The federal government is intruding on state authority and individual liberties in a host of areas from the Second Amendment to health care to private property rights. The Obama Administration is using executive orders and regulatory rule-making to get around Congress.
As Attorney General, I’ll organize a Federalism Task Force whose job will be to research federal laws that we believe violate the Tenth Amendment. When we feel state authority and individual liberty have been violated by the federal government, we will file a lawsuit against Washington.
I’ll seek out aggressive attorneys who believe in a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution to staff the Federalism Task Force. As Arkansas’ Attorney General, my job will be to stand up to the federal government and roll back this overreach that encroaches on our private property rights, religious liberty, and Second Amendment rights.
The right to life is so fundamental to this country that it was spelled out in our own Declaration of Independence. Arkansas statutes ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. As your Attorney General, I’ll fight to uphold this law. I believe life begins at conception and will always defend innocent unborn life.
The U.S. Constitution grants broad rights to individuals to possess firearms. These rights are not limited to the military, and no federal agency has the authority to promulgate regulations limiting our constitutional right to keep and bear firearms for personal defense or sport. As Attorney General of Arkansas, I will challenge laws or regulations that attempt to limit your right to self-defense or to enjoy the shooting sports.
Public schools should have the right to train administrators and teachers to put down a threat to student safety. This should be a voluntary program. The decision on whether to arm school personnel should be made by the local school board. Administrators and teachers who volunteer should receive intensive firearms training from experts in dealing with these types of situations.
Let’s use state law to protect school children. As Attorney General, my first legislative package will include a bill clearly granting local school districts the authority to arm properly trained administrators and teachers in order to put down a threat to student safety.
Marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman in the Arkansas Constitution. In my role as your next Attorney General, I’ll oppose federal efforts to overturn Arkansas’ definition of marriage. While all are free to choose the lifestyle they wish to lead, marriage is a special relationship defined by more than 2,000 years of human history.
Washington continues their misguided efforts to exert greater control over your health care choices. As Attorney General, I will scrutinize federal laws that impact your health care decisions. I will stand up to federal overreach in the health care arena to protect state authority and individual liberty.
The right to own private property is a fundamental right of every American. Sadly, the federal government through the Environmental Protection Agency has attempted to erode individual control over private property through mindless regulations. The State of Virginia successfully sued the federal government in court recently to stop the EPA from regulating rainwater. As your Attorney General, I’ll fight to protect farmers, ranchers, and other landowners from an out-of-control EPA.
The backbone of Arkansas’ economy is small business. Business owners take enormous risks every day and should not have to fear an over-regulating federal government. The Attorney General’s office is the last line of defense for small business owners from a federal government that often seems intent on penalizing hard work and success.
Local Prosecuting Attorneys are the front lines in the fight against crime in Arkansas, but the Attorney General’s office plays a key role in several areas. One area of great importance is crimes against children. As Attorney General, I’ll work to educate our young people about online safety, child abductions, and runaway issues.
Another area where the Attorney General has a key role is representing Arkansas in criminal appeals cases against violent criminals. I will make the prosecution of this crime a top priority.
I support the death penalty 100%. I will use the power of the Attorney General’s office to improve the system and ensure executions take place efficiently and expeditiously. Whether or not one believes the system is broken, we should all agree that it needs serious repair. I will fix Arkansas’ death penalty system.
We should honor the victims of these horrific crimes and their families by ensuring the executions of the criminals responsible are carried out as quickly as possible instead of dragging on indefinitely.