Candidate Profile
Christopher Helali

Communist , Vermont

Biography

Name
Christopher Helali
Party
Communist
Race
U.S. Rep., At Large
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 Disagree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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 Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should be legal, high quality, free, and accessible to all. Women have the right to control their bodies.


Economy

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The only way to guarantee Social Security is to ensure that we transition to a socialist economy that provides for the needs of all.

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

I would cut military spending by over 50%. We need to stop the wars, bring home all US troops, close all foreign military bases, eliminate all nuclear weapons, and transform our economy from a war economy to a peace economy.

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

The government should cancel all student loans and debt.


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 Disagree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

No   

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

It means that this country was founded by enlightenment principles and values that were ruthlessly anti-church and against religious control of government. Many of the founders were Deists, not Christians. Some were Christians but not fanatics or fundamentalists like many on the Christian right today. Some of the "Founding Fathers (and Mothers)," like George Washington, were Freemasons, while others studied different religious and philosophical traditions. I do not want a Christian Taliban in this country. No religious group can tell the people in this country what to do with their bodies, who to sleep with, etc.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Agree   

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

The government would provide healthcare which is universal, high quality, and free to all people in the United States. This will be done by cutting military expenditures, ending the wars and US empire, nationalizing major industries, and transitioning to a socialist economy.


National Security

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

The United States and its allies have created, funded, and armed the most reactionary forces in the Middle East and North Africa to struggle against progressive, socialist, and anti-imperialist governments. The U.K. and the U.S. helped overthrow the democratically elected leader of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, in 1953. In what the CIA calls "blowback," the seeds for the Islamic Revolution in 1979 were sown in 1953. It was the United States that helped train, fund, and arm the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, praised as "freedom fighters" in Rambo 3, to fight against the secular, communist government of Afghanistan and the Soviet Red Army. Israel created Hamas to defeat the PLO, socialists, and communists in Palestine. In recent years, the US and its allies have armed and funded Wahhabi-Salafist jihadists to overthrow the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. Ending so-called "radical Islamic terrorism" means ending US imperialism and stopping all support for the apartheid state of Israel.


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 Disagree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Agree   

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 Disagree   

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?

Everyone should have the opportunity to legally immigrate to the United States. We should not ban people based on their country of origin, religion, etc. We should have laws governing who immigrates but they should be in the spirit of solidarity and international fraternity between all peoples.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   


Values

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am an atheist but philosophically speaking, I am agnostic. Science is real. I was baptized and grew up as a Greek Orthodox Christian. Today, I am culturally Greek Orthodox.


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?

No Answer   

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

I am a Communist (Marxist-Leninist). We are not "conservatives" or "liberals."

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?

Both Republicans and Democrats serve capitalism and the military-industrial complex. We must end the war machine and abolish capitalism. The time has come to choose a real alternative that can provide for the needs of the people, stop the wars, and usher in an age of peace between all peoples and nations.


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Disagree   


2nd Amendment

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

Marxist-Leninists believe that gun ownership is a class right. The working class should be armed against the capitalist ruling class and their armed gangs. Karl Marx said, "Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary."


Other Important Issues

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Agree   

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

I will immediately sponsor legislation that one, ends the ongoing "war on terror;" two, calls for the dissolution of NATO; and three, closes all foreign military bases.

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

Racism is definitely a threat to the domestic security of the United States. We must struggle against white supremacy, fascism, and neo-Nazism. Comrade Fred Hampton, a leader in the Black Panther Party who was assassinated by the US government, stated, "We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism." The only way to end racism is to abolish capitalism and imperialism.


Background

Education
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, MALS, 2021
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, MSc, 2020
  • Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, MTS, 2016
Work & Military
  • United States Army, First Lieutenant, 2011-2015
Affiliations
  • Party of Communists USA, Central Committee
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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