Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.
Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.
Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.
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.
Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
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-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.
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.
The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.
Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.
Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.
Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.
The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.
Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Prior to our Founding, mankind's existence was one lived under mostly despotic rule and defined by tyranny and oppression. People were treated as subjects, not citizens. Our Founders believed that all men were created equal by a Creator. The Founders wanted a government that was not centralized to avoid despotism and to preserve individual rights. They crafted the Constitution so there was a "check and balance" system to avoid centralization, and to give fair citizen representation.
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, God, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
While I do not like the practice, I can tolerate abortion up to the point an embryo develops into a fetus; I do not disagree life begins at conception. I do not believe abortion should be allowed in any circumstance a fetus is viable with the exception of saving the mother's life (presuming every other mean had been tried to save both). Abortion is a very personal issue, but I believe it is more of a symptom of a decaying culture caused by a multitude of factors. High among them would be how life is portrayed as being cheap or insignificant. I also regularly deal with children being brought into the worst of circumstances, and sometimes disabled before birth. That's why I'm somewhat neutral on totally defunding Planned Parenthood, because to the extent they provide non-abortion services, they are needed. I try and take a common-sense approach. I don't believe abortion is a "privacy" issue, it's a due process issue. Our constitution protects life, not privacy.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in God the Creator and the teachings of the Bible. I rely on my faith for support, and am constantly amazed by the wonders I'm shown in this world.
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 don't have a "public track record", but I identify myself as a constitutional conservative. I am an attorney by trade, and my views are refined by my knowledge of the law. I will state this: while I picked a label of being "very conservative", my view is being "very conservative" simply means you believe we should be governed as set forth in our founding documents. The fact that we have come to a place where standing on the shoulders of the Founding Fathers places someone as "very conservative" is unfortunate. While those individuals had intense disagreements on certain issues, there was no debate about what God-given rights were and meant, their importance, and that it was worth sacrifice to acquire them. As a society we are now to a point were socialism and/or communism is gaining acceptance, and people have not only forgotten, but are eagerly willing to give up those same rights. It is those that would try and take those rights away that we need to fight against.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
I found question 12 confusing. I am not familiar with the phrase "pure democracy". Our country was founded as a republic with representative democracy, not "pure democracy". The Founders didn't want a direct democracy in all aspects, but did create the House of Representatives for citizens to have a direct voice. The way senators were originally chosen by state assemblies and the electoral college are examples of how the Framers wanted to avoid too much direct say by the people, for good reasons.