What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? The Constitution IS the law of the land, full-stop. In fact, it is clearly stated in Article VI Section 2 that the “[US] Constitution . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” The Constitution provides the foundation for which our country is built on and that’s why it’s the oldest and most active codified constitution in the world. More importantly, the Constitution is clear, what is not delegated in the Constitution is reserved to the states. Nevertheless, people within the highest levels of our government often time forget this, which can and does cause disastrous results because the Framers did NOT intend for the federal government to be the mechanism for the creation, implementation, and/or enforcement of all laws.
What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Religious liberty is the freedom to believe and exercise or act upon religious conscience without unnecessary interference by the government. The moral and religious beliefs of individuals and organizations should be respected in law. In fact, the Constitution, yet again, safeguards religious liberty within the First Amendment. However, in recent years, the government and our judiciary have found other non-enumerated rights to be placed in higher priority than that of religious liberties. But the First Amendment makes clear that people should not have to go against their core values and beliefs in order to conform to culture or government.
What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? Rather than tossing our history aside for the conformity of what is thought to be the “it” moment of day, we should embrace our history. Our history is unique and what makes us American, both the good . . . and the bad. Tossing aside our history could be compared to covering one’s eyes during a horror movie—we know all too well what the movie is portraying, but because it makes us uneasy, we choose to not address it. In the military, we study our history intently, regardless of outcome, to ensure that we learn from our mistakes. Hiding from our history does nothing more than to put a Band-Aid on a scar and does nothing to address the issue at hand or prevent past mistakes from percolating again.
What are your thought on government transparency? Transparency are keys to good government, and Congress must faithfully perform its constitutional responsibility of oversight. More specifically, transparency and accountability are meant to make government smaller and less egregious. However and since the FDR era growth of the administrative state, and executive branch, it seems as if the federal government has utilized its massive structure to decrease transparency by way of bureaucracy. And the Founders intended legitimate government to operate only by the consent of the governed, and is more efficient and less corrupt when it is limited in its size and scope. Therefore, decreasing the size of the federal government is the first and integral step in ensuring that true transparency is achieved.
What are your thoughts on national defense? The federal government has an obligation to provide for the “common defense” of the United States by protecting our homeland and our strategic interests abroad. Because America serves in a natural role of moral leadership in an increasingly dangerous world, and weakness invites aggression, we must remain the strongest military power on earth fully prepared and capable of defeating any adversaries, tyrants or terrorists, under any circumstances, at any time. Adequate investment is necessary to maintain the air, land, sea, nuclear and cyber warfare. And after 20 years of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and others, we as a country should absolutely maintain peace through strength.
What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? Government often stands as the greatest obstacle to the progress and prosperity of free people. Free markets and free trade agreements allow for innovation, improvement and economic expansion as risk-takers, entrepreneurs and business owners are given the liberty to pursue the American dream and create more jobs and upward mobility for more people. We as Americans should encourage competition, and limit government intervention and regulation. The people are better qualified to make decisions about their own lives and finances than bureaucrats, and the private sector will outperform the public sector in virtually every scenario. The free enterprise system rewards hard work and self-sacrifice, and is the basis and genius of the American economy. We must unleash the power and spirit of America and allow industry to innovate and small businesses to thrive. The Government needs to stay out of the way, and let America be America. The bottom line is, and to summarize John Locke’s labor theory on property, although persons belong to God, they own the fruits of their labor.
What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? I am Pro-Life. The United States Declaration of Independence states “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Life comes first for a reason. My stance on this comes from my faith, the U.S. Constitution, and my familial background. My mother was 17 years old when she got pregnant with me and together, we have accomplished so much with so little. I thank her every day for recognizing the sanctity of life.
What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? As a former Green Beret with 6 deployments overseas, I know a thing or two about weapons. I have carried a weapon for most of my adult life and fired both in defense of our country. The right to defend ourselves is God-given. It is not a right provided to us by our federal government, but rather, the right to keep and bear arms is a right the federal government is sworn to protect. I will continue to uphold the oath I took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, and I will fight to protect our Second Amendment from all attempts to erode it.