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 elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Primary, 2012 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
There is absolutely no circumstance in which I agree that abortion should be allowed. This includes rape, incest, risk of deformity etc. God is the giver of life, He is able!
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
We need to ensure proper vetting of every immigrant that comes to the United States via work Visas, those who are coming as "students" etc. Our Central Intelligence Agencies and Bureaus of Investigations under our President is seemingly being rid of those who are what I call, anti- American. If we have anti Americans operating on these levels in our core intelligence agencies we will remain at a great disadvantage. I believe we are moving in the right direction under our President. I will support at every juncture the protection of our Country.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
I believe that none other but the Spirit of the Lord moved upon those men to write our constitution as they did. They knew that power corrupts and we needed certain checks and balances in place.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in the one true living God, manifested in three persons The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe that man is saved by grace through faith, which is the finished work of Calvary by Jesus Christ, not of works, it is the Gift of God to all who would simply believe and accept Christ into their hearts and lives. I believe that in the beginning was God, evolution is a lie from the pit of hell. My beliefs and values are all based on the Bible (KJV), the inerrant word of God. It is the blueprint for my life and every decision since my salvation I make is based on its instruction, direction and principles.
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 no history in politics, my campaign website is very clear as to where I stand on many of the issues mentioned here. shawndrarodriguez-lacongress.com
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
We need more competition in the healthcare marketplace in individual states. I would work to promote the idea of allowing for more healthcare companies to be available in a given state. This type of healthcare platform and competition would make it more accessible for all and will ultimately drive down prices making it more affordable to consumers.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The Government should ensure the American citizens safety, ensure capitalism is promoted and safeguard against corruption within.. These three factors alone would allow for continued economic growth. When citizens know their families are safe, they can do and operate business fairly, through fair trade polices etc. the nation will prosper. We don't need more government, we just need them to actually do what they are supposed to..
What changes should be made to the tax code?
The tax code is quite complex. I support the changes the President has made thus far. So may codes have been added throughout the years and I'm certain many unnecessary.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Make it attractive for companies to "do business" here in the United States. Unemployment occurs simply when companies aren't hiring. When we have fair trade, tax benefits and incentives to employers, the government not over regulating their businesses, they are able to hire, pay good wages and retain good folks, its just that simple.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
First, we need more education and discussion surrounding this very topic. Privatization was shot down years ago, given our debt today, it seems very unlikely to" guarantee" benefits to future generations at this point. To be able to have this discussion, there first has be a solution to the debt issue.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I have worked in the secular arena for 30 years. I have many professional licenses as it relates to the financial securities industry. Given that, what most qualifies me for this office is my personal walk with the Lord. The knowledge and understanding of His Word and my burden and love for people.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I would like to thank all the voters of Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District for considering me as your next Representative. Let's move forward to improving the quality of our schools, healthcare, community and most importantly protecting our children both born and unborn.