Thomas Hansen is running for the Republican nomination in Iowa’s First Congressional District. You can learn more about his candidacy here.
- What is the purpose of government:
The primary purpose of government is to provide for the protection and safety of its citizens and their property from all threats foreign and domestic. Secondary is the protection of things in common to all of us, i.e. water and air, and those projects which benefit all, i.e interstate highway systems and schools. Basically, the government is to provide us with an atmosphere in which we may pursue our Liberties and succeed in Life not to be the provider for all we need to survive.
2. What issues do you consider non-negotiable:
Any issue that seeks to limit our Rights and Liberties in the name of weaving socialist ideology into the fabric of American Ideals and Principles. Obamacare, Red Flag laws, open borders, free choice on what bathroom to use, etc.
3. What one thing would you most like to accomplish should you earn a seat in Congress:
If only one thing, Term Limits for House and Senate members.
4. What, if anything, would you do to strengthen religious liberty at the federal level:
Promote the true philosophy of the First Amendment religious freedom clause. Morality, Faith and Liberty are all interconnected. That the clause does not promote a society free from religion but ensures that we may all practice our beliefs where and when we see fit as long as it does not trample on the same Rights of others. Best example of this is people’s belief that prayer is not allowed in public schools. Legally a student may pray anytime they wish.
5. There are efforts to increase the federal gas tax 25 cents a gallon, is this something you’d support:
Against that. There is plenty of money taken from the taxpayers to maintain our infrastructure, waste and fraud is what needs to be eliminated.
6. How do you suggest balancing the budget and working toward elimination of the national debt:
I have already promised I will not vote for anything less than a budget freeze with the exception of the military. Then, a one percent reduction of the budget over the next decade, ‘Penny Plan’.
7. Are there any scenarios where you would support a pathway to citizenship and/or amnesty for any illegal immigrants in America:
No. But I have developed a ‘Red Card’ program, hansenforcongress.com, that would bring these people legally into the light of society, allow them to work but never offer them the chance of citizenship or the right to vote.
8. Do you believe sanctuary cities are a danger to the citizens who live in them and what, if anything, would you do in Congress to either encourage or discourage sanctuary city policies:
Our society’s foundation is the Rule of Law and anytime you dismiss it, you end up with negative consequences for all involved. This is exactly what we have with sanctuary cities. The way to remedy this is withholding whatever Federal funding we can from cities that are ignoring the law. Financial disincentives usually work rather well in most instances.
9. What federal action would you support in terms of climate change, if any:
None, the free market works very well in finding solutions to problems if you let it.
10. Would you support any red flag gun legislation:
No. They are a violation of the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution.
11. Give a general rundown of your American foreign policy:
America should treat the World as a parent treats a child. We are here to encourage Liberty and independence and, with our power, to discipline when necessary, the World does not need another Hitler. We should not be the World’s policeman but, because of our power, do need to assist others in taking care of matters within their sphere of influence.
12. Do you support term limits for Congress:
As stated previously, if there is only one thing I can get done, it would be Term Limits because I think it is the key to fixing all the other problems in Washington. Kind of like the Second Amendment protects all the others.
13. What are your thoughts on the Electoral College:
The Electoral College is what makes our Nation a Republic, the rule of the majority with respect towards minority Rights, and not a Democracy, the rule of the mob. Completely support it, it should never be done away with.
14. What issue can you envision working with Democrat members of Congress on right away:
Immigration, I think I can find common ground with my ‘Red Card’ program.
15. What excites you most about possibly representing Iowa in Congress:
Being able to promote solutions to Healthcare, Immigration, Taxes, and the revitalization of Agriculture for all Americans and having people say they came from an Iowan.
Iowa’s First Congressional District: