Political Competition & Voter Choice
Civility & Justice & Prosperity
A Shared & Safe Community
On the Issues
- For brief takes on the issues of the day, see below.
- For my take on what is at stake and why voters should vote different in 2018, click here.
- For my responses to The Baltimore Sun for their 2018 Voter Guide, click here.
- For my responses to the League of Women Voters, click here.
- For full positions accompanied by short essays, see my Positions and Statements paper.
Political Competition & Voter Choice
- Competitive Legislative Districts. Promote political competition and restore political relevance for all voters by putting an end to gerrymandering, which serves only to shield incumbents from challengers. The contorted 3rd Congressional District in Maryland is one of the most egregious examples in the United States. Whereas neither the Supreme Court nor the States can or will put an end to gerrymandering, we need a constitutional amendment to bring about reasonably compact and competitive districts that neither favor nor disfavor any particular racial group.
- Term Limits. Create turnover in office, alleviate pressure for fundraising, and diminish the power of party bosses by imposing term limits upon the members of the U.S. Congress. On members of the federal judiciary as well.
- Finance and Ethics. Make campaign finance more transparent and ethics rules more consequential.
- Alternatives to the Established Parties. Eliminate barriers that impede third parties from entering elections and providing alternatives to the two established parties, who have become an entrenched and polarized political duopoly.
- The Libertarian Party. Join and support the Libertarian Party, which is the only party dedicated to a coherent set of principles, specifically the principles of protecting and respecting individuals and their liberties regardless of race, gender, or sexual preference. The Libertarian Party, with its consistent emphasis on freedom and accountability, is the proper home for the many “socially tolerant but fiscally responsible” voters who in recent years have felt ever more discomfited and disenfranchised within the Democratic and Republican parties.
Civility & Justice & Prosperity
- Respect and Dignity for All. Cease and desist with declaring others either angels or devils on the basis of their wealth, race, gender, or sexuality. Emphasize personal character and community contributions. Insist upon mutual respect and civil discourse. Terminate federal funds and prohibit student loans for institutions of higher education that fail to protect free speech and ensure due process.
- Justice. Insist upon the equality of all before the law per the traditions of the civil rights movement. Expand opportunity of all to pursue happiness, but abandon attempts to bring about an equality of incomes and wealth by government action. Encourage family formation, educational achievement, and work experience as the surest means of securing liberty and justice for all. Provide assistance to those who are vulnerable and needy, being transparent about the costs and effectiveness of programs undertaken.
- Balanced Budgets. Wrest control of the runaway federal debt, which injects ever higher risk into our financial system and imposes ever greater burden on future taxpayers. Pass a constitutional amendment for a balanced federal budget, so as to emplace a bulwark against political appetite and plunder. Preserve the solvency of social-insurance programs through small adjustments implemented gradually to growth rates and eligibility. Implement protections against federal bailout of individual states at risk of bankruptcy due to unsustainable public pension plans and/or other profligate public programs.
- Healthcare. Expand access and improve quality by expanding rather than constricting or eliminating market-oriented, choice-based models for healthcare insurance and services. Reject the single-payer model that will only intensify the ACA / “Obamacare” problems of excessive governmental hubris and reach. Adopt the innovated Maryland Model for managing total cost of care and improving outcomes.
- Immigration. Embrace our heritage as a beacon and destination for those seeking political freedom and economic opportunity. Ensure that new arrivals to America not only enjoy their freedoms and opportunities, but also fulfill their civic duties. Offer a path to citizenship for those who may have arrived here illegally but are willing to become responsible citizens (i.e., DREAMers). Manage immigration humanely. Build no walls; deport no innocents.
- Infrastructure. Treat infrastructure dispassionately as a physical public asset, leveraging public-private partnerships (PPPs) when practicable and assessing returns on investment stringently for all proposed projects. Reject hysteria about a crumbling infrastructure in such bad condition that it justifies either further expansion of federal debt or imposition of new taxes on individuals and corporations. Force regional and local authorities to finance projects that are regional and local in nature.
- International Trade. Promote competition in economic markets, so as to lower prices, improve quality, and expand choice for consumers; so as to avoid protections and favors for producers. At the same time, protect the rights of American companies abroad, notably in terms of intellectual property. Trade must be open and reciprocal.
Safety & Security
- Safe Neighborhoods. Support those in law enforcement who patrol our streets and protect the vulnerable, while both adopting tactics to diminish the likelihood of officers abusing their power and ensuring accountability and justice in instances that they do. Refuse to over-simplify the reasons for crime and homicide in American urban centers such as Baltimore.
- Foreign Affairs. Practice a restrained realism that keeps America engaged in international affairs while avoiding foreign entanglements and expeditions. Demand that any action that might reasonably be characterized as warfare be submitted by the President as Commander in Chief to the Congress for consideration and approval. Enlist allies willing to contribute their share of costs and risks to defend freedom. Reject nation-building as an objective or rationale for U.S. foreign military intervention. Make the U.S. an exemplar of liberty, justice, and prosperity.
- Domestic Intelligence. Impose oversight and controls on domestic surveillance by U.S. security agencies. Impose strong deterrents and ensure proper accountability for those in the Executive branch who might encourage or tolerate the abuse of U.S. agencies for monitoring or intimidating domestic political opponents; for attempting to influence public elections.