Candidate Profile
Lance Berland

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative
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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?

I can conceive of no situation in which innocent life should be destroyed.


Economy

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

Strongly 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?

The Federal Government needs to be reduced in size and scope. The funds that have been stolen from Social Security by the Federal Bureaucracy, could be re-diverted back into an honest Social Security system that is even better and more beneficial for the American workers who have paid into the program.

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

I am looking forward to having access to the real data, of what is really being spent by the Federal Government, and for what ends. No doubt there is an astonishing amount of waste and redundancy. I am sure it can be reduced in most areas, if we elect politicians with the fortitude and will to pursue this goal.

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

None. Personal responsibility for one's good or bad decisions concerning their individual education, should not be the taxpayer's problem.


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?

It is an excerpt of a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson. It means that the Church, and all true religious expression, is to be protected from the State, by the Constitution and First Amendment to it, as a wall protects a border.


Healthcare

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

Strongly 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?

There needs to be a deep dive investigation into the entire workings of modern medicine. Full transparency should be provided to the People, to clarify how and why they are being charged for the insurance, drugs, treatments, and consultations that they receive.


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?

I believe the current State Department has already taken the proper measures. Tactical assassination of terrorist organizers and funders, to limit the threat at its root, instead of larger-scale actions that put more of our troops' lives in danger, and takes many more lives of America's indoctrinated adversaries.


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 Disagree   

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

I am pro-legal immigration. The people who jump through the hoops and go through the process, are generally great additions to our melting pot society. I like variety in all things. It is the spice of life. If we were able to stop all illegal immigration, we could allow more than the 1 million legal immigrants that are now allowed, per year.


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 lifelong devout Roman Catholic. I was a seminarian for the Wichita Diocese in the late 1990's. I regularly attend daily Mass and Holy hours. I also worship occasionally with like-minded Protestants and Evangelicals, when invited. I pray daily, alone, and with others of Faith.


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?

Very Conservative   

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

Review my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the last nine months.

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 am a father to two delightful teenage sons. I adopted them as newborns from the Kansas City area in 2003 and 2006. They are half-brothers by birth, sharing a birth mother. They are the joys of my earthly existence. They also happen to be multi-racial, and it has been wonderful to add them to my family and help raise them up to be the wonderful young men that they are.


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

None. You can not keep criminals from getting anything. The only way to stop a bad actor with a gun, is with a good actor with a gun. This nation has always had guns. The shootings and mass shootings, only ramped up in the last 50 years. The problem isn't the guns. It is the general morality of the American people.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly 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?

As a Freshman, Junior Senator from Kansas, I will be most interested in learning from other like-minded Representatives, with more experience in the process, and then applying my intellect and energy to the areas of legislation, where we can benefit the American People the most, as quickly as possible. I believe there are far more laws that need to be repealed, than written anew. The Constitution is a small document. The U.S. Code is and enormous and weighty one. This is good for the lawyers business, but it is detrimental to the average American.

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

No. Leftism is. The Leftist Main Stream Media stokes the fires of a near dormant racism all the time. I have lived a diverse life, and traveled widely. I have not actually experienced or witnessed "systemic" racism in my entire life. Some of the older generations still carry some prejudiced stereotypes in their minds, that have been there for many decades. People under 50 are far less likely to even deal with mild prejudicial notions about race.


Background

Education
  • Chapman High School, Chapman, 1993
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Diocese of Wichita, Seminarian
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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