Reason for Seeking Public Office:
I?ve been a TEA Party activist since 2009, when hundreds of like-minded citizens in my area joined others all over the country to make the statement that we?re Taxed Enough Already.
Here?s what I learned: activism only goes so far.
The day this really hit me in the face was during the Obamacare debate. I was with other activists in Washington, D.C. on Saturday and Sunday before passage, walking the halls of Congress trying to persuade them not to vote for Obamacare. They locked their office doors to get away from us.
There were thousands of people there rallying outside the Capitol. The Congressional switchboard was jammed with people calling and writing their legislators, but to no avail. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid managed to twist enough arms to get the votes they needed to enact socialized medicine in America.
As I watched from the gallery of the U.S. House that night, I knew that at the end of the day, it?s the people who get elected and cast the votes that matter.
Imagine my chagrin when that scenario repeated itself in Columbia over and over again during the next few years, with our pleas on various issues falling on the deaf ears of self-serving politicians who care more about getting re-elected than doing what is right.
Sarah Palin said ?It?s always safer in politics to avoid risk, to just kind of go along with the status quo. But I didn?t get into government to do the safe and easy things.?
I hope to be that kind of public servant. I am willing to wage war, if necessary, from the House Floor for the cause of liberty.