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The VR Interview With Libertarian US Senate Candidate Matt Waters!

It has been a couple of weeks since I invited the superstar sex symbol Kim Kardashian West to come help me campaign for statewide indigent defense reform throughout the Commonwealth.

So far no word from Kim!

But I DO have a treat for my readers:  The VR Interview with Libertarian US Senate candidate Matt Waters.  And here it is:

Who is Matt Waters?  (From his campaign website):
My family dates back to 1607, to a place called Jamestown. My grandfather was a welder in the Newport News Shipbuilding Company. My mother graduated from Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University, and my father graduated from VCU and went on to teach in Hampton for 30 years. I was born in Newport News. I graduated from Hampton High School – home of the Crabbers – and received my undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Fairfax. And today, I am currently finishing my Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in McLean. I have spent over two decades raising money for candidates, ballot initiatives, c3 and c4 group, and non-profit organizations. In the past I have worked with the Institute for Humane Studies and today I work with the organization Students For Liberty in Washington, D.C. I have been married nearly 20 years to Anne Marie and we have five wonderful kids that we homeschool. Today we are joined by millions of other parents who have decided that they know how to educate their own children better than the Washington bureaucracy.
PS:  Chairman Stewart is from Duluth, Minnesota and Senator Kaine is also from Minnesota too!  (St. Paul); how did THAT happen?  
I saw your anti-Confederate resolution in my email box and wondered:  Is there any use for the Civil War (or the War for Southern Independence) monuments and what would be your position on their removal?
My resolution to the Republican Party of Va is not “anti-Confederate” as much as it is concern with the GOP nominees fixation on the issue in the context of today’s polarized political environment–and his continuous flirtation with the worst elements in politics–neo-Nazis etc.. I’m also concerned that when the nominee says the Civil War was not about slavery–I wonder what Lincoln would say to him?  There are so many other things to focus on, and that is not our main problem.  Ultimately I’d let the people decide on this — put it to a vote. Historical monuments serve a purpose–they share the stories of yesterday with the living today.
Tell me what your top three issues will be?
Debt and taxes and liberty. All three connected. Debt and taxes mean less liberty. Smaller government means more liberty.  Kaine and Stewart have tax-increase track records, and both support maintaining the unsustainable “entitlement” programs that are a) no-one is entitled too and b) are going broke. American taxpayers work from January through April 18 to pay local, state and federal taxes.  Just wait until Kaine and Stewart go to Washington and give us “free” college and “free” healthcare and a federal job for everyone–Americans will continue to lose their freedoms.  Remember, money equals freedom. The less money we have, the less free we are. Kaine and Stewart are big spenders, and that is the last thing we need in Washington right now.
Are you against the Corker-Kaine Resolution?
Yes, it is awful. While it says that Congress will take back the authority to declare war etc., by all accounts it does exactly the opposite–it gives more power to the executive. Typical Washington–say one thing–and do exactly the opposite.
What are your fundraising strategies and goals?
This is a huge challenge. Raising money as a third party candidate, so yes, we’re committed to raising funds.  The strategies are new for libertarians: phones, email, direct mail and one to one. The party has not done a good job at this, and hopefully by Election Day we can show that we’ve raised more money than prior state-wide candidates.
What about reaching out to the voters?
If we can raise the funds, I plan on being on the road full time in Sept and Oct., and that, combined with the use of practical outreach–phones, email, mail, volunteer work–will combine for a 1-2-3-4 punch that gets our message out there.
Any disaffected Republicans that are ready to publicly hop on board the Waters Train?  
Conversations, but nothing confirmed yet.
What about immigration policy? 
I’m a moderate on it. I’m not open borders, I’m not for a wall.  I do believe the system is broken and that the multiple government agencies involved need to be reformed in the worst way. The dept of state, justice, labor, hhs and US info agency all touch immigration.  The list of acronyms says it all: ICE, CBP, DHS, USCIS, This is not surprising–most government agencies are ineffective and work at cross purposes–they are not held accountable.  Immigration is 
Ditto for drug policy; how do you persuade skeptics (like me) to your position on drugs?
Well, I start with Bill Buckley, who wrote of the failed war on drugs in National Review years ago. From an economic stand point, we’re spending money and it’s not any better, probably worse today. Here is the NR in 1996:  “…we deplore their use; we urge the stiffest feasible sentences against anyone convicted of selling a drug to a minor. But that said, it is our judgment that the war on drugs has failed, that it is diverting intelligent energy away from how to deal with the problem of addiction, that it is wasting our resources, and that it is encouraging civil, judicial, and penal procedures associated with police states. We all agree on movement toward legalization, even though we may differ on just how far..”
I think on the margins of a free society we have to allow for people doing idiotic things. Taking drugs is destructive. The government cannot stop people from ruining their lives. That’s not the job of the government. Families and communities are the best places to solve this problem. I know many many families hurt by a family member taking drugs. In the cases I know, they family has jumped in to rescue and restore their loved one. I know of several families who have paid for and overseen re-hab, medical bills, even adopting children. This is exactly what should happen. And those who are addicted will get far better care from loved ones than anywhere else. 
What have I NOT asked that you think is relevant to the VR readers?
The biggest thing I want to convey to voters is this: help will not come from Washington. Not in the form of jobs, the environment, education, healthcare, industry, innovation–in fact, the government is the biggest problem we face. Government created the healthcare crisis, soaring the cost of medicine.  Same with cost of college education via their involvement in college loans. Social Security and Medicare are ticking time bombs.  Thank you Uncle Sam for taking 6% of my salary each and every week, and forcing my employer to match it, for a total investment of 12%, and giving me nearly no return–and potentially no return at all.  The old adage, “If you think it’s expensive now, just wait until the government gives it to you for free” still holds true. The government is our single greatest threat to most people, they just don’t know it because politicians of both the democrat and republican parties keep promising answers to all of life’s problems. The government is to protect your right to life, liberty and property.  That’s it.  
I want to remind everybody two things:  I do like Matt Waters but have not endorsed him (yet!) and if Waters gets 10% of the vote (probably between 225,000 and 275,000 but could be more) the Libertarian Party will get ballot access – no petitioning for partisan office positions – and this will open up politics for all Virginians.  So if you are never-Trumper or a Republican who refuses to vote Stewart – please, please don’t vote for Senator Kaine – vote Waters and help him get the 10% at least.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

8 Responses to “The VR Interview With Libertarian US Senate Candidate Matt Waters!”

  1. Trumpsters says:

    No thank you…

    he opposes Trump’s immigration reform policies to secure our border.
    What Lolbertarians don’t understand is that FREE TRADE has cost America it’s manufacturing jobs and GDP for decades while building up the Chinese RED ARMY.

    Illegal Aliens undermine liveable wages for American Workers.


    • Thanks for coming by Trumpsters and I too am a Trump fan – but I also want to open up Virginia politics and the LP getting ballot access will help with that. Actually the LP position on borders (remember I am not a member of ANY political party) is more nuanced and keep in mind East Germany not allowing their people to leave when you consider the position. The LP did say that the US needs to protect its people from terrorists etc coming into the nation.

      Thanks again for coming by and consider if Stewart has no chance to win to come and help Waters.

      Elwood “Sandy” Sanders recently posted…The VR Interview With Libertarian US Senate Candidate Matt Waters!My Profile

  2. David Jackson

    The Libertarian candidates are as useless as tits on a boar hog. All they do is assure a Democrat win. If this embicile can’t see how dangerous another term for the idiot incumbent to our constitution and the damage he will do is mind numbing. This guy is a political troll for the left.

    • Jimmy J. says:

      Thank you David for posting. So important that Republican voters understand the Libertarians who inflitrated the Republican Party under Russ Moulton’s faux Conservative Fellowship to elect Ken Cuccinelli Governor must be purged out of the Republican State Central Committee positions and run back into their own Libertarian ticket. Let them die on that Robert Sarvis commemorative moment of defeat. All the Dope smokers who Voted for LIbertarian Nick Freitas for US SENATE who ran on the Republican ticket to support “free the spirits” and #LibertyRising ( legalization of Marijuana and other HARD DRUGS) need to go back to their parents’ basements.

      We don’t want you in our party…… send your nickels to the Libertarians and stay home in November.

    • Thanks for coming by David Jackson and Jimmy J.

      I think Senator Kaine will win clearly against Stewart (I would love to be proven wrong here!) and ti is more likely Waters can get 10% and ensure ballot access for the LP to help some of these uncontested races around the state.

      Now about Sarvis: He did not cost Cuccinelli the election – the polls I have read suggest that about 1/3 came from Cuccinelli, 1/3 came from McAuliffe and 1/3 would not have voted. So I am afraid Ken Cuccinelli would have lost anyway. Now the one factor that cannot be considered is if the bandwagon effect at the end for a two person race would have pushed Cuccinelli over the line in a narrow win. Not likely but possible.

      The GOP cannot win in Virginia statewide with traditional candidates – need a twist to add to traditional positions.

      I agree – Kaine needs to lose. But the Republicans picked the wrong candidate. I have helped Waters behind the scenes with ideas but am not committed to any candidate yet.

      Thanks again for coming by and read and commenting!

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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