Candidate Profile
Thomas T. Simmons

Libertarian , Massachusetts

Biography

Name
Thomas T. Simmons
Party
Libertarian
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Not Evaluated

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

2
Gov. William Weld, Libertarian Pramatist Caucus

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Neutral

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Agree

The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Disagree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Disagree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Disagree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Agree

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, Voters, Congress.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Government must never stand between a Patient and a Medical Professional.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

"Power corrupts, and Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely."

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian (Orthodox), and my faith is a central part of my life. I do not believe that man-made institutions, including government, should presume to speak for God, and I believe that the framers of the Constitution wisely provided that no religion shall be established, nor should the free, open, and public exercise of religion be infringed.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

No Answer

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

The previous question presents a false dichotomy. I am neither Conservative, nor Liberal: I am Libertarian. I believe that government needs to leave people alone to live their own lives in their own way, as long as they are harming no one else. I believe government needs to stay out of your wallet, your home, your bedroom, and your backyard, and I believe that the Bill of Rights is our most important bullwark against government overreach. As a result, I take some positions that are considered very conservative, such as protecting 2nd amendment rights, the right to home educate one's children, and overall low taxes. I take other positions that would be considered Liberal, such as the right to grow and use cannabis, gay equality under the law, and the need to protect God's creation from destruction by toxic pollutants.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

Simmons4Congress@gmail.com

Additional comment from candidate:

As a Libertarian, I fully support the right of Christians to exercise their faith in the raising of their family, in the political processes, and in both public and private expressions without interference by the government. I support freedom and liberty for all to conduct their own lives in their own way. I can not, and will not, support the use of the force of government to impose any theological beliefs on others.


Background

Education
  • Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, NY, J.D., 1984
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, B.S., 1981
Work & Military
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Auxiliarist - AUXOP, 5
Affiliations
  • Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, State Committee
  • Greenfield College Chapter, MCCC Teacher'sUnion, President
  • W. Mass Globe Theatre Project, Board of Directors
  • Twin States Network HIV Agency, Board of Directors
  • Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Foundation, Faculty Advisory Board Member
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Cantor
  • Pink Pistols, NH Chapter, Chair
Offices
  • Shelburne Conservation Commission, Held 2
 

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