Issues

Nick On the Issues...

  • Limited, Constitutional Government: The Virginia and US Constitutions are not a list of suggestions, but a contract between the people and their government. Representatives must actively demonstrate their support for these documents by using originalism to faithfully interpret its text. The Constitution is the law which governs government and those representatives who refuse to understand this important limitation on their power are failing in their most sacred duty to the Constitution, their constituents and all of the men and women who have fought to preserve it. 

  • Economic Liberty & Private Property: Genuine freedom is more than simply voting. In fact, without economic freedom, elections are little more than a chance for the people to select those who will be taking their property. People should be free to make important economic decisions for themselves free from intrusive and over bearing government. This means supporting low taxes, opposing onerous regulations, protecting private property rights and at all times fighting cronyism, which seeks to make business beholden to politicians and bureaucrats rather than their customers. 

  • Fiscal Responsibility: Government must always remember that it is spending the hard earned money of the people it is supposed to serve. Transparency, Frugality and Constitutionality must be the hallmarks of government budgeting and fiscal management. Taxes should be collected fairly and equitably and should only be expended on LEGITIMATE functions of government. When the government experiences a shortfall, their first instinct should be to cut spending on non essential services, NOT to raise taxes. The government must always operate based on a balanced budget.

  • Educational Freedom: A quality and relevant education is essential to our Commonwealths security and prosperity. Unfortunately many young people are denied a quality education due to the monopolistic practices of the government. Parents need greater freedom in determining their children's educational needs. Teachers need more time and flexibility to educate rather than trying to constantly prepare children for their next standardized test, and we must keep Common Core OUT of Virginia education

  • Virginia Families: The individual and families are the building block of society, not government. The best way that state government can support Virginia families is by providing a safe and secure environment for parents to raise and educate their children. This includes fighting back against federal encroachment and defending life. A government which does not respect the sanctity of human life, is not a government which can be depended upon to protect your rights and property. That is why I am adamantly pro life and will not only fight legislation to reduce restrictions on unsafe abortion clinics, but will actively encourage, advance and patron legislation which recognizes governments legitimate interest in advancing the ethic that All Lives really do Matter!

  • Second Amendment Rights: Defending our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is essential. The second amendment is not about hunting or target shooting. It was borne out of our Founders understanding that inherent to individual liberty is the right to protect ones person and property. Restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms is a direct violation of both the letter and the spirit of the law and must be opposed. While I share the concerns expressed by some about firearms falling into the wrong hands, it cannot be overstated that restricting the ability of law abiding people to protect themselves and their families because of the criminal actions of some, is not only inappropriate but completely counter productive to a free and safe society. I will be a staunch advocate of our Second Amendment rights. 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • commented 2017-02-21 03:27:15 -0500 · Flag
    Hi Nick, Never heard of you before until 5 minutes ago when I viewed your comments @ http://www.redstate.com/jimjamitis/2017/02/20/maybe-still-bright-conservative-lights-there./
    You appear to be a wise, compassionate, articulate man. Keep it up. May God bless you and favor you with continued insight and courage to stand up for truth and justice.
  • commented 2017-02-21 02:07:11 -0500
    And I and many will be more than happy to discuss and debate the issue, and it seems you’d be aware of this, and perhaps even angling to make a name for yourself, by making the gays pay again. The VP position has been filled by the past state theocratic bigot who thinks his words and actions are God’s will, so I guess attacking gay people DOES get some desired attention and career-advancement a politician would be seeking. We DO have a clearly-said and well-defined intended Separation between church and state, however inconvenient a truth that may be for some. You are attempting to hoist your career and elevate your image and status on the backs of those easy scapegoats to vilify and gain advancement by their suffering. There’s nothing that reads of any semblance of a Christ-like ideal or agenda to introduce legislation to clearly make discrimination legal and allowable, and further to deny citizen’s free and equal access to the law and the court system. How much more unveiled can you be in an attempt to make anti-gay discrimination legal and even encourageable?
  • commented 2017-02-21 01:56:27 -0500
    I’m not a Virginia resident, but i’m concerned by the tone, motivation and agenda of your recently introduced HB-2025 legislation, that makes a specific legal allowance for bigotry towards gay people and then effectively also denies them equal access and allowed legal redress under the law. I am aware of the argument and response i’ll likely receive, but the language seems more than clear, the legal maneuver shields any person, group or organization from any legal punishment or even legal redress from an alleged discriminated-against person. How is this somehow respecting religion when you’re clearly trying to shoe-horn in a an easy out, a legal allowance to openly and actively discriminate against gay people, lgbt people, gay Virginians, and to do so without fear of having that abuse heard in a fair and just court of law? How is the legal effort to make discrimination allowable somehow not honestly stated as just that? HOW much MORE blatant of a statement needs to be whittle-out in legalese jargon than to say it’s okay to go ahead and actively discriminate against gay people, while hypocritically posturing as being concerned about freedom and respect, while challenging and countering that very notion with this under-handed legal maneuver? It’s a question that will be asked of you repeatedly, so if nothing else, at least craft some sort of false political rhetoric to explain away your desire to make Virginia a theocratic and no longer democratic state.
  • commented 2016-03-16 11:42:49 -0400 · Flag
    Thank you Joyce. Please visit our Facebook page and sign the ACLJ petition. Please also consider calling your federal and state representatives as well! Thank you
  • commented 2016-03-03 19:22:00 -0500
    I saw your speech on fb about your friend Charles Martin and wanted to know what I can do to help him. I fully support everything you said, so if their is something I can do to help him please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Joyce Redman
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