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.
God, Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
It is in mankind's nature to be self-interested. To protect individuals from the Tyranny of the majority, we need the Bill of Rights. Furthermore, the separate three branches protects us from self-interested tyrants.
What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
Using legislative history to interpret the law is a slippery slope and could lead to a judge to legislating from the bench. Judges should NOT legislate from the bench. I agree with Scalia that Judges should use the fairest meaning of the actual text of the statute to interpret the law. If the legislature failed to include a provision or there is a gap in the law, then the legislature should fix the law, not the Court. The Court should not look at extrinsic documents to "find" new meaning in a law that has been democratically passed.
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 Preamble: "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."
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?
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe Jesus is the Son of God, that he came to earth as a man and lived a perfect life. I believe that he died on the cross for our sins, meaning that he took the punishment we deserved and died for the sins of all mankind. I believe that Jesus rose again three days later and is alive and promises us that if we place our faith and belief in him, that he will also raise us from the dead one day and we can spend eternity with God. His salvation is a free gift to us, and cannot be obtained by works. Jesus is the only way to salvation and God. (John 14:6) I was raised by my mom in a Southern Baptist Church and came to know Christ at an early age. I was baptized at 7. My wife and I are active in our church, Crossroads Community Church, in Austin.
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.
My wife and I have been involved in the pro-life movement and have given money to many different pro-life groups. Currently, my wife serves on the Board of Austin Life Care Pregnancy Resource Center, and the Advisory Board for Texas Center for Defense of Life. I have only ever voted in the Republican Primary. I was a delegate to the Republican State Convention: 2000, 2004, 2008*, 2010*, 2014. (*In 2008 or 2010 I was an alternate instead of delegate, but was seated at convention) I've served as a Delegate from Williamson, Harris and Travis County. I've campaigned extensively for multiple Republican candidates in the past 20 years.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
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