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Stephen Emery's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Stephen Emery has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

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Minnesota Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Scientifically, life begins at conception. This is indisputable. So, to abort a pregnancy is to terminate a life. However, self-defense is a legitimate basis to terminate a pregnancy. However, self-defense in case of pregnancy should not be judged any different than it is applied in other situations. Life should be encouraged in every area.

NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles

I have conducted extensive research into the Title of Nobility Clauses in the Constitution. Inherent in the Clauses is the concept that there should not be a standing army in peacetime. Prior to WWII, this was, more or less, the case for the United States. Eliminating a standing army during peacetime would dramatically reduce the military budget. It also would eliminate any threat to the populace, such as occurred with the Jade Helm exercise, especially when combined with giving state governors complete control over the national guard. Re-implementing this principal would have the additional benefit of demilitarizing the world.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

The Founders intent in implementing the Title of Nobility Clauses of the Constitution was strongly anti-corporation due in large part to the excesses of the East India Tea Company that pervasively controlled the economic aspects of the colonies--and the world. The Sherman Antitrust Act was implemented to address the excesses of the corporation through the Robber Barons. Neither the Clauses nor the Sherman Act are enforced as intended. I would seek to enforce the Clauses and Act as intended to address the current excesses of the corporation, including as it relates to their influence in political campaigns through indirect contributions.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles

The key to economic growth is decentralization, which would include greatly diminishing the effect of the private corporation in society. The ideal economic form is private enterprise--not communism, socialism, or capitalism. Currently, there are three people in the United States who have as much wealth as half its population, and eight people in the world have as much wealth as half its population which would be impossible apart from the corporation. This condition is not only inequitable, but counterproductive to personal development and responsibility in that property ownership is necessary to both.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

Education is a local matter. A "one size fits all" mind-set is foolish. The people locally are more than capable to set and enforce standards that are meaningful to the community. Furthermore, there is no authority whatsoever for the federal government to be involved in education.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

The concept of "man-made global warming" and "greenhouse gases" is an open, in your face, Jonathan Gruber fraud. Any agronomist knows that greenhouses don't produce carbon dioxide. Greenhouses are an oxygen-rich environment because plants consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Carbon dioxide cannot increase in the atmosphere generally because plants consume all the excess--this is a indisputable scientific fact. Man-made global warming and greenhouse gas concepts are simply fear-mongering to implement a massive tax and spend scheme to destroy the United States. Look at the Paris Climate Accord--the United States is the only country with any real obligations!

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am for Constitutional Carry and the Stand Your Ground Defense. I think every able-bodied person should be required to serve in the National Guard for two years. We should implement something like they have in Austria. As a general concept, people should be responsible for their own defense. An armed populace is a safe populace. A disarmed populace is ripe for tyranny and oppression, not only by criminals but by government officials. Originally, people in this country were required to carry arms with them when they traveled. We need to have something like that again.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

ObamaCare is a fraud in every respect and should be repealed post-haste. Jonathan Gruber, the chief architect of the ACA, said "yeah, we lied to the stupid American people" to get it passed. People were promised lower premiums, which proved to be dramatically false. Additionally, there is no basis in the Constitution whatsoever for entitlements, including ObamaCare. The correct system for the needs of people in society is first--personal responsibility, second--family responsibility, and third--charity. Redistribution of wealth through entitlements and the corporation form is tyrannical and despotic.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

Congress has plenary authority over immigration and its policy should be enforced. No person, least of all people who aren't even citizens of this country, should have access to my resources or the resources of anyone else--through the public treasury or otherwise. If the "bleeding hearts" feel a need to help the "less fortunate" from other countries, they can do so through their own resources. No one has a right to be generous with my resources. If people from other countries could be denied access to the public treasury, I would be favorable toward open immigration for responsible aliens.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

There are three options toward drug use--the model we have, the model Asians use, and no prohibitions but properly punishing the effects of drug use. The model we have doesn't work. The Asian model works, but would be harsh to implement--especially in the short term--but it has the benefit of being very effective over the long-term. I think it is a state issue. There is no basis whatsoever for the federal government to have an expansive criminal justice system. The "laboratory of democracy" would produce the best result if left to the 50 states to address.

YesCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a disaster. Part of the reason for that is because the United States hasn't recognized that Islam is a clear and present danger to the United States--and to all that is good. If we had that mind-set, and acted accordingly, the result would have been much better. The United States needs to do everything possible to oppose the idolatry of Islam and strengthen Israel which would include recognizing and enforcing the historical borders of Israel.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I would seek to vigorously enforce the Title of Nobility Clauses and the Sherman Antitrust Act which would have the effect of dramatically reducing the influence of the corporation in the United States and around the world and increasing the wealth of the population generally. I would seek to give Christians the right to refuse any good or service based on their religious convictions. I would seek to disburse resources from the federal government to the people and the States, including undeveloped federal lands.

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