (see Marbury vs. Madison). If elected one of the first things I will do is to propose to repeal the Patriot Act and the even more egregious National Defense Authorization Act.
III) Re. Personal Liberty:
What information may the U.S. government legally gather about its citizens? When would it be necessary to overstep those boundaries?
The US Government can legally find out how many people live in the USA to determine the size of each congressional district. And that’s it.
What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
The US Government has no right to search citizens without a warrant. The Fourth Amendment is very clear on this.
Ought the U.S. government be allowed to protect its citizens’ health by outlawing foods it considers unsafe, or to force medicate (i.e., fluoridation) or force vaccinate citizens?
This is a tricky one. In my platform, I propose making it a felony to knowingly add biologically harmful agents (neurotoxins, immunosuppressants, endocrine disruptors, heavy metals etc) into our food, air, water or vaccines. But regulating food and drugs is not within the Federal Government’s enumerated powers; this enforcement should take place at the state level (Tenth Amendment), or through the courts. You could argue that the Federal Government could use the Commerce Clause to prohibit poisonous food, water and vaccines being transported across state lines, but the Commerce (and Supremacy) Clause have been stretched and distorted far beyond the founders’ intentions already. Besides, the Federal Government already far oversteps its enumerated powers by using the USDA to raid Amish farms for selling raw milk. I do not want the Federal Government deciding what we can and cannot consume. We have the natural right to grow, eat and drink whatever we choose. If we are poisoned, either by neglect or intent, common law allows us to sue for damages through the court system. On a related note, the Federal Government has no constitutional power to grant immunity to vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits from people harmed by their vaccines, let alone the power to force vaccinate people against their will.