As part of our series on profiling the candidates running for President of the United States under the Libertarian banner we turn to a relatively new comer to the national Libertarian stage, Kim Ruff.
We asked her three basic questions on her run for the Presidency and here are the responses we got back from Kim Ruff.
- Why do you want to be President of the United States? I am running for POTUS, because it’s the President’s job as the highest executive office in America, to be a stalwart defender of our natural rights to life, liberty, and justly-acquired property both nationally and internationally, and to be the standard bearer for all other elected offices and officials to adhere and emulate in their roles and responsibilities. Since our nation’s inception, we have watched countless sitting Presidents make decisions and enforce legislation that flies in the face of the classically liberal values that helped our Founding Fathers declare their independence from the British Crown and establish our Constitutional Republic. Despite very clearly defined parameters for the role of the President, many of those who have held that position have stepped beyond their permissible limitations, manifesting in greater consolidation of power in the federal government generally, and in the Executive Branch, specifically. Well over three-quarters of the departments nested under the Executive Branch violate the 10th Amendment, Executive Orders which were originally established to govern the inner workings of the Executive Branch have become supplemental federal legislation, and multiple Presidents since WWII have chosen to employ the military in a variety of roles on the international stage completely ignoring Congress’ approval. Scope creep of this nature erodes the checks and balances system originally intended by our Founding Fathers, undermines the authority of Congress and the Supreme Court, robs States of their powers, and worst of all, destroys the natural rights of individuals. This must end full stop, and I am a principled, ethical individual committed to liberty above all else and will do it.
- What are three policies you will implement once elected President? 2a. Pardoning all federal victimless and political prisoners and encouraging States to do the same;2b. Terminating all foreign wars of aggression and immediately bringing our troops home. 2c. Withdrawing from supranational organizations, such as the United Nations, ending economic and military aid to foreign countries, and establishing healthy relationships on the international stage based on diplomacy without capitulation and free trade.
- What would it look like if a Libertarian was sitting in the Oval Office and Congress was still run by the two major parties? Assuming Congress chooses to remain as dysfunctional and acrimonious as it currently is, my first address to Congress would be the put them on notice – that I will not tolerate their partisan back-biting and shameless horse trading of individual rights for the illusion of protection or care, and should they continue in this vein, never focusing on coming up with a viable solution to drastically reduce government spending, pay off the national debt, and reduce the financial burden on the taxpayer, I will veto every single piece of legislation that comes across my desk, happily shut down government and do whatever I can to put them on unpaid leave during this time, and wait until they can. If that means all I do during the entire four years of my term is strictly clean house in the Executive Branch, meet with foreign dignitaries, end the wars, and annul or abolish every single executive order ever enacted that steps beyond the bounds of my office, then I will consider it a very productive, very libertarian Presidency, indeed.