1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.
2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.
4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.
5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.
6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.
12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.
13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.
15. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
Lord Acton said, "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Our founding fathers were witnesses to this inherent corruption of the monarch. In the vein of Samuel Rutherford's (Lex Rex) the founding fathers knew that there was a "law" above the king to which all men were beholden. This law was the natural right of man to be free. Power was best left dispersed to the individual because corruption will occur to the extent that power is consolidated into a central force.
16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1. Reducing the nearly 18 trillion debt and balancing the budget: The debt is unsustainable and our unfunded liabilities are beyond our ability to fund. Allowing this to continue will insure the total destruction of what's left of our free market. 2. Repealing and replacing ObamaCare: A failure to repeal the ACA will result in the destruction of our healthcare system and will end in a single payor system. We must repeal this unconstitutional and bankrupt program and replace it with a free market solution that puts the power back in the hands of we the people. 3. Immigration Reform: Our open borders are leaving us vulnerable to attacks from abroad. We must secure the border first. Second we must address our subsidizing a large percentage of our population not to work, thus resulting in a false demand for labor which is the driving reason for the flood of illegals across our borders. Third we need to enforce the law.
17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
The only extenuating circumstance is when the life of the mother is in absolute peril and there is a second and third opinion on the diagnosis. Doctor C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General under President Reagan once said that in 38 years of pediatric surgery, he never had to choose between the life of the child and the life of the mother. He always tried to treat both. We should go to great lengths to preserve all life and never surgically or chemically cause an abortion.
18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.
1. God 2. Voters 3. Constitution 4. Congress & Supreme Court
19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe that God is there and he is the foundation of liberty. In the absence of God man becomes the determiner of all things including the value of life. The man who gets to decide is the one with the biggest stick which happens to be our federal government, because they have tanks, missiles and WMDs. I stand in the vein of reason with Jefferson when he made that famous argument for individual liberty in the Declaration of Independence. He wrote that "all men are created equal and endowed by the Creator with certain rights....life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This was the crux of the argument for America. I believe that God is real, that Jesus was a real historical person who died and was literally resurrected from the dead in space and in time. This is not a part of my life, this is the anchor of it.