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Third Party Candidates Excluded from Debates in Utah

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Photo from 2014 Protest of Debate Exclusion. Now being excluded again

The Utah Debate Commission has decided to exclude the campaign for Craig Bowden, candidate for Utah’s 1st Congressional District, as well as candidates for the Gubernatorial race and Attorney General race. This measure to exclude candidates is egregious on its face, and will be challenged. For far too long, systems set up by the two major parties have worked to keep alternate voices from being able to be heard. Whether it is with debates or ballot access, the drive to maintain power has kept third party ideas out of the eye of the public.

 The Debate Commission is in direct violation of election laws, and will be held accountable for what it is doing. Under the Equal Time Rule, candidates from opposing parties are able to receive equal air time at the same rate that is offered to other candidates broadcast. Normally, this would not apply as a law, as it does exempt organizations that hold their own debates as long as it is not the broadcast station itself. Where the Utah Debate Commission violates the law, is that the news media sits on the board for the commission. They are instrumental in planning these debates, and dedicate non-regular air time to have these debates. As such, it does not fall under “on the spot news” as required to be exempt from the law. The media is helping manufacture the news under the guise of a private entity.

 As such, the campaign of Craig Bowden, will be seeking the price of 30 minutes airtime from every broadcast station, both televised and aired on radio, on the prime time slot. This lawsuit will go away if the campaign is included in the debates.

 Further, Craig Bowden’s campaign will be seeking equal damages for every third party candidate and independent who was excluded. This is in combination with any fines the Federal Communications Commission may seek to impose on the Utah Debate Commission. The monies awarded on behalf of other third party candidates will be paid to each candidate that was excluded from the debates.

Down Ticket Matters Too

LP_EagleflameRecently, among many Libertarian Party groups I associate with online and off, I have heard many complaints about our top ticket candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. While I certainly agree that there are some valid concerns and issues raised, some individuals have spent a large majority of their time doing nothing more than attacking the top ticket.

I do appreciate dissent, and we should all be willing to declare our lines that should never be crossed. It is one thing that the Libertarian Party has done for the most part as the Party of Principle. We will call out candidates that are wrong.  However, this focus of non stop attacks is not serving the party well. Voice your dissent and move on is the best way to handle the disagreement. I have even voiced my disagreement on my various outlets, but then I move on and get back to work for down ticket candidates, including myself.

One of the legitimate arguments that was brought in for support of Gary Johnson was that other candidates, though more consistent in their application of libertarian philosophy, was that he was the most experienced candidate available to carry the banner at the top of the ticket. It is hard when you compare the experience of a two term governor and self made millionaire to what was on the debate stage with him at convention. Only one other candidate on the stage in Orlando had the credibility and ability to get media, and that was John McAfee, who was a multi-national businessman.

So now is the time to stop focusing so much time on the blunders and start focusing on the candidates down ticket to get elected and into debates. You want to have a strong base going forward over the next four years, so that when we have the next go around, we have those more principled individuals with more credibility to their resume. We have around 100 candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, several gubernatorial candidates, a myriad of state legislative candidates, and plenty of those running for county and municipal races on the Libertarian ticket.  If the people who spent as much time attacking Gary Johnson and Bill Weld went and spent that time promoting and volunteering for those locals, we would see many gains this year, as there is already a much larger interest in what we are saying this year ever since Trump and Clinton, two of the worst candidates possible for Democrats and Republicans, have driven people to seek other options.

We need to direct those people to looking into the people we have available for them to vote for at all levels of government. We’ve been plotting to take over the world and leave everyone alone, but we will only be able to do that if we actually start making headway in other races.

If you are one of the individuals focusing your time on Johnson or Weld in the negative and reading this, I implore you to stand up for the people who need your help. Doors are not going to be answered if no one is there to knock, flyers do not hand out themselves, letters to the editor must be written and submitted, phone calls aren’t made without someone to dial.

We have enough people in the party, and those that agree with us, that if we all went to work for the down ticket, we would no longer be considered a minor party. We would become the most legitimate threat to the two party system and start to dismantle the barriers to liberty.

The choice is yours on how to spend your time, but this is my two cents on the matter.

A Libertarian Day Out

10653518_639801622785119_256797751595299941_nYesterday was one of the busiest days I have had on the campaign trail. It all started with setting up for an event in Ogden for the Pride Festival. We had a booth set up to do some outreach on behalf of the Libertarian Party in Utah. After set up,  I headed out to join in a rally for Governor Gary Johnson, this is where things started to get really interesting for me. As a person heavily involved with Utah’s Libertarian Party, I was afforded the opportunity to head back into the Green Room to get some words in with the media and also be with the two former Governors who are the top ticket.

During the time back there, I was able to speak with Governor Bill Weld at some length, and I was glad to have that opportunity. As many of you in libertarian circles know, I have13873127_10208882314609380_8510925225473331989_n been critical of Bill Weld’s past as Governor of Massachusetts. Speaking with him directly has given me the chance to see things from him in a different light, and I can see that he isn’t the same person now he was then. I’ve always prided myself on being able to judge a person’s character when I am able to meet with them, and Governor Weld was being very honest with his answers to me. I still don’t agree with everything, but I never have agreed 100% with every candidate who has run to represent me. The areas that matter most to me, he is on the right side of the issues.

One of the highlights of our conversation, after it turned from political issues, was laughing about how fast our shoes have been wearing out on the campaign trail. It was a very human moment, and something I don’t think I will forget.

13770333_10157325731435381_144355872572393718_nShortly after this, I joined in with the rally to listen to the speakers chosen, including Barry Short, Mark Madsen, and of course, the two Governors. It is definitely looking like Utah may be the place for a state to turn Gold. The crowd numbered between 1200 and 1800 from estimates given, which marks it as the largest libertarian gathering in Utah’s history.

This trend continued as I traveled back to Utah to finish out the day manning the booth at the Ogden Pride Festival. I have to say that in all my years volunteering to help with events like these for the party in Utah, I have never seen such a huge response from people asking questions, taking information, and saying they plan to vote libertarian this election.

Nearly all the material that was brought was handed out and several new libertarians pledged to support our nominees this year. We also were approached by the candidate 13942248_127464721029647_989434929_nrunning for the U.S. Senate in Utah, Misty Snow, where we had a great conversation about civil liberties. She seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders, and I sincerely wish her the best of luck in her efforts; it’s not easy stepping up to run for office. She definitely seems like someone I would be able to work with on several issues that affect Utah, like dismantling the Draper NSA facility.

The best part of the evening was discovering the booth next to us featuring Even Stevens, a sandwich company in Utah. This company has the Libertarian solution to “who’s going to take care of the poor” question we are often asked. Essentially what this sandwich shop does is to donate one sandwich to a charity for every sandwich you buy. They do this without government mandates or interference. They do it because they care about the people who need some help.

I am certainly excited for what has been happening in Utah, and every day that passes I feel we are getting close to being included in the 1st District Debates. That is one thing I would sincerely ask for you all to donate what you are able as we start doing our Top of Utah Tour this week. Just head to www.Craig4Congress.org and give your best donation.

We are getting so close to changing the landscape of politics, and Utah is the place for it to happen.

The Libertarian Party Convention – My Take

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you know me to be downright

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blunt in my positions. I am not someone who is afraid to tell the truth, and I am not going to hold anything back.

 

I am honestly aghast at how the more radical elements of the Libertarian Party were treated the weekend. I am a member of the radical caucus myself, and I would say pretty close, if not fully, an anarchist. What I personally witnessed caused me to have to step out more than once during the convention.

While there will be some disagreement between the anarchist and mincarchist elements of the Party, there were several times where it went from slightly disagreeable to outright hostility.

This is not to say anarchists are without flaws, as one of the more radical members of the party majorly embarrassed the party with his display on stage doing a strip tease. There was no respect whatsoever in what that individual did, and it makes our movement look ridiculous.  We are trying to create a better way for the American people, but doing things like stripping on stage is not going to help you in the least.

For those who don’t know as much about the more radical elements of libertarianism, it

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Over 250 media credentials were issued for the 2016 Convention.

really boils down to two principles: self ownership and the principle of non-initiation of aggression. It literally is about as libertarian as you can get, as the smallest form of governing, is when you are fully allowed to govern yourself.

 

More than once, we were called fools, purists, stupid, and other names as arguments were brought to the floor in opposition or support of various platform changes. Out of every proposal, the only one that really set a new standard that anarchists/radicals seem to agree with is that the Libertarian Party has added a new plank that opposes the administration of the death penalty

That new plank makes it clear where we stand as a Party, and I am glad we were at least able to get this done. Another bright light that came of convention was the election of Caryn Ann Harlos, a fellow member of the Radical Caucus, to be the Region 1 Representative of the National Committee. This was by and large the greatest choice to represent the West (minus California, who has their own Region).

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Outside of business measures as a delegate, things were far better with the amount of educational seminars, motivational speeches, and togetherness in various hospitality suites.  I did enjoy being able to see so many people who were advocates of more liberty. I was able to speak one on one with John McAfee, Adam Kokesh, Darryle Perry, Shawna Sterling, Larry Sharpe, Austin Petersen, and just about everyone I am friends with on social media that I got to meet for the first time face to face. It took a minute to recognize a few of you, but definitely great to finally put names to faces.

 

The one thing that was clear throughout the convention is that pragmatism was more important to the majority than principle adherence. Gary Johnson and Bill Will, both former serving Republican Governors, were selected as the Presidential and Vice

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With Kerry Douglas McKennon, Candidate for Vice President

Presidential nominees after two rounds of voting each.  Gary Johnson won with 55% of the voting delegates, Bill Weld receiving 50.5% of the delegates, barely meeting the threshold.

 

I personally am not overly excited about either nominee, but will be helping every candidate at every level I can, and also working with John McAfee’s #VoteDifferent Initiative to unsure that I do what I can to help all down ticket races in the Libertarian Party get some wins. This will be the majority of my focus outside of my own race for Utah’s 1st Congressional District.

It was certainly a lot of fun to be there, but I am worried about the massive compromises that have been made, especially with appointing Gov. William Weld. There is nothing more I can do, but I do want you to know that I did cast my delegate vote in favor of principles.

I do ask that everyone get out an keep educating the nation about our local, state, and federal candidates who can better articulate the philosophy of freedom. We may not be former governors, but at one point, neither were they.

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With Austin Petersen, Candidate for President

I would also like to thank all the other candidates who ran, but especially Austin Petersen. He and I have butted heads since he declared in July of 2015. When meeting him face to face he was beyond cordial and he stuck to his principles, though I may agree with some of them. He was the most consistent of the candidates. I like to think that I am able to see character once I look someone in the eye, and I can tell you that Austin is the most genuine out of everyone I met (though John McAfee isn’t far behind). Once you get him one on one and the bumper sticker soundbite is gone, he is far better than I ever gave him credit for.

 

I hope that all the candidates who weren’t selected continue to work toward the greater liberty that we all seek. I know most will stand tall, but some of them are seemingly in the mood to “take their ball and go home” in mentality.  I had hoped that we could put things aside and work together so that we can actually make a difference. I will be available to answer questions anyone may have at Craig_Bowden@Craig4Congress.org.

I will also be releasing the Winning strategies video once I can get home and have some time to unpack.

Libertarian Party National Convention: Day One

LP_EagleflameI will admit that I was not with everything as much as I would have liked to have been.Unfortunately, my flight coming in to Orlando was delayed.

That being said, there was still plenty to do at the reception. For the most part, it seems that everyone is in high spirits going in to the start of business tomorrow morning. Old friends were reuniting, online friends met for the first time, and new acquaintances were being formed all over the patio area at the Rosen Centre.

Tomorrow the real business portion starts, and it will likely get heated from time to time as debates rage about platforms, candidates, nominations, etc.  But for the time being, libertarians are joined together. Suits and flip flops, anarchists and pragmatists. For a brief moment, utopia may have existed.

I will report all business live as it happens on Twitter, and blog all results as they are declared. Follow at@CraigBowden2020.

Utah Libertarians Pick Candidates, Choose National Delegates for 2016

Saturday, April 23rd, the Libertarian Party of Utah held their annual convention to select candidates and choose delegates for the National Convention in May, where they will help select the nominee for President of the United States. This year’s turn out was possibly the largest in the state’s party history.

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It began, as all conventions, with credentialing attendees who were eligible to vote on candidates and party business items. The reason to bring this up is that it took far longer than normal to finish the process, as the line literally went out the door for the majority of the morning, even though credentialing started thirty minutes prior to the scheduled start.

In spite of the long lines and a late kick off, enthusiasm ran high as candidates prepped their final thought in their heads, and old friends shook hands. New faces were present as well, with several officially joining the Libertarian Party on the spot.

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Libertarian Party of Utah Chair Andrew McCullough

Party Chairman, Andrew McCullough, kicked things off with great news on the fiscal situation in the Utah party, as well as the record growth experienced in the last year. The party has been adding record number of concerned Utahans every month, which as reported, may have even tripled the size of the party.

There were of course the candidates up for nomination, and while a little smaller than 2014’s, looks to be one of the strongest seen based on the experience of the candidates who stepped up.

*Craig Bowden – U.S. House, 1st District
*Brian Kamerath/Barry Short – Governor/Lt. Governor
*Andrew McCullough – Utah Attorney General
*Jim Dexter – Utah State Senate, District 6
*Aaron Davis – Utah State House, District 6
*Joe Buchman – Utah State Senate, District 14
*Derryck Gordon – Utah State House, District 10
*Brent Zimmerman – Utah State House, District 16
*Chelsea Travis – Utah State House, District 35
*Lee Anne Walker – Utah State House, District 46

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State House candidate Derryck Gordon

On top of the selection of candidates for offices within Utah, the Libertarian group held a Presidential straw poll and chose delegates to head to the National Convention in May at the Rosen Centre in Orlando.

Results of the straw poll are as follows:
Gary Johnson – 33
Austin Petersen – 11
John McAfee – 10
Vermin Supreme – 4
Darryl Perry – 1

The candidates selected for the poll were based off those who had representation speak on their behalf.

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Charlynn Patterson, one of the selected delegates pitching why she should be chosen

This year, Utah was also able to select a full delegation of 8, with all 8 alternates chosen as well. Each person interested in becoming a delegate was able to speak for two minutes on why they should be selected.

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Former Mayor Willie Marshall

Former mayor Willie Marshall addressed the crowd on how to get elected as a Libertarian using his three rules of “Suit up, show up, and play the game.” It was amazing to have an example of triumph from an elected libertarian in Utah.

Utah Libertarians lastly selected their six electors in the event the Libertarian nominee wins the majority of votes in November.

Life and Poltics

Life certainly happens and it had me neglecting to post on my blog site for a bit. That changes as of today.

To bring you all up to speed on why things have been so busy, here is the update of life in the political realm.

1. I have been helping vet the Libertarian candidates for POTUS, and drafting a voters guide to assist delegates in making their choice at convention in Orlando.

2. I have accepted a position in the campaign to nominate Steve Kerbel as the Utah Campaign Director.

3. I have been putting my own team in place for my Congressional run this year for Utah’s 1st District.

4. In efforts to grow the Libertarian Party in Utah, I have been working on organizing County Affiliates, especially in Weber County.

So lots of exciting developments in the works. Now that we have done most of the groundwork, I have time to keep everyone updated on the liberty movement as we work to expand freedom for all.

In Dire Times – Open Letter to America

American-flagDear America,

I found myself up tonight, unable to sleep so I thought I’d take some time and let out some concerns I have of mine.  For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Craig Bowden. I’m not really anyone famous or popular.  I haven’t done anything terribly significant.  But I have tried to do the right thing throughout my life.  Living in a way I can be proud of.  I served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps for nearly eight years.  Once in the Marines, I saw some things that made my eyes open. I saw some things that needed fixing, so I wrote about them on blog sites and letters to the editor. I noticed politicians doing things that were questionable, so I wrote and called them.  I saw even more things that were going wrong in our country, so I ran for political office.

I’ve done a lot, and I have failed miserably in what I have tried to do.  Perhaps it’s the fact that I don’t have the prestige of Kim Kardashian’s butt.  Maybe I’m not as entertaining as the latest episode of the Voice or American Idol.  I know I can’t dance, so I definitely couldn’t get on So You Think You Can Dance, nor could I be one of the stars on Dancing with the stars.

I’m not an action hero on the silver screen. I’m not an NFL player that hits my significant other in an elevator.  I don’t get the media because I’m only me and all I do is tell the truth.  No crazy antics, just a scary truth that many people don’t want to hear and others have no idea exists.

We are failing as a country.  I used to think we were the best country in the world. I was wrong.  Boy was I wrong.  Chances are, you are wrong too if you still believe we’re the best in the world.

My first real look into everything was as a Marine in Iraq.  Seeing the full effect of U.S. interventionist policy.  You may have thought that we had good reason to go to war, I fell for it too.  Even defended it for a long time.  Being there was a little different though.  Seeing it with my own eyes as we became political pawns for the political elite.  Re-election posters and cannon fodder.  It tore me apart to know that I was only serving the industrial military complex and self serving politicians, and not the country I loved.

Later came the realization that the Democrats and Republicans were essentially the exact same party with little difference.  I’ll admit it.  I was born and raised in Utah with a fairly conservative upbringing.  I thought for sure I was Republican. Until I looked at their voting records.  So maybe, just maybe I was a Democrat.  Until I looked at theirs too.  It was strange.  Whenever the opposing party asked for something, the other side said no.  But when their guy or gal said it, they would push for it.

I have warned for so long about the two-party system.  In 2014, I watched just about every incumbent go right back to Washington, D.C. (and my home state of Utah as well).  Nearly everyone got re-elected to do the exact same thing that they have been doing since they first got elected (and for some of them, that’s decades).  Few woke up and realized. And if you voted for your guy or gal to go back….you’re part of the problem in this country.

I could go on for hours about the two-party system, but there is one other thing I want to address tonight: police and blind police support.

Why are you blindly supporting the police in America?  I have witnessed so many shootings and brutality cases cross my social media timelines, emails, and news.  And it seems that the comments are the same: just don’t resist.

Not one of you have the guts to say that some of the laws are stupid and shouldn’t be enforced.  No, you just think that it’s some “thug” being put in their place.  The person needs to fix their attitude toward the officer.

When did America become a country full of cowards?  According to your logic, the founders of this country should have just shut up and followed the orders of Great Britain.  There is a level of tyranny being enforced by these police officers.

You can’t grow your grass over a certain length.  You can’t buy a pack of cigarettes and sell them to others.  You can’t go around without a seat belt. Heaven forbid you say hello to someone that has been busted doing drugs, because if a cop sees it, you will be cornered and searched as if you did something.  If you pull out your phone to record what is happening, you may wind up in handcuffs yourself.

The list of stupidity in the law can go on forever, but it all really boils down to this: if there is no victim, there is no crime and if the state (be it federal, state, or local) tries to enforce these arbitrary laws through the police, they are committing aggression against you.  We fought a world war against that kind of tyranny.  It may be small now (cigarettes and seat belts) but what happens when it starts to increase like a frog boiling in water?

We’re about to boil, and you fine Americans are asleep at the helm. Actually defending this level of injustice.  Shame on you.  And shame on me for taking so long to wake up.

I hope you’re happy America. Someday it will be you. If you refuse to speak out today, who will speak out for you tomorrow?

Answering The Park Record

logoOnce again the media, in this instance the Park Record, has decided to exclude me from being able to answer questions given another candidate.  I have taken the liberty of copying down the questions and answering them for the voters of 1stDistrict.

Voters deserve to know where all candidates stand on the issues.  Until the media decides to stop playing the partisan games, we will have to continue to do things this way, though I would encourage all who read this to send in letters and phone calls to the media and ask that they fairly cover all candidates in a race instead of skewing it to the Democrats and/or the Republicans.

Please describe how your background prepares you to serve in the office you seek and why you have chosen to campaign for that office.

 To start off, I served nearly 8 years as a United States Marine in the infantry.  This has given me first-hand knowledge of what happens in war, as I was deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  It also gave me the skills of leadership and teamwork that are necessary to help bridge the divide our nation is experiencing.  It also taught me that there is such a thing as honor, and to honor my oath I took on June 16, 2003, I chose to run to defend the rights of the people; it had no expiration for me.

I also served 3 years at the Internal Revenue Service in the Business Division.  This has given me great insight to the many problems within our tax code.  I dealt with the direct issues employers were having.  I have heard their complaints every day, and also heard their suggestions.  Though at the time I could not do anything to change the way the law was, if elected, I would be able to apply this experience to helping the businesses in America grow and prosper.

Finally, I am a small business owner.  I know what it is like to roll up your sleeves and get to work.  I chose to forge my own path, and while it may not be a multi-million dollar corporation, the fact that I can feed my family is a success.  Tied in with this business experience, I am also the President of two non-profits, so I deal with the day in and day out of working with people.

 The Park City and Summit County economies have performed solidly during the current two-year congressional term. Please discuss your reasoning for the performance of the local economy and identify one policy you will pursue during the next congressional term to ensure further economic expansion in the community.

 Utah overall has had great results economically compared to other states in the nation.  Our unemployment is one of the lowest, and I think it can really be attributed to the “can do” attitude the people of this state have.  We aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and do the jobs necessary to take care of our loved ones.  Park City and Summit County are no exception.  They have that same grit to do what they need to, and because of this attitude, it’s not just surviving but thriving.

I think one of the best things I could do is listen to the small business leaders in the community.  We constantly hear about Congressmen and women essentially being bought and paid for by large corporation, and that is why I’m not interested in talking to them.  They will survive without my ear.  The people who need the most help are the “ma and pa” stores.  The self-owned restaurants.  The bait and tackle shops.  The snowboard rental stores.  They are the ones we need to listen to.

I stated earlier that I worked in the Business Division of the IRS and there were a top number of complaints we dealt with: taxation being too much, regulations being a burden, and confusion with the ever evolving tax code.  We need to simplify things for the businesses that can’t afford the team of lawyers and lobbyists.  We need to make it easier on them.

Please discuss your opinion of the benefits and drawbacks of the Affordable Care Act. Please describe one item you would like added to the health care law and one that you would like removed.

 I have been fairly strong worded about the ACA, and for good reason.  I honestly don’t think the approach taken was helpful in the least.  My dad told me a story to relate, and I will share it with you: When you have a leaking roof, you go up and apply some tar, maybe some new shingles, but you don’t tear the whole house down and rebuild.

There were obviously some needed reforms in the healthcare industry, but the ACA tore down the house, and some problems are still not addressed.

To be honest, I would scrap the entire law and go back to the drawing board addressing one specific issue at a time.  Like college students being allowed to remain on their parents’ insurance.  That could have been one law passed.

When we address the issues one at a time like this, it works far more efficiently.  And if Congress is going to use the excuse that “there isn’t enough time for that,” well, maybe it’s time for them to work more than 120 days out of a year or maybe the bill shouldn’t exist if it needs to be so massively sweeping no one can read it.

 The situation in Iraq has deteriorated in recent months, more than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion of the country. What dangers do you foresee for the United States in Iraq and what role should the U.S. have in Iraq as the government there struggles to maintain control?

 This is where I am going to be very clearly contrasted from all my opponents in the race.  I do not think we have any more business in the countries of Iraq and Syria.  It is a no win situation for America.

If we go in and help defeat ISIS, then Bashar Assad will remain in power as a dictator and continue to oppress his people. If we support ISIS, then something worse comes along.  We have seen examples like this happen time and time again when the United States starts getting involved with other nations.

Let’s not also forget that we really should not have been involved in Iraq in the first place.  I personally believe that the actions we took were at least borderline criminal.

We also have no clear objectives, and as a former infantryman, you need to have a clear mission in order to accomplish it.  We cannot continue to risk the lives of our young men and women in international conflicts, the price is too great.  Our Department of Defense should actually start worrying about defense and not deploying all over the world to be involved in conflicts we have no business in.

 Many Americans see partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., as one of the inhibitors to progress in the country, pointing to the government shutdown as an example. Please discuss the problems created by the partisan nature of Washington and describe one effort you pledge to make to cooperate with the other side of the aisle.

 Well, let me just say that first of all, I am not partisan.  I am running to represent the people in Utah’s District, and if the Libertarian Party started to ask me to do things that did not involve increases in liberty or prosperity for all my constituents, I would leave the party.

It’s high time that we stopped having the partisan lines drawn.  It is one of the reasons I chose to run in the first place.  Congressman Bishop blames Harry Reid, and Donna McAleer blames Congressman Bishop.  They are all part of the problem.  They will tow whatever line their party tells them to.  So in spite of Ms. McAleer’s promises, I’m afraid that she’d only add to the gridlock, not work to solve it.

I have no qualms working with anyone that has the voters’ best interests in mind, so long as the law being passed respects individual and economic liberty, and also falls within the defined limits of the U.S. Constitution.

I pledge to the voters of Utah that I will not join in the political hackery that goes on in Washington, D.C. I am going there to represent you, and I will be your voice, but more than that, lend you and not the lobbyists and special interests my ear.

 The tourism-heavy economy of Park City has for years relied at some level on foreign workers, both those in the United States legally and those in the country illegally. Please discuss your preferred immigration reform package. In your answer, please address the idea of amnesty for those already in the United States illegally.

 I honestly would like to see a time where we are allowed to freely travel, work, and live anywhere we want, and that includes those in Latin America and Mexico.  We do need to have border security to guard against threats, but someone wanting to work here and better their life is no threat.

I do not believe that they should be granted amnesty for citizenship, and should apply like everyone else to become a citizen, but I have no issues with them being here.

To address the concerns of them not paying taxes or getting benefits from the welfare programs, I have addressed this concern in some of the welfare reforms I have proposed and my tax plan to initiate the Fair Tax.

Benefits can only be extended to U.S. citizens, is the short answer on the reforms, but I do have a little more in depth on my website, too much to say here today.  As for the Fair Tax, to summarize, it removes all forms of taxation currently in place and essentially creates a national consumption tax based on the purchase of new goods, with the exclusion of necessities like food, water, and housing.  This means that all other spending done in the United States is taxed, which means there will be no “under the table” pay not making it into the revenue.

 Please identify one of President Obama’s policies you support and one that you oppose. Please explain the reasoning behind your support and opposition.

 To be honest, I really cannot think of anything off the top of my head I have openly supported from President Obama.  He really seems to be continuing a lot of former President Bush’s policies, and so I don’t have a lot I can say in favor of what he’s tried to do.  I really would have liked to see him uphold the promises he made, and has had several opportunities with bill passage he could have vetoed, but didn’t.

 Please differentiate yourself from your opponents.

 Well, I don’t avoid media questions and constituents like Congressman Bishop has shown to do.  I am open and honest about any questions asked of me, and really try to have a 24 hour turn around on answering a question I receive.

As for Donna McAleer, I am the only candidate who is truly without the support of special interests.  She has claimed many times that she is the candidate running without them, but when you look into her financials, you can see that she has received money from several sources that are not individual voters (approximately 15% from PACs, though to her credit far lower than Congressman Bishop who is closer to 80%).  I have only received money from the Libertarian Party of Utah and individual voters.  I’m not interested in money from PACs, unions, or any other groups.  The voters’ voices matter.

Free Speech Message – Craig Bowden

 

Pleas click on the picture to watch the latest message from Craig Bowden running for Utah’s 1st Congressional District.

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