2014 VoteCoreValues CANDIDATE and CURRENT ELECTED OFFICIAL Questionnaire

Massachusetts, Version 7.1.2, UPDATED: August 25, 2014 20:01

 

Candidate's Name

John Miller

GENERAL QUESTIONS SECTION - ALL CANDIDATES - ALL OFFICES:
Please answer yes or no, and/or add comments. Thank you.

Just let the voters know how you feel, and more importantly, will you back up your beliefs with actions? HOW WILL YOU VOTE, if given a choice?
True, if you are running for Congress or some other position, you may NEVER face an opportunity to vote on one of these issues, BUT, if you did, what do you want your voters to know?

2

Guns, 2nd Amendment

YES

NO

I support the 2nd Amendment, list me as PRO 2nd Amendment!
I will NEVER vote to diminish gun owner's rights.
I'm 100% pro-2nd Amendment.
   
I have a License to Carry or FID Card    
I am a member of GOAL and/or the NRA    
Gun license fees should be low to encourage legal gun ownership    
I have or will seek the endorsement of GOAL or the NRA    

Comments:

I'm going to find out if very plain, straight talk will prove helpful to those who view your site. 

Massachusetts is a constitutional republic, founded upon a 1780 Constitution written largely by John Adams.  That constitution secures a variety of rights to individual citizens of the Commonwealth. 

The flip side of this is that the constitution protects the inevitable result when a group of people are free to think for themselves -  citizens will reach different conclusions.

The job of the Attorney General is to be the chief law enforcement officer of the state, not the legislature and not the Governor. 

The AG's client is the people of this state. 

The job includes protecting and preserving the law, and applying it impartially and independently. 

The AG takes an oath to uphold the Massachusetts Constitution, an historic compromise that binds us together, and protects each of us. I will take that oath seriously.  As AG, I will seek to preserve that compromise, not take it apart, piece by piece, or group by group.Article XVII, first sentence, of the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution reads as follows:  "The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence." The 1780 Constitution came before the 2nd Amendment, and applies specifically to Massachusetts. This is just one of many rights secured by our Constitution, which also include:  the right to religious freedom, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of association, the right to trial by jury, the right to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizure of the person, property, papers and possessions.

The AG's job is to professionally run one of the largest law firms in the State.  That office is not a platform for political posturing or for running for a different office.  I don't want to be the Governor.  I will never run to be the Governor.  I intend (just) to be the chief law enforcement officer for the people of this state. Notes as to specific questions:  Whether a citizen of Massachusetts has a LTC A, LTC B, or FID card is between the citizen and the permitting authority.  Who has a license is a matter of individual privacy.The legislature sets fees.  I'm not seeking endorsements from pro-gun or anti-gun groups.  People are free to associate with what groups they choose.  I'll meet with any and all groups of citizens to discuss issues of interest to them.  In general, who belongs to what groups, too, is a private matter.

4

Taxes

YES

NO

   
OPPOSE AUTOMATIC TAX INCREASES:
I believe that taxes should NEVER be raised automatically according to an index lined to the CPI or other measure of inflation, rather, legislators should have the courage to vote and chief executives to sign the rates into law.
   
   
   
SUPPORT TERM LIMITS:
I support term limits of 8 years for all elected officials, except, of course, for U.S. Senators who should be limited to 2 terms (12 years).
   

Comments:

The job of the Attorney General requires that both eyes remain focused on managing the legal affairs of the Commonwealth for the citizens of this state. 

Our state is structured based on separation of powers, which is best suited to provide for accountability in how the legislature legislates, the governor administers, the judges judge, and the AG manages the legal affairs of the state.  Setting taxes, establishing salaries, and evaluating public expenditures are, for the most part, tasks for the legislature first, and the governor, second.  When asked, or where legal issues arise from legislation, I'll assemble the facts, apply the law, and let the politics take care of itself. The same is true with respect to "investigations".  I'll follow the facts and apply the law. 

I have a background and experience in the private practice of law.  My clients have been active in commerce, banking, software development, construction, architecture, design, and manufacturing.  I've seen how businesses interact with each other, with their employees, and with state and local government.  I understand that remaining impartial and independent is essential to wisely serving as Attorney General in a complex economy, created by millions of hardworking Massachusetts people.

1

Government

YES

NO

   

Do you believe that when a child (or children) enter a school house or a hospital, that they no longer belong to their parents but that they belong to the state?

ANSWER(choose one):

1. [] The family is sacred and parents should be the administrators and final decision-makers of everything having to do with their own children.

2. [ - ] If the state believes it knows what is in the best interest of a child, then they should take charge of that child.

   
   
   
   

Additional Comments:

1.  Yes, generally, but any of us can imagine situations that might require a different result (neurosis, psychosis).  Alternative need not all be driven by the state.  For example, the common law would typically require involvement with family.

2.  The "state" can't "believe" anything.  Taxes and Schools and Perks -- the legislature's obligation is to understand, debate, and decide; then the governor. Military -- the federal government's obligation is to understand, debate, and decide.  No group is more deserving of real support than military veterans.

3

Immigration

YES

NO

   
   
   
   
   

Comments:

See our www.MassachusettsSafe.com site.Article I, Section 8, paragraph gives Congress (the House and the Senate) the legislative power to deal with naturalization.  Article II requires the President to faithfully execute the laws.  While the law relating to immigration is primarily federal, the state laws relating to public health and public safety are entitled to respect by the federal government. 

Working these issues through will require good lawyering, and a commitment by all levels of government to the rule of law.Any agreement between the Commonwealth and the federal government with respect to immigration should be reduced to an enforceable, written agreement AHEAD OF TIME, so that commitments made by the federal government are clear, the health and public safety laws of the Commonwealth are fully respected, and the responsibility of the federal government for the full impact of such an agreement upon our state, our cities and towns, including our schools, is fully assumed by the federal government. 

Since only the Attorney General is constitutionally authorized to enforce such an agreement in court, the current Attorney General should be actively involved, AHEAD OF TIME, in securing such an agreement with the federal government.

6

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

YES

NO

   
   
OPPOSE FORCED TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION AND ABORTION PROVIDER PLANNED PARENTHOOD:
I will oppose any attempts to take money from taxpayers to pay for abortions.
   
   
SUPPORT REFLECTION PERIOD: Would you sign legislation which would offer women facts about both abortion and childbirth, and require a 24-hour 'reflection period' before an abortion could be performed?    
   

When do human beings begin to exist?


Have you ever had the opportunity to promote your views on these issues? (provide an example).

The job of the Attorney General is to be the chief law enforcement officer of the state, not a legislature, not a governor, and not a judge.  These issues are important, they are serious, and they are unlikely to be the subject of universal agreement.  People of good will can and do disagree.  One job of the Attorney General is to preserve the constitutional mechanisms established in Massachusetts to deal with social and moral issues about which citizens disagree.  The constitution of the Commonwealth provides the legislative, administrative and judicial frameworks in which such issues are to resolved.  I will uphold the mechanisms established under our Constitution.

 

5

Pro-Family vs. Pro Same-Sex Marriage

YES

NO

List me as pro-family (pro-traditional marriage: one man, one woman).

   
   
LET THE PEOPLE VOTE:
Regardless of my views, I believe that marriage should be defined by the legislature or by public referendum and not the courts....
   
   

CHOOSE ONE:
I believe that marriage is something that is (pick one):

(male and female)
something that can be re-defined by the state, male/male/male, male/male, female/female/ whatever, love is love is love is love...

Have you ever had the opportunity to promote your views on these issues? (provide an example).

The job of the Attorney General is to be the chief law enforcement officer of the state, not a legislature, not a governor, and not a judge.  These issues are important, they are serious, and they are unlikely to be the subject of universal agreement.  People of good will can and do disagree.  One job of the Attorney General is to preserve the constitutional mechanisms established in Massachusetts to deal with social and moral issues about which citizens disagree.  The constitution of the Commonwealth provides the legislative, administrative and judicial frameworks in which such issues are to resolved.  I will uphold the mechanisms established under our Constitution.

 

4. Highlights of any personal support of a state rep. and/or other (non-Governor) candidate/s, since 2008:

Please give examples of what you have done:


ALL CANDIDATES: General Info

Closest blood relative who served in the US Military, when and where:

Father, US Army, Artillery, Philippines, WWII.

Last two (good) books I read:

1356, Bernard CornwellAgincourt, Bernard Cornwell

Your favorite US President of all time, and why:

Washington -- He was the glue that held it all together - during the Revolutionary War, the Constitutional Convention, and during the first 8 years of the Republic.  Of course, with many others, he was instrumental in putting the American experiment together

Your favorite US President of your lifetime:

Ronald Reagan

Your LEAST favorite US President of your lifetime:

 

When was the last time you shot a firearm?

 

only an independent, impartial AG can (1) clear the air on Beacon Hill, (2) stop waste, abuse, and public corruption, and (3) professionally manage the Commonwealth's legal affairs for the citizens of Massachusetts. 


 


Additional Candidate Campaign Information

Please list contact information for folks to volunteer/donate to your campaign their time, energy, and dollars:

john@millerforag.com

www.millerforag.comDonatehttp://millerforag.com/#donateJohn Miller (and campaign generally):  john@millerforag.com

Finance Director:  nick@millerforag.comRick

Gorka (Press):  press@millerforag.com

 

 

 

 

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Definitions used on this website:
         Pro- 2nd Amendment = supports individual's gun rights
Enforce Immigration Laws = oppose drivers license, free tuition and benefits for illegals
                             Pro-Family = pro-child: supports marriage between one man and one woman
                                                     as he/she would not deny a child the fundamental right
                                                     to have a mother, or a father; supports parent rights over state rights
                                                     especially with education in our schools
                                   Pro-Life = supports full term protection and birth of babies,
                                                      against support of tax dollars for abortion

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Information listed is based on best available public information, voting records, roll calls, endorsements promoted by candidates, and/or comments made by candidates. We highly recommend that if you have any concrete information to the contrary, please forward it to us so that our review board may confirm the information and post any changes. During the review period, the current posting will be flagged accordingly. We thank you for your attention and help in this matter. Please keep in mind, one "good" vote on a issue does not counter multiple "bad" votes on an issue.  We seek to accurately reflect the "CORE" values of each candidate.

 

Disclaimer: THIS IS A FREE POSTING SERVICE PROVIDED AS A SERVICE TO ALL. NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR RESULTS, DIRECT, OR INDIRECT RESULTING OUT OF, OR CAUSED BY SAID POSTINGS, whether direct, indirect, whether we knew, should have known, could have known, or reasonably expected to know will be assumed by said poster and his/her designees.  This site is maintained and updated at least weekly. All postings listed are either "in the public domain" or we have received a special request to post same, or based same on comments, votes, or direct actions and comments by the persons so noted.  Neither VCV nor any of its assignees, associates, designees, affiliates or relations or companies make any representation as to the accuracy of said postings, and advise you to contact the candidate/person directly with any questions, and be foreceful and don't believe vague spin. Actions count more than words. One vote says more than 1,000 position papers. Notwithstanding the afformentioned, we accept no responsibility for any actions direct or indirect, including both financial, medical, personal or other loss or affect, which results either directly or indirectly from these postings and this service. In other words, we have big lawyers - play nice.

 

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