Immigration and Border Security
I am deeply concerned about the lack of security on our border and our broken immigration system. The current administrationâ€™s unconstitutional executive overreach has lead our country to be threatened now more than ever. I personally led a private sector program, working with state and federal agencies, that was successful in apprehending hundreds of criminals as they entered the United States, while at the same time helping Americans on and near the border who struggle under the constant threat of cartel violence. Our government continues to look the other way instead of instituting real reforms, such as eliminating the magnets of chain migration, in-state tuition, free healthcare and education. Politicians in Austin have done very little to protect our state from this burden, which is unsustainable. The lawlessness from this administration must stop and as Texans we can do better.
School choice is nothing less than a modern day civil rights issue. The philosophy of school children of this generation will be the philosophy of the government ofÂ the next. I do not believe it serves our country well to have those future leaders brainwashed from an early age as liberal progressives who lack any understanding of our country and Constitution. We need to improve our education system immediately by injecting free market principles and eliminating one-size-fits-all, centrally-planned education. Government monopolies never work, so why trust it with our children and their future? I support local control of schools including charter schools and any other system that protects parents’ rights to ensure their child gets a great education. We are punishing low-income children by forcing them to stay in underperforming schools. If we donâ€™t unchain our youth from the shackles of our current system, every generation that follows will be worse off than we are now, and American exceptionalism will become a thing of the past.
Budget and the Economy
I believe that a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. State budget growth has far outpaced anything sensible or sustainable. Even with a Republican majority in the Texas House, our budget has exploded. There are simple steps we could take immediately to control our addiction to spending. I believe we should, at minimum, institute a cap on the growth of government at no more than population plus inflation and then work to reduce the burden on taxpayers. The Legislature should institute zero-based budgeting making every agency budget for their needs instead of adding to what they already get. Nothing will spur our economy more quickly than our hard working taxpayers keeping a larger percentage of their money so they can spend, invest, or risk it on new business. That is the key to economic growth.
“[A redefinition of marriage] fundamentally reorients the institution of marriage away from the needs and rights of children, towards the desires of adults.” â€“ Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.
In a few short decades we have seen increasing pressure on the single most important foundation to a civil society: the traditional family. There are a number of excellent and extensive scientific studies (here and here) that debunk the current push/agenda towards destroying the traditional family unit. While I believe that people are free to choose the lifestyle they want, this cannot mean that we undo thousands of years of proven societal function and anthropological truth. This is precisely what is happening, however, as the pace of attacks on the traditional family unit continues to escalate with a push towards a complete reversal of mainstream thinking. We are all entitled to our own opinions but are not entitled to our own facts, and by every measure of statistics and science, it is damaging to a nation and its children to pursue marriage that does not involve one man and one woman. When we take the pillar of our society and begin to crack it and remove it, why are we surprised when the society collapses? When the traditional family unit of a married mother and father is changed, child poverty goes up, education goes down. Child abuse goes up, child nurturing goes down. Social dysfunction goes up, emotional health goes down. Crime goes up, peace goes down. The overwhelming majority of social scientific evidence supports the idea that gender differentiated parenting is important for human development and the contribution of fathers to childbearing is unique and irreplaceable. 70% of black children in our country today are born into fatherless homes, 60% in Washington, D.C. and 43% of all children today. We cannot expect prosperity when we continue to kick out pillars, redefine what a family unit looks like, redefine the purpose of family, and redefine how God intends a family to operate with two equal in value individuals who have distinct roles and responsibilities. This is a direct attack on our religious liberty. I will strongly defend traditional family values; it is the only way to preserve our society.
The Federalist Papers clearly discuss the fear the Founders had of an all-powerful central government, which is why the federal government is only supposed to have powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution. I believe that Washington has not adhered to these purposeful and intentional restrictions and instead has far exceeded its authority, threatening our freedoms and liberties. This threat comes from both a lawless executive branch and an ever-growing bureaucracy. Frederick Douglass was right when he said, â€œI believe limited government is necessary to maintain freedom and liberty. I believe unlimited government always ends in bondage.â€ We are blessed to have choices in this country; with 50 different states acting as 50 laboratories of democracy, people can choose which stateâ€™s policies work the best for them. The states should be pushing back against an increasingly out of control central government. Other states are looking to Texas to lead the fight against this overreach and I will lead the charge to ensure we remain the tip of the spear.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I am a lifelong hunter and gun enthusiast, and have an extensive collection of hunting guns, semi-automatic rifles and machine guns. I began studying crime and gun-control laws decades ago. My final college paper focused on the benefits of concealed carry laws long before it was passed in Texas, and I believe more attention needs to be given to the fact that violent crime rates go down when more guns are in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Sadly, many Texans are uncomfortable with unashamedly defending our 2nd Amendment rights, yet this is a war on our liberties that we need to not only vigorously defend but also continue to expand.
Role of Government
I believe the role of government is to uphold and strengthen the Constitution by protecting the borders and our national security interests, providing a fair judicial system, maintaining order so that our citizens may live free of fear and securing the Blessings of Liberty by protecting our inalienable rights. Our Founders understood the depravity of man and put specific checks and balances in place to protect citizens from government. Today our government is more like the tyranny the Founders feared as it intrudes into every facet of our citizensâ€™ lives, and this abuse is threatening our liberties like never before. For many politicians it is business as usual instead of representing the interests of those they have sworn to serve. Clearly they have rejected the foundational understanding of what makes a people prosper. I personally will not stand for convictions of convenience, or sideways and foolish leadership that continues to lead us down such a destructive path. Free-market capitalism should determine success and failure without the government trying to pick winners and losers because when politicians go down this path, someoneâ€™s liberties are trampled on. I believe it is time to reign in this infringement and create a new normal: one that looks like the timeless vision of the Constitution.
Abortion is easily the most sensitive and painful topic of our time as it has touched so many mothers and fathers, but it must be discussed. This issue cannot be about shaming those who have been down this path, but rather shining light on the other side. There is no longer a debate about whether or not life exists from the moment of conception; scientists the world over have proven life at conception as fact. Some of the worldâ€™s most prominent scientists and physicians testified to a U.S. Senate committee that human life begins at conception:
- â€œIt is scientifically correct to say that individual human life begins at conception.â€ Dr. M. Mathews-Roth, MD, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School.
- â€œI have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conceptionâ€¦. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human lifeâ€¦.I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of pubertyâ€¦is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.â€ Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
- â€œBy all criteria of molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.â€ Professor Hymie Gordon, Mayo Clinic.
- â€œAfter fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into beingâ€¦It is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. Each individual life has a very net beginning, at conception.â€ Dr. Jerome LeJeune, professor of genetics at the University of Descartes in Paris.
- â€œThe beginning of a single human life is from a biological point of view a simple and straightforward matterâ€”the beginning is conception. This straightforward biological fact should not be distorted to serve sociological, political, or economic goals.â€ Dr. Watson A. Bowes, University of Colorado Medical School.
- A prominent physician points out that at these Senate hearings, â€œPro-abortionists, though invited to do so, failed to produce even a single expert witness who would specifically testify that life begins at any point other than conception or implantation. Only one witness said no one can tell when life begins.â€
The life inside a woman is a life indeed, and calling a child anything other than that, such as a zygote, embryo, fetus or cluster of cells, is an attempt to deceive society into thinking otherwise. Terminating the life of a child is not something we get to choose to do and should never be a matter of debate, period. We cannot kill a child in the womb through a drunken driving episode without being charged with murder, but it is legal to kill a child in the womb via abortion. It is time for the inconsistent logic to come to an end. 6000 deaths from Ebola occurred during the outbreak panic, while 6000 children were killed this week in America from abortion. Did we hear about this? 40% of our workforce has been wiped out by abortion. In the black community alone, abortion doctors kill more black children in one week than the KKK killed in the entire 20th century. 60 million babiesâ€™ lives have been ended since Roe vs. Wade in 1973 because we are playing with words and refusing to call a child in the womb what it is. IT IS A LIFE. Life inside the womb where it cannot be seen is just as much of a life as a toddler, teenager, or adult, and these lives are offered certain inalienable rights just as all other human lives. As our Founding Fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence, â€œWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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.â€ I will fight to protect the dignity of life from womb to the tomb.