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?
Our founding fathers understood the great danger of concentrating too much power in the hands of any single man or institution. History is full of such examples. they were wise to diffuse power across the branches of government, and between the federal government, the states and the people.
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, Supreme Court, Voters, Congress
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Only to save the life of the mother. Even in this circumstance, the family should consult with their spiritual advisor about the decision.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Catholic Christian. My beliefs and values follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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 a pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-Second Amendment conservative and I encourage voters to examine my beliefs and record for themselves at rickhagen.com
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
I have worked in the Texas Legislature in Austin as Chief of Staff to State Representative Jim Horn. I know how to make good law and defeat bad law. I have worked in Austin on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as a briefing attorney. I know how to interpret the law and the Constitution. I have worked as a felony prosecutor. I know how to enforce the law and the Constitution. For over two decades I have been defending the law and the Constitution. I do not need paid lobbyist or lawyers for special interest groups explaining the law to me. I have the credentials, the experience, and the judgment to represent this district.