My name is Anthony Welti, and I am running for Washington State Insurance Commissioner in 2020. I am running for office because I respect you. I respect that your life is different than mine and we likely want different things. I respect you so much that I don’t want to force my morals or desires on to you.
I want to come clean about a few things. 1) I am not a gun owner. 2) I am not a Republican. 3) I used to be a Democrat, actually, but then I got tired of the broken corrupt political system we have. These three things were instrumental in my move to become a Libertarian.
There are many preconceived notions of what a Libertarian is, and yes, I know all the dirty names we have been called. It’s okay, I forgive you, but I want to set the record straight on what we truly are.
The following statement is the preamble to our statement of principles, which comes above and is of more importance than our political platform. As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty: a world in which ALL individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. I believe in the non-aggression principle, of not harming another and to live and let live. I do believe in penalties for people that use aggression against others, so I believe in a just court system.
The Constitution states only one thing twice. The 5th and 14th amendments state that no one shall be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." This central promise is an assurance that all levels of government must operate within the law and provide fair procedures.
I also believe in Jury nullification. Jury nullification is when a juror returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" even if written laws were effectively broken. The jury, in effect, nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or unconstitutional. Despite the indoctrination that the Judicial branch of government has the sole monopoly on interpreting laws, the power to decide who is guilty or not guilty remains solely on the individual. “We the People” have the power to nullify unconstitutional laws as the last line of defense against a tyrannical government. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world, many for victimless crimes, and the majority of which are marginalized communities of African Americans and Hispanics.
We are tasked with controlling our government, not letting them control us.
Recently, as many of you heard, the current insurance commissioner banned an NRA branded gun liability insurance policy being sold in Washington. He stated, on January 15th, “The attempt to insure a criminal act is a rip-off for consumers. The policies sold are deceptive and dishonest. I would be remiss as the state’s insurance regulator if I didn’t shut them down.” Now, I am not a gun owner and I don't have gun insurance, but I know many of you did. In total, 811 people had this policy. That’s 811 people that have a right to due process as described in the Federal and State constitutions. As a nation of laws, everyone in the United States of America has a right to legal defense and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The current insurance commissioner wants to imply that those 811 people were guilty of a crime without a verdict of a jury made up of their peers by suggesting that this insurance can not help them. The sad part about this though is that it also hurts victims of gun violence as well. Liability insurance could have been used to pay back families for damages caused by bad guys with guns. They could have had financial restitution for a crime committed against them, instead, they have now become the victims of a bad policy as well. A policy in which the Government profited roughly $177,000 in fines.
When elected in 2020, I will take a different path. One that respects both victims of gun violence and responsible gun owners. I would work to remove the laws that prevent people from buying the insurance they want and victims from getting financial restitution for crimes against them. I have three main pillars in this campaign:
Bringing accessibility, affordability and accountability back into Government and insurance
I want to help empower the individuals in this great state to be their absolute best and happiest
I want you to be free to pursue what brings you happiness
My name is Anthony Welti, and if this resonates with you, please find me on Facebook and Twitter under the name Anthony Welti or the hashtags #BeFree and #Welti4WA Together we can work to bring the power back to the people. I hope to earn your trust and respect. Thank you.