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, Family, Constitution
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Our founding fathers had just fought a war to separate from a tyrannical, monarchical government. They understood that consent of the people was paramount to maintaining a government that truly existed to perform limited, but critical tasks - primarily to secure the freedom of citizens to exercise their unalienable rights. They knew from experience that if any one entity of government became too powerful, it could collapse, so separation of powers and checks and balances, was essential.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Catholic Christian. I believe that God created the universe, that God guides everything that we do, and that our rights come from God. All of the guidance that we need in life comes from God, through Scripture and prayer, if we take the time to seek it. The intent of our founding fathers was for US citizens to be able to freely exercise their religious beliefs, whatever they might be, both in private and in public. Our founding fathers understood that God's Word provided the highest level of guidance, and that our country would follow that guidance, hence they didn't need to include every possible consideration in the Constitution, when Scripture already provided the guidance (marriage is between a natural man and natural woman). I believe that our secular world and commercial interests are clouding outward demonstration of Judeo-Christian values today, and that we must elect leaders who will stand firm and vigorously defend religious freedom and the free exercise thereof.
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.
As a United States Marine, for 20 years I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. My oath was never to an individual or an office, but to the Constitution. That oath has no expiration date, so I continue to live by that oath every day. The Constitution provides for protection of states and individual rights, and limited federal government whose primary purpose is to secure freedom for Americans to exercise their rights. I defended the Constitution throughout my military career, and have adhered to the Constitution throughout my life. Constitutional principles are inherently conservative; the Constitution doesn't mention health care, education, or many of the other entitlement programs that have nothing to do with securing freedom. I served my country, and am willing to serve again, to fight to defend the Constitution, and to restore the conservative principles necessary to preserve freedom for our next generations.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
email@example.com Phone: 361-730-9281
Additional comment from candidate:
Question 3: Border security is a national security issue, and it includes all borders and ports of entry, not just the southern US border. While a wall or fence is one aspect of managing a border, there are other aspects that are essential, and must be considered if the US is serious about being able to truly manage border security in an effective manner. Question 4: The US Military cannot engage in missions unilaterally. The US Military must be ordered by competent authority to engage any entity deemed a threat to US national security interests. To engage and defeat existing threats, the US has more instruments of power beyond the military, and the US Congress must engage in a debate to strategically apply all instruments of power if we are truly serious about decisively defeating threats. Question 13: The United States is a Republic, not a pure democracy. In a pure democracy, the people decide policy matters directly, rather than through representation.