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. Parents should be free to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings system to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy .
3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.
4. Except in cases where a judge has determined it would put a minor at risk, parental notification should be required before a minor can receive an abortion.
5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.
6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
9. Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.
13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.
14. Washington State should not be suing any businesses that prefer not to be part of a same-sex wedding.
15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.
16. 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.
17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.
18. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Ours is a constitutional republic, not a democracy (i.e., where two wolves and a sheep decide what is for dinner). Our Founders founded a republic, not a democracy. Man's nature includes a tendency to abuse power. The separation of powers decreases the likelihood too much power is concentrated in the hands of one person or oligarchs. The separation of powers is by design inefficient so that the processes of government are more deliberative and thus more prone to be just.
19. 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.
20. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
There is a morally sound argument if the life of the mother is in immediate peril due to a medical condition for example. In the case of rape, the child is wholly innocent but pays the ultimate price with his or her life. There is a compelling emotional argument since a woman would be carrying to term a rapist's child, a profoundly troubling dilemma no matter the course chosen. Still, the child is not at all at fault but bears the burden 100% should an abortion be performed. The mother likewise is 100% innocent in the context of forcible rape and would likewise bear an incredible burden, but her burden is indisputably not as severe as that born by the aborted child. When confronted with two painful choices, the morally sound decision favors the child's life over the alternative. It is no doubt a very very difficult position to be in and good counsel and comfort from family, friends and trusted counselors is critical to weathering the situation in a just and moral way.
21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in God. Jesus Christ is my (and mankind's) saviour and the one who guides us on the path to God. I believe a person finds God on a personal level. No person, government, group or ideology can force anyone to believe. Rather, it is up to each person to find their way. I help guide my children to God, but ultimately it is their journey. This is the ultimate freedom. Worship is private. Matthew 6:6 is clear on the matter; God knows your heart and what you need before you ask, but public displays of excessive pretentious overt religious activity is offensive to God. Pride comes before the fall, and vanity and pride are not admirable traits. A Christian is forgiving, merciful, loving while being strong, courageous, resolute, committed and determined in the fight against evil. Strength, mercy, love, courage, justice. All can be forgiven in the proper context. Adherence to God's direction is an absolute to the best of our abilities and despite the earthly wrath.