Not as a Libertarian Party candidate but as a Republican. Carla Gericke, former President and currently Vice President of the Free State Project, is from Manchester and is running in the 20th District for the NH State Senate.
In her recent column in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Carla criticized government-controlled health care, proposing to allow “more choice through market competition. When free marketeers warned that Obamacare would lead to significant price hikes, we were ignored. But we were right. More regulations and fewer choices are always bad for the economy.”
And regarding the drug war, the police state and “asset forfeiture” (i.e. theft), she wrote:
Let’s stop taxing ourselves to jail our neighbors for non-violent, personal behavior.
Where cannabis is legal, surveys show a decrease in the use of other drugs such as alcohol and prescription opiates. So what is propping up prohibition? The five biggest lobbyists against legalization are: police unions; private prison corporations; alcohol and beer companies; pharmaceutical corporations; and prison guard unions. If you believe in the adage, as I do, of cui bono — who benefits? — then the perverse incentives against common sense marijuana reform are clear.
The war on drugs is an abject failure, wasting trillions in taxpayers’ dollars and resulting in the militarization of the police — yes, even here in District 20 where SWAT raids and lockdowns are increasing without proper oversight. Just as alcohol prohibition did not work, it is time for new thinking on drug policy, and time for criminal justice reform.
I am against policing for profit where police can seize your property without instituting criminal proceedings against you. From 1986-2014, revenue from federal forfeitures increased 4,667 percent to $4.5 billion. This year, some asset forfeiture reforms were passed in New Hampshire, improving our “D-” rating to one of the best nationwide. At the time, my opponent said it was the “wrong time. Wrong place to do the wrong thing.” After his 18 years in the Senate, the question is, when will it be the right time to do the right thing? Put me in the Senate, and I’ll close the remaining federal forfeiture loopholes.
And Carla knows a thing or two about the police state, and in New Hampshire no less, the so-called “Live Free or Die” state. To make a long story short, Carla was arrested in Weare, N.H. in 2010, when she attempted to film police who had stopped her friend’s car that she was following in her car. She wouldn’t give her camera to the officer, and was charged with “unlawful interception of oral communications.” Finally, with this case a federal appeals court ruled that the people do have a right to record police at traffic stops and otherwise while performing official duties in public.
Here is law professor Eugene Volokh’s post which quotes the decision. The right of the people to videotape police interactions with citizens, especially arrests of citizens, is a First Amendment-protected right, and which aids in maintaining transparency and accountability with government police.
Further, Carla has expressed criticism of several police state incidents in her own city of Manchester. According to FreeKeene.com, on May 13th Manchester police put an entire neighborhood in lockdown with a shelter-in-place order, to find a suspect. “According to one eyewitness account, neighborhood residents were forced to walk backwards with their hands up while officers trained rifles with their fingers on the triggers on them.” There have been other similar incidents including whole lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders in Manchester since then.
At a protest rally, Carla stated that, “Free people must be able to move freely, and liberty should never be sacrificed for ‘security’. It is exactly in times of crisis that you should not give up your constitutional rights and civil liberties.”
And she declared,
When I say liberty, I mean as enshrined in the constitution, and specifically the 4th amendment, which says:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED. It doesn’t say, except when X or Y happens. It doesn’t say except for lockdowns or shelter-in-place orders. It doesn’t say that law enforcement can rifle through people’s garbage cans or point guns at people’s heads.
Daytime curfews have no place in a free society! And they damn well have no place in the Live Free or Die state!
Similarly, from my own experience in Massachusetts following the April, 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, there was the “shelter-in-place” of the entire Boston area. It was literally a ghost town, and on a weekday. People didn’t go to work or school, do their shopping, attend meetings or appointments, and so on. Just because this one teenage pothead punk Dzokhar Tsarnaev was hiding somewhere. Previously, there had been plenty of escaped murderers from prisons and others who had been on the loose, but turning those whole areas into open-air prisons for everyone never seemed to enter the minds of police. But now? In the age of narcissistic hysterical irrationality? Yup. Many of them are nutso now, on steroids, and all the rest of it.
And also during that post-Marathon bombings police state, an entire neighborhood in Watertown, Massachusetts was completely under siege by government police. The innocent people were victimized with warrantless searches of their homes, after they were ordered at gunpoint to leave their homes. It was truly one of the most disgusting and un-American displays of criminality I have ever seen or heard of committed by government police.
And local communities have been terrorizing innocent children all across America with totally unnecessary “terrorism drills,” for NO GOOD REASON! It’s disgusting! Please, don’t get me started. Anyway…
We need more people like Carla Gericke to oppose the police state, and let the people have their liberty. And their security as well, because when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed, the people themselves can protect their liberty and security and not be dependent on government “law enforcers” who are more times than not just too out of control and thuggish to be considered “law enforcers,” that is, especially when they disobey their own oaths to obey the Constitution. Carla Gericke, by the way, has received an “A” rating from the NRA.
So, I am wishing Carla Gericke the best of luck in her election this Tuesday.