Candidate Profile
Richard Longstreth

Libertarian , Colorado

Biography

Name
Richard Longstreth
Party
Libertarian
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal

Endorsements

Others

1
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus

Reported by Candidate

1
Libertarian Party Radical Caucus

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Neutral

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Disagree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Strongly Agree

The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Neutral

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Disagree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Disagree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Disagree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Neutral

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe abortion should be allowed where the citizens want it. I believe this should be a local and community decision, not one determined by the federal government and with federal funds. My position is one of personal "pro-life" but I do not think the government should force my viewpoint on everyone and should stay out of it.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our Founders defined the powers of our government in the government in order to establish a new type of government - a republic. In a republic, both the citizens and the elected officials work together to govern the country. The founders knew that a pure democracy did not work. They also knew that rule by a monarch or small group did not work. They believed the government that governs best, governs least and that communities can best lead their own destinies.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My beliefs and values can be summarized very simply: As long as someone is not hurting anyone or taking their stuff, they ought to be allowed to do as they please, without restriction. This idea emphasizes freedom and encourages individuals to live their lives as they choose while still respecting their fellow man. As far as my religious and spiritual beliefs, such opinions should not be included in government profiles. Our country has a principle of separation of church and state and I do not believe that any statesman's personal relationship with a god or gods belongs in government. Religion does not determine how a person will govern.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Moderate

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I am a Libertarian. We are not conservative or liberal. Such over-simplification of viewpoints is detrimental to electing qualified people for office. I am for individual rights and freedoms at all times as I've been quoted as stating in several interviews. At times, my viewpoints may appear traditionally conservative, such as when it comes to 2nd Amendment Rights and lifting economic restrictions on small businesses. Other times, my viewpoints may appear traditionally liberal such as my thoughts on ending the drug war and marriage equality.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

campaign@electlongstreth.com,9313688595

Additional comment from candidate:

This year, consider making a change. The corrupt politicians of both the Democrat and Republican parties have held office for far too long while not representing your interests. If my viewpoints do not resonate with you, I would still encourage you to look for and vote for a third party in order to help fix our country and to send a clear message to the establishment that you are not happy with where we have been lead so far and that changes must happen.


Background

Education
  • Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN, BS, 2011
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Libertarian Party of Colorado, Campaigns Director, May 2016-Present
  • Libertarian Party of Colorado, Regions Director, November 2015-September 2016
  • Lowe's Heroes Project 2015, Project Coordinator
  • Foster Care Review Board Memeber, Clarksville, TN, October 2012-July 2014
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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