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Clark Patterson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Clark Patterson has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

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Texas Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

As an Ayn Rand Objectivist, I don't believe that life begins at conception. Even if life does begin at conception, no person has the right to live at the expense of another person's life. A woman cannot be forced to use her body as a mandatory life support system for her fetus by forcing her to carry her fetus to term. Consequently, I'm pro-choice on abortion.

NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles

Libertarians support massive across-the-board cuts in government spending, cuts to both guns and butter -- social welfare spending and defense spending. Libertarians don't believe that taxation has any place at all in a free society, and should be phased out. All government revenue should be derived from lotteries and voluntary contributions from Americans. The US is the most existentially secure nation in world history yet it spends more on defense than any other nation and more than the next seven countries combined. The US should switch to a foreign policy of strict non-interventionism and cut defense spending by 75 percent.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose the regulation of indirect campaign contributions. Today, elections are completely in the hands of the American voter. In today's internet age, American voters have unprecedented access to information about political issues and candidates, access to far more information than voters had in the days of the founding of the republic. In short, American elections today cannot be "bought." If the American voters elect a Hitler over a Thomas Jefferson because Hitler spent ten times as much money on his campaign than did Jefferson, then the problem lies with the American voter, not with "dark money" or its source.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles

Libertarians believe in extremely limited government spending and no taxation. In fact, severely limiting government spending and drastically reducing taxation is the best way to promote private economic growth. Libertarians also believe that only the private sector should create jobs. If US federal governmental involvement [and state and local governmental involvement] were completely removed from the American economy, the result would be unprecedented economic growth and expansion. Libertarians also oppose governmental manipulation of money and credit and oppose artificially low interest rates, which create economic malinvestment and economic recessions. A 100 percent gold dollar should completely replace the Federal Reserve.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

Libertarians oppose any governmental funding, regulation, or involvement in primary, secondary, and higher education. Libertarians also vehemently oppose state compulsory education laws that force parents to enroll their children in school. Children are highly unique; not all are meant for formal schooling. Many children are "square pegs" forced to fit into the "round hole" of mass compulsory public education. Libertarians also believe that higher education is not a public good, nor is it a right. The US spends more money per capita on education than any other nation, yet our student test scores are far from the highest.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Even if human activity is contributing to climate change, Libertarians oppose all attempts to regulate or limit private property rights. We must realize that the earth's climate was changing even before the advent of mankind. We must also recognize that cold weather kills more humans each year than does hot weather. The answer to climate change, whatever "problem" it poses, is to expand private property rights and human freedom, not restrict them. With full private property rights in place, mankind will be able to "change the climate" by combating the harmful effects of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural weather disasters.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Libertarians emphatically oppose gun control. Over the last 40 years, the murder rate and the number of people who have died from gun violence in the US has fallen dramatically. During this same period, the number of guns purchased in the US has risen sharply. The US should not attempt to protect rights by restricting rights. The first US gun control laws were passed in the post-Civil War American South, designed to keep emancipated blacks from owning guns. Today, gun control laws make it much harder for a single mother living in a high crime area to protect her family.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

Libertarians believe that Obamacare should be phased out. We should also phaseout Medicare and Medicaid within one to two generations. Libertarians believe there should be no governmental involvement in healthcare. Unfortunately, too many Americans today believe that healthcare is a right. It is not. Removing all levels of government from healthcare would, in the long run, greatly reduce overall health care spending. In a complete healthcare free market, Americans would pay almost all of their health care costs "out of pocket." Health insurance, if it even existed in a health care free market, would likely only pay for medical emergencies.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

No, I oppose that. Instead, I ardently support comprehensive immigration reform based on greatly increasing legal levels of immigration. In a 2012 Gallup poll, roughly 150 million foreigners expressed a desire to immigrate to the US. With some procedural vetting, we should allow the vast majority to do so. Contrary to the current conventional wisdom, immigration is a win-win proposition. Immigrants benefit from moving to the US, but so do natives. Consequently, we should grant the current 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants a pathway to citizenship. Allowing much more legal immigration would almost completely end all human trafficking and sex slavery.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

Libertarians favor the legalization of all controlled substances, including marijuana. Some academic studies find that US law enforcement devotes about 50 percent of its time and resources on combating victimless "crimes" including the sale and possession of marijuana. This explains in part why the US incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens than any other nation. If elected, I'll introduce legislation to request that the US president pardon and release all Americans arrested, charged, indicted, and convicted of any victimless "crime," including drug users.

NoCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles

No, because we lived for forty years with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union -- which possessed thousands of nuclear weapons, we can live with a nuclear Iran today. In fact, Saudi Arabia is Iran's number one enemy today, not the US. Libertarians believe in a strictly non-interventionist foreign policy, which doesn't involve overthrowing foreign governments. The US overthrew Iran's democratically-elected government in August, 1953. For the next quarter century, the US kept in power the autocratic, unpopular Shah of Iran. As late as the 1970s, the US government financially supported a plan to build 20 nuclear reactors in Iran.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I'm running for Congress to advocate the philosphic ideas of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism and the economic views of Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian School of economics.
Bad philosophic and economic ideas have led America to our current philosophic, cultural, and financial crises. Only the sound views of Rand and of Mises and the Austrian School can make America great again. If elected, I'll introduce legislation to phase out all entitlement programs -- including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- within one to two generations. Also, I'll advocate for a foreign policy of strict non-interventionism.

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