Representative Of The People
Are There More Like This?
I know this is your country, not mine (I'm writing this in Florida, during
my annual visit from Ireland), but to begin getting some sanity and decency
back into Washington before the slide toward a socialist police state becomes
irreversible, it seems to me that America could do worse than find more candidates
like this to put into Congress. Taken from Doug Fiedor's newsletter Heads
Up Issue #182, May 7, 2000
DON BELL FOR CONGRESS
Don Bell said he wanted to be a Congressman. I didn't know him, so I had a
few pertinent questions to ask. I now wholeheartedly support him.
[PrÃ©cis] Born in Parnell, KY, grew up in a family of thirteen in
a real Kentucky log cabin. After graduating from high school, four-year stint
at FBI Headquarters, Washington. Back to Kentucky to earn a B.S. Degree from
Murray State University. Service with the Marines, and then Washington again
for an M.A. Degree from George Washington University. Then followed a distinguished
20 year career serving as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service,
including assignments to protect former President Truman, and sitting Presidents
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Vice President Bush, traveling all over the
world and dealing with many foreign governments. Domestically, also the Secret
Service liaison to the State Department, Congress and the Department of Justice—including
With that background, it was almost surprising to find that Don Bell is also
a good Constitutionalist. We expect he will work well in Congress with Rep.
Ron Paul and encourage everyone to help send him there. But, judge for yourself.
Below are the questions I asked and Don Bell's answers (edited slightly for
space and clarity).
Q. What will you do to improve the education system?
A. "Competition must be created within our public school system. Also,
the power must be turned over to the states and local school boards to spend
all education funds as they see fit. The greatest improvement would be to eliminate
the U. S. Department of Education and return education decisions to parents
and local school boards."
Q. What is your position on income tax?
A. "Taxes are too high! I will call for the elimination of the IRS and
the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment -- repeal all 44,000 pages of tax law.
Most immediately, as a stop gap measure, a federal sales tax should be considered.
However, I would encourage an open discussion with citizen's groups and legislators
throughout the country. . . ."
Q. What is your position on campaign finance reform?
A. "I feel that campaign contributions should come from individual voters
within the candidate's respective district. There should be no limit on individual
contributions. If individual voters alone may contribute, this will bring back
the political power to the individual citizens, where it belongs. . . ."
Q. What can be done about the Executive Orders issued by the President?
A. "I will introduce and fight for legislation that would ban presidential
executive orders. These orders are infringing upon the legislative powers of
Q. What can be done about the EPA overstepping its authority?
A. "The EPA should be abolished as an agency. Its original task was completed
years ago. Environmental authority should be left to the states. . . ."
Q. What is your opinion of the UN?
A. "The UN should stop imposing its authority upon the citizens of the
United States. The U. S. should play a less visible role in the United Nations
and deal with other countries on a more direct basis. Our troops should never
serve under the authority of the UN. We must never allow the UN or any of its
agencies, like UNESCO, to impose their policies on the American people. . .
Q. What about the WTO?
A. "We must have fair trade, not free trade. We do not need a World Trade
Organization, International Monetary Fund or World Bank to dictate our trade
policies. The U.S. should deal directly with each nation regarding trade. There
are far too many world organizations dictating to the American people today."
Q. What is your opinion on gun control?
A. "Leave our Second Amendment rights alone! I support a citizen's right
to life, liberty and property. By extension, this of course includes a citizens
right to defend their life, liberty and property. The wisdom of the Founding
Fathers gave us the Second Amendment to provide the means for self defense.
I support it fully."
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