Candidate Profile
Chris Clemmons

Libertarian, Kansas

Biography

Name
Chris Clemmons
Party
Libertarian
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 3
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Moderate

Questionnaire

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Agree

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.

Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Neutral

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

In the event of unspeakable acts, or in instances where a mother's health is in jeopardy.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The United States needs to end our interventionist policies in the Middle East, which have done little more than further destabilize the region, and lead to an increase in terror abroad. Shut down travel to the U.S. from problem countries, surveil the borders of said countries, and prevent further movement of terrorist forces into other countries. Keep the threat regionally contained, and allow the people of those countries to handle the problem themselves. We should not be spending American lives or treasure to bring democracy to countries where it is not valued by the majority of the populace.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our founders understood that man is ultimately flawed, and that power brings those flaws to bear. Human beings are largely guided by emotion, not reason, and greed, envy, fear, anger, etc. are intoxicating. They were well read in the philosophical writings of Locke, Hume, and others. As such, the Constitution limits the powers of the federal government, and holds the sovereignty of the individual in the highest regard in order to prevent the tyrannies oft repeated in the annals of history

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My values are very similar to those of our founders. I believe in protecting the rights of the individual, over the wants/desires of the collective. You have a right to own property, to acquire wealth, and to live your life as you see fit, so long as you do not harm others. I believe that every individual is responsible for their own actions, as well as the ensuing consequences.

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?

Moderate

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

It is not my place, or the place of any governing body to interfere with the daily activity of American's. This means that I do not support any legislation enforcing social policy or social/religious norms. The federal government's role in the lives of American's should be limited to what is defined in the Constitution, and nothing more. This means I tend to fall on the liberal side of the political spectrum when discussing personal liberties, but the conservative side in regards to economics. Regardless, my stances remain consistent with the values laid out by our founders.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

There are several ways of reducing the cost of healthcare for all Americans that doesn't involve forcing people to pay for insurance. Here are just a few: -Cut medical patents from 25 years, down to 5 years -Allow for treatments and procedures approved in other countries to be fast tracked here in the U.S. -Educate families about the benefits of the Direct Primary Care system, which eliminates insurance companies, and makes general care much more affordable for both doctors and patients. -End the unconstitutional Controlled Substances Act, and allow all substances to be researched and used for their medicinal benefits -Allow the Medicare system to negotiate drug prices. -Help reduce administrative costs on all levels of the healthcare industry by reducing many cumbersome or unnecessary regulations. -Stop FDA obstructionism in preventing generics and other more affordable treatments from coming to market.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Little to none. Complex systems tend to perform poorly with heavy, top down control. The best thing to do for the economy is to interfere with it as little as possible. That means reducing our budgetary expenditures as much as possible, so that Americans can see a lower tax bill, and keep more of their money to invest as they see fit.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The federal income tax and the IRS should be abolished, and replaced with the FAIR Tax. With the FAIR Tax, American's keep 100% of their paycheck and instead pay for government services through a consumption tax that does not tax life's necessities (food, water, utilities). This lessens the demand on our social programs as lower income families will be taking more money home to make ends meet, and restores every American's right to own his/her production The Fair Tax puts a visible price tag on the cost of government, while closing ALL tax loopholes.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Remove regulations on employers and lower the barrier of entry into the job market. The minimum wage prices low-skilled workers out of the market, and as such, they have a hard time gaining the skills they need to progress, without going thousands of dollars into debt. Entry level positions are not intended to be permanent. Secondarily, we need to stop focusing on sending so many students to college, and allow students more control over their high school education. We have a large group of highly educated but unqualified workers seeking jobs that don't exist, and it's largely the fault of our K-12 system being out of touch of the economic realities of our country. There are highly respectable, blue collar jobs that go unfilled, because the workforce is either unaware of their existence, or because they did not acquire the needed skills for them.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

First, if we wish for Social Security to continue, the Constitution needs to be amended to make the program legal. The legality of Social Security is highly questionable, as Article 1 Section 8 does not give congress the power to provide pensions for Americans. That said, I believe the best option for Social Security long term is to allow American's 3 options: 1) Continue paying into the system, with no changes. 2) Opt to direct how your Soc. Sec. funds are invested, using online tools. 3) Opt-out of the program entirely, receive a $ to $ pay out for all that has been paid into the system. Those wishing to remain in the traditional system can do so, and any projected shortfalls can be covered by selling off some of the $200 trillion of assets owned by the federal government. It may also be necessary to increase the total pay-in, raise the age of retirement, or both. Put simply, the current formula will not balance, because of the aging U.S. Population.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

One of the biggest problems in Washington D.C. is the bipartisan divide, and the vitriolic nature of our tribal politics. As a science teacher, my job is to build working relationships with hundreds of different people from ages 11 to 70, and with all sorts of different skills, personalities, and backgrounds. My ability to find common ground, and to open peoples' minds to new ideas are what make me the perfect candidate for repairing the schism created by our 2 party system. Both sides can agree that our civil liberties have taken a worrisome decline, yet neither side is willing to reach across the isle to push for their restoration. Both sides can agree that our $21 trillion national debt and our $1.5 trillion student debt, is a major economic concern, yet neither side is willing to make the steps necessary to solve these problems. As a 3rd party candidate, I am not looking to play partisan politics, and I'm willing to work with anyone in D.C. to achieve solve our biggest issues

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

campaign@clemmonsforkansas.com

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I believe getting money out of politics is one of the most important issues of our time. Crony capitalism is destroying our economic future, and giving real capitalism a bad name. This is why I do not accept any corporate or special interest money, and I cap all private donations at $100. If elected, I vow to serve no more than 3 terms, spend no more than $50,000 for any election, I will debate all candidates on the ballot at least 3 times, once in each county in the district, and will hold at least 4 public town halls every year, so that the voice of those in the 3rd can be heard.

Background

Education

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, B.S. in Geology, 2011
  • Concordia University, Portland, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: Environmental Sci, 2014

Work & Military

  • Modern Army Combatives Instructor, Level 2 instructor, 3

Affiliations

  • Our America Initiative, State Director

Offices

  • U.S. Congress, KS. 2nd, Sought 2014
 

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