Candidate Profile
Margot Herzl

Libertarian , Colorado

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Name
Margot Herzl
Party
Libertarian
Race
State Rep., Dist. 22
Incumbent
No
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Questionnaire

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Right to Life

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

Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Before the infant is viable, abortion should be permitted in cases where there is a pregnancy-related medical threat to the mother's life. Once the infant is viable, it can be delivered rather than aborted should such a threat to the mother's life develop. I also believe that all birth control methods (including "Plan B") should continue to be readily accessible to women who want them. In cases of pregnancy due to rape or incest, I believe that women should be able to seek abortions within a limited time frame - perhaps up to 10 weeks gestation - if the pregnancy is deemed to pose a threat to the mother's psychological well-being. If the psychological trauma is significant enough to put the mother at risk of imminent self-harm, then this constitutes a risk to the mother's life that would justify abortion up to point of viability.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

The Federal Government employs over 50,000 civilians in the State of Colorado, and the State Government employs over 30,000 people. The largest private employer in the state is the University of Colorado, Boulder, with 13,300 employees. Government employees exceed the top 13 private employers combined. It seems to me that the best way to balance the budget would be to allow some of the state's responsibilities to revert to the private sector where they belong.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Agree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means that religious institutions, which are responsible for moral teaching, cannot participate in making law; and that the state, which is responsible for law-making, cannot participate in moral teaching. Separation of church and state was meant primarily to keep the state from interfering in the church, rather than the other way around. The moral sense of the governed people is the final check on government power, and must therefore be independent from government.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

People like to draw a false dichotomy between "rights" and "privileges," when in reality all goods and services - including medical insurance and healthcare - are commodities. Whenever a commodity is novel and new, it is more costly to acquire. Yet over time market competition, innovation, and economy of scale drive the cost down. We need more freedom in the medical and insurance industries so that competing methods, human innovation, and economy of scale can make those critical goods and services more affordable. There already exist insurance plans for "catastrophic injury and illness" which are eminently affordable - often under $50 per month - and of course the unexpected is what insurance is really meant to guard against in the first place. Government regulation in the medical and insurance industries attempts to apply one-size-fits-all solutions. Not only does the size seldom fit, but this also dramatically increases costs.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Agree   


Immigration

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.

Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

The overwhelming majority of people who want to live in the US are good people who want to live under our system of American Liberty because they believe this will give them the best chance at making happy and successful lives for themselves. These people are American in their hearts, and we should welcome them. However, there are people who come to this country intending harm to our nation or its citizens, and it is crucial that we are able to weed these people out. Therefore we cannot have porous borders. We need to be able to vet people before they are allowed in, and therefore every applicant must come through a legal port of entry. We also cannot take in every immigrant who wants to come here at once. I think we should prioritize those who are prepared to be immediately self-sufficient; though we should also be prepared to give refuge (not necessarily citizenship) to those whose lives are in imminent danger in their home countries.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Neutral   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

No Answer   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that the twin pillars of our cultural heritage are Judeo-Christian moral teachings, and Ancient Greek/Enlightenment Reason. I believe, as our Founders believed, that self-governance is only for a moral and virtuous people, and that moral teachings independent of government are necessary to our system of self-governance. I absolutely support independence from government for our country's religious institutions. I was raised Atheist, and do not believe in God, yet I appreciate the role that religion plays in binding our communities together, and I recognize the value of Judeo-Christian moral teachings. I believe the State has been trying to replace Judeo-Christian values with a sort of subjective/nihilist Atheist/Statist pseudo-religion, and this has had a deleterious effect on our national identity and our sense of unity.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

No Answer   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I have never been in the public eye, and therefore there is no public record of my political beliefs (except as stated on my website, margotherzl.com). I believe the terms "Liberal" and "Conservative" have become obsolete political terminology in the United States. I would describe myself as a Conservative Libertarian. I am deeply committed to the principles of the American Founding, and to the US Constitution; I believe that institutional changes should usually be pursued in careful, incremental steps, rather than in huge overhauls and ambitious programs. These things make me conservative. I also believe that we must have "Liberty above all," that Liberty is the predicate for the "Pursuit of Happiness," and for virtue, and that means free choice in all things unless your choice results in a direct violation of another's unalienable rights. This makes me Libertarian.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have spent years following politics, studying political philosophy, history, and economics, and learning what kinds of policies lead to good outcomes. I have connected with local politics and legislative issues through my work with the Libertarian Party of Colorado's Jefferson County Affiliate. I believe we need legislators like myself, who will steer Colorado in the direction of returning the power of self-governance to the people.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am absolutely dedicated to the idea that the Pursuit of Happiness is best served when each person is free to be the architect of their own destiny. As your representative, I will fight to protect and secure American Liberty, now and for all time.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

No Answer   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I believe that a well-armed public is the only true safeguard of liberty, and that our federal and state constitutional rights to keep and bear arms are sacrosanct. They shall not be infringed. At the same time, I believe that "if you abuse it, you lose it." I believe convicted violent criminals should not be permitted to own firearms.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Agree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Discontinue the use of the Safety Clause. Colorado citizens are meant to be able to petition to overturn legislation that they don't like, yet in more than 40% of cases the legislature overrules this right with a "safety clause." I would like to eliminate the safety clause, as issues relating to public health and safety are arguably the instances where the public MOST needs to be able to exercise their petition right. 2. Article V Convention. I support an Article V Convention for the states to amend the US Constitution, and bypass Congress to do so. We need term limits on Congress (as we already have here in the state of Colorado), as well as a balanced budget amendment. I would love to have some sort of Taxpayer's Bill of Rights at the Federal level. 3. Repeal overburdensome business, housing, and building regulations.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

It will be a wonderful day when race-relations cease to be an issue in the United States. I believe that race-blindness is the goal, and it can be achieved. We should only and always judge one another by the content of our character, and not by the color of our skin. Race relations are an issue in the present, yet I believe that issue is mostly a mirage without substance behind it. Hard racism, of the kind that says, "your race makes you a less valuable person," has by and large ceased to exist in the US. Where it does still exist, it is almost never from whites against blacks. Yet there are persistent issues in our country which seem to disproportionately harm black communities, and we should look into identifying and addressing the causes of that. In the mean time, however, it is crucial that ALL people be held to the same standard when it comes enforcing the law - particularly those laws which relate to protecting life and property.


Background

Education
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, Bachelors, 2016
Work & Military
  • N/A, Private Music Instructor, 12
  • Children's Dentistry of Cherry Creek, Administrator, 10
  • N/A, Mom/Homeschool Teacher, 6
Affiliations
  • Libertarian Party of Colorado, Jefferson County, Secretary, Vice Chair
Offices
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