It is with great humility that I petition you to oblige me the honor to serve our community in the United States House of Representatives. The bestowal of this honor upon one of your fellow citizens is not only your right, but a duty, upon which proper execution is crucial to both our individual and communal prosperity. Due to gravity of this important trust, it is indeed necessary for me to provide an accurate picture of the choice that will be placed before you this November, and explain to the best of my abilities, why I am most deserving of your confidence.
I am running for office to offer the people of the 35th district a new vision for the future of our country. A call for a new vision implies a rejection of the old, so before offering something novel, it would be prudent to first provide an honest account of the results brought about by the established old ideas held by our current leaders in Congress.
Let the account be read:
-Our nation has become burdened with a fiscal operating debt of $19 trillion dollars with unfunded liabilities now reaching upwards of $210 trillion dollars.
-Nearly 75% of today’s federal spending can be described as Congress taking the earnings of one American to give to another through thousands of handout programs, such as business subsidies and welfare.
-The federal government has welcomed itself into every aspect of American life, from retirement, healthcare, and education—all of which have become less efficient and less valuable, yet more expensive.
-From 2005-2015, unelected DC bureaucrats have passed 36,877 laws while elected officials have passed only 1,706.
-American businesses are being harassed and pillaged under the heavy weight of federal taxes and regulation.
-Our nation’s citizens are becoming more divided on the basis of race, class, and gender and are being pitted against one another by the rancorous anti-American rhetoric employed by our current leaders.
-We are pursuing foreign policy and national security objectives that favor political correctness at the cost of American blood and treasure, which has diminished our nation’s respect in the eyes of both our enemies and our allies abroad.
-Most importantly, the massive centralization of political power into the hands of a few ruling class elites in Washington D.C. have alienated We the People from the political process and have impaired our control over important aspects of own lives and our local communities.
These are the hard and heavy costs associated with the established vision driving American politics today. This vision has been the cause of so much strain and disorder because it is defined by an old understanding of government that our current leaders refuse to surrender. They cling to and conserve the timeworn belief that the primary purpose of government is to confer rights, privileges, and advantages—“the tools to succeed”—on some at the expense of others. And they submit that the means to achieve this purpose require the federal government to have a more active role in overseeing civil society, regulating the economy, and redistributing wealth. This antiquated understanding of government, stretches the bounds of both civil and moral justice, encourages bureaucratic inefficiencies and harassment, limits the freedom of the individual, and establishes a paternalistic relationship where government acts as the superior administrator rather than the equal servant of the people.
I for one am sick and tired of watching our great country continue to bear the costs of this backwards vision, and I think that is high time we do something about it.
I invite you to join me in advancing a new and truly progressive vision for the future. I propose that our natural rights to our life, our liberty, and our property are not the gifts of government, but exist prior to government and are inherent in our human nature. Therefore, I believe that government is instituted for the sole purpose of securing equally our natural rights—not for granting favor to some at the expense of others. To best achieve this purpose, I submit that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed—not unelected bureaucrats and “expert” administrators. In addition to the fulfillment of the abovementioned purpose, I submit that government authority must yield to the letter of the law, and offer due respect to the carefully positioned Constitutional power between national and local government entities—not succumb to the ambitious interpretation and caprice of centralizing men and women.
The result of this progressive vision is quite simple: freedom.