Guest opinion: Why this 27-year-old is running for Congress
I grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and now I’m back, desperate to change things in Washington. Why? Because I want to annihilate Islamic terror and because I want to reclaim our constitutional heritage. And I think the best way to accomplish those things is to run as a Republican for the Third Congressional District in Colorado.
With respect to defeating radical Islam, both Republicans and Democrats often talk about increased air strikes against ISIS, about ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, and about providing more resources for our intelligence personnel. Those things are all fine and well. But as Secretary Hillary Clinton even acknowledged in a private cable, “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
In fact, a recent intelligence report suggested just last year Saudi Arabia gave $700 million in support to groups like ISIS, al-Nusra and al Qaeda. Worse yet, Saudi Arabia has inflicted damage on Americans right here in the United States. Not only did 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9-11 come from Saudi Arabia, top officials in the Kingdom, including their ambassador, foreign minister and top financier, provided material support to these terrorists. And worse still, according to testimony from Zaharias Moussaoui, the kingdom devised “a plan to shoot down Air Force One with a Stinger missile with a staff member at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.”
In short, our relationship with Saudi Arabia must radically change. First, it must be added to the state sponsors of terrorism list. Secondly, with America becoming increasingly energy independent, we must enact targeted sanctions, significantly reducing commercial ties between the two countries. And thirdly, there should be wholesale asset freezes of any Saudi found to have any links to terrorism. It is no accident that the heart of Islamic terror is found where Islam was born. There will be no way to destroy this world cancer without destroying its heart.
And with respect to domestic policy, there was no point in fighting the Revolutionary War to replace one monstrous central authority with another. In fact, the distance between London and Boston is shorter than the distance between Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska.
Why, for example, is Congress issuing education edicts to states like Alaska or ours when nothing in the Constitution gives it that power? As the 10th Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution … are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
And yet a career politician like Rep. Scott Tipton recently voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which mandates more testing and spends more of your hard-earned tax dollars.
The really sad thing is our brilliant founding fathers envisioned this kind of corruption. Warning against a very liberal, and thus corrupt interpretation of the general welfare and commerce clauses, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and, as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please.”
And that is today’s exact problem, a Congress that acts like a new British monarchy, taxing and spending illegally. If we are to remain a beacon of freedom and hope throughout the world, we must reclaim our constitutional heritage. Otherwise, we’ll continue to have a government beholden to big money and special interests, making us no different than China or Russia.
I know this run will not be easy or without challenges. I’m 27 years old, and going up against the establishment is always difficult. But I have been challenged before and succeeded. In high school, I stood up for the principle of the separation of church and state, successfully defeating a Baptist-based sports program’s use of public school time.
I did this not because I oppose religion — in fact, I am quite religious, I did it because I thought it an unconstitutional establishment of religion — such a program, for example, needlessly alienated Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Congregationalists and all other faiths. In college, I interviewed real intellectual heavyweights like former UN Ambassador John Bolton and attorney Alan Dershowitz on a radio show called “Tomorrow with Alex Beinstein.”
And before I attended law school, I spent several months volunteering in the world’s largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. I have seen hardship and I know what a fight is like. I believe I am ready to take on the establishment to help defeat Islamic terror and to reclaim our constitutional republic. I hope you will join me in this crusade for freedom and democracy. May God bless you and this beautiful country.
Alex Beinstein of Carbondale is running for the Republican nomination for Colorado’s Third District congressional seat.
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