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Principles by which the candidate would operate, and plans he would seek to implement, if elected

Stop All Cannabis Prosecution & Civil Forfeitures

Cannabis (marijuana) is one of the safest psychoactive and medicinal plants known, far safer and less addictive than alcohol, caffeine and most prescription medications.  It is only illegal because of political pressure brought by special interests during a historical period in which most people were ignorant of its beneficial uses and relative safety.

Consequently, far more damage is done by enforcing laws against this plant and products made from it, than by its use or trade outside of the law.

Many innocent people have been imprisoned or have property stolen from them by state agents, merely for peacefully using or trading cannabis.  Although such people were accused of breaking laws, the anti-cannabis laws that were enforced against them were clearly unjust under natural law and unconstitutional under the California Constitution, by any rational measure.  Therefore, the people who enforced such laws against otherwise peaceful people were breaking their oaths to uphold the Constitution, and committing crimes under natural law.  Enforcement of anti-cannabis laws is wrongful state aggression.

There may come a day when the victims of such state aggression will be awarded restitution by courts of law.  If elected, I would refuse to prosecute anti-cannabis laws and to the extent possible, thwart enforcement or prosecution by any government agency.  This will reduce state aggression and protect California from future claims for restitution by anti-cannabis enforcement victims.

Posted in Preventing Wrongful Aggression

Exercise Prosecutorial Discretion

No victim, no crime!

As Attorney General, I would exercise the power of prosecutorial discretion to the maximum extent possible, to allocate state police and prosecution resources away from legal infractions in which nobody and nothing was wrongfully harmed or put at unreasonable risk of harm.

Instead, I would direct those resources towards preventing wrongdoing by individuals and entities who are either actually harming people or trespassing legitimate property interests of state residents or the State of California, or doing things that create an unreasonable risk of such harm or trespass.

Exercising prosecutorial discretion in the interests of justice is the right and responsibility of the Attorney General.

Posted in Preventing Wrongful Aggression, Protecting Freedom

I Don’t Want To Be Attorney General!

I don’t actually want the job of California Attorney General.  I already have a law practice, and giving that up to take the job of AG would mean a lot of disruption in my personal and professional life.  I’m not retired and need to work to support my family.  But I would accept the job if elected, am capable of performing it, and would do my best to perform it in accordance with the principles on which I ran.

So then why am I running?  Not because I expect to win; nobody running on the Libertarian ticket has ever won statewide office in California.  There are no special interests lining up to fund my campaign.  No wealthy donors who have asked me to run.  I don’t have enough spare cash to fund a bare bones campaign or even pay the filing fee.  I’ll be lucky to raise enough money to just pay the fee, and getting past the primary is a long shot at best.  And people who know me say I’m too honest and outspoken to be a politician.

So why run?  Because there are a growing number of libertarians in California.  The Libertarian Party is growing while the mainline parties are stagnant or shrinking.  This is but a small indication of the increasing numbers of people, some of whom still vote, who understand that “freedom’s the answer” no matter what is the question.  I’m running to give an opportunity to these people to ROAR, just by registering their preference for liberty on a ballot.  I want to give voters, especially young voters, another opportunity to be exposed to libertarian ideas, for the first time or for another time.  I’m running to learn and foster greater activism for liberty, inside and outside of electoral politics.  Those are reasons enough.

Perhaps you’re one of these new libertarians.  Perhaps you understand that the non-aggression principle is both a sound moral precept and a basis for a more prosperous and just society.  That the tools of the modern state, such as high taxes, fiat money, central control, and forced redistribution of wealth, are justified by promises of security and equality, but deliver only greater poverty and inequality.  That we have no right to interfere in the lifestyle or choices of our neighbors, even when their choices seem self-destructive, immoral, strange, or distasteful, so long as no victim is harmed.  That it is a crime to fine or imprison someone for growing, possessing, or freely selling any food, service, plant, or medicine, in accordance with the natural right to control one’s own body and trade freely with others.  That it is a crime to fine or imprison someone for keeping or bearing any firearm or other defensive weapon, in accordance with the natural right of self-defense.  That the institution of the territorial sovereign power, once believed necessary for the protection of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, now threatens to become, or has already become, the greatest transgressor of our natural and inalienable rights.

THAT is reason enough to run.

Posted in 2014 Platform, News & Views