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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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?
The United States Constitution was created as a compact with slavery and genocide. A small group of white male property owners exceeded their authority in drafting the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson wrote that "every generation needs its own revolution." He believed that each generation should create its own Constitution. History did not end in the 18th century. We are two centuries overdue for a new Constitutional Convention. Enough states have passed resolutions to call a new Convention.
16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1) Human overpopulation and over-consumption threaten the sustainability of life on Earth. I support public funding for family planning programs, birth control, and public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. 2) Congress and state legislatures should be elected by an open party list system of proportional representation to provide fair representation for a politically diverse population. Executives should be elected by range voting to maximize voters' freedom of expression and guarantee that the most popular candidates are elected to single winner offices. 3) The US military should be strictly limited to non-offensive defense of US territory. All foreign military bases should be shut down. US troops should be withdrawn from the United States' illegal, immoral, undeclared wars. The CIA and the NSA should be abolished. The US military and the CIA have committed war crimes against at least 69 foreign nations since the end of World War Two.
17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
Yes. Abortion must remain legal, safe, and accessible. This should not be a political issue. The anti-abortion movement is completely out of touch with reality. The real issue today with human reproduction is overpopulation. The world’s human population has grown from one billion people in 1803 to two billion in 1927 and 7.3 billion today. We have passed the limits of growth. It would take 1.5 Earths to sustain the current world human population with our present ecological footprint. If the average person on Earth consumed as much as the average American does today, the Earth could not sustain more than 1.4 billion people. Recent studies by MIT and NASA have concluded that current patterns of growth and consumption will lead to the permanent collapse of the global economy by 2030. We must reduce our ecological footprint and lower birth rates dramatically.
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.
Legitimate authority derives from the consent of individuals. We must deal with the reality that ecological crises threaten our survival. There are no such things as gods.
19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Q: What did the Buddhist say to the tofu dog vendor? A: Can you make me one with everything? I am a humanist atheist. I support the separation of church and state. I agree with the thesis of Kai Nielsen's book "Ethics Without God:" values are derived from reason and human sentiment, not from power or authority. Love and compassion are good. Violence and cruelty are bad. I agree with Dan Barker's views on Christian theology expressed in his book "Godless:" it is untrue and harmful. I consider the hellish concept of eternal torture for non-believers to be the most damnable doctrine that human beings have ever invented.