Wednesday, November 3, 2010
With the close of the 2010 Midterm Elections less than 24 hours ago, I wanted to thank all of you who supported me and who voted for me. Having thousands of people vote for you, placing their belief and trust in you is very humbling. No matter who you may have voted for, I appreciate the time and the effort it took, to educate yourselves about the candidates and where they stood. As long as we hold on to the right to vote freely and independently, we are a free republic.
It was very encouraging to meet with you and shake our hand and talk with you face to face or over the phone. People are passionate about their freedoms, especially their life, liberty and property, and want to keep the government out of the way of growth. (Yes, you may hear more from me in the future.) Until then, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. As each election cycle ends, we are given the blessing of hope. In this case - hope for our future, hope for our children, and hope for our Country.
Thank you, and may God Bless Maryland and the United States of America.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
It's been a great campaign season, and we've met a lot of like-minded voters. I've spoken with a lot of people who love and care about this Country.
There really hasn't been anyone I've met who didn't think that the two major political parties in this County had shortcomings.
There was a forum in Carroll County a week and a half ago, along with a debate this past Wednesday at Frederick Community College.
You can definitely tell that the campaign has gone on quite long, when you have your opponents' opening statements just about memorized.
But just because Election Day is coming up soon doesn't mean that the work is done. Even if the socialist-type takeover of this Country slows down after a return to a Republican-controlled House of Representatives - this does not mean that the out-of- control spending will stop. We must keep a vigilant watch on the House, the Senate, the White House and the newly-constituted Supreme Court.
I will be in Hagerstown this coming Tuesday at a sign-wave with fellow Constitution Party Candidates. In the meanwhile, I hope to see you at the polls. I will be voting at Monocacy Middle School on November 2nd.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Ms. Pettigrew was struck and killed by an SUV yesterday. http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/state/article_f82158e8-c59e-11df-958a-001cc4c03286.html
I met Ms. Pettigrew and spoke with her at the Carroll Candidate Primary Forum held last month. She was a warm and well-spoken young woman, and I enjoyed meeting her. She will truly be missed.
Friday, September 17, 2010
And so the Country turns to the final chapter of the election season. Under fifty days are left until the General Election.
I congratulate Rep. Bartlett and Mr. Duck for their victories earlier this week in the primaries, and I look forward to facing them in the November election. I am disappointed, but not surprised that the "old guard" establishment were caught off guard and even reacted with initial hostility as they expected that the Movement going in in America was simply Anti-Democratic.
My hope is that politicians, especially those in Washington, realize that the voters in this Nation are sick of established career politicians - Republican or Democrat.
But - in the spirit and celebration of Constitution Day: here is the a portion of our Founding document, with perhaps one of the most relevant parts of the entire document, Article I Section 8 (I still can't find the part about Congress getting involved in healthcare):
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."
Thanks for your time,
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it before. No one is above the law. And no one is more important than the people he or she serves.
When I was at a meeting for candidates at the Hagerstown Herald-Mail last month, I had realized something rather simple, but powerful. The editor had thanked everyone for coming and complimented us on our decision to run. As he emphasized the importance of those seeking political office, it really started to hit home. The office is what is important, not as much the person running for the office.
I would imagine there are those in Congress who somewhere along the way, have lost the appreciation for the importance of the office, and rather thought that they were more important than the office (and the people) they served.
It is arrogant for the government to think that it knows best. It is arrogant for the government to think that all of our problems may be solved by passing laws. It is arrogant for an elected official to think that only he or she could serve his or her constituents.
If you think about it – in your State or Congressional District, do you believe that there is only one person who would be able to serve? Obviously the person in office would want you to think that. The political party “in power” would want you to think that only it represents you. That is a load of “horse pucky”, as my Dad sometimes says.
Last week, just out of curiosity, I tried a Google search for the “number of laws passed in the United States.” I could not get an answer from the first two pages of search results. My guess is, that short of the Library of Congress, or someone who works directly with the Congressional Record, that no one really has an idea how many laws there are on the books.
One item I did find, on WikiAnswers, was a gentleman who stated (I’m paraphrasing), that “Congress hasn’t been as active this year because it hasn’t passed as many laws.”
Is that what we’ve come to – the number of laws equal activity and productivity? You have got to be kidding me. What if we could revise or repeal a law that is already on the books?
As Congressman Reed, serving the Sixth Congressional District of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives, repealing the healthcare legislation would be one of my first priorities.
As a sidenote, and I am sorry to say that this is not a joke, I am seriously considering playing a DVD of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill” in the House Chamber. I will allow no “deeming and passing” in the Congress that I serve.
Monday, July 19, 2010
A Warning to the Republican Party about the Tea Party Movement
Based on the Tea Party movement’s successes in driving Republicans, conservatives and otherwise) into trying to court their voters and win their approval, it would be easy to assume that the GOP will make huge gains this coming November riding the coattails of this extraordinary group of individuals.
However, the Republicans should not make the fatal assumption that the Tea Party Movement will file lock step into their polling places voting Republican across the board.
The Tea Party is about liberty.
The Tea Party is about adherence to the Constitution.
The Tea Party is about promoting conservatism, not socialism or extremism.
The Tea Party is not an extension of the Republican Party.
The Tea Party is not funded by the GOP or the Republican National Committee.
The Tea Party is not run and operated by the Republican Party.
I have read Tea Party members’ blogs, and posts and tweets and comments, and I find them highly educated and well-versed in how our Federal government has been run from one extreme to the other. They have witnessed the unconstitutional takeover of the healthcare industry, the automobile industry, the financial industry by the Democratic administration. Alternatively, they have also witnessed the astonishing encroachment on personal liberty by the previous Republican administration in passing the Patriot Act. The Tea Party Movement, it is safe to say, is more likely well-versed in the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Federalist Papers, than many members of Congress.
There is an anti-incumbency wave sweeping throughout the United States, not merely an anti-Democratic Party wave. The GOP should be wise to acknowledge this, or their anticipated victories in 2010 might be very short-lived.
The members of the Tea Party Movement are watchdogs of liberty, not lap dogs to the GOP.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
“And Sally and I did not know what to do, so we had to shake hands with
Thing 1 and Thing 2.”
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat – 1957, Random House/Beginner Books.
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I originally wanted to title this piece, The Truth About Cats and Dogs. But I recently read the children’s classic, The Cat in the Hat to my daughter last week, and I thought it would be more appropriate.
Every two years we have Congressional elections in the
Unfortunately during these election cycles, we share the same dilemma that Sally and her brother shared in facing the Cat in the Hat’s playthings. We had to choose between Thing #1 (Democrats) and Thing #2 (Republicans).
In its most positive and generous light, Thing #1 “traditionally stands for the right of the poor to government assistance; the right of ethnic and religious minorities to an equal place in our society; regulation of big business and trade; protection of the environment; multilateral nuclear disarmament; and increased foreign aid to impoverished countries.” (http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2007/6/8/121250/0438 by Just060807)
However, it could also be argued, that Thing #1 stands for higher taxes, less choice, anti-war, pro-abortion, socialist policies pertaining to health care, finance and government; and activist judges who legislate their own agenda.
In its most positive and generous light, Thing #2 “traditionally stands for the right to life of each human person from conception to death; a free marketplace; limited government; a strong (but not bloated) national defense; secure borders; fiscal responsibility; and strict interpretation of the Constitution.” (http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2007/6/8/121250/0438 by Just060807)
However, it could also be argued that Thing #2 stands for Big Business, Big Oil, pro-war (declared war or otherwise), legislative morality, and beholden to corporate lobbyists' direction.
There is another option, however. I promise that I will work tirelessly for you. Like you, I cringe when I hear politicians say that they will “fight for you”, and “create jobs.” The truth is, it is expected that an elected representative will fight for you; Otherwise, what is he or she doing running for office? And the most basic way to create jobs is to ease the suffocating tax burden on both individuals and businesses. There is anger, discouragement, fear and discontent out there, and it seems to come from the massive disconnect between the elected and the voters that put them there.
As soon as I take the Congressional Oath of Office*, I first plan to attach two amendments to ANY bill introduced on the House Floor.
1st - All members of Congress hereby affirm that he or she has read, in its entirety, the entire bill herein introduced.
That way, we will never have a House member state, "We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it."
2nd - All members of Congress shall be subject to the bill herein introduced, and agree to be subject to its provisions, should it be passed into law.
The health care bill passed into law at over 2000+ pages, and the financial reform bill (which at this date is expected to clear the Senate with 60 votes), and weighs in at another 2000+ pages of length. If these laws directly affect these members of Congress, perhaps they may take better care to pass laws that protect us all. Just a thought.
* Congressional Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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."
Friday, July 9, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Reed for Maryland Campaign is accepting applications for volunteers who want to change the way business is done in Washington.
We are looking for the following volunteer positions in four areas:
Area 1 - Team Leader and Team Members – Media and Public Relations:
Media and Public Relations volunteers will assist in the monitoring news, radio, TV and social media platforms and help in coordinating rapid response capability
Area 2 - Team Leader and Team Members – Budget and Finance:
Budget and Finance volunteers will assist in the tracking of expenditures and budget planning
Area 3 - Team Leader and Volunteers – Platform and Policy:
Platform and Policy volunteers will be familiar with the Constitution Party’s platform, and track current events and legislation
Area 4 - Team Leader and Volunteers – Campaign Strategy and Planning:
Campaign Strategy and Planning volunteers will assist the candidate with campaign decisions involving event participation, planning and booking, and will work in conjunction with the other Area Teams.
Please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a. A resume, and cover email, including:
b. Your two areas of preference in the capacity you wish to volunteer
c. A few sentences why you wish to volunteer for the Reed for Maryland campaign
d. Selected candidates will be contacted for an in-person or phone interview
e. Citizens living in the Sixth Congressional District are preferred, but all help is welcome
We look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
So, let’s get started.
The trouble with both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is that, in their “one size fits all” presentation, they have become too large to care about anything else than their agenda as dictated by the special interests they serve. This in turn forces Americans to pick “the lesser of two evils” every election cycle.
I could spend hours detailing the hypocrisy of both parties, and I will do that over the coming weeks. However, at this time, let’s examine some problems:
· When the government feels it necessary to commandeer entire industries and spend $1 trillion in bailout funds that it does not have, this is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional.
· When the Nation’s executive takes a corporate officer into the Oval Office, and twenty minutes later the corporate officer states that he will make $20 billion available – without any adjudication or due process, this is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional.
· When the Nation’s executive creates between twenty and thirty-four policy “czars” that have extraordinary administrative agency powers, but were not confirmed by the Senate, this is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional.
· When the Nation’s legislature passes a law forcing free individuals to purchase health care, this is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional. When the Congress passes this law, and yet exempts itself from paying into this forced place health insurance (or Social Security for that matter) - it is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional and unconscionable.
· When the Nation’s executive sends troops into harm’s way halfway across the globe – and the nation’s legislature authorizes the spending of billions of dollars a day on these military actions -- all without a formal declaration of war, this is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional.
· When the Nation’s judicial branch bends over backwards to avoid any appearance of violating the Establishment Clause, while prohibiting its individuals from exercising their religious beliefs, this is not merely problematic, it infringes on our right to free exercise of religion, and it is unconstitutional.
· When the Nation’s legislative branch reminds voters that anything resembling “term limits” must be approved by Constitutional amendment, but yet votes itself a pay raise without a Constitutional amendment, this is not merely problematic, it is unconstitutional.
This government runs on the consent of the governed. If you do nothing or say nothing, then the government will continue to operate unimpeded, assuming that you consent to what they are doing. Worse still, it appears that the current party in power may be operating without regard to what you may think. That must stop and it must stop now. The oil spill in the Gulf is an unfortunate metaphor for what is going on in Washington – there is a “gusher” of money being printed in Washington D.C. as the federal government is spending recklessly and negligently without any regard for how this money will be repaid. The first solution is to stop the hemorrhaging.
I am not seeking election to the Sixth Congressional District merely to vote “yea” or “nay” on a bill and let the matter rest. I am going to speak out for the citizens of the Sixth District. I will call out ANY representative in the House or Senate – or in the White House, or at the Supreme Court for that matter. I will tell them exactly what you feel. None of us in this Country are above the law. We have our constituents and God to answer for the decisions that we make.
I ask that you consider my candidacy and welcome any questions or comments that you may have.