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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1. Annual deficit spending - government becomes bigger, We The People lose our authority. Our Republic is sliding towards larger central government, Socialism. We must limit our spending in both "safety-net" programs (about 60% of federal spending) and Military operations (about 18%). 2. Erosion of State Sovereignty - the expanding federal government has emasculated the authority of the sovereign states. Immigration is a state's responsibility (in support of federal naturalization). Social issues are the charge of the states, not the federal government. The federal government has usurped its authority detailed in Artlcle I Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States. Consider repeal of Amendment XVII. 3. The enormous federal debt, $18 Trillion and estimated to grow to $24 Trillion by 2024. Like the annual debt it grows government. In addition, it saddles our children and grandchildren with a debt burden that will offer no benefit to them. We are stealing from our decedents.
15. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
Understandably, abortion is emotional for both perspectives. There are people of good conscience on both sides. Roe did not settle the issue; both sides can still exercise their conscience. I have two children, young adults, starting to become productive citizens. I have not been in a situation to consider abortion.
16. 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.
Governance of United States - US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court, Media, (maybe) Industry Personal Conduct - God, US Constitution, Declaration of Independence Please see http://tx24.us/V2Law.html#CandS
17. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am an orthodox, trinitarian Christian; I believe the doctrine of the Luther Church Missouri Synod (LCMS.org). This world view guides my personal conduct. I am always ready to share my faith. I am also a gentleman; if asked to stop my witness, I will stop immediately. In this situation (the other person does not want to discuss matters of God and faith), I can still be a friend and confidant.