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The C4L litmus test. Candidate qualification questions. What would you ask?

City, county, state, national candidates.

In order to quickly separate the wheat from the chaff, what questions would you ask a potential candidate? Either a direct question TO the candidate, or questions about the candidate.

Questions regarding personal liberties, taxes, accountability, anything goes. But it would be really nice to have a list of questions that anyone could ask, even the NON-RON educated.

Given the attention span of the average American these days, it needs to be a short list. No more than probably 10 questions.

If they don't pass the test, they don't get to go to round two. Which would be US, possibly throwing support their way.

You questions?

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1. This nation has been operating "under" the Constitution for some 200+ years, yet it's size, scope, and consumption of resources fall grossly outside the limits set therein. What, if any, actions will you take to affect a meaningful and significant return to The Rule of Law as defined by the Supremacy Clause?

2. Do you agree that "...governments derive all just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain INDIVIDUAL rights? (emphasis mine, quoted from Art. 1 Sec. 1 Washington State Constitution)

3. Define individual rights.

4. Do you acknowledge the violation of individual rights inherent in the current entitlement system?

5. (US Senate, US House, Governor or Sec. of State) Do you believe that The Several States have the right, and the duty to interpose themselves between The People and the Federal Government in order to secure The People's rights? I.e. Governor refusing to deploy the National Guard or refusing to implement federal mandates a la No Child Left Behind or REAL ID.

6.Please explain the steps you would take (on any level of government) to affect the following:

Abolishing frivolous, redundant or ineffective government programs and institutions.
Reduction of dependents on the state/national treasury
Reduction of state employees
Reduction of state licensed activities and professions

7. In light of the massive budget deficit on the Federal level. What steps, if any, will you take to ensure all accounts and funds related to your office are non-reliant on Federal monies.

8. In King County Washington a state employee general retirement fund lost a full $150million in assets due to the collapse of Lehman Bros. What steps, if any, will you take to ensure that all monies connected to your office are invested in sound, non-speculative funds or accounts?

9. What are the most pressing issues to your administration?

10. What steps, if any, will you take to alleviate your constituency's tax/fee/citation burden during your tenure. Especially considering the current rapid decline of living standards in America.

10a. (alternate) Who did you vote for last election?

What federal agencies, if any

would you abolish? Which do we need to keep?

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Me like this one

That list would be VERY telling

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

More questions

1. Should government censor speech, press, media or Internet? Why or why not?

2. What is your opinion about the National ID?

3. Is the government overstepping its bounds with its bailouts and handouts to businesses?

4. If we were in WWIII and needed more troops, what would you say about a proposed draft?

5. Do you support government welfare or private charities?

6. Do you have any problems with the current state of Social Security?

7. What steps would you suggest, if war was looming, to prevent the war and what would make you support a war?

8. What do you think about current government spending?

9. Should the current monetary system be changed? If so, to what? If not, why not?

10. Is the IRS necessary?

11. Is the federal reserve necessary?

12. Should Americans be microchipped?
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I think that we should add something to all the questions to make sure none of them are yes or no, like "and why" or "Please explain." Or we can specify to them that a yes or no answer will not work and we need explanation.

Also, I think we need at least 10 questions to cover the variety of issues.
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I think thats a good idea

Don't you?
If so, why?

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

Drug War

I would like to know their opinions about the War on Drugs.

3rd that

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2nd that

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
Thomas Jefferson

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Do you believe pre-emptive

Do you believe pre-emptive war is conservative?

Do you remember what our slogan was in 2000? (No nation building, no policing the world)

Do you believe if we got rid of witholding, there would be a tax revolt?

Is there man-made global warming?

more questions please!

I'll let this run for a few more days, then will post with all questions sorted, so we can pick out the best.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

Easy litmus test: Non-Interventionalism or Interventionalist

Anyone who is an interventionist does not need our money.

There shouldn't be too many General questions

They should be more specific, like

1. What are your opinions about the Patriot act, the new Fisa laws, and the real ID law ?
2. What changes would you make to the Federal reserve system ? Would you move to eventually eliminate the Fed ?
3. How will you end the war and occupation of Iraq ? How long will U.S. troops remain in Iraq ? (and the Afghanistan war/occupation)
4. What should the U.S. do with regard to the Israel Palistinian Conflict ?
5. What is the U.S. role in the United Nations ?

There are more, and some have touched on them, but there needs to be answers to specific issues, not general philosophy, so that C4L candidates can be more easily be explained to others.


1. Will you uphold the Bill of Rights EXACTLY as it is worded?

2. Will you limit yourself to your Constitutionally delegated powers?

3. Will you refuse to pass, sign, or enforce any law that punishes a person who has caused no harm to anyone?

4. Will you defend your 'constituency' against any person or agency that would enforce or enact any such law as mentioned above?

5. Will you do all in your power to disband any agency that is not specifically sanctioned by the Constitution of the United States or your State?

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Begging hands and bleeding hearts
Will only cry out for more...'

These questions would sound

These questions would sound good for like a swearing in/inauguration sort of thing.
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Thanks for the Ideas submitted so far

The questions and the thoughts are of great help.
Need more!

When we get enough to sort through, I'm hoping a few of you folks will help me narrow them down..Keep it simple, for the masses.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

The second amendment

"When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually...I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor..."
George Mason, Virginia Constitution Convention

"The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside ... Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become prey to the strong."
Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."   Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."
Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

Knowing the mindset of the founders and the ability of government to oppress it's people. Should the Federal or State governments make any law against owning arms of any type or carrying a sidearm?

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Thomas Jefferson

Maybe consider this idea:

Since some questions have more weight than others (for example, we might care more about someone being anti-interventionist than if they were for public education.) Maybe you should weight them with a certain percentage to get a better idea. Also, it should depend on the position. For example, if someone is running for governor, it doesn't matter if they are pro war or anti-war because they don't have the authority to make decisions relating to that. But they do need to be a strong fiscal conservative because they need to submit a budget.

Here are my 10:
1. What do believe should be the proper size of our government (so what government programs do you think are necessary)?
2. Where do you stand on the state of education in this country currently?
3. Do you believe civil liberties are currently being well protected or being eroded away?
4. Do you believe the constitution is a living document to be interpreted or should be followed by the letter of the law?
5. In what instances do you feel it is necessary to invade another country militarily? (For example, if there was a civil war or genocide going on in a foreign country, if that country was dangerous and had developed a nuclear weapon, if that country had attacked our civilians on our soil, etc.)
6. Do you think an organization like the U.N. is better for the U.S. or worse?
7. Do you believe this statement to be true or false: A central bank is vital to the U.S. to ensure the economy runs smoothly.
8. If you had to choose one, would you say more laws should be repealed or more laws should be made?
9. Is the government currently too involved in the economy or not enough?
10. What does having a "free market" economy mean?
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Awesome that you submitted 10..

Thanks for that!
I'm hoping to distill them once quite a few are collected.
And you're right about certain questions depending on the level of office.
There are some really good ones being submitted.
Maybe we can have more than one set of questions, depending on the level of office being pursued.
I'd like the average person to be able to use these as a guideline, to be able to immediately decide if a candidate is of the right mindset.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.


The Constitution is very specific about the powers granted to the Federal government and reserves everything else for the People and the States. If you compare the Constitution to what the Federal government actually does, you'll see that the Federal government has greatly overstepped its bounds.

What will you do to overturn this usurpation of power by the Feds and return power to the States and the People?

Our foreign policy can best be described as running an empire by the World Bank, CIA, and as a last resort the U.S. military while convincing the American people that the continuous global skirmishes are minor police actions or are justified by the "War on Terror".

What will you do to reduce the role of the U.S. as the world police force and limit the role of the U.S. foreign policy so other nations won't want to attack us?

In your own words

explain the tenth amendment of the constitution.

In your own words what is the main purpose of the president

" " Congress

" " Senate

" " Judicial branch

Must be open ended

Must be open ended questions, can not get away with just yes or no answer.


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...we could just ask for them to explain:

e.g. Do you support healthcare for everyone, not just those who can afford it? Please explain.
A: No, I....
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Here's the problem

if we ask, " Will you raise taxes?" they will say "NO" and when elected the first thing they do is raise taxes. So I think that the question would have to be asked so we would know, if they know, what we know. LOL Why, are Income Taxes Unconstitutional? How many military bases do we have around the world?

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I know!

You're right about them saying one thing, and doing another.
I suppose, if possible, one of the questions would have to be regarding their consistency. That is, IF they have a history of quotes, or actions, from the past.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

I wouldn't even

trust them to answer that truthfully. I think we would have to research that ourselves. I think we should hook them up to one of those lie detector machines maybe even have their handwriting analyzed.

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I think the only way

to see if they aren't lying would be to look at their voting records...
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If they have a voting record then ...

it tells you something ...

and it ain't good.


I think they have

to sign a CONTRACT as to what they will do if elected. If they fail we can have a class action lawsuit against them.

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That would be good.

Very good.
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