You all know that Davis was one of the two candidates that I endorsed for First District Congressional Primary. This does not mean, however, that I agree with Davis on every issue…I can’t say that I agree with any candidate on every, single issue. I’m pretty sure the only way that would be possible is if I ran for office myself, but I digress. Of this I am certain…I disagree with Davis a whole heck of a lot less than I disagree with Rick Trent, so my endorsement of Davis stands.

Davis emphasized the importance of core values. In surveys he has received, it is clear that voters in this area are concerned – first and foremost – about pro-life issues. Coming in a close second is the right to keep and bear arms. These are issues that are important to Davis, as well, as he is staunchly pro-life and pro-second amendment.

Illegal immigration is a key issue in this election, and Davis did not hesitate to criticize the current administration and the current Congress for their inaction. This is an issue where both the President and the rank-and-file Republicans have been weak, but Davis intends to change that.

Eminent domain is something that Davis has been working on limiting in Tennessee, and he intends to continue to fight to limit the rights of eminent domain on a national level. Davis respects the rights of property owners, and believes that the government should be strictly limited in its ability to take that property.

Davis believes that we need to use our technological savvy to create alternative fuels. He said, “we can build a vehicle that will travel from the earth to the moon and beyond without using petroleum, why can’t we build a car that can go from Jonesborough to Johnson City without using petroleum?” In the short-term, Davis believes that we need to drill in the US in order to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. In the long-term, we need to be using coal, ethanol, etc., which will also work to create jobs in our area (and elsewhere).

Davis believes that we are in the midst of a religious war, and one of the ways we can ensure the end to this war is to support Israel. Here’s where Davis and I part ways. First, on political grounds, I do not believe that we should support a country wholesale – no questions asked – no matter what. This is bad policy. Not to mention the fact that I am beyond skittish about being involved with foreign affairs. On theological grounds, Davis is clearly dispensational, and believes that the Jews are God’s chosen people (this is what fuels his whole-hearted, unquestioning support of Israel). I, being covenantal, believe that the elect (i.e., those who are saved) are God’s chosen people. The New Testament is clear in its dismissal of the dividing line between Jews and Gentiles – we, after the death of Christ, became equal adoptees into the Kingdom of God. So, the chosen people are not the Jews, but all of us who have been saved, because we are all equal in Christ.

Davis also appears to be pre-millennial, i.e., he believes that the prophecies in Revelation have not yet been fulfilled and that the Christ’s Kingdom is something that will occur at some point in the future. I am post-millennial, i.e., I believe that Christ’s Kingdom is here now, and that the world, rather than heading for damnation, is going to get better and better until the day that Christ returns. This, for obvious reasons, colors the way one sees the world and the way it should be run. While Davis is preparing for the apocalypse, I’m preparing to raise a Godly family that will live in a world that is improving (as opposed to a world that is heading to hell in hand basket). You can probably see how our policy decisions would differ based on these differing views of the world.

Nevertheless, as I said before, Davis is certainly better than the alternative, and I will continue to support him. Davis, speaking of support, will be working to elect Bob Corker to the US Senate. Davis has served with the Fords, and doesn’t want to ever do it again. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree,” as Davis said.

Davis will be working to elect Jim Bryson as Tennessee’s next governor. One of Davis’ major gripes about Bredesen is that he twice rejected Tennessean’s right to change our own Constitution. Davis, as well as Bryson, believes that the Constitution is a contract with the people, and we have the right to change it as we see fit. Bredesen does not was for us to have that right.

Finally, Davis will be working to re-elect Matthew Hill. Davis emphasized the importance of keeping Hill’s seat Republican, as it is so important that Republicans gain control of the State House. Whether or not you are fond of Matthew Hill, he’s certainly a better choice than Fred Phillips.

Davis then opened the floor for questions:

Patti Jarrett asked about Davis’ stance on the Fair Tax. Davis said that he supports the Fair Tax, but would also support a Flat Tax, depending on what made it through committee. This concerns me. The Flat Tax, in the forms that are currently floating around on Capitol Hill, would mean a tax increase for most (if not all) lower and middle class Americans. For example, my husband and I – decidedly middle class – paid 8% last year, after deductions. Under the Flat Tax we would pay anywhere from 15% to 20%, depending on which version of the bill passed. It is still an income tax, and it still allows the government to take my money without my say-so. I will encourage Davis to change his position on the Flat Tax, and strongly encourage him to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax bill, if elected.

Briefly, Davis is opposed to the “Super Highway,” and will introduce legislation to end the “Anchor Baby” policy.

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