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?
I believe that it should be legal up until 20 weeks. No partial birth abortions unless the health of the mother is in jeopardy and she and her partner decide that it is best. Individual choice is paramount until medical viability of the fetus has been reached.
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?
I would like to see something like the Cato Institute's 6.2% solution (https://www.cato.org/research/catos-62-percent-solution) initiated. Essentially, citizens would be given the option of remaining within the current system or opting out. Those that opt out will be allowed to invest 6.2% of their normal income (previously paid into the SSI system) into private accounts in a three tiered fashion (a centralized, pooled collection and holding point; a limited series of investment options with a lifecycle fund as a default mechanism; and a wider range of investment options for individuals who accumulate a minimum level in their accounts). This solution tapers the amount paid into the old system over time once it has achieved solvency and beneficiaries pass on. Eventually this would allow the old system to end and has been evaluated by the Social Security Administration who agrees it would restore total system solvency.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
I would begin by calling for the passage of balanced budget amendment. I believe the War on Drugs has been an abysmal failure and I would work to begin ending that, starting with legalization of cannabis. Beyond that there are many areas that the Federal Government presently involves itself in which it should not have a role.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
I do not believe tax payers should pay off existing student loans. And I say that as some who has a very large student loan responsibility from medical school which I am diligently and willingly paying back myself.
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?
Personally I believe that "separation of church and state" means precisely that. The 1st Amendment protects the freedom of religion, which encompasses all religions (within the confines of the entire legal system of course). The intent of our Founders was to prevent the establishment of a State religion (like we left in England in the form of the Anglican Church) because they recognized the innate danger of the idea of the "Divine Right of Kings". They believe God or Nature endowed us with natural rights as humans and among those were freedom to worship as we each saw fit without fear of government oppression. So long as an individual is not harming any other they should be free to practice without the interference of the law, or interfering with anyone else's right to exercise their religion or not.
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?
As a Libertarian I do not believe it is the governments responsibility to provide healthcare. I believe that our current system should be opened up to free market competition because presently there is no real competition within our healthcare system. Healthcare has become increasingly expensive due to middle men (hospitals, insurance companies, government officials, etc) interfering in the direct exchange of healthcare with should be between the only two people that matter, the doctor and the patient. I would like to see prices be set and made available, outcome data published, allow people to purchase insurance and medicine across state and even international borders to help reduce costs and open up true competition. Prices will reduce rapidly and we can then return to a true insurance market where insurance is used for catastrophic coverage rather than paying for all aspects of care.
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?
I believe our interventions around the world and especially in the Middle East have done more to foment hatred towards us than it has done to make any headway towards peace. I has been said that where goods cross borders soldiers do not. We should do everything possible to be good trade partners with the rest of the world and sew strong economic alliances instead of entangling political alliances and military interventions. I believe the best way to honor our troops is to bring them home and remain armed and neutral.
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?
I believe that our current system makes it too difficult for anyone, including good highly skilled people from immigrating to our country. It has too much red tape, too much corruption, and takes entirely too much time. All those reasons are why many people end up here illegally, either by outstaying a legally obtained Visa or crossing the border illegally. I would like to see the entire system overhauled and streamlined. I think that work Visas should be instituted and very easy to obtain, with stiff penalties for any employers that hire workers without a work Visa. The path to citizenship should be more accessible so that we can integrate people into our melting pot more readily and have them help pay into our tax system.
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 am personally agnostic meaning that I believe in a power beyond my understanding but I do not ascribe to any particular religion, although I was educated on and raised with Christian values. That said I fully support the equal rights of all to practice their religion unhindered within the confines of our laws (no honor killings for example, that's murder) as protected by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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.
As a Libertarian I have views from both sides of the political spectrum tempered by an open mind willing to seek the best solutions possible within the confines of our Republic. My platform is available at my two campaign websites.
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?
What you see is what you get. I am a Neurosurgeon Libertarian who wants to remove the cancerous parts of our government so that the remainder of our country can flourish. I have an open mind and I am more than willing to make the hard decisions that we as a people need made in order to set us back on the right track. I would humbly request the opportunity to do so.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
I am an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment as I believe it codified the Natural Right to Self Defense. I believe that we should encourage safe gun ownership and educate people on gun safety as well as proper use. An armed society is a polite society.
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?
Healthcare reform, Criminal Justice Reform, and Tax Reform
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
While I believe we have done much to combat racism as a culture I believe that there are some laws and programs left that need to be ended. I think ending the War on Drugs, ending no knock raids, ending qualified immunity, and ending gun control would reduce much of the violence in society as well as get rid of some programs that have racist origins and disproportionately affect marginalized groups.