*Pro-Life: I believe life begins at conception and that it is the responsibility of all people to protect the lives of those who cannot defend themselves. If you've ever seen a sonogram or witnessed one of the new 3-D sonograms, you know there is incontrovertible evidence that the there is a child in the mother's womb. However, I would say that if we reduce the number of abortions, it won't be fully accomplished through legislation; it's a heart issue, and we need to put our focus where it belongs and continue to provide viable alternatives for pregnant women who don't want to abort these precious children.
*Equality and Respect for all People: I believe all people are valuable and should be treated with love and respect because we were created in the image of God. We are going to disagree with one another, but our disagreements need to be more about the issues and less about personalities. As the old proverb states, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."
*The Need for REAL Immigration Reform: Any person who has entered our country illegally and has been convicted of a violent felony should be deported immediately! ICE should focus their attention on the criminal elements that threaten the safety of Americans.
READ MY IMMIGRATION REFORM PLAN
*Law Enforcement and First Responders: On January 11, 1974, my uncle, Robert Harold Harrison, Jr. was a California Highway Patrolman who was killed in the line of duty. Though I was just a young man, the memory I have of my family will be forever imprinted on my mind. Uncle Harold's loss was as equally extraordinary, as he was a person. From that moment this seven-year-old boy developed an incredible respect for the courageous men and women who put their lives on the line whether in law enforcement or as first responders. I am a staunch supporter of law enforcement and first responders and believe these are the TRUE HEROES in our society who should receive our full support! I'm 100% for:
1) Increasing the pay of officers, while cutting other wasteful line items in spending;
2) Providing law enforcement the resources needed to do their jobs, including counseling support;
3) Allowing police to do their jobs without placing additional immigration responsibilities on them - ICE is responsible for immigration;
4) Supplementing police agencies with members of our military in areas needed;
5) Protecting the federal rights of officers against recrimination for any information shared in confidential debrief or counseling sessions; and
6) Protecting police and first responder pensions!
*Gun owner rights: I am a proud gun owner, and I believe in upholding the rights of every American afforded to them by the Second Amendment. Every citizen should have the right to gun ownership to protect themselves and their families. Conversely, convicted felons and those who receive a dishonorable discharge from military service MUST be put in the federal database so we can do everything in our power to limit people not getting guns who should not have them. We CANNOT have a repeat of what took place in Sutherland Springs, Texas! The Bottom Line: Criminals will find a way to get guns, and we need the good people to serve as a deterrent to their criminal plans.
*Social Security: I believe we MUST protect Social Security so that every person who paid into the system gets their money back out. My parents and in-laws are just like other seniors who count on this income to pay their bills on a monthly basis. This money belongs to the people who trusted the federal government to take care of their future. If the government were to default on paying seniors their hard-earned income, they would be guilty of the most massive Ponzi scheme in history! We MUST protect our seniors!
*Pro-Death Penalty: I am pro death penalty for those who willingly choose to take the lives of a human being when there is indisputable evidence they are the murderer. For those who wonder: How can you be Pro-Life and Pro-Death Penalty? Don't the two beliefs conflict? No, they don't. There is no moral equivalent to protecting a defenseless unborn child versus administering the death penalty to a cold-blooded killer who heartlessly took the life of another human being. I've had two friends who have been murdered who were 100% innocent, yet their lives tragically ended far too short! When a person chooses to end the life of another, they forfeit their rights and should face the stiffest of penalties!
*Limited Government: The original framers of the Constitution never envisioned the level of involvement of government in the lives of its people as we are witnessing today. The Bill of Rights, seen below on this page, was written to protect our liberties. Sadly, the federal government today has FAR EXCEEDED their reach, and we must return to the original intent of our Founding Fathers.
*Environment and Natural Resources: We have a responsibility to do everything reasonably within our power to protect the environment. We need to seriously advance solar and wind power options while continuing to find ways to make oil and gas burn more cleanly. The government has talked about doing this for years, and there has been some progress, but we need to get the finest in the world working on this project so we can stop talking and start implementing!
*Education: I believe education is the key to transformation, and one of the highest callings in life is that of a teacher. If it were not for my teachers, I would not be the person I am today. Teachers challenged me to think, disciplined me, and pushed me further than I would have myself. I know teachers deserve better compensation for their contribution to society, and we must find workable solutions to communicate support and show how much we value them.
*Term Limits: I am a staunch proponent of term limits for members of Congress, with a maximum of 12 years of service in any particular seat. My concern is we are creating a climate of professional politicians who know what to say when they speak to people, but somewhere along the line, there is a disconnect. Furthermore, if the role of President has term limits, it only makes sense that Congress would impose a similar standard on themselves!
*Amending the 20th Amendment: I am calling for an amendment of the 20th amendment that gives 4 year terms to all members of Congress, rather than the 6 years for Senators and 2 years for Representatives. It makes no sense for Congressmen to be elected every two years, as they fight to get re-elected for one year, spend a year governing, and then start the process all over again.
I've joked for years that common sense isn’t all that common and when Congress passes a budget that allows for more spending than what is brought in through taxpayer revenue, that’s proof of my statement. I don’t know how it works around your house, but at my house when we see that finances are running close, we cut spending. We don’t get to go and print more money or write checks that our accounts won’t cover. We minimize our personal credit cards because we don't want to go into debt. I’m concerned about what I’m going to leave to my children.
In the same way, I'm concerned about what we are leaving to our children and grandchildren as a nation. When I click on the DEBT CLOCK and watch our national debt continue to climb higher and higher with every second, it sickens me! It's time for
GOVERNMENT MUST REDUCE SPENDING TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT!!! We MUST STOP entering into agreements that will plunge us further into debt and steal the hope of our nation's youth!
Bill of Rights
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
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.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The 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.