Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
Which current justice on the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Which of the following U.S. presidents best reflects your political philosophy?
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.
George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.
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.
1. God 2. Voters 3. Constitution 4. Congress 5. Supreme Court
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The Founders often cited Jeremiah 17:9 (the heart is evil, no man can know it) to emphasize man's sinful nature to grasp power, not let go, and become corrupted when there is no accountability.
What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
It is important to construe a statute in the plain meaning of the language as intended by those empowered to write the law, the legislators elected by the people. I agree with the Texas Supreme Court’s textualist approach, but only to the extent it is not used to ignore obvious original or legislative intent. I understand the Court’s concern in Klein (ongoing lobbying regarding the meaning of the original intent), but abuses can occur both ways. The balanced approach is to attempt to construe based on plain text, but to also consider legislative intent when the statutory language is unclear. The most important thing is stick with the intent and for the court to not change the meaning through a manipulation of words, as has far too often happened with the U.S. Supreme Court. Joseph Story, said “The first and fundamental rule in the interpretation of all documents is to construe them according to the sense of the terms and the intention of the parties.”
What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?
The same 56 words that are required to be taught in Texas schools because of my 2001 Celebrate Freedom Week law: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
In which partisan primary election did you most recently vote (e.g. Democratic, Republican, etc.)?
The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than use a strict constructionist or originalist philosophy.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?
Alito & Roberts both
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Like our Founding Fathers, I believe man's sinful nature is inherent in all men, which is why we need separation of powers and checks and balances in our government. My personal faith is that of a non-denominational Protestant Christian. Biblical Worldview drives everything in my life, causing my priorities to be God, family, country. Though my family understands the need to sacrifice for country because without freedom, we can also lose our family. Our family mission statement, framed & hanging in our living room, sums up my values: With joy, the Green family will honor and glorify God with all of our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls as we strive to share the truths of Christ while influencing the course and culture of America.
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.
Proven voting record as a legislator, receiving virtually every conservative award from "Faith & Family" to "Top Ten Conservative" to "Fighter for Free Enterprise" to the endorsements of virtually every conservative leader in the state. Also proven, effective conservative record of action and results through my work in founding Patriot Academy (hundreds of young conservative leaders trained each summer), hosting David Barton's radio program, equipping conservative legislators through our Pro-Family Legislators Conference, and training 10's of thousands of conservative patriots on detailed constitutional principles.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
Our religious liberty and other constitutional rights are being challenged over and over again in the state courts. Now, more than ever, we need a proven constitutionally sound watchdog on the court. It's time to put the courts back in their proper place.