ISSUES

Restore Military Readiness

As a Marine combat veteran and lifelong student of history, I personally know what it means to train, deploy, and confront our nation’s adversaries. I have shared the burden of standing the watch with our fellow service members.

With two deployments to the Western Pacific and my participation in Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, I have the operational and strategic insight essential to responsibly advise my colleagues in Congress, make recommendations to preserve our military’s assets, and improve our military’s combat readiness. Our military exists to defend our nation and pursue our vital national interests. It must be properly funded, prepared and ready to oppose and defeat our enemies if need be. We must stop dragging our military through social experimentation. We must refocus congressional efforts to effectively and efficiently streamline our acquisition and maintenance of equipment and training. When elected, I will fight for combat readiness because peace is only attainable through strength.

 

 

Champion Tax Reform and Tax Cuts

According to the Washington Examiner (April 16, 2016), there were 74,608 pages in the US Tax Code. Using a standard font, the average bible has around 1,200 pages.   Do bureaucrats honestly believe that what they have to say and proscribe is greater than what God Himself has to say?  

Current tax code is an abomination.  Since the establishment of the first income tax in 1913, legislators, bureaucrats, and special interests have systematically hijacked our nation’s wealth and ability to prosper.  It is past time for comprehensive tax reform.  It is time to restore a thriving economy and put people back to work.

Protect The 1st Amendment

The most recent attacks on our religious liberty, our history, and our founding fathers is a coordinated assault on our 1st Amendment rights. These basic Constitutional rights of freedom of speech, religion, press, peaceful assembly, and the freedom to petition the government are the foundational bedrock of our American culture.

Our 1st Amendment freedoms ensure peaceful governance, open exchange of ideas, and safeguard the Constitution framers’ intent to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. If these rights and freedoms are not vehemently defended, they will cease to exist. If elected, I vow to defend these freedoms for the American people. In addition, no allowance or alteration of our laws should be considered that would accommodate any inclusion of Sharia law or other foreign laws that have the ability, by intent, to undermine the US Constitution.

Secure Veterans' Benefits

In 2005, my concerned colleagues and I co-founded the Wounded Heroes Foundation, which is an all-volunteer service organization to assist military members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have witnessed firsthand the shortcomings of care and services provided by the military and the Veterans Administration to our returning service members. 

By interacting with our disabled Veteran community, I have seen the lack of focus and supportive capability that confronts not only recently wounded veterans of the War on Terror, but also those of the Vietnam War. While the VA has many dedicated personnel and facilities that are capable of providing extraordinary care, the administration of that care to our Veteran population has often been misguided by political expediency and lip-service to those who deserve the best care our country can provide.  We can, and must, do better for our Veterans.  It is imperative that the VA be reformed from top to bottom to best reflect our gratitude to our wounded veterans for their selfless service. Their dedication and sacrifices are not to be discounted nor dismissed.

PASS A BUDGET

If your representative is telling you they have submitted a budget that balances in 10 years, they are being dishonest.

Read Congressman Ken Buck’s book Drain the Swamp. According to Buck, US Representative for Colorado’s 4th congressional district, it is not the political impasse of the Republicans and Democrats unable to agree that is keeping anything from being done in Washington. In fact, they get along quite well at their swanky parties, auctions for major legislation bids, paying each other off to stay in the game, and ganging up in “back-room arm-twisting.” Some of our current representatives are more concerned about short-term political gain when they need to be concerned about lasting, principled leadership.

Promote Life and Traditional Family Values

I am unapologetically pro-life and intend to continue the fight to end abortion and support the traditional family by restoring marriage benefits in the US.

For years, I have actively worked in defense of the sanctity of human life. I sit on the national advisory board for The Women’s Center and have provided volunteer and material support to crisis pregnancy centers across the country. I will support legislation that stops federal funding to all entities that perform abortions in the US and abroad. I will work to redirect federal funding of Planned Parenthood to health centers that do not perform abortions. I will support laws that protect the conscience of medical practitioners.  I will resist the push for physician-assisted suicide. In addition, I will promote marriage as America’s greatest antidote against child poverty. I will work to restore the constitutional authority of citizens and elected officials to make policy that reflects the truth about marriage and the benefits of marriage to society at large.  I will work to eliminate penalties for marriage in tax code, welfare programs, and health care policy.

Enforce Immigration Laws

A nation without borders is not a nation.  A nation that fails to protect the security of its citizens puts everyone at risk. I will support legislation to maintain and increase efforts to enhance border security and fully enforce our standing immigration laws.  

We must defund sanctuary cities, implement a stronger e-verify system for legal visa holders, and reject amnesty proposals to discourage more migrants from illegally crossing into and staying in the U.S. As the only son of legal immigrants, I have empathy and profound respect for those who are looking for a better life for themselves and their families by coming to the United States. However, they must go through the proper lawful channels, with the intention to work, to assimilate, and contribute to American society, legally.  In addition, a nation without a common language confuses its citizenry.  English must be established as our official language.  We do so not to denigrate future citizens, but to provide them the greatest opportunity to assimilate and advance in society. 

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Obamacare needs to be repealed in its entirety so that we can return to a more market driven healthcare system, encourage personal ownership, modernize the Medicare program, restore Medicaid to a true safety net, and accommodate people with pre-existing conditions.

The Establishment Republicans ran on full repeal and replacement of Obamacare to secure the conservative vote. For the past 7 years they took vote after vote to repeal the plan with full knowledge that their efforts would never pass under the Obama administration. They had 7 years to come up with a plan for replacement, which they promised after the full repeal.  However, they never expected a Trump victory, and therefore, had no plan. They have failed President Trump, and they should now face the consequences of deceiving the American public. 

Protect 2nd Amendment Rights

Citizens have the right to defend themselves, their families, and their property. The 2nd Amendment guarantee is a right that is fundamental to a free society, which in turn ultimately depends on personal responsibility.

Federal, state, and local governments should not make it unduly expensive or burdensome for ordinary Americans to purchase, own, carry, or use a firearm. Protecting the 2nd Amendment is a constitutional obligation that I will fight to uphold. 

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