Answer from Hagelin

(a) Vote for a better America.

A vote for Bill Clinton or Bob Dole sends a message to Washington saying, "I approve of what you¹re doing! Keep up the good work!" Such a vote affords no incentive for change to either of the major parties. Yet decades of seriously flawed Republican and Democratic policies, driven by special interests, have created an America that is hazardous to your health. There is no reason to believe that the parties that led our country into this dangerous mess--the Republicans and Democrats--can get us out. These policies have polluted our air and water supply, eroded the soil base, saddled the economy with crippling debt, unleashed an epidemic of crime and drug abuse, and subsidized a disease care system that threatens to bankrupt the nation. Is this the America you want?

The Natural Law Party is introducing new ideas, new principles, and new solutions--solutions that have been ignored by the major political parties. A vote for the Natural Law Party is not a wasted vote; it is your vote of conscience for a better nation.

(b) Vote for scientifically proven, cost-effective solutions.

The Natural Law Party stands for prevention-oriented government, conflict-free politics, and proven solutions designed to bring national life into harmony with natural law, such as

€ Cutting taxes deeply and responsibly while simultaneously balancing the budget through cost-effective solutions to America¹s problems, rather than by eliminating essential services

€ Natural health care programs to prevent disease, promote health, and cut health care costs by 50%

€ Proven educational initiatives and curriculum innovations that develop the inner creative

genius of the student and boost educational outcomes

€ Effective, field-tested crime prevention and rehabilitation programs that significantly reduce crime and recidivism

€ Sustainable agriculture practices to increase crop yields and boost profitability without hazardous chemical fertilizers and pesticides

€ Renewable energy production and energy conservation to reduce pollution and create national energy self-sufficiency

€ Reducing government waste and special-interest control of politics

(c) Vote for the fastest growing third party in America.

The effectiveness and commonsense appeal of these solutions have made the Natural Law Party the fastest growing political party in America, with hundreds of candidates on the ballot in 48 states for federal, state, and local offices. During the past year, millions of citizens across the country have signed petitions to put the Party on the ballot. The Natural Law Party offers a realistic, responsible, intelligent alternative to politics-as-usual.

(d) Vote for a presidential candidate who knows what works. Dr. John Hagelin, 1996 Natural Law Party presidential candidate, is a world-renowned quantum physicist and educator who has worked for the past 12 years to introduce into government cost-effective, prevention-oriented solutions to America¹s pressing problems. Dr. Hagelin received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted theoretical physics research at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). He has authored over 60 scientific research articles, including some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. As recent Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a public policy think-tank in Fairfield, Iowa, Dr. Hagelin headed a nationwide collaborative effort with scientists from other leading universities and research institutions to seek out, verify, and demonstrate cost-effective solutions to critical social problems of health care, crime, education, etc., and shape them into public policy.

(e) Vote for long-term, meaningful change, not short-term special interests.

As an example, consider two Natural Law Party positions on agriculture and the environment:

€ Conventional agriculture erodes and degrades soil; it requires large-scale use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that pollute groundwater and are unhealthy for consumers and farmers. Annual pesticide use per acre on certain major crops nearly doubled from 1964 to 1992, to a total of 574 million pounds. These agrichemicals pose real threats to water quality, wildlife, and human health. Recent scientific research indicates that common pesticides are estrogen mimicking and implicates them in the high incidence of breast cancer and prostate cancer in America and in the striking decline in male sperm count. Yet federal law continues to support chemically intensive agriculture.

The Natural Law Party advocates field-tested, sustainable agricultural techniques supported by scientific research, such as integrated pest management, integrated crop management, and organic farming--techniques that already exist for farming profitably on a chemical-free, sustainable basis. On this basis, agrichemical use could be reduced 50% by the year 2000. Government legislation should make it a priority to disseminate these practices and techniques to the entire food production industry, showing farmers, producers, and consumers that sustainable food production practices are more cost-effective in the long run.

€ Federal agencies have decided that a few genetically engineered plant and animal products (such as recombinant bovine growth hormone--rBGH--which boosts milk production) are safe and may be commercialized, despite the concerns of some scientists. In addition, many foods that have been genetically engineered with pig, virus, or bacteria genes are already being sold in supermarkets. Yet these genetically altered foods are not labeled as such--nor do federal agencies intend to label them--despite concerns among leading scientists that genetically altered foods may have profound negative impacts on the environment and human health, especially since a genetically engineered organism that has been released into the environment can never be recalled.

Given the potentially far-reaching ecological and health impacts of genetic engineering, the Natural Law Party calls for mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered foods; more stringent and rigorous testing of all genetically engineered foods before they go to market; a ban on the commercialization of genetically engineered foods until rigorous scientific evidence shows that they are safe; and a ban on any use of genetic engineering in agriculture or in any other area that could result in the introduction of genetically engineered genes into the ecosystem.