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    “The Enemies of the U.S.”: Let’s Call Them by Their Real Name—Terrorists

    The tepid foreign policy of appeasement has left this country more vulnerable and challenged than ever before from ISIS and other terrorist groups. Obama used the rhetoric of calling them “enemies of the United States,” but I am not afraid to call them what they are—terrorists—or the “fight” against them what it really is—a war on terrorism.

    We must raise our security levels to combat the increasing threats and support those who are fighting to protect our interests. We need to end the cowardly way that the past administration addressed terrorism and those dedicated to harming us.

    We are not waging a war against the Muslim people when we send air strikes and drones into terrorist strongholds in Asia, the Middle East, or Africa. We are not waging a war against Islam when, together with our allies, we arrest terrorists hiding in Europe and here at home. There is no more a war against Muslims and Islam than World War II was a war against Germans, Italians, or Japanese. World War II was a war against Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito and those who led terrorist nations and denied free people their right to choose how to live, and what God to worship. Just as so many innocent Germans, Italians, and Japanese had to suffer because of ideological tyrants, we are now left to see all too many Muslims the innocent victims of this war.

    While all this deeply saddens my heart, it cannot lessen our resolve to end the War on Terror with a victory over the tyranny preventing everyone—Muslims, Christians, Jews, and believers of every other religion—from enjoying the freedoms given to them by God.

    When I was in Congress, I was instrumental in fighting the war on terrorism, bringing pride back to America, and ensuring the safety of you and your families. If you vote for me in the 2020 election as your president, I will continue that success and ensure that the people of this nation will remain safe in the most wonderful country in the world.

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    The Death Penalty and Abortion

    I do not support the death penalty despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans do (according to a Gallup poll, 80% of Republicans, 65% of independents, and 58% of Democrats support it).

    But if I cannot support the death penalty even for those guilty of the most heinous crimes, then I can no more condone, in good conscience, taking an innocent unborn child’s life. None of us has the divine ability to determine when life truly begins or when a free choice to end it is acceptable. At least a criminal has a trial. The unborn do not. Yet many who support the death penalty condemn abortion and relegate the taking of life, of the innocent and guilty, to a political debate.

    The distinctions are not as easy as one may think. While I am a Republican, my supporters know I am hardly one that tows the party line for the sake of party unity—my positions are dictated by what I think is right and reasonable. Which is why, in the case of the death penalty, I stand strong in my belief, against party lines and the majority of our voters, that the death penalty is an archaic practice that must end. While I acknowledge that those on death row deserve our wrath and condemnation, killing them by a noose, needle, shock, or bullet isn’t going to reverse what they did or prevent someone else from committing heinous crimes. There is simply no proof of any deterrent effect.

    Because I do not think government has the right to take a life even with due process, my position against abortion is consistent. For many, it appears to be along party lines. But it is not. I support Planned Parenthood and its freedom to give advice to those troubled by the decisions they make. I support any organization – pro-abortion or anti-abortion – to advance their positions through education and counseling. It is not for me or any government bureaucracy to judge such organizations any more than we should judge a religion. And I also believe it is not the government’s role to tell a woman when she can have an abortion nor condemn her or her physician for doing so. As strongly as I believe abortion is wrong except in special circumstances, God, not government, should be the judge.

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    Why We Need to Push for the Wall

    The White House’s push for “The Wall” has appeared to slow down as the funding for the project seems to have come to a standstill—and potentially almost led to a government shutdown. But while Democrats are applauding this fact, the Republicans should not give up on finding a way to border security between our country and Central America that will be strong and effective.

    The immigration and “The Wall” debate is not about a particular ethnic population. Indeed, there are millions of people in this country who are legal immigrants from Latin America and elsewhere. They pay taxes, contribute to their communities, and earned their legal right to be here. The problem with immigration is about the thousands of people illegally crossing our borders every year who want a free ride and handouts.

    If the government had unlimited resources and money, we could welcome all who are prepared to obey our laws. But we don’t have those kind of resources. Denying entry or deporting illegal aliens is neither destructive nor anti-American; it simply assures that the precious rights of those born here, and the rights of those who have legally immigrated, are preserved.

    So what has been done to address the problem? Unfortunately, the future of a secure border has been discarded in the spirit of compromise and approved budgets. A border barrier would certainly enhance our overall homeland security, ebb the cost of lost tax revenue, and reduce the strain on government resources and social welfare. Instead, the latest proposal includes substantial funding for security but not a wall. So we’ll waste more money on what has not stemmed the tide of illegal immigration for decades.

    For me, it’s pretty simple—fences work. Build them. Then deal with those who can still manage to scale them by deporting them when they do.