Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
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.
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.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I believe that what two people do in the bedroom is between them and God. However, if they create a human life, then that human deserves due process. Birth control happens before a child is conceived. I do not believe abortion should ever be allowed as a matter of convenience or as some sort of life choice. Abortion should only be allowed in the case of imminent threat of death to the mother. I will not vote for any budget that includes funding for organizations that provide abortions. Life begins at conception, and as the most vulnerable life among us, we must protect it.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Radical Islamic terrorists are fundamentalists with no interest in negotiation or in finding common ground. The United States should continue to hunt down and kill them wherever they are. ISIS must be eradicated. The United States should work with our allies around the world to promote secular, religiously tolerant leadership in countries that are predominantly Muslim. For the last 30 years the American policy in Egypt has been to promote and foster a professional, secular military. Now that they are in power, Christians are free to worship without fear of persecution. Going forward we must strengthen our alliances in the region against future destabilizing influences, like Turkey. Their President is an Islamist, and they have the second-largest army in NATO. It will take strong alliances and persistent, coherent foreign policy to neutralize radical Islamic threats in the Middle East.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
All humans are sinners and none can be trusted with absolute power. This is the eternal and self-evident truth that America’s Founders based the separation of powers on in the Constitution. Human nature does not change. We need checks in our public lives and in our personal lives. Along these lines I support a Constitutional amendment for term limits. Until such an amendment is made, I will do my part to uphold this conviction and will only run for Congress for three terms.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a sinner that needs the Lord Jesus. I believe in justice and I believe in mercy and the only place those two things are reconciled is through the cross of Christ. Life is meant to be lived in intimate relationship with Christ, and it is to be lived loving others the way He first loved us. The more I see of my own sin, the more mercy I can receive from the Lord and the more mercy I then have to share with others. I believe in personal responsibility, and I also believe in mercy and forgiveness, but I do not believe in the exclusion of either. I am not running for office to be pastor-in-chief, but I do not believe Christians should have to check their values at the cloakroom door. In our personal lives we need to get back to the cross of Christ, and in our government we need to get back to the Constitution.
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?
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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Republicans owe their constituents a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Citizens should decide for themselves what is adequate, affordable and accessible healthcare, and they should do it in the context of a free market. Free markets always drive up value and drive down cost. In addition, the red tape for product approval in the U.S. creates huge costs that are ultimately borne by the U.S. taxpayer. We need to streamline the approval for products on the market and provide clear price signals to consumers so they can shop for the best value for themselves and their families.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Keep out! The government should do all that is necessary to ensure thriving free markets and no more. It should provide solid infrastructure, sound tax policy, and stable currency. The government should never pick winners and losers. The best thing the government can do to boost the economy is become a lot smaller. Nearly half of all working age Americans are not working, and half of those who are working are employed by the state, federal, or local government. This is completely unsustainable. The government at all levels needs to shrink in absolute terms and in relation to the private sector. Regulations need to be slashed and entire departments like commerce and education should be scrapped.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Even with the recent reform, America still has a very high corporate income tax rate and some of the lowest import duties. This is cramming jobs overseas. We should stop taxing exports and start taxing imports at a low reasonable rate similar to the rate of tax put on our goods when imported into a country through their value added tax. In addition, we should stop taxing the income of Americans living overseas, because they drive manufacturing at home. An American engineer in Saudi Arabia does not order custom parts from Helmut in Germany but from Billy Bob in Texas. All other industrialized countries do it this way, and we hamstring ourselves with our current policies.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
There are two major ways to bring down unemployment. First, supply. We must end the cheap poverty labor that is flooding the job market by sealing the border and hiring American. Second, demand. Small businesses create 80% of new jobs. They need capital to get started and to expand. The best way to grow jobs in America is to bring back small community banks that lend to small businesses. We have the lowest startup rate since 1973 because we have regulated small banks out of existence. We have gone from more than 26,000 community banks nation-wide to less than 7,000. Citibank does not lend to small businesses, they lend to Exxon. We must get rid of government regulation that is killing small banks and therefore killing jobs.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Death is more fun to discuss than the shortfall of $34 trillion on the infinite horizon projection by the Social Security Administration. The fact is the Baby Boom generation did not have enough children to cover their benefits and we're all living longer. So let’s start with a mind-clearing question: Do we want our children and grandchildren to be more prosperous and free than we are? For me the answer is yes. Like it or not, this issue was being discussed thirty-five years ago and nothing has been done. The Baby Boom generation has not paid enough Social Security tax to cover their benefits. Now the Baby Boomers being the people who actually vote are going to have to decide if the costs will be borne by themselves or pushed off onto the next generation in the form of higher taxes. It is not for the politicians to dictate this issue to the citizens; we need to have a lot of adult conversation as a nation about this.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
It is an un-American notion that the requirement for holding political office is to have had political experience.The Constitutional requirements to run for U.S. Congress are that one is a citizen and be at least 25 years old. The American Idea is that government is Of the People, For the People, and By the People. Not by a political class. We are told by professional politicians that one needs the experience that they have to do the bad job that they do. Being a citizen, working and paying taxes, starting businesses, struggling to make payroll before I eat myself, negotiating deals and delivering the goods, sometimes even at a loss--this is my story, and these are the things that have built my character and make me qualified to be a Statesman. A citizen should, go, serve, and go back to his fields and live under the laws he has passed. I'm not doing this because I need a job. I am doing this because I want to be a citizen legislator and fight for our values.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I have two wonderful daughters, one in high school, one going off to Hillsdale soon. They are a joy and have been amazingly helpful throughout this campaign. I bring a breadth of knowledge to Congress from a lifetime in business and through experience gained from traveling to over 45 countries around the world. I am passionate about concepts and ideas, and I want to grow the Republican Party in Bexar and throughout Congressional District 21. We conservatives have all the fresh ideas rooted in truth on our side--it simply takes a backbone and the right messaging to make converts and bring people to our side.