Chuck Fleischmann

My Closing Remarks at the LiberTea Debate

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Why I Signed the Mount Vernon Statement

I believe in the principles and ideas first set forth by our founding fathers. The genius of the men who bravely defied England to establish our country is best illustrated by the Declaration of Independence and Constitution they drafted so many years ago. Our Constitution has stood the test of time and remains the keystone of our form of government. 

When I read the Mount Vernon Statement, drafted by conservative leaders, I recognized immediately that it reflected my beliefs and principles and that it was a document I would proudly sign. So I have done exactly that. 

The authors of the Mount Vernon Statement wrote, "We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding Fathers. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government."

I agree completely with the Mount Vernon Statement and believe strongly that most of America's problems can be solved today by following the principles and ideas of the men who founded our country. We must move in the right direction – back to the principles first set forth in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. 

I believe in constitutional conservatism that follows the principles set forth in the Mount Vernon Statement:

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law
  • It honors individual liberty
  • It encourages free enterprise, individual entrepreneurs and economic reforms
  • It supports America's national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world
  • It informs conservatism's firm defense of family, neighborhood, community and faith.

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A Lifetime of Fiscal Conservatism

As long as I live I will never forget being a part of the movement to kill the income tax when it was being proposed a decade ago here in Tennessee. So many Conservatives from across the state came together to tell our Governor, and our legislature, that an income tax was not what this state needed. We understood that lower taxes equal a more prosperous people, and an income tax would have placed a heavy burden on us – and we knew it needed to be stopped. It was a great day for our state when the idea was finally rejected and the voices for low taxation had won the day.

When I go to Congress I promise to continue to fight for lower taxes, less government regulation, and less government spending. The projected federal deficit is almost $1 trillion annually over the next ten years. We must work to reduce spending and make permanent budget cuts. $20 billion in earmarks is unacceptable. $55 billion in overpayments to federal programs must end. And the fact that discretionary spending has increased 74% faster than inflation since 2001 is unconscionable. President Obama’s miniscule spending freeze over the next decade does not come close to solving the problem. Real action must be taken.

It is imperative that we overhaul our current tax system in order to reduce the amount of red tape and money that is spent and lost due to an overly complicated tax system. I am a strong proponent of looking at moving to a system such as the Fair Tax that would do all of those things.

I will also continue to fight against a government takeover of health care, and fight for reform that truly works for the people. As I have been saying since day 1 of this campaign, we need tort reform, Health Savings Accounts, and portability of health insurance. All of these reforms will lower costs and allow the free market to do what it does best. We cannot allow the federal government to turn our health care system into a waiting line at the DMV.

Finally, I promise that special interest groups in Washington will not find an open door in my congressional office. I have fought for Conservative values all my life because I know those are what work best for us, the people. I fought against the income tax because it was going to hurt the citizens of Tennessee. Having owned a small business for the last 23 years, I know how to balance a budget, create jobs, and what policies work best for everyday Americans. I will always fight for the Conservative policies that help everyday Americans – not politicos, party bosses, and special interest groups in Washington.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade & Fighting for the Unborn

Thirty-seven years ago the United States Supreme Court, in a display of judicial activism and constitutional revisionism at its worst, handed down the ruling in Roe v. Wade that made abortion, for any reason, legal. Since this decision, 52 million unborn children have had their lives taken from them, and the number grows each day.

Not only is it important for Roe v. Wade, and other rulings such as Planned Parenthood v. Casey, to be overturned, but it is also important that we work to discourage mothers from having abortions. I support the advocacy that crisis pregnancy centers are involved in which provides counseling to expectant mothers and provides options to them other than abortion. I support many different pieces of pro-life legislation, such as a mother who is considering an abortion being given the opportunity to have an ultrasound, that are helping lower the number of abortions taking place in this country.

The respect and value of human life, at all stages, is the defining difference between a civilized society and an uncivilized society. It is imperative that those of us who have a voice and a vote take a stand for the millions of unborn children who do not have a voice or a vote. While we are saddened by the law and precedent set by the court almost forty years ago, we take heart in the great work that has been done since then to stop abortion and stand for the sanctity of each and every human life. The work has been made possible by people like Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, but is now a part of the pro-life cause and supports making abortion illegal.

It will take Americans from all walks of life coming together to make sure this horrendous practice is no longer a commonality in or society. This is not simply a religious issue, this is a humanity issue. We can not sit idly by why the most liberal in this country allow children to have their lives taken from them. We must stand up for the voiceless and continue the work that has begun.

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Repealing ObamaCare

Today I signed the Club for Growth's pledge "to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government."

It is imperative that we stop the passage of a government takeover of health care. However, if this legislation does pass, we must repeal it when we take back Congress in November. So I am writing today to encourage you to sign the citizen pledge in order that your voice may be heard so we can fight this takeover together – and repeal the legislation if necessary.

We need true health care reform; this means allowing the purchase of health care insurance across state lines in order to create more competition within the market, permitting individual Americans to create Health Savings Accounts, and bringing about tort reform in order to lower medical costs. Please join with me and sign the pledge, because together we can win this fight.

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Holding the President Accountable on Health Care Debate

The President promised on 8 different occassions to have the health care negotiations broadcast on C-SPAN, and now that push has come to shove he isn't actually interested in following through on those promises. Once again he has proven that he is only interested in talking about change. He just doesn't get it.

We can't count on the media to hold him accountable, and that is why I need your help in sending me to Congress so I can bring conservatism, true reform, and accountability to Washington.

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Christmas - The True Meaning

It is important we slow down this time of year and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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