Candidate Profile
Dion Bergeron

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
Dion Bergeron
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
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Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

While I personally believe that abortion should only be permitted in the event of a life-threatening situation for the mother, I also believe in reduction of government in ALL aspects of our lives. I would like the government to have less control, which means that banning things are not something I'm in favor of. This also means that I believe that not a single public dollar should go towards any institution, business, or 'charity' that performs abortions. I also believe that the barriers to adoption in this country should be reduced. There are many prospective parents that are unable to adopt because of a massive amount of rules, red tape, and very high expectations. Which is worse? Abortion or a single parent? We have many people adopting children from outside the country while children languish in the foster care system here.


Economy

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

Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We must resist the urge to privatize Social Security. Privatization in every other circumstance has been a disaster, privatized prisons are just one example. As a former Correctional Officer, I've seen the nightmare that comes from that first-hand. Social Security funds must be protected, and ruled off-limits, except for rare instances of investment, with guaranteed return, such as treasury bonds. Our government must not be allowed to plunder money that our citizens have worked hard to pay into.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Administration costs for federal agencies are out of control. There are multiple bureaucrats at each level, and none of them seem to actually get anything done. If an agency is not effective and efficient, start cutting waste. I'm all for having the latest and greatest tech for our troops, and our military should be the best, but the vast majority of our budget is being funneled directly to the coffers of defense contractors. If these projects can't come in as quoted, start dropping contracts.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

If the borrower is a military member, becomes (legitimately) disabled, or performs acts of civil service in such a way that the value of their student loans becomes less than the value of their service. In other words, there should only be rare circumstances if someone other than a member of a military branch expects the taxpayer to pay for their loan debt. The taxpayer isn't responsible for your mortgage, your auto loan, or your daughter's braces, so why should they pay off your student loans


Religious Liberty

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   

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

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Separation of church and state means that you should respect other's right to practice their religion, and they should not be forced to practice yours. We are a country of many faiths, many heritages, and many backgrounds. I would not want to be forced to kneel to the east and pray to Mecca at school, so we should not expect others to say the Lord's Prayer. We should also not keep anyone from practicing religion, and if they CHOOSE to pray at school or in a governmental building, they should be allowed to, as long as they don't expect others to participate unless they are willing to. This does not apply to the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge should be required in any and every governmental building that is conducting official business, as well as public schools. It was written in the early days of our Republic and was adopted by it.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

First of all, we have to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. That alone would save us tens of billions of dollars per year. These savings could be used for programs that reduce the Medicare premiums for those who only receive Social Security. The $134 (on average) per month Medicare premium is a lot of money for those on a tight fixed income. Another critical issue is medication costs. Not just prescriptions, although the prices for many of them are ridiculous, but also over the counter medications that many of our most vulnerable citizens are required to take. Allowing outsourcing (Canada and other sources) for prescriptions, as well as setting pricing caps, can reduce the cost for many necessary drugs, such as insulin and Epipens. Our health care system needs a major overhaul, and we must provide protection for preexisting conditions, while making premiums and deductibles affordable.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Identifying and removing the leaders of terrorist organizations is a good start. Enforce strong border security, including a barrier at the southern border. Crime, drugs, and terrorist organizations pass through our southern border on a regular basis. The same people openly opposing a border wall are the very people that were publicly calling for it only a few short years ago.


Immigration

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.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Our immigration system is badly damaged. We need to reform the system, and we need to do it immediately. We need a merit-based immigration system, instead of a random lottery. We are a nation of immigrants, and it is one of the things that makes this country the greatest nation in the world, but we need LEGAL immigrants. Illegal immigration is a massive drain on resources, and a proven source of crime. There are many people who come here that simply want a better life, and I'm all for that, but they have to obey the law, learn our language, and assimilate into our culture. There is widespread visa abuse, overstays, and fraud in the visa system. Our law enforcement officers need the tools to combat this, and many laws are already on the books to help, but are not being implemented or enforced.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I believe that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ, and that it is just as important to LIVE a Christian life as it is to proclaim those values. I also believe in freedom of religion. Free will is a basic tenet of every major religion, and I will never force my beliefs on anyone else. Everyone should be free to worship in the manner that they choose, as long as you do no harm to anyone else. I believe very strongly in the nuclear family, as well as a strong extended family. Without a strong moral compass from the parents, and a loving mutually respectful relationship, the children have no guidance, and often end up in trouble with the law, have problems with drugs, alcohol, and teen pregnancy.


Qualifications

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?

Conservative   

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

My social media accounts reflect my values. I'm pro-America. I love this country, I love God, and I love my family. No human being is capable of perfection. I'm human, and have made plenty of mistakes, but I take responsibility for them, and I ask God for forgiveness. I don't try to hide my mistakes. I don't scrub my social media accounts, or dig through posts to find comments that may not be politically correct so that I can delete them to appear more appealing to voters. I am the person I appear to be. I won't lie to your face, and vote the exact opposite the next day. I'm sick of that, and I refuse to be that person. I support the Constitution, I believe strongly in Judeo-Christian values, and I believe this country needs a strong foundation in law and order to have any hope of continuing to be a world leader.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

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

I'm a no-nonsense down-to-earth guy. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I'm not rude or crass, but I am honest. There's a way to tell people the truth (sometimes an ugly truth) and still do it tactfully and respectfully. I always try to treat people the way I want to be treated, and I talk to them the way I'd want them to talk to my grandmother or my child. There is not enough sincere courtesy in our government anymore. We see it every day, people on both sides of the aisle saying absolutely disgusting things to each other and on our news. Enough of this. Let's get back to running this country and stop fighting and hating each other.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Restrictions on a Constitutionally-protected God-given right to self-defense should be incredibly rare. I take Shall Not Be Infringed seriously. Violent felons should be prevented from owning weapons, including those convicted of domestic violence and stalking (and I'm talking about actual stalking, not social media posts that show no pattern of likely harm. I'm talking about someone actually following a person from place to place, sitting outside of their work or home on multiple occasions).


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Agree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Healthcare Reform 2. Balancing the budget (cutting waste and reducing spending) 3. Federal Legalization of Marijuana (for at least Medical Use)

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Racism is only a threat to domestic security because it is being weaponized by those on the far left. Antifa and other domestic terrorists claim that "Racism is rampant!", yet the most extreme instances of violence are only by those that claim to be champions of the people and "anti-fascist". The real threat is from media and "Woke" liberals proclaiming to be the voice of minorities, calling for a movement to "Cancel White People" and crying about "white privilege". We are all much more alike than different, and constant efforts to divide us on issues such as race, class, and gender are designed to have us fighting each other, rather than coming together as the free people we are, working together towards positive change, and actually making a difference.


Background

Education
  • Ivy Tech, Michigan City, IN, 2002
  • W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile, IN, GED, 1992
  • Elston High School, Michigan City, IN, 1990
Work & Military
  • Self Employment, Real Estate Agent/Broker, 5
  • Indiana DOC - Indiana State Prison, Correctional Officer, 7
  • Various Companies, Truck Driver/Trainer, 10
Affiliations
  • USCCA, Member
  • LaPorte County Republican Party, Member
  • Michigan City Humane Society, Volunteer
  • Fried's Cat Shelter, Volunteer
  • Junior Achievement, Class President
  • NRA, Lifetime Member
Offices
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