Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.
George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.
The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.
There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Our Founders came to this continent for the specific purposes of enhancing religious freedom and personal liberty. Once here, the Founders risked their lives, their families and their fortunes by signing the Declaration of Independence and initiating the Revolution. In order to preserve, protect and defend the values for which the Founders risked it all, it was absolutely necessary to carefully define, separate and limit the powers of government in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Through all of creation, God's existence and majesty is seen by all such that no man is with excuse to deny Him. It is by the grace of God that I have been saved from my sinful human nature, and it is not in any way of my own doing My salvation is a gift from God that I cannot earn, nor can anyone achieve because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Through my daily walk with the Spirit, I am granted freedom and the veil is removed so that I might be transformed into the ever-increasing glory of God. In as much, I have not figured it all out, but I do forget what lies behind me and focus on what lies before me and the purpose for which Christ has grabbed hold of me. I seek to spread the message of this good news by striving to adhere to and improve my daily walk as a witness of Christ's unsurpassed and unfailing love, grace and mercy. The Ten Commandments serve as a foundation of God's perfect values which I and all Christians should seek to attain in our daily walk.
Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Justice Neil Gorsuch
Which U.S. president serving after 1960 best reflects your political philosophy?
President Ronald Reagan
What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
Little, if any, legislative history is beneficial in the proper interpretation of statutory law. The notion of legislative history is amorphous lacking any uniform standards from which it can be consistently relied upon an interpretative tool.
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?
"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." The quote emphasizes that the "truths" are "self-evident." In other words, no explanation is needed. The quote notes that "all" are "created equal." "All" refers to everyone--not just those who are born or reach an age of majority. The quote insightfully iterates that "Rights" come from the "Creator"--not government. Further, those "Rights" are "unalienable" to all that "are created equal." The quote illustrates a priority in such Rights--"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Thus, each human creation, whether born or achieving adulthood, cannot constitutionally be deprived by government of those unalienable rights.
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?
Justice Antonin Scalia
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.
I have sent articles published by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung over the years expressing these views. As well, although I make rulings following the law as written--because no authority exists on Earth but that which is ordained by God, I do not shy from transparently explaining my rationale for those legal rulings based upon a more perfect plan in God's eyes. In criminal cases (post verdict and rulings), I have explained that the basis for my rulings includes a Biblical rationale. I have also, on the record in open court, acknowledged precedent that created a woman's "right" to an abortion but offered prayer for the female defendant and her unborn children such that she would allow the children to experience as much rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as she sought to preserve for herself in her attempt to manipulate the court's docket. These matters are of public record.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
As a police officer, an elected District Attorney and as an elected District Judge as well as having worked at the Texas Courts of Criminal Appeals, I am the only candidate guaranteed to have the personal experience to know how to properly and justly catch'em, clean'em & cook the crooks! I am the only candidate board certified as a criminal law specialist both by the State Bar of Texas and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. I have personally and successfully tried in excess of 100 felony jury trials as well as maintained the resulting convictions on appeal--combined my opponents might have tried 10. I am the only candidate who attended the FBI National Academy or named Prosecutor of the Year by a statewide law enforcement association. I am the only candidate who has taken on special assignments by our last three Governors as well as has provided legal instruction to judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, probation officers and law enforcement across the state and nation.
In what areas of law have you practiced?
At the Courts of Appeals, I handled all issues criminal & civil. As DA for Comal Co., I handled various civil issues from real estate, to contracts, to employment law as well as all kinds of criminal offenses. As judge, I handle all areas of the law.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
The Court of Criminal Appeals is one of the least known and understood courts in Texas, but crime affects folks more often, day-in and day-out, than do most issues before the Supreme Court. Thus, the public needs to know and appreciate the credentials and values of the candidates for the Court of Criminal Appeals. Please review all my experience, credentials and values at www.JudgeDibWaldrip.com and share/like my Facebook page @JudgeWaldrip. Please forward my name and website out to two or three thousand of your closest of friends and ask them to do the same. Respectfully and humbly, I ask for your support and vote starting with early voting February 20th and on election day-March 6th. Thank you, Judge Dib Waldrip