Candidate Survey: Evan Cronhardt for US Senate
Evan M. Cronhardt
Office Sought and District
United States Senate (MD03)
BA pre law; psychology minor
Disabled; SSI recipient
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I don’t believe Senator Cardin (D) represents the heartland of this country. And I don’t believe any other Republican from Maryland has a better shot at unseating him. My ideas and ideals are better, stronger, intellectual and maintained with integrity, honesty and compiled of multiple values.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is, I believed, the foundation or cornerstone on which civil rights and civil liberties are made. Open mindedness and cordial dialect between us every day Americans has become strained in recent years. I feel that real conservatism and real liberal ideologies have been tarnished with prejudicial beliefs, projectionist views, and self-identity politics. Many approaches to understanding facts and discerning truth have been met with straw arguments and partisan political stances. Frankly I feel now is just the right time to squash the playground rhetoric and get the nation back to remembering who its strongest allies are, our American brothers and sisters.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln.
The Republican party was originally the first party expressing liberalism; a foundation built upon liberty and equality. Lincoln challenged the status quo. Our country still faces challenges. I intend to stand my ground firmly on my principles; these are some of the most traditional principles left tarnished from years of disharmonious application. Lincoln was a statesman and he wrestled opponents in the ring. He’s my political role model because political positions are just an opponent to be challenged; he emphasized all which is part of facing adversity by being who he was.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I don’t have one.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
My top priority in Congress will be to bring all representatives together.
*Infrastructure (including nation wide high speed broadband)
*Single payer & free market healthcare system hybrid
*Taxes – three standard deduction rates; closing loopholes; business friendly
*Wages – eliminating ‘Right to Work Laws’; create legislation having shareholders pay a percentage of an employees wages above each state’s minimum wage
*National defense & cyber security
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Gerrymandering; politicians picking their constituents
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
Cyber security; healthcare; personal growth
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Although I would personally never encourage a partner of mine to undergo an abortion, I support a woman’s right to choose. Abortion is a quality of life issue. Not everyone is prepared to be a responsible parent. And it’s that act of unacknowledged responsibility that has already filled orphanages or set orphans on a road to future imprisonment or homelessness.
Understanding why women undergo an abortion is something Republicans have continually neglected or met with harsh criticism and bias. One main concern of Conservative voices revolve around later term abortions; yet Republicans neglect this outcry because they’ve effective barred women from selective abortions at earlier weeks. Conservatives consistently levy support against their own concerns when they neglect relevant data proving this. Nevertheless, access to contraception at an affordable price, or even charge free access has also been met with the same opposition.
My campaign is set on the ideals of true conservatism; that means to rely our on good and not our prejudice. Conservatism to me has always said that you look to your neighbor not to see whether they have more than you, but to make sure that they have enough.
As for assisted suicide, I above many understand this topic more than most because I’m disabled. Often the lack of life quality for people is what leads them to choose this measure, but this measure is only for the terminally ill. I would not attempt to limit them from ending their suffering after other routes have been taken or attempted to thrive longer. Hospice is essentially drugging someone into a coma where they later die. Equivocally it is assisted death. I would not choose assisted suicide if I were terminally ill. But I would not block someone to exit this life with a conscious mind, surrounded by loved ones, awake, alert and ready to go at their own conscious choosing. I believed it’s a death worth respecting. I’d rather someone meet their end of life journey within their own sense of dignity than leave their loved ones to witness them in struggle.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
We should have a progressive tax system; spend less by creating efficiency in our democratically socialized entitlement programs; and generate a budget surplus–posed to take plus by 2027. With the surplus we should generate a Universal Basic Income for the lower echelon of economic strata. We should maintain the 21% corporate tax rate; close loopholes in ‘pass-through’ S and C corporations.
Since our GDP is a large component of what’s put into government spending, this spending should aim directly towards our infrastructure, coupling with our 21st century needs in generating commerce and transportation efficiency. Congress should also lobby the idea of a 5% federal sales tax.
As for the deficit, Congress should maintain Dodd-Frank and the CFPB. Congress should also mandate that each state require a state chartered bank or bank account. This would be used to couple state stimulus with local banks, thereby expanding banking prior to our recession numbers–this will also unhinge much CFPB and DF restrictions. These funds would couple with low interest small business loans and generate local growth through trade work and construction. Places like Baltimore would become a gold mine for the poor working class.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the Second Amendment; I don’t find it necessary to ban specific firearms which are not statistically show to cause more firearm violence.
EVAN’S COMMON SENSE GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION PLAN
*Temporary surcharge tax on ammunition of $1.00 per purchase to be used to fund devices to prevent unwelcome entry into schools
*Imposing a two week wait period on all firearm purchases
*Barring individuals under the age of 25 from purchasing any semi-automatic long rifle; pump action shotgun; semi-automatic shotgun; lever action rifile
*Limiting long rifle purchases to individuals over 18 and under 21 to bolt-action rifles; black powder rifles; single shot shotguns; double barrel shotguns
*Giving the ATF a centralized firearm database
*Require registering all sales, both person to person and from FFL dealers, of all firearms to centralized database
*Require registering all sales, both person to person, any form of business commerce and from FFL dealers, of all bumpstocks; adjustable stocks; lower receivers to centralized database
*Requiring all firearm dealers and sports shops to vault firearms
*Increase efficiencies in firearm purchases made at firearm conventions
*Require firearm purchase identification (firearm license) for all firearm owners and buyers
*Repealing the DICKY AMENDMENT; allow the CDC the necessary funds to study firearm violence, issue contingency plans to mitigate workplace shootings; school shootings; and other places likely sought out
*Request the CDC to issue a study on mental health so that legislation may target specifics to bar or mitigate certain individuals from firearm ownership
*Request the NRA to fund gun violence reduction televised broadcasts; billboards and flyers; and target firearm suicide prevention; gun violence prevention; mental health awareness; and firearm safety
*Bar any individual from purchasing any firearm who has, over a period of a time standard, and at any age, been institutionalized in a mental health facility; been convicted of a violent crime; been convicted of domestic violence; been convicted of a felony; been convicted of unlawful firearm possession
*Create a standard, minimum conviction period of five years on anyone in possession of an illegally owned firearm; minimum conviction period of ten years when an illegally owned firearm is used in the commission of any violent crime
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Cannabis should be removed from its ‘Schedule 1’ drug classification under the Controlled Substances Act and legalized for recreational use.
Of the 22 million adults who use marijuana compared to 136 million adults who use alcohol in the United States, the prejudicial claims made about the dangers of marijuana are staggering.
No one has ever died of marijuana use or “so called” marijuana abuse. But thousands have lost their lives due to drugs prescribed and listed as schedule II classifications. Also, of the schedule II classified drugs, OxyContin and similar prescribed barbiturates and opiates are the leading causal factor in people who are addicted and recovering from heroin use. They’re the leading causal factor in our current epidemic of heroin abuse because of the effects of their physical dependency.
Legalizing marijuana would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United State. It will reduce the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border and hurt the Mexican Cartel; in doing so, reduce crime by the means providing less cash for Mexican cartels to buy guns, bribe police and pay assassins.
In total, Americans spend about $100 billion on illegal drugs every year, according to a White House report. The estimate puts marijuana at about 40% of this, so the legal industry still only accounts for a fraction of the total. One restriction to growth is that U.S. federal law still prohibits cannabis, making banking difficult and scaring investors.
The revenue from taxes will go to schools and infrastructure. Legalizing it in Colorado has shown no adolescent use increase–it has actually decreased. And for states with For Profit Prison systems, locking people up for possession wastes more in taxes than it would generate legalized.
What is your position on trade?
We should continually analyze trade fairness. When America is strong, the world becomes stronger. American companies should only be allowed a provisional time to manufacture outside of the U.S.; unless the necessity to do otherwise sets a precedent, then those companies should be taxed accordingly. Moreover, our exports should be treated fairly in terms of tariffs imposed by foreign countries.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
In regards to foreign policy I view cyberwarfare/defense as our next nuclear arms treaty.
Outside the realm of national defense based on a full military incursion with a foreign enemy knocking at our doorstep, I view the private and public sector one of the most vulnerable statistics in a different war – cyberwarfare. Everyday our country silently defends itself against foreign and domestic actor’s attempts to steal private and intellectual property (IP) data from millions of Americans. Thankfully Maryland has been home to many institutions furthering development on cybersecurity. The Internet and its related networked technologies integrate into nearly every aspect of society, business, and government, presenting opportunities for adversaries to disrupt modern society. We need to continue granting the opportunity for cyber related roles to be filled with our most experienced and dedicated technology professionals.
Adversaries are continually advancing their cyberwarfare capabilities that threaten our information resources. Thus IT, cybersecurity, and cyber operations professionals must develop the requisite knowledge to implement or conduct necessary operations in cyberspace. Cybersecurity has emerged as a critical domain of global competition, with significant implications in economic, political and military realms. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security need professionals that meet the technological requisite and I fully support any measure that ensures our nations safety to create this requisite.
Two of the foremost threatened public and private networks are VPN’s and LAN’s. These are networks within interconnected areas limited to residences, hospitals, schools, laboratories, university campuses or office buildings and have its network equipment and interconnects locally managed. These are types of systems that enable networks to use the Internet, or sometimes Ethernet, as the medium for transporting data. We must integrate hardware and software based encryption into our most vulnerable systems and networks; protecting shared files that should only have access through certain and specific hierarchical or management officials.
The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property estimates that stolen trade secrets, pirated software, and counterfeiting cost the United States between $225 billion and $600 billion per year. The U.S. should be making IP theft a core issue and implement policy tools improvements; enabling the POTUS to sanction foreign countries, companies, and individuals for IP theft. We should hard line our government’s stance and prescriptions to deter, discourage and diminish this sort of unlawful behavior.
As far as our military issues unfold, maintaining maximum deterrence from aggression by other nations requires that a nation maintain a retaliatory force greater than that of any other nation.
As of May 2017 the US Naval Register and published reports states that the U.S. Navy has 456 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with approximately 70 more in either the planning stages or under construction. This list includes ships that are owned and leased by the U.S. Navy; ships that are formally commissions by way of ceremony, and non-commissioned.
Between deployments overseas the Navy’s training and maintenance cycle are a first priority, but budget cuts have caused issues on maintaining first priority between these cycles. The Navy Times has stated that the constant demands on the force have caused an ever-growing list of equipment and weapons’ systems that need to be fixed but lack funding and adequate time to perform the repairs. The Military budget should adequately address primary problems first before looking to expand.
As we continually advance our technology, our first defense and ready to deploy forces should have an upper-hand on our threats as opposed to just showing force that should not be reckoned with.
What the war in Iraq has cost the U.S. is egregious. It’s still ongoing and costly. What it turned up was sole profit for war profiteering companies, a destabilized country, and veterans missing limbs or living with costly debilitating conditions. I cannot willfully state that I will blindly let this country make another mistake unless it can make an absolute resolution in all future wars and conflicts.
Amid a string of uncovered scandals that showed dozens died or were seriously injured while waiting for care in hospitals across the country, and that some VA facilities covered up extreme delays, President Trump signed into law the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act which created more accountability at the Department of Veteran Affairs allowing its leadership to fire failed employees. Also this bill expanded the Veterans Choice Program, and adding other private care options for veterans. I fully support this long awaited and timely piece of legislation so that our veterans may finally be able to receive the care they earned in a timely manner.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?