A CONSISTENT ETHIC
OF LIFE AND THE COMMON GOOD
Consistent Ethic of
The Common Good require respectful,
and broad application
of moral principles valuing the sacredness of human life. While the major
threats to life (abortion, fetal plundering, euthanasia) are nationally debated,
there are local manifestations that can be addressed, such as crime, failing
schools, library pornography, problem pregnancies and homelessness. Threats
to The Common Good include illicit acquiescence to special
interests (e.g. the abortion lobby) and governmental coercion (e.g.
State agencies) that promote moral degradation. Will you as a city council member
work for public policy that promotes The Common Good and a Consistent Ethic of
Yes. I believe in the right to life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness, as laid out by the founders, and even more
so, the fact that God created all people in His image. I believe the
right to life applies to all people, from conception to death.
PUBLIC LIBRARY PORNOGRAPHY
The US Supreme Court
in its 2003 ruling
United States v. American Library Association, Inc,
upheld the use of library internet pornography filters. Chief Justice Rehnquist
stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their traditional
missions, public libraries must have broad discretion to decide what material to
provide to their patrons. Although they seek to provide a wide array of
information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal coverage,'" and "most
libraries already exclude pornography from their print collections because they
deem it inappropriate for inclusion." In 2010,
the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public libraries' use of
internet filters does not violate the state constitution.
See FVRL porn history here.
Will you as a city councilor appoint, recommend or
request (depending on your level of authority) only library board
candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public
libraries, whether by internet or printed materials?
Yes. The libraries should be a place of
wholesome learning. Pornography and the like should not be provided
publicly on the tax payers dime.
PUBLIC LIBRARY DRAG QUEEN STORY HOURS
Recently, some public libraries have been hosting
Drag Queen Story Hours.
These events use men dressed as burlesque and flirtatious women to read
gender dysphoria stories to children, with the purpose and effect of facilitating
More information here. What is your position on public libraries
hosting Drag Queen Story Hours?
_____ No Opinion
I will do my best to cut funding to any library
that participates in this disgusting activity. As with pornography,
the taxpayers should not be forced to fund something that goes
against their personal morals.
REGULATION OF SEXUALLY
The U.S. Supreme Court in
Young v. American Mini Theaters, Inc., (1976) and
Renton v. Playtime Theater, Inc., (1986), concluded that municipalities have
"substantial governmental interests" in protecting and preserving the quality of
life for its community against the adverse secondary effects of sexually-oriented businesses while allowing for "reasonable alternative avenues of
communication." Land Use Studies from cities around the United States were
cited in both U.S. Supreme Court cases documenting
the harmful secondary effects of these businesses including 1. Increased Crime - rape, sexual assault,
prostitution and illegal drug sales; 2. Decreased Property Values - both
residential and commercial; and 3. Urban Blight - people and businesses fleeing the
Will you diligently seek
zoning ordinances, licensing procedures, permit requirements and operational
regulations which serve to minimize the adverse secondary effects of Sexually-Oriented Businesses?
Yes. These types of businesses will do nothing but
accelerate the degradation of the family values that make our small
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND PARAPHERNALIA
Recreational marijuana was
legalized in Washington State in 2012 by
Initiative 502. The drug though is still
banned federally, and considered dangerous by many, including
the AMA, and
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Citizens
Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) states "The normalization,
expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana in our communities
are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to the safety of
our society." The Alaska Association of Police Chief
describe some of the negative aspects of legalizing the drug here. For
additional dangers see
here. For an extensive
report by the National Academy of Sciences (Jan 2017)
What is your
position on the legal production, processing and sale of
recreational marijuana in
the jurisdiction of the office you are seeking?
_____ No Opinion
I believe that the choices people make about what
they put into their body is their business, and their personal
responsibility, so long as it does not infringe on others rights.
While there are certain substances that may make people more
aggressive, violent or unsafe, marijuana is not one of them.
However, as with other issues, I completely oppose the government
subsidization of these types of businesses, on the grounds that no
one should be forced to fund something that goes against their
this 2014 research by Tate Twinam, there is "a long tradition in the
sociology literature of linking high densities to pathological behavior
(Sampson 1983, Wirth 1938)."
Given the importance of
livable and affordable neighborhoods for the city's wellbeing, is
quality city planning important to you? Are you a high density
The importance of city planning is high,
especially in the city of Battle Ground. Given the actions of the
majority of the current council, it is more important than ever to be
responsible and thoughtful in the growth of our city. High density
housing is not desirable for our city. However, there are certain
requirements from the Clark County Urban Growth Plan that our city must
follow. I intend to keep high density areas to a minimum.
proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.
What do you believe? Does a unique human life begins at conception?
If not, how long after conception does a human life begin?
___3 mths ___6 mths ___9 mths ___1 yr ___18 yrs?
14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person of
life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Supreme
Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion of personhood is
established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to
life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." The
Court regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the difficult
question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines
of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the
judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a
position to speculate as to the answer."
believe that the right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th
Without a doubt.
Is taking the life of a pre-born child
through abortion ever
Check all that apply:
__X__ No, it's never permissible
_____ Yes, to save mother's life
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
_____ Yes, for physical deformity
_____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish spouse
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
The nation's biggest
Planned Parenthood, in
the 2018-2019 fiscal year received $616.8 million in tax payer funding and aborted 332,757 babies.
Should Planned Parenthood be contracted with to make community
presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or devices,
and/or abortion services?
Planned Parenthood should never be
allowed in the city of Battle Ground, and should be treated as the
legalized murder organization that it is. I will never approve of
them being in any jurisdiction that I have any amount of influence
CONTRIBUTIONS OF RELIGIOUS
"Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil
institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race,
class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural
understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is
needed most" (World Conference of Religions for Peace). Southwest
Washington has a broad range of religious communities that contribute
substantially to the welfare of families, children, seniors, the homeless, sick,
and refugees. They are a highly valued part of our community which respects
and defends human life at every stage. Are you an active member
in a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other religious assembly?
If so, you may
state where at:
Church on the Rock, Battle Ground
White House's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships ensures that religious and other community organizations are
able to compete on an equal footing for participation in Federal programs
without impairing the character of such organizations and without
diminishing the religious freedom of those served. Is the
collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works good
for our communities?
Yes. Churches are a vital asset for
combating many communities, such as homelessness, drug abuse, sex
abuse, community improvement, etc. Government at all levels should
make use of the assets in communities, in a partnership manner, not
in a controlling manner.
US Supreme Court
Greece v. Galloway, all nine justices (following
affirmed the acceptability of having an invocation at the beginning of
public meetings. Writing for the court, Justice Kennedy stated:
"Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was
founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own
existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of
government to alter or define and that willing participation in civic
affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgment of their belief in
a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other
beliefs. The prayer in this case has a permissible ceremonial purpose.
It is not an unconstitutional establishment of religion." What is
your position on your city council instituting (or continuing) a prayer at
the start of the meeting?
_____ No Opinion
Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education,
family successes and other qualifications for a mayoral or city council position.
I was born and raised within 15 miles of
Battle Ground, and have always loved the small town feel here. I
have been an operating partner in a local business, and am currently
employed with a company just outside of Battle Ground. I served on
the Clark County Sheriff's Office volunteer Search and Rescue team
for several years. I was homeschooled with a high school level
education, and my wife and I are expecting our first child any day
as I write this. I believe I am qualified for this position because
I am not linked to any special interest groups, and I am not a
politician. I am just a citizen who loves his city, and wants to see
it returned to the wholesome, small town values that I’ve come to
know and love.
You may state here any policy positions you
have in relation to the office you are seeking:
The right to life applies to all people,
born or otherwise.
The right to free speech is inherent,
even if it hurts peoples feelings.
The right to keep and bear arms must be
preserved for all citizens.
The right to move about freely,
unhindered by government mandated muzzles or untested vaccines must
be saved from the overreach that has been experienced over the last
year and a half.
I believe that the city should be more
welcoming to businesses and build an atmosphere that encourages
businesses to make Battle Ground their home, thus adding more
opportunities for locals to work close to where they live.
I believe that it is the responsibility
of all government officials to serve the citizens first and
foremost. This should be reflected in the way that they handle the
taxpayers money in a responsible way, making sure to always search
out the lowest cost and highest return options, while only spending
on things that benefit the community. It is also the responsibility
of the council to ensure that the citizens are taxed the lowest
amount possible to carry out the will of the people. Citizens should
always feel heard and as if they can communicate openly with their
Article 1, Section 1 Washington State
All political power is inherent in the
people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of
the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual
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