22.Apr.2012 THIRD CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR’S RACE
Long time Libertarian and political gadfly Roland Riemers has become the third candidate (and the only non-rancher) for North Dakota Governor. And while Riemers admits he can not come close to matching the money and political machines of his major party opponents, his goal in this campaign is to offer the voting public an alternative to politics as usual and to stimulate debate on the issues as well as helping to built up the Libertarian Party as a viable alternative for future years. He would also challenge his professional politician opponents to name even one instance they have stood up against their political interests and loudly defended our rights and freedoms..
SOME OF RIEMERS’ ISSUES
- firmly supports repeal of property taxes. And while it may take some legislative work and a lot of adjustments, he is confident a fair means will eventually be found to replace property taxes. And if additional money is needed locally, it can be raised by a local sales or income tax. His view is that FUBAR property taxes have been the cash cow of local government for too long and it is time to send this cow to the slaughter house.
- solidly pro choice, and encourages birth control and zero population growth and the decreasing of green house gases. Riemers has seen too many neglected and starving children in this world. Riemers has watched children sniff airplane glue to suppress their hunger pains or lay down on the street to eat some garbage squished into the pavement because of birth control and poverty.
- is the ONLY governor candidate with a track record of being willing to stand in harms way to promote the rights of all, and opposes special rights for any group. He would like to see a private right of legal action when laws or civil rights are violated and the local prosecutor is unwilling or unable to prosecute.
- has actively supported shared parenting initiatives and reform of family laws so that men and women are treated equally and fairly by the courts. He believes current child support laws are unconstitutionally structured and enforced. Support obligors should not face debtor prison when they are unable to make mandatory support payments. Child visitation must be actively enforced. And property and debts personally acquired before or after marriage should be that person’s separate property or debt during and after marriage.
- Riemers totally opposes as it is more for oppressing then defending Americans.
- supports the right to bear arms for self defense and defense of family, property, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes.
- he is concerned with the increasing number of Americans being put into jail. It seems the legislative solution to every social problem is a life sentence. Jail and watch lists should be for the worse of the worse, and reform should be our goal for the rest. He is especially concerned that more and more children (as young as 9) are being made life time criminals while at the same time government agents are granted immunity for their illegal actions. He also believes that any public official who violates their oath of office by not supporting the state and Federal Constitution, should be criminally charged with perjury. He would also like the state to actively fight cybercrime Generally it seems officials like to portray all Americans as either saints or sinners with all the sinners placed behind bars. But in the real world we are all a mixture of saint and sinner, and if our sins were all known then we would all likely be in jail. Thus we have to allow for some human stupidity and forgive those who have made mistakes.
Size of government
- less government, less taxes and more freedom. Riemers would like the size and budget of state government decreased by 10% a year.
- more emphasis on education instead of socialization. Supports vouchers for those who don’t want public education. Supports getting university professors back into the classrooms instead of living the elite academia life style. Supports lowering the cost of higher education.
- the state must built structures and programs to get water where it is needed, and away from where it isn’t. If ancient Romans could transfer water hundreds of miles with slave built aqueducts, we certainly should be able to do better then we do now.
- we should encourage additional transmission lines to move our wind generated electricity. But, for a long term energy solution and to decrease greenhouse gases this country needs dependable 24 hour a day renewable electricity, and that can only be had with geothermal power. Riemers would also like to see a slow- down of North Dakota oil development so it can be better managed.
- while it is nice to have them here, there really is no need for two large Air Force bases in North Dakota, and the only reason we still have two bases is due to the political muscle of our senators and not because our country needs them. Riemers believes one of the bases should be closed.
Roland was born in Lake City, Minnesota and grew up on dairy farm in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Following high school Roland served 4 years as a medic in the USAF, and an additional 8 years in the North Dakota National Guard and Army Reserve. He has worked as an engineering technician, utilityman, Registered Nurse, third grade teacher, alternative energy expert, and is currently self employed in property management and investment. He has an associate degree in nursing, a BS degree in Industrial Technology and has attended the UND Law School.
Politically Riemers has run for a number of offices in his life, but not so much with the goal of winning, but with the goal of presenting his own sometimes unique ideas or observations to the voters. His last election attempt was a run for Grand Forks sheriff in 2010.
Besides politics, Riemers enjoys flying ultralight aircraft, sailing, scuba diving, ballroom dancing, world travel and exploration, a life time learner, gardening, blogging, building energy efficient buildings, movies and enjoys the study of law and provides free legal help for men and women in family matters (at the threat of being prosecuted for practicing law for doing so).