I have been asked by many people, "What makes you a conservative?" It is a excellent question because the term is used in many different ways. My practical policy positions are guided by several principles that have formed the foundation of American government and economics since the writing of the Constitution. I expand on a few of these key philosophical perspectives below.
Politicians in Washington are addicted to spending, resulting in an annual budget deficit of over $3.5 trillion that continues to add to our national debt, which currently stands at nearly $25 trillion. Americans generally trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to handling our finances and the economy, but even Republicans are often too quick to spend when they control the levers of power. I believe in promoting a balanced budget accomplished through prioritizing those programs and services most in our nation's interests and cutting wasteful spending. I oppose raising taxes as it hurts our economy, especially small businesses and the middle class. It is time for politicians in Washington to make smarter and more responsible fiscal decisions instead of asking Americans to pay more.
Limited Government and Personal Responsibility:
We must bring back a focus on personal responsibility as the primary mechanism through which people can improve their lives, with mutual aid from their communities being the first line of assistance, followed by one's state government. The political apparatus in Washington is the farthest removed from any one individual and policies developed at a national level often face difficulty being implemented in diverse communities across the country. I believe the federal government should be limited in its scope and place greater faith in the ability of Americans to make their own decisions.
Rule of Law:
We are a nation of laws, and those laws must be enforced. While it is tempting to view this as a simple issue, the reality is quite complex. Law enforcement is not an easy job and those tasked with carrying it out deserve our utmost respect and support. Adequate funding must be guaranteed so that police officers, border patrol agents, and other members of law enforcement have the tools and training necessary to perform their duties. We can further support the rule of law by reversing the trend that expects law enforcement officers to function as social workers, mental health therapists, and substance use counselors. In addition, it is important to remember that laws are written by people and, to the extent that laws or their enforcement differentially impact an identifiable group of Americans, revisions should be considered. This is the task of legislators, not law enforcement officers. By ensuring that laws are equitable and just, legislators can help law enforcement officers be more effective in their jobs.
Strong National Defense:
Our brave fighting men and women are one of the greatest assets of our country. They safeguard our freedoms, promote our ideals, and serve as a force for good around the globe. Unfortunately, in the past decade we have seen the military budget repeatedly used as a bargaining chip and constantly hear of Democrats' desires to cut defense spending in preference to social welfare programs. Our service members are asked to live in substandard housing on bases, active duty personnel and veterans are experiencing record high levels of suicide, and financial stress wreaks havoc on loved ones. This situation is disgraceful and unacceptable. I will advocate for appropriately funding our military and Veterans Affairs facilities and programs to make sure our men and women in uniform have the tools to accomplish their missions, care for their families, and receive the help they deserve. This includes spending allocated funds more wisely by listening to the recommendations of generals and admirals and not funding programs based on political motives and self-interests.
There was a time when Republicans were fond of discussing the importance of traditional family values, such as personal responsibility, respect for oneself and others, protecting the vulnerable, and ensuring the optimal growth of our children. Over the past decades, many in the Republican Party used the principle of "family values" as a justification for their views on issues such as same-sex marriage and gender equality. As public opinion on these issues shifted drastically and a number of Republican leaders made repulsive comments about women and sexual minorities, Republicans shied away from discussing "family values." I have been married to my wife Kristen for over 12 years and have two wonderful daughters, in whom I am instilling a strong work ethic, a sense of personal responsibility, a desire to support those in need, and respect for all people. I believe that strengthening families and instilling these values in our children is good for America and will lead us all to a better place.
Brian Announces He is Leaving the Republican Party
Brian announced that he is leaving the Republican Party. See his full statement below.
ANNOUNCEMENT: BRIAN ALLEN LEAVING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
October 6th, 2021 – Statement by Brian Allen
Since I entered the Congressional race individuals have called me a RINO (Republican in Name Only) or said, “You should run as a Democrat.” My response is to ask why they believe someone who supports free market economics, limited government, strong national defense, and the second amendment is not a “real” Republican. No one has yet answered that question.
I entered this race with a belief that those who say the most outrageous things get the attention, but surely many Republicans do not hold such views. Republicans historically work to prevent government intrusion into the private lives of individuals, but the past several weeks have seen Republicans in Pennsylvania issue subpoenas to acquire the personal information of voters and Republicans in Texas pass a law incentivizing reporting on neighbors even without first-hand knowledge of a crime being committed. Republicans champion the rights of businesses, but some have now introduced legislation to compel technology companies and larger corporations to comply with their “culture war” ideas.
Perhaps most disconcerting is the assault Republicans have made on the Constitution. Republicans uphold the original meaning of the Constitution and the intent of the founders. Flimsy, and in many cases outright false, allegations of fraud were held out as true and fueled an attack on our Capitol to halt our Constitutional process. Instead of disowning and disassociating themselves from such a clear and present threat to our nation, many Republicans minimized and dismissed it. Those Republicans who maintained their oath to the Constitution and refused to sanction the events of January 6th were marginalized or called “spies” for the Democrats. Reliable Republican voices, such as Liz Cheney, with a 93% conservative voting record, and Anthony Gonzalez, with an 89% conservative voting record, essentially were told they are no longer wanted because they upheld their oath to defend the Constitution.
Despite the events of the past year, a recent poll showed that 66% of Pennsylvania Republicans would support whichever candidates Donald Trump endorses, with only 27% stating they would not. The events of past weeks, including polls such as this, have made it clear that the Republican Party of which I have been a member since I was 18-years-old no longer exists. It has been replaced by a populist form of demagoguery that devalues science, morality, and traditional conservative principles, while emphasizing emotional outrage, provocation of fear, and a belief that the Constitution is only to be defended when it serves the desired purpose.
My campaign has been focused on bringing truth, integrity, and respect back to our government. The truth is, I am no longer a Republican based on what that means in our current political climate. Integrity demands that I announce such a determination and state that I will not seek the Republican nomination for the 10th Congressional District. As for the campaign, my policy positions certainly do not qualify me as a Democrat and it is exceedingly difficult to win an election as an independent. For the time being, we will await the re-drawing of district lines before making any definitive conclusions on the fate of the campaign.
In closing, thank you all for your support to this point. America is a better nation when we respect one another and engage in our civic duties in good faith. I sincerely believe that we eventually will emerge from the troubled times in which we find ourselves and that version of America will return.
Wishing you all the best,