Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.
The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.
I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.
I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.
Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.
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.
Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.
Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.
Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.
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 Constitution Voters Congress Supreme Court Voters, Supreme Court and Congress together
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I am pro-life. I believe that abortion may be allowed only in instances of saving the life of the mother or rape which has been reported to law enforcement or incest which has been reported to law enforced.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The founding fathers recognized the folly of allowing a singular governance structure over-arching control of our individual lives and freedoms. Their decision making on this issue was informed by the principles of independence which fueled the Revolutionary War; i.e., America would face the surety of tyranny of sovereigns and/or dispotes if our Constitution failed to fully address the issues required to ensure a representative government maintained by a clear balance of power.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I was raised in a devoutly Christian home as a member of the Roman Catholic faith. I attended parochial schools until I entered the 6th grade, at which time I attended public schools. My parents, especially my Dad, were practicing, devout Catholics. They were attentive to my spiritual and faith development and that of my 2 younger brothers. Faith and Christian values played an important part in our family life, my upbringing, and now my adult life. I believe one's spiritual beliefs and values are private and, beyond one's personal relationship with God, are shared with others based on the way one lives and the choices one makes with regard to one's commitments to family, friends and community. My spiritual beliefs and values are what drive me to always try to do what is the ethical/moral thing to do, even when it's a difficult or personally uncomfortable thing for me to do, and to treat others the way I would like or expect to be treated.
Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?
Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.
I am politically conservative, rather than "very conservative", because I recognize the need to consider all the human foibles that we face as part of the way we govern. I do have core principles that I will not negotiate but I also recognize that there may be nuances we all must consider at times with regard to our core beliefs. For example: 1. I am pro-life. However, I do recognize we must also consider there may be extenuating circumstances under which an abortion may be legally allowed, such as in saving the life of the mother or in certain cases of rape or incest. 2. America's social welfare programs: We are obligated to help our fellow Americans who cannot help themselves but in doing so we also must ensure we are obtaining improved outcomes for all Americans and we must root out fraud, waste, and abuse. This includes using our tax dollars to serve only Americans or those who are in our country legally while focusing on contributing to our common good.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
Thank you for inviting me to participate in this important and comprehensive survey. I very much appreciate the opportunity to share my positions as we all work together to ensure America remains the most vibrant and powerful force for good in the world. If I can provide any additional information, please contact me.