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[–]solartice 267 points268 points ago

As a registered voter in Lamar Smith's district, I'm having a hard time telling the difference between the two of you. Is it only your stance on SOPA that is driving you to challenge him?

[–]crash__bandicoot 1941 points1942 points ago

Matt McCall,

In a previous comment, you said you wanted to keep the government "out of our bedrooms." Yet immediately following that statement, within the same comment you said marriage is between a man and a woman.

Would you like to take a moment to explain this comment and defend your position?

[–]silverf1re 1815 points1816 points ago


[–]De_Facto 441 points442 points ago

This is the ONLY time I will up vote an "lol"

[–]feureau 88 points89 points ago

Do people read "lol" as el-oh-el or lawl?

If lawl, then:

A "lol", Mr. President

[–]IcumAlittleWHENuLOL[!] 93 points94 points ago


Edit: Thanks for the birthday present. ;-)

[–]dildologist 168 points169 points ago

If you want our votes, don't dodge the serious questions. Or at least have the decency not to brand this an AMA, call it an Ask Some Silly Deniable Indirect Questions. You know, an ASSDIQ.

[–]gynoceros 32 points33 points ago

You dildologists play this game better than anyone else.

[–]GiantPandaCunt 251 points252 points ago

Surely OP will deliver....

[–]executex 560 points561 points ago

My apologies for changing the subject a bit, but I just wanted to let people know more about this guy.

This guy: Matt McCall is an insane Republican who doesn't seem to understand much about politics.

He's worse than Lamar smith (I never thought I could ever say this absurd sentence)...

From his OWN website:

shutting down the EPA. Doing so will provide the double benefit of saving cash, and removing all associated federal regulation burdens. Each of the states has their own agency to regulate the environment and local government will best respond to the will of the people. We must shut down the Department of the Interior and give the lands back to the States. Shut down the Department of Energy, that has never found a drop of oil, and give the nuclear regulation to the Navy. We must also eliminate the Department of Education,

... I can list thousands of reasons why each of these departments should not be shut down, but expanded. But this person seems to have an irrational hatred of the federal gov.



Repealing ObamaCare/Defunding ObamaCare

Thousands of people got rebates due to Obamacare's 80-20 rule. Thousands of people became insured either by their employer or their parents due to Obamacare. Thousands were not denied because of pre-existing condition nonsense. And the basic ideas in this bill were first proposed by moderate Republicans anyway.

...unless a declaration of war is issued by Congress.

(He doesn't even understand the difference between an authorization of war and a declaration of war. Apparently, he's not a lawyer or foreign policy expert, or a historian on US law, so it's pretty clear why he fails at understanding world politics; People who are running for an office to write laws, should understand the law first. A bill does not literally have to say "declaration" to be accepted as a declaration of war, an authorization will suffice).

I am completely against abortion and would like to eliminate it.

He's also a missionary, serving on the board of Interdenominational Christian Ministries, and runs 6 churches. This puts him in a conflict of interest because he needs to be serving people of all religions and all denominations.

I'll give him credit for the SOPA issue though.

[–]AwesomezGuy 24 points25 points ago

This needs to be voted higher.

[–]smokeydesperado 80 points81 points ago

Pls respond op

[–]stupid_hobbitez 44 points45 points ago

lol he's seriously already devolved to bitching about the hivemind and retiquette. Read his recent comment history.

3 hours in. Not bad, fellas. Not bad.

[–]ITM-Steve 213 points214 points ago

This is why I love IAmA. The person can't hide from the controversial questions. Not answering is making this look worse and worse.

[–]aspensmonster 54 points55 points ago

He's since deleted the comment about a natural man and woman. Seriously.

Edit: Or I just can't find it. Still digging.

Edit2: Whelp. Can't find it in the JSON either. Don't know whether the JSON keeps a log of all comments or just mimics the default visibles though.

Edit3: Nope. Not deleted. Just buried under an avalanche of downvotes:

I have not said I am for scaling back the military. I said that I am for having an Adult conversation with the American Taxpayers about what they want our military's mission to be, and then we should fund that. I am for getting the Government out of not just our bedrooms but out of most of our lives. As for the word marriage, it is between one natural man and woman. My opponent believes the same on marriage.

[–]Mr_Reddits 123 points124 points ago

¯\_( ツ)_/¯

[–]GrokMonkey 176 points177 points ago

A natural man and a woman. Which raises a whole lot of other questions in itself.

[–]shave_daddy 335 points336 points ago

Only cage-free, organic, free-range men and women

[–]nootrino 105 points106 points ago

I'll take one woman, hormone free.

[–]gynoceros 83 points84 points ago

Yeah, good luck with that shit, pal.

[–]zorreX 7 points8 points ago

So I guess transgender people are just fucked. Cool.

[–]airon17 104 points105 points ago

This might be the greatest AMA I've ever seen.

[–]MrConfucius 12 points13 points ago

Oh my god, watching this AMA crash and burn has made my crappy day so much better.

This is on par with that baseball player's one.

[–]DonTellMyBoss 6 points7 points ago

Please, could we just focus on Rampart?

[–]TheGreatCraven 39 points40 points ago

Oh man this is just brutal.

[–]Photographent 51 points52 points ago

HEY MATT!! just in case you didn't notice this I made it nice and bold for ya, your potential voters would like an answer.

[–]vikkamath 125 points126 points ago

What do you think about the recent revelations about the NSA and more so about whistleblowers like Manning and Snowden?

[–]Barkingpanther 568 points569 points ago

This is a TERRIFIC AMA. "The kids on Reddit, they hate SOPA! They hate Obama! Matt, it'll be a cakewalk!"

[–]everred 170 points171 points ago

I gotta admit, I'm entertained.

[–]Rilgon 10 points11 points ago

Me too, made a boring day of work that much better.

[–]meatwad75892 57 points58 points ago

Later on his Facebook or Twitter:

"This is a TERRIFIC AMA." -Barkingpanther

[–]asm_ftw 10 points11 points ago

And here I was, thinking "hey, someone who isn't Lamar Smith, how bad can it be?"

[–]Salacious- 130 points131 points ago

What is your stance on the affordable care act, and why?

I'd be interested to hear about it because of your background with medical instruments.

If you oppose it, what would your alternate solution be?

[–]everred 46 points47 points ago

His website says he'd repeal or defund the ACA.

[–]Salacious- 35 points36 points ago

I figured; I was looking more to hear the "Why" and his proposed alternative.

[–]solartice 124 points125 points ago

Your site shows that you are for shutting down the IRS. What is you plan for replacing it? How will taxes be collected and laws enforced?

[–]KayWho 233 points234 points ago

FairTax's plan has this clearly outlined:

  • Under the FairTax, individuals do not file tax returns. Only businesses that sell goods or services at retail are required to file tax returns.

  • They remit the FairTaxes they collect on consumer purchases along with their state sales taxes once per month directly to the US Treasury

  • They no longer have to administer income tax withholding and payroll tax deduction on wages paid to their employees on behalf of the federal government.

  • Under the FairTax, the number of tax filers decreases by at least 80 percent

The point of FairTax is not to completely eliminate ALL regulation and turn the system into complete anarchy; The goal is to only tax on consumption, reduce compliance costs by an estimated 95 percent (cost to businesses), reduce budget costs (13.6 billion a year on the IRS), and eliminate wasteful spending. Of course the treasury may need some supplemental resources, but not NEARLY the amount of resources needed to enforce tax collection on every single American nationwide.

[–]SFthe3dGameBird 100 points101 points ago

This is an example of an actually useful answer. I'd be more likely to vote for /u/KayWho.

[–]solartice 20 points21 points ago

Thank you so much for the clarification and the information. I will be researching this more. Do you know if anyone has done a rundown on many services would need to be dismantled and much this would increase the National Debit if they were not?

[–]TeslaIsAdorable 42 points43 points ago

It's not so much services being dismantled / national debt that should concern you, it's that this shifts the tax burden towards the poor, who spend a much greater portion of their money on consumption, since they need to buy things to live. The rich, however, spend a much smaller proportion of their money on consumption, since they have so much to live on. The Fair Tax, despite any rebates that the average family might get, is a really regressive tax that advantages the rich and hurts the poor.

[–]jpcrecom 4 points5 points ago

you can easily make the fair tax revenue neutral. The fair tax isn't about choking the federal government of a revenue source.

It's about making it far more easy to do your taxes, eliminating a multi billion dollar industry from the economy (tax preparers). It will also make it far more difficult to write things off (which is harder since you are taxing consumption, not income.

You can easily set a floor whereby anyone under a certain income gets rebate and/or not having certain staple goods (groceries, clothes/houses/cars under a certain value) be taxed.

Finally, the ".001%" who make the most of their money on investments due to generational or equity wealth (which are currently taxed at a lower rate than income) would now be taxed on consumption, which would result in far more honest tax system.

Every "small government" republican and "wealth redistribution" Democrat should be clammoring for a fair tax being implemented.

[–]Spiral_Mind 41 points42 points ago

The problem with the "fair tax" is that it is very regressive compared with our current system. The poor would actually pay more in the end under a "fair tax" system than the rich. I've seen some proposals that there be a tax credit for people earning under a certain amount of income. That could work but the subsidy would have to be pretty inclusive to make it work (which would cost the government a lot of money).

[–]TLiGrok 14 points15 points ago

Just so you know, in many variations of the FairTax plan, the subsidy is close to the minimum cost of living. The subsidy is quite substantial.

[–]Yoshokatana 3 points4 points ago

I'm up voting you because, while I vehemently disagree with the FairTax and other regressive taxation schemes, I appreciate your detailed and highly informative post.

This is how reddit should work.

[–]Kiloblaster 169 points170 points ago

Can you explain why you want to repeal the 17th Amendment?

[–]justaguywithagun 259 points260 points ago

Wow this is the biggest AMA train wreck since Rampart.

[–]spiederman 108 points109 points ago

well actually, the Morgan Freeman one was also pretty hard

[–]adam817 77 points78 points ago

At least this one is real haha

[–]TiberiCorneli 21 points22 points ago

This is the best AMA since Rampart.

[–]SFthe3dGameBird 7 points8 points ago

It's more entertaining than Morgan Freeman's at least.

[–]BigBoobieBitches 4 points5 points ago

It's so cringy, yet I can't look away.

[–]GetMeOutOfGeorgia 143 points144 points ago

Thoughts on marijuana legalization? Both medical and recreational- it's okay if you have two different answers. Thanks for doing this AMA!

[–]aur0ra145 55 points56 points ago

First, the Federal government should not be regulating marijuana what-so-ever on recreational use. However, if it is available for medical usage, then the FDA will be involved in vetting it as a liable medication, yadda, yadda. Why? I want to know without a doubt that the medication prescribed to me is legitimate and has been tested. "But it's just weed man" Yes, you're correct, however the unintended consequence of relaxing FDA approval measures could possibly harm a lot of other stuff.

Second, why would a federal or state government have the right to tell me what I can and cannot do inside my own home, or on my property? Answer, they shouldn't. This pertains to a whole hell of a lot. Want to smoke weed, cool. Want to be gay married, cool. Want to make title 2 weapons, cool. Want to make a suppressor, cool. So long as you don't harm anybody else, I shouldn't need to ask the government for permission to do anything.

If Mr. McCall had said that, he would be true to conservatism and won over reddit. But he didn't say any of those things. I did. Why? because he's a politician, and just says things to get elected. I said that stuff above because I'm a constitutional conservative. The government should stay the fuck out of my life, in all avenues.

[–]Archer1600 88 points89 points ago

What do you think of the NSA Spying going on? Would you've voted for the Amash amendment?

[–][deleted] 116 points117 points ago

Yes and for the repeal of the Patriot Act as well.

[–]blame_it_on_my_add 223 points224 points ago

Stance on NSA : Against

Reason: "I HATE it"


[–]MrSm1lez 35 points36 points ago

I with the State of the Union address sounded like that.

As the President of the United states, let me just say that I like healthcare, I hate war, I like ice cream. Have a great night.

[–]sexboozeguns 54 points55 points ago


[–]marlow41 18 points19 points ago

He's just being concise. I mean is the long version of the reason really that different?

[–]dbatchison 86 points87 points ago

Good afternoon Mr. McCall, what is your stance on marijuana and the larger war on drugs?

[–]LDL2 55 points56 points ago

Several questions:

Your issues page suggests scaling back the military, do you think all bases should be scaled back or is there a criteria you'd use?

How do you feel on the topic of "gay marriage"?

[–]Neutrahl 699 points700 points ago

I wonder how long before McCall's PR guys regrets this AMA.

[–]Skuwee 322 points323 points ago

This is both brutal and disheartening. I always wondered how someone as backwards, corrupt, and anti-liberty as Lamar Smith kept getting reelected.

Now I know. And I'm sad.

[–]Thazy 76 points77 points ago

He is answering, but people are downvoting him to hell. I think we need more leading questions.....

[–]crwcomposer 126 points127 points ago

His answers are being downvoted to hell because they're horrible answers, not because we disagree with him.

I don't think he's justified any of his positions.

[–]maybe_little_pinch 74 points75 points ago

To be fair, they are horrible answers that people disagree with.

[–]Trypt0phan 8 points9 points ago

So that's why I had to scroll down 2/3rd of the page in order to find one reply from him.

[–]DrAmberLamps 5 points6 points ago

We should be upvoting all of his comments so people can see what this guy is really all about. Isn't that what everyone here wants (including OP)?

[–]Bodoblock 41 points42 points ago

Honestly, it's pretty telling of how well McCall's campaign will do. Any smart campaign would have done their research and found out that this is a foolish PR step for politicians like McCall. It's amateur hour. Smith will have the 21st without lifting a finger. Like he has since 1987.

[–]heyiknowstuff 20 points21 points ago

That's probably the point though. Smith is probably not going to lose the primary, so why not take the chance on Reddit? Maybe you can get some people excited if you play your cards right, get a few people talking. We certainly know his name now, don't we? It's free campaigning.

The worst that can happen is people on Reddit don't like you, maybe a fringe reporter covers it, and you still won't be close to winning a primary. It's worth it for the guy.

[–]nawberries 4 points5 points ago

Dude, I'm reading the thread and I don't even remember his name. This guy is going nowhere.

[–]cmsonger 57 points58 points ago

Yes. It's not just that he's got a somewhat unpopular set of policy positions; it's that his broad brush stroke rhetoric is often at odds with his specific policy. (Against big government, but for traditional marriage and abortion bans.)

That's exactly the kind of primary challenge that is: moving the republican party to the right, making their candidates unelectable, and keeping the US from being governed effectively.

Who knows, maybe he will win. When the republicans move far enough right in Texas, they will eventually turn the state blue.

I bet a thoughtful and consistent libertarian candidate would do pretty well here, but this gentleman does not seem to be it. I've never seen an AMA where so many of the person's comments went negative.

[–]Talran 4 points5 points ago

We're getting there. We're at the point where they need to cut up cities to keep districts red. Won't work for long, Austin is growing.

[–]cj5rox 4 points5 points ago

Austin, Dallas, and Houston, right?

[–]Panaka 5 points6 points ago

Don't forget Fort Worth!

[–]shave_daddy 76 points77 points ago

Let's cut him some slack guys. I bet he really just wants to talk about rampart.

[–]stupid_hobbitez 102 points103 points ago

The fucked-up thing is, I don't think this is a PR guy.

I think this guy is serious, and just wandered into the wrong fucking neighborhood.

[–]DrNickBurns 4 points5 points ago

This comment sums up this AMA perfectly

[–]Bucky_Ohare 12 points13 points ago

ITT: One trainwreck hates on another.

I'm so disappointed in this, it's pretty clear that they expected people to blindly support him based on our (Reddit "in general") vehement response to the SOPA issue.

[–]mudbat 13 points14 points ago

My guess would be about an hour ago (just about 5-10 minutes after it started)...

[–]meatwad75892 5 points6 points ago

Good thing you can delete things from the internet!

[–]itsacavetroll 56 points57 points ago

Serious question:

Was your car wash business a front so you could launder money illegally obtained from crystal meth revenues?

[–]SmokeyBare 97 points98 points ago

Dammit! I live in district 21. I'm so fucked.

[–]foxbones 18 points19 points ago

Same here. I guess it's time to move to a different gerrymandered district.

[–]solartice 8 points9 points ago

I feel ya brother :(

[–]Blu3j4y 9 points10 points ago

Write in "Lizard People".

[–]solartice 8 points9 points ago

Alex Jones Was RIGHT! News at 11!

[–]LibertyR3volution 7 points8 points ago

Is the primary still open? Find someone that can run.

[–]SmokeyBare 20 points21 points ago

I'm writing in Tim Duncan.

[–]aabbccatx 3 points4 points ago

I posted it in my comment, but just so you are even more aware of your district. This the 21st

[–]jorgeZZ 5 points6 points ago

From what (little) I know about Texas, I can tell they siphoned off some Democratic voters around Austin, in order to render their votes useless in an overwhelmingly Republican district. Bravo, assholes.

[–]aabbccatx 4 points5 points ago

San Antonio and Austin both actually.

[–]asshat13 113 points114 points ago

somebody's campaign manager is gettin fired today

[–]swimnrow 34 points35 points ago

Nope, just some poor intern who suggested it.

[–]football_sucks 13 points14 points ago

twist: u/Rilgon is the intern who suggested it. He really, really hated working on that campaign.

[–]bonzo48280 60 points61 points ago

What is your stance on all of the bailouts we saw in 2008-09?

[–]zarie91 78 points79 points ago

Plot Twist: Lamar Smith wrote this.

[–]Rilgon 16 points17 points ago

Knowing Lamar Smith, I could believe that, actually.

[–]watchitbub 179 points180 points ago

What is your opinion of the gerrymandering of districts such as yours that absurdly breaks up the Austin area into weird slivers of land? Shouldn't Republican candidates try to win over voters based on the strength of their ideas rather than map drawing? If you truly believed in your stances, you would not need nor would support an undemocraticly gerrymandered district.

[–]Cassiterides 52 points53 points ago

YES, as a Texan I am appalled by how our districts are drawn. All across the state, one can find obviously gerrymandered districts. The "fajita strip" might be the worst.

[–]miraistreak 3 points4 points ago

Up vote for being an Austinite and appreciating the Fajita Strip truth!

[–]Datdus 220 points221 points ago

[–]Bruce_NGA 38 points39 points ago

  1. So... how you gonna win this thing?

I'm a journalist and have been covering immigration for a few years now. I've come to recognize Lamar Smith as one of the great enemies of immigration reform. (totally bias, I know) Thus.. 2. What's your immigration stance?

[–]EggplantWizard5000 55 points56 points ago

Mr. McCall: I hope the lesson you take away from this AMA is not "those evil liberal Redditors hate me because I'm a true, God loving, flag waving conservative." You have repeatedly refused to answer legitimate questions and offered talking points when you supposedly came here with the intention of actually engaging this community.

You are entitled to disagree with the people here. Disagreement is not the reason this whole thing has gone poorly. You are offering canned responses with little to no real content (many of which have poor spelling, grammar, and punctuation, which Redditors tend to also hate).

[–]Bacon_Party 328 points329 points ago

If you believe in shutting down the EPA, what do you propose to do about the growing environmental problems in the United States such as the pollution of major waterways such as the Mississippi river through fertilizer and manure runoff from farms, the poisoning of groundwater from factory runoff and fracking, and the regulation of emissions by cars on the road, or do you believe these are not legitimate concerns?

[–]Eat_a_Bullet 200 points201 points ago

404 - Logical answer not found

[–]metamatic 23 points24 points ago

More specifically, what should have been done about the BP gulf oil spill? Presumably nothing, right? In the future, it should be up to corporations to choose for themselves whether to clean up, and not be forced by the EPA?

[–]2xWhiskeyCokeNoIce 82 points83 points ago

Are you going to fire whoever had the idea for you to do this AMA?

[–]hbehr150 10 points11 points ago

Hah I'm imagining some super enthusiastic intern pitching the use of "social media" but is now in absolute horror

[–]solartice 65 points66 points ago

Do you feel that obstructionism of the government is a viable option to a minority party? Basically,do you feel it's better to compromise with your opponents for the good of the country or to stand for your convictions no matter who is hurt by it?

[–]Hellavor 280 points281 points ago

It amazes me how people like Lamar Smith could be such massive idiots.

Please don't be an idiot.

edit: man, he is an idiot, goddammit. His entire website reads like a schizophrenic's diary.

[–]Rilgon 102 points103 points ago

From his Issues page, he wants to do such moronic shit as kill the EPA, destroy the Department of the Interior, shut down the IRS (LOL?), and repeal the 17th Amendment (yeah, because gerrymandered to hell state senates need more power).

[–]adenzerda 111 points112 points ago

Ron Paul has similar views, yet reddit fellates him quite enough.

[–]Salacious- 154 points155 points ago

FYI, Ron Paul is doing his own AMA on August 22nd, which will be a grand libertarian circlejerk. I hope the same people from this AMA will come ask him difficult questions.

[–]FullMetalJames 111 points112 points ago

They wont. Instead it'll just be the top comment with "IT'S HAPPENING!" and a circle jerk.

[–]Salacious- 24 points25 points ago

Sadly true. I plan on asking tough questions if I am around, though.

[–]thenormaldude 553 points554 points ago

ITT: A politician hoping Reddit's hate of SOPA will help them overlook his extremely conservative policies on just about everything else.

[–]crayfordo151 307 points308 points ago

This man is not being downvoted because he is a conservative, he is being downvoted because he is responding like an idiot.

[–]Superhans18 299 points300 points ago

Honestly. The dude actually typed: "opertunity"

What in the fuck.

I've seen better sentence structure in a League of Legends pregame lobby.

[–]throwaway1288 41 points42 points ago

And don't all modern browsers have spell check built in?

[–]Trapezus 5 points6 points ago

Ehm... IE might've been involved

[–]yes_thats_right 10 points11 points ago

SOPA or feed. gg report Snowden

[–]untried_captain 5 points6 points ago

Now you're just being rude. Those kids have been working hard to improve their spelling.

[–]I_Key_Cars 111 points112 points ago

His web site reads like some kind of talibangelist manifesto.

[–]Rilgon 32 points33 points ago

I love that term. Can I steal it and probably forget to give you credit if I ever use it?

[–]I_Key_Cars 65 points66 points ago

Be my guest. Feel free to call them Teahadist also.

[–]aabbccatx 8 points9 points ago

Teahadist is gold.

[–]Rilgon 3 points4 points ago

Oh that one I've used before. :)

[–]bhaller 29 points30 points ago

Where do you feel religion falls in politics?

[–]GetMeOutOfGeorgia 328 points329 points ago

A respectful tip, sir:

Being against gay marriage, or any gay rights (adoption, etc.) is discriminatory. The country has changed, and this is no longer 1960. Hell, its not longer 1990 or even 2008! A position that discriminates against others is a losing position. Pretty much every time. So many politicians- both Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian, have thought long and hard about this issue, and changed their minds. Some of them know gay people very well, others less so.

I encourage you to really think about, and reflect on, your position. You are new at this - and I don't think you are a bad person at all. I realize you are running in a very conservative district.

But I also realize Lamar Smith is popular in the district. You need to be a leader, and standing against SOPA is definitely a start. But stand up for personal autonomy! Stand up for personal liberty, and stand up for freedom. Rethink your position on gay rights.

You are a young guy. You could have a future ahead of you in politics. Don't be known for discrimination and for hate. Be on the right side of history! Meet gay people -- there are lots of us -- and realize we want the same thing you do- we want love, happiness, and acceptance. And realize that when a politician takes a stance against that -- as you are doing -- you hurt this goal.

Sir, I've been to the south a lot (I've lived there, as my username suggests). This isn't some theoretical issue for me -- this affects me every single day. In some places there is not discrimination that is open -- but in some places there still is. And I fully believe that this discrimination is supported by politicians taking positions that would not allow me to adopt, or get married, or that could allow me to get fired just for who I love. Please realize that politics has real-world ramifications, and reconsider your position.

You are a Christian. I respect that. And your religion expressly forbids gay relations. I entirely respect that too- I studied it in university, actually. But your religion is not my religion. Please don't make my life restricted because of your religion. America is and can be a beautiful place- but if it is not beautiful for one person, it is not as beautiful as it should and can be. America is not beautiful for me when I need to go through hoops to visit my partner after open heart surgery. I want America to be beautiful. Please don't stand in the way-- please help me.

Have an excellent day. Thank you for venturing onto Reddit, which is not the friendliest territory.

-- B

[–]spiederman 101 points102 points ago

The country has changed, and this is no longer 1960.

I think thats the problem the US faces today, its 2013 but it is ran by people still stuck in the 1960's

[–]Guy_Code 26 points27 points ago

As a Texan, what research did you all do to prepare for this AMA and what rookie campaign manager did you hire that told you this was a good idea?

I'll take my answer off air. Thank you

[–]Salacious- 13 points14 points ago

What would be the ideal way to protect intellectual property holders from internet piracy?

[–]Angoth 24 points25 points ago

You can't. Once anything can be put into a digital format, the game is lost. The smart people who can program computers will win. It's not even a contest.

I think a better question is, "In the economics of abundance where the costs of manufacture and distribution are almost zero, how do we attack the problem at the point of reception?" That is, how do we fairly compensate the creators while at the same time bring down the costs to the consumer?

[–]Salacious- 7 points8 points ago

I agree with you; I just want to see what he has to say about why he would oppose SOPA and what he would propose in the alternative.

[–]Angoth 3 points4 points ago

I ninja-edited out the dickish parts of my post.

[–]dustbin3 13 points14 points ago

I would give up an uncomfortable amount of money to have the mic of his computer on when he first started reading the questions and responses. That would probably have been the end of his campaign.

[–]bwinger79 11 points12 points ago

Your OP states "Freedom is not free". Isn't that statement everything that is currently wrong with our Government? Why should someone need to raise $100 million a year or quarter to run for President? Doesnt that prove the point that our Government is bought and paid what to think? How can this ever be a government for, of, and by the people if 160 some odd people are responsible for something like 70% of all Super PAC funding? Unless your main goal in office is to abolish career politicians by fighting for institutionalized term limits in all facets of government while at the same time fighting to end all forms of lobbying, how are you any different?

[–]bigedthebad 9 points10 points ago

Freedom is not free, holy fuck, seriously, that's the best you got.

Native Texan here.

OK, what are you going to do about the growing surveillance state?

How are you going to stop the joke that Texas has become, what with rating almost last in health care and education? I know we're good for business so if we have the business, why are we so far behind on everything else?

[–]cannedpeaches 18 points19 points ago

TX21 includes the 78731 zip code of Austin, right? In the Northwest hills? So you'd be a candidate I could vote for then.

Tell me - Austin is an extremely liberal and tech-friendly area of the state, as anybody who's ever heard of the "People's Republic" is aware. How does this affect the issues that you choose-your-battles to include? What's really worth fighting for that you feel Austinites and San Antonians want to fight for? How are your perspectives on those issues different from Rep. Smith's?

Basically, stump for my vote.

EDIT: Punctuation and spelling.

[–]BallnOnABudget 24 points25 points ago

What's your take on Leticia Van De Putte's claim that women are discriminated against in the Texas Senate by David Dewhurst's refusal to acknowledge them?

[–]nick_offermans_hair 6 points7 points ago

Similarly, do you see overt sexism in the House as an issue to be addressed?

[–]ferlgatr 8 points9 points ago

What do you think is the source of the gridlock found in much of modern government and how do you propse we solve it?

[–]choptimusgrime 7 points8 points ago

What do you think about the recent positive light being shed on medicinal marijuana?

[–]normgunderson 7 points8 points ago

What is your position on medical marijuana? What is your position on decriminalization of marijuana? What is your position on legalization of marijuana?

[–]WTFOMGBBQ 7 points8 points ago

Which corporation has donated the most towards your campaign? And if freedom isn't free, how much does a pro-gay marriage vote go for these days? Thanks

[–]qmechan 21 points22 points ago

Mr. McCall

On your website,, there is an issues page. I have several questions about this.

1) You make a point about referring to George Bush and Obama. Why does Obama not get a first name?

2) How exactly does higher levels of income tax lead to a declaration of victory on the Clean Air Clean Water act? Do higher taxes make air and water cleaner somehow?

3) What sort of Audit of the Federal Reserve are you talking about, specifically?

4) You ask why the Air Force requires it's own weather bureau. Are you referring to the Air Force Weather Agency? If you believe that it's unnecessary, where would you suggest the Department of Defense goes to obtain meteorological information? I'm not sure how many people you've spoken to in regards to the intricacies of military planning, but weather is a fairly important factor for all branches of the military.

EDIT/ADDENDUM: "Why can’t they all share. My kids have to share their room."

Who would you like them to share with?

5) You say, and I quote "The second Amendment is not about hunting or protecting your family from robbers. It is about tyranny and its avoidance. So far it has worked out pretty well for us." What would you say to people who argue that we are living under tyranny right now?

6) You promise: "I will fight for the rights of the unborn at every given opportunity." Can you explain exactly what those rights are and where we can find them codified?

7) Your site has a number of grammatical errors and typos in it. After having read it, do you still believe that the Department of Education is not needed? Are you for English as the national language, and how does it speak to your campaign if the individual who designed what is arguably the most important primary platform for a candidate, the website, does not use English in the correct manner?

8) EDIT: You say earlier on in the document that our politicians are "kissing our babies while selling our children into slavery." Could you define for us, please, your understanding of what slavery is?

Thank you.

[–]philipquarles 7 points8 points ago

Where do you stand on CISPA, and what is your opinion of the recently revealed NSA spying program, which seems to be collecting much of the intelligence that CISPA would have theoretically authorized.

[–]aabbccatx 7 points8 points ago

I am a registered voter the Texas 10th. Could you explain to me why other than to keep Democrats out of office, should my county (Travis) be represented by five separate Congressmen?

Currently 10th, 21st, 25th, 17th, and 35th districts cover Travis.

This is the 21st

[–]IAmRoot 7 points8 points ago

Where do you stand on the Department of Energy? Many conservatives are in favor of shutting it down, but most people aren't aware of what the DoE does.

For those who do not know what the Department of Energy does, it is the department that under which the national labs, like Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore, operate. Perhaps the most important job of the Department of Energy is overseeing nuclear energy. This includes certifying our aging nuclear arsenal, fission reactor design, nuclear deproliferation, safe transportation of nuclear materials, and the development of fusion energy. The DoE provides more physical science research than any other department, and, in particular, deals with a lot of highly classified physics and technology that simply couldn't ever be privatized for national security reasons. Additionally, science, as opposed to technology, provides no direct monetary benefit. This is why very little new science has ever come from industry. The new science from the DoE that can be declassified can used by the private sector to design new technology.

For those reasons, I feel the Department of Energy is critical to America maintaining its position as a world leader.

[–]americanfad 7 points8 points ago

I've never seen an AMA where you couldn't see the OPs posts because of downvotes...

[–]dstenersen 24 points25 points ago

How was that username not taken?

[–]thgntlmnfrmtrlfmdr 54 points55 points ago

No one on reddit wants to vote Matt McCall.

[–]dstenersen 19 points20 points ago

the point

[–]RudeTurnip 17 points18 points ago

My only question would be: Are you Lamar Smith?

[–]Angoth 28 points29 points ago

Don't you think "(SOPA-Opponent)" is a bit heavy-handed on reddit?

[–]BigCat9000 27 points28 points ago

Matt McCall's staff member who thought this was a good idea:

[–]lolcutler 12 points13 points ago

So how long after this started did it take for you to fire your PR person?

[–]weareallrobots 100 points101 points ago

  • Do you believe in evolution?
  • Do you think creationism should be taught in schools?
  • Do you believe in taking antibiotics?
  • What do you propose we do about the NSA?
  • Is Edward Snowden a traitor, a hero or something else?
  • What are your viewpoints on internet pornography?
  • Do you think that a hermaphrodite whose parents choose which sex to make the child when it is still a baby should be allowed to marry?
  • Do you think a hermaphrodite who is over 18 years old and chooses his/her own sex has the right to marry?

edit: What's with the downvotes?

[–]i_wumbo0 18 points19 points ago

Just a heads up, hermaphrodite is kind of an outdated term and it is only used to describe non-human animals now. People who are born with male and female reproductive anatomy and gonads or switched sex chromosomes usually go by intersex.

[–]EisforPants 5 points6 points ago

Why are you running for congress?

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[–]ecs4dvols33 6 points7 points ago

I like how you state that "freedom is not free" while asking for donations. You are thus implying that freedom is bought through campaign donations, and not by the blood and lives of men and women who defend the Constitution of the United States with their life. Being in the military, I find this statement detestable. For that, you will NOT be receiving my vote.

[–]BrashKetchum 5 points6 points ago

If you're a Texas republican on Reddit, you're gonna have a bad time.

[–]JTMTL 10 points11 points ago

Is there a bigger sociopath than Lamar Smith in congress right now? in your opinion.

[–]Mjt1867 11 points12 points ago

I lean to the right politically so I agree with you on some things, but whoever it was on your team thought it'd be a good idea to do this AMA should probably be fired or reassigned.

[–]Vee_Vee 18 points19 points ago

Sure!! Why aren't you posting in r/sanantonio, r/austin, r/sanmarcos, r/newbraunfels, or r/texas, where you might actually reach, and speak with your constituents?

EDIT: Too late - did it for you.

EDIT2: I wish I had known you were a fucking loon before I did it. Abolish EPA, IRS, Department of Education, Obamacare...NOPE.

EDIT3: "Life starts at conception and should be protected under the law." - See more wackiness at:

[–]ajfa 64 points65 points ago

Former GOP voter and resident of TX-21 here. Thank you for doing this AMA.

I voted for Obama twice, and would never vote for him again based on his blatant disregard for the constitution and civil liberties. On the other hand, the current GOP seems even worse in almost every respect, and hell-bent on scuttling our nation to score a few political points.

My questions to you are:

  1. What would you most like to see change in Texas?
  2. What can the Republican party do to connect with technologically-literate, working Americans?

[–]Bodoblock 10 points11 points ago

Smith has held the 21st since 1987. What makes you think you'll be the Republican to take that from him? How or why will your campaign be special or persuasive enough to do that?

Additionally, what exactly does this from your site mean? Could you elaborate?

"I believe that the Republican Party should be the party of mercy on this subject. I am completely against abortion and would like to eliminate it. While working in that direction we should have mercy, not only on the unborn, but on the women as well. And we should work to protect them from those who would scar them emotionally and physically for the rest of their lives."

[–]TestinDaWatah 10 points11 points ago

no proof??

[–]frust_INC 10 points11 points ago

Mr. McCall, your campaign seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train.

Why are you so popular?

[–]MANCREEP 4 points5 points ago

What are your plans for the Border?

[–]Amelite 4 points5 points ago

You could be a mentally challenged kangaroo and I'd vote to replace Lamar Smith. Thank you for doing something.

[–]sawser 4 points5 points ago

There is a huge push on reddit to increase NASA's funding to one cent per dollar, especially given the HUGE ROI of NASA.

Do you support NASA's tiny expansion?

[–]Ofthedoor 5 points6 points ago

Wrong website for you, mate. AOL. com is where you want to do your AMA

[–]twotimer 5 points6 points ago

Patriot act mf what about it??

[–]Vahn128 8 points9 points ago

I'm kind of new to reddit, but it seems to me that this is the wrong place for someone with your apparent political views to PR them

[–]PatrickPlan8 21 points22 points ago

What's your view on

  • gay marriage
  • having telecommunications infrastructure like we had back in the 90s when any mom or pop could start up an ISP and actually created legitimate competition?
  • limiting government contracting for services that can be done by servicemen such as security for VIPS, food prep, and telecommunications setup for starters.
  • Do you believe that military spending should be increased or decreased and in what ways in either choice.
  • Do you believe that the patriot act is a good act?
  • What is your view on the ACTA and TTP treaties?
  • What are your views on the bank bailouts?
  • What is your view of for-profit detention and correctional facilities?
  • What are your views on for-profit universities who's 90% of money comes from federal subsidized student loans and only have a 65% graduation rate and only 32% employment rate for graduates?
  • What is the wing span of a swallow
  • What is your view on the borders
  • what is your view on the H1-B1 visa?
  • What is your view on the idea that most americans feel entitled and look down at jobs that now typically are taken by undocumented immigrants?
  • If an undocumented american child has graduated from high school in his or her respective state with a high enough GPA and SAT / ACT to get into a 4 year or 2 year college and has show they have allegiance to america and call it home why shouldn't they be allowed to get instate tuition or student loans? Also based on graduation of college should they not be given US Citizenship as well so there now earned skills to not go away? Why is it fair to force them to join military service like in some other immigration plans?
  • which school of economics do you take to heart the most?
  • Have you in your years of education ever read in a critical thinking & peer review manor Das Capital for the understanding of other economic theories other than typical Capitalism forms?
  • What is your view on Ayn Rand?
  • Boxers or Briefs
  • How do you have your tacos?

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[–]brody_legitington 6 points7 points ago

Is that an English swallow or an African swallow ?

[–]JimmyJames137 8 points9 points ago

Fuck off

[–]LDL2 3 points4 points ago

What do you think of the current NSA revelations?

[–]Ashlir 3 points4 points ago

What are the odds that Lamar Smith will take a job with either the the music industry or the film industry as a lobbyist after he retires from politics? He has done such an amazing job for them, I wonder if they will promote Dodd or will Lamar trump him? Do you have your eyes on a cushy lobbyist job when you are done?

[–]RMJ1984 3 points4 points ago

For some reason i read it the first time as "I am Soap Opponent" Yeah that would get smelly real fast.

[–]Smitehel 3 points4 points ago

"I hate SOPA just like you!" "Vote for me!" "I will never go back on anything I say"

[–]Jabsco 3 points4 points ago

So this went well I think...

[–]awwwcat 4 points5 points ago

Do you believe in evolution?

[–]Trudeaufan 3 points4 points ago

If a company refused to serve African Americans, would you support their right to do so? And if a state supported segregation, would you also support their "state rights"?

[–]laziegenius 3 points4 points ago

Can you elaborate on "freedom is not free" ?

[–]themeatbridge 4 points5 points ago

Point of order, not for the candidate. Can we please stop down voting the candidates answers below the viewing threshold? If you don't like his answers, up vote and respond why you disagree.

And there is no need to answer other people's questions, unless you are linking to the candidate's website or other stated opinions.

We get it. He has unpopular opinions. You can at least stop down voting now.

[–]willystylee 3 points4 points ago

Mr McCall,

You say you're against abortion and would like to "abolish it". How can you defend your support for the notion of the federal government regulating a womans body? As a republican, i think you shoukd take a little extra time to think about what that means.

[–]16dots 3 points4 points ago

Verified? I am starting to think this is a fake AMA to trash this guy's rep.

[–]SouthSideThrowaway 168 points169 points ago

Reddit should be ashamed for all these downvotes. Reddiquette 101.

[–]MrRabbit 89 points90 points ago

This is 100% correct, and ironically being downvoted at the moment.

He's answering questions that are posed to him. I think he is 100% wrong, but disagreeing is not a reason to downvote. That's what comments are for, and opposing views can both add to a discussion.

[–]SFthe3dGameBird 83 points84 points ago

While I mostly agree, some of his comments are in fact adding nothing to the conversation, in particular the ones where he just restates a simplified version of his platform without really answering the question.

[–]MrRabbit 30 points31 points ago

In these cases.. downvote away!

[–]everred 8 points9 points ago

Why don't you give me a call at the office, and we can downvote together over coffee or BBQ?