Civil Rights & Freedom

Most North Carolinians are hard-working and responsible people.  They pay their taxes on time, show up at work each day, and don't have anything to hide.  However, the Constitution of the United States was written as a restraint on government.  Strict privacy laws were developed to ensure that our most private affairs remained so, and that citizens of the United States could trust their government.

As many Americans have discovered, the federal government has unfortunately abused it's authority by wiretapping US citizens and creating laws which circumvent due process.  The US government simply is not allowed to intervene in the affairs of private citizens if it does not have the permission to do so. 

Richard Rivette has had enough, and he plans to send a message to the federal government that it's intrusiveness is no longer allowed. 

In doing so, he will take the following actions:

  • Follow the example of Maryland and forbid the NSA and federal government from using state resources to spy on NC citizens.  This will keep the NSA from establishing a foothold in Charlotte or anywhere in NC and keep them from using utilities, public and private records, communication networks or any other resources.
  • Have any federal agent whom acts outside of NC and US constitutional authority arrested and tried in NC's court system.  
  • Lead a full investigation into the actions of the NSA and the federal government within the state of NC and prosecute any individuals whom are guilty of illegally spying on NC citizens.

Under NC's constitution, the federal government does not have the right to gather information without a search warrant.  It's time that we enforce our laws, and encourage other states to do the same before it's too late.

Voting Legislation

Richard Rivette also believes in the idea of equality before the law, and equality of opportunity.  He opposes any new legislation which would place unreasonable restrictions on ballot access. A fundamental component of democracy is ensuring that each citizen's voice is heard. Part of this is ensuring that everyone whom is legally able to vote is able to do so. Richard Rivette firmly believes that all necessary measures should be taken in order to ensure that individuals – regardless of age, race, and socioeconomic status - will comply with the laws. He firmly believes that no party should be able to exploit the voter system for a possible electoral benefit.

Because Richard Rivette believes that everyone should vote and denying individuals of this right is a serious offense, he will strongly OPPOSE any expansion of the law which will prevent low-income individuals or anyone from voting.   Additionally, he will do everything in his power to ensure that the process of complying with the new law is as trouble-free as possible.  Like you, he wants to protect the right of all individuals to have a voice in the political discussion – not individuals of a specific political affiliation. 

To that end he reiterates his proposal from 2012 to have the state fund technicians to go to the home if necessary of any disabled, elderly or challenged person, with a simple card printer to photograph the person and create their ID in minutes on the spot. We can do this for every other industry, why not our citizens? Anyone unable to pay the minimal cost due to low income should be provided with no cost ID.

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One can decide to regress or move ahead. I choose to progress, but without a valid direction, support and guidance from experienced leadership like mine, we risk more bureaucracy and less freedom in our daily lives.
- Richard Rivette