Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Aug. 8 Primary Election, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions about where they stand on various issues and what their priorities will be if elected.

The following came from Karla Gottschalk, Republican candidate for U.S. House District 2, which includes rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. Other Republican candidates include Joe Akana, Nicholas Love, Raymond Quel, David Hamman, Elise Hatsuko Kaneshiro, Felipe San Nicolas, Steven Bond and Robert Nagamine.

Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the Primary Election Ballot.

Candidate for U.S. House District 2

Karla Gottschalk
Party Republican
Age 70
Occupation Attorney and naturopath
Residence Hawaii island

Community organizations/prior offices held

Peace Corps Smallpox Eradication Program under World Health Organization, Ethiopia.

1. The entire country, including Hawaii, has been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic. What should national leaders be prioritizing to help keep the outbreak under control and repair economic damage done by measures taken to respond to the outbreak? 

The entire affair is a fraud based on junk science, as simple ultraviolet light destroys all viruses (I worked in UC Berkeley virus lab).

The solution is to open our ports to the world by reworking the Jones Act, which is inappropriate for today for both Alaska and Hawaii.

Both states were territories when the act was passed and the West Coast barons will not be willing to rework the legislation to include the former territories of the U.S. as we would become internationally necessary for Pacific Basin commerce instead of the kickback from the mainland to increase our costs for goods.

It would justify the large presence of military in our state to protect not just us but the commerce for all peoples of the Pacific Basin. Win-win.

2. What role can you play as just one of 435 members of the U.S. House to help Hawaii?

I can work for a coalition between Alaska and Hawaii to open the Pacific Basin for free market shipping through Hawaii, not crony shipping of 1920s corruption and self-dealing to the detriment of territories, reservations and wards of the state.

I can also be a courageous advocate for liberty, a constitutional Republican not a RINO or socialist. A diplomat not a bureaucrat as are all the other candidates in my race and beholding to the military not the people.

2. What would be your first priority if elected? How would that change if your party is in the majority? The minority?

Securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our prosperity by crafting legislation for the kind of recognition one sovereign will have with another (U.S. state and kingdom), working to increase commerce (as above, plus no tax on people and small business but making corporations responsible through higher taxes to clean up their bankrupt ecological disasters) and, most of all, to with no fear be a courageous voice for liberty  and a champion of our can-do spirit. We cannot be afraid to go outside or live! There are no guarantees in life about how long any of us has and we all have to be educated and courageous that the world will be our garden, not our master.

With a Republican majority, I seek equity and equality in a tripartite republic that protects and defends the civil rights of all natural people.

With a Democratic majority, the republic will be defended and I will stand against violent overthrow of our government.

3. Recent deaths of citizens at the hands of police are igniting protests and calls for reform across the country, primarily aimed at preventing discrimination against people of color. What should Congress do, if anything, to improve policing and police accountability?

Remove absoluteness of qualified immunity and begin a detailed way to charge and make police who are creating the problems subject to limited qualified immunity. The only unqualified immunity belongs to the United States and the Bill of Rights and sovereignty then descends to states and thence to the ultimate sovereigns — the people. Government is a useful servant and a fearful master, to paraphrase George Washington (who refused the crown of the U.S. when offered).

4. Whatever happens in the general election, Congress and the country will likely remain deeply divided. What specifically would you do to help bridge the partisan divide in Washington?

Work for our continued liberty, peace and prosperity from an undisclosed location if not sent by the people to Washington, D.C.

5. What is your view of the role of the U.S. military in the islands, and would you like to see that role increased or decreased? 

If we do not have the military in Hawaii we are subject to invasion as our beauty, location and strategic importance cannot be minimized until the world is at peace. The military is far too powerful as it stands. The military is not a democracy and definitely not a republic, so the only way to deal with the military is the absolute need for an officer corps — kingdom, state and federal — commission to both involve the citizenry and protect national security.

We may very well be at war despite all attempts at diplomacy but all the other candidates are at best bureaucrats (and subject to military rule) rather than a diplomat who listens to the military but sets its limits with legislation and treaties.

6. Congress has struggled in recent years to reach agreement on budget deficits, the national debt and spending in general. What would be your approach to fiscal matters?

This is where I am most controversial. We need to rework the medium of exchange and what is a fungible equivalent.

I believe that we are all endowed with free will and reason — both develop based on our experiences as infants, idealistic young adults and pragmatic parents and workers. Thus we differentiate. This process, if based upon a basic credit of all people instead of everything being a debit making us slaves to taxes to pay our debt, can move us into an independent new world of people with the results of our work supporting entrepreneurship, education. It’s time to be creative people.

The fiscal system can not stand based upon burdening the people with generational debt issued by an unconstitutional private monetary institution. Our ingenuity and labor will create the future, not our debts which enslave the entire world for a few oligarchs.

7. Under what circumstances should America go to war?

We are at war in cyberspace and in economic warfare so I presume you mean a “hot” war. I would always be anti-war but I understand that if attacked legitimately‚ and not a Gulf of Tonkin or Pearl Harbor or Trade Center Towers that were lies, should ever be the reason for the next war, if any.

We must have resolve to defend our liberties from civil, intercontinental or global war and pray we never have to go to war again, but I will not see our experiment and our form of government disappear from the world. I will not condone ignorance and the corruption of war to allow the lords of war their day, ever again.

8. What should the United States do to control carbon emissions and slow climate change?

Climate change is a semantic disaster. The climate changes daily and is subject to many factors like the sun, moon and lava movements that separated the continents.

I would champion space and we can’t just toss the burger wrapper out the window. We have to recycle and not “Hawaiian style” as the Big Island makes it a joke and does not do complete recycling, just what the cronies want.

We can all become energy self-sufficient with little effort. Horizontal windmills are inefficient compared to vertical. Solar should be on all exposed surfaces, not just fields or individual homes but cars, etc.

9. Is it time to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? How?


I would not afflict anyone with our current dysfunctional health, education and safety net, which is a gravy train for political cronies. The entire corporatist capitalism has to be made to support society while individuals must be supported to be entrepreneurs.

We may have to labor for a time to gain wisdom and some savings but taxation of the people is immoral and such control or power to destroy should not be in the government  to control people, only legal fictions such as trusts, foundations, mutual benefit associations, non-governmental organizations and other “corporate” entities who are not people but the people running them should be held to the highest integrity and responsibility for actions taken.

10. What should be done to reform U. S. immigration policies, if anything?

Having worked in public health in Africa I can only say once again that our borders need to be secure. But we are a compassionate people and could triage seekers for health issues and, obviously, vet the sincere from the insincere. We all need to be involved in immigration and ecology as we face unrest and civil breakdown of any understanding of common law and justice.

There are standards acceptable by all civilized people such as prohibiting murder. We should also universally prohibit rape, pedophilia and sex trafficking.

Our universal common law of immigration must be firm, just and compassionate.

11. What specific reforms, if any, would you seek in gun control policies?

This is a constitutional question and every time I start to try and put a reasonable requirement like only the owner’s fingerprint will operate  the firearm, I think  of the real reason for the Second Amendment. We must reform our ignorance and fears rather than eviscerate the ability to repel invasions and protect our homes.

12. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed numerous flaws in Hawaii’s structure and systems, from outdated technology to economic disparity. If you could take this moment to reinvent Hawaii, to build on what we’ve learned and create a better state, a better way of doing things, what would you do? Please share One Big Idea you have for Hawaii. Be innovative, but be specific.

The disparity between the outer islands and Oahu must be addressed and now. We are not the stepchild of Hawaii. We are not insignificant, as such a thought diminishes the thinker of such and we are Hawaii.

All resources of Oahu must be as readily available to all the outer islands as to Honolulu or the state’s children will be always the bumpkins of the elite on one island.

I am a denizen of the kingdom. special counsel, not a citizen of the kingdom.

My big idea is, of course, the Jones Act being reworked but also the assistance of all to establish a sovereign within a sovereign. The kingdom the Hawaiians need for self-determination, parity and dignity. Those who have moved here may love the Hawaiians more than those born in Hawaii.

Besides establishing common law for the kingdom and property or inter-kingdom disputes, I would like to give back places like Puuhonaunau for whatever the kingdom wants.

Personally, I hope that we will all work together to create the most peaceful and full of aloha places in the world for all the world so we can thank God for aloha.

13. What other important issue would you like to discuss here?

The poor. I am a transsexual since 1974. I know that identity politics are used against those who do not support the LGBT and all they stand for without dissent. I am afflicted and hurt those who loved me and repent despite the affliction that is the thorn left in me.

The LGBT is the head of the problem as they encompass all the other “protected” citizens while depleting resources just for the LGBT forgetting the disabled, women, Blacks, etc.

The poor are my people. They are oppressed in every conceivable way from denial of entry to buy food at stores to having their few belongings stolen by the public works and worse.

We kill the unborn and sentence people to poverty in our streets while now using COVID to kill reason and elders in nursing homes. The shelters are great places to get drugs from the staff 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Bedbugs and other vermin 24/7.

If we would wake up to our cowardice and fear and resolve to make a better civilization through ethical action and hard work we can overcome the lesions and pustules of death on the body of society in its current diseased state.