I am running because I love America, I love the American people, and I want to help save our country from the suicidal policies that ultra-liberal and ultra-conservative political elites are forcing on us. If you feel the same way, please join my campaign to stop this national nightmare of war without end, outsourcing without end, immigration and population growth without end, multiculturalism and terrorism without end, urban congestion and environmental degradation without end, debt without end, and fear without end.
I am reaching out to members of all racial-ethnic and religious groups, including those who do not normally vote Republican. This includes blacks, Latinos, Asians, and mixed-race people as well as members of every religious faith and creed. We are all God’s children and brothers and sisters under the sun.
Where I Come From
My core values and beliefs are those that I learned growing up in Sioux Valley and Worthington, Minnesota, rural and small town farming communities in southwestern Minnesota. Worthington was initially founded as a prohibition colony by New England settlers from Ohio in the early 1870s. One founder was a Professor Ranson Humiston from Cleveland. The other was Dr. A. P. Miller, editor of the Toledo Blade.
These core values and beliefs include liberty, individual responsibility, equality of opportunity, the rule of law, and civic duty. But I am also proud to be an American. My ethnic ancestry is German, but my fundamental identity is American. I have always had a deep emotional attachment to our country and what it stands for. Above all, I love the basic generosity, decency, and goodness of the American people.
From my parents I learned the importance of always telling the truth, working hard and doing my very best, and helping others. My father was a Lutheran minister in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He taught me the importance of putting myself in other people’s shoes, asking myself what I would do if I were them, and not being judgmental. He eventually rose to become President of the Minnesota District. It included over 300 congregations.
My mother was an elementary school teacher and home schooled me until first grade. She also taught me the importance of being kind and respectful of others and keeping a sense of humor and humility. My two brothers are also Lutheran ministers, and my sister is a Lutheran high school teacher. A first cousin went on two missionary journeys to the Falani Muslims in northeast Cameroon for the Lutheran Brethren. A second cousin has been active in the Jews for Jesus movement in Florida.
Who I Am
My family and I are members of Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. As an evangelical Lutheran, I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and I try to follow his two great commandments of loving God and my neighbor as myself.
As a social conservative, I believe that religion, morality, the family, and social order are the foundations of community life. As a political moderate, I believe in liberty, equality, social progress, and letting people live their own lives, free from governmental intervention.
As a progressive Republican, I believe in popular sovereignty, good government, direct democracy, and public policies that serve and benefit everyone. By good government, I mean government that is efficient, responsive, and accountable. As an environmental conservationist, I believe that we all have the responsibility of safeguarding and improving the environment for our own and future generations.
These philosophical positions help explain where I stand on the major issues that we face.
Where I Stand
Foreign Policy. On foreign policy issues, I favor policies that maintain U. S. military superiority but avoid putting troops on the ground unless our vital national interests are at stake. I also favor bringing many of the 320,000 troops who are stationed abroad home so they can secure our borders and help round up and deport an estimated 11-12 million people who are in the country illegally. A country that cannot secure its borders is not really a country anymore.
I also favor more even-handed foreign polices that recognize the right of self-determination and statehood for racial-ethnic and religious minorities who have been historically oppressed and persecuted such as the Jews, the Palestinians, and the Kurds.
Economic Policy. On economic policy issues, I will work to replace free trade policies that out source American jobs, industries, and technology with policies of economic nationalism that raise tariffs and bring them back. At the same time, I support fair trade policies that allow us to export agricultural products to other countries that cannot produce enough food to sustain their own populations.
Immigration Policy. Currently we admit some one million, one hundred thousand legal immigrants into our country every year. This is twice as many as all of the other countries of the world combined. We also allow some 300-500 thousand migrants to enter illegally each year. Currently, immigration accounts for about 80 percent of our annual population growth and a growing and disproportionate share of social welfare costs.
To deal with the problem of illegal immigration, I favor deportation to insure the rule of law and national security. In 2010, Homeland Security deported some 393,000 illegal immigrants at a cost of $12 billion. This works out to an average cost of $12,500 for each deportee. Using this figure as a baseline, it would cost about $150 billion to deport an estimated 11-12 million people who are in the country illegally. But since federal, state, and local government spent an estimated $112 billion on legal and illegal immigrants in 2010 alone, the long-terms savings of deportation greatly outweigh the costs.
Since about 40 percent of all illegal immigrants overstay their visas, I also favor a federal law that would require the State Department and Homeland Secuirty to track every person with a visa from the time they enter the U. S. until the time they leave.
With the exception of marriage to an American citizen, child adoption, and asylum for refugees from political and religious persecution, I favor a total moratorium or pause on legal immigration. This will also keep out terrorists and home-grown terrorists like those who participated in the World Trade Center, Boston, and San Barnardino bombings.
I also favor passage of a law, and if necessary a constitutional amendment, that ends the judicial practice of granting citizenship to the babies of illegal immigrants.
Fiscal Policy. Since the election of Ronald Reagan, both fiscal deficits and debt have soared. Fiscal defiicts have grown from $60 billion in 1980 to $1.4 trillion in 2010. Today it is about $680 billion. At the same time, the total national debt has grown from $1 trillion to over $18.6 trillion. By the end of President Obama’s second term in office, it is expected to top $20 trillion.
To put our fiscal house back in order, I favor cutting military spending by putting an end to costly military interventions abroad, ending welfare spending for illegal immigrants, and growing the economy through protectionist tariffs on manufactured products.
Environmental Policy. I am a proponent of energy policies that make us independent of foreign oil. I oppose fracking as too destructive of the environment. I also oppose nuclear energy because it is too dangerous and risky. We need to heed the lessons we learned from the radioactive spills at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. If something can go wrong, eventually it will.
I favor renewal forms of energy such as geo-thermal, wind power, solar, and hydro-electric and federal policies that encourage their development, such as federal grants that defray the costs of installing geo-thermal heating and cooling systems. But I am not opposed to the use of coal, provided emissions are reduced to a bare minimum through scrubbers and other abatement technologies, or its conversion into liquid forms. Neither am I opposed to the Keystone pipeline, which gives us affordable energy from a friendly neighbor at no cost to our own environment. I am also a proponent of rebuilding our deteriorating infrastructure.
If elected, I would also sponsor legislation to save Lake Erie and other Great Lakes from further eutrophication. It would set up a new Soil Bank program that would pay farmers to let farm land that borders streams, rivers, and lakes lie fallow and prevent damaging run-offs of the phosphate and nitrogen fertilizers that are eutrophying them or to plant clover and alfalfa crops. I would also work to increase Superfund appropriations for dredging and cleaning contaminated rivers that flow into it.
Social-Cultural Policy. To give Americans the ability to defend themselves from terrorist and domestic violence, I support the 2nd amendment right of individuals to keep and bear arms. Although I am torn by the religious and moral arguments against abortion, I support the constitutional right of women to choose whether or not they want to have babies. I also support the constitutional right of gays to marry. Finally, to insure popular sovereignty on all policy disputes, I favor a constitutional amendment to institutionalize all forms of direct democracy that are found in the American states.
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