If I Were President
By Chuck Baldwin
May 2, 2008
Due to my frequent criticisms of President
George W. Bush, I am often asked what I would do if I were President of
these United States. This column will serve as an attempt to answer that
If I were
President, I would begin the process of safely extracting our troops from
Iraq. In the first place, our troops are no longer fighting a war, they
are an occupation force, which occupies a sovereign country. And this is
being done without a Declaration of War. The Iraqi people resent our
occupation as much as we would resent another nation stronger than ours
invading and occupying America. If such a thing happened to our beloved
country, I'm sure many of us would also become "insurgents."
In the second place, the invasion and
occupation of Iraq was absolutely unnecessary. Instead of sacrificing more
than 4,000 American lives and the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqi
citizens (not to mention some 2-3 trillion dollars), President Bush should
have supported Ron Paul's bill, H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and
Reprisal Act of 2001. This is the constitutional way to deal with rogue
terrorist organizations. This is the way President Thomas Jefferson
responded to the Barbary pirates.
According to Congressman Paul, "A letter of
marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give
the President the authority to respond with appropriate force to those
non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while
limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of
that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of
just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing
the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation."
Had President Bush responded in this
manner, tens of thousands of lives would have been saved, trillions of
dollars would not have needed to be spent, Osama bin Laden and most of his
fellow terrorists would likely be dead, and we would not be bogged down in
a nightmarish military quagmire in Iraq. And, if I were President, this is
exactly how I would handle terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda.
Furthermore, it is absolutely ludicrous to
say we are fighting a war on terror half way around the world when we
refuse to secure our borders and ports. If I were President, I would
immediately seal our borders. I would also see to it that employers in
America who knowingly hire illegal aliens are prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law. In plain language: any employer who consciously hires
illegal aliens would go to jail. They would not pass Go; they would not
collect $200; they would go straight to jail.
By sealing the borders and by cutting off
the money supply to illegal aliens, the problem of illegal immigration
would dry up. As it is, we have no idea how many potential terrorists--not
to mention violent gang members such as MS-13--have snuck (and are
sneaking) through our borders.
And speaking of illegal immigration, as
President, I would enforce our visa rules. This means anyone who overstays
their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law is immediately deported. There
would be no "path to citizenship" given to any illegal alien. That means
no amnesty. Not in any shape, manner, or form. I would not allow tax
dollars to be used to pay for illegal aliens' education, social services,
or medical care. As President, I would end birthright citizenship for
illegal aliens. There would be no "anchor babies" during my
If I were President, I would use the bully
pulpit of the White House to encourage Congress to pass Congressman Ron
Paul's Sanctity of Life Act. In short, this bill would do two things:
First, it would declare that unborn babies are persons under the law.
Second, under the authority of Article. III. Section. 2. of the U.S.
Constitution, it would remove abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court.
In essence, this bill would immediately overturn Roe v. Wade and end
Republicans tout themselves as being
"pro-life." Yet, the GOP controlled both houses of Congress and the White
House for six years and did absolutely nothing to overturn Roe or end
abortion-on-demand. Under my administration, we could end legal abortion
in a matter of days, not decades. And if Congress refused to pass Dr.
Paul's bill, I would use the constitutional power of the Presidency to
deny funds to protect abortion clinics. Either way, legalized abortion
ends when I take office.
On the subject of foreign policy, as
President, I would end foreign aid. I would also end the current
infatuation with nation-building, empire-building, and interventionism.
America is not the world's policeman. Neither are our military personnel
the personal militia of the United Nations.
Remember that President Bush told the U.N.
in 2003 that the reason we invaded Iraq was for the purpose of securing
the "peace and credibility of the United Nations." (I lie not; that is
what he said.) President Bush also placed the U.S. back under UNESCO in
spite of the fact that President Reagan had heroically taken the U.S. out
from under that sinister organization.
I am sure that readers recall that the U.N.
Charter was authored by a Soviet communist agent (Alger Hiss) and that the
U.S. has been fighting wars for the U.N. ever since the organization was
created back in 1945.
Speaking of the United Nations, as
President, I would withhold funds from the support of the United Nations.
In other words, I would get the U.S. out of the U.N. Beyond that, when I
move into the White House, the U.N.'s rent is up! They move out of New
York City post haste.
By the same token, there is absolutely no
reason for us to be in NATO. We should not be antagonizing Russia by
attempting to expand NATO. There is no reason why Russia could not become
a friend and ally of the United States. Free and fair trade with Russia
and a noninterventionist foreign policy in Europe would do much to endear
American interests to Russia. To insist on expanding and empowering NATO
only serves to further alienate Russia and drive her to make alliances
with Communist China.
Speaking of China, it is time that we
recognize the very serious threat that China poses to the peace and
security of the United States. Our trade practices serve only to allow
corporate America to continue to invest in what will surely become an
albatross around the neck of our well-being. We must discontinue the
practice of allowing China to export its cheap products to the U.S. with
no protection for America's jobs and manufacturing, not to mention the
lack of protection for our safety. This must stop, and it will stop when I
become President. "Free trade" will no longer mean a free ride for Red
Furthermore, as President, I would take the
preservation of our nation's sovereignty and independence extremely
seriously. This means that the burgeoning North American Union is dead on
arrival the day I am sworn in as President. Gone, too, is the NAFTA
superhighway. And for that matter, I would lead the United States out of
NAFTA and CAFTA altogether. And any prospect for the FTAA would be dead as
As President, I would be the best friend
that gun owners (and lawful gun dealers), homeschoolers, and veterans ever
had in the White House. These are three of the most persecuted, harassed,
or overlooked groups of people in the country. But not if I were
There is no reason why our veterans should
wait for weeks and months to receive the medical care they need. It is
disgraceful that we would ask our brave men and women of the U.S. armed
forces to fight our country's battles and then leave them to pretty much
fend for themselves when it comes to receiving adequate health care. I
would make taking care of our veterans an extremely high priority, if I
If I were President, I would also do
everything in my power to locate and retrieve any and all MIAs. I
personally believe that there are hundreds of our servicemen who are yet
being held against their will in various parts of the world. I would make
finding them and bringing them home of utmost priority, if I were
On the home front, if I were President, I
would end corporate welfare. I would also work to disband the Department
of Energy (along with the Department of Education and many other federal
departments). There is absolutely no reason for us to be dependent upon
OPEC. There is enough gas and oil under the soil of Alaska (not to mention
the Dakotas and the Gulf of Mexico) to meet
the energy needs of the United States for the next 150-200 years. There is
also no reason that gas should cost more than $1.50 a gallon (which is
about what it was before Bush became President).
We must begin drilling for the domestic oil
that we know exists; we must build more refineries and nuclear power
plants. There is no reason why the
United States cannot be mostly
energy independent. It is time we started putting the people and interests
of the United States ahead of the CEOs and interests of international
Lastly, if I were President, I would work
feverishly to overturn the Sixteenth Amendment, which would repeal the
Income Tax. And, no, I would not promote a national sales tax. That would
be disastrous! Can you imagine what a 30% sales tax would do to the cost
of EVERYTHING? Plus, give politicians a national sales tax to increase and
just imagine what kind of percent that would grow into!
I would also work to repeal the "death
tax," inheritance taxes, and property taxes. The American people are
already paying somewhere between 30% and 40% of their income to Uncle Sam.
It must stop. We are bankrupting our country with this incessant and
burdensome tax system. In addition, I would work to expunge the Federal
Reserve and to restore the American economy to sound money.
Now, I hear people say, That's easy for you
to say; you are not a candidate for President. Ah, but now I am.
Last week, in its national nominating
convention in Kansas City, Missouri, the Constitution
Party nominated me as its 2008 Presidential candidate. Party delegates
nominated me over Ambassador Alan Keyes by a margin of 74% to 24%.
Therefore, I am now a candidate for President of these United States. See
the CP website at
My Vice Presidential running mate is
Darrell Castle, an attorney and Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran from
Our web site is not online yet, but will be
soon. We will be able to receive credit card donations when the web page
is uploaded. The address of my campaign web site is: www.baldwin2008.com
In the meantime, if anyone wants to support
our campaign, checks may be written to:
P.O. Box 131
Palmyra, New Jersey 08065
I believe it is only fair, as I continue to
write these columns, that one understands the full disclosure of my
As readers know, I enthusiastically
supported Ron Paul during the Republican Primary season. I plan to
continue to trumpet his call for limited government, non-interventionism
abroad, constitutional government, and freedom into the general election
as a Third Party candidate.
I do not expect the national media to pay
us much heed; they seldom do. I do not expect to receive large donations
from corporate America. I do expect criticism and ridicule. That is
nothing new. However, I also anticipate tens of thousands of
freedom-loving people from all religious persuasions and walks of life to
rally to our cause. Why? Because thousands of principled people will not
be bullied into voting for the "evil of two lessers" being shoved down our
throats by the two major parties. Because this campaign is not about Chuck
Baldwin. It is not about a political party. It is about freedom. It is
about constitutional government. It is about restoring America to the
founding principles bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers. If you
believe in those principles, join us!
In the meantime, these columns will
continue to serve as a voice for
America's founding principles,
as they have for the past eight-plus years. In addition, unlike the
candidates from the two major parties, the taxpayers are not underwriting
my campaign, and I will continue my day job. (Imagine that: a Presidential
candidate who actually works for a living!) And all of this is just in
time for my 56th birthday, which is tomorrow, May 3.
There you have it: this is what I would do
if I were President of these wonderful United States of America.
Chuck Baldwin is a
radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to
preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded.
You can visit his web site at