Support and Defend the Constitution – Including Our 2nd Amendment Right
- President must secure Congressional approval before going to war
- Ensure IRS does not violate 1st Amendment right of free speech
- Protect our 2nd Amendment right
- Investigate NSA surveillance for 4th Amendment violations
Our Constitution ensures our freedom, prosperity, and way of life.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” In order to fulfill this profound responsibility, I will thoroughly research every issue that comes before me in Congress. I will use my business, government, educational, and life experiences to make the best decisions to uphold the Constitution and help my fellow 2nd District families.
Supporting and defending the Constitution will include many opportunities for good judgment. Article I, Section 8, states a chief purpose of the Constitution is to “provide for the common defense.” Members of Congress are required to defend our country and its citizens and property. Before voting to commit our uniformed sons and daughters to military conflict, I will insist that the President as Commander-in-Chief explains the national security and military objectives of the action; when and how to exit the conflict; and what the financial cost is expected to be. I will not vote to get involved in the bloody Syrian civil war because it doesn’t threaten our national security.
The First Amendment to the Constitution includes our bedrock right to free speech. It appears that the Executive Branch violated this right by using the Internal Revenue Service to harass and intimidate Americans who hold different political views. If true, those responsible for this violation should be held accountable.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The State of Maine Constitution states that right “shall never be questioned.” Maine residents have a long history of safe and law-abiding gun ownership. We have one of the highest rates of firearms possession and one of the lowest rates of gun violence.
For generations, 2nd District families like my own have responsibly used firearms to enjoy our long tradition of hunting and target shooting, and to ensure the protection of our rights and property. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and always have been. I still use my .22-long lever action Marlin rifle that I bought at age 14.
For years, the National Security Agency has systematically tracked and collected our emails, phone calls, and other communications. Notwithstanding the counter-terrorism purpose and provisions of the Patriot Act, this surveillance activity of Americans might be in violation of our Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” If so, these activities should stop and our laws tightened to prevent further such Constitutional violations.
As Maine’s 2nd District Congressman, I will diligently support and defend the Constitution of the United States. These founding principles serve as the cornerstones of our civil society, rule of law, freedom, prosperity, and American way of life.