Guest Post: Issues Being Ignored In The North Dakota House Race
During the North Dakota Tea Party Caucus debate I took part in on January 20th with Republican candidates for the US House, I was shocked that being within two days after the internet blackout, (an action leading 8 Million people to look up their representatives on Wikipedia) I was the only candidate to even mention SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). While I would oppose any laws of this type I am left to wonder how my competitors would vote if legislation similar to the recent SOPA/PIPA/NDAA bills where put to a vote while they were in office.
Other important issues are ignored as well. I clearly stated my opposition on government bailouts of private business and, to corporate funding campaigns get though PAC funds. In my eyes this is clearly corrupting our political process, giving private interests the influence rather than the people who are to be represented as I propose. On the issue of securing our border I was the only candidate who even mentioned the drug war. Criminal organizations are bringing people, money, drugs, and violence across our southern boarder all fueled by their profits from our war on drugs.
I see article after article about how much money has been raised by each candidate, and that is interesting, but it’s not what voters need to know. Would you support SOPA? How would you deal with inflation? Will you vote for bailouts? When millions of Americans protest the forfeiture of our constitutional rights will you respond? Or will we hear silence?
To the other candidates in this race, this is my challenge to you. State your positions on these important issues.
As Democrat candidate Pam Gulleson’s campaign has expressed a lack of interest in the readers of this site I will be sending her a copy of this so that she may have a chance to respond as well. I feel voters need to hear from all candidates on these matters.
Eric Olson is a Libertarian Party candidate for the US House in North DakotaTags: election 2012, guest posts, North Dakota News, north dakota tea party caucus