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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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?
There is something about the human condition that causes us, when organized into a government or bureaucracy, to relentlessly seek to expand that orgnization's power over the people it serves. This seems to exist at every level of organization: from Congress to a local homeowner association. The Founders sought to protect against that tendency by 1) separating powers so that each branch's own self-interest would check the growth of the others, and 2) limit the role of the government.
16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1) the deficit and the debt 2) jobs & the economy 3) health care
17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
I believe that life starts at conception. It is difficult to reconcile abortion under any circumstances with that belief. That said, I recall one time -- in the SC House -- when I was debating a bill I authored that would require an ultrasound to be performed before an abortion. One of my Democrats made the typical "rape and incest" argument against the bill. I asked him -- in open debate --- if he would agree to my bill if I agreed to his amendment. He politely declined --- thus teaching me a lot about the "rape and incest" argument.
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.
God, Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court
19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a practicing Roman Catholic and take my faith very seriously.