It’s time for some Frank politics in Arkansas.
Frank Gilbert is the LPAR’s nominee for US Senate in 2016. However, this is not Frank’s first campaign for public office. His political background includes serving as constable of Dekalb Township (Grant County) for two years, mayor of Tull, Arkansas, for eight years, coroner of Grant County for two years, and as former president of the Bauxite Education Association. More recently, Frank was the Libertarian nominee for Governor of Arkansas in 2014. He won 16,319 (1.9%) votes. In 2012, he was the Libertarian candidate for Arkansas State Senate, 13th district; he won 1,013 (3.4%) votes in that election.
Mr. Gilbert graduated from Van Buren High School before serving the United States Navy as Journalist Second Class spanning from 1968 to 1972. He attended Ouachita Baptist University prior to beginning a successful career in private security. Mr. Gilbert also serves as minister of Universal Life Church.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY – Our nation is $19 Trillion in debt and doing nothing to stop the growth of that debt. Nothing else in the republic can work well if we continue to finance our government on the back of our children and grandchildren. We have to significantly cut every department of the national government immediately. Anything less will condemn future generation to debt and servitude and condemn us to shame.
NON-INTERVENTIONIST FOREIGN POLICY – Thomas Jefferson promised, “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.” He was not an isolationist, and neither am I; but we all know it is immoral for us to send young Americans to die in foreign lands where we have no compelling, national interest. Our enemies point to our actions and claim we are ‘Crusaders.’ It is hard to refute their argument at times.
RESPECT THE 10TH AMENDMENT – “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Constitution of the United States is clear to the honest reader. Unfortunately, the two old political parties, the Congress, courts and the President of the United States have not been honest for a long time when it comes to the part of the Constitution. Fifty sovereign states populated by 300 million sovereign individuals must demand that the national government honor their rights and the 10th Amendment.
RESPECT THE 2ND AMENDMENT – The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution is clear and unambiguous. Every American, no matter in which state or city they live, has a God-given right to keep and bear arms. That the courts have allowed any level of government deny that right to individuals is a travesty. If the Mayor of New York or the President of the United States doesn’t like the way the Constitution is written, let them follow the process for amending it.
CLOSE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – American children have been poorly served by a centralized, one-size fits-all system of education. It is time we let those who know their children best and love them most direct the education process. Parents can provide the education their children need. If the national government wants to help, then let it be sure that every parent (not just the rich and powerful) can afford a private education for their children. Instead, they have provided regulations and bureaucracy and we are all suffering for it.
CLOSE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY – We have spent trillions of dollars since the World Trade Centers collapsed for homeland security. What we have received in return could have been accomplished with private security for much less cost and greater security. Airlines and airports have the ability to protect their customers. Employees of airlines and airports are a lot less likely to fondle customers, gawk at their naked images or otherwise offend the sensibilities of citizens.
END THE IRS – Flat Tax, Fair Tax, No Tax. Whatever it takes we must have a tax system than can operate without gestapo like powers and tactics on the part of the tax collector. The IRS is the only sector of government that is allowed to operate on a ‘guilty until proven innocent’ basis. Current tax law is incomprehensible, requiring expensive legal and accounting concerns for individuals and business to protect themselves. Worse, it opens the way for selective prosecution and enforcement by political hacks. A free people deserve better , and it’s time for free people to demand better.
ALL OTHER POSITIONS – Will be based on the belief that every individual has a God-given right to live in any way he or she chooses, so long as they don’t interfere in the equal rights of others. Government, and the federal government in particular, should stay out of the lives of citizens who are not harming other citizens.