"Our founding fathers formed a nation with a deliberately constrained federal government, a nation in which individual freedom offered the promise of the American Dream to anyone willing to work for it. Over the years, however, a liberal counterrevolution has been working to smother the Spirit of 1776 and form a 'nanny state,' a nation in which the government believes it knows better how to run your life than you do. We need to stand up and loudly declare that ours is a government of, by, and for the people, and that it exists to serve us, not us to serve it."
Where Does KGF Stand on the Issues?
Individual empowerment over government dependency
Lower taxes, less spending, balanced budget.
Free market solutions
Pro-American immigration policies
Law and order
According to the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "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." As such, with no mention of education in the Constitution, it is clearly a power reserved for each individual state. As a Constitutional Conservative, I believe the U.S. Department of Education should be abolished, and all questions regarding education should be left to the individual state governments. That being said, as an educator for almost 25 years, and an educational leadership researcher, I do support increased teacher pay, greater principal autonomy, greater educator involvement in policymaking, school choice, and reforming our schools from indoctrination centers to repositories of independent thinking.
In the tradition of the founders' wishes, I believe in smaller, leaner government in all issues involving individual freedom. Thomas Jefferson said during the the time the Constitution was being debated, "Congress are not to add taxes ad libitum, for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts, or provide for the general welfare of the union.” Our leaders in Washington D.C. have not listened to those wise words. We have been overtaxed, the Congress has overspent, and our national debt has ballooned. We need to reduce the tax burden on all tax-paying Americans, provide tax breaks to average Americans looking to start small businesses and create jobs, eliminate wasteful spending, implement the line item veto, and require a balanced budget each year.
We do not have a healthcare problem, we have a health insurance and cost problem. Our healthcare is the greatest in the world, although soaring costs make some services unattainable. It should always be our goal to guarantee every citizen of the United States has affordable healthcare, and pre-existing conditions cannot be used to deny insurance to any citizen. However, the bloated bureaucracies of the federal government do not run any program efficiently or effectively. Therefore, government-run healthcare should not be an option. Health insurance should be able to be purchased across state lines, there must be price transparency from medical professionals, and pharmaceuticals should be open to purchase internationally, allowing free market forces to regulate costs and make healthcare more affordable.
The Earth's climate has periodic episodes of warming, as well as periodic ice ages. Climate change is a natural phenomenon that may be exacerbated by certain human activities. I do not believe, as the liberal socialists have loudly claimed, that we are in a climate crisis with the Earth on the brink of destruction. I support climate change initiatives that do not completely alter the way we live our lives such as clean energy innovation (including carbon capture technology), recycling programs, tree-planting programs, pollution reduction initiatives, and transportation modernization.
The United States of America is the greatest nation in the history of the world, and the greatest force of good that has ever existed. As the beacon of freedom for all other peoples across the globe, there is no room for discrimination of any sort. The Declaration of Independence clearly states, "...All men are created equal." All groups sowing divisions between the races must be disavowed, and those groups involved in destructive and/or harmful behavior should be labeled domestic terrorists and dealt with accordingly. We need to firmly "Back the Blue" by supporting our law enforcement officers, while also providing for justice in cases of police brutality. Racial equality and social justice cannot be promoted by further injustice, and we cannot help one group by punishing another. I support empowering those communities that have been historically underserved and underprivileged, working to improve relations between law enforcement and minority communities, providing additional training to law enforcement officers along with greater transparency, and the implementation of policies that guarantee equal rights without conferring special privilege.
America first, America last, America always. Our national security policy must always be to emphasize policies, alliances, relations, and actions that serve the national interests of the United States and its people. Ronald Reagan's "Peace Through Strength" philosophy should be the backbone of our national security, always maintaining American military and economic preeminence in the international theater. We must maintain our presence internationally while avoiding involvement in foreign entanglements. I support fully funding our armed forces, fulfilling our obligations to allies, and standing up to any foreign or terrorist threat. American troops should never be placed under the command of any foreign power, including the UN; military intervention, while always on the table, should only be used as a last resort, and diplomacy must always occur from a position of strength. I also support defunding any organization that pursues anti-American policies.
SEPARATION OF POWERS
The Constitution specifically ensures the separation of powers between the three branches of government to ensure that the United States would never have to deal with tyranny of the few or tyranny of the many. Accordingly, the legislative branch (Congress) has the power to make laws, the executive branch (President) has the responsibility to execute laws and policies, and the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court) is responsible for determining the constitutionality of laws. Over the centuries, there have been times where various branches have overreached. In order to continue to ensure the government as designed by the founders, and maintain our system of checks and balances, I support amending the Constitution to set the number of Supreme Court justices at 9, requiring a supermajority to bring impeachment charges against a president, appointing textualist judges to the judiciary, congressional term limits, and a line item veto for the president.
America has been a land of immigrants, a place of hope and dreams, since the 1600s. Immigrants have contributed greatly to American society, and our national doors should always remain open to those who choose to come to our shores legally. Unfortunately, the new liberalism supports open borders, with no enforcement of immigration laws - sanctuary cities, free services for illegal aliens, and perks that many American citizens struggle to achieve. We need to secure our borders, increase international cooperation in cracking down on illegal immigration, ban sanctuary cities and prosecute those who refuse to enforce immigration laws, end chain immigration and birth-right citizenship, and always promote policies that support and encourage legal immigration.