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Governor Kate Brown’s Reign of Terror Over Southern Oregon

A state of terror and anarchy rules over Southern Oregon, where car thieves and methamphetamine addicts are released after a day, to continue to wreak havoc on the local communities. Nor do the locals point the finger at the guilty party, the Governor, whose primary solemn State Constitutional duty under Article 1 Section 1 is the peace and safety of the inhabitants. Wolf-butcher Brown’s crime against the People of Oregon is to let anarchy rule while the citizens are taxed to the death to provide for bloated state salaries, and incredibly obscene public employee pensions (the current highest recipient receives $913,000/yr). The remuneration of the bureaucrats, and of the teachers in this incredibly lousy school system, come well in advance of the safety of the People to wolf-butcher Brown.

Unfortunately most of the locals who complain about the anarchic crime that has turned a quiet retirement community in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon into a Compton,and transformed the Grants Pass area of Josephine County into a urban war zone, don’t point their fingers at the Governor. In the late 1980s the only crimes in the police blotter were the usual and habitually-reoccurring drunken brawls of several well-known local imbibers, as well as some cannabis arrests. And murders were as scarce as hen’s teeth.

Now there is a nightly car theft or two, and Grants Pass has become the car theft capital of Oregon. Cars scream around the town in the early hours of the morning, unstopped by any police force, and pillaging by meth addicts has become a daily ritual. But does the State intervene by jailing car thieves in State Prison for years? Are meth addicts placed in rehabilitation camps for the environmental crimes that have committed by fueling the polluting meth-lab cooks’ distribution businesses?

No. The State leaves that up to the county taxpayers and the County Sheriffs Department, who are overloaded and have to arrest and re-arrest over and over the same scoff-laws who never show up for their court dates, but who are then re-released by the County District Attorney as not being a “threat” to the community. A candidate for County Sheriff recently explained, at a public forum, how, if the D.A. told them not to hold someone because they were not a threat, they had to let them go. What he didn’t explain was that, under such a system, why would it much matter who was sheriff if the D.A. was going to release the same people over and over, to save money on jail costs (though the salaries, car insurance, and danger to the officers when re-arresting would probably be far in excess of what it would cost to keep these suspects in the county jail)?.

But the economically and politically uneducated public, instead of blaming the Governor, argue back and forth that we need yet another property tax increase (last year the taxes were raised about 10% for the Sheriff and the jail and the public was told that this would control the crime situation,and that those who oppose it are wicked and irresponsible, while those who are on the brink of being taxed out of their properties have no voice in the public debate). Now the residents of Cave Junction are talking about another “taxing district” to fund a city police force — this in a community of poor retirees and scarce jobs where the average income is about $21k, mostly from pensions and welfare. There is no way such a poor community could fund such an expensive police force — made expensive in large part by the PERS requirement that sucks up about 21% of all County (and State)salaries. In other words, a city police force might be economically feasible were it not for the PERS contribution requirement.

Thus does Socialism, in the form of huge government bureaucracies and huge government pensions, destroy a once peaceful and civil society.

Wolf-Butcher Brown has the responsibility for the misery of thousands of Southern Oregon crime victims on her conscience, those who have had their lives turned into chaos by her passivity and utter neglect of her Constitutional responsibility under Article One Section One.

Hopefully the voting public will soon remove this political carcinoma from the Oregonian body-politic.

— Paul Grad, 2014 Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor

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Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Observations on My 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

paul 19Looking back on my run for the Oregon Governorship in 2014 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, I have several observations on the campaign which might be worthwhile sharing.

I ran because I’d long thought about running for office, but only for a top position. I wanted to radically change things, not begin a long career up the professional politician’s career-ladder. That’s why I made my proposals radical, and said just what I thought on the issues. There were several laws I felt were needed, and many abuses I felt were not being addressed or even talked about by anyone, so I determined to bring those to the public’s attention as part of my campaign.

I planned to run just a local campaign, and disseminate my views largely through posts on this website. I wrote about seventy pieces on a whole panoply of political problems, and hid nothing from the public as to what I was for and against, and what I would or wouldn’t do as Governor. Since people insist on political labels, and it is a way for them to conceive of a politician as a friend or enemy, I labelled myself an enviro-Libertarian Jeffersonian Minarchist, or an enviro-vegan Libertarian.

Since I was running as the Libertarian candidate, I confined myself almost exclusively to the general problems and solutions which Libertarians generally propose, like abolition of the personal income tax, or the legalization of gambling and prostitution, but I didn’t hide my views on hunting, logging, or slaughterhouses.

The first challenge was getting one’s statement in the voter’s pamphlet. This required 500 valid signatures, and the State gave you about 35 days to collect them and get them to Salem. You also had to submit your voter’s pamphlet Statement first and have it approved by the Secretary of State’s office before you could start gathering the signatures, and since nowhere on the Secretary of State’s website did they tell you the first date you could submit your Statement,  you didn’t even know beforehand how many days you’d have in which to gather the 500 signatures. The only way we found out was that the Libertarian nominee for Senator, Mike Montchalin, had the initiative to phone the Secretary of State’s office and ask. That’s how careless and inconsiderate the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, then under the auspices of the new Governor Brown, was to those of us running to improve and correct the State’s Government — they couldn’t even be bothered to publish such vital information to the candidates on their website as the first date you were eligible to submit your statement, after which you could start gathering signatures. (Approval seemed to take about half-a-day.)

I spent six days wandering around town, and hanging in front of the Librarium, gathering signatures. Probably 25% were filled out incorrectly, so the signatures were worthless. It was frustrating to talk to someone for five minutes, have them decide to sign, and then notice after they walked away, that they’d filled out something incorrectly.

I saw that I would spend a whole month, that I could expend just talking to people or shaking hands and introducing myself, in this futile attempt to get 350 words in the voter’s pamphlet, although this usually tends to double a candidate’s vote total. The Senatorial Candidate Mike Montchalin got just over twice the number of votes I got with his Statement and photo in the pamphlet, though this may have been due to his better campaigning, or voter repugnance at my views. However I did beat the total of the previous Libertarian candidate, Wes Wagner, who got 19k+ votes in 2010 with his statement in the pamphlet, while I got 21,903 without a statement, but that might well be just because of the growing popularity, though slight, of the Libertarian ideal in American politics. People are seeing that Government is not working, and is abusing them, and the natural American Libertarian streak, that inspired Jefferson and other Founders, is still amongst us.

So, after expending six days to collect about 85 signatures, of which probably 25% had errors which would have disqualified those signatures in the eyes of the Secretary of State, and for the reasons stated in the next paragraph, I suspended my signature gathering drive, and after that I just went up to people and introduced my candidacy and showed them my platform sheet. If I felt they were especially sympathetic or gungho Libertarian, then I’d show them the signature sheet, ask them to sign it, and explain that it was very unlikely I’d get the signatures in time. This liberated me to concentrate on the issues, and, not being a pragmatist, I was quite willing to spend a good deal of time explaining some of my views to one person.

I didn’t like collecting signatures for two other reasons. First, it seemed like this free printing of my Statement at the taxpayer expense was a clear violation of Libertarian Doctrine. Here we were preaching against government welfare, yet we were hypocritically taking a government freebie. That alone made me uncomfortable, and not want my statement in the pamphlet. Secondly, I didn’t like the feeling of having to ask people for something. One could have paid $3,000,  unlike the Democrat and Republican  who had their Parties and donors pay for them, so they didn’t have to tie up a whole month of their life, but that would have been collaborating with the Socialist State, and even enriching it through it’s extortion — talk about an uneven playing field in American Politics. But no Liberal Democrat politician has once called out the injustice of this rich man’s party’s hypocrisy. My Senatorial co-runner, Mr. Montchalin, did, by dint of persistent hard work in 100+ heat in Pendleton, manage to finally collect the 500 signatures, though I’d guess he spent over 20 days doing it. It was over 100 degrees in Cave Junction too almost that entire month, and the streets looked like the post-North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. West Coast.

However, one thing I did like about the signature gathering process was the fact that I could go up to a stranger and engage them in political discussion without it seeming strange to them. I had the 20 or so key points of my platform printed in large type on a sheet of paper, and I would introduce myself and show them the sheet. This led to some very interesting political discussions.

One fellow I remember looked over my list and liked it until he got to my proposal to ban the supplying of meat, fish and poultry to State Prisoners, since the AMA has stated that a vegetarian diet is completely healthy, and this would save the taxpayer money. Prisoners could still buy certain kinds of meat through the mail, like jerky. He got quite hot under the collar about this proposal, but when I explained that the current situation violated the deepest religious values of both Hindu-American taxpayers and vegetarian/vegan taxpayers, who were forced at gunpoint to violate their most sacred religious and moral views, he saw the point, and ended up shaking hands and saying, “We should debate!”

Then there was the local owner of the Chinese restaurant in town. When I approached him, he spoke Chinese to me, as if he didn’t understand English (he does). He was with his two grandsons. I explained to them that I was running for Governor, and that I would abolish the income tax for small businessmen and abolish business license requirements. One rolled his eyes in surprise; evidently he’d never heard anything so radical before in milquetoast Oregon. Later on, when going to my car which was parked near his house, the owner saw me, smiled, and waved.

Additionally, there was the pleasure of converting someone over to your view by making them think of something they’d never thought of before. One Republican conservative/libertarian liked almost everything on my platform list except the abolition of the death penalty. I explained my plan for a more arduous imprisonment, but also the principle that the life energy of the murderer now should rightly become the property of the next of kin, so that a child whose parent had been murdered would be given the money that prisoner would earn working 6-12 hour days for life. He seemed to never have thought about this, and seemed to like the idea, and added “I see I will have to rethink my views on the Death Penalty”. Another gentleman, who had a booth set up with his wife, liked much of my platform, and liked my belief that marriage, being a religious institution, should be completely separate from our law and government, so that tax rates for single and married would be identical, and divorce would be handled through private religious and secular courts, saving the taxpayer the costs of operating government-run divorce courts and marriage-license offices.

As to my dealings with the Press: Though I sent an email to the local paper, which is a few blocks from my residence, I never once got a request for an interview, even though I was running for Governor. Shows how much the editor loves Libertarians, and his Care and Consideration in carrying out his duties as a member of the American Press. That Care and Consideration I did get from the major newspaper in Bend. They did an editorial staff interview of me over the phone. They would interview all candidates and then endorse one. ( It wasn’t me.) But at least they carried out their responsibility as part of the Press to ask me for my positions.

However, to its credit, the local newspaper did hold a Candidates Night. When I contacted the editor as to whether I could speak, he told me it was only for local candidates, as if the Governorship of the State wasn’t worth the public’s time, but he did say I could set up a table if I wanted. When I showed up at the hall, the editor told me that I could have three minutes to speak, along with fellow LPO Candidate, Mark Seligman.

Prior to our speaking, we had been listening to the questioning of the candidates for County Commissioner and Sheriff, and there had been absolute silence in the hall. But when I got up to speak along with Mr. Seligman, the editor got up and left, and in the back of the hall there were loud conversations going on between the two Sheriff candidates and other individuals, loud enough to the extent that it was very distracting to both the speaker and those trying to listen to us. I purposely raised my voice, and kept raising it as I pounded out the core principles of Jeffersonian Libertarianism and the Inalienable Rights of Man, as well as the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle, which is its core axiom. Finally the Sheriff candidates looked towards the stage and ceased their banter, and I, and then Mr. Seligman, were able to deliver our talks in silence. So, while I was very disappointed that the editor didn’t even bother to interview me in his paper or explicitly invite me to the Candidates Evening, he did in part make up for it by offering me table space and three minutes to talk, which he could have not offered to do. So I give him a little credit for carrying out his almost-sacred Duty to the Public as part of the American Press.

One part of the Press that really did carry out it’s responsibility to the pubic was Don Merrill and radio station KBOO in Portland. Merrill has done a whole series of in-depth interviews with Oregon politicians and would-be politicians (as well as leading figures in jazz), and his interview with me was excellent. He was very well informed, stayed neutral during the interview, and edited out my faux pas nicely. That interview is available on the web.

As far as the Libertarian Party of Oregon was concerned, as illustrated by the thread discussions held on its Facebook webpage and their votes on potential state initiatives in the Libertarian primary, I felt that they were generally not Libertarian enough in hammering on economic issues. There seemed to be a great emphasis on a few issue, like drivers cards GMO-food labeling,  but not a lot on the basis market issues that Libertarians should be practically concerned with, like abolishing the personal income tax, or estate/inheritance tax, or farm subsidies. Very few commentators seemed to be worked up about these issues compared to topics like GMO crops, gun laws, top two primaries, and the militarization of the police. My top issues were the legalization of heroin for the terminally ill, the abolition of Capital Punishment, and the abolition of the personal income tax. Then abolishing estate tax and legalizing cannabis with a few exceptions.

One thing I did like about Oregon Libertarians was the large percentage of what I’d call enviro-Libertarians, at least if you went by the GMO-crop ban numbers. About 40% of them favored the ban, and about 60% bought the corporate line. There’s a lot of scepticism too about vaccines amongst Libertarians, while even Portland Liberals have voted again and again to ban flouridation of their water, which used to be an ultra-Right and Libertarian position in the 50s and early 60s. So there seems to be a crossover between Environmentalists and Libertarians in Oregon which I thought might make me an unusually welcome candidate, but shortly after I won the nomination, a Pacific Green candidate entered, and I imagine he ended up taking a sizable chunk of Green votes I might have attracted, even though he was a  phony in my view because he was pro-timber logging and pro-hunting, while my platform included the most radical environmental proposals: a live-logging moratorium, banning atrazine and neonicotinoid and other pesticides,  and outlawing hunting, etc.

I also liked the fact that Libertarians seemed generally to take a very sympathetic view of the child-refugees from Central America who were swarming into Texas and other border states due to the Fascistic War on Drugs. Republicans were calling for guns at the border to turn back these children, but the Libertarians clearly saw that this exodus was due to the anti-Libertarian controlled substance laws, which are a prescription for Communistic Totalitarianism, and that’s exactly what we’ve had in America since the days of the Fascist Hoovers (both Jedgar and Herbert), at least in the realm of drug laws. And remember the Democrats have not once stopped this disgusting tyranny when they have held power, showing that they are a morally bankrupt party, and no person should ever join or support them.

And I found it interesting that the anti-pesticide group of which I had attended numerous meetings, and whose proposals I was putting forth almost word for word, never once mentioned my candidacy on their website. Even though a Capitalist was putting forth every proposal they said was so emergently important to save the Earth, they weren’t going to publicize him. Maybe they’d rather have a socialist and Democrat destroying the Earth and spraying pesticides on kids like now former-Governor Kitzhaber than a pro-environmental Capitalist.

Additionally, I attended a sort of farm festival cum environmental information cum artisan’s wares at a large wooded butterfly sanctuary. I wanted to campaign, gather signatures, and felt my environmental views might find fertile fields at this gathering, but when I got there, one of the sponsors and his wife, both in the pesticide group I attended, wouldn’t let me gather signatures, even though this was supposed to be a fair dealing with environmental and farm issues and my platform included very radical environmental measures. The wife of the gentleman hysterically accused me of “forcing her to be a vegetarian” which cracked me up. These Liberal/Leftists (I’d guess they vote Democrat) butcher alpacas for profit, murdering these gentle creatures and grinding their corpses into sausage for filthy lucre, so they weren’t too jazzed about my animal welfare measures, like outlawing slaughterhouses — something I told the public I would not institute without a democratic majority behind it in the State. My purpose on certain issues was to bring them up for discussion, even if they hadn’t a ghost of a chance of passing.

So that shows you. The Left Enviros wouldn’t vote for a radical Capitalist even if he proposed exactly what they wanted, and the Libertarians in general didn’t even seem to know who Murray Rothbard was, or what his views were. And they generally seem engulfed in issues other than the free-market economic issues, which I think are the most important to the American Public, along with Bill of Rights and environmental issues.

And the problems with putrid politicians were well illustrated when I campaigned at our local 4th of July Lions Club Festival, held at the city park. When I arrived, i ran into Mark Seligman, the Libertarian Candidate for the State Legislature from our district. And seated next to Mr. Seligman was Mark Gatlin, who was running for County Commissioner. I chatted with Mr. Seligman on various issues, and at one point mentioned that my top issue was the legalization of heroin for the terminally ill. He told me I shouldn’t mention it because “it’s a vote loser”. The Principle, that no Citizen should have to die in excruciating pain, and has the inalienable Right to put whatever they want in their bodies, seemed to be completely forgotten by Mr. Seligman in the name of “pragmatism”, who remember was calling himself a Libertarian. Disgusted, I turned to Mr. Gatlin. “What do you think? Do you think heroin should be legal for the terminally ill?” His reply was “No.” “So you don’t think people have the right of self ownership?”, I asked. To which he replied, “There’s something else, oxycotin.” “But if someone doesn’t want to take oxycotin, or its not killing their pain, don’t you think they have the Right to take heroin?”. To which he replied, “Legalizing heroin is anarchy.” At that point, I couldn’t bear being around such a callous person, so I split. Then I ran into Mark Seligman again. “I’m telling you, man, legalizing heroin is a vote loser.” I turned to him, “You’re not a Libertarian, you’re a Democrat”, which I’d define as someone who won’t speak out on an injustice because it will lose him votes. (I still voted for him.)

Later, when I was leaving, I happened to pass Mr. Gatlin’s table again just as two teens were standing about 20 feet away, both smoking cigarettes. The smoke was drifting in our direction, and one of my campaign proposals would have criminilized assault by second-hand smoke within 100 feet of another person, with more severe penalties for smoking near a child or pregnant woman. I went up to Mr. Gatlin again. “Do you think that should be legal?” I queried. “What?” he asked. I pointed to the two youths, “That people can be exposed to tobacco-smoke in a public place?” “Yeh”, he replied. So you can see the hypocrisy of this Fascist — he’ll deny the dying pain relief in the name of preventing Anarchy, but he doesn’t mind people being able to poison other people and children in public. What a hypocrite!

After Seligman and Gatlin, I was pretty sick of politicos.

However, the number of interesting conversations I got into, the number of supportive and kind comments I got from people, and the joy of finding another human brain that saw things exactly as you saw them, and agreed with you 100% on an issue, made campaigning worthwhile. It was also gratifying to see someone’s thinking change before your eyes as you brought up an aspect of a political issue that they’d never ever thought about.

Finally, there was the subject of hits on this campaign blog, a subject which must be dear to any minor party candidate not included in the usual polls, which only list the two bipartisan candidates, but would never dare publicize a minor party candidate by including them in its surveys. Such candidates are relegated to the catagory of “other” in the poll results.

Of course, as soon as I set up my campaign blog and began posting, I was expecting a flood of hits daily — surely several hundred. The depressing reality was that, even though I was running for the Governorship of one of the United States, I was only garnering 5-15 hits a day with only three months to go before the election. The lack of interest was disconcerting.

One day, however, I awoke to find over 40 hits. I’d caught on! I’d finally lit that brushfire of Liberty mentioned by Samuel Adams! But no, it was due to the fact that a group, Women Against Registry, was soliciting my views on the sex registry, and had probably noticed my platform proposal to increase the sentence for first degree rape. I had a back and forth dialogue with some of their members, and they made me aware of the problems for people with minor sexual offenses like public urination or mooning that have kept them on sex registries for decades, as well as the problems for children as young as six to ten placed on sex registries. However, they weren’t very jazzed about my proposal for increased rape sentences. After our dialogues ceased, the blog hits declined again to their indifferent 5-15/day.

Contrast those 5-15 hits, to the roughly 1500 I got the day before the election, and the 2150 on the day of election. Political interest really hits a frenzy in those last three or four days before an election, and blog post hits are a good guide to the intensity of that frenzy.

I’m very glad I ran, and put my platform before the Oregon Voters. They finally had a choice and a voice on many issues that no politician ever mentions because they are trying to win, not trying to bring Justice and Right Action to politics.

The worm has eaten its way into the Fascistic apple.

-Paul Grad, enviro-vegan Libertarian,

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: I Lose the Election

I lost my run for the Oregon Governorship. I received 21,523 votes, or 1.48% of the vote.paul 19

I’d like to thank all those Revolutionaries who had the moxie to vote for me. I think my platform and agenda were absolutely necessary for America at this moment in its development, or should we say degeneration? I doubt that we will get to the next election without a major environmental or financial upheaval.

I see nothing ahead but trouble, given the huge proportion of voters who voted for Democrats and Republicans. The public at large is still almost completely brainwashed into their Democrat-Republican football rivalries, while the world is burning around them. Without that change in political consciousness, nothing will change in America except that the deficits will get larger, further undermining the validity of the currency, and bringing the final crisis that much closer.

This was America’s last election before the storm.

-Paul Grad, former Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Listing “Other” Votes in Election Returns

If elected Governor of Oregon, one of the electoral reforms I would seek would be the naming and listing of number of votes of any write-in candidate receiving five or more votes in the official election results. Currently, only the total number of “other” votes is recorded, not who received them or how many. I would also seek to require disclosure of the total number of people receiving less than five votes. If the five vote threshold proved cumbersome due to large numbers of write-in candidates, then the threshold could be raised as high as twelve, the number of members of a jury. paul 19

This measure is clearly in the Public Interest as part of the electorate’s Right to know the results of its democratic elections. Obviously, this is a transparency issue, but it has never been raised by the Democrats or Republicans, both of whom claim they are for that same transparency in government. But a Libertarian is the one who is finally getting around to proposing it.

Obviously, if one candidate on the ballot gets 10,000 votes, his rival gets 8,000, and “other” gets 500 votes, it is important for those who voted for an “other” candidate to know how many votes their candidate got. But no one complains about this violation of the Right to Know, which is why I’m bringing it up. Did Joe Writein, whom I voted for, get 499 of those 500 votes, or did 25 candidates get 20 votes each? It is important to know, and doubly important for those in minor parties, or who support Independent write-in candidates, for that is the only way they can gauge the efficacy of their campaigning. And for that reason, we can clearly see why the two wings of the major Fascist party don’t want the people to know those results. This lack of democracy doesn’t seem to bother the Democrats, who are always braying about their love of Democracy and the little guy. I wonder why they don’t bray about this affront to democratic elections?

No, let’s smash this Fascist curtain of obfuscation, and bring the election results into the light of day.

Let’s list complete election results to insure democratic elections.

Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Abolishing Vivisection in Oregon

As Governor of Oregon, I will seek to end vivisection within the State. I would start with closing down the monkey vivisection units at Oregon Health and Science University, which currently hold about 5,000 rhesus monkeys. I would also seek to immediately end cat and dog vivisection and experimentation in Oregon. Monkeys, dogs, and cats should be the first animals protected, given their intelligence, and then we can hopefully spread that to rabbits, mice, rats, and fish.paul 19

Vivisection is a cruel, sadistic, and completely unnecessary abomination that shows how callous and insensitive our society has grown. The results obtainable through animal experimentation could be obtained through other means, like nano-technology, microbiology, and human testing. Many scientists and M.D.s oppose vivisection because they know it is both useless and immoral. But there is a vast fortune to be made from vivisection for the researchers, who get multi-million dollar grants, the lab workers, the suppliers to the labs, and the animal bounty hunters, who gather up these defenseless creatures for a fate worse than death. Given the sensitivity of animals to pain and distressing emotion, these torture labs are worthy of only the Nazis and the Japanese WWII medical experiments. They are an example of the depravity of the current Democratic and Republican Parties. However, there may well be legal limits to what I could do as Governor on day one, since I am not an expert on Federal animal-experimentation statutes.

Ending vivisection is a political issue that is rising, thanks in part to British Liberal Democrat MP, and now Minister, Norman Brown. Brown has promised to end the vivisection of cats and dogs in Britain, but says he will only move slowly, much to the chagrin of animal welfare advocates. However, just the fact that a U.K. Cabinet Minister is talking about such an issue is a milestone in ending the abomination of vivisection.

Here in Oregon, things got so bad that, in August 2014, the Fed’s USDA had to come in and warn the rhesus monkey unit at Oregon Health and Science University about their abysmal treatment of these primate relatives of ours. Earlier, in February 2014, Animal Welfare groups had complained about the treatment of the monkeys. OHSU denied any problems. But six months later the Feds had to warn them, so depraved was their conduct. How credible are these animal torturer’s words? Read about the experiments they conduct, and the conditions of the monkeys, half of whom were losing their hair according to the Feds, due to maltreatment and miserable living conditions.

Remember that Dr. John Kitzhaber presides over this institution. Doctor.

It is time for political candidates to incorporate anti-vivisection planks in their platforms. Only when this Crime that taints all Humanity is abolished, will we have the possibility of a peaceful world.

Let’s abolish vivisection in Oregon.

Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: “My People”

While as Governor I would have the fiduciary responsibility to represent all the People of the State, there are certain groups of Individuals in our society whom I feel are getting an especially raw deal under our current mostly-socialist State government. And that socialism refers not only to welfare recipients, but also to wealthy corporations and hugely-paid government workers. The groups I’d mainly represent are those exploited by this government-corporate looting mechanism, and I’d attempt to redress the injustices under which they labor.paul 19

The four groups I’d say I would best represent, as a Libertarian, are the small businessman, the minimum wage worker, the artisan, and the small investor. These are the backbone of America, and the vast majority of our society, and these are the groups that are most cruelly exploited by the Fascistic government-corporate alliance.

My proposal to abolish the personal income tax (and the small corporate income tax up to about $100,000) would greatly help these four groups, who would immediately see about a 9% increase in their income. Giving workers the option of opting out of State unemployment insurance deductions would also benefit workers, especially those who are pleased with their jobs and planning to stay with them for years. Abolishing the State minimum wage law would help both small businessmen and unemployed teenagers, especially minority youth, although the Federal minimum wage law would still exist, which disenfranchises Black youth from getting any kind of income unless they sell themselves to the corporate giants.

Artisans, those who practice a specialized craft, are being devastated by the Federal inflation. There’s not much as Governor I could do about that, but abolishing and outlawing Business License requirements throughout the State would certainly help, since so many artisans make their living vending at fairs, swap meets, and municipal holiday events. It is self-evident that business license requirements are a form of Communism, a restriction on the Free-Market. Furthermore, my proposal that every township in Oregon should establish a “free-market” zone, where anyone could vend their wares without a license or any fees, would certainly help vending artisans.

Lastly among our groups are the small investors, those doughty day-traders and small lot investors who manage to keep their heads above water by that ancient Capitalist activity known as trading. With inflation raging, despite the Federal Reserve saying it isn’t high enough yet, trading in their retirement years has become a full-time job for many as they see the purchasing power of their wonderful Social Security checks inflated away in a few brief years by Obama and the spendthrift Republicans. Instead of passively letting their money be inflated away to nothing by leaving it in the Federally-subsidized banks, the small investor courts risk in seeking to improve his lot. And now the Federal Democrats, like DeFazio, want to further caponize that small investor by imposing a “transaction tax” on him. Obviously, all “transaction taxes” are forms of Communism, and must be opposed vigorously.

There are two other groups I’d represent as Governor, whose Rights are routinely violated, and who are generally denounced by one and all: the billionaires and the homeless.

As far as I’m concerned, any billionaire who made his money in the Free-Market, without any government subsidies, loans, grants, or contracts, (and not in meatpacking, tobacco products, or deforestation) is worthy of admiration. He made his wealth because the public, without any coercion, patronized his products and services. I would not begrudge a discount merchandiser, who saved consumers $100 billion over the local competition in the course of 40 years, his wealth of $1 billion. And that billion will usually sit in a bank where it will get loaned out to build capital equipment that produces better quality goods at a lower cost, or for the purchase of a capital good like a car. And if you’re wondering how billionaires are exploited by corporate communists, it’s called the Estate Tax.

The homeless might be the worst exploited group of all. The Democrats beloved minimum wage law has made it so that these people are almost completely cut off from the cash commodity, unless they beg or collect cans. And the raging Democrat-fueled inflation has meant that now the homeless must panhandle for a lot longer to get that coffee and donut in the cold, hangover morning. And this in a State that provides a public PERS pension of $545,000 for one individual, and over $100,000 a year for over 1,100 individuals, the State Apparatchiks.  Why don’t the Democrats, Greens, and “Progressives” ever lobby for Destitution Camps, where any destitute US citizen, or Oregon resident, could go and get food, clothes, shelter, and bathing facilities? If these self-righteous Socialists in Oregon really cared about the poor, like they’re always braying about, they would set up these camps in a minute. And the Federal Government could do the same, but don’t expect DeFazio, Walden, Merkley, Kitzhaber, Wyden, and all those Liberal Democrats in the Oregon Legislature to ever even mention such a logical and humane solution to the homeless person’s crisis. They’re more concerned with their benefit packages.

Additionally, not as a Libertarian but as a moralist, I stand for those environmentalists, vegetarians, and animal welfare people, whose views coincide with my own on issues in those areas. Issues that especially concern vegetarians, Hindu-Americans, and anti-Vivisectionists have long been absent from from political dialogue and campaigns (the Vegetarian Party rose in 1947 and fell in 1948). My candidacy has changed that somewhat.

So these are the People I’d be standing up for first and foremost if I were elected: the small businessmen, the low-wage worker, the artisan, the unemployed teen, the small investor, the non-government-subsidized billionaire, the hobo, the tree-hugger, and the vegetarian.

Paul Grad, Libertarian for Oregon Governor,

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Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: My Low-Cost Spay-Neuter Program

Libertarians generally aren’t supposed to propose governmental programs, although Libertarians like Frederic Hayek and Milton Friedman proposed plenty of them. The vast majority of planks in my platform call for the abolition or termination of some governmental institution or law, but there are a few exceptions, such as my proposals on pitbulls and second-hand tobacco smoke. And one of my few governmental programs would be a low-cost spay and neuter program.paul 19

The program would work thusly: the State would make available to Oregon residents spay and neuter services for cats and dogs at a charge of one-hour at the current minimum wage. The services would be carried out by University of Oregon Veterinary School students as part of their training, and as a way to paying off their student loans, or to gain income if they have no loans. Since the University of Oregon receives taxpayer monies, it is only just that the public should receive back from this subsidized entity a service both humane and frugal. The spay-neuter services would be in the form of mobile clinics, so that all corners and citizens in the State could be serviced.

Though some would argue that this program flies in the face of Libertarian theory and antagonism against any new State programs, I would counter-argue that my vision of Libertarianism includes measures for public health and environmental protection, as well as the protection of the taxpayer’s money.

Actually, I think this measure promotes my brand of Libertarianism in three aspects. First, it would save the taxpayer a small fortune in pound and euthanasia costs. By drastically cutting the number of stray, abandoned, and feral animals, this measure would substantially lower the costs for county animal shelters throughout the state. Many fewer animals would end up being put down, as many fewer would end up being brought to the pound in the first place. Pound food-costs would lessen, and possibly the voluntary animal welfare organizations, whom one can only view with great admiration, could handle most of the problem. Let’s hope we’ll see the day when government pounds have to close due to lack of animals being brought in.

Secondly, this measure would greatly help cut the number of feral animals arising from dumping of dogs and cats in the wilderness, and its associated decimation of native wildlife. Merely on the basis of the environmental and wildlife damage avoided, is this measure justified in my estimation.

Lastly, there is the immeasurable suffering to animals that would be avoided by not having unwanted animals born that will then end up abandoned, sold to vivisection labs, or need to be put down at shelters to make room for the next batch of unfortunates. On this basis alone I would support this measure.

I realize that this measure would cut into the incomes of extant veterinarians in Oregon who make a substantial income off of fixing cats and dogs. Perhaps, if we cannot abolish the income tax in Oregon, we’d give them some kind of tax deduction or credit for the lost business. Still, with spay costs going up over 1000% in 25 years (from $5-$7 at a clinic to over $65 today) thanks to the bipartisan’s inflationary spendthrifting, the cost has grown to a point where many poor people cannot afford to fix their pets. This measure would help rectify that horrendous inflation, and save the State more tax money than would have to be spent if there were inaction on this problem.

So from the fiscally conservative, environmental, and humane sides of the issue, I think my proposal would be a winning proposition for all concerned, while returning to the citizenry a little of the vast socialist subsidies which the public has doled out to the State Universities and Colleges for decades.

Paul Grad, Libertarian, for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Increasing the Smoke Free Oregon Doorway Distance

If I am elected Governor of Oregon, I will seek to increase the “Smoke Free Oregon” distance from doorways that smokers must stand from the current, risible, 10ft, to a distance which adequately protects the property rights of Oregonians in their bodies from assault. Our Person is included among the inalienable Property Rights that Libertarians, and Jeffersonians, believe are part of all men’s Natural Rights. Therefore, it is the duty of government to protect those rights in our Person from assault, and be the Hammer of the Malefactor to those who would commit those assaults.paul 19

The current 10ft distance from public and business doorways that tobacco smokers are required to stay is far from adequate to prevent tobacco smoke from entering buildings. I have numerous times been in county buildings, supermarkets, and private businesses, where one could smell tobacco-smoke that had been wafted into the buildings by a gust of wind, or from someone standing outside under an intake airduct. I believe this 10ft distance needs to be substantially increased to protect not only the property rights of those who can vote, but also the property rights of children who cannot vote, but who are forced to live in a society where the Governor and Administration never address this problem of second-hand tobacco smoke. Even the fact that this distance was initially set at an inadequate distance of 10ft shows the lack of care in crafting the measure. It was done as a cosmetic measure, to imply that government is concerned about public health. The fact that it was inadequate from the start shows the real lack of Care and Concern in the government bureaucrat’s thinking.

Scientific testing could easily provide a distance at which virtually no particulates from 2nd-hand tobacco smoke could enter a public building, even on a windy day. My Administration would conduct such testing.

Let’s stop mollycoddling tobacco addicts, and force them to stand at least 70-100 ft from any public-access doorways, so that they can no longer continue to damage and pollute our bodies with their self-destructive habits.

Don’t tread on me!

Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Warning—Don’t Donate to Me

I have just noticed a website, voteforme.com, which has a page soliciting donations for me. As you might know if you’ve read my platform and posts, I am not accepting or soliciting any donations, and this attempt to solicit funds for me should be regarded as bogus.

Please don’t donate any funds to my campaign, and if you have, I suspect you’ve been defauded. I have no campaign committee or mechanism for getting donations, and have pledged to spend less than the $750 limit the State sets as a threshold past which you must form a Campaign Finance Committee, and submit documentation any time you spend anything. So there is no Campaign Finance Committee site set up to accept donations.

Please don’t donate to me, or to me on voteforme.com.

Paul Grad, Libertarian Candidate for Oregon Governor

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Libertarianism vs. Communism

In my opinion, there are only two political philosophies: Libertarianism and Communism. Libertarianism, or the Classical Liberalism of Jefferson and his predecessors, is based on the ethical bedrock principle, known as the Libertarian Non-Aggression Axiom, that “no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone”. It says that all humans are endowed with certain inalienable Natural Rights, and that government or other individuals cannot violate those Rights. Such violations are Invasion.paul 19

Communism and all its relatives, which stretch from a pure communism, where the State owns 100% of everything, including your body and Liberty, to its milder cousins like the Democratic and Republican Parties in America, which violate the Individuals Natural Rights, but leave him a little Liberty, and use the propaganda of State Media to describe their system as Capitalist — Communism and its relatives all violate these Natural Rights Principles. They lay claim to the fruits of ones labor; they tell the individual what he can and cannot put in his body, even for medical reasons; they can force him to serve on juries at slave wages for months on end; they force him to buy insurance from private business entities in order just to exist in America; they dump flouride in his drinking water, they dragoon his children into government schools where they are exposed to pesticides, they can murder him through Capital Punishment for a crime he didn’t commit. And these abuses of the Citizenry have persisted unabated for the last 65 years, while the two major parties have both had the power to correct these abuses within 72 hours. That is the putrid morality of the non-Libertarian Parties, and you’ll notice that none of the other minor parties have addressed these issues like the Libertarians.

Libertarianism stands in opposition to moral and ethical relativism. It says there are actions of human beings that are definitely and objectively immoral, and that the actions of a government (or of Libertarian political activity) must always be moral. This opposition to “the ends justifies the means” of the Communist and the Nazi, is one of the main characteristics of Libertarianism. The Means must be Moral.

And by starting from a bedrock of Truth, Libertarianism avoids many of the problems and political issues that would not be even debated in a Libertarian society because they would not exist. Marriage, for example, being a traditionally religious institution, should not be handled by the State, and married people should gain no material advantage from their collective status over those who are single (for example, a lower tax rate for married couples). But the entire issue of so-called “Gay Marriage” would be entirely removed from the political sphere under a Libertarian administration, since marriage, being a religious institution, would be removed from government, and all this wrangling of political energy over a non-issue would be conserved. The same holds true for drug possession, prostitution, and gambling. All those issues would soon be non-issues under Libertarianism. And the same applies to most of the political wrangling that goes on in American political life — it’s dealing with issues that are really non-issues, like (for the Republicans), what level of immoral taxation are we going to accept and tell our followers to grovel and accept, and how can we even spend more in those areas we love, like overseas military bases and farm subsidies. Both major parties are utterly morally bankrupt.

No, there are only two parties in America: the Libertarian and the Communist, and you’d better vote for the former if you want to preserve your Republic.

Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor

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