Daniel Gade is a retired member of the United States Army. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Army or the Department of Defense.

My Governing Principles

Limited Government

We must return to a fiscally responsible government that promotes individual freedom. Powers not given to the federal government explicitly in the Constitution are reserved to the people or to the States. Government overreach should be called what it is: tyranny. It’s past time to rein in government overreach and return to Constitutional government.

Promote Free Market Systems

Markets that are free of government interference or crony capitalism are engines of economic growth and prosperity for all. Low individual and business taxes, decreased regulation, and free and unfettered trade is the key to further improvement in the standard of living for all Americans.

Maintain a Strong National Defense

The power to declare war resides in Congress, not the Executive. Since the end of World War II, Congress has shirked this responsibility.  I believe that we should commit troops only a) in defense of a vital national interest b) when there is a defined end state and c) when military force is the only remaining option.  Military families shouldn’t be the only ones having dinner table conversations before their loved ones go to war. I am opposed to the open-ended commitment of troops around the world. 

Protect Individual Liberties and Civil Rights

Our civil rights include the right to live in accordance with our religious principles, the right to unrestricted free speech and exchange of ideas, and the right to protect ourselves by keeping and bearing arms. This is the only way to ensure equal protection and justice for all, regardless of race, class, or creed.