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 am firmly pro-life, but I also believe the abortion issue is a state issue. The only time the federal government should become involved is when the state allows abortions after a baby is viable.
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?
The Social Security Fund is losing too much money every year. If politicians had left it alone, it would likely be fine. But, they didn't and it's a mess. What I believe the U.S. Government needs to do is to start setting money aside for Social Security, every month, until everything that was deposited is recovered. Because the economy generates a great return on investments, a portion of the Social Security Fund should be held in investments - although the liquid portion of the fund should be able to pay current recipients for several years should in case of a stock market downturn.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
There's no single expenditure that will balance the budget; however, I would start with grants to any organization that contributes money to candidates for public office, any organization that publicly endorses candidates for office, and any organization that advocates for or against political issues. Next, I stop funding (over time) anything that is not identified in the Constitution, with the exception of Social Welfare Programs, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and similar programs.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
When somebody takes out a loan, they state they are responsible for paying the money back. The taxpayers didn't sign up for a loan and are not responsible for it. Therefore, only when a person with a student loan takes a job that is extremely hard to fill, should taxpayers help pay off the student loan. It should be incrementally paid off, based on the length of time the individual works in the job that is difficult to fill. No more than 2 years of loan payoff for every year worked.
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 Government has no role in determining any activity of a Church. But the Church DOES have a strong role in explaining issues, particularly those of morality, to it's congregation and influencing how they vote, without endorsing any specific candidates.
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?
Again, I believe in the Free Market; I believe that Healthcare is no different than other things we purchase, except it regulated. It should be deregulated and people should be able to purchase the coverage needed and should be able to do so across state lines. All prices should be public, so people can select the coverage they need and decide which insurance company to purchase it from.
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?
We should change our laws to mandate that any person who is arrested for terrorist activities shall be tried within one year and, if found guilty, be sentenced to a mandatory life sentence.
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?
Immigration should benefit both the immigrant and the United States. So, people with skills needed in our economy should be first in line to come into the U.S., along with their immediate families only. A second category of people are those people with promise; they haven't got the skills yet, but with the right training, will develop skills to prosper in our economy. These people should be permitted to enter the U.S. and, only after they are working and can afford to support their families, should their immediate families be permitted to enter the U.S. Third, are Humanitarian Cases. We should allow a small number of people to enter and live in the U.S. because of their refugee status, need for medical treatment, or because of an affiliation with the U.S. Government that could cost them their livelihoods or their lives.
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 Roman Catholic and I believe in the theology of the Church. However, I do not believe that ANY of the theological beliefs belong in the Congress; however, I will retain and use my moral values in everything that I do. That is, everything I do must be Legal, Ethical, AND Moral and I will never compromise those principles for anything, whatsoever; including a political office.
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.
My Positions are Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, and Pro-Constitution. I plan to work for School Choice, especially for children whose families are economically disadvantaged (as I was, when I was a child). I also plan to fight to rid the public schools of federal government regulations, many of which prevent teachers from doing their jobs. I also believe in the Free Enterprise, but to get there, we need people with skills in the Trades. Therefore, I support the establishment of Vocation Technical High Schools to support local economies and/or national security requirements.
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 have been married to my wife for 34 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. One of them has extreme special needs, one is a Disabled Veteran, another is an Army Officer, and the fourth is preparing to begin college in the Fall. I also have two grandchildren and another on the way. I'm running so that they and their generation, may enjoy the freedoms that I have had my entire life. I am a Disabled and Retired Marine, as well as retired DHS Counterterrorism Expert, who has developed several security-related methodologies that continue to keep America safe. I am a life-long Conservative, who has never been arrested, sued, filed bankruptcy or lost my license. I will ALWAYS put principle over party - every single time. I am a member of the Suffolk Republican Party. Finally, I would like to earn your vote on November 3rd. Thank You.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
Every person has the right to own personal weapons. However, those weapons should not include crew served weapons, without special licensing - which is already required. All restrictions on silencers should be lifted. Truck drivers should be able to carry a weapon everywhere they go, when working. They drive alone and must be able to protect themselves and their rigs.
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. Fight for the Constitution - the Second Amendment in particular guarantees that we'll retain our God-given Rights. I'll also fight so no governor can ever again close our churches for months at a time. 2. School Choice, to include removing the burden of federal regulations from public schools. This would include reimbursement for parents who choose to homeschool their children. 3. To establish Vocational Technical High Schools in areas where there is both a high dropout rate and an economy that needs specific skills that can be taught at these schools.
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
We have come a long way in this country since Civil Rights. However, there will always be someone in America who demonstrates hatred, based on the color of a person's skin. This cannot be tolerated at all. Is it an overarching threat? Not that I have seen but perception is reality; if minorities perceive it exists, then from their perspective, it definitely does exist. We have to either fight it or show people that it's not as rampant as it once was. Recently, Marxist groups have used the tactics of the former USSR to inflame racism in America and riot throughout American cities. This MUST be stopped.