1. At least one blogger has suggested that in the 19th District Senate race there are really four conservatives running. She says this from the perspective of being an LGBT citizen who does not see anyone in the field addressing the issues that concern her. What do Libertarians (in general) and you (in particular) offer such an individual that is distinct from the Democrat-Republican status quo?
Firstly, while I am a hard-line Libertarian, I am also a member of the alternative community & have an alternative relationship. Before I can address the concerns of anyone in that community, I first have to hear from them. Anybody questioning my stance on the topics which I have addressed already have to first realize just where these questions are coming from and to whom I was addressing. The venues so far have been in the SCCOR meeting in the Oak Orchard VFW & the Crossroads Community church. Both venues have been strongly right-leaning as well as christian-fundamentalist. While risking sounding simplistic and over-generalizing, also noting that there were certainly others from different groups there, my responses have been to questions from those two main groups of voters.
One must also keep in mind as to what office I'm running -- I'm running to represent the citizens (hopefully most of whom will be voting, for me!) in District 19 in Sussex Co. The questions I've answered so far, and will probably be answering this afternoon (Wednesday) at 5:PM on http://www.WGMD.com/ 92.7FM and again on this Saturday 7:AM, same station/site, as well as www.WZBHrocks.com/ 93.5FM tomorrow after 7:AM (Thursday) will most probably be from the same area. If anyone has additional concerns which might allow me to elucidate on additional topics, now's your chance. I'll also be participating in the Candidate's Debate, hosted by the League of Women Voters, Thursday evening @ 7:PM at the Sussex Co. Council Chambers on The Circle, in Georgetown, Sussex Co. DE. There is a link on our website http://www.DelawareLiberty.com/ where anyone may click into both the audio & video of the proceedings. It is my understanding that all four candidates will be present; it will be the first and only time to my knowledge that Polly "Adams" Mervine has decided to make herself available in a public debate.
I'm also planning on being available to meet-n-greet at the Smith's family Restaurant & the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ, both in Greenville, both Friday & Saturday. If there is a specific time & place where anyone would like me to meet, either personally or publically, please contact either myself or my campaign manager, Brian Shields, either through this address, my home ph# 302-684-5373, or my cell# 302-682-2061. I'll let Brian decide whether he wants his cell# publicized. I see it as my duty. One of us will get back to anyone who contacts us ASAP.
Regarding the last point, what do I & the Libertarians have to offer that is distinct from the Dem-Rep status-quo, both I & the Libertarian philosophy stand for less government & more individual responsibility. The Reps would have "Big Brother" abuse the government's function by restricting/dictating such civil & religious issues, specifically SB121, for instance. It is both my & the general Libertarian stance that it is not the government's place to interfere & intrude upon the rights of consenting adults to contract (which is what marriage basically is) within the sanctity of their home (& church, whichever that may be, or not, if that is their choice). Of course, it is neither the government's function to interfere with the citizen's rights of freedom of association & to do business.
On the other hand, the Dems would have "Big Brother & the Nanny State" play "Robbin' Hood" & interfere with those who are trying to make use of their entrepreneurial skills & willingness to take chances in order to make & run a business for themselves & their families. The Constitution guarantees equal opportunity, not equal results. Those who, for one reason or another, cannot do as well can be helped much more positively & efficiently by private charities rather than by the present system of equalizing poverty.
The sticking point comes in when one or another specific group calls upon "Big Brother & the Nanny State" to intercede on their behalf when they perceive they are being injured in some way. Instead of accepting the responsibility of taking action themselves & making their own lives better, they would have the government force their own views & attitudes upon others. This is as much a crime as what originated the problem, & makes matters only worse. And, once one or more particular groups are singled out for special consideration, then what do we do with all the others we've left out? The only solution is to give everyone the same special consideration & ban all discrimination, which is really a "thought crime". Now, do you see just how complicated this gets, & where this is going? While we're at it, why don't we just ban all crime, & all evil while we're at it? Thoughts & attitudes are changed by deeds, not my force or law.
The solution is to vote with your dollar & the ballot box & your feet. Associate with people who like you, who want to do business with you, who value you as a person & who are willing to join together to boycott and/or vote together, or, even run for office themselves? How's that for a positive solution? Calling in "Big Brother & the Nanny State" to do what is really your own responsibility is actually the worst thing that you can do... because then you have handed your power (& responsibility) over to a faceless, self-serving entity that is just as likely to be turned against you tomorrow. Thoughts & attitudes cannot be legislated. The best solution is to earn one's place in society & gain that respect. Never forget, a government big enough to give you everything you want is also strong enough to take everything you have. And it will, just as the "other side" bends its ear too!
2. If you win the 19th District Senate race, you will become a party of one in the General Assembly. As such, how will you effectively represent the interests of your constituents?
I regard the challenge of performing this duty most seriously -- and it will be my honor I hold in exchange. It will be my duty to represent those citizens of the 19th district, but I will also not work to try to maneuver "pork-barrel" projects described in an unequal or unfair share in relation to the other districts around mine. I will do as much as I possibly can while still being honest & transparent to them as well as myself. No backdoor games or deals, & promoting & supporting the use & expansion of petition & referendum so that specific issues can be addressed directly by those directly affected. I will not play games with tricks like "desk-drawer vetos" & will do everything possible to have legislation written & understandable so that each citizen can have the opportunity to read & understand it, & not in such volumes that they simply cannot be read in time & are too often rushed through in late-night sessions without even being read. It is also my goal of being accessible to each & every citizen to be able to have a direct connection as to what may be of most concern to them.
3. Everyone in Delaware has watched the trainwreck that is the 2009 State budget. Everyone knows it will get worse next year. What perspectives and specific proposals do you bring to the table to deal with the State's fiscal situation?
As it has been said, Delaware doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. There are many jobs that can be done more efficiently & effectively by using Delaware-based private businesses competing by a sealed-bid process. The prevailing-wage law needs to be ditched. The huge burden placed upon our healthcare system by undocumented immigrants can be addressed by utilizing & expanding the existing enforcement framework & expanding enforcement officersas required, & funded by increasing the fines for any businesses caught violating current employment & immigration laws. We also need to minimize the tax burden on both current & prospective businesses in order to allow for them to move into DE & expand. Minimizing the size & involvement of government on all levels while encouraging private Delaware-based businesses to complete to replace the services that the State already does. We have state-owned golf courses, marinas & a helicopter which it has no business owning. They should be sold to benefit the budget & their use be replaced by the same private-competition process mentioned above. Getting more ideas & input from the citizens will bring an untold pertinent & effective solutions to the table as well.
4. Explain Del Pointe to readers in the rest of the universe, and explain your position on it.
Del Pointe is basically a DE state-sponsored, huge multi-gaming racino complex proposed in the Millsboro general area. Citizens in that area are outraged because not only does it conflict with their religious sentiments, it will prey upon those who can least afford it. Also, it will present a huge new competitive element to the already existing infrastructure & private businesses, & be subject to the strong effects of cronyism & special interests. It is also basically an unhealthy practice to draw almost 50% of its income from the most vulnerable families in the area. For those who still want to gamble, there are already gaming facilities available a relatively short drive to the north. Plus, diversifying the types of games to include those of skill & thought (vs. simple slot machines) will give the gamers a fighting chance & promote active thought.
5. Delaware is among one of the highest spenders, per capita, on public school education, and yet our test=2 0scores are consistently mediocre (despite some recent small advances). As Senator from the 19th District, what will be your position on the best way to improve public education in the First State.
I am a strong supporter of a school voucher program. Parents have the right to choose what type & quality of school their children attend, whether it be public, parochial, charter, private or homeschool. Parents should have more influence as to what their children are taught & will be strongly encouraged to get more personally & actively involved. Parents should only pay for the type of school, & the number of children, which they are using. Those with no children in the school system should not be taxed.
And Wendy's closing comments
My apologies for the delayed response, Steve, but I have been swamped. You did, indeed, have some hardball questions. Thank you for allowing me the latitude to answering them!
I look fwd to hearing from any who might still have questions & encourage anyone interested to listen to the Candidate's Debate this evening 7:PM either at the Sussex Co. Council Chambers in Georgetown or through the link-click (once for video & once for audio) through our campaign website www.DelawareLiberty.com Also, don't forget your one last chance to call into www.WGMD.com 92.7 this Saturday 7:AM & also meet me as I've mentioned above if there are any concerns which I might have inadvertantly left unaddressed.
The one last thought I want to leave you with:
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten! If you like what has been happening, & want more of the same, just keep doing the same thing. If you want a real, new, innovative opportunity for an honest, personal, Constitutionally-based representative, I'm really the only choice there is. Unless, of course, you choose not to vote at all, & then you won't have any right to complain.
So, Empower Yourselves! Activate Yourselves! Legalize Yourselves! Get out & VOTE FOR ME on Monday, August 3rd!
Yours, In Liberty,
Gwendolyn "Wendy" Jones,
Libertarian Candidate for Sussex Co. Senate District 19
I'd like to thank Wendy--especially after I just wrote a post very critical of her--for responding to these questions. You may not like her positions, but at least you now know them. That's a hell of a lot more than can be said for some of the competition.