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.
Constitution Supreme Court Congress
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Abortion is a legally protected privacy issue. I am pro-choice, meaning that everyone should be able to choose whether to parent, relinquish for adoption, or terminate pregnancy. Unless you are the woman who is pregnant, you have no right to make such a painful, personal decision for her. I think that pregnancies should be terminated before 6 months, because after that, the fetus is not only viable, but likely not harmed by being born too early. I am an adoptive Mom, so you know I believe in adoption. You are within your rights to believe that abortions are wrong, that is your religious belief, and we do still have freedom of religion here. However, you do not have the right to push your religious belief about when life begins or abortion on those who do not believe the same. There were too many religious wars fought in the past (and even these days) to start more.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
As Adam Smith later said, greed is human and normal, but Adam Smith also said that because it is human and normal, it must be regulated. The Founders did not want another King George or an unelected group, like the House of Lords. They wanted a government that had checks and balances, but they also wanted one that at least tried to work together for the good of the people, not one that served an oligarchy.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I grew up in a small town in SW Texas, where church is the center of your life- if the doors were open, we were there. My Mom was a woman of strong faith. I drifted away during college years, but when my husband and I got engaged, I told him I'd like us to go back to church, and he asked that we go to the church in which he'd grown up, Central Presbyterian in Austin. We have been faithful members for over 25 years as a couple. I believe that when Christ said what we do to the least of these we do to Him, He was serious. I believe that when we were told to DO justice and love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, He meant it. I believe when He said that the greatest commandment was to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and that the 2nd was like until that, that we love our neighbor as ourselves, and that all the other commandments hung on these, He meant that, too. For me, faith isn't a destination, but an ongoing journey to follow what Christ said we should do.
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 know that I've got a "publicly available track record" since I've not held office, unless you can get all the LTE I've written to the Austin American Statesman. I am liberal because I believe in progress, I believe we can do better, and that we all do better when all are lifted up, not when we hope for the crumbs to trickle down for the least of these. I am socially progressive, believing Christ's words on the Sermon on the Mount, as well as those referenced above. I don't think He meant for us to be so terrified we feel like we have to carry guns around for "safety." I trust God and I feel safe because I do trust Him. That doesn't mean I'll never get hurt- things do happen, but whatever happens, I know that God is there, and that is what matters to me. The values I hold shouldn't be solely "liberal"- they are the very root of Christianity.
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Additional comment from candidate:
To be honest, I find much of this questionnaire to be objectionable, as it is from a group purporting to have "Christian values." The values that Jesus had were those of love and acceptance. He said what we do to the "least of these" matters, and that we are "DO justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God." He said "Blessed are the peacemakers", and "Blessed are the meek". In reading over what you have on here, had I not known you claim to be "Christian", I wouldn't have guessed it from what your questions. It makes me sad that folks like you are so often the "public face" of Christianity, instead of people like Jimmy Carter, who has given so much to so many. I think it is why so many young people leave churches, they're so turned off by the excluding of so many. Christ never excluded anyone- He ate with tax collectors, poor, didn't shun lepers, He welcomed all. That is the kind of Christianity I try to follow. I'm not particularly good at it, but I continue on this journey.