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Marvin Sannes

Independent , Oregon


Marvin Sannes
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5

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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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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?

I have no idea!

15. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

In 2014 there is no other issue than America's foreign policy. 17 trillion debt with no plan, occupation of a 3rd world country into our 14th yr, 3 billion a week, 100,000 contractors, millions dead, 22 US military suicides EVERY DAY. Citizens must speak up and speak out and get involved in the decision of the Federal Govt. This continuing military expansion policy is suicide - we have reached the limits of expansion into foreign lands and now begin the expansion into our neighborhoods.

16. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

If I were a fetus I would want this decision to be my mother's and not the governments. Even if she decides to end my life, I think I would prefer her judgment to a governments. On the other hand, the judgment of a community is never wrong! The mother must have the support and help of her community. Government can facilitate this process.

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, Science, Congress

18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Spirituality is a set of behaviors I practice every day. e.g. Tell the truth, do one thing at a time, face danger, hardship, difficulty, shut up, show up, pay attention, risk, help, give, participate.


  • Portland State Univ, Portland, OR, BS Soc. Sci, 1972
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