In America, and particularly in North Carolina, elected officials are
meant to be employees and servants of the people, not our masters. I
pledge never to forget that as I serve in Raleigh. While no public
official is ever going to please absolutely everyone, he/she should at
least be responsive to the concerns of the people, and seek first of all
to uphold their rights, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
The right to own property is one of the most cherished hallmarks of
American citizenship. We need our legislators to make it more difficult,
not easier, for government entities to deprive citizens of their
private property. That is why I will always put the property rights of
citizens above the whims of irresponsible government entities, and seek
to restrict the exercise of eminent domain to instances of genuine
necessity for public use, and not the nebulous idea of public purpose, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
I am seeking to put forth an amendment to our State Constitution to the
effect that no annexation initiated by a municipality may occur unless
the people threatened with annexation, and they alone, are allowed to
vote, and a supermajority of those voting approve the annexation. It
would also prohibit any municipality from exercising any authority
beyond its corporate limits. This is a simple matter of justice. The
people should not be controlled by officials they did not elect; and
they should be allowed to have the final say in whether they will be
annexed, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
GUN OWNER RIGHTS
Without the right to keep and bear arms, the people have no means of
securing their freedom. The framers of the US Constitution understood
this, and put the Second Amendment into the Constitution for that
reason. They had just had to fight to throw of the tyranny of the
British government. They knew that, no matter how wonderful a form of
government they gave us, humans are corruptible, and the government
might become tyrannical again. So they wanted the people to be free
always to fight for their freedom, even against their own government if
need be. Government officials today who deny this know better. They
understand all too well that this is the meaning of the
Second Amendment. That's why people like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,
and Chuck Schumer want to get rid of our right to keep and bear arms.
Never trust anyone who wants to disarm our citizens. They are potential
tyrants who bear watching. We must be ever vigilant to preserve our
freedom. As an NRA member, who fully supports the Second Amendment,
the NRA, the GRNC, and other supporters of gun owner rights have no
greater friend than I in Raleigh, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
Wasteful spending and government involvement in matters where it has no
business must be curtailed, and taxation reduced accordingly. Honest,
hard-working citizens should not be struggling to make ends meet because
they are over-taxed for the sake of wasteful government spending. Money
designated for one purpose should not be misappropriated to another, as
has often been done with money from the Highway Trust Fund. Special
interest groups such as Planned Parenthood should never receive any
taxpayer money through the government. The government should never be
in competition with private enterprise. Rather than give away taxpayer
money to selected businesses to get them to come in from outside the
State, overcrowding our communities and schools and overloading our
infrastructure with an artificially generated influx of new people from
other States, we should instead lower our personal and corporate income
taxes to the lowest in the nation so that our existing businesses can
create jobs for the citizens we already have.
I really think we ought to try to eliminate all income taxes and move
toward a sales tax structure, instead. If we at least had the lowest
income taxes in the nation, businesses would be eager to come here,
anyway. There would be no need for incentives packages that immorally
take money out of the pockets of our existing citizens. I want to lower
your taxes, and reduce crippling regulations on business, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
The first priority and main function of legitimate government is to
defend innocent human life, from conception until natural death, and to
punish those who violate it. I will do all I can to see that innocent
human life, at every stage of life, is protected in our State, and
support the death penalty for those who commit premeditated murder, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
The most basic unit of human society is the family. Family is based on
marriage between one man and one woman, as God ordained it to be.
Marriage is nothing other than that. That is why I support the Marriage
Amendment. Parents should be recognized as the first authority, with the
first responsibility over their children's education and discipline. To
regain the former greatness of our society, we must do all we can to
encourage and strengthen the institution of the traditional family, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
Illegal aliens are causing a drain on our resources, and present a real
threat to our security. I am appalled at the idea of allowing illegal
aliens to get away with breaking our nation's immigration laws, and
taking jobs from citizens and legal residents. We need to seek out every
incentive that tempts them to break our laws in coming here, and
eliminate it. The only thing illegal aliens have the right to do in
North Carolina is to leave. I do feel that those who obey our laws in
coming here could be treated more fairly than they sometimes are.
However, we should not allow those who break our immigration laws to
prosper or receive any special benefits from doing so. We also need to
make English the official language of our State and our nation. The
rights, privileges, and duties of citizenship need to be respected and
preserved, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.
We need to adopt a policy of assertive development of our natural
resources, including oil exploration, extraction, and refining within
our State, including our offshore reserves. We need not waste our time
and resources on developing windmill technology, which is simply not
cost-effective. We need to pursue development of our natural gas
reserves and careful placement of nuclear power facilities, as well as
the use of coal and water power to produce electricity. North Carolina
needs to do our part in eliminating our national dependence on foreign
oil. We need to be careful in how we extract these resources, in order
to avoid or at least minimize pollution. But we do not need to continue
to allow ourselves to be crippled in the pursuit of energy security and
independence by environmental extremism, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE MATTER.