Interview with Vernon Robinson

Winston-Salem

Journal, Jul. 11

Age: 48.

Address: 2713 Edinberg

Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Occupation: President,

N.C. Education Reform Foundation; treasurer of the Carolina Educational

Opportunity Fund

Education: Bachelor

of science, Middle Eastern studies, Air Force Academy; master’s

in business administration, University of Missouri.

Q. What three specific things

do you hope to achieve by working in Congress?

A. My immediate efforts will focus

on securing our borders against illegal immigration and the terrorist

threat; ending all racial quotas and government set-asides; and

reforming the tax code by elimination of the IRS and the progressive

income tax and replacing them with the FAIR tax (national retail

sales tax).

Q. What are the values that

shape the way you act in public life, and where can we see them?

A. “Courage under fire”

is in short supply, and a value I take special care to demonstrate.

One must have the courage not only to believe a thing, but also

to be willing to act on that belief in the face of a hostile liberal

media and a godless culture.

Q. Do you support a tobacco-quota

buyout? If it includes regulation by the Federal Drug Administration?

Why is this issue important to your constituents?

A. I could support a version that

does a better job protecting taxpayers and farmers, while still

protecting American interests against unfair foreign competition.

Like all governmental regulatory agencies, the FDA needs to be kept

on a short leash and away from as much of American life as possible,

including tobacco.

Q. Should a woman be able

to choose to have an abortion while she’s pregnant? If she’s

the victim of rape or incest? If her health is in danger?

A. Innocent life is a gift from God,

and no person should be allowed to kill babies—for convenience,

sex-selection or otherwise. The only possible ethical justification

for victimizing an innocent child is for the protection of other

innocent life, such as the life of the mother.

Q. Would you vote for a constitutional

amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman? Would

you approve civil unions for homosexual couples?

A. Yes, to hog-tie the liberal judges.

In the Garden of Eden, God ordained the family as one man married

to one woman with so many children as God should see fit to entrust

to their care. God is wiser than man; it doesn’t take a rocket

scientist to see that.

No. It’s a slippery slope to

complete paganism. They start with two men, but before you know

it they’ll be demanding civil unions for three men, then four

or five, then two transvestites, a pedophile, a lesbian and a partridge

in a pear tree. That’s not a family.

Q. If you want to make government

smaller, what agencies, departments or budgets would you cut? Please

be specific.

A. Eliminating the National Endowment

for the Arts, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of

Education would be a very good start. I emphasize the word “start.”

We have agencies and departments doing things nobody understands

or needs, duplicating other agencies doing the same worthless, useless

things. This must end.

Q. Do you support President

Bush’s plan to give illegal immigrants temporary amnesty? Why?

A. Absolutely not. Amnesty rewards

illegal, criminal conduct and encourages more of it. We have an

immigration crisis in this country that threatens our national culture

and our national security. Amnesty does nothing to help. Illegal

aliens must be sped from entering and sent when they manage

to slip through.

Q. How can a U.S. representative

add jobs to his or her district?

A. Congressmen need to do what I have

done as a city councilman—work to eliminate regulation, taxation

and litigation that combine to crush the hopes of most entrepreneurs.

These three things make it very difficult for American businesses

to compete against goods from countries that are not plagued by

them.

Q. What does “separation

of church and state” mean to you?

A. It means the person asking the

question doesn’t understand the First Amendment. I believe

in that amendment—properly interpreted as the founding fathers

intended. Congress should not establish a national religion and

force its observance, nor should it burden or discourage religious

activity—public or private—short of that.

Q. Do you agree with Bush’s

policy allowing federal funds to be used for stem-cell research

only on already established lines of cells? Would you expand the

scope of stem-cell research? How?

A. I am mindful of the hope that stem-cell

research promises to those suffering from debilitating diseases,

but I also fear that permitting human tissue to be used in such

research will encourage the cultivation of human life and human

tissue for the purpose of medical experimentation. That is unacceptable.

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