The appropriate reasons for going to war.
To go to war or not, is NOT within the realm of a state legislator’s job. However, just to be on record, I am including that I only support the cause of war when it applies to the Christian Just War theory as proposed by Augustine of Hippo in defense of innocents.
Thomas Aquinas, centuries later, used the authority of Augustine’s arguments in an attempt to define the conditions under which a war could be just:
First, war must occur for a good and just purpose rather than for self-gain or as an exercise of power.
Second, just war must be waged by a properly instituted authority such as the state.
Third, peace must be a central motive even in the midst of violence.
Opposition to National Defense Authorization Act components that nullify the 4th amendment
Randi Shannon opposes all law or color of law including NDAA 2012, The Patriot Act and executive orders that try to reduce the protections and natural rights of the 4th and 6th Amendments. I patently and thoroughly oppose any provisions of the NDAA 2012, The Patriot Act, any executive order or any law or color of law that nullifies any part of the 4th or 6th Amendments, Habeas Corpus, or the privacy of the people of the United States.
Marriage: does government come before God?
God gives us rights, not government. I personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. But also to note, that God gave us the right to be married and it is an unalienable right of the likes of which is mentioned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. (Unalienable rights endowed by our Creator.)
Question: Is marriage an unalienable right?
Answer: Yes. Marriage is an Unalienable right.
Question: If marriage is an unalienable right, then how can governments require that people get marriage licenses?
Answer: Governments cannot. Our unalienable rights are established by natural law; therefore, marriage exists outside and beyond the realm of government control. Statutes can only recognize and protect our inalienable rights. Statutes can not establish, authorize, regulate, or infringe upon our unalienable rights and any statutes which attempt to do so are automatically void and must be ignored. The marriage license is a clear violation of our unalienable rights.
What is the difference between a child one minute before birth and one minute after?
I am a pro-life Christian. I believe in following the admonition of Christ, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and that means not killing you just because you are small.
I believe it is the duty of a republican form of government to protect the most innocent of lives, and there is no difference between a child one minute before birth and one minute after birth. We have every duty to protect children, even unborn children.
One thing that I’ve come to realize is that the vast majority of people who identify as pro-choice are not pro-abortion. I also realize that the arguments on all sides are locked in partisan gridlock. This is shameful. For decades the emotionally charged rhetoric on both sides has left all parties unhappy with the outcome. Also we must never expect those opposed to abortion to finance it in any way because this is a cruel offense to our liberties.
We must not only approach this issue with a consistent moral filter, we must approach this issue from a civic-minded, logical, and success-oriented standpoint. The vast majority of reasonable people do not want unborn children to be aborted. The vast majority of people also understand that the life of the mother consideration, rape or incest and preventative health care measures such as contraception are best left up to a woman and her partner and their doctor or religious leader.
A good way to judge the strength of a society is to observe how the weakest among them are treated. Although my own personal beliefs have led me to be fundamentally opposed to abortion, my first goal is to lower the number of abortions, significantly.
Life is precious, fragile, and in need of protection. Women, children, and families are a vital part of our foundation. We must improve the economy for our most vulnerable. We must strive to have a strong and effective educational policy so all our children and mothers have a better future. We must have strong hospitals where women are provided the best information and resources to make informed decisions for themselves.
I am a champion for people’s personal liberties and this includes respecting the God-given right to life—for those born and unborn.
2nd Amendment: Here’s my license and permit!
The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution further defines the right to bear arms as one of the inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. That means that the right to bear arms is meant to be all exclusive and unless a man has committed a heinous crime, that right shall never be infringed. Furthermore, it should not require a license, permit nor permission of any kind of the government so long as you are a law abiding citizen who has not committed a violent felony.
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)
If we ever were to become disarmed then it would not be very long before we could no longer protect what freedoms we have left. While all rights come from God, they are protected by guns and men willing to fight for those rights.
I carry a copy of the Constitution around with me everywhere I go. That is my permit.
Property Rights: Forced Annexation
Forced Annexation is when a municipality is able to annex adjacent people and land without their permission.
I oppose forced annexation in its entirety.
Taxes have to be reduced and to keep the budget balanced, spending has to be reduced as well. For every dollar collected in taxes, that is one dollar that is taken out of productive Iowan’s pockets and that means they cannot spend it and help create more production among their neighbors. Regardless of the method of collection of taxes, the higher the taxes, the more it hurts the economy and reduces the amount of goods produces which means that the standard of living is reduced (people become poorer). I personally hate taxes :0)))
Taxes: Income Taxes
When the Income Tax was introduced in 1913 (a very bad year for the history of America) it was 1% on incomes above $3000 and 2-7% on income between $20k-$500k. Now it is much higher. Tax slavery was born. Frank Chodorov wrote “Whichever way you turn this amendment, you come up with the fact that it gives the government a prior lien on all the property produced by its subjects.” What principle does government think that they can tax our labor? That they can even require to know our income? There is none. (and personally i do not believe this was ever ratified)
For a wage earner to become an entrepreneur and drive his own success, he needs to be able to save his money tax free if he desires so that he can invest in his own talents when he has enough. Not keep paying IA and Uncle Sam the biggest chunk of his pay preventing him from ever advancing.
While we cannot just reduce income taxes to zero overnight, we need to work on a plan to reduce them steadily.
Taxes: No Corporate Tax
Corporate taxes are all passed on to the customer. A business still has to make a profit, so the business has to raise the selling price of their goods 6.9% just to maintain their profit. All corporate taxes are paid by the consumer. Since this tax is hidden, many consumers don’t even realize they are paying the tax. Combined with multiple other kinds of taxes, the consumer actually pays close to half of their income in taxes by the end.
Corporate taxes also put an undue burden on businesses and make it harder for them to compete nationally since they have to raise their prices the 6-7%, states with lower or no corporate tax will be able to maintain the same profit but sell their product for less. Those states will get all the business and our businesses will struggle. Getting rid of corporate tax will make Iowa very attractive place to do business and will bring new businesses to our state.
Taxes: Reduce Capital Gains Tax
Capital Gains Tax is like the income tax, taxes paid on money you earned from putting your money to work for you in investments. Taxing this money means less money is invested. Those investments drive new businesses and improves production. Production is what raises the standard of living for everyone by driving prices of goods lower so that more people can enjoy them. Taxing capital gains hurts the ability for investment in new production. Just like income tax, I would like to see capital gains reduced until we get to zero.
The FairTax is a plan for the aboloshment of the IRS and all Federal Taxes except a universal excise tax (sales tax). The plan has included a prebate for everyone, which means that those living below the poverty level would pay zero taxes and now they pay many hidden taxes. (And that is good, why would we want people who aren’t surviving very well to pay taxes?) But since everyone gets the prebate, the government wouldn’t be tracking your income and whatever level the poverty level is set at, everyone gets the same benefit. You get the same prebate whether you make $20k a year or $200k. You only pay taxes in this system when you make a purchase of a new item. Thus if you bought used items, or you went without spending your entire paycheck, you could save money tax-free to invest in yourself.
I support the FairTax system in its entirety, however, the FairTax is revenue neutral and thus I believe that still too much in taxes is collected. The Federal government needs to drastically cut its expenditures and doing so would allow the FairTax amount to be cut as well.
While I believe that Iowa needs to go to a state version of the FairTax, we must be careful that even though that since there are fewer collections of taxes (only property and excise) that we lower the expenditures of the state so that the percentage of the tax can stay low and unobtrusive.
In the end, regardless of the tax collection method, the entire amount has to be reduced significantly.
Nullification & Interposition
Individuals have the moral right to maintain and protect their sovereign rights from any level of government. States have the duty either as individual states, or as groups of states, to defend the rights of their citizens from overreaching actions by the Federal Government.
The Supremacy Clause in the Constitution only applies specifically to the enumerated duties of the Federal Government. Any action outside of those specifically enumerated duties is unconstitutional immediately and does not require the Supreme Court to rule it as such, although it is their duty to do so.
Some examples of the many current issues that need to be addressed by Nullification:
– Agenda 21: the United Nations, without permission from anyone, will be able to take control of any private property if they (without US review) deem a property to cause too much pollution. Essentially the UN will then be able to stop any building of anything, even people’s homes, if they choose.
– NDAA: The most recent National Defense Authorization Act included language that allows American citizens to be detained indefinitely without charge and without ability to a trial or habeas corpus thus negating the 4th Amendment.
– Obamacare: While wishing that people could all get adequate health care is a noble ideal, that cannot happen by government mandate. Instead, we have severe violations of privacy, limits on your ability to seek health care and hundreds of other issues (maybe even death panels!) The Federal Government has no right to force us to purchase health care or give up our private medical information to the government.
The Declaration of Independence specifically demonstrates that the American people recognized their own sovereignty as individuals, that we are either made sovereign by Natural Law (see John Locke) or our unalienable rights endowed by our Creator.