FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL DEFENSE
The United States government, in the name of ‘spreading liberty and democracy’, has destabilized many areas of the world. The US has no right nor responsibility to use military force against other nations and peoples unless directly threatened. As your Senator Phil will fight tirelessly to expose the corruption of our federal government and military, put an end to war profiteering, and work to restore our relationship with the world through military strength, free markets, and honest agreements.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Government exists to protect the rights of every individual including life, liberty and property. Criminal laws should be limited to violation of the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm.
Phil Anderson will fight for the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims. Individuals retain the right to voluntarily assume risk of harm to themselves. Phil opposes reduction of constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused. The rights of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must not be denied. Phil believes in the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.
END ABUSE OF POLICE POWER
Police officers have a difficult job, made more difficult by having to enforce unjust and invasive laws. They are demonized by some, glorified by others- they deserve neither. Police officers should be required to wear cameras, to build trust with the public and a sense of accountability with taxpayers and governments. As your Senator, Phil will fight for sensible police reform, and renewed respect for the rights of citizens to be free from aggression.
The immigration issue is actually 2 issues: legal immigration, and illegal immigration.
Phil Anderson understands that legal immigration can be a force for prosperity. Immigrants come here to work, and generally find work doing jobs that Americans won’t do. An integrated economy requires that jobs be available at various levels of skill and experience, and legal immigrants have had, and should continue to have, a role to play.
Phil also agrees that illegal immigration must be stopped. The rule of law is just as important, if not more important, in a libertarian society as in any other. The military can play a positive role in enforcing our border laws while providing security against our enemies.
FREE MARKETS FREE PEOPLE
Free markets make for freer, more prosperous peoples around the world. Economics and politics are not separate in the minds and lives of regular people. When people and nations are joined in relationships of free market and communication, they are much less likely to be led into wars generated by hate, prejudice and misrepresentation. As your Senator, Phil will fight for sensible deregulation and free trade.