This week, we invited our Facebook followers who’ve been reading my new book, Guardian of the Republic to submit questions. Hat tip to Gail van Alphen and everyone who submitted questions.
What would your propose to do about the illegals in our country and border security?
We must first realize that illegal immigration is a multi-headed hydra causing problems for our national security, healthcare, economic, education, and local criminality.
Having learned from Reagan’s 1986 amnesty deal, I would ensure border enforcement and security is the first priority. I would cease taxpayer-funded benefits to those here illegally. We need to reform our tax code and unemployment insurance policies in order to get Americans back to work and paid quality wages. I would begin working with the agriculture industry to assess their needs and how we can best implement a guest worker program for seasonal employment. As well, we need to simplify our legal immigration process.
I would conduct a full review of our student visa program and demand we account for every single person. For me, it would be a multi-phased endeavor. “Comprehensive legislation” to me means a 2000-page document no one reads and is full of caveats. We need a common sense phased step-by-step resolution that has measures of effectiveness that triggers moving to subsequent phases.
The first objective is border security. We cannot solve the illegal immigration situation unless we control our borders — and not everyone crossing our porous border is coming here to work.Under what circumstances would you put boots on the ground? Do you believe our troops’ lives should be used overseas when loyalties keep shifting?
I believe we need to move away from a Cold War posture that is based upon forward positioning to a more power projection military force. I do not support long occupation-style warfare, but rather strike operations that have clear and defined operational and tactical objectives. I do not want any deployment for a combat Soldier to be more than 8 months in duration. Having been a Soldier for 22 years, I would not commit our forces unless there is a threat to our national security policy, freedom of maneuver or threat to our allies — and my definition of an ally would be very strict and narrow precluding the shifting sands of loyalties.
The best thing our nation could do is clearly identify and define the enemies of the United States, and indeed the enemies of liberty and freedom. I would always use all elements of national power — diplomatic, informational, and economic — before committing the military. However, I do believe in Reagan’s “peace through strength” maxim and would seek to develop a military focused on being a deterrent but quite capable to quickly deploy, fight, and win.
Is the electoral college system still working?
My concern is that the electoral college is being gamed and that the liberal progressives have turned national level elections into a science. If you review the 2012 presidential election results, you’ll find that Mitt Romney won something like 72-73 percent of the counties in America. What that tells me is the Democrat Party has learned to target what states and what counties are necessary to garner the 300-313 electoral votes for victory, as we have seen in 2008 and 2012.
What is happening is that voters in the unimportant “flyover” states are basically feeling their votes don’t matter. And what unnerves me right now is that George Soros is behind a movement to take us towards a popular vote system — wherever he is that is not good.
I understand why we established the electoral college, but I realize now how we have manipulated it by the takeover of liberals in the urban population centers. Case in point: I recently visited the state of Washington. Everyone considers Washington to be a “blue state,” but 34 of the 39 counties there are Republican. The five counties that tip the scale are all in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, including the islands. So is the electoral college working? Not as originally planned. It’s a tool now based upon the concentration of populations in certain areas.