Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
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.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Under no circumstances should it be allowed.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
A candid discussion needs to be had regarding the proper role of government with respect to retirement and disability. The system is simply unsustainable. While commitments made to the current generation must be honored, we need to look at alternatives for future generations. In the meantime, changes that would be helpful include: 1) Raising the the retirement age 2) Switch the indexing of initial benefits from wages to prices 3) Reform disability insurance to encourage work
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
Balancing the budget will be impossible unless the government is willing to reduce entitlement spending...which the government is required to spend by law. Entitlement spending currently accounts for more than half of federal spending. Sadly, elected officials have "kicked the can down the road" for decades by passing continuing resolutions rather than addressing the issue through the appropriations process. I would also sign onto and help push Rand Paul’s “Penny Plan Balanced Budget” proposal.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
Under no circumstances.
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
The question we should be asking is what did it mean to Thomas Jefferson when he penned this now famous phrase to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. Thomas Jefferson was reassuring church leadership that the government would never be allowed to dictate or mandate oversight to the church in America. He never envisioned the church NOT having a voice in the public square. We are a people who have been guaranteed freedom OF religion... not freedom FROM religion. The phrase “Separation of Church & State” has been warped from its original intent and used as a weapon to ban expressions of religion in our nation. This should not be. We are a nation built on Judeo-Christian values and those beliefs are free to be expressed in the public square (i.e. Schools, Courthouses, Community Centers, etc.).
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Take the handcuffs off the free market and let the “Invisible Hand” of competition drive down prices and increase quality. Government intervention is NOT the answer to the healthcare problem.... it IS the problem. I will champion price transparency and policies that allow competition to thrive. When free market policies like these take hold prices will drop and quality of care will go up, and coverage will be more attainable for all US citizens.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Maintain a strong military, seek out and quickly neutralize radical terrorists around the world that have threatened American citizens and interests, and continue to build strong relationships with strategic middle eastern countries like Israel.
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.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.
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.
Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
Those who seek to adopt the American way of life and our values and assimilate into our culture and do so LEGALLY.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe there is one triune God who created the world and all that is within it. Through a personal relationship with Jesus, the Son, I have been set free from sin and death and have been given the right to be called a child of God. With the power of the Holy Spirit living and working in me, I walk in the full power and authority of Heaven, seeking to always give praise and honor and glory to the Father!
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 encourage anyone to go to our “Micah Beckwith For Congress” Facebook page or our www.Beckwith4Congress.com website to see a vast array of videos where I share my heart, beliefs and unscripted thoughts on major topics and issues in today’s world of faith, family, politics, and the Constitution.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I’m a fighter and I won’t back down when defending true conservative values.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
Until the Constitution is properly amended to remove the wording “shall not be infringed”, the right of the people to keep and bear arms CANNOT be infringed. A restriction is an infringement, therefore no lawmaker has the legal authority to authorize a restriction in anyway on gun ownership.
I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
1) A balanced budget amendment 2) Protection of religious freedoms 3) Permanent tax cuts and reduction of regulations on small businesses 4) Reduce the powers of Judicial Branch and limit the scope of the federal court system 5) Repeal the Johnson Amendment 6) Repeal the 1934 NFA (National Fire Arms Act)
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
At one point in our nation it was, but thankfully it is not anymore. We have made great strides in the fight for equal rights. This doesn’t mean, however, racism will not try to show its ugly head ever again. It most certainly will because we live in a world where there is evil. Anytime racism is realized and seen, it should be dealt with swiftly. We are all God’s masterpieces (Eph 2:10). Let us always reinforce and teach our children that there is much more that unites us than divides.