The core function of government is to secure our rights—to Life, to Liberty, and to pursue Happiness. No right is more critical than the right to life. Stolen property or lost liberty can be regained, but a life once lost is gone forever. I believe life begins at fertilization and ends at natural death. As your representative, I will vote to protect life at all times.
Right to Bear Arms
The right to self-defense is the one on which all others depend. Without the right to defend yourself, you cannot maintain your life, liberty, or property. “Shall not be infringed” means exactly that. The Texas Constitution, Article I Section 23, is also clear—the State of Texas can only seek to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime. Yet today, citizens of Texas are burdened with all sorts of infringements on their right to bear arms that have nothing to do with preventing crime. As your representative, I will vote against any measure that restricts gun rights and will work to remove existing laws preventing law-abiding citizens from owning or bearing arms.
The people’s right to own property is a foundation of the American system. No one should be required to pay taxes to keep what already belongs to them. Property owners should also be able to decide what happens on their property and protect it from abuse or damage. As your representative, I will support legislation that reduces the property tax and secures the rights of property owners.
The Texas Constitution, Article 7, Section 1 states: “A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.” As a former school teacher and current homeschooling father, I do not believe anyone can argue we have an efficient system of public schools in Texas. I will vote to return public education to its mandate of promoting a “general diffusion of knowledge” instead of teaching to a test, growing bureaucracy, or promoting one-size-fits-all centralized curriculum that fails to respect local control.
Parents are the ultimate authority and have the sole responsibility for raising their children. As your representative I will oppose government interference in the parent-child and parent-doctor relationships.
The 10th Amendment
We must restore the balance between the States and the Federal government if this nation is to survive. It is the duty of the states to interpose themselves between an overreaching Federal government and the people that they are designed to serve. As your representative, I will vote against allowing Federal encroachment into Texans’ affairs and in favor of defending individual and state authority protected by the 9th and 10th Amendments.
Economy & Energy
Texas is a state rich with resources: energy, technology, agriculture, and most importantly her people. The most efficient utilization of all of those resources does not come through planning by a centralized committee or agency. It comes through allowing the principles of free market to act. As your representative I will vote to allow individuals to choose their own path to conserve and use their own resources as they see fit and vote to repeal existing regulatory burdens.
We need to secure the border. While there is disagreement over what Texas can do to police the international border, we clearly have the authority and the duty to protect the private property rights of our ranchers and other Texans that own land along the border. As your representative I will vote to protect their property from trespass and damage.