Frontpage Interview's guest today is Wayne Allyn Root, a Fox News regular who was the 2008 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee. A college classmate of Barack Obama at Columbia University, he is now the leading contender for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2012. A Barry Goldwater protégé, he calls himself a Libertarian-conservative and plans to build a Libertarian-Conservative coalition to take back America from Obama and his socialist agenda. He is the author of the new book, The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.
FP: Wayne Allyn Root, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
What inspired you to write this book?
Root: First, my unique background inspired the book. I am NOT your typical politician. I am a S.O.B. (son of a butcher); small businessman; home-school father of 4 young children; citizen statesman (just as the Founding Fathers intended); and capitalist evangelist.
I've never worked for government, never owned a business that does business with government, and never collected a government check in my life - other than a student loan (paid back in full), or an I.R.S. refund of my own money.
And I'm from Nevada - where our state constitution bans income taxes, welcomes guns in the hands of law abiding citizens, and limits the time politicians can sit in their seats. I'd call that heaven! I am certainly a different kind of politician - someone who wants to make government smaller, make my own political position weaker, and give the power back to the people - just as the Founding Fathers intended.
My political philosophy is simple, but it forms a powerful one-two punch aimed at big government. The first part is:
Open Your Wallets
Vote for me
And I promise to stay the hell out of there!
Because your money is your property.
The second part of my political philosophy is that no matter what the question, the answer is the same: “IT'S NONE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DARN BUSINESS!”
Secondly, I was inspired to write “The Conscience of a Libertarian” by the deep trouble our nation is in. Our country has been badly damaged; our economy decimated; our values denigrated - all by big government. Both Republicans and Democrats share in the blame. I call them Big and Bigger, Dumb and Dumber. Republicans campaign as limited government, anti-tax, Libertarian-Conservatives. But once elected, they govern as big government bureaucrats. They grow government - but perhaps just a little less than Democrats. They raise spending - but perhaps just a little less than Democrats. They raise taxes - but perhaps just a tad less than Democrats. They seem to vote for most every program that grows the Nanny State and intrudes in our lives- just like Democrats. But of course, Democrats are even worse - they promise even bigger government - and they deliver.
We have all been lied to, and defrauded by our politicians. They don't care about the people - they care only about enriching themselves; taking more power and control over the people. They only care about lawyers, lobbyists, big unions, big government, big corporations. They violate the Constitution every day.
I believe it will take a third party coalition of Conservatives and free market, limited government Libertarians to take back America. And it's coming - the latest Pew Poll on politics in America shows that more American voters now identify as Independents than at any time in modern political history. And those independents define themselves as conservative by a margin of 2 to 1 over liberal. A huge majority don't like or trust big government. A huge majority do not like Obama's big spending. A recent Gallop Poll shows that conservatives form a majority in all 50 states. This is the Libertarian-Conservative limited government coalition that I plan to build to become the Ross Perot of 2012.
These times remind me of the American Revolution. The Founding Fathers said “we either stand together, or hang separately.” Neither Conservatives nor Libertarians can take back America on our own. We need to stand together. These two groups need each other. The synergy of this coalition will fuel the Citizen Revolution. Together we will take back America from our Socialist-in-Chief Obama, and the moderate Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats who claim to be fiscally conservative, but actually vote for big government compromises that enable the massive growth of government and erosion of capitalism and individual rights. My new book explains in detail how I plan to put the coalition together…and how Libertarian-Conservative solutions on any issue can solve this country's problems.
FP: Barry Goldwater is your political hero. How come?
Root: My political career began in 1964 at the age of 3, when I handed out political campaign literature for Barry Goldwater, in my father's arms. By the time I was in middle school, I had read “The Conscience of a Conservative” (the best-selling conservative book of all-time) a dozen times. My new book, “The Conscience of a Libertarian” is dedicated to my hero Barry Goldwater. An entire chapter points out everything that Goldwater believed and predicted back in 1959 (when he wrote his book), and how all of those predictions came true. Goldwater was right then (excuse the pun), and he's right now- 50 years later. If only we had listened to Goldwater a half century ago. Our economy would be thriving; our country would not be in debt; our school system would not be in shambles; our families would be stronger; our quality of life would be higher because taxpayers would be allowed to keep more of their own money; our nation would not be filled with entitlement addicts; our individual rights and freedoms would not be in mortal danger. I wrote my book to re-introduce the principles of Barry Goldwater (and Ronald Reagan) back to the citizens and taxpayers of America.
FP: What made this country a success?
Root: We are a nation founded by rugged individualists who wanted limited government, smaller government; less government intrusion into their lives. We fought a war over taxes that were so small, that our Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves over the heavy taxes we willingly pay today- without a word, without a fight. One of my heroes Thomas Jefferson once called the federal government intruding into the rights of the citizens of his home state of Virginia “a foreign invasion.” The principles we built America on are timeless: individual rights, self-reliance, personal responsibility, “if it is to be, it is up to me.” Relying on Big Brother is a mistake. Giving too much power to big government, big corporations, big unions, lobbyists and lawyers is a terrible mistake.
Government is a failure. Everything it touches has failed miserably. From Amtrack ($30 BB in losses); to Medicare and Medicaid (whose losses threaten to bankrupt America); to the U.S. Postal Service (with billions in losses annually); to public schools- we spend the most in the world on education, yet our children rank near the bottom among industrialized nations in most education categories. Now Obama wants to hand 17% of the U.S. economy (healthcare) to government in the most massive and dangerous experiment in world history. It is a recipe for financial Armageddon. Please remember that government loses money on everything it does- every agency, every department, every year- since inception. You want to hand healthcare to the same people that brought us a $1.75 trillion budget deficit…a $11 trillion national debt (ad growing)…over $10 trillion in bailouts to corporations (which is 100% unconstitutional)…$60 trillion (or more) in unfunded liabilities for Medicare and Social Security…and a $5.3 trillion debt just in unfunded liabilities for federal government employees? That means that free healthcare for a couple of million government employees threatens the entire country with bankruptcy and insolvency. Now you want to give free healthcare to everyone in America? Are you kidding me? This can only be described as insanity…on steroids.
FP: How did Washington, D.C. become “the bad guy?”
Root: Wouldn't you call someone that bankrupts your children and grandchildren “a bad guy?” Wouldn't you call someone that enslaves future generations of your family to unsustainable debt, high taxes, high interest rates and the dramatic reduction in the value of the dollar “a bad guy?” No wonder newborn babies cry at the moment of birth- they instantly realize the debt and taxes they've inherited!
Shouldn't we all be wary of someone who believes it's “greedy” to want to keep more of your own money, but it isn't greedy to ask government to steal from those that earn it, and redistribute to those that didn't? As Barry Goldwater said, your income is your property. Does government respect your property? You know what we say in Nevada about Washington DC:
You know what the difference is between Las Vegas and Washington D.C? In Vegas, the drunks gamble with their own money!
Funny, but very true. In D.C. they think your money is their personal piggybank. Those $11 trillion in corporate bailouts…that's our taxpayer money. The $1 trillion that Obama wants to spend on universal government-run healthcare…that's our taxpayer money. The $3 billion handed out in the idiotic “Cash for Clunkers” program…that's our taxpayer money they are giving away. Yet they don't ask what we think of their schemes. They don't ask permission to use our money. They don't say please…or thank you…as they spend our money. And the worst of all- they don't even read the bills in Congress before they vote on them. Can you even imagine- our representatives don't even know what's in a bill they are voting for. No wonder we have $100 trillion in debt (counting the unfunded obligations of Medicare and Social Security). That's almost twice world GDP (all the money earned in the world each year). And our representatives certainly haven't read, or don't understand the Constitution.
I say we start a movement to VETO them all. VETO stands for “Vote Everyone of Them Out.” Let's all agree to send a message heard around the world- to vote out every incumbent in the U.S. Congress (House and Senate) in 2010 and 2012 (as well as our President “the Socialist in Chief”). Can you imagine the message that would send to big government proponents, big spenders, big taxers, big unions, big corporations, and their lawyers and lobbyists? We'd send the message that “business as usual” in D.C. is over. Let's agree to send them all home, send them all packing. THROW THE BUMS OUT. Let's VETO the entire U.S. government. VETO the entire D.C. political class. This would be our 21st century version of 1776. This would be our Declaration of Independence from big government- without firing a shot. But you can bet it would be a shot heard around the world!
FP: What is the classic story you tell in your book and on your many FOX News Channel appearances about the failure of government?
Root: In Nevada we have a unique approach to sin - legalize it, regulate it, and tax it. That gives the citizens personal freedom, and more importantly, relieves the burden on taxpayers. We have legalized gambling and legal brothels. I love to tell the story of The Mustang Ranch. We all know the sex sells. No one in history has ever lost money on selling sex. The Mustang Ranch was the most profitable brothel in the history of legalized sex. The owner made a reported $100 million. But he didn't pay his taxes. He was indicted for tax evasion, and ran away. He is now a fugitive from justice living in Brazil with his $100 million. The greedy and corrupt U.S. government took over ownership of the brothel. And guess what happened? It went BANKRUPT in one year!
The moral to the story: If you can't run a brothel…you cannot be trusted to run the nation's healthcare.
FP: How can we save America and capitalism?
Root: First, vote for a third party mavericks like me! Vote for citizen statesmen who truly believe in smaller government and giving power back to the people - and keep their word. Vote for citizen statesmen who have no interest in making politics a career. They must either agree to term limits- or THROW THE BUMS OUT! Barry Goldwater was right about everything in 1959- read Chapter One of my book and you'll be amazed. Nothing has changed in a half century- same issues, same problems, same Libertarian-conservative solutions. Ross Perot was also right back in 1992. He predicted way back then- when the debt was a measly $250 billion or so- that America faced bankruptcy if we didn't get our spending and debt under control. I want to be the Barry Goldwater and Ross Perot of 2012- on steroids! If only we had listened to them way back then.
Now polls show that Americans believe by a wide margin that our country is on the wrong track. Well guess why? We have been played like fools. We are “battered voters.” We keep getting lied to, yet keep voting for the same liars and frauds. This is like the movie “Groundhog Day.” We o the same thing year after year, yet expect different results. Shame on us. Stop voting for the same politicians who promise to make government smaller, but do the opposite once in office. Obama may be a Socialist, but it is Republicans who annually dominate the list for biggest Congressional spenders and biggest earmark spenders. It's time for a change alright. But this time let's throw al the bums out. Let's VETO every member of Congress. It's time for a Citizen Revolution.
FP: Lots of Conservative politicians criticize President Obama. What makes you different?
Root: I do more than criticize. I provide detailed solutions for cutting government, reducing spending, reducing taxes, reducing entitlements, solving the immigration problem, even saving Social Security. I show American voters how we can eliminate income taxes for one year- I call it “an income tax vacation.” How we can eliminate capital gains taxes for anyone age 55 years or older. How we can eliminate capital gains taxes on small businesses. How we can form a union to counteract Obama and support small business owners and taxpayers - The PSTA (Private Sector Taxpayers of America). My plan calls for the banning of all bailouts and earmarks. And dramatically reducing spending on foreign aid. I explain how we can control the border and end illegal immigration, yet encourage millions of educated, skilled upper middle class immigrants with assets of $250,000 or more, to move to America - thereby ending our foreclosure crisis, housing crisis, Social Security crisis, and national debt crisis, all at once, as well as create millions of new jobs.
I explain how we can end affirmative action, reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and dramatically improve education results with school choice, vouchers, performance bonuses and encouraging alternative education like charter schools and home-schooling (I should know - I'm a home-school dad).
I show America how to end the energy crisis and healthcare crisis tomorrow. And I show America how to adopt the low tax “Nevada model” that has made my state #1 in all of America in population growth for the past quarter of a century, while avoiding "the California model” that has resulted in bankruptcy, insolvency, dysfunction, the biggest deficits in America, the worst bond ratings of any state, and the loss of over 1.35 million citizens (most of them to Nevada). It's all laid out in detail in The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.
FP: Where can our readers find your book?
Root: My web site is a good place to start: www.ROOTforAmerica.com. Of course you can get my book at Amazon.com or bookstores across the USA. Thank you for this opportunity to discuss my ideas with your Frontpage readers. God Bless.