1. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
2. The U.S. Constitution is a living document and should be interpreted according to the circumstances of each generation.
3. Foreign laws should be used in American courts even where those laws conflict with constitutional rights.
4. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.
5. Which current Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Justice Antonin Scalia
6. Which U.S. president elected to that office in 1960 or thereafter best reflects your political philosophy?
President Ronald Reagan
7. Which U.S. Supreme Court decision do you think has most impacted society? Please explain your answer.
The decision that has most positively impacted society is Marbury v. Madison by the great Chief Justice John Marshall, because it held that the Constitution and the rights it guarantees — like freedom of speech and religion, and the right to bear arms — must be the supreme law of the land. There are many decisions that have negatively impacted society.
8. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.
God, the Constitution, Voters, Supreme Court, Congress
9. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
10. Please give an example of a judicial decision where strict constructionist policy was violated. Explain.
Griswold v. Connecticut, because it found a right to privacy in the Constitution’s “penumbra”, which doesn’t exist.
11. What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
Statutes should mean what they say. They should be interpreted according to their text, not legislative history.
12. What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
13. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I have always been a Christian and am a church pianist, Sunday School teacher, elder, and committed financial supporter of numerous missions.