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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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?
Mankind has always shown a tendency to strive for power and has used force to impose religious and social patterns upon the people being governed. It was the founders' desire to give no segment of the government absolute power over the people and, most importantly, they realized that religious groups tend to form sects that disagree violently with each other and that a government of the people must not allow itself to dictate the religious beliefs of its people.
15. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1. The cost of running for office has become so high that politicians spend inordinate amounts of time raising money and not representing their district's interests and must give more time to those who donated to them. 2. The size of the congressional districts is too large. The people do not have sufficient access to their representatives and would be better served with smaller districts. 3. The Congress has ceased to perform their duties as the main governing body of the country and have become so zealously partisan that they do nothing but promote their special interests and allow the business of the government to be ignored while they practice self-aggrandizement and pulpit pounding for the personal issues of their base supporters.
16. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
Abortion should be allowed under the terms of Roe v. Wade in which all abortions were permitted during the 1st trimester, more limited abortions were allowed in the 2nd trimester and very limited abortions allowed in the 3rd trimester. A woman has the right to determine whether or not she will carry a child to term so long as the child cannot live on its own outside her body. She will be the one to face the consequences of her actions and will have to live with her decisions afterward.
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.
Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court
18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in my own and everyone else's personal responsibility for their own beliefs and relationship with their Creator and that the Creator of us all is quite capable of dealing with those who transgress without the necessity of us intervening other than protecting each other from predators. "Vengence is MINE sayeth the Lord." I find much comfort and solace in my personal relationship with my Creator and with Nature. Marriage should be totally defined by a person's religious organization and the government does not have any right to determine who can or can not be married, the only proper governmental interest is in who is responsible for the debts, support and inheritance of persons who form a "family grouping" and has no right or interest in whether or not there is a sexual relationship among the family members other than incest and underage relationships. The government has no right to sanctify anything.