Nearly six years ago, my wife Meranda and I moved up to north Idaho in search of a better life. We believed it would be a place where we could work hard, raise a family and pursue our dreams without constantly having to deal with the long arm of big government interfering in our lives. But of course big government is everywhere, and we have come to realize that if we do not stand up and fight for our way of life, someday it will be gone completely.
Today, the liberal elite dominate almost every aspect of our society. Their enormous media corporations control more than 90 percent of the news and entertainment that we watch on our televisions, their dominance of the legal system has resulted in the legalization of abortion and gay marriage, and their relentless grip on public education means an entire generation of young Americans is being indoctrinated in their ways.
And of course for decades, the liberal elite have been accustomed to pulling the strings in both major political parties. Many had believed that it would be impossible for us to ever take our government back, but the election of Donald Trump showed us anything is possible if we will just work together.
Today, our republic is hanging by a thread. If our founders had not stood up and fought for their way of life, the United States of America would not exist today, and if we do not stand up and fight for our way of life now, there will be nothing to pass on to our children and our grandchildren.
There are many who believe America is too far gone, and so they are content to sit back and wait for everything to fall apart.
But that is not my choice.
I choose to fight for America.
So today, on the 241st anniversary of our Independence Day, I am publicly announcing that I am running for Congress in Idaho's first congressional district.
I have been called an "anti-politician" because I am not just another career politician looking for a job. If I am sent to Washington, I plan to turn the tables over, dismantle the big government institutions that the liberal elite have constructed, and fight to restore our Republic.
If you are not familiar with me or my work, the following are 16 ways that I will be different from a typical Republican politician...
No. 1: Most Republican politicians tend to protect one another, but one of my campaign slogans is "Every RINO Needs to Go". We will never turn this nation in a positive direction until we clean up our own party first. At this point Congress has an approval rating of about 16 percent, and it is time to flush the toilet.
No. 2: For decades Republicans have been using the pro-life label to get our votes and then betraying our values once they get into office. If I am elected, I will use the full power of my office to go to war with Planned Parenthood. I will never vote for any bill, no matter what it says, if it includes even a single penny of funding for Planned Parenthood, and I will actively work to defeat any Republican politician who will not make the same pledge. But I won't be satisfied once Planned Parenthood is defunded. My goal is to completely destroy Planned Parenthood as an organization, and I will greatly rejoice when the final Planned Parenthood clinic in America is finally shut down for good.
No. 3: I believe that every American citizen has a constitutional right to carry a gun, and I believe that government agencies that have been used to relentlessly harass gun owners such as the BATFE need to be shut down permanently.
No. 4: Many Republican politicians want to lower tax rates, but like Ron Paul, I want to abolish the income tax and the IRS completely. We didn't have an income tax from 1872 to 1913, and that was the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history.
No. 5: Another thing that I have in common with Ron Paul is that I want to abolish the Federal Reserve. Since the Fed was created in 1913, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by about 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger. The Fed is at the very heart of our debt-based financial system, and abolishing it is one of the keys to a bright economic future for America.
NO. 6: I want to get the federal government off the backs of our farmers, our loggers, our miners and our ranchers. And so that is just one of many reasons why I want to abolish the EPA.
No. 7: I believe we need to get the federal government out of the education business. I would abolish Common Core and the U.S. Department of Education, and I would return full control over education to the state level.
No. 8: I believe it is time to "shut down Big Brother". The NSA has been conducting unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens for decades, and that needs to stop now.
No. 9: In his budget, President Trump proposed shutting down more than 60 different government programs and agencies. I say that is a good start. Instead of asking which government agencies we should close, we should be asking which government agencies should remain open.
No. 10: I am for a 100-percent repeal of Obamacare, and I believe it is a disgrace to our party that half a year has passed and one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of our nation still has not been repealed.
No.11: I want to help Donald Trump build a wall on the southern border, and I believe the Republicans in Congress who are trying to block the wall need to be held accountable by the voters.
No. 12: If I am elected, I will push for legislation that would give local communities all over America the option to say no to refugees. The federal government should not have the right to force us to take Islamic refugees against our will, and the sexual assault of that precious little five-year-old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho by three Islamic refugees is just the tip of the iceberg of what will happen if changes are not made.
No. 13: I don't care if it's not politically correct—I will never be afraid to use the phrase "Islamic terrorism." The number of terror attacks keeps rising with each passing year, and those who don't realize we are in a war are in a complete state of denial.
No. 14: When Barack Obama entered the White House, the national debt was just $10.6 trillion. When we gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives, the national debt was just over $14 trillion. Now it is close to $20 trillion, and we continue to steal more than $100 million from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day. In a just society, those responsible for getting us into so much debt would be put in prison.
No. 15: Today, the federal government controls more than 60 percent of all Idaho land. If I am elected, this is what my message to the feds will be: "Hand over the keys and get out of Idaho."
No. 16: Unlike most politicians, I am not ashamed to say I am a Christian. This nation was founded by Bible-believing Christians, and the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were birthed out of the values and principles found in the Word of God. If we truly want to make America great again, we need to return to those values and principles.
Every generation of Americans has had to fight for liberty and freedom, and now it is our turn.
This is our time.
This is our second American revolution.
This revolution won't be fought with guns and bullets. Rather, it will be a revolution of ideas, values and principles.
We can take our country back, but we have to be willing to work together. I am asking you to join us because we are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and it is a battle we cannot afford to lose.
If you would like to learn more about what I am trying to do, you can visit my official campaign website or my official campaign Facebook page. Ultimately this is not about winning one election or getting a certain candidate into office. Rather, this is about a movement to save our country. My hope is that what I am doing will inspire many others to do the same thing.
2018 may be the most critical mid-term elections in our history, and we need good men and women to run for office all over the nation. Individually, we can only accomplish so much, but together we can make a world of difference.
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