This is where I stand on the issues:
The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the Bill of Rights is the amendment that protects all of the rest. It states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I am opposed to any laws that prohibit law abiding citizens from owning weapons for their own personal safety, or for recreational use. I am opposed to any type of gun registry database or any legislation limiting the type of gun you can own, the type of ammunition you can purchase, or limits on magazine capacity. I fully support Constitutional Carry and the natural right for one to defend themselves and their families, without having to beg permission from the government to do so.
The private sector has improved living conditions of the poor all across the world by making essential daily goods more accessible, and cheaper through competition. I am an advocate for free markets without government manipulation and limited regulation. When the government intervenes in the markets through tedious, costly regulations (or bail outs), it is, by default, picking winners and losers. We need to stop this form of cronyism and allow good business to succeed without interference, and bad businesses must be allowed to fail.
Our country is rapidly falling behind the rest of the developed world and our state has followed a similar trend. Education begins at home and I am a strong proponent of homeschooling, private schools, and charter schools. Our Texas Constitution states: “It shall be DUTY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools”. Surprisingly, education spending continues to increase, while teacher pay stays the same, and we do not see any significant improvements in our test scores or graduation rates. It’s time that we focus on the quality of education and stop throwing money around thinking that it alone will solve the problem. Education needs to be localized and focused on the needs of the student and the community. The power for the parents to choose how and where their child obtains their education must also be restored. Additionally, we need to stop teaching towards the test and teach our children to think more critically, so that they will be able to live a successful life once they complete school.
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson noted: “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. As a believer in Liberty, I understand that you can’t protect it without first protecting life. The government’s role is to protect the life, liberty, and property of each individual; among the first of human rights is the right to life. I will work to promote a culture of life, and to protect the rights of all humans, from the elderly to the unborn – and to those who want to live a lifestyle that I don’t agree with.
Politicians are salivating to regulate and tax the internet while snooping through your private information. The internet is arguably the most powerful and innovative private sector invention in modern history and should remain free – without government regulation.
It is made clear in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that “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.” I believe that Texas needs to exercise its rights through nullification of overbearing Federal programs such as Obamacare, crippling EPA regulations, and other intrusive overreaches of the Federal Government into our state. Additionally, the State must also diligently protect the rights of citizens from overbearing and burdensome regulation from local municipalities. Private property rights are fundamental to the foundation of Liberty and a free society, and a patchwork of regulations from city to city only inhibits the growth and progress of our state.
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