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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Burning questions answered

August 11, 2012 I am ashamed of myself for failing to post here for so long. But, over the last few days, I have received some specific requests for information on my positions and/or why people should vote for me. Let me start with a comment on the Facebook post of a friend yesterday. My friend posted a photo supporting my candidacy. In reply a friend of hers asked: Top 5 reasons to vote for Mr. McCullough? I have no one in mind to vote for. Im registered but have only voted once in my life. So, I replied with the follwing list of five things. I do not claim they are necessarily the five best reasons, as I did not take a long time to consider and edit them. But they do capture the essence of why I am a candidate for Utah Attorney General. If you agree with me, pleas support my candidacy. 1. Stop filling our jails and prisons with those who do nothing but use substances that the majority deems immoral. 2. End government censorship of what people can read or watch (does not include ...abuse of children, or "child porn"). 3. End government "marriage discrimination". Marriage is a religious sacrament and a contract. If a religious organization is willing to perform the sacramant and the people are legally able to contract, that is enough (does not include child marriages, or course, as they are not allowed to contract). 4. Stop the State from interfering with family matters and taking children from homes that are essentially providing adequate care, based on morality or "lifestyle choices". 5. Promote individual freedom and responsiblity. Do not expect the State to tell us how to live our lives. I also received a letter from a Libertarian asking my positions on some issues. I would have hoped these were clear; but in case they are not, I will answer those questions here too. 1. Do I think there should be laws regulating such things as hair braiding and massage parlors? I note with great satisfaction that the law in Utah regulating hair braiding was stricken by a Federal Judge this past week. I agree completely that this regulation was not justified and was "irrational." I am currently engaged in litigation myself against the state over an expansive definition of "massage therapy." While I am not sure that I completely oppose the regulation of this as a profession, any such regulation must be limited to preventing injury or fraud. The current regulatory scheme is a blatant power grab and should be terminated. 2. How do I feel about the prohibition of gambling in Utah? First, I don't think that legalizing gambling casinos will lead to a great influx of jobs and wealth. Nevada has so develpoed that industry that it would not likely succeed here. Nevertheless, laws against gambling are another excuse for the State to tell us how to live. Criminal prohibitions should be abolished. We should also look into participating in state lotteries with our neighboring states, if it is likely that it would bring voluntary revenue to our State and lessen our involuntary taxes. 3. How do I fee about DUI checkpoints? I don't like them and would like to see them abolished. It is an end run around our constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. 4. Should the State stand against Federal legislation that intrudes on the State? Well, first let me say that I do not think State government is usually less oppressive than the Federal government. Having those two governments fight over who should tax us, investigate us, and oppress us is not helpful to us as citizens. I also do not think that the State should spend huge amounts of money in court against the federal government promoting some "conservative message" from our legislature, espeicially when those suits may not be winnable. But, there will likely be occasions when the State shoud do its best, in consultation with other statres, to get the Federal government to change its policies. 5. What are my thoght on the death penalty? I do not generally favor it. It reduces us to the level of those we are trying to punish. And it is administered in an arbitrary manner. And, of course, sometimes there is a mistake, and that is not acceptable. I do suppose that I can see some rare occasions for its use. One such case might have been the Utah law student, Ted Bundy, who killed several young women in several states, for no reason other than meanness. When combined with the fact that he was an escape artist who successfully escaped from prison twice, only to murder more people, this punishment might well have been the right one for this situation. Thanks for those who express an interest in what I stand for. Please consider donting, passing the word or soing something else to help me spread the word.
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