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Indian Peaks, Continental Divide, Colorado

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Question: What legislation would you be willing to support in order to curb the infliction of mass casualties on citizens?

Answer: We need to remember that 9-11 happened on the watch of a President who most likely would not have been President had it not been for his deep roots in the so-called "Grand Old Party." America's political system needs to be reformed so that third parties are given more of a voice in government and government in general becomes more of a meritocracy.

More to the point, and in light of the fact that it's only a matter of time before countries like North Korea are able to aim a nuclear-tipped missile at any point in the American heartland, I support legislation which would revive Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Supporters of SDI should seize America's imagination by embracing the "Star Wars" moniker, and much of the research and development involved in creating a workable defense system would most likely occur right here in Colorado, helping our state's economy.

In regards to non-state-sponsored terrorism, I am a firm supporter of the 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, but I also think it reasonable that American citizens waive their 4th Amendment rights if and when they associate with known real or aspiring terrorists. The Patriot Act was Orwellian in the extreme, and it's good that Congress has found its reason again in recent years. I have no problem with intelligence, security and police officers being allowed to do their job of protecting all of us, but judges should also be allowed to do their job of watching the watchers.

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