Who should hold high political office? A response to Alfred Doblin

31 May

A week ago The Record’s editor, Alfred P. Doblin, criticized me in his column for defending the right of bigoted business owners to refuse service to blacks or anyone else they disliked.  I responded to Mr. Doblin in a letter to the editor that was published on May 30.  The slightly edited letter contains all the major points I made in my original response about the sanctity of property rights, the foundation of a free society.

In his column Mr. Doblin also criticized Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul, who also questioned the legality of the public accommodations section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Dr. Paul is in a heated race and can speak for himself about his remarks on national television about civil rights legislation.  However, at the end of his column Mr. Doblin makes the following statement:   “Rand Paul is not a racist; neither is Murray Sabrin. They have a right to their opinions. If we cannot have less government, we should at least have fewer people in government. For starters, I could name two individuals.”

Neither Dr. Paul nor I hold elected office; therefore, Mr. Doblin’s statement is factually incorrect.  We cannot “lose’ something we do not have, namely holding a high political office.  If Mr. Doblin is hypothesizing that if we did hold public office we should be defeated in an upcoming election, then what is his criteria for holding high political office?  (Dr. Paul can defend himself and his qualifications for high political office.)

As a libertarian who ran in the 2008 New Jersey GOP U.S. Senate primary, my campaign was based on my more than 35 year record opposing the welfare-warfare state, the Federal Reserve’s legal counterfeiting and manipulation of interest rates that causes financial bubbles, the continued plundering of New Jersey’s families by the Alternative Minimum Tax, opposition to the Patriot Act, unequivocal defense of the Bill of Rights,  and a critic of government Ponzi schemes (Social Security and Medicare).  I also called for a massive downsizing of the federal government at home and abroad so the American people can enjoy the fruits of their labor and at the same time we can end our immoral and illegal interventionist foreign policy.

Inasmuch as Mr. Doblin believes I am unworthy of holding high political office, his criteria for serving in the U.S. Senate must be based on supporting some or all of the following:  the welfare-warfare state, the FED’s legalized counterfeiting, the AMT, the Patriot Act, opposition to one or more or all of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, government Ponzi schemes and preemptive war.  In short, Mr. Doblin apparently believes that the only individuals who should hold high political office in America are consummate advocates of unlimited war, massive government spending, currency debasement and defenders of crony capitalism.

On June 17th I will be making at least an hour long presentation on how crony capitalism has undermined the U.S. economy since the birth of the Republic.  Mr. Doblin is more than welcome to attend as are the other editorial writers in New Jersey who have supported statist politicians for decades.

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