Archive for April, 2012

April 25, 2012

Treasuring the Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest and most important tributary in the history of our great nation. As my grandfather, Donald Faulkner once told me, “Bunk, fortunes have been made on her, wars have been won and many hearts have been broken out on that water.”

To me the Chesapeake Bay is home. Her tide ebbs and flows with my heartbeat and it is a bittersweet relationship I have had with her. As I write this, my memories flash back to when I was four years old learning to crab, fish and tong with my father on his work boat. Then it moves forward to a fateful February day in 1979 when the words of my grandfather again ring in my memory as he pointed out to the bay from the parking lot of the old Tilghman Packing Company and he said, “Bunk, your father and your Pop-Pop George are out there somewhere. The boat sank but they are going to find them soon.” I lost my father, Muir Cummings, my grand father George Cummings, my Uncle Garland Phillips and two cousins, T.R. and Rusty Cummings.

My world changed.

I wasn’t mad at her. I didn’t hate her. I learned above all else to respect her.

Many may wonder why write something so personal on a campaign website? Because the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay is very personal to me. Even more so, I am deeply concerned that very little through more regulation is going to make any difference for a variety of reasons.

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April 25, 2012

Libertarianism and the Environment

Often the perception of the words Libertarian and Environment is they mix as well as oil and water. Most certainly the agenda and political leanings of the two paths cross occasionally but just as sharply part when it comes to certain points. Libertarians themselves have a variety of opinions on different environmental issues, which is common with Libertarians on many issues. Mary Ruwart expresses the official position of the Libertarian Party.

From my perspective as a Libertarian, I approach each issue with the premise that places individual liberty and freedom first. An individual is free to use their own property in any manner that they choose so long as what is done, does not harm the property or individual liberty and rights of another. If their actions cause another harm, then they are responsible for the damage they cause.

In that statement above, I view entities such as corporations, businesses, groups and governments as individual entities. They are responsible for their own actions and if their actions cause harm to an individual (including another entity), an individual’s property or their actions deprive an individual of their right to life and liberty, then those entities are responsible for reparations to that individual or that individual’s descendants.

In simpler terms, he makes the mess, should pay to clean it up.

With that said, when it comes to individual issues such as the Chesapeake Bay, we have to look at the issue in totality and approach it with common sense solutions. The days of finger pointing and blaming one group over another for the condition of the Bay must end. This link will take you to my position on the Chesapeake Bay.

To simplify my approach, individual rights comes first. Those that harm another or their property are responsible for damages, including governments and specifically those acting as agents of that government.

April 23, 2012

Dr. Richard Davis Endorses Muir Boda

Dr. Richard Davis

A few months ago the Maryland Libertarian Party offered me the opportunity for a third run for the First District Congressional seat.  After careful consideration I concluded that I have reached an age where I would no longer consider a regular commute to Washington and suggested it was time for a younger candidate.

I got to know Muir Boda fairly well during my last campaign, where he was very helpful.  We had enough contact to give me a good idea of his political leanings.  If there is any difference between his political philosophy and mine, it might be that he is somewhat more optimistic than I that there may still be enough time to avert the economic and civil liberties train wreck that the federal and state governments are still clearly determined to impose upon us.

Muir is younger and much more “tech savvy” than I, so he will be able to run a much more active campaign than I was, a counter to one of the biggest criticisms I heard about my campaigns.  His fund raising experience from his Salisbury campaigns should help him raise funds for a more highly visible campaign, where my philosophical aversion to the fund-railing process was another criticism I received frequently.

I will be supporting Muir Boda and I strongly urge all who supported me in the last two campaigns to do so.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.

Star Democrat Editorial – Letter – Davis backs Boda

The Daily Times Editorial Link – Letter: Dr. Richard J. Davis: Support Muir Boda as 1st District Libertarian candidate

The Cecil Whig – LETTER: Boda the new face of Libertarian Party

April 19, 2012

Getting Government Out of Marriage and Religion

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

One of the most divisive issues today is Marriage Equality and both sides wanting government to legalize certain marriages or define marriage. Both sides are wrong; in that they want Government to define what is or is not marriage.

For thousands of years marriage has been a religious ceremony. Nearly every religion and culture has traditions, doctrine and scripture that set forth their guidelines for that institution.

As a Libertarian I believe individuals are free to make their own choices, so long as their choices do not infringe on the rights of others. Though I hold strong beliefs and convictions as a Christian, I have no right to force upon another through legislative action my personal theological beliefs about any issue. The Constitution is clear, Congress can make no law respecting an establishment of religion or any law that would prohibit the free exercise of religion.

Again, the Constitution is clear and concise. Congress has no authority in defining what is and what is not marriage. By definition, any decisions concerning Civil Partnerships or Domestic Partnerships classification should be left to the States or people as defined in the 10th Amendment.

CATO: Marriage against the State – Toward a New View of Civil Marriage

April 15, 2012

The Right to Life

In the late summer of 1972 a young woman, 19 years old, was faced with a dilemma, she was pregnant. Uncertain as to her future and what to do, she confides in several friends trying to determine what to do and receives several different opinions.

Ultimately, she approaches her Mother and then her father. Both parents are visibly upset and the young woman tells her parents that she was thinking of having an abortion. Her father demands to know who the child’s father is and a devastated young woman gives up the name of the father of the child, who happened to be a former Marine, as was the young lady’s father.

Man to man, Marine to Marine, they come to an understanding of what the right thing to do is.

On April 1, 1973 I was born to a loving family. Muir and Brenda Cummings were proud, loving parents, as were my grandparents on both sides. Growing up, I can say for a fact that I received so much love from my family and that I am grateful for the choices that were made.

There have been millions and millions of Americans since then who were not as lucky as I. They have all been deprived of the most basic of human rights, the right live.

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April 11, 2012

Welcome

Muir Boda – Libertarian Candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 1st District

Listen:Campaign Statement

Welcome and thank you for visiting our Campaign website.

A long shot, yes. However, our purpose for standing up and running for Congress in the 1st District of Maryland is quite simple: The message of Individual Liberty, personal freedom and restoring our Nation’s Honor must be a viable choice for voters. We offer that.

We don’t anticipate raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and having entrenched political machines robo-calling and printing out wasteful mailers to voters which represent half truths and empty promises (if we send one out it will be a targeted, concise message). We actually believe that is part of the problem with modern politics in America. The gotcha politics of personal destruction has become a disgrace and the two major parties, lobbyists and special interest have spent trillions of dollars in the process.

Yet, many people are still looking to Washington and the two major political parties to solve all of our problems, actually problems the two major parties have created. They have bankrupt our national wealth by devaluing our currency, spending astronomical amounts of money on wars, nation building and a myriad of wasteful programs through a budget process that is broken. All of this set up on a tax and regulatory system that is oppressive and has destroyed job creation in our country by forcing businesses overseas.

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April 11, 2012

Campaign Platform

  • Respect private property and individual LIBERTY by repealing the NDAA, the Patriot Act, and the TSA.
  • Create sound money by restoring gold and silver as legal tender.
  • Require full annual audits of the Federal Reserve System then end it.
  • Repeal the Death Tax.
  • Eliminate taxes on tips for service employees.
  • No More Bailouts for corporations and banks.
  • End the War on Drugs.
  • End all foreign aid.
  • Respect the First Amendment and get government out of marriage.
  • Repeal Obamacare.
  • Reform Social Security – Allowing Individuals the choice to opt out or contribute to their own account.
April 3, 2012

Participate in Your Freedom

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