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.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
As a pro-life proponent, there is only one instance where taking the unborn child's life is permissible, and that is if the mother's life would end if the child is born. Under no other circumstances should abortion be allowed.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Entanglements within the affairs of other nations, particularly Muslim-dominant nations, has produced an excessive amount of blowback (blowback being the unintended consequence of political and military action abroad). As a nation, we should remove military troops from nations within the Middle East, starting with Iraq and Afghanistan. After 15 and 17 years respectively, we have done as much as we can accomplish, and it is time for those nations to continue moving forward on their own. After removing troops from these two nations, we must allow the nations to function independently and allow their governments to form organically. Moderate Muslims across the globe must "police" the jihadist and fundamentalist members within Islam who have hijacked their religion. If this change does not come from within the Islamic community, then no change will ever happen.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
People have certain unalienable rights, and those rights are protected by the government, rather than granted by it. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Founding Fathers understood this fact and wanted to ensure that no single person or single body within government had any more power than another (Checks and Balances). The Founders preferred the power to rest with the states or the people, rather than the federal government (Limited federal powers - 10th Amendment).
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian, having accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was a teenager. I am a person of integrity, choosing the hard right over the easy wrong, and consistently work to add value to people and situations.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
Through various social media platforms, the campaign website, membership with the NRA and Heritage Foundation, and a previous online publication ("The Stump") I have continually advocated conservative and constitutional-based ideals.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
The free market has been the primary driver for innovation and progress and is the answer in regards to healthcare as well. Reducing regulations for healthcare providers that would allow easier entry into the marketplace would open the door for more competition among providers, producing better and less expensive services for patients. Not every procedure would need to go through insurance. A "Direct Payment" system could be set up with monthly payments paid directly to providers for "normal sicknesses" and tests. The amount paid would be dependent upon the coverage needed. Current Medicaid recipients would receive subsidies that would decrease as the recipient made more money from employment. The opposite of competition would be the single-payer system, a Democratic end goal. All one would have to do is look at the inability of the Veterans Health Administration to properly treat and serve patients to see that a single payer system is the worst possible solution.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The free market, with as few of regulations as possible, has been and will continue to be the best method at boosting the economy. The federal government should ensure companies are not breaking antitrust laws, then step back and allow the market to sort out the winners and losers. The federal government should lower taxes to allow for more investment by individuals and businesses toward innovation. The tax receipts should fund the explicit powers of the federal government stated in the Constitution.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
The tax legislation passed in December 2017 is on the right track toward a true overhaul, but it does not go far enough. I advocate for a Flat Tax for individuals and businesses, 10% and 18%, respectively. The progressive tax system is income redistribution at its core and has no place in our society. Also, a flat tax would require the federal government to rein in spending and adhere to the most strict interpretation of the federal government's role according to the Constitution.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Decreasing government regulation, making small business entry into the marketplace easier, and decreasing the business tax burden all lower unemployment. President Trump has successfully implemented all three of these general policies, and unemployment is now at 4.1%.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Social Security was a federal government overreach during the New Deal era. The U.S. Constitution reserves no power for the federal government to implement such a system. However, the system does exist, and must be reformed. First, funds allocated for Social Security or the new "Retirement System" must continue to be in the "lock box". Second, I advocate a free market approach to fix the current system. Current workers over a specified age (35 years of age) would be grandfathered into the current system, while those younger than the specified age (35 years of age) would begin paying into a new free market-based Retirement System, much like a 401k. Individuals under 35 would begin paying into this new Retirement System, giving them at least 30 years to adequately save for retirement. This would guarantee the payouts of those over 35 years of age before the current system would be insolvent. If future evidence and research designates a different age then I would be open to adjusting the
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Since 2002, I have received undergraduate and graduate degrees with a focus in international relations, diplomacy, political science, and economics. Currently, I am completing my MBA at Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC. In addition to my broad education background, I served in the U.S. Army (5 years) as an Infantry Officer, and deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq as an Infantry Platoon Leader. During my deployment, I worked alongside and trained Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a highly stressful environment. This environment had been described in 2009 as what would start the next Iraqi Civil War; however, the work my platoon and company completed in 2011, especially with the Kurdish Peshmerga, helped in thwarting the expansion of ISIS in 2014.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
As a man of the people, I will be the voice for the people by supporting: Free-market solutions, Limited federal government entanglement, Term limits for Representatives and Senators, Securing our borders, a Pro-Life Amendment, an open interpretation of 2nd Amendment rights, and a revival of states' rights through the 10th Amendment. I have served this nation before, and it is time for people like myself to step up and truly represent the people again. I have no special interests and am accountable to only two things: the people of the 5th district and the United States Constitution.