Candidate Survey: Mitch Toland, Jr. for Congress, District 2
Mitch Toland Jr
Office Sought and District
House of Representatives D2
B.A. Economics and Business
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Political Activist, Ran for State Delegate in 2014
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Why are you running for office?
For far too long we have stood idly by while the Federal Government usurps power that properly belongs to the States or the people, and violates our Constitution on a daily basis. We must restore the proper order and roles of our branches of government in order to properly limit its size and scope. It is too involved in our daily lives, and it is immoral to continue to put our standard of living today on credit cards for future generations to deal with. The Founders would be ashamed of us for what we have put up with.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
If we are speaking in regards to modern day politics, then it is Rand Paul. He has shown a willingness and desire to return government to its proper, limited role. Time and time again he has stood up for the American people when our rights are being violated by the Federal government, whether it be the 4th Amendment, or the right to Due Process, Rand stands with the American people. He also has repeatedly called out on the floor of the Senate the wasteful spending of the Federal Government and where we can reign in spending. Rand is a leader and has also worked tirelessly to expand the reach of the Republican party to become more inclusive and help us grow. Finally, Rand is not afraid to reach across the aisle and work together with Democrats in order to accomplish something positive. It goes to show that while we may disagree on many issues, we should work together when we have a common mission that improves liberty for the American people.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite book about politics and policy is For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard. It lays out a devastating critique of government intervention into our daily lives, and how markets are always superior both morally, and in practice, than government intervention. It gives a fairly detailed evaluation of US History, banking, and other issues that remain pertinent today. Rothbard presents the case that the state creates many of our social and economic problems, and uses those as justification for further intervention and increases in power. He proposes new ways forward, and includes a section on advancing the cause of liberty at the end of the book. This section details how we must involve the youth and education, in addition to spreading the message through our own institutions that we build. It is an eye-opening book that will leave the reader questioning every government intervention.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
My top priority in Congress will be fighting to reduce the size and scope of the Federal Government. I will do this by proposing legislation to end unconstitutional agencies and programs such as the Department of Education, the War on Drugs, and the unconstitutional collection of data on each American. The battle for redemption begins now.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
We have a diverse district that has very clearly been gerrymandered in favor of the incumbent. I believe the biggest issue facing our district is the economic well being of our constituents. While things may appear as if they are going well, and will do so into the future, the economy is actually on very shaky footing and could move into recession in the foreseeable future. Much of our “prosperity” is actually growth that has been fueled by artificially low interest rates, credit expansion, and an increase in the money supply by the Federal Reserve. This has caused all time record highs in the stock market, and many real estate markets seeing prices drastically above where they were at the time of the housing crash. We must have a serious discussion regarding monetary policy and the dramatic impact it has on the middle and lower income brackets. The inflation tax is a hidden tax that many are not aware of, but it hurts the poorest among us the most.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
Economy (monetary policy), Usurpation of power by the Federal government, Foreign Affairs
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I personally believe that all life is precious and that the shift in the mentality of society over the past 60 years has been terrible for both life and liberty. If morally we are not able to value growing life in the same way we value existing, how then are we able to also stand for the liberty of those currently living in society? As written, the Constitution does not grant the Federal Government the power to enforce national laws regarding abortion. Some may argue that the 14th amendment grants them this power, but that amendment was not passed with that intent. I also do not believe this is an issue that can primarily be solved by law, but will take a moral shift in society. If fought on a State by State basis, I believe positive change would occur far more quickly than attempting to fight it on the federal level. Again, I believe this is more of a moral issue than a legal one, and nonchalantly accepting abortion, or using it as a form of birth control, diminishes the value of all life.
As for the proposed Human Life Amendment, I believe that granting the Federal Government the power to decide what is life could lead to a slippery slope in the future where they also get to decide when an individual should no longer be considered a “life.” In countries with socialized medicine we have seen the elderly struggle to get the care they need because they are near their “end of life” and therefore, are not a priority in the system. They have essentially deemed one life more valuable than another, and that is morally wrong.
As for assisted suicide, I believe that as human beings we all own our own bodies and are free to decide what to do with them. This is different than the argument of abortion in the fact that the decision does not affect another life that has no choice in the matter. If someone is terminally ill, and no longer wishes to endure the pain and trauma of going through that experience, they should be able to decide if they would like to end their life. I do want to point out, that as with abortion, I believe this is an issue that was left to the States to legislate. Would we rather someone be able to peacefully decide to end their life, or continue to have families destroyed by having to watch their loved ones suffer, or finding them dead of suicide, be it by gunshot, hanging, or overdose?
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
I believe that the Federal income tax should be abolished, and the IRS dismantled. Up until 1913 we had no income tax and got by just fine. The income tax now essentially funds the interest on the debt that we continue to grow. I believe that we MUST cut spending from all areas of government. As I stated earlier, it is entirely immoral to continue to put our standard of living on credit cards for future generations to deal with. This not only endangers our economic outlook in the future, but provides us with a threat to our National Security.
While I oppose the massive deficits we currently run, I do not believe that a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment is necessarily the solution. There can be times when debt is necessary, but currently we never have a plan to reduce and/or pay off the debt. That is something I would fight for in Congress, and make sure we leave the future generations with significantly less debt than we hold today.
What is your position on gun rights?
It is my opinion, after a decade of researching and reading about the original intent and meaning of the Constitution, that the Federal government has absolutely no authority to pass any legislation restricting gun rights. Per the Ratification debates, and notes from the founding era, the power to legislate firearms was left to the States, and the States alone. I am a staunch proponent of the 2nd Amendment and the right of each and every individual to protect themselves.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I believe that the Federal War on Drugs is unconstitutional. When the Federal Government wanted to essentially ban alcohol it passed the 18th Amendment, which it later repealed with the 21st Amendment. The same should have been necessary to ban a substance such as marijuana, yet the Federal government miraculously came up with the power to ban it without having that power expressly enumerated to it. I believe this is a State issue and should be debated with laws set on a State by State basis. As a society we have decimated our inner cities, and increased violence around our country and border by having this unconstitutional Federal War on Drugs. It also has had a terrible impact on minority families as minorities are often arrested at far higher rates than those from the suburbs or more rural areas. We have broken up families leaving the children to be raised by one parent, or family members, causing a societal problem, and destroying economic opportunity.
What is your position on trade?
I am a proponent of free and open trade with all nations. A great philosopher once said, “When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will”, and I wholeheartedly believe that. We are all better off when we are able to obtain the best quality goods at the cheapest prices. I don’t believe anyone reading this has ever gone into Walmart and felt taken advantage of by the prices. Economically speaking the Specialization of Labor has been a godsend for the human race and allowed us to be far more efficient and productive than could have ever been imagined just a few centuries ago.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
Per the Constitution the authority to declare war and take military action lies in Congress. Congress does not have the authority to delegate an enumerated power given to it by the States to the Executive Branch. Therefore, this would make quite a few of our current military actions unconstitutional. As Republicans, we should stand up for the Constitution at every turn, and even if we agree with taking a military action we should demand that the proper Constitutional process be followed and Congress declare war. Legislation such as the AUMF of 2001 have long been abused to justify military action unilaterally by the President. I believe we should limit our military actions to those necessary to the defense of the United States from a real threat, but not for the purpose of nation building. Eisenhower warned the American people of the military industrial complex, and we should have taken head to his warning. I believe we should all think about how we would feel if China, while chasing a terrorist in the United States, dropped a bomb that killed members of our family, or our friends. How would we react?
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?