A neighbor asked this very question, followed by “you are retired, why go through this, just enjoy your retirement”.
November 2018 will mark 7 years I have been retired. Starting at the age of 11 I began working in the soybean fields on my father and grandfather’s farms. I consider myself an Indiana farm boy, having been born and raised in central Indiana. I am now 68 years old and my life has offered me many and varied experiences. My service to the United States began in 1969 and continued for 41 years. My service with the Department of Defense brought me to Michigan in 1992.
I have watched the political discourse deteriorate, much like our roads in Michigan. I do not believe my grandparents nor would my parents recognize the current major political parties of today. As a child I remember watching the Kennedy-Nixon debates, as well as the conventions that nominated them. I also remember November 22, 1963, a very dark day for our Republic. In my opinion various events since that day have contributed to the current state of our nation today.
The government at all levels (Federal, State and Local) has become both overbearing and overburdening. Government should be constrained to that which is necessary, as authorized by the US Constitution and Constitution of each individual State.
When the constant creation of laws, rules and regulations becomes both overwhelming and confusing the results are unequal treatment, unequal enforcement and potential corruption. A law and any regulation or rule to implement the law should be simple, clear and understandable to all citizens.
The middle class is diminishing and our children are no longer better off than their parents. Our liberty and individual rights are under assault by those who would follow a false belief in government furnished security. We were once called the land of the free and home of the brave. Are we now as free or are we as brave as previous generations?
Today we have a professional political class. Money has grown to have greater influence than the individual’s principles. The common citizens must participate if we are to retain our Republic and individual freedoms. While most people are simply working every day to make ends meet, they must at minimum educate themselves to the issues and candidates, beyond the television ads, mailings and robo calls. If you find a candidate you can support, then vote.
Consider how voting based only on Party affiliation has contributed to the current political discourse. Currently the Libertarian party is considered a major party in the State of Michigan, based on the 2016 election results. A vote for a Libertarian candidate is not a wasted vote if you find that candidate aligns with your individual beliefs.
The Webster’s Approved Dictionary, 1943, definition of a representative is as follows:
Adj. having the power or character of another; exhibiting a similitude; typical: n. one who is authorized to act for another or others; deputy or delegate, especially one chosen by a body of electors; a member of the popular branch of Congress or of a State Legislature; one who, or that which, represents or exhibits a likeness; an heir.
I became a member of the Libertarian party because the party principles aligned with my principles and beliefs. If you find that I am a candidate you can support, then I am asking for your vote in November.
Allow me to end my 7 years of retirement and to serve as your representative in the Michigan State Legislature for the 63rd District.