From Delegate Don Dwyer’s New Blog:
My Views on Issues
First and foremost, I believe in an American View of Law and Government.
That is, the purpose of government at its core is to protect and defend every “Citizens” God given right to Life, Liberty and Property.
- The Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
- There are three separate branches of government they are; Legislative, Executive and Judicial. They are to remain separate to prevent tyranny.
- Many men have bled and died in military service to protect the freedoms that today we take for granted. We should cherish the freedoms we have as American Citizens and we should honor our veterans.
- I support reducing the size of government and returning control to We The People.
- Immigration should be legal. This means that any foreigner desiring to become an American should be willing to learn English and study the history of America. They should understand freedom and self responsibility and they should not be looking for a handout.
- Illegal immigration should be the greatest priority regarding American public policy. America should not be targeted and infiltrated by individuals’ intent on robbing America who are not willing to assimilate to American culture, values and style of government.
- Enforcement of immigration law should be mandatory in all states and counties.
- Property and the right of individuals to own and control their own property is one of the primary reasons that America exists today. Our Founders left England because of the tyranny specifically surrounding the King owning and controlling nearly everything.
- Zoning laws and ordinances are necessary at some level in order to maintain densely populated areas. However, government never has the right to deprive someone of their land without just compensation. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Local government regularly encroaches on individual’s right to use and improve their property.
- Critical Area Laws are specifically unconstitutional. Waterfront land owners pay premium taxes and are then extremely limited from improving their property. Everything you do on your property requires government approval if you live on the water. This is wrong and it is unconstitutional.
- We should protect The Chesapeake bay, our rivers, creeks and our streams. This should start with government addressing the continuous sewage overflows at treatment plants and pumping stations when a heavy rain or power outage occurs. Instead, government focuses on dog and cat manure, septic systems and impervious surfaces as the primary source of pollution. It’s quite clever for government to look the other way. It costs far less to fix the problem when you fail to address the root cause. That’s why after 30 years of environmental intervention, our waterway quality continues to plummet.
- I do not support environmental programs and regulation created to employ state workers thereby growing government and the bureaucracy that chokes America. We must get serious about addressing the root cause of pollution in our rivers. We should start with treatment plants and pumping stations.
- I support oyster, clam and muscle farming in an attempt to help clean our rivers. `
CRIME & CRIMINALS
- I serve on the House Judiciary committee. This is the committee that deals with criminals. Regretfully, criminals are viewed by most elected officials as victims. They argue that they turned to crime for example, because they were raised by a single parent. Or they grew up in a bad neighborhood. Give me a break. What about personal responsibility. I am sick of the bleeding heart liberals that want to protect criminals.
- I support the death penalty. With today’s technology there is little chance that we are convicting innocent individuals. I believe that with two eyewitnesses and a DNA match in a cold blooded murder case that the death penalty should be mandatory.
- I believe that there should be truth in sentencing. By this I mean that a ten year sentence should be ten years not 6.5 years because of good time credits. I also believe that second time offenders in brutal crimes should never receive parole and early release.
- Taxes are necessary to good government but there is a limit. I believe government has exceeded that limit. Today most working class Americans are taxed to death. Not only are we over taxes, the taxes that are collected are not used constitutionally.
- Taxes can become oppressive. When government taxes the citizens to grow government itself, it is wrong. Unfortunately, I have watched as Maryland’s government continues to grow. Even when there is a projected deficit over 1.5 billion dollars next year, the legislature passed a budget that grew by 1.2 billion dollars. I voted against the budget because we must cut spending and reduce the state debt. Otherwise, tax increases are inevitable.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
- I support a free market economy. That is every American Citizen should have the opportunity to own and operate a small or large business. Today government seems hostile to anyone who makes a profit or is well of financially because of their hard work. This is wrong! We should encourage and incentivize business startups; instead government taxes and regulates business until they leave Maryland.
- I support limited business regulation. That is, regulation that addresses legitimate safety, health and environmental issues. I do not support over zealous enforcement officers who intimidate and coerce business owners with outrageous fines and ridiculous stop work orders.
- Under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, every Citizen is granted the right to keep and bear arms. There is no authority for the government to mandate that a law abiding Citizen register and fire arm. Yet, many states including Maryland require registration. Guns to kill, people do. A gun is simply a tool and in the right hands, a gun will protect good from evil. Regretfully, we are told to dial 911 when we are in danger. The unfortunate part is that the phone cannot protect you, your family and your property.
Delegate Don Dwyer, jr.