Mark attended Thomas Jefferson's so called "Academic Village" for graduate school. Whether it was there at Virginia, or years earlier under his father's lessons at the farm, somewhere along the way he developed a life's passion for liberty and freedom -- hallmarks of the American experiment. The central tenant of his political philosophy has always been rooted in maximizing personal freedom which is in turn why he believes so strongly in limiting government. He has always believed that politics boiled down to one simple question, "Who is going to make the decision, you or somebody else?
In a society of limited government, you make the choices about your life. In a political society, which is inevitable as government grows, someone else does. For that reason George Washington warned us that, "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master." This was the thinking of each of the founding fathers, and this is why he believes they were so deliberate about including the right to keep and bear arms. Mark has always been a staunch defender of the second amendment and would continue to be so if elected to Congress.
Of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, no right is more fundamental than that of life, and as such, Mark is pro-life, believing that life begins at conception.
More than anything he has come to believe that a limited government is vital to the pursuit of happiness. The ability to pursue one's dreams, to build a family, to use one's talents to help others and to glorify God and so much more -- rests in a limited government that leaves each one of us with the financial resources and freedom to pursue these things.
It's for these reasons that all of his focus on making government smaller, more efficient and more accountable is ultimately aimed in one final direction the birthright of all Americans, freedom.