Spending and debt have gotten out of control. The federal government is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren. This must be stopped. The Constitution of the United States needs to have a balanced budget amendment to force the federal government to stop this reckless spending. I support and call for the state of Wyoming to lead the charge in getting a balanced budget amendment proposed and ratified by 3/4th of the states.
Although the above goals are the primary reason I have decided to run for office, I believe it is important for voters to understand how their elected officials stand on all major issues. It is vital for members of the government be transparent in their votes, allowing them to be held accountable by the citizens they represent. With that in mind, what follows is where I stand on a variety of issues, presented in alphabetical order:
I believe that life is sacred. I also believe that a woman has the right to her own body. That is why rapists and other crimes that violate a woman’s body must be punished to the full extent of the law. But when two consenting adults engage in sexual behavior and an unwanted pregnancy results, the taking of an innocent life is not the answer. I support any legislation to protect the lives of unborn children.
Character and Moral Conduct
Public respect and esteem toward public officials has fallen to a shameful level. A cause of this national state of disgrace is the deterioration of personal character among government leaders, exacerbated by the lack of public outcry against immoral conduct by public office holders. If they cannot be trusted in private life, neither can they be trusted in public life. I believe corruption in government should not be tolerated and that criminal punishment should be pursued when necessary. When there is corruption within members of a political party, the party should lead the charge to get rid of them. If a party cannot keep its own house clean, how can they be trusted to govern?
If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Crime, in most cases, is to be dealt with by state and local governments. I support the right of states and localities to execute criminals convicted of capital crimes and to require restitution for the victims of criminals. Federal involvement in state and local criminal justice processes should be limited to that which is Constitutionally permitted.
Furthermore, I oppose defendants being charged and tried by both state and federal jurisdictions under different laws for the same alleged criminal act, thus violating the Constitutionally secured prohibition against double jeopardy.
I am opposed to "hate crime" legislation and to enhanced penalties for so called hate crimes. Nobody can read another’s mind, so there is no reasonable way to prosecute such laws. We recognize that a real result of the designation of "hate crime" is to extend federal jurisdiction to crimes which would otherwise be in the province of the states and to legislate our thoughts.
Domestic Federal Aid
Because the Constitution assigns all powers not delegated to the federal government to the states or the people, domestic federal aid is unconstitutional and illegal. To put a stop to this and restore the intended balance of power between the states and the federal government, the states need to decline to accept all monies from the federal government for any purpose not specifically and clearly articulated in the Constitution, and reject all federal mandates and regulations which are unconstitutional. Wyoming should take the lead in refusing unconstitutional domestic federal aid.
According to the Constitution, one of the basic responsibilities of the federal government is to protect our sovereignty. A strong national defense is vital.
I also support a well-trained and highly organized volunteer state home militia, and voluntary Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) military training in our schools, colleges, and universities.
I call attention to the continuing need for a sufficient supply of energy for national security and support the immediate adoption of a policy of free market solutions to achieve energy independence.
Private property rights should be respected, and the federal government should not interfere with the development of potential energy sources, including natural gas, hydroelectric power, solar energy, wind generators, and nuclear energy. Neither the state nor the federal government should pick winners or losers, but should allow markets to try any and all energy sources leading to individuals finding the best choices for themselves.
It is our responsibility to be prudent, productive and efficient stewards of natural resources. This requires a proper balance between development and conservation and between use and preservation.
In keeping with this requirement, I support realistic efforts to preserve the environment and reduce pollution - air, water, and land. However, like everything else the federal government has done, their legislation to protect the environment has not worked the way it was intended and has had many negative side effects.
I support the repeal of federal wetlands legislation and the federal Endangered Species Act. Moreover, I oppose any attempt to designate private or public property as United Nations World Heritage sites or Biosphere reserves. I oppose environmental treaties and conventions such as the Biodiversity Treaty, the Convention on Climate Control, and Agenda 21, which destroy our sovereignty and right to private property.
The family is sacred and is the ultimate authority, not the government. Parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to nurture, educate, and discipline their children. I oppose the assumption of any of these responsibilities by any governmental agency without the express delegation of the parents or legal due process. I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and oppose changing the definition of marriage to allow for same sex marriages.
The government works for the people. We do not answer to them, they answer to us. We need to drastically reduce the size and scope of the federal government and return the power to the states and individuals.
All health care decisions should be made by individuals for themselves and not by state or federal governments. I will support removing all mandates by the government regarding the purchase of insurance or coverage requirements. I will support opening the purchase of insurance across state lines, to better enable individuals to find plans that meet their financial and health needs.
Wyoming has a severe shortage of several physician specialties including obstetricians. Because Wyoming is a mostly rural state, many patients must travel long distances to reach a quality hospital. For these reasons, I support legalizing midwives which could travel to patients that are far from a hospital and could take some of the burden off of the obstetricians. Ideally, most of the midwives would work in concert with one or more obstetricians, handling most checkups and deliveries of low risk individuals allowing the obstetricians more time to care for individuals with complications. This would improve care, increase choices, and reduce costs.
Doctors in Wyoming have few choices in malpractice insurance. Many doctors are stopping practicing due to the high cost of insurance reducing our already limited access to doctors, especially specialists. I would also work to pass tort reform, to reduce the cost of malpractice insurance for our doctors. This would also reduce the cost of healthcare and increase our access to doctors.
I affirm the integrity of the international borders of these United States and the Constitutional authority and duty of the federal government to guard and to protect those borders, including the regulation of the numbers and of the qualifications of immigrants into the country.
I oppose the provision of welfare subsidies and other taxpayer-supported benefits to illegal aliens, and reject the practice of bestowing U.S. citizenship on children born to illegal alien parents while in this country. I oppose any extension of amnesty to illegal aliens. Amnesty rewards those who do not obey our laws, while punishing those who are seeking to immigrate legally. I support the use of U.S. troops to protect the states against invasion.
I oppose bilingual ballots and believe that those who wish to take part in the electoral process and governance of this nation be required to read and comprehend basic English as a precondition of citizenship. I support English as the official language for all governmental business by these United States.
Most people do not know that it is illegal to use gold and silver as payment for goods and services, but it is. With the potential coming collapse of the dollar due to the financial recklessness of the Federal Reserve and Congress, law abiding citizens of Wyoming will need a legal alternative money with which to transact business. I support adoption of state laws that would allow gold and silver to be used as legal tender, and provide for tax-free conversion of silver and gold coin and bullion to and from paper money.
Personal and Private Property Security
The Fourth Amendment grants the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. I believe this includes general and unwarranted electronic surveillance, national computer databases, and national identification cards. Civil governments must be strictly limited in their powers to intrude upon the persons and private property of individual citizens, in particular, that no place be searched and no thing be seized, except upon proof of probable cause that a crime has been committed and the proper judicial warrant issued.
I oppose legislation and administrative action utilizing asset forfeiture laws which enable the confiscation of the private property of persons not involved in the crime. Forfeiture of assets can only be enforced after conviction of the property owner as a penalty for a crime. Such forfeitures must follow full due process of law under criminal prosecution standards.
The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution limits the federal power of eminent domain solely to the purchase of private property with just compensation for public use - not for public ownership, such as urban renewal, environmental protection, or historic preservation. Under no circumstances may the federal government take private property, by means of rules and regulations which preclude or substantially reduce the productive use of the property, even with just compensation.
I believe that all elected officials are public servants. Their pay should be kept low to discourage unethical individuals from seeking public service for financial gain and power. I also believe that voters should look to elect individuals with a proven track record of integrity, service, and good judgment.
Both the US and Wyoming Congress should not receive any benefits after leaving office, but should be subjected to all of the laws which they have passed. I would support legislation on either term limits or limiting the number of successive terms an individual may serve. When elected officials live separated from their constituents for too long, they lose the ability to see all the effects of their legislation. New representatives can bring fresh ideas, while people in office too long stagnate.
The Constitution grants no authority to the federal government either to grant or deny the religious expressions of the people in any place. Both the First and Tenth Amendments forbid such tyranny. I call upon all branches of government to cease their attacks on the religious liberties of the people and the states, regardless of the forum in which these liberties are exercised.
The Constitution delegated few, enumerated powers to the Federal Government, reserving all remaining powers to the States and the people. Thus, powers of the federal government were the exception rather than the rule.
Our federal republic was created by joint action of the several states. It has been gradually perverted into a socialist machine for federal control in the domestic affairs of the states and its citizens. The federal government has no authority to mandate policies relating to state education, natural resources, transportation, private business, housing, and health care, ad infinitum.