Jevon O.A. Williams's Positions On The Various Local And National Issues
Which Affect US Here In The U.S. Virgin Islands
As a patriot, I know, respect and understand that the Constitution of the United States is the Supreme Law of the Land and all officials, state and federal, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial are bound thereby. All actions of state and federal officials must conform to the Constitution which should only be changed by amendments of the people, not decisions of activist judges. I support the impeachment of judges and justices who knowingly and intentionally violate that principle.
Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, States' Rights, and our Bill of Rights are integral parts of the Constitution which we must observe.
Adequate healthcare should be accessible to every VIRGIN ISLANDER; special consideration must be given to health care proposals before they become territorial law. I am committed to opposing the legislative nightmare that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is imperative that we keep that disaster from arriving on our shores. I will fight to ensure people's lives are placed before the politics already associated with the most intrusive legislation in history until it can be overturned or overhauled.
We do not need socialized medicine which will ultimately lead to loss of quality and affordability of health care. Businesses should receive tax credits for employee health care coverage, and health insurance should be available between the states for competition and quality care. Churches and charitable organizations should be encouraged to help the needy and poor.
Our veterans pledged their life to uphold our Constitution and sacrificed life and limb to afford us safety and freedom in our homeland. We owe them a debt of gratitude. As a veteran, I have firsthand experience with the maze of obstacles veterans endure in silence. My fellow veterans, service members and I have defended our country in war zones such as Kosovo, Iraq and most recently Afghanistan. We need to keep our promise to veterans, we owe our veterans everything, let us not place them at the back of the line.
As a current part-time National Guard soldier, I believe in a strong military defense, and I will be a vocal advocate for the men and women who now serve in the Armed Forces. More funding should be available to develop a missile defense system to protect our nation, which includes the U.S. territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and to provide our Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard with the most modern technology including weapon systems. I do not believe we should be entangled in foreign wars merely at the whim and caprice of a President.
Keeping visitors and residents of the Virgin Islands safe requires strong and well equipped first responders, firefighters, police officers and national guardsmen. Our first responders have courageously put the Virgin Islands before self, we need to make sure that they are well prepared for the task at hand.
The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
VIRGIN ISLANDERS, all of us, should have the freedom to decide how much we can save for our future financial freedom because it is so important that our families be able to make ends meet today and into the future. We can accomplish this goal and create more jobs & income by removing the shackles and regulations of government. Our future retirement and our children's educations should remain solely in our hands instead of bureaucrats deciding how much we pay in taxes. By achieving financial freedom, we can secure our children's futures and ensure that they have more opportunities.
Lower taxes, smaller government, and less spending will reduce the deficit and enable economic growth and a truly "stimulated" economy. I believe in the reduction of taxes at all levels, and a need to reform the tax system by studying and implementing a "flat tax" or a "fair tax," which is a tax on goods and services purchased instead of a tax on income.
To paraphrase an old saying, the only two things in life that are certain are death and taxes, but the truth is we are being taxed to death while our businesses are failing and our economy continues to suffer.
We must return American manufacturing to our Country by rescinding unfair "free trade" agreements which have severely damaged our economy through loss of jobs and skill development. The phrase "Made in America" should mean something again. We should cut the deficit and balance the budget using accurate data unlike budget projections used by past administrations.
The goal of our nation should be to gain independence from foreign oil, we need to foster the development of our own natural resources involving nuclear, solar, the wind, and fossil fuels. Coal mining and oil drilling should be encouraged, subject only to reasonable regulations.
We should strive to make the Virgin Islands energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy initiatives, which subsequently lowers operating prices, and creates jobs for our people.
We must always strive to pass a Balanced Budget Bill where there is specific language pertaining to oversight and accountability which governs the spending of appropriated funds, we must make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.
America should serve as a good example to other nations. We must treat sovereign nations as we would want to be treated and stand with allies to protect and preserve our national security.
Respect for our strength is the best defense. "Walk softly and carry a big stick" is and should be our guide. We should not be subject to UN control and direction and should not rely on, or support, UN treaties like LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Such treaties only undermine our sovereignty as a nation, as does the very presence of the United Nations on our soil.
We must maintain a strong nuclear defense and not rely on nuclear reduction treaties which leave us vulnerable to foreign powers.
We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy. The system we currently have is not working for our national security or our economy. I am a firm believer that every individual should be afforded the opportunity to improve their lives in America; however, we are a nation of laws and those who seek admittance to our great nation must do so legally.
Firstly, the federal government should not hamper the educational systems of the states as there is no authority for federal involvement under the Constitution. Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school. I was fortunate to have attended the St. Croix Central High School where I learned valuable leadership skills in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program (JROTC), which inspired me to pursue a career serving our country in the U.S. military. I furthered my education at the American Military University where I majored in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Counterintelligence, every child should have this opportunity.
Secondly, programs like "Common Core" should be eliminated, and the development of educational programs returned to the people under state authority. Competition between the states and freedom of various educational structures should be available to parents who are charged with the responsibility to teach their children. Charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, home schooling, Christian schools, and technical training should be encouraged.
A strong family based on marriage between one man and one woman is and should remain our only guide and model. I oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the traditional family order. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion should be stopped. We must remain a moral and virtuous people, "One Nation under God." I support freedom of worship and the recognition of that God upon Whom we have always relied in peace and war.
We are Virgin Islanders, we are a people who value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, community and hard work. Let us never forget what it is that makes us Virgin Islanders.