Sergey Shevchuk, Congressional Candidate in NJ District 9, for being honest and open enough with voters to put his views on display, has been awarded the "Justified Right Seal of Approval!" for taking the Conservatism Test, 2010.
Sergey'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?
At birth, by G-d.
- 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?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Absolutely.
- Do you support or oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Support, with conditions and explanations.
- Do you support or oppose the use of marijuana as a medicine if prescribed by a physician?
My support or opposition for this measure depends on what kind of conditions can be put forth to prevent abuse even of the medically prescribed marijuana from being issued “at will”, as a “friendly favors” as well as if control for such measure does not require creation of new public sector positions. Without clearly seeing the solutions for mentioned problems I would take the side of “opposition”, until effective solutions are offered to deal with these issues and until solution is found how to manage it without creating additional government jobs.
- Do you support or oppose the government having the power to disallow homosexuals marrying?
I stand for the marriage to be defined as the union between man and a woman only. We have to preserve this definition by all means possible.
- Do you support or oppose the government having the power to disallow heterosexuals marrying?
See answer to the Question 5.
- 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 strongly oppose President’s recent health insurance initiative and will do everything to stop it from being enacted on every level of our society. I actually do have my personal alternative plan, which I tested on doctors and liberal democrats – it makes sense to all. The latest conversation about my idea took place with the liberally oriented lady on the train station, when she granted me 3 minutes at my request to deliver my Health care solution. To her surprise and disbelief, I finished speaking before 3 minutes expired and, after 10 seconds of stunned reaction she asked me “Then why Obama did not do that?”. I suggested to address this question directly to the President himself. Briefly, my plan includes keeping the government out of handling Healthcare affairs, require creation of the ‘Non-Profit Insurance Entity’, serving interests of patients and service providers and not being driven by its own primary interest of making profit off the first two, require design and implementation of the ‘Nationwide Healthcare Management Information System’ to handle healthcare records.
- 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?
I oppose ‘Cap and Trade’ legislation.
- 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?
Yes. Jerusalem was, is and always will be the eternal capital of the Jewish State on the land granted to Jews by G-d. Jerusalem has the ultimate and priceless value for the Jewish faith but has very low importance in Islam, which treasures Mecca and other historic places described in Quran above anything else. Islam creates tensions over this issue intentionally, having the goal of making the State of Israel disappear from the face of the earth.
- Should the concept of "irreducible complexity" be taught in high school biology classes, or should it be banned from discussion?
Yes, I think "irreducible complexity" should be taught in the classrooms.
- What could your Democratic opponent have done differently to stop the closing of Fort Monmouth?
I don’t have enough information on this subject and require further research to answer.
- 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?
Yes, I do. Second Amendment is an integral part of the constitution serving as a final line of defense for all other freedoms in our society. If our society allows abandonment of Second Amendment it will signify horrendous harm to our society as the last bastion of freedom in the world. I think that NJ and other states should pass Amendments to their constitutions to write ‘right to bear arms’ on the state levels and protect states from any chance of people losing such right even if Obama administration signs UN Small Arms Treaty – the action which must be resisted at all costs.
- Do you support or oppose the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v FEC which changed the law on corporate campaign spending?
Yes, I support Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v FEC.
- 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??
Even though in my heart I understood that this is madness and wrong to throw any public funds to bail out private companies, regardless of how big they are, throwing so much money into the fire, without tight control and plan how to spend them, at the end of the day I am afraid President Bush had no choice but to do that.
- Does America have a "wall of separation between Church and State" or a "prohibition against excessive entanglement of Church and State?"
Answering this interesting and challenging question required additional research. The first term, "wall of separation between Church and State", was used by Thomas Jefferson in his famous “Wall of Separation” letter to the Danbury Baptist Association dated January 1, 1802. This letter became the foundation for the First Amendment that we use today - "Separation of church and state.". The second term, "prohibition against excessive entanglement of Church and State?", was used by the Judge George A. W. Northrup in the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin by the Judge George A. W. Northrup. Considering that our Constitution takes precedence over any other law or opinion, I would maintain the first term to be true.
- Do you support or oppose Eminent Domain where the taken property will ultimately be privately developed and owned?
No, I don’t.
- Do you support or oppose amnesty from deportation for non-citizens who illegally enter America?
I strongly oppose amnesty.
- Do you support or oppose adjusting the age limits and means testing for Social Security Benefits?
This question is tightly related to many others and I am not in the position to answer it ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in standalone context. I think Social Security can be recovered and modified through different means – through thriving economy and generating abundant wealth, through making effective and efficient management changes to the existing system and many other options. The issue of Social Security is tightly related to budget control, fiscal responsibility, stimulating economy and many other issues on our agenda, which all have to be viewed as an integral and interconnected parts of the complex system.
- 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?
The answer is ‘NO’.