a. If you are not concerned, you are not paying attention. It is now obvious to all reasonable thinkers that we are on the verge of replacing the representative republic with a despotic regime. I rise out of a sense of loyalty and duty to fill a need and defend my liberty. b. I recall that I swore an oath when I enlisted in the Marine Corps and that it has no expiration date. What I find so compelling is that the oath is to the simple words hand written on paper over 200 years ago. I prefer the officer's oath which is similar with one notable exception:
I, John Carmack, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
That something so fragile and tenuous could have led to the greatest country and the most powerful economic force on the planet is beyond description. I bristle with contempt at those who demean it as obsolete and subject to modern day interpretation as a living document. Clearly the founders intended that the constitution should define the country. It is simply written and easily understood by the layman. When one considers the history and the spirit associated with the colonies and the constitutional convention, it is easily considered divinely inspired and a sacred document. c. I have heard the call to duty and I have felt the spirit move within. I know what needs to be done, I have a plan, I have the will, the strength and integrity to do what needs to be done for our country. I have a background as an structural / mechanical designer and reputation as a damn good one. I solve problems and I use the most efficient and effective means available. The bi-partisan minority opposing the Health Care Bill, needs and deserves our support. d. The US Congress is where legislation is made and where bureaucracies are created, perpetuated and funded. This is the power of the purse and where I (we) can have the most impact. e. Ref: US Constitution; Section 7:
i. All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; ii. but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
f. Recent events at the Federal Reserve are in apparent conflict with this provision and I believe warrant further investigation.
2. About me
a. Background; born in small government town of Oak Ridge, Tn. I grew up in an idealic “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhood and walked to my first day at school. I came of age in Houston when it was still a “small” metropolis of a few hundred thousand inhabitants. b. Education; worked my way through school at the University of Houston; Cullen College of Mechanical Engineering. I went to night school after my military service. My application for PE registration was accepted and I have passed the NCEES EIT Fundamentals of Engineering exam. I scored 67 on both the mechanical and civil P&P Principles and Practices of Engineering exams. I have completed asbestos and lead abatement training sponsored by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. I joined a university flying club and received my commercial pilot’s license. c. Military service: I joined the Marine Corps in July of 1969. I went through basic and advance infantry training at San Diego and Camp Pendleton. I had applied for and was accepted to officer candidate school. I spent 6 months attached to the 1st Infantry training regiment at San Onofre. Our small group of candidates held responsible positions in the regiment. This was during the height of the Vietnam "conflict" and the base was mostly a ghost town because the 1st Division was deployed. The base is a pristine piece of southern California real estate between San Diego and Los Angeles. It is a national game reserve and areial target range. It includes over 30 miles of beach front. I was happy to spend most of my time on base and I made a point to run the trails along the hills facing the Pacific Ocean and did some body surfing when the weather was hot enough. Nixon had been elected on a platform of "peace with honor" and one of his first acts was to withdraw the marine division. I had distinguished myself enough to be selected to serve at the first "officer's mess" when the administrative elements of the division returned. Like the other "special operations" that I participated; this was not what might be expected and a humbling experience. I went to Officer School in Quantico, Va. and was in the top 10% of the 69th Officer Candidate Class when I requested reassignment.I spent the remainder of my tour as a division level orders clerk at Camp Lejeune. d. I have a work history and experience as an employee, a business owner / operator, a contractor and a consultant. I have started and operated several successful businesses and been a partner in two others. To see my complete work history go here. My expertise is the structural / mechanical design of offshore drilling equipment. I have traveled in recent years due to the cyclical nature and general contraction of the industry. I have worked on ethanol plants in Ohio, offshore production platforms in post Katrina New Orleans, pipeline pumping stations in Alaska and refineries in Washington and Texas. My calling card reads "Have Computer - Will Travel". I have a very diverse experience that includes nearly 600 hours of pilot in command time that was generally associated with business. I have had ample opportunity to deal with bureaucrats on all levels. e. Work philosophy is to recognize a need, identify and solve problems utilizing my abilities and other available resources. I am keenly aware of my freedom to do anything, anytime and anywhere. f. When I left Alaska, I could have gone virtually anywhere. I chose Bellingham because it is a quiet, peaceful small town that is upwind of the lower 48 and any possible terrorist WMD. It is just big enough to have a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot. It is small enough that I can see familiar faces as I go about town. (perfect).I bought a small pilot house sloop in Canada and returned to Bellingham where I could find a job and live aboard. I am quite comfortable but I am looking for a bigger boat.
3. Political Philosophy; freedom, capitalism and innovation.
a. Constitution; I have long marveled at the elegance and enduring nature of the document. I later realized the monumental effort that was involved in creating this document. I am humbled by the intellect of these few men. It is the envy of the world and the foundation that has made our country the economic engine driving the planet. These are my guiding principles. Economy; the debate is over. Reagan and the “Art Laffer” model of supply side economics, has ended the debate over “How” to manage the economy. Reduce and eliminate unnecessary taxes and regulations. The role of the government is enumerated and limited by the constitution. (limited government) I believe that a free market economy is inherit in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. b. Democracy: The founders said that our democratic, representative republic depends on an informed electorate. The original intent of the founders was that only property owners were extended the “Right to Vote” because they were the only taxpayers. The people will make the best decisions provided these conditions are met. Unfortunately, voting rights have been extended to anyone who can go to the polls, including illegal aliens. The lowered education standards and lack of critical thinking has made the electorate easily manipulated by a corporate controlled mass media. Further the non-producers are rewarded and can now effectively vote their way into the Treasury. c. I am particularly fond of the National Motto. E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one. An accurate translation of the motto is "Out of many, one" – a phrase that elegantly captures the symbolism on the shield. We are free individuals uniting into states and further into a country, by choice.