Houston, Texas 77007
Elliott Scheirman (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Texas' 2nd Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the convention election on March 14, 2020.
Elliott’s campaign is centered around promoting humane immigration, respect for property rights, preserving free speech, reducing the amount of victimless crimes on the books (including legalization and decriminalization of drug possession), opposing republican and democratic efforts to restrict gun rights for innocent people, prioritizing adding gender identity and sexual orientation as federally protected classes, seeking free open international trade as a foreign policy rather than endless war, and preserving women’s right to bodily autonomy. “I think people who traditionally vote for both old parties can find things that resonate with my campaign. Nobody wants the government to control them; Most people vote to defend themselves against partisan attempts restrict their freedom. It is time to vote for something you believe in, rather than against.”
The government should not restrict the free movement of peaceful people. Moving across national borders should be as easy as moving across state lines. Political borders should limit governmental jurisdictions, not individuals. I support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that peaceful individuals not be constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders. Governments should not restrict or impede aid that people wish to send to people in need outside of their own municipality, state, country, or hemisphere. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/immigration
You own yourself and the fruit of your labor. You should have the final say on how you allocate what you earn. I oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation. The government should not restrict property owners' ability to provide passage to, hire, sell to, or rent to people from any national or religious background so long as they are not harming anyone in the process. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/property-rights
Everyone has the right to speak their mind without fear of retaliation from the government, as well as being responsible for how they use their words. I oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form, excluding fraud. Private companies such as social media platforms are free to restrict hate-speech as they see fit. Dissent is patriotic. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/free-speech
NO VICTIM, NO CRIME
End all criminal and civil penalties for victimless acts and pardon nonviolent people convicted of them. I favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as gambling, the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes, and consensual transactions involving sexual services. I support restitution to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. The inherent rights of the criminally accused, including due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must be preserved. I assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law. The justice system should refocus on rehabilitation, rather than retaliation, as a response to actions that harm others. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/no-victim-no-crime
The ability to defend yourself is an inherent right. Citizens deserve to be on a level playing field with their government. Restrictions to a person's ability to defend themselves is itself a crime. Individuals who choose to arm themselves should be fully responsible for equipping and training themselves, as well as being financially liable for any personal or property damage they cause resulting from use of their weapons. Felons convicted of nonviolent crimes should have their rights to self-defense and voting reinstated. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/self-defense
Everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law. Gender identity and sexual orientation should be protected classes. So long as laws exist to enumerate protected classes, gender identity and sexual orientation for consenting adults should be added to them. Government employees unwilling to treat our diverse population with dignity and not discriminate against certain groups are welcome to find alternative employment. Remove all tax inequalities on the basis of marriage or parenthood. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/equality
TRADE, NOT WAR
Peaceful trade is a much better way to deal with our neighbors around the world. Endless war only creates blow-back against the US. The government should neither prohibit nor influence how individuals engage in peaceful trade. Tariffs, trade deals and sanctions on the basis of government grandstanding should not interfere with individuals who wish to transact with their overseas neighbors. I strongly oppose the use of the military to wage perpetual war, serve as a means to funnel trillions to defense contractors, and pointlessly waste lives. We should support our troops by immediately bringing them back to their families unless a formal declaration of war is made by Congress. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/trade-not-war
The government has no jurisdiction over dictating the contents of a person's body. And no one should be forced to subsidize procedures they disagree with. Sex education, easy access to birth-control, and less red tape for adoption as methods to reduce abortion are better than hoping for abstinence. Women are not incubation slaves. I oppose all forms of abortion prohibition or criminalization of doctors who perform them. If you have a moral objection to medical procedures, you should not be forced to fund them. https://www.scheirmanforcongress.com/issues/pro-choice
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