My Positions

First off, I’d like to say that my goal is to create an environment where people of all kinds are responsible for themselves, and no one is forced to compromise their values for the benefit of others. I believe that respecting individual rights is necessary for prosperity, and true freedom. That’s simply the only way for us to prosper.

As a result, I will defend any person’s right to participate in any peaceful and honest activity, and I welcome the diversity that this act produces. The world I would like to build is one that allows people the unhindered ability to follow their own dreams to fruition.

This overreach of the IRS needs to be retracted and a simple, yet effective tax structure be put in its place. Bringing the tax structure back to basics will insure that the power is brought back to the people. I support the fair and flat tax plan and support repealing of the IRS.

The fact is government should be part time and local.

I’m honored to Serve,

Alex Appleby

Personal Accountability / Liability / Liberty

Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. My support of an individual's right to make choices in life does not mean that I necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices. No individual, group, or government may initiate force against any other individual, group, or government.

The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of government. Government is constitutionally limited so as to prevent the infringement of individual rights by the government itself. The principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments.

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. It is their right to agree to such new governance that would be most likely to protect their liberty.

Government Regulation

I want all members of District 9 to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic success. A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.

I favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types. Markets are not actually free unless fraud is vigorously combated and neither profits nor losses are socialized. People engaged in voluntary exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item. I support a halt to inflationary monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws.

I support free markets. I will defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of entities based on voluntary association. I oppose all forms of government subsidies and bailouts to business, labor, or any other special interest. Government should not compete with private enterprise.

Employment and compensation agreements between private employers and employees are outside the scope of government, and these contracts should not be encumbered by government-mandated benefits or social engineering. I support the right of private employers and employees to choose whether or not to bargain with each other through a labor union. Bargaining should be free of government interference, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.

All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. I support the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. I oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. I support the passage of a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.

Drug Decriminalization / Marijuana Legalization

Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.

The failed war on drugs has forced us to re-evaluate our policies. Decriminalizing drugs allows us to shift perspective on users to see them as addicts, not automatically criminals. Colorado has provided a steadfast, productive example to showcase how we can raise tax revenue, lower incarceration and crime, all while providing addicts the resources free of charge to overcome their mental and physical dependence.

Freedom of Religion / Freedom of Speech

I support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation or control of communications media and technology. I favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any religious activities that do not violate the rights of others. I oppose government actions which either aid or attack any religion.

Privacy

I am an advocate for individual privacy and government transparency. I am in favor of ending government’s practice of blanket spying I support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, property, and communications. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure should include records held by third parties, such as email, medical, and library records.

Personal Relationships

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government's treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. I do not believe the government has the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.

Rights and Discrimination

I embrace the concept that all people are born with certain inherent rights. I reject the idea that a natural right can ever impose an obligation upon others to fulfill that "right." I condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual's human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation. Members of private organizations retain their rights to set whatever standards of association they deem appropriate, and individuals are free to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free market solutions. Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards* and beliefs.

*This statement shall not be construed to condone child abuse or neglect.

Property and Contract

As respect for property rights is fundamental to maintaining a free and prosperous society, it follows that the freedom to contract to obtain, retain, profit from, manage, or dispose of one’s property must also be upheld. I would free property owners from government restrictions on their rights to control and enjoy their property, as long as their choices do not harm or infringe on the rights of others. Eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, governmental limits on profits, governmental production mandates, and governmental controls on prices of goods and services (including wages, rents, and interest) are abridgments of such fundamental rights. For voluntary dealings among private entities, parties should be free to choose with whom they trade and set whatever trade terms are mutually agreeable.

Abortion

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, I suggest that we keep in mind the legal rights of a human fetus in any other legal context. This is exemplified when the legal system convicts murderers of a double homicide where a pregnant mother is victimized, regardless of trimester or opinion alignment. If it has a heartbeat, it is alive. As such I will support any legislation that is focused on protecting the unborn baby’s constitutional freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Excessive Incarceration / Justice System

Government exists to protect the rights of every individual including life, liberty and property. Criminal laws should be limited to violation of the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm. I favor the repeal of all laws creating "crimes" without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes, since only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. Individuals retain the right to voluntarily assume risk of harm to themselves. I support restitution to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. I support constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused. The rights of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must not be denied. I assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.

Gun Rights

The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights — life, liberty, and justly acquired property — against aggression. This right is inherent in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group. I affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property. I oppose existing legislation, and future propositions at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition to law-abiding citizens.

At 17 years old, I joined the army and spent the next seven years and 10 days serving our country. I deployed 5 times and went to 15 different countries... I’ve discovered one simple truth. We don't need more restrictions; we need familiarity, and hands on training. This is an incredibly passionate topic of mine.

Education

I support a dynamic system that can be child centralized. I don’t believe that people in Washington D.C. know what is best for our local schools, or communities. Trade school and vocational training should be included in the system. We need to bring art, music, drama, and shop classes back into the schools. These classes help people find their passion and interests. The education system needs to be focused on the individual. We need a system that works with local businesses and local leaders that help fill the needs of the industries we have. That system cannot be created in the current bureaucracy; education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, I would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children's education.

Health Care

I favor a free market health care system. I recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy

I support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. I oppose any form of compulsory national service. American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. I favor the end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid. I recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. I condemn the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.

Internal Policy / Migration

The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security. This requirement must not take priority over maintaining the civil liberties of our citizens. The Constitution and Bill of Rights shall not be suspended even during time of war. Intelligence agencies that legitimately seek to preserve the security of the nation must be subject to oversight and transparency. I oppose the government's use of secret classifications to keep from the public, information that it should have, especially that which shows that the government has violated the law.

I support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably 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. However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to security, health or property.

Environment

I support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources. Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources. Pollution and misuse of resources cause damage to our ecosystem. Governments, unlike private businesses, are unaccountable for such damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection. Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights in resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems. We realize that our planet's climate is constantly changing, but environmental advocates and social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior.

While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. I oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production.

Elections

I support election systems that are more representative of the electorate at the federal, state and local levels. As private voluntary groups, political parties should be allowed to establish their own rules for nomination procedures, primaries and conventions. We call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns. We oppose laws that effectively exclude alternative candidates and parties, deny ballot access, gerrymander districts, or deny the voters their right to consider all legitimate alternatives. We advocate initiative, referendum, recall and repeal when used as popular checks on government.

Retirement and Income Security

Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. I would take steps to phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. I believe members of society will become more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.

Term Limits

We have all seen the consequence of long-term incumbencies. Career politicians seem to care more about their career than what is best for their country. We have seen politicians grow more and more out-of-touch with each successive term.

I support an end to the profession of "career politician," and favor limits on how many times a member is allowed to seek re-election. I support legislation that would limit the amount of time a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate may serve, in the hopes of ensuring that your elected officials act in direct representation of the people and their needs.

Propositions

Firearms

-Draft legislation for nationwide constitutional concealed carry.
-This legislation will recognize different states carry permits that are already in place.
- In addition to the background checks (that are already required nationally) we will require marksmanship and safety training when purchasing a firearm. When someone purchases a firearm they should have previously completed the requirements needed to carry it safely.

Deregulation

-Among a wide spread of experience, I have seen firsthand through running my own business the effects that over-regulation has on the financial services industry. Deregulation would allow people to have more access to advice. Very few millennials are in this industry. High cost to entry.
I'd like to restructure the industry regulations to provide education, and advice to the lower income bracket, that NEEDS the direction in the first place. The entry level cost for financial advisors, is passed on to the client…. effectively barring lower income clients’ access to advice. There is a break in the economic ladder that causes the rich get richer, and keeps the poor, poor.

Examples like this are EVERYWHERE.

Term Limits

-Consult a constitutional lawyer to restructure the house and senate in a way that would REQUIRE term limits for fellow congressional incumbents.
MY IDEA - House at 3 terms (6yr max), and Senate at 2 terms (12yr max).

Transparency

-Draft legislation to REQUIRE transparency FEDERALLY. Legislation needs to be reworded and Simplified at an 8th grade reading level, and posted online for public consumption.

Homeless / Veteran Care

-Draft financial grants to churches, nonprofits, and corporate organizations to provide short term micro housing/communities and job placement/rehabilitation programs.
-Grants need to have standards that remove the financial incentive if they do not meet quality standards. Grants are available to any organization that meets the standard, allowing for the free market to compete and benefit the people in need the most.

I consider all veterans, service-members and their families to be an important part of our local communities. In Congress, I will support veterans and service-members of this country. It is my strong belief that we must protect those who have volunteered to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation.

As a veteran, it is particularly upsetting to me when I hear of bad experiences with the Department of Veterans Affairs. These experiences represent a failure of one of our most basic obligations - to provide for those who have worn the uniform and shouldered the burdens of war.

We owe it to the men and women who have served to provide them with quality care for injuries sustained in defense of this nation. We must provide our veterans the necessary support tools as they adjust back to civilian life. Veterans should be able to receive health care locally and not be forced to travel unnecessary distances and should not be subjected to extensive wait lists to receive care.

About Alex Appleby
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Alex Appleby is a local businessman that has a passion for liberty and helping people achieve financial freedom.

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