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?
Life of the mother
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Secure our borders and take an active roll finding and eliminating radical cells around the world. Prohibit any form of Sharia law within the borders of the United States.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The framework of the constitution is based on the bible and Judeo Christian values. The founders wanted to divorce themselves from the European oppressive forms of government that was based on monarchies. The intent was to form a government where the government worked for and was responsible to its citizens. The separation of power into three branches of government was established to prevent any one branch from exerting absolute control over the people.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I hold to the belief that the bible is inerrant and God inspired. God selected people over a period of several thousand years to document His desire for our lives and relationships. The bible contains specific warnings, such as in abortion, and sexual relations with those outside the marriage relationship defined as one man and one woman. The bible is not intended as a book of what people can't do, rather it is a guide to protect His people from the destructiveness of sin. The bible is characterized as a lamp, lighting my path as I journey through life, and a guide to prevent my loosing my way and purpose of life. I characterize myself as a conservative Christian with a desire to help others succeed in their journey through life.
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.
As the former pastor of two churches, the congregations of both churches have heard my sermons over the past ten years. My work, as a member of Varnville First Baptist Church, is testimony to my beliefs. On occasion, our Pastor Dr Rev. Tommy Kelly affords me the opportunity to preach during his absence. I work with the children of our church in AWANA's, and the teacher of the senior men's Sunday School class. I am also take part in a men's morning prayer group.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I do not have a particular healthcare plan in mind. If elected, healthcare availability for all Americans would be a priority. There are to many Americans that fall through the cracks and left without any form of healthcare. Our elderly, veterans, and other groups have been let without adequate necessary health care.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The government needs to hold down taxes and spending. There needs to be a continued reduction in burdensome regulations that delay and prevent business from growing and providing jobs. The states need to be allowed to run the affaires of their respective states without being overly restricted by the federal government. Close our southern border, so illegals will not take jobs from our citizens.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
I support what the President has done to reduce taxes. It is of my mind that the nation should adopt a flat tax that would apply to individuals and business alike. I would be in favor of a 10 to 15 percent flat tax. This would reduce the need of volumes of tax laws and loop holes that currently allow some business to pay little or no tax.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Reduce regulations on business that delay expansion and the creation of new industries. In our schools, reinstate vocational training programs that would prepare young people to enter the workforce.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Remove from congress the ability to us social security funds for any purpose other than social security. Congress needs to repay to the social security all funds that have been taken from social security over the years. Remove social security tax caps. Set income limits for social security recipients. Create individual retirement accounts for all Americans
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I have extensive business experience. In the past I held the position of an Electronic Environmental Test Lab Manager. Held the position of Airport Manager, and owned an aviation company. I am retired from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. For three years, I held the position of factory manager with 300 employees. My last managerial position was as the Executive Director of a health care practice with two locations.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
Gerhard@gressmannforcongress.com 803 942-0790
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?