Andrew Ian Dodge for Senate from Maine in 2012
This was the official website for Andrew Ian Dodge's run for the Senate as a Libertarian in 2012. The content below is from the site's 2011-2012 archived pages.
I will stand up for Maine in DC.
I oppose all regulation and taxation of the internet.
I would end the NDAA, TSA, DOE and FCC.
* Free Markets:
I will press DC to severely reduce taxes and regulation.
Free businesses so they can create jobs for Mainers.
Free Mainers to spend their money on their needs.
* Fiscal Responsibility:
Federal government must clear the debt by eliminating the deficit.
DC must spend only what it takes in and nothing more.
Washington should not pass on costs to the state via mandates.
Andrew Ian Dodge began his political career as a young Republican in Maine fighting to reinvigorate the idea of a young conservative majority in the state and eventually becoming a recognized activist and innovator at the national level. In his tenure at Colby College Andrew resurrected the Debate team and encouraged the creation of Speech classes. In the 90s he helped rebuild the Young Republicans group here in Maine. After college he was hired by the Bruges Group who’s major patron was Margaret Thatcher.
Since then, his conservative principles have never wavered.
Whether it was working with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to fight the encroaching power of the European Union and its globalist allies, or standing for a stronger defense of Western countries through the UK Bow Group, or helping to found the Maine Tea Party Patriots in 2009 and organizing the first Tea Party event in Maine, Andrew has never shied away from a fight when the principles of American conservatism are on the line.
Andrew Ian Dodge believes the Founding Fathers fought the most consequential battle for freedom in history. He should know; his family was there. The Dodges have been in Maine since the 1700s when it was part of Massachusetts. In 2007 Andrew came face to face with that legacy when he married the actress Kim Benson in a chapel built by his grandfather and uncles on Ocean’s point.
Andrew learned the importance of hard work and family values from his father Arthur Dodge. Arthur, the son of a lobster man and ship builder, worked tenaciously for 31 years until he had become a major player at Texaco. But when Arthur’s family needed him he returned to Maine and spent the rest of his life working to make sure that the beauty of his home state was preserved for his children. Like his father Andrew believes that Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the union and is worth fighting for. In his teenage youth Andrew spent many days enjoying the natural beauty of the Allagash Region where he canoed and the great Katadin Mountain where he hiked.
He also knows that our system of medical care is one of the best in the world and should not be absorbed by the overbearing state. In 2007 Andrew overcame colon cancer after serious post-operation complications thanks to the tireless ingenuity of the doctors of Parkview Hospital in Brunswick. Had the government been able to step in and force those tireless professionals to comply with the red tape regime of Obamacare Andrew would not be alive today. Andrew views the fight to keep our health care free of meddling bureaucrats as literally a matter of life and death.
Prior to his run for office, Andrew was an activist in Maine’s Tea Party movement. He organized the first registered tea party event in Maine, which took place in Augusta on April 15 2009. Andrew has also represented Maine at national conventions of Tea Party supporters, and has had a major hand in deciding strategy for the movement. He has appeared frequently in the local and national press speaking about tea party issues, doing interviews with with outlets as diverse as Russian TV, MSNBC and French Canadian radio on the subject. Prior to his run, Andrew was also an influential voice for Tea Partiers in the media, having written for the Washington Examiner, Pajamas Media and the Daily Caller.
Debt and Deficit: This September the debt of your government reached $16 trillion. That is equivalent to over $50,000 per citizen. This mountain of debt will only get bigger. The federal budget deficit will total $1.1 trillion for fiscal year 2012, the fourth year in a row with a deficit of more than $1 trillion. There is little political will in DC to deal with either despite the existential threat they pose to the American way of life. The much lauded and pilloried “Ryan Plan” barely scrapes the surface of what needs to be done to get our spending back in shape. There need to be serious cuts to the spending in DC or we shall never balance our budget or reduce the debt. We need to cut spending but not do it on the backs of Americans by hiking up taxes.
Economy: I believe excessive taxation and regulation are killing our economy. The stimuli and bailouts were colossal failures. We must allow companies of any size to go bust and work their way through the bankruptcy system. We need to reduce taxes on all Americans and businesses of whatever size they are. The US government is too large and is attacking like a leech holding the nation back from prosperity. American business is being drowned in red tape. We don’t know how much federal regulations cost, but it is in the billions. Federal and state bureaucrats need to be aware that for every rule they write, America becomes that little bit more uncompetitive.
Immigration: We should make easier (and cheaper) for legal skilled immigrants to come to the US. We should not give amnesty to illegal aliens who are criminals and have no right to reside in the US. We need to strong border defenses to prevent illegals from coming into the US as well as other undesirables with ill intent.
Free Trade: We need to expand NAFTA and make it into a “North Atlantic Free Trade Area”. We need to work more closely with Anglosphere countries (US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) and allow free movement of labor/commerce/money between them. We need to re-examine our relationship with the WTO and other world trade organizations and make sure they do not hurt the interests of the US. We need to strive to make free trade truly free and reciprocal.
Drugs and Crime: Legalize cannabis (and other “natural” drugs like mushrooms) now and free those in jail for such offences. I fully support efforts to legalize the production of hemp in the US. The so-called “War on Drugs” is a complete failure and cost innocent lives all over world and her at home. We need to re-focus those wasted resources towards protecting our borders and cracking down on criminal activity. If we wish to reduce the use of “recreational” drugs then it should be done by education.
Foreign Affairs and Defense: We need to stop being the world’s policeman, with a 16 trillion debt we simply can’t afford to. The Cold War has long since ended and yet the US maintains bases in Europe, South Korea and Japan to protect some of the world’s wealthiest countries. I believe that the Defense Budget needs to be examined (as do all budgets in DC) and cut. We need a military that reflects the modern realities of conflict. I am glad to see that we are coming home from both Iraq and Afghanistan. I believe we should be wary of further entanglements and foreign adventures. We certainly should stop giving foreign aid to our enemies and we should look at drastically cut back that budget. It is time to de-fund the UN and suggest it move elsewhere.
I’m proud to give you a very positive reference speaking as the (former) vice-chair of Cumberland County Tea Party of Maine, which I’m very certain is my right, being with that group from it’s inception and being vice-chair while we were both active in that group. In my opinion you epitimize the true non-partisan aspect of the Tea Party Movement. You spoke early and rightfully about the dangers of endorsing candidates, etc, maintained an object approach to all candidates running in the 2008 primaries and general election, and are the only person who acurately predicted the outcome of the mayor’s race. The editorials you wrote bore the burden of proof. All Tea Parties could do well by following your example. I wish you the very best in your campaign for the US Senate.
(former) Vice Chair, Cumberland County Tea Party of Maine
Andrew Ian Dodge believes the Founding Fathers fought the most consequential battle for freedom in history. He should know; his family was there. The Dodges have been in Maine since the early1800s when it was still part of Massachusetts. In 2007 Andrew came face to face with that legacy when he married the actress Kim Benson in a chapel built by his grandfather and uncles on Ocean Point. Prior to his run for office, Andrew was an activist in Maine’s Tea Party movement. He organized the first registered tea party event in Maine, which took place in Augusta on April 15 2009. Andrew has also represented Maine at national conventions of Tea Party supporters, and has had a major hand in deciding strategy for the movement. He has appeared frequently in the local and national press speaking about tea party issues, doing interviews with outlets as diverse as Russian TV, MSNBC and French Canadian radio on the subject. Prior to his Libertarian run, Andrew was also an influential voice for Tea Partiers in the media, having written for the Washington Examiner, Pajamas Media and the Daily Caller.
Governor Johnson says, “Andrew Ian Dodge is the best Liberty candidate for the United States Senate in Maine. He will fight for freedom and limited government. Be Libertarian with me, vote for Andrew Ian Dodge.”
Andrew Ian Dodge, “I endorse Gary Johnson and Judge Gray because we need a true Libertarian President. Vote for Gary Johnson!”