Profile for Chris Rowan

Full Name: Chris Rowan

Political Affiliation: Republican

Politically Active? Yes

Number of Posts: 8

Biography: Married with 2 children. B.A., M.Ed., CCNA, CCNP. Currently employed as Network Operations Manager for a large school district. Hobbies include hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, beachcombing, nature photography.

My Political Philosophy
I think the best way to explain my political philosophy is to state my position on certain key issues. Here goes:

Abortion: There is no "right to an abortion" in the Constitution. The privacy clause of the 14th Amendment was referenced to support Roe's "right" to an abortion, even though the transaction that results in an abortion is not "private" in the ordinary usage of that word. In addition, the "privacy" that the Court found is totally different than the freedom from searches and seizures protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which the Court referred to as embodying a right to privacy. The use of abortion as a method of birth control is abhorrent.

Animal Rights and Wildlife: Animals do not have "rights." Animals should not be treated in a cruel manner, but animals are not human and are therefore not accorded the same rights and protections as humans.

Budget, Spending, and Taxes: Lower taxes stimulate economic growth and lead to more jobs for more people who want to work. Our respective federal, state, and local governments should be dedicated to a balanced budgetary policy that works to eliminate fraud and pork barrel spending.

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights: In an age of worldwide terrorism, the government should be able to monitor the activities of those associated with terrorists and their organizations. Affirmative Action is government sponsored reverse discrimination. "Political correctness" is Orwellian Truthspeak and is one of the tools of the liberal left (in addition to Mass Media, Hollywood elites, the federal judiciary, etc.) used to circumvent the will of the American people. Today's self-proclaimed Civil Rights leaders stoke the fires of racism for their own selfish ends and would not know what to do with themselves if everyone just "got along." I should have the right to do pretty much whatever I want, as long as by doing so I do not bring harm to myself or others. The road to prosperity is paved with self-responsibility, perseverance, and hard work.

Crime and Punishment: The death penalty is an effective deterrent to violent crime only if it is enacted swiftly after a fair trial. When someone receives the death penalty, he or she should be limited to three appeals within a time frame of 5 years or less. Convicted pedophiles should receive the death penalty. Convicted drug dealers should face the possibility of either losing their citizenship or facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Education: The ubiquity of standardized testing throughout K-12 has destroyed the morale and initiative of both teachers and students. We need to give teachers and school administrators the tools they need to better educate students. The one thing missing in most classrooms across the country is discipline. It is the student who controls the classroom now, along with his or her lawyer. We need to re-introduce corporal punishment as a deterrent to violent, antisocial, or otherwise disruptive behavior in the classroom. There should be more of an emphasis on careers that do not involve college. Most students will never attend college, but every one of them will have to eat. Public education should prepare our children for life, not just college.

Energy Issues: We should use the oil reserves of other nations before we consume our own. The unavoidable reality of our energy situation is that so-called "alternative" energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydrogen power will never be viable, affordable, or even readily available until oil and all its derivative products are too expensive for the average consumer to purchase. We should build more nuclear power plants.

Environmental Issues: I love the outdoors, so I have a personal and vested interest in preserving the wild areas that remain. I think a lot more could be done. But I also believe that the needs of people outweigh the needs of trees and animals.

Family and Children Issues: Marriage should be defined as the legal union between a man and a woman. Likewise, the concept of "family" should be promoted as consisting of a father, mother, and their children. The redefinition of marriage would set a dangerous precedent, a slippery slope, setting the stage for future redefinitions.

Immigration: Our borders with Mexico and Canada should be secured by whatever means necessary before any consideration of a guest worker or amnesty program. Illegal aliens should not receive free medical care, subsidized housing, or any other form of government handout. It may be unrealistic to deport 12 million illegal aliens all at once, but it is not unrealistic to deport 3 million or even 1 million. If the United States deported several hundred thousand illegal aliens and cut benefits to those that remain, there would begin a mass exodus south toward Mexico.

Welfare and Poverty Issues: There should be a safety net for people who are down on their luck for one reason or another, but there is no excuse for generations of families to be on the government dole. Able-bodied men and women should work for a living to support themselves and their families. I believe that in this country, homelessness is a choice. If an individual wants to work and is willing to accept change, he can change his lot in life for the better without help from the government.

Overview: I am a Reagan conservative who believes that the individual can accomplish great things only as long as government stays out of the way. The United States of America is the last, best hope for freedom in the world

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