Hello everyone! I'm Norm Olsen, Libertarian candidate for
Representative to Congress for the Sixth District of Colorado.
I'm not a politician. Therefore, I do not make promises which I
cannot keep. I supply the information below so that you know who
I am, how I think, and how I would vote as your Congressman.
A native of NY, I have lived in Colorado for 48 years.
The two party system is destroying itself.
The path to tryanny is being paved.
We must endure the Corona virus affliction.
Climate Change: Valid science or political hoax?
Abortion: Not the government's decision.
The right to bear arms is inalienable.
If you are unfamiliar with the Libertarian Party, please check
out our national party platform at
Unlike the major party platforms, it's a concise and direct
document, a quick 10 minute read.
Who Is Norm Olsen?
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, earned Bachelor of Science degree
(Physics) at Union College (NY) in 1967, and then started a 45
year career as a software developer. In 1972, after five years
of traveling worldwide professionally as a product support
engineer, I settled down in the place I liked the best:
Colorado. I am fortunate in that even after 45 years of working
as a software developer, I still enjoy doing it part time. This
is in between skiing, golfing, hiking, camping, visiting two
children, and being grandpa to seven grandchildren.
I have always been a libertarian. That is, I hold that the
primary purpose of government is to protect our God given right
to "Be all that we can be" provided that we do not infringe upon
the right or ability of others to do likewise. I joined the
Libertarian Party in 1993 upon realizing that the two party
system was badly broken. My political aspiration is to achieve
a simple goal: "That neither major party is ever a majority
I was fortunate to be born an American in a stable family with
strong moral values and work ethic. After two failures, I
started a business which thrived in a competitive market place
for 25 years. I have lived the American dream. I very much want
each of my seven grandchildren to have the same opportunity to
"Be all that they can be" and I want your children and
grandchildren to have the same opportunity also. Government, as
directed by the broken two party system, is now more of an
obstacle to that opportunity than a guarantor of it.
The Two Party System is Broken
It is clear to me that the Two Party System is essentially
destroying our republic. The evidence is obvious, the results
disastrous, and the corrective action very clear.
Evidence abounds if you consult the appropriate sources.
- Billions of dollars are spent each election cycle on
political ads, most all of which are negative.
- Virtually every vote of import at the body level or the
committee level is cleanly, exactly, a party line
- Congressional hearings no longer serve a legitimate
legislative purpose, only a political purpose.
- What used to be known as the "world's greatest
deliberative body", the United States Senate is now more
like a modern day Hatfield/McCoy feud.
- Legislation is often designed to primarily further the
interest of the political parties as opposed to the
- Major issues, immigration reform for example, are
completely ignored because doing so in in the best
interest of one or the other major parties.
- Policies are often formulated simply to insure that the
opposite party does not get credit for accomplishing
- Despite Congress's dismal approval rating
), incumbents win re-election
of the time.
- 59 current Congressional Representatives have been there
for 20 or more years.
Congress is more concerned with the interests of their political
party than that of the nation as a whole.
As a result we have:
- Deadlock and intentional inaction on important issues
such as immigration reform.
trillion dollars in federal debt, now 125% of the
gross national product and rapidly increasing.
- Annual deficits which are now larger than what the total
national debt was less than a generation ago.
- A currency teetering on collapse.
- Racial tensions at an all time high.
- Obscene wealth distribution while the poverty rate
remains stubbornly at 15%.
- Elections which are constantly in dispute.
- Major political parties which take positions on major
issues simply to be contrary to the opposition party.
- Virtually all major media outlets taking one side or the
other in an almost exclusive manner ignoring all
- A citizenry which is deceived by both media and
politicians as to the what, why, how, and when actions
are being taken in their name.
- Frivolous investigations, trumped up charges, and
blatant lies to cover up the lack of cooperative effort
to benefit the nation.
To obtain different results,we're going to have to do something
different. A major prerequisite to obtaining the fiscally
responsible, competent, efficient government we all desire is
making sure that neither major party is ever a majority
party. Here are some suggestions:
- Support alternative voting systems as a replacement for plurality
- Vote for third party candidates even though they are not likely
Register as a member of a minor political party such as the
- Do not participate in polls that do not include minor party
- When polled, indicate your preference for a minor party candidate.
- Demand media coverage of minor party campaigns.
- Contribute to the campaigns of minor party candidates.
- Vote for Norm Olsen on November 3rd.
Our gerrymandered, plurality voting based, two party political
system is badly broken and seriously corrupted. Only you, the
citizen voter, can fix it. We need to fix it now.
The Road to Tyranny is being Paved
An ever expanding federal government is paving a road to
tyranny; a road which is is wide, smooth, and much like a three
lane Interstate highway. Failure to curtail and then reverse
this expansion will enable the eradication of the basic
principles which have made the United State the beacon of
freedom and liberty throughout the world.
In the "slow" lane of the highway, we have the continuing
consolidation of Government Control creeping into the crucial
aspects of our lives. From the 15 distinct federal government
departments, backed by the 51 titles of the United States Code,
implemented in the 72,564 pages of the Federal Register - few
aspects of our lives escape the regulations and dictates of the
federal government. Prospective tyrants are drooling, it's
a dream come true. The truly hard work of establishing
tyrannical control has already been done. Government Control of
everything important is already consolidated in one place.
In the "passing" lane, prospective tyrants are implementing the
tactics of their strategy. Borders are to be opened to maximize
the number of sympathetic voters. Sanctuary cities are
established to provide a safe domicile. Driver's licenses, and
hence, voter registrations are enabled. Voter ID is banned to
insure the voting rights of departees and the deceased. Senate
minorities will be debilitated by doing away with the filibuster
and a packed Supreme Court will uphold infringements of Second
Amendment rights as constitutional. Doing away with the
Electoral College will enable fraudulent voting in just a
handful of densely populated counties to elect a tyrant's
choice for president.
In the "HOV" lane the main-stream media outlets are doing
their part by producing the content their audiences want to see
hear, avoiding objectivity at all costs. By omission and
selectively interviewing known pundits and prevaricators, the
media keeps the public blissfully unaware of the subjugation
process. Media employees who do not go along with the
propaganda effort are fired and disgraced; a sure sign of the
growing influence of potential tyrants.
It took less than 15 years for a similar set of events to
convert Venezuela from the most prosperous and free nation in
South America to the most despotic and decrepit nation in South
America. To preclude this from happening here we must first
halt and reverse the continual expansion of the federal
government. An important tactic in this effort is to ensure
that neither major party is ever a majority party.
We must endure the Corona virus affliction
Like the evils in Pandora's box, the corona virus is out, and
it's not going back in. It is reasonable to expect that, in
time, a huge majority of us will become immune either due to a
vaccine inoculation or having recovered from the associated
disease. Until then, many of us will experience illness, and
some of us will die. It is what it is.
We mourn each and every life that we loose. Fortunately, deaths
among children and young adults are exceedingly rare and older
adults can take precautionary measures to minimize their risk.
As a parent and grandparent, I consider it my duty to persevere
this pandemic, accepting the risks much like I accept the risks
associated with driving an automobile, in order to leave for my
progeny an environment in which they can prosper and enjoy the
many opportunities I have enjoyed.
Until a vaccine is available and a large portion of the
population is deemed to be immune to the virus, the best policy
- Keep the public informed of all facts related to the
virus as they become known.
- Enable individuals to make choices based on their own
situation and vulnerabilities.
- Limit governmental dictates to the local (city/county)
level so that such dictates are appropriate to
geography, demographics, and political accountability of
the local area.
- Keep businesses, schools, and organizations open and
their employees employed; open those that have been
closed; and encourage them all to implement commonsense
precautions. Rely on individuals to choose if such
precautions are sufficient for their individual
- Eliminate tort liability of businesses, schools, and
organizations with regard to the virus provided that
they do not deceive the public with regard to the
arrangements made to reduce virus exposure (if any).
In summary, allow individual citizens to decide what activities
are appropriate, what precautions are advisable, and what level
of risk is acceptable for any public activity being considered.
Implementing policies which shut down significant portions of
our economy instigating innumerable bankruptcies, causing
widespread unemployment, and requiring the generation of
trillions in freshly printed money is totally irresponsible.
Don't we all want to leave to our children a world that is
as good, if not better, as what we inherited?
Climate Change - Valid science or political hoax
Climate Change is a combination of a scientific reality and a
Greenhouse gases are an absolute necessity to keep the earth
from becoming a ball of ice. Water vapor, generated by solar
energy hitting the 71% of the earth's surface which is water,
functions as the primary greenhouse gas keeping the earth
inhabitable. For this and other reasons, solar activity is the
primary natural cause of fluctuations of the earth's ambient
Carbon dioxide is also a greenhouse gas. While playing second
fiddle to water vapor and solar activity, it does have a
non-trivial impact on the temperature of the earth.
Given the earth's history of warm and cool periods, the warming
trend that has been in place since the mid 19th century is not
abnormal. Climate change concerns are driven by the coincident
40% increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. How much of
the observed warming is due to carbon dioxide and how much is part
of the earth's normal warming/cooling cycles is the issue
which fuels the great debate.
Waiting for a clear resolution of the on-going climate change
debate is probably not a good idea, especially since much of the
debate is politically driven rather than scientific in nature.
Thus, the oxidation of carbon as a source of energy and the
contingent pumping of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into
the atmosphere is probably not a good idea in the long term.
While not the dire emergency as many insist, emphasizing the
development of energy sources which do not require oxidation of
carbon is a prudent course of action which should be
implemented. In so doing, nuclear energy needs to be a
significant part of the solution.
The Political Hoax
That much of the climate change hysteria is political in nature
becomes clear when one considers several indisputable facts:
- The national legislative bodies are split on this issue,
and the split is cleanly and clearly along partisan
- Politicians are using statements such as “the
world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address
climate change” to frighten voters into voting for
- Politicians who profess complete faith in the dire
change predictions for several years have yet to propose
even the simplest meager mitigation measure.
- Despite the implied urgency, not a single mitigation
measure has been cost estimated. Nothing that might
suggest the pain and or cost of mitigation has been
presented so as to minimize any negative political
- The most effective way to reduce carbon emissions while
preserving the reliability of the electric power grid,
nuclear energy, is not given the slightest
- Individuals who question the impact of carbon dioxide
or the efficacy of the
"Green New Deal" are derided with the
- This politicization of climate change is prevalent
throughout the world.
For many politicians, the issue of climate change is not so much
a looming environmental issue of global importance, but more a
means to insure re-election.
Abortion: Not the government's decision.
Government should play no role in abortion. It should not fund
or support it. Neither should it prohibit it or discourage it.
Those who oppose abortion should vote with their dollars and
contribute to organizations which provide alternatives. Those
who support abortion should also vote with their dollars and
support Planned Parenthood or others who provide abortion. The
abortion decision is that of the woman and those who the woman
seeks out as counsel. The government should have no role in the
I personally contribute to organizations which provide
alternatives to abortion. I cannot, will not, condemn women to
back alley, coat hanger, abortions or other drastic measures.
Get used to it. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, prostitution,
guns, or abortion: PROHIBITION DOES NOT WORK!
The Right to Bear Arms is Inalienable
"A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security
of a free State, the right of the people to keep and
bear arms shall not be infringed."
Parsing the second clause of this simple statement, one thing
becomes very clear to me. That is, the phrase "the right of the
people to keep and bear arms" refers to a right which already
This member of the Bill of Rights is not granting or
establishing a right; it refers to a pre–existing right.
That right is one of the many "inalienable" rights that we are
endowed with by our Creator. This amendment simply says that
Congress is hereby denied the power or authority to infringe
upon this pre–existing right. Those who suggest that the
effect of this amendment is otherwise are just playing semantic
games with the English language to get their way.
Article V of the Constitution prescribes the two manners in
which the Constitution may be changed. Politicians who desire to
infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms should reread
Article V. Note that they have never proposed a constitutional
amendment, most likely because they know it would never succeed.
Representatives and Senators take an oath to "protect, preserve,
and defend the Constitution of the United States". Clearly, any
attempt to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms by a
means other than those specified in Article V is a violation of
their oath, and those attempting to do so should be removed from
office for violating same.
- Gun Control