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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
The experience of the founding conveners with the rule of England and the historical awareness of the failures of current systems at that time. Also the input of the Seneca peoples and their historical assembly and democratic representation. In addition the founders were motivated by an awareness of the unique separation of the US from the old world and of the possibility of new experiments in representational government that were deemed more fair.
15. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. To me the continues possession of weapons of mass destruction represents the greatest threat to long term peace and security of any issue our people are facing. Nuclear weapons are the definition of weapons of mass destruction and no nation is capable of the morality of possessing such weapons. As long as the US has these weapons it will be viewed as a threat by every emerging nation state. Reign in the NSA. The National Security Agency, if we are to believe the missives of Eduard Snowden, Chelsea Manning or Julian Assange is the post modern version of the Orwellian State. There is literally nothing in the constitution or in common sense that gives the US the right to such broad sweeping powers of surveillance over all the peoples of the earth and the US. Single Pauer Healthcare. This is is simply the best most cost efficient accessible method of delivering health care. It greatly reduces the profit motive from dominating health care policy.
16. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
Yes abortion should always be a safe and legal part of every woman's reproductive health choices and should be protected federally in perpetuity.
17. 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.
Voters, Constitution, Congress, Academia, Supreme Court, Media, Industry
18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a member of the Atkinson Unitarian Church in Oregon City and semi frequently attend Torah Study at Shir Tikvah in Portland. I could probably be described as a humanist.