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I believe that there are specific agencies of our federal government that have no constitutional mooring are the most ripe for immediate spending cuts. These are some of the specific areas where I would target cuts:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency that is frequently responsible for driving business and industry out of our country. I would vote to defund and eliminate it.
The Department of Education is another agency that has no constitutional mooring that I would push to eliminate.
I would eliminate the Drug Enforcement Agency
Privatization of TSA
Eliminate Department of Energy
Elimination of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Pro Job Creation and Economic Growth
Capitalism has brought more prosperity and freedom to the world than any other system. However, our federal government has made it increasingly difficult for free enterprise to work. Excessive regulation and taxation inhibit economic growth. More government is not the solution to economic troubles.
Pro Limited, Constitutional Form of Government
The Constitution of the United States is the basis for our laws, and this is a republic, a nation of laws. The framers intended for the Constitution to be a “fence” around the Federal Government. Too often we see politicians take an oath to support the Constitution, then they ignore it daily. We should elect representation that will adhere to and obey their oath. The Constitution is my guide for everything from the role of government to evaluating proposed legislation. The very first qualification for anyone running for the United States Congress (House or Senate) must be a command understanding of the United States Constitution and the basics of how to determine the Original Intent of the Framers. As a United States Congressman, I will obey my oath to the Constitution.
I am staunchly and unapologetically committed to defending the most defenseless among us, the unborn child. I believe both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution clearly give the federal government the authority and duty to protect the rights of the unborn child.
Pro Traditional Marriage
I believe that marriage is designed by God and intended to be for one man and one woman.
For thousands of years marriage has been defined as a union between people of opposite sex. In most societies the tradition is monogamy, while in a few polygamy can still be found, but the universal standard has been that marriage is a state between men and women.
This standard is basic to society, with the family being the foundational unit. This is because the family is where children are produced, nurtured, and prepared to be the progenitors of the next generation after they grow up. Thus societies sustain themselves.
The most stable and healthy environment for a child to grow up in has both a mother and a father. Statistically,
• Traditional marriages last longer than same-sex unions
• Traditional marriages are less violent than same-sex unions
• Traditional marriages give children the balanced effect of both male and female influences
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (CDC, 2001), approximately 58% of traditional marriages last more than 20 years. In contrast, only about 5% of same-sex unions last that long (2003-2004 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census). In Norway and Sweden, which have had same-sex marriage for a number of years, male homosexual couples are 50% more likely to divorce than heterosexual couples, and lesbian couples are twice as likely to divorce. This is not the recipe for a stable society.
I believe that homosexuals, like all American citizens, should be protected from criminal acts such as assault and other offenses. They are entitled to the same civic rights as heterosexual citizens.
I also believe that the definition of marriage consisting of a covenant between a man and a woman must be upheld. Redefining marriage outside of those terms would cause it to be something else and weaken the institution.
With the resurgence of terrorism and the growing threat from states such as Iran, it is more important than ever that we maintain our support of Israel.
I am a very strong supporter of the nation of Israel.
Israel is a strategic and diplomatic ally in the region. In the United Nations, Israel votes with the United States more than any other country in the world, including our close friends Canada and England.
History and the science of archaeology confirm a continuous Jewish presence in Israel for the past 3,000 years. This is their historic homeland, and the land they returned to in 1948 after the Diaspora that followed the Roman actions in AD 70 and 135. After centuries of persecution and attempted extermination, they have earned the right to be restored to their traditional homeland.
Some try to paint Israel as an apartheid state, but that accusation does not withstand critical examination. Non-Jewish Arabs make up approximately 20% of the population of Israel. They enjoy and exercise equal voting rights, and also serve in the Knesset, Supreme Court, and Cabinet positions within the government. A Harvard study showed that 77% of Arab Israelis would rather live in Israel than any other country, and many prefer to live in Israel as it is, rather than under Palestinian rule.
In an increasingly hostile world, America needs all the friends we can gather. In the Mideast, Israel is a friend and ally, and I will continue support for Israel’s sovereignty and survival.
Pro Gun Rights
I am a firm supporter of the firearm ownership rights of law-abiding citizens. The Second Amendment clearly is an individual right and has nothing to do with the collective rights of any group. It also says nothing about hunting or sporting purposes. The founders understood that an armed citizenry was the last defense against tyranny.
Pro Domestic Energy
The United States needs to decrease its dependence on foreign energy sources. This means research into viable alternative energy sources, facilitating the construction of state-of-the-art nuclear power plants, and expanding domestic production of oil and natural gas. Developing domestic energy resources would also have the effect of adding thousands of jobs to our economy.
Pro 10th Amendment
The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” My position is that of the framers, who made it very clear that any power not specifically granted to the federal government belongs to the individual states. For example, functions such as education should be handled at the state level, since the federal government has no Constitutional authority over this area. I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. I believe that the federal government should be small and limited.
Pro Parents’ Rights to Direct Education
As a candidate for the United States Congress from the 1st Congressional District of SC and even more importantly as a homeschooling dad (for more than 15 years) myself, I am keenly aware of SC House Bill 3478 and the attempt to roll back the hard won legislative victories for homeschooling parents in South Carolina. I know how hard parents worked in 1990 to counter the efforts of some who wanted to take away the liberty of parents to direct the education of their children and then the hard fought victory to get the statute enacted that birthed “Option 2″ and SCAIHS. Following that was the hard fought battle for the statute that enacted what we now know as “Option 3”; these victories did not come easily. I stand absolutely opposed to this dangerous bill that would not only mandate government testing of our children, but it would eliminate the statute that provides for “Option 3″ in July of 2014. I want you to know that as your Congressman I will fight to protect and advance the Constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and will fight to help oppose attempts like this to undermine those rights in the state of South Carolina.
Pro Religious Liberty
The First Amendment protects all Americans equally. All are free to worship, or not, as guided by their conscience. Too many however have misconstrued freedom of religion into freedom from religion. The Constitution prohibits the establishment of a state or national religion; it does not preclude recognition of a common faith shared by the majority of Americans.