Full Name: Merritt Daniel Hale
Office Sought: Congress,
6th Congressional District
Party Affiliation: Republican
Campaign Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Structured Interview Request Sent:
29 Dec 2021, 16 Jan 2022
Structured Interview Response and Date:
18 January 2022
Vetting Panel Selected: Pending
Structured Interview Completed: Pending
Biography: I am a Christian, common sense, conservative, who has lived my entire life in Virginia, outside of a few years in my military service. I attended the University of Virginia where I studied systems engineering while enrolled in Naval ROTC. Upon graduation, I commissioned as a United States Naval Officer and was stationed in Charleston, SC and Virginia Beach, VA. I am incredibly proud to have served alongside the brave men and women who serve our country. Following the military, I accepted a position as a systems engineer supporting the intelligence community, with the mission set of defending our country and providing critical information in support of the front-line troops.
Why you? I am a young, political outsider who wants to bring a fresh perspective to politics. I believe in servant leadership, not making politics a life long career. I want to focus on policies which will actually help my constituents, not the typical political grand standing which helps no one, and just divides people.
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Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge: Navy veteran.
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What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution when I was in the military, and I will continue to protect and defend the Constitution as the Law of the Land when I’m in Congress.
What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Religious liberty is a right enshrined in the Constitution and must be protected.
What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? We must teach our history as it happened, the good and the bad. History is to be learned from, not erased. Modern efforts to demonize our Founding Fathers and history are misguided and divisive.
What are your thought on government transparency? I believe the smaller the government is and the more transparency there is, the better.
What are your thoughts on national defense? As a Navy veteran and civilian who works in the intelligence community, I am very passionate about foreign policy. We need to project leadership to the world and stand up to Russian and Chinese aggression. Our leaders need to stop creating red lines which they are not ready to enforce. Our troops should only be sent into battle as a last resort, but when they are sent in, they should have the complete backing of the government. We should not intervene with boots on the ground unless we are willing to finish the job. That means we should oust whatever government was in power, make sure the civilians are safe, and get out. We cannot be nation building for decades at a time.
What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? The free enterprise system is what allowed our country to flourish into an economic power house. There need to be protections for workers, but in general less regulations are better.
What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? Abortion is one topic where ideological axiomatic differences prevent compromise. If one fundamentally believes that life begins at conception, then there is no room to support abortion; however, if one views an unborn fetus as a clump of cells rather than a life, very different conclusions can be made. I am 100% pro-life, except for when the mother’s life is at risk. Poor socio-economic conditions of perspective parents is also not justification for abortion We must do more than just fight to overturn Roe vs. Wade. We must hear, be sympathetic, and provide choices (adoption) beyond abortion to those contemplating such action. Providing love, education, support, and resources will go much further towards saving not just the lives of children, but also alleviating the torment and guilt that can afflict those who have gone through with an abortion. I also think it’s important that society view abortion as not just a woman’s issue. I want us to become a society that values life, and at a local level a society where the community supports new parents and young children.
What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? Families are the backbone of America. It is an unfortunate reality that a lot of people don’t have a great family life, but the more our society as a whole values families the better.
What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? People are born into different socio-economic conditions and dealt different hands through out life. Life isn’t always fair. But every single American should be given equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity. We are all children of God, regardless of the circumstances we are in and no one should be treated as second class to anyone else. We are equal before the law and before God, but efforts to ensure equal outcomes are misguided and divisive.
What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will fight to defend your right to own a gun and protect your family. The Second Amendment provides a check on tyrannical government and I will oppose any attempts to unconstitutionally take away the rights of law abiding citizens.
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