1. 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.
2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.
4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.
5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.
6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.
12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.
13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.
15. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
Man’s misguided will to control others and force them into certain beliefs and behaviors were and are the impetus for our system of governance that seeks to protect liberty and freedom. The history of oppression by kings and the ruling class brought settlers to our shores. They sought freedom to worship and freedom from economic oppression. When those restrictions followed them here they decided to establish a system by which those types of oppression could no longer be a factor.
16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
Prolife issues: I originally became involved in politics through the prolife movement. One of the most important things we can do as a nation is to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected. Liberty: We are a freedom loving nation but our government is placing more burdens on us every day whether it is Obamacare or other onerous regulations. Government needs to get out of the way so that Americans can excel and achieve the American dream. Jobs/Economy: Our economy is suffering & jobs are leaving Kansas. We need representation to fight for our local economy. The 4th District has lost half of its major aircraft companies. Leadership is essential to keeping jobs here – that is something I did when I was in Congress. The government has outsourced those high-paying, high-quality defense jobs to overseas companies - something I oppose. I will fight to remove barriers created by the government including: regulation, energy policy, healthcare, legal reform, taxes & trade.
17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
No, when a mother’s life is in danger during a pregnancy, both the mother and child should be treated equally.
18. 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, Constitution, Voters. Congress and the Supreme Court are intended to be co-equal powers in a system of checks and balances Congress is ultimately answerable to the voters.
19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian who believes that we will one day be accountable to our creator for the life we live here. All that we do and what we are is important – all that is said and done in this life should be done with eternity in mind. I believe that we are called to always strive toward a more righteous and moral existence – one that mirrors the example of Christ.