PRIVACY AND LIBERTY
Privacy is one of the basic liberties that has always been a hallmark of the American way of life, even to the point that we have led the world in the introduction of the secret ballot in elections; but our privacy is under its greatest attack ever... and from within. Federal intrusions, both present and planned, are a greater threat to our liberty and privacy than any threat of foreign invasion or terrorist attack has ever been. As governor, I will work with our General Assembly, state court system, and fellow governors to reign in this invasion of privacy and liberty by the federal government and will seek to ensure that Georgia is a refuge for privacy and liberty to all of her citizens.
Here at home, I will work with those in the General Assembly who also value liberty and privacy to ensure that the liberties of our people will never be infringed, even during times of "declared emergency." The right to keep and bear arms, the right to choose for yourself and your family about the safety of vaccinations, the right to defend your property, the guarantee of habeas corpus, the prevention of unlawful search and seizures, and the privacy to not be included in any fingerprint or DNA database against your will unless you are indicted for a crime.
The Real ID Act which has been mandated by the feds to be in place in every state by 2010 would require both a national database to be maintained with "security" information on each individual, as well as a national identification card which would be required even for domestic travel. For most patriotic Georgians, this smacks all too much of the same type of "security" measures pressed upon the people of Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia or Red China... not the America founded by our forefathers. The next governor elected in Georgia must be someone who will have the courage and faith to stand adamantly against the implementation of the Real ID Act (and similar federal mandates) in Georgia and. Elected officials in Georgia who are not already opposing this atrocity will not do any differently if elected governor of our state. Similarly, as governor, I will require that any federal agency wishing to conduct raids, arrests, or investigations within our state report directly to the governor's office and seek approval before proceeding with their case; no exceptions, including those ostensibly for "homeland security," will be allowed. Why should our people be robbed of their liberty under the very guise of "protecting" it? I will defy the federal government in defense of our liberties and privacy and will invite our General Assembly to take their patriotic stand beside me.