Border Security and Immigration
It is time to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. Many of the men and women with whom I served are putting their lives on the line to defend America’s borders. They are underfunded and unable to fully enforce the laws they have sworn to uphold. It is unconscionable that their lives, and our security have become pawns in today’s political arena. Legal immigrants bring a wealth of ideas and value to our country. Their path to citizenship exists today. If the immigration laws that guide this path are inefficient or ineffective then we must address the laws not ignore them.
Defense of The Second Amendment
I swore an oath to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States. A cornerstone of which is “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms…”. Today, a segment of our population seeks to enact strict gun control measures in reaction to reprehensible violent acts. These strict measures leave our families unprotected and do nothing to address the actual underlying issues of the individuals who commit the atrocities. Rejection and Erosion of the Second Amendment is not the answer! I will continue to advocate tirelessly for our Second Amendment rights to “…keep and bear arms…”.
Defense of Life
Life is Sacred. I believe it is as simple as those three words. I pledge to protect all life, especially those lives most vulnerable who cannot protect themselves. As a father, I have a deep understanding for the value of human life. I identify with the protection of all life, while also defending both women’s health and family well-being. My profound conviction is that every life is a blessing.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”. In a country founded upon freedom of religion and freedom of speech, it is disturbing that attacks on religious freedoms have increased nearly 100 percent in recent years. A fragment of our society is attempting to establish that religion has no place in our country. The time has come to stand up and defend our rights. Time for leaders to step in and say, “enough is enough”. I have served in nations that lack religious freedom and witnessed the atrocities committed under such oppression. We must not and I will not allow that to happen in our own country.
National Debt and Budget
America’s national debt has surpassed $22 trillion. Our country can no longer afford to continue raising the debt ceiling in order to solve our challenges. We must act responsibly to ensure our children and grandchildren do not spend their lives paying for our mistakes.
I support the principles of Fiscal Conservatism:
- Balanced budget
- Minimized debt
- Reduced taxes when able and where prudent
- A Continual review of all Federal programs with a goal to increase efficiency and effectiveness of value added programs and eliminate non-value added programs
For the economy to grow we must create an environment in which it can do so. This environment is not one dimensional. No single solution exists. We must develop and implement a strategy that addresses all aspects of the economy including; government deregulation, illegal immigration, healthcare, education and infrastructure. Addressing these challenges collectively is the only way to guarantee a successful and lasting economy, which benefits all citizens and income levels equally.
As a retired Naval Officer, I believe that it is our country’s duty to stand in support of our Veterans. I personally understand the difficulties in navigating the Veteran’s Affairs bureaucracy, and the challenge of re-entering society after military service. It is imperative we provide our men and women in uniform the caliber and level of commitment that they gave to protect our country and our rights.
I believe politicians need to find the solution and not be the problem. The Founding Fathers put their own livelihoods and lives at risk to establish a new country. Their intent was to serve others before self for a brief period, then return to life as a citizen under the laws they created. The same philosophy should hold true today. Enacting Term Limits in all forms of government is paramount to ensuring that those entrusted elected officials can focus on leading, rather than satisfying the needs of special interests which rarely yield to the general interests of our country.