JR Lawson asked the following questions on Facebook.
Tom Hoefling's answers follow.
JR Lawson: Tom, please share with all of us on Facebook, your ideas that you will implement or work towards if you become President of the United States. What are the pressing issues that you see for our Nation today and how you will work towards solving all of our problems and continue to move our great Nation forward?
Tom Hoefling: "The primary role of the president is to support the Constitution, as he must swear to do, and to take the lead in the defense of the lives, the liberty and the property of the people, all the people, of the United States. Likewise, the job entails the defense of the sovereignty, the borders, and the territory of the United States. That, in a nutshell, is where my focus will be."
JR Lawson: Great Tom, but your statement is a very broad, so what do you recommend as a Presidential candidate to secure and defend our boarders and from whom are you securing and defending them from? Also, how do you intend to use our military and diplomatic resources to defend our lives?
Tom Hoefling: "One of my first acts will be the issuance of a presidential finding that the open southern border with Mexico represents a clear and present danger to the security of the United States. I would therefore immediately deploy every necessary resource at my disposal as Commander-in-Chief to secure it, and the rest of our borders, coasts and ports. We do not lack the ability to do this, we have simply lacked the political will by those who have heretofore held office."
JR Lawson: Other candidates for President must answer many questions from all citizens of the United states if they hope to be elected President of the United States. So that our Facebook Friends may know your position on a few topics, would you mind sharing your thoughts on all or at least a few of the following list of issues?
Tom Hoefling: "I will certainly do my best."
JR Lawson: To what degree, internally and externally of the United States boarders, do you purpose to involve the United States in protecting our lives.
Tom Hoefling: To the fullest degree I, and everyone under my authority, can possibly muster. This is the purpose of the office, and, in fact, the purpose of all government, and all offices within the United States, according to the founders of this republic: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."
JR Lawson: What liberties and properties of the citizens of the United States do you believe need protecting and how as President do you propose to protect our liberties and property?
Tom Hoefling: "The God-given right to life is the supreme right, the right without which no other right matters. So, job one is to make sure that equal protection for the unalienable right to live of every person is being provided within every jurisdiction of the United States, from creation to natural death. (http://www.tomhoefling.com/8/post/2012/06/tom-hoefling-i-will-shut-down-every-abortion-facility-in-the-country.html )
Many of our God-given, unalienable liberties are also under assault. Free speech rights, religious liberty, the right to keep and bear arms, parental rights, etc. Wherever such incursions are taking place, I will use every lawful means I can find to bring the power of the presidency in on the side of the people.
When it comes to property rights I stand against the unconstitutional opinion of the Supreme Court in the Kelo v. New London case, and will work for a return to the historic understanding of what the Fifth Amendment requires before government can take your property.
I will also help drive a national crusade to convince the states and localities to move away from property taxation. It's hard to see how property rights exist in any meaningful way when your home or farm or business can be taken from you for inability to pay."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about existing regulations, policies, and laws that effect job creation inside our United States boarders?
Tom Hoefling: "The tax code, our monetary policies, and vastly excessive regulation are strangling liberty and thereby destroying any hope of restoring prosperity to the people of this country. I will seek fundamental reforms in all of these areas."
JR Lawson: As President, do you believe you can have any positive impact on getting our economy moving and lowering unemployment? If so, what do you believe can be done?
Tom Hoefling: "Again, I intend to address the fundamental problems that are causing our fiscal demise. I don't believe in phony band-aid solutions. A free people, operating in an environment of liberty, will take care of the rest."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about the Health Care Act that was signed into law by [Alleged] President Obama?
Tom Hoefling: "Completely unconstitutional.
A couple of quotes from the father of our Constitution, James Madison.
'I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.'
'If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.'"
JR Lawson: How do you feel about subsidies and entitlements and how they are being used today.
Tom Hoefling: "See my last answer."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about the size of our Armed Forces and their training and equipment? How would you use our Armed Forces?
Tom Hoefling: "From the "I Believe" page at tomhoefling.com (http://www.tomhoefling.com/tom-hoefling-i-believe.html ).
'I believe in a supremely strong, prepared, and well-equipped civilian-controlled United States military, and a bold, visionary and intelligent program of principled constructive engagement with the rest of the world. For me, "peace through strength" is not a mere slogan. It is the means of survival for our country in a very dangerous and often hostile world. Our friendship should be a sought-after possession of all men and women of good will everywhere in the world. Our enmity should be something that all rightfully fear.
As Ronald Reagan opposed and defeated the designs and desire of the Soviet Union to dominate the world and place it under the tyranny of their Evil Empire, I stand unalterably opposed to all who approve of, plan or commit terrorist acts. Since the first principle of America is the protection of innocent human life, any who would use acts of terrorism targeted at innocent civilians to forward their political, ideological or religious aims incur my effective and determined enmity.'"
JR Lawson: How do you feel about Nuclear weapons and the prospect of Iran having a nuclear weapon?
Tom Hoefling: "I'm appalled at Barack Obama's intention to gut our nuclear capabilities. I would improve and build them up, not deplete them.
I do not believe that a sane civilized world can allow Iran to possess nukes. When somebody says they want to kill you, it is imperative that you believe them."
JR Lawson: How do you feel we should handle the relationship we have with North Korea?
Tom Hoefling: "Under current circumstances, I support a policy of strict containment of the North Korean regime."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about trade relations with other nations and fair trade laws and taxations?
Tom Hoefling: "I believe our trade policies should be implemented with only one thing in mind; what is in the best interests of the people of the United States. Period. The bill of goods that has been sold to the American people known as 'free trade' has never been free, and it certainly isn't fair."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about civil rights?
Tom Hoefling: "Equality is my watchword."
JR Lawson: What about the issues concerning gay marriage, abortions, etc.?
Tom Hoefling:I strenuously oppose both. This is covered in great detail on the "I Believe" page on the campaign website. (http://www.tomhoefling.com/tom-hoefling-i-believe.html )
JR Lawson: How do you feel about the Department of Treasury?
Tom Hoefling: "Well, at least it's constitutional, unlike so many other departments and agencies. However, we need a through review of where the Department has grown beyond its intended purposes. Wherever it has, we should take a chainsaw to it. The same goes for every department."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about the Department of Education?
Tom Hoefling: "Completely unconstitutional. I will veto any bill that contains funding for it."
JR Lawson: How do you feel about the EPA?
Tom Hoefling: "The EPA is out of control. Much of what it does is unconstitutional. We need to either shut it down completely and start anew along constitutional lines, or, at a minimum, cut the agency down to the bare bone."
JR Lawson: As President you will be required to appoint nominations for the various Federal Departments and Court Justices, what kind of direction will you give each of them in conducting their business of the People. I already know you want them to adhere to the Constitution, so what will you instruct them in implementing various existing or new regulations and policies?
Tom Hoefling: "I will be filling executive offices and judicial seats based before anything else on a demonstrated understanding of the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Beyond that, I will be looking for the most gifted, intelligent, wise and capable people in the land. We're going to need our very best to straighten out this mess."
"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America."
-- James Madison, Speech on the Cod Fishery Bill, Feb. 7, 1792
"The true test is, whether the object be of a local character, and local use; or, whether it be of general benefit to the states. If it be purely local, congress cannot constitutionally appropriate money for the object. But, if the benefit be general, it matters not, whether in point of locality it be in one state, or several; whether it be of large, or of small extent."
-- Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
"The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor; and notwithstanding the efforts of the papers to disseminate early discontents, I expect that a just, dispassionate and steady conduct, will at length rally to a proper system the great body of our country. Unequivocal in principle, reasonable in manner, we shall be able I hope to do a great deal of good to the cause of freedom and harmony."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, 1801
-- John Adams' final toast to his family from his deathbed
"The deliberate union of so great and various a people in such a place, is without all partiality or prejudice, if not the greatest exertion of human understanding, the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen."
-- John Adams, quoted in a letter from Rufus King to Theophilus Parsons, 1788
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