Tuesday, September 18, 2018

More Issues.....

As a follow up to my previous post regarding my thoughts about immigration, I am writing a second post to talk about my personal opinions on more issues that Americans are divided over.

First and foremost I am a strong supporter of the constitution.  It is the founding document that protects the citizens of this country from our government.  We should always be mindful of this one fact - the constitution was written for the people, not for the government.  We should also elect supreme court justices who strictly apply the constitution to all federal legal matters.  Judges do not make law, they rule on it's legality.

I am a believer that the less government interferes with my life the more freedoms I can enjoy.  I understand that there are obvious jobs that governments do that make our lives better, for example; infrastructure, protection ( fire, police, military), and regulation of business and industry to protect people from those who would take advantage of us.  But in general, I think our federal government is inefficient, wasteful, and it has lost it's way.  It serves itself now more than it serves the people. That's why I am running for office, to change this behavior in Washington.

I am pro-life. I believe a womans body is her own and the babys body is it's own and to terminate that baby is to kill innocent life.

As I Christian,  I believe that the husband and wife relationship was instituted by God when he made them both"male and female" (Matthew 19:4-5). God only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman. I do also believe that people have the right to choose how they want to live their lives as long as it does not harm others. God has given us the freedom to live as we wish while we are here on earth.  As a Christian it is my duty to teach others the truth, after that its up to each of us to choose how we are going to live.

I support the right of every law abiding citizen to own fire arms.  I also support the right of  our government to insure that guns are sold to lawful people.  I have no issues with background checks - in fact I have no issues with waiting periods.  I strongly support updating our background checking systems so that there is better communication between all entities manage data on people.  It's a big problem when a man who was dishonorably discharged from the military for abuse is able to buy a gun and attack a church.

I am for reducing wasteful spending and would support a balanced budget amendment. I am also in favor of term limits. The longer someone stays in Washington, the more detached from the realities of  real life politicians become -  4 terms, no more.  Working in Washington was never meant to be a full time career.

I am against endless wars with no exit strategy an no clearly defined goals.  We are not the worlds police, that being said, I am willing to admit that we have the right as a nation to act when our nations interests abroad are at risk or our allies are threatened.  At the same time our interests abroad need to be reduced so we can focus more on our needs in our own country.

Healthcare costs have been a problem for a long time and the Affordable Care Act did nothing to change this.  The cost of medicine and insurance have risen dramatically in the past 5 years. In retrospect I believe it would have been more prudent to allow the uninsured to join an expanded Medicare program. Moving forward I would be very much in favor a complete and total examination and reconstruction of every single aspect of health care and how the insurance companies are involved.  I believe there is a solution out there. We just need to keep the lobbyist and special interests groups from influencing this process.

Tax cuts are good for people. I think we know best how to spend our own money.  Besides when you give the government a dollar they turn it into a nickel.  Our Federal government has collected more tax revenues this year than any year ever in the history of our country and yet we still run a deficit. We do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. I have  zero confidence, that if you raised taxes on everyone, that our government would do any better at spending our money.  They have never proven this before. Its laughable that the government would ask us to pay more in taxes when they have done nothing to reduce our budget and cut out the wasteful spending.  Once you've done that we can talk about needing more revenue.  As a congressman I would not vote for any bill that increased our deficit by one dollar without an equal cut elsewhere in our nations budget. Neither party has ever done anything to reduce the size of government even though republicans campaign on this issue every election.

There you go!
I hope this reveals to you a bit more about who I am and what I believe. I know there are many who may disagree with me on some of these issues and that's perfectly fine. I don't hate anyone who disagrees with me. I truly think common ground can be found a just about every issue.  However, being a representative is not about what I want to do or how I feel about the issues.  My job will be to do what the people of Tennessee want me to do.  Voters generally look for a candidate that most resembles their own beliefs and that's who they support. But all to often, what happens is, that candidate goes to Washington and forgets who hired them for the job.  They put party and special interest groups over people  because that is how you preserve a long career in government.  I am running as an independent so I can focus my energy on what the voters want. I will not be influenced by a political machine or a special interest group.  I have taken no money from anyone and therefore I have to political debts to repay.  Sincerity and a willingness to serve the people of Tennessee is what I have to offer.

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