Like Thomas Jefferson, I believe that the Tenth Amendment is the cornerstone of our federal Constitution, a compact, which owes its entire existence to the original 13 Free, Independent, Sovereign States, where the People of 13 distinct societies, acted in their highest sovereign capacity, by ratifying & entering into the compact that is called the Constitution of the United States of America.
And, it was the People of these States, who convened in 13 separate State ratifying Conventions, and acting in their highest sovereign capacity, freely gave their voluntary consent, for their State to ratify and enter into the Compact, from which our Federal System owes its existence.
State leaders must be vigilante & always prepared to stand to the line in order to preserve our Federal System. A system that ensures & protects the American tradition of Local Control of Schools & State Rights.
Our system is a system unlike any other. It is a system where our citizens are free to take on as much of the responsibilities for governing themselves as they believe themselves competent to handle, for themselves. We trust our citizens to know what is best for their family, their industry, their child’s schooling, their local school boards, their State government, and their federal government.
TAXES: The Best way to attract business to the State of Oklahoma is to create a business friendly environment; and as we all know businesses flock to the States where taxes are low and where regulations go only as far as necessary to protect our citizens & their pursuits; not to enrich bureaucrats in Oklahoma City & Washington D.C..
EDUCATION: I believe in local control of schools. I am adamantly opposed to federal intrusions upon our State and our local school districts. I am in favor of a complete & total repeal of Common Core, along with the left-wing common core aligned social studies curriculum. money for common education is there; it is simply being siphoned away in order to pay for fat cats in higher education.
GUN RIGHTS: I will protect our 2nd Amendment Freedoms from ANY State, Federal, and/or Global (i.e., UN) intrusions. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is an Inalienable, God-given Right.
RELIGION: I am a Southern Baptist. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour. Religion is a matter best left to the States, the Churches, and to the People of the States comprising the Union, as was originally intended by our Founding Fathers.
ABORTION: I’m pro-life. I believe that life begins at conception.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: I am opposed to illegal immigration. Milton Friedman once said: “It is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare. And you cannot have both.” He was right.
You cannot provide amnesty nor can you allow free & open immigration in a country where there exists an involuntary taxpayer funded Welfare State, especially not in the United States today.
Why not? Simple.
How can any responsible leader promise to provide American citizenship (and all of the government entitlements that come along with it) at a time when the trustees of our two biggest federal entitlement programs (Social Security and Medicare) project that both programs will be insolvent within the next 15 (FIFTEEN) years?
How can we promise new entitlements to new immigrants when we are still grappling over how we’re going to maintain the promises we’ve already made to American citizens?
We cannot, and it’s time for our governments to set priorities, and do right by our own citizens.
SIZE & SCOPE of GOVERNMENT: Our State & Federal governments are bloated, and are acting in areas that go beyond the proper functions for which they were created.