David P. Kopacz Sr.
MassGOP State Committee Member - Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin
Guns, 2nd Amendment
I support the 2nd Amendment
I have a License to Carry
I have an FID Card
I am a member of
I am a member of the NRA
Gun license fees should be low to
encourage legal gun ownership
I will support a hunter's rights
I will never vote to diminish gun owner's rights
I have or will seek the endorsement of
I view gun ownership as an inherent right and oppose nearly all licensing initiatives. Accepting a license for anything translates a right into a privilege that is revocable. Although I am highly supportive of GOAL and their solid track record of defending this critical right, I am not so pleased with the NRA's willingness to compromise on key issues they should be staunchly defending
I am a dues paying member of Citizens for Limited Taxation
I am endorsed by CLT
I pledge to NEVER vote for a tax increase
I support restoring the to 5% or lower sales tax
I support restoring the income tax to 5% or lower
I support restoring the meals tax (on ice cream, coffee, pizza, subs, etc.) to 5% or lower
I support a FREEZING ALL GOVT/ SALRIES for 1 YEAR (Including any bonuses, contract language, etc., Regardless of contract, negotiations, funding, etc. No exception.)
I support and will vote to eliminate all tolls West of Worcester
I will vote to once and for all establish a designated funding and clear responsibility for the fiscal management of the Tobin Bridge (which is perpetually under construction)
I support term limits of 8 years in office (just like the president), for all legislators, as well as all city/town elected officials.
Term limits is a topic I have struggled with, as many have as well. When the rest of the political system is working and voters are "fully informed", elections serve as a very effective way of limiting the term of a misguided public servant. Under finite term limits, there is a built in incentive to perform during the tenure, but leaves little protection against blatant abuse and corruption when individuals are leaving office. For the reasons stated, I am inclined to work towards improving the integrity of elections and transparency and encourage voters themselves to be the gatekeeper of term limits.
I pledge to support all forms of LEGAL immigration and welcome our new neighbors to the Commonwealth
I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE OBAMA administration has nor will take adequate steps to secure America's borders to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.
I DO NOT SUPPORT THE OBAMA administration's efforts to grant AMNESTY and American Citizenship to illegal immigrants presently living within our borders, including his Aunt who lives on taxpayer subsidies, nor his Uncle, most recently arrested for OUI.
I will oppose tuition benefits for illegal aliens
I will oppose driver licenses for illegal aliens
I will oppose welfare for illegal aliens
I will actively encourage our national officials to enforce immigration laws
Immigration is one of the few things the Federal government in mandated to address. Since this has such a direct impact on economic conditions and the security of the nation as a whole, I am also in favor of individual States doing whatever is necessary to protect their citizenry. Selective enforcement of this (or any) constitutional law is unacceptable.
Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice
List me as Pro-Life (pro-birth, pro-adoption, pro-support for pregnancy care, etc.)
List me as Pro-Choice (pro-women's rights to choose death for their unborn children, pro-planned parenthood)
I will oppose taxpayer funding of abortions
I will support diverting any current taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to Abortion Crisis Centers that do NOT support abortion, but advocate birth and adoption
I will support taxpayer support of abstinence education
I support my local church or pregnancy care center
I believe that abortion should be extremely rare
I believe that abortion is the deliberate killing of an unborn baby
When do human beings begin to exist?
A new human comes into existence at the point which all genetic prerequisites are in place within a viable collection of cells.
Until what point should a women be able to abort her baby?
Never if the abortion is relevant to irresponsibility or poor judgment! All unwanted pregnancies, from normal relations, should be brought to term and adopted into loving families.
What reason did you choose that point?
The unalienable right to life, liberty and property are the three pillars of American freedom. The Right to life exists for both mother and unborn baby. With that in mind, we must take great care in evaluating exactly when the expression of one, infringes on the right of the other. In instances where a true medical crisis exists and bringing a pregnancy to full term imparts a significant threat to the life of mother and baby alike, the ultimate choice should fall on the fully informed mother.
Have you ever had the opportunity to promote your views on these issues? (provide an example).
This subject is among those personal values that exists in my daily dialogue. This isn't something that is bulled out of mothballs to showcase whenever it's politically beneficial. It really should be an inseparable part of who we are as conservatives. I have promoted this particular value at meeting, on the radio, on CATV, on blogs, in speeches, and individual conversations.
Simply put, I voted "no" on question #5 because to endorse government involvement in this issue just serves to validate the government roll in these matters of individual authority. The Federal government should be purged from interfering in this matter entirely!
Pro-Family vs. Pro Same-Sex Marriage
I will support marriage to exist between one man and one woman
I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual preference, clothing preference, etc.
I will never vote to establish a family unit which by its nature will deny a child the right to have a mother or a father
List me as pro homosexual marriage
I believe that marriage is something that is:
in accord with human nature
something that can be re-defined by the state
I believe homosexuality is
a disordered orientation
something that should be acted upon and officially recognized as an alternative lifestyle
Have you ever had the opportunity to promote your views on these issues? (provide an example).
My position on promotion of this issue is the same as my response under pro-life above.
Marriage existed long before government and has always been a religious matter. I do not support federal interference in this subject, on any level.
I believe that less government is best government
I believe that taxes, fees, and rules should be minimized, whenever possible.
I believe in educating the people, and letting the people vote, especially on controverial matters such as abortion, marriage, tax increases, emminent domain, etc.
I believe in the men and women in our military, and will ALWAYS put support of our troops and returning soldiers above any support for illegal immigrants, unions, and special interst groups.
I support the idea that those who serve the government serve the people who elected them, and therefore I support the idea that no laws should be passed unless the people have first read the proposals and, whenever an initiative petion is certified, should be allowed to voted on them.
I support the idea that those who serve the government serve the people, and therefore should not be entitled to any benefit or "perk" included in their part-time salaries which is excessive, to those ends, I support elimination of travel expenses for those who live within 35 miles of the statehouse, and elimination of other excessive perks which the common worker is not entitled to....
I support elimination of pension and salary for any elected official convicted of corruption, graft, or gross misuse of taxpayers funds.
FOR 2012 STATE COMMITTEE CANDIDATES ONLY
(Republican and Democrat State Committee Members/Candidates):
1. Support of Current Party Chair:
The Mass GOP just doesn't get it! Every plan ever conceived by establishment Republicans has always relied on leveraging the energy and power of the grassroots. The tires meet the road, every time, without fail, by activating the grassroots right in their neighborhoods and regions. I want to work towards marrying the leadership of the Party with the power of the grassroots.
Party support is currently weak due to deviating values and resistance to new blood or classic conservative ideals.
Local candidates have been largely abandoned.
Many local committees are weak and unorganized. We can't run a better candidate because we don't have a farm team and none are coming up through the ranks. This trend MUST be reversed!
2. Financial, Mailing, and Fundraising Support of Candidates:
There are several very serious problems with with regard to GOP fund raising
3. State Party Image and Focus
First we need to put the Party on a path that shamelessly showcases classic conservative ideals so that people have a reason to be excited. I have great confidence in our ability to show that the GOP has not forgotten what made our Party great. We don't need to invent anything. We don't need to repackage anything. The message is alive within the base (grassroots) and the Party needs to be smart enough to go back to it.
4. My personal support of state rep. and other (non-Governor) candidates in 2008, 2010, and TODAY!:
Please give examples of what you have done:
Although I am very fortunate to be involved with numerous energetic groups, it also serves to divide my time and support. It is not unusual for me to help with a local race one day and a congressional race the next. In fact, I'm proud to say that Bill Gunn, candidate for US District 1, is the product of my town's RTC that I revived following the 2008 election. We clearly have to shift focus to State Representative seats in order to achieve the growth we need and are fully capable of. Moreover, we need to have State Committee representation that is proficient at leveraging multi-level exposure to all quality candidates while on the campaign trail.
Closest blood relative who served in the US Military, when and where:
Last two books you read:
Rescuing a Broken America by Dr. Michael Coffman The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski (re-read)Nullification by Tom Woods
Your favorite US President of all time, and why:
Jefferson - Although extremely uncomfortably with public speaking, Jefferson was very wise and unafraid to answer the call to civic duty when his country needed him. He got out of his comfort zone and acted selflessly.
Your favorite US President of the 20th Century, and why:
Reagan. He had great confidence in our conservative message and knew how to communicate that to the people.
Your LEAST favorite US President of the 20th Century, and why:
Woodrow Wilson! He sold us out to the Central Banks and established the "progressive movement" which also plagues us today.
When was the last time you shot a firearm?
I am active in maintaining my shooting skills with rifles, archery & black powder. My wife and two sons shoot and we regularly have family memberships at local sportsman's clubs.
I am an active member of my local Republican Town or City or Ward committee
I am an active member of my local Democrat Town or City or Ward committee
I support small government and protecting local control.* Life is a gift. I am Pro-life.* I oppose government interference in education.* I support minimal taxation. Taxation has become predatory and counterproductive to economic growth.* I oppose P3's and will work to protect private property rights.* I support parent's rights.
I am running because
The people of my district and the Party as a whole deserve to have State Committee representation that reflects their values AND will not compromise them away upon pressure from above. Possessing these ideals personally is one thing, but standing firm when challenged is another.
The biggest change I will bring to the office is
Confidence in my message and a spine.
I ask for your vote because
I'm asking for your vote because I want to turns things on their head. If I can help rebuild Party confidence and energize the grassroots in cooperation WITH the Party apparatus, we will see 11% grow to something that resembles 89% instead.
Additional Candidate Campaign Information
my contact information:
My full contact information is available at the MassRA.com website. Supporters can also make a donation there by noting my name with your generous contribution.
Supporters can also find me on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Kopacz-for-State-Committee/200731670003035