Editor's Note: Linda Biamonte, Congressional candidate in NJ District 2, is awarded the "Justified Right Seal of Approval" for answering the "Conservatism Test 2010!"
See Linda's answers 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?
A human being’s rights are granted automatically when created under the constitution. We have rights granted by the creator which are Natural Rights or Inalienable Rights. The establishments of laws are Legal Rights.
- 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 would support such an amendment, referendum or statute. Currently Justice Roberts is reviewing to overturn this horrendously written piece of legislation.
- Do you support or oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research?
- Do you support or oppose the use of marijuana as a medicine if prescribed by a physician?
I support ONLY for medicinal purpose and should be prescribed as any other medication as a controlled substance.
- Do you support or oppose the government having the power to disallow homosexuals marrying?
I support marriage ONLY between a Man and a Woman. I oppose having the federal government involved in marriage this should be remanded as a state issue.
- Do you support or oppose the government having the power to disallow heterosexuals marrying?
Please see above this is a repeated question
- 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.
I opposed this insidious bill. My plan would be to repeal the HMO Act of 1973 which is the sole piece of legislation that took the individual right like (auto and life ins.) to buy your own personal insurance. In addition to forcing employers to provide healthcare it added tax code to the already out of control IRS. Ted Kennedy the sponsor of the bill was quoted in 1973 after its passing “this is the first step to universal healthcare”
Those who manipulate the ‘crisis’ of the uninsured to promote socialized medicine also often fail to tell people that uninsured doesn’t necessarily mean poor. In fact, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) tells us that ‘a third of the uninsured households earn more than $30,000 a year and 10 percent earn more than $50,000.’(2) That’s at least 40 percent of the so-called ‘uninsured’ that could well afford a $45 office visit or health insurance.(2) We need to get away from the concept that ‘someone else,’ big government or insurance, needs to take care of our every need.
Lenin once said that ‘medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism,”
- 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?
Absolutely NOT! This is a complete abuse of the powers of congressional use of “Commerce Clause”. The “General Welfare Clause” is to provide for the welfare of the nation not charity to the people.
"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government” James Madison
- 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?
I have spent most of my campaign against my opponent on his vote for Cap & Trade. This legislation alone would be a complete devastation not only to the country, but American citizens and businesses. Not only is the taxation unsustainable to the tax payer but, the increase of goods using petroleum i.e. trash bags, milk containers, lip stick, tires, computers and the list goes on would double in price. The only entities making money off of this greedy bill is Wall Street and global governments stealing from Americans.
- 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 support Israel in building anywhere in its own country. Jerusalem belongs to Israel and should not be divided into two facets of control. The control of Israel belongs to Israel and no one else.
- Should the concept of "irreducible complexity" be taught in high school biology classes, or should it be banned from discussion?
I believe both concepts of “Intelligent Design and Darwin’s Theory” be taught and allow the students to decide for themselves and develop their own beliefs. Schools are not to be used to advocate any one thought or political stance. That has become a large problem in our public school system of indoctrination of thoughts.
- What could your Democratic opponent have done differently to stop the closing of Fort Monmouth?
I don’t have a democratic opponent and Frank LoBiondo never took a stance on its closure that I am aware of currently. I do believe it was a mistake to close Ft. Monmouth and had a diverse affect on the community. I know there was legislation sponsored in congress to reopen and I would support such legislation again to be submitted.
- 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?
The founders made the 2nd amendment very clear concerning “Free States” and their security. The text of the Second Amendment itself, the right to keep and bear arms is expressly retained by "the people," not the states. The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed this view, finding that the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right held by the "people," -- a "term of art employed in select parts of the Constitution," specifically the Preamble and the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments. We are the militia the founders referred to in the 2nd amendment. When the Constitution was ratified, the Framers unanimously believed that the "militia" included all of the people capable of bearing arms.
- Do you support or oppose the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v FEC which changed the law on corporate campaign spending?
I support the decision. If you are going to abide by the constitution, then it must be abided by as a whole document, not bits and pieces to fit one’s agenda.
- 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??
I opposed both pieces of legislation. We are country “of equal opportunity, not equal results” Both pieces of legislation were contradictory of our “Free Market” principals. This was allowed to happen because of the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act in 1999 which was replaced by the Gramm Leach Bliley Act or Financial Revitalization Act of 1999. In the legislation it clearly defines “too big to fail” which allowed our government to pass TARP and RRA. I would like to repeal the GLBA and renew the Glass Steagall Act.
- Does America have a "wall of separation between Church and State" or a "prohibition against excessive entanglement of Church and State?"
We have a “Wall of separation between church and state” which falls under the “Establishment Clause” in the constitution under the 1st amendment. Jefferson made this very clear.
- Do you support or oppose Eminent Domain where the taken property will ultimately be privately developed and owned?
One of the most basic tenets of our constitution is private property ownership. The last sentence of the 5th amendment makes this very clear. “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
- Do you support or oppose amnesty from deportation for non-citizens who illegally enter America?
- Do you support or oppose adjusting the age limits and means testing for Social Security Benefits?
I support such legislation but, there would have to be more added than just “means testing”. We should also, allow some form of private accounts and the flexibility to maintain them individually. At the current rate of SS it is not financially sustainable.
- 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?
There is a fine line between both. I don’t believe the government has the power to proscribe private discrimination. It takes away the choice of who to associate with and not to associate with, by nature we discriminate in everything we do.