Editor's Note: For his willingness to be open and honest about his views with the voters by taking the Conservative Test 2010, Dave Corsi earns the "Justified Right Seal of Approval!"
Dave's Answers are below:
CONSERVATISM TEST FOR PRIMARIES 2010
- Do you believe that a human being’s rights are granted automatically when the human being is created, or do you believe that rights are granted by the establishment of laws?
- Regardless of how it were done (by Constitutional Amendment, Referendum or Statute), would you support or oppose a change in American law regarding abortion, to make abortions illegal except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is in danger?
I am Pro-life and oppose abortion. I would work to have the law changed. The bottom line is abortion is the killing of an innocent human life, and that is not acceptable.
- Do you support or oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research?
I oppose the federal (and state for that matter) funding of embryonic stem cell research.
- Do you support or oppose the use of marijuana as a medicine if prescribed by a physician?
Regarding marijuana, I believe it is a state issue. I would tend to favor use if valid medical research shows it's effectiveness.
- Do you support or oppose the government having the power to disallow homosexuals marrying?
I am against homosexual marriage. One reason is that we keep redefining words to fit the purpose of some politician or special interest group (see Obama's definition of "jobs created", Clinton's "is" or "sex"). This redefining of words was written about in "Aninmal Farm" and "Atlas Shrugged" among others. We are seeing the results of this "doublespeak".
- Do you support or oppose the government having the power to disallow heterosexuals marrying?
Oppose the government having the power.
- State whether you supported or opposed the President’s recent health insurance initiative signed into law, and if you opposed it, state if you had an alternative plan and what it was.
Strongly oppose. My plan is a private market driven plan as follows:
- Do you believe the passage of a law requiring individuals to purchase health insurance is a power Congress has pursuant to the Commerce Clause or the General Welfare clauses in the U. S. Constitution?
- New Jersey Republican Congressmen Smith, LoBiondo and Lance voted for the President’s “Cap and Trade” plan. Would you have voted the same as those Congressmen did, or would you have voted oppositely from them?
- Do you support Israel’s plan to build housing in East Jerusalem? Do you think East Jerusalem should rightfully be under Israeli or Arab control, or the control of someone else?
I believe it is for the people of the Middle East to decide. We have enough problems without dictating housing to other nations. Need proof? Look at NJ's "Mt Laurel," affordable housing and COAH scams.
- Should the concept of "irreducible complexity" be taught in high school biology classes, or should it be banned from discussion?
Yes the concept of "irreducible complexity" and "intelligent design" should be taught in school. Claiming that "Darwinism" is a fact is absolute rubbish. It is a theory, not a fact.
- What could your Democratic opponent have done differently to stop the closing of Fort Monmouth?
Showed up for meetings would have been a good start. Making sure the BRAC commission was on the level instead of a "snow job"would have been helpful. But that is what incompetence gets you.
- The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide if the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms applies to the states. Do you believe that it does?
- Do you support or oppose the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v FEC which changed the law on corporate campaign spending?
I think the whole law should be scrapped. I would repace it as follows:
- Did you support or oppose the passage of President Bush’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program and support or oppose President Obama’s $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act??
Oppose both of them.
- Does America have a "wall of separation between Church and State" or a "prohibition against excessive entanglement of Church and State?"
The courts have created an alleged "wall" but there really is no such thing in the Constitution. It states no "official religion" should be established.
- Do you support or oppose Eminent Domain where the taken property will ultimately be privately developed and owned?
In extremely rare cases and Kelo vs New London is certainly not one of those cases. Incidentally it was the 5 liberals / moderates who voted in favor of stealing Ms.Kelo's home and giving it to a developer. It was the conservatives who said you cannot steal from the poor to give to the rich. A fact that the mainstream media failed to clearly point out.
- Do you support or oppose amnesty from deportation for non-citizens who illegally enter America?
Oppose amnesty. First however we must get control of our borders, until then every other issue involving illegals and immigration is an exercise in futilty.
- Do you support or oppose adjusting the age limits and means testing for Social Security Benefits?
Oppose. First Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Scrap it and replace with a real pension plan.
- Do you believe the government has the power to proscribe private discrimination. If your answer is yes, do you believe the 1st Amendment protection of Freedom of Association should be repealed?