Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Neil Parrott for Congress, District 6
Neil C. Parrott
Office Sought and District
Representative in Congress in Maryland’s 6th District
University of Maryland, BS in Civil Engineering; Mt. St. Mary’s University, MBA
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Maryland State Delegate; past Founder and Chairman of MDPetitions.com; past Founder and President of the Hagerstown Tea Party; past Founder and President of the Friends of Frederick; Served on the Board of the Hamptons at Brightwood Homeowners Association.
Why are you running for office?
Decisions made by Congress affect your job, your family, and your wallet every day. As a husband and father of three children, I am working hard in Annapolis to protect our freedoms for ourselves and for future generations. Now I want to take that conservative, common-sense philosophy to Congress. There are so many changes that need to happen in Congress, and I want to help make positive change happen. I want to help fully fund the border wall, to enforce our immigration laws, to defund Planned Parenthood, to work to preserve our 2nd Amendment Rights, to return health care to the free market, and to help people go from welfare to work. I want to help hard-working families be able to keep more of their money. I believe that you know best how to spend your money – Not government officials.
How do you plan to win?
Congressional District 6 is the most competitive District in all of Maryland. The Cook Political Report indicates that it is a +6 Democrat District, all of the other districts in Maryland are in the double digits. In fact, Dan Bongino almost won the election and only lost by 2,187 votes. In a good Republican year, this is a winnable election for a candidate who works hard and connects with voters. I have a history of running strong campaigns and am looking forward to working hard in this race. I am raising money to make sure I can communicate with voters and will be reaching out to volunteers who can put us over the top through a large grassroots effort. To help me win, please go to Parrott2020.org to donate or to sign up to volunteer. Together we can take back District 6 and help Maryland do its part to take back the US House.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge. I have always admired Ronald Reagan, and the more I learn about Calvin Coolidge, the more I like.
I grew up with Ronald Reagan and took government class in 1984. It was the perfect time to get involved where VCR’s had just become popular and my parents had just bought one. To help with class, I used the tool to record the debates between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale.
Ronald Reagan clearly explained why conservative values make since and those debates helped solidify a common-sense conservative world view for me. In fact, I can remember discussing policy on the football field where I helped persuade a classmate of the need to get Ronald Reagan elected.
Calvin Coolidge was the first conservative to fight back against the progressive movement. He cut taxes, cut the national debt by a third, shrunk the size of government, cleaned up corruption, instituted the pocket veto, and insisted on fiscally responsible policies. It was Coolidge who acknowledged that, “The business of America is business.”
There is so much I could say about both Reagan and Coolidge. One thing is certain, both of them led and acted upon their conservative values which left our country better off.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Bible and Atlas Shrugged
I am a bible believing Christian. The bible informs my worldview. I believe, like our founders did, that god established in our world a set of universal truths and natural laws. One of those natural laws is the intrinsic value in, and importance of, hard work. When humans are unable to work, or enjoy the benefits of their work, they lose their sense of purpose and meaning. Socialism, a form of government that does not allow people to keep what they earned, will never be effective or appropriate.
I believe that Atlas Shrugged presents financial policies represent a biblical worldview. You can’t see the world how you want to see it. You have to see the world as it is. The pilgrims figured out how individual liberty and property rights led to success and prosperity. After almost being wiped out following a socialistic model, they allotted private land plots and declared that if residents didn’t work, they wouldn’t eat. Productivity immediately increased.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
Washington DC is a mess. District 6 needs a representative who lives in the District and who will work to improve our community and our country. I care about our nation and want to ensure that our children and grandchildren will have the same opportunities and freedoms that we enjoyed. Instead of playing political games, I’ll work for you to bring common-sense, practical solutions to DC, while looking out for our district.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
As a husband and father of three children, I work hard in Annapolis to protect our freedoms. I believe a conservative, common-sense philosophy is needed in Congress. I want to reduce crime by enforcing our existing immigration laws, to defund Planned Parenthood, to work to preserve our 2nd Amendment Rights, to return health care to the free market, and to help people gain self-worth by leaving welfare to go back to work. I want to help hard-working families be able to keep more of their money. You know best how to spend your money – not government officials.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
See previous response.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life at the beginning and end of life.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
One huge priority I have is to make the Trump tax cuts permanent. The individual and family tax cuts are set to expire in 2025, but this would wreck havoc on our economy and would hurt families. The tax cuts save a family of 4 with an income of $75,000, $2,000/year. That is a lot of money
What is your position on gun rights?
I am a pro-2nd Amendment rights advocate. Based on my voting record in Annapolis, I have been received an ‘A’ rating from the NRA in past elections.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
What is your position on trade?
Trade should generally be free from tariffs. Even so, the number one enemy to the US, both military and economically, is China. For decades we’ve been sending the Chinese Government our gold in exchange for trinkets. I am very thankful that President Trump has negotiated Phase 1 of a new China Trade Agreement that finally puts American interests first.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
The US needs to maintain and a strong military. I believe in Ronald Reagan’s policy of getting “Peace through strength.” In addition, Reagan’s philosophy of “Trust but verify” is very important especially when we consider the nuclear agreement with Iran or how we deal with North Korea.
What is your position on the impeachment of President Trump?
For a video on this, please visit www.parrott2020/impeach. The impeachment of President Trump was a complete waste of time and money. Instead of Congress working with the President to solve important issues, they refused and tried to remove him from office based on trumped up charges. Please watch the video, I think you will really find it informative.
To clarify on the Human Life Amendment question below, there have been 7 serious versions of this bill proposed. One that I support is the amendment offered by Senator William Scott in 1975, because it is short and simple. The amendment overturns Roe v. Wade.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?