The main function of government should always be to protect our rights, including the right to life. In fact, the Declaration of Independence says “that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are LIFE…” and it further clarifies that “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men.” The Fourteenth Amendment provides Constitutional protections in that no person shall be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without due process. I have and always will stand in support of protecting the life of the unborn.
The Second Amendment is abundantly clear that the right to keep and bear arms is a right belonging to the people that should not be infringed. As a strong advocate of expanding protections for gun owners, I have continually championed second amendment legislation at the Oklahoma State Capitol and will continue to fight for those rights on the federal level.
The American people in their ingenuity have proven time after time that they can achieve greatness when given the liberty and opportunity to try, free from government interference. The over-regulation of our society has become a huge burden on business and is an even larger barrier to the entry for new businesses. During my time in the Oklahoma State Senate I have consistently worked to repeal and eliminate unnecessary laws, rules, and regulations. I will continue that fight on the federal level to lower regulatory burdens, eliminate over-reaching laws, bring accountability to government, and fight expanding bureaucracies so Oklahoma’s people and businesses have an environment to create, expand, and thrive in.
We don’t have a revenue problem in Washington D.C., we have a spending problem. Our national debt has grown to astronomical proportions to over $19 trillion, meaning over $60,000 in debt per citizen. History has shown that empires cannot continue to expand indefinitely while debasing their currency. As a fiscal conservative I have fought to eliminate waste in Oklahoma government and focus on sustaining core functions of government for our state. The Constitution grants limited responsibilities to the federal government and it is time we get back to those core functions and return all other responsibilities to the states where they rightly belong.