February 27, 2015 at 7:50 am

Net Neutrality

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At the heart of net neutrality is the idea of free speech.  On the one hand, with a content-neutral internet, everyone has an equal voice: innovation can flow and new ideas spread.  On the other hand, there is the idea of partnerships between content providers and access providers.  There is also the problem of limiting abusive use of bandwidth (Remember denial of service attacks?) and being abe to allocate bandwidth to those services and clients who need it most, such as real-time video conferencing and emergency services.

In general, I am completely in support of equal access.  Open discourse had been shown to be beneficial in the long run to any society.

I am also worried about the strong possibility of poorly worded laws which cause more harm.

There is no easy answer.  As to whether I support Net Neutrality, the answer is a resounding YES.  As to whether I support any specific net neutrality law, the answer is IT DEPENDS and PROBABLY NOT.  Each individual proposal needs to be considered against the freedoms it may defend or curtail.

What do you think?

November 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

US Senate 2016

Posted by in Personal, Politics
Yesterday was the election.  Today, I would like to announce my intention to run for New Hampshire’s seat in the US Senate in 2016.  To do this, I hope to start ramping up support *now*.  Let’s take our time, do it right, and make it happen in 2016.
Here is what we need to do:
1. Encourage public support for the Libertarian cause in general, especially from women and minorities.
2. Focus our communications on *moderate* and *accepted* ideas pushing in the direction of Liberty.
3. Recruit liberty activists to the Libertarian Party.
4. Quiet the extremists among us and give voice to reasonable ideas.
5. Begin a Public Affairs Campaign *NOW*.
6. Stay on top of current public opinion and work it to our advantage.
7. Foster transparency at all levels.
8. Encourage public participation (polls? Forums?)
9. Refrain from negative campaigning: Do not attack opponents by name.
10. Focus on how the Libertarian choice will benefit the People.
11. Get the Libertarian Party officially on the NH ballot.
We really need to take this time to establish ourselves as the sensible choice, but we also need to make it clear we are serious enough to convince those who think we are not “viable.”  We need to make it clear that we CAN win.
As something to make my campaign stand out, I hope to take the next few weeks to implement a polling system, somewhat similar to the one the Whitehouse uses. In this, users may sign up for an account and if their address is in NH, their vote is tallied as a constituent.  If not, then it is tallied as a “friend”.  There will also be a place where visitors may suggest topics to poll. My hope is that eventually, this can be used for each bill I will have to vote on when in office.
Let’s get moving.
at 4:38 pm

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October 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

Heritage Alliance

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Today I was contacted by Heritage Alliance and told that my candidate information was online and ready for review.  I looked.

It was blank.

So I asked if I could update it.

It seems, they sent out an email last month giving 5 days to respond.  I don’t recall ever getting that email, so I askled if I could send updates.  Here is the response I got:

Mr. Chabot, I’m sorry that the deadline has already passed for candidates to complete the on-line survey.  We sent instructions to campaign@brianchabot.org on September 15 with a deadline of September 20.  That was the same email address that I used earlier this morning to notify you of the opportunity to preview data.  The only information we have on your campaign is the website, and we do have a link to that site in our voter guide.  Thanks for contacting us.

James Randall

Heritage Alliance

James.R@heritagealliance.us

 

Well, thank you for the link, but that was terse.  So I looked into who these people are.  It seems they are trying to spread Christian Values in government.  While I applaud their values, not allowing a candidate to update publicly available information, ewspecially from nothing to something seems more like rudeness than anything.  Are they afraid it’ll look like I’m changing my mind? Are they going to a printer and have a print deadline? Why did they contact me about something I cannot change?  Sorry.  They present as good people but end up sounding like prudes.

Most especially, I do not see the point, as NONE of the candidates in NH answered the main set of questions on their site.

So, in fairness to my future constituents, I will answer them here:

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September 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Quick TL:DR FAQ on the major issues…

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So in case you were wondering: As a *moderate* Libertarian who often differs from the party line, here is where I stand:

Summary: If you’re not hurting anyone, I really don’t care what you do and neither should the government.  The government should do only those things that society cannot, that business cannot, and that are desired by the People. Governments therefore, must be transparent, accountable, fair, and controlled by the People at large and not by any oligarchy.

End Perpetual Wars.

End the War on Drugs.

Healthcare:

  1. Repeal ObamaCare
  2. Pass a Constitutional Amendment allowing the Federal Government to provide Health Care. (The current idea of “general welfare” is too vague.)
  3. Institute a tax-funded basic medical care system, but allow private health care as well. All are covered (though any person may refuse care). Those who can afford it, may choose different coverage at their own expense..

Brian Chabot is for a real *health* care system and not a mandatory insurance system.  This is a major undertaking that will have to be rolled out in stages, perhaps one community at a time.  Funding would come from ending the “War on Drugs” and perpetual wars abroad.  A mix of government employees and contracted people & companies would provide the services.

Economic Issues

Too big to fail is false. It should be “Too Big to Survive.” Brian Chabot is pro-SMALL-business, pro-innovation, and pro-entreprenneur. Brian believes people should be able to work for less than minimum wage, but employers may not offer less nor require employees to take less.  This allows a new class of worker, somewhere between a full employee and a volunteer.  This is specifically to help out new small companies struggling to grow.  Also, Brian Chabot believes that the bigger a company gets, the less useful and more threatening it becomes. Therefore, bigger companies need more regulation and smaller companies less.

Immigration

Carrot AND stick approach: Make legal immigration easier (carrot). Then give limited amnesty in that all people here illegally have 6 months to leave and return legally. After that, no excuses. If you are here illegally, you get deported (stick).

2nd Amendment

Rather than restrict a person’s right to bear arms based on the blanket idea of a past felony, restrict it in a Constitutionally appropriate manner: Require safety and usage training. This is the “well regulated” part of the “Well Regulated Militia.” This training would be designed, as much as possible, to weed out those who would use firearms irresponsibly – the career violent criminals, those mentally, psychologically, or physically incapable, and the incompetent.  Training providers would include the US Military, police departments, and approved other organizations such as respected gun clubs, the Boy Scouts, and the NRA. Read more here.

Foreign Policy

Stop messing in other people’s affairs. Think much more carefully before becoming involved in foreign engagements. Ween off of being the world’s police force. Support humanitarian aid, scientific cooperation, and international good will.

Veterans’ Affairs

Give those we have the utmost support. When we reduce our involvement in foreign conflicts, we will be able to have a much smaller military force. Then we will become better capable of supporting our veterans.

Military

Smaller force, better trained, better funded, better supplied, better equipped defenders of the United States. Allow our military to help enforce our borders. Better integrate the branches so they work together as one. Add militia training for volunteer militia.

Abortion

Why is this such a hot issue? It is not likely to come up as a vote. It is not an issue for laws to consider. Abortion is a medical issue, not a legal one. Law should stay clear of it.

Education

Use some of the funding from ending our perpetual wars to funding education. Give a general curriculum and let teachers decide how best to teach it. Let the professionals do their jobs

March 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Family

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When I stepped back into politics this time, I did so with the backing of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. I’ve never really been one for party politics.  I’d rather present my views and let the people at large decide if I would be the best to represent them.  I tried that in 2010 and found it a very lonely road….

Now that I have become involved with the Libertarians, I am reminded that my great aunt and great uncle, who are getting on in years, but who I love and respect, were once very active in the NH Republican party. I recall visiting them around Christmas time and reading cards they received from presidents, senators, governors, etc. It never struck me as politics.  They were very active in the community and it only seemed right that they were recognized.

Some 18 years ago, as a result of mis-communication stemming from my past divagation, we fell out of touch.  It hurt me very much, but out of respect I have kept my distance, while often checking in through other relatives.

Late this evening, as I contemplate my campaign, they are in my thoughts.  I could really use their support, encouragement, and advice at this time.

at 11:56 am

Let Freedom Ring

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It is 2014 and the world is seeing a lot of our essential Liberties stifled.  It is time to take a stand for Freedom.

Let’s do this.

Brian Chabot
Libertarian Candidate
US House of Representatives
NewHampshire Second District
September 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Progress

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Getting laid off in the spring is a bad thing ™.  The quarter is ending and no one seems to hire in the summer.  The good news though, is that things are picking up.  I have some fantastic organizations looking at my resume.  I interviewed with one a few days ago and I have another interview coming up early next week.  I am meeting some really great people with whom I would love to form a team.

At this time, I am not pinned down.  If you would like to consider me for your team, please let me know!

May 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

Looking to Make a Good Living

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In February, I was hired as a temp-to-perm contract System Administrator at a really amazing company called NetApp.  It was a great job and I loved it.  Last week, they announced a layoff of 10% of their workforce and the first to go were the contract employees.

I know I will find a new place to work soon enough.  That’s just an inconvenience.

I worry though about the team I left.  It was a small team and we worked well together.  With the contractors gone, they are short staffed.  I miss them and I hope they are able to keep up with the workload.  Should their budget allow for it, I’d love to return there and rejoin the team.

Sadly though, I cannot wait and hope.  I need to keep moving and as a result, I’m now back to looking for new employment.

Today would be a great day to bring me on to your company’s team.  Will you give me a chance to make your computer systems sing?

April 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Election 2014?

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The next US Senate election is in 2014.

Campaigning begins in less than one year.

While I love my current job, I’m giving another Senate race some serious consideration.

This time around, I think I might seek the backing of a real party… Libertarian Party makes sense.  Hell, I’ll seek nomination by ALL the established parties.  I welcome anyone who wants to back me, just so long as they know I’ll be sticking to my own principles and ideals and not the party’s.

So…. Should I do it?

© 2015 Brian Chabot for US Senate 2016: An ordinary man… determined to do the extraordinary.