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, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 2016 Democratic Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Any circumstance in which a pregnant woman makes of sound mind the decision to no longer be pregnant.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
We should stop invading countries based on flimsy pretenses, respect the sovereignty of countries we are not engaged in war with, and actually hire an appropriate amount of diplomats in order to engage in responsible communication and diplomacy. The United States has a responsibility to help curb the rise of militant groups in countries ravaged by war, especially those that utilize leftover military equipment from the United States (whether abandoned by us or countries that purchase from us). We should continue to work with governments around the world to destroy the financial abilities of terrorist groups and aide humanitarian efforts so enlistment in terrorist groups is not considered the 'only option' for incredibly impoverished war ravaged areas.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
History is rife with examples of people in power using their positions to do unspeakably evil things. The founders were quite aware of this and attempted to create a system that consistently asks for the purpose and intent of the actions of government. I believe the main driving forces of these terrible actions are greed and fear. Greed make the powerful attack one another and fear of losing power makes them attack those they have power over.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe people should not be judged based on their beliefs but instead on their actions. There are too many different belief systems in this world to pick winners and losers. I value those that use their time and energy to help others in need. We're all inexorably connected, and though we are clearly capable of evil, we're also capable of endless kindness and altruism. Our purpose and path in this world is to stop doing the things that harm others and start doing the things that help others.
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'm liberal because I believe in personal freedom. That which does not harm others should be legal. For this reason I'm staunchly in favor of civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, freedom of expression, religious freedom, the legalization of cannabis, and criminal justice reform. I do not believe we should separate families at the border or ban certain religions from our country. I'm called liberal because I think health care should be a right, not a way for private interests to siphon money from us. I'm called liberal because I think the money in politics is a corrupting influence and should be eliminated. I'm liberal because I do not believe being rich places anyone above the law or gives anyone the right to influence the law. I'm apparently liberal because I believe that a lifetime of paying taxes into social security most certainly entitles us to that money and anyone who wants to eat into that money to pay for irresponsible tax cuts is a crook. I'm liberal because I represent the people.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I promote a single payer system. We should pass Medicare for All, it's the most popular system in our country and the majority of people want it.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The government needs to provide protections to the work force. Unregulated capitalism often creates monopolies, so it is the duty of the government to ensure this does not happen. Our economy is at its worst when the average American doesn't have a disposable income, and that's exactly where we are today. We must ensure that needs are being met so that the people can use their money on what they want to purchase in addition to what they need. "Trickle down economics" is a failed system because you cannot increase demand by increasing supply. We need the opposite, because with increased demand, there is more reason for industry to expand.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Corporate tax rates should be progressive and based on the ratio between the highest paid and lowest paid employees (including benefit packages). Capital gains taxes should not be taxed lower than income tax. In order to curb high frequency trading (especially those done with bots), there should be a minuscule tax on stock trades. Loopholes should be identified and closed to ensure corporations and people pay their fair share.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
A Federal Jobs Guarantee. We need pilot programs first to see the positive effects, but when automation starts eliminating jobs from an assortment of sectors, the government will have to step in to prevent economic crisis. Our infrastructure is in dire need of restoration; that would be the best place to start.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Remove the cap from Social Security and fight the nonsensical proposals to gut the programs we've spent our entire lives paying into.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I'm a veteran of the Unites States Air Force. I was military intelligence, and I have a detailed understanding of our foreign policy and our military operations. Congress is in dire need of military veterans who do not see war as the first option to international strife.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
firstname.lastname@example.org 320 247 6432
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Over half the members of Congress are millionaires. I'm firmly of the belief that such economic discrepancy in those that make decisions for the rest of us leads to callous and uninformed decision making. I grew up in poverty. I'm not college educated because I couldn't afford it and refused to take on loans. When elected, I will be an outlier in Congress due to my socioeconomic position even though I am considered average as an American. We need more people in Congress that actually understand what living in America is like.