by Robert John Stevens, October 16, 2015
Today I took an online survey from a Dr. James K. Hertog, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Kentucky, regarding my experiences running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014. Some of the questions asked if I’d ban certain things during an election that suggest using the force of government to force citizens to do as I wish. Here’s the summary I submitted:
Our government is based upon inalienable rights—or rights given to us from God; therefore, to use the force of government to ban people from acting, and destroying their free will or free agency, is both wrong and unconstitutional. George Washington was correct warning Americans against political parties.
The Founding Fathers were correct to require two year limits for U.S. Representatives. Because power corrupts, term limits are necessary for a free society to survive especially one based on virtue. No elected official should serve more than one term. Had the original first amendment to the Bill of Rights been adopted by the states, proportional representation may still be in effect. It is much easier to buy and control the majority of 435 men and women then to buy thousands.
If the government sent citizens a bill for their portion of the debt it is highly probable that no politician would get re-elected.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clearly demonstrated with their 85,147 LDS Missionaries volunteer missionaries that political service can be voluntary and paid from one’s own pocket.
I have no doubt that if our nation survives we will rediscover and cherish our founding principles.
Dr. James K. Hertog
Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Kentucky