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:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 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?
Only when the life of the mother is in absolute jeopardy (which happens much less than the left would have you believe) and when rape is reported to authorities.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
First, we need to understand that in order to be compatible with Western society that Islam needs a reformation. Unfortunately, moderate Islamic scholars who advocate this are often killed. Islam has no concept of "Rend unto Caesar that which is Caesars" which allows a pluralistic society and is fundamental for protecting rights. Second, we must understand that if we must choose between dictators, choose the sectarian over religious every time. The United States cannot allow those who believe that Sharia Law trumps U.S. law to immigrate to the United States because it is incompatible with the Constitution. Those immigrating to the US should be asked if they see the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Unfortunately, until there is a wide spread reformation in Islam, Islamic terrorism can only be contained, not eliminated. We must support Israel and should favor Islamic countries that contain radical Islam.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The desire for power and authority over others.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe that all rights come from Our Creator, not from government, and these rights are articulated in the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is part of my religion. Jesus Christ is the God of this land and we will only be blessed if we recognize this. I believe that Judea/Christian values have long been the bedrock of our society and we must resist efforts to undermine these values. I believe that God wants us to experience freedom. Freedom and our Constitutional Rights are under attack like never before. It's not enough for elected leaders to simply vote right, but they also must stand up and teach correct Constitutional Principles. I was disappointed that after the shooting in Florida that many seemed to take a step from Constitutional Rights or remain silent. The right to protect one's family from danger and government is fundamental. I have friends who lost both their parents to Stalin's Gulags. My wife was raised in the Ukraine where Stalin starved 7-11 million.
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 a consistent conservative record by numerous rating organizations - Grassroots, Sutherland Institute, etc. I am platform Republican and the platform is Conservative. While, the media tries to paint me as very conservative to devalue me, but my principles are the same as they have always been and match the Republican Platform. We are still a Center right nation despite what the media states. I've been endorsed in the past by Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and other conservatives.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
The free market and charity care. Having taught at universities in the former Soviet Union, as well as living in Sweden and Austria, I know that socialized medicine does not work. My wife literally bears the scars of socialized medicine. All socialized medicine does is drive down the care for everyone and puts the best care out of reach for more and more people. Unfortunately, the free-market has been removed from much of medicine for decades. We should encourage catastrophic plans while encouraging people to shop around and have flexibility. I believe in HSAs. I'm also a state rights believer. States should be given the flexibility to address healthcare in the way they best see fit. Some states may choose a more socialized plan, and I will choose to live in states that have the free-market.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
By getting out of the way and only doing what is Constitutionally mandated. Making sure that other nations play by the same rules as we do - While I dis-like tariffs (because they are tax on one's own people), we must make sure that other nations are not having a higher tariff on our goods than we do. We must get rid of unfair business practices like those of China where they require to have a local business partner and share all IP.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Flat Tax and getting rid of tax benefits to special interests other than religious organizations.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
#31 By getting out of the way and only doing what is Constitutionally mandated. Making sure that other nations play by the same rules as we do - While I dis-like tariffs (because they are tax on one's own people - I don't believe President Trump likes them either but he is a negotiator), we must make sure that other nations are not having a higher tariff on our goods than we do. We must get rid of unfair business practices like those of China where they require to have a local business partner and share all IP.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
I would be honest. Social Security has been a Ponsi scheme and is not sustainable without changes. Each year that we avoid making changes, the more drastic the cuts will need to be. But if we address them now, we can leave the benefits the same for those currently retired or soon to be retired, and give someone like me (age 52) heads up that I will have to work longer or possibly have a reduction in benefits. I have lived through hyper-inflation, where those who did everything right, liver frugally, saved, see everything evaporate quickly. This will happen if we do nothing. The elderly and retired are the most hurt because they have lost their earning capacity. Better that we make changes that we can control than to have choices forced on us by us not taking the national debt seriously.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I've studied in Europe and the Middle-East. I've taught at two different Universities in the former Soviet Union. I know what real issues are (Russia has invaded Ukraine) and what issue aren't real (collusion between Trump and Putin - Putin loves the distraction because we are not talking about the real issues that would make us stronger). I've seen the over- reach of the federal government on states when I served in the Utah Legislature. I know how to build coalitions and how to stand up to leadership. My understanding of the importance of the U.S. Constitution and rights protected therein is not theoretical. I have seen countries without those rights and what happens. I have friends who have lost their parents to Stalin's gulags. I witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Socialism is not compassionate. It robs the individual of their full potential, weakens the family, and eventually morally bankrupts a nation.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Yes, I walk the talk. I am not afraid to speak the truth. I believe that it is not enough to simply vote right but one must take every opportunity to teach the principles of liberty that made this country so great. Our Constitutional rights are under attack like never before. I have not only stood up for those rights in the past, but promise to do so in the future. I will not be quiet. Please visit my website at www.herrodforcongress.com and donate.