Rand Paul: The Has-Been Who Never Was

Rand PaulFrom the very beginning (2010), when Rand Paul announced he was going to run for the U.S. Senate, many within the liberty movement thought that the Kentucky ophthalmologist turned politician would be just like his father.  I wasn’t as convinced because he was running under the TEA Party label and was branding himself as a conservative Republican.  Many said (and still claim to this day) that he was just trying to avoid what they considered the missteps of his father, by stealthily maneuvering himself within the Republican party as a libertarian without having to say he was a libertarian.  In other words: “Rand Paul’s being dishonest about who he is and what he stands for because it’s the only way he can win.”  This seems to be a recurring theme among Rand Paul supporters (now known as “Randroids”).  They claim that Rand Paul isn’t telling the truth when he says things that are anti-liberty, but that it’s the only way he can work his magic within the Republican Party.  Rand Paul made it clear from the outset that he was no libertarian.  But don’t worry, he’s just being dishonest.  The ends justify the means, according to Randroids.  But only if it’s Rand Paul.  If anyone else in the political world is dishonest, they feel immediately compelled to make a meal out of it.

One thing that has always perplexed me is the continuous excuses that Randroids make for their beloved candidate.  But the “He’s only lying to get elected” excuse, really takes the cake.  They tell you that his plan is to lie his way into the position of GOP Presidential Nominee by pretending to be in line with the Establishment Republicans on most issues.  If indeed this was Rand’s grand plan, they have just let the cat out of the bag by broadcasting Rand’s secret all over social media.  Lindsey Graham may never have sent an e-mail in his entire life, but his staffers have surely told him about the chatter they read on Facebook.

Rand Paul has flip-flopped (very clearly, I might add) on a number of key issues, with his supporters and even his own campaign staff refusing to admit that he has done so.  Rand even got “testy” with Savannah Guthrie over at NBC when she brought the issue up in a live interview being watched by millions.  You can read about his flip-flops here, here, here, and here.  It’s one thing to change your position on one or two issues once you’ve received new information.  But flip flopping on nearly every policy plank of his platform really underscores the fact that Rand stands wherever the people in the room with him want him to stand.  As the old saying goes: “Any port in a storm.”

Rand Is Not A Libertarian

Rand Is Not A Libertarian

Some of the greatest minds within the liberty movement have also condemned Rand Paul for his anti-liberty stances.  Lew Rockwell, Justin Raimondo, and Gary Johnson, are just a few who have pointed out the fallacy of being a libertarian and supporting Rand Paul.  The graphic to the right illustrates this and more.

Rand also attempted to have his Rudy Giuliani moment (which instantly fell flat) at the first GOP Presidential Debate of 2015, when he went toe to belly with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Rand may have been right in his argument, but it did little to boost his poll numbers because he’s wrong on so many other things.  His comments to Christie about “Giving President Obama a hug,” made the social media rounds for about an hour after the debate, and then disappeared into the night.

I never fell for the “He’s just lying to get elected” BS, because even if it were true, I wouldn’t be supporting a candidate who was blatantly dishonest.  Regardless of the reasons behind it.  It’s why I also wouldn’t vote for him if I lived in Kentucky, where he’s up for reelection as a Senator.  A race that isn’t as clear now as it was a year ago.

The guy who truly could have been known as a “different kind of Republican” (whatever that is), won’t even be an also ran.  Which makes that possible gig at FOX News as a “libertarian” commentator a no-go from the git-go.

Meet Dr. Marc Allan Feldman – Libertarian For President, 2016

Dr. Marc Allan Feldman - Libertarian Candidate For President, 2016

Dr. Marc Allan Feldman – Libertarian Candidate For President, 2016

Dr. Marc Allan Feldman is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President Of The United States.  Dr. Feldman is an anesthesiologist at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has run for political office in Ohio before, most recently as The Libertarian Party Of Ohio’s candidate for Attorney General.  His Presidential Campaign is called “Votes Not For Sale,” and he is emphasizing getting big money out of politics.  Click here to watch his campaign announcement video.

Dr. Feldman was raised in Southern Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Being around politicians throughout most of his childhood, he grew to dislike politics and felt there were no politicians worth voting for.  It wasn’t until he discovered the Libertarian Party at age 50, that he began to take an interest in politics and thus began voting.

He is running for President because he believes he can make a difference and his plan is very simple.  He titles it “BASE – My Progressive Plan to Shrink the Federal Government,” and here are the four practical steps it entails:

1. Balance the budget.
2. Audit all Federal agencies and laws.
3. Show the effectiveness of charitable organizations.
4. Exempt with a tax rebate for donations to certified effective charities.

1. Balance the budget. Retired admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, was not exaggerating when he warned that “the single biggest threat to our national security is our debt.” On the first day of my administration I would deliver to Congress a detailed balanced budget. While Congress debates and considers this plan, I will declare a National Fiscal Emergency and, by executive order, direct every government agency to apply strict controls to limit spending to available revenue. Not one single dollar will be added to our 18 Trillion dollar debt. The debt clock will stop dead.

2. Audit the Federal Government. Every agency and every federal law exist to serve a purpose, to make a difference in the world. Some may work well, and others poorly. The world is a complicated place, and there is a Law of Unintended Consequences. A law may be well intentioned, but cause no improvement at all, or at times make matters worse. For every agency and every federal law, objective measurable survey instruments will be used to give evidence whether they are working, making people safer, more secure, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, or sheltering the homeless. If the law is not working – it is repealed. If the agency is not improving the situation – it is eliminated. The job would be given to the Government Accountability Office whose mission is “to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.”

3. Show the Effectiveness of charitable organizations. The same survey instruments used to evaluate whether government laws and agencies are meeting their goals will be used voluntarily to evaluate the effectiveness of charitable organizations in meeting these same social goals. If charitable organization are equally or of greater effectiveness dollar for dollar than the federal government in making people safer, more secure, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, or sheltering the homeless or any other government social goal, that charity would be certified as an Effective Social Organization.

4. Exempt. If American taxpayers decide to donate to any charity certified as an Effective Social Organization, the taxpayer would not get just a tax deduction, but a dollar for dollar tax credit. This essentially causes an equivalent reduction in tax owed, making donations to Effective Social Organization free.

Because of the tax credit, billions of dollars being donated to these organization would cause a immediate revenue shortage. Because the budget is required to be balanced, spending cuts would be immediate and automatic. These cuts would be based on information, not politics. Because the government programs to be cut would be those that are managed more effectively by the voluntary charitable organizations.

This would lead to a simultaneous dramatic shrinking of the cost and intrusiveness of the Federal government and an expansion and empowerment of the private social safety net.

Dr. Feldman firmly believes that we have lost our way and are no longer following the Constitution, our founding document.  Here is what he had to say concerning the Constitution and our runaway government:

I don’t want a concealed carry gun permit.
I don’t need a same-sex marriage license.
I don’t have to have a marijuana grower’s permit.
I want freedom and a government that does not demand permits and licenses for things that are none of the government’s business. I don’t need all these permits and licenses, because I have a Constitution. Let’s respect that.

He has also stated:

I want my campaign to be a coalition, not a cult. I want people who agree with me that spending a billion dollars on a Presidential campaign is wrong. I want people who agree with me that we must balance our budget immediately. That we must honor our Constitution 100% and follow its instructions for a country that is more prosperous for all, more productive, and free.

Dr. Feldman wants to get big money out of politics not by creating more laws, but by informing the American people that they don’t have to vote for the big money candidates.  His campaign is accepting donations that are capped at $5.00 per individual person.  If you would like to make a donation to the campaign, click here.

Here is what his web site states about donations:

If you would like to become a supporter, please donate up to $5.

You cannot donate more.

You cannot make multiple donations with a total over $5.

That is not what we are about.

You will never receive a fundraising letter, fundraising call, or be asked to sponsor a fundraiser.

Because we do not do fundraising.

Because we think votes should not be for sale.

Dr. Feldman is tapping into a demographic that is usually ignored by both the Democratic and Republican Parties.  He states:

Are you one of the 100 million Americans who could have voted in 2012, but stayed home? Did you think you could not make a difference? Did you think politicians only represent the rich?
The only real voter fraud is telling people that their votes don’t count. They do. One hundred million struggling Americans can choose the next President. Even if you have to borrow money to pay bills. Even if you have had trouble with the law. Even if your English is not so good. You can have a President who will work for you and will represent you.
You deserve that.
It is your right.
Your vote is your voice.
Be heard.

He has also stated:

We should not allow people to hide greed, hatred, and lust for power behind a political philosophy.
Conservative values are good: responsibility, our Constitution, and religious faith.
Liberal values are good: fairness, tolerance, forgiveness, and charity.
Libertarian values are good: freedom, personal empowerment, and non-aggression.

There is nothing “conservative” about mass incarceration, police brutality, marijuana prohibition, or hating Islam.
There is nothing “liberal” about dependency, deficits, taxes, or hating Israel.
There is nothing “libertarian” about greed, bigotry, terrorism, or sexual exploitation.

Just because we are against an ever-expanding, intrusive, surveillance state, does not mean we are against all government.
Just because we believe government should not enforce morality, does not mean we are against morality.
Just because we do not believe that government should take care of people, does not mean that we should not take care of each other.

On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, Dr. Feldman will be visiting Richmond, Virginia for the first time as a Presidential Candidate.  He will be speaking to The Patrick Henry Supper Club hosted by The Richmond Metro Libertarians at The Robin Inn Restaurant in Richmond’s Historic Fan District.  Why not join us for dinner (beginning at 6pm) and stay for Dr. Feldman’s presentation.  You do not have to be a member of the Libertarian Party to attend.  He is a refreshing change from all of the other candidates getting the major media attention.  Perhaps that is why they refuse to cover his campaign in their news cycles.

For more information about Dr. Feldman and his campaign, you can visit his web site or Facebook page.

If You’re A Veteran, The Dave Brat Campaign Says It Doesn’t Want Your Vote

U.S. Air Force Veteran, Hugh Traulsen.

U.S. Air Force Veteran, Hugh Traulsen.

Hugh Traulsen is a 70 year old veteran who served Stateside in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He trained many enlisted men during that time.

Recently, Traulsen contacted the Dave Brat Campaign to see if Mr. Brat would “witness” his absentee ballot as he filled it out and voted for Dave Brat.  He left a message with the Brat campaign.  This was not the first time he had attempted to contact the Brat Campaign concerning this matter.  Weeks before, he had attempted contact, with his phone calls going unanswered.

A few days after his last phone call, Brat Campaign Communications Director Brian Gottstein, called back to state that Mr. Brat did not care to witness Mr. Traulsen filling out his absentee ballot.  Gottstein’s stated reason for not being interested was that Mr. Traulsen had also contacted the Jack Trammell Campaign (Traulsen had contacted the Trammell Campaign when his initial phone calls to Brat went unanswered).  When Mr. Traulsen tried to explain further, Gottstein immediately hung up the phone with Traulsen in mid sentence.  For the record, Trammell’s campaign never even responded once.

We get it, Mr. Gottstein.  You don’t give a damn about our veterans.  Your response will most likely be that you had no idea Mr. Traulsen was a veteran (even though he told you that he was a verteran).  So, does that mean it’s OK to slam the phone down on a 7th District constituent as long as they are not a veteran???

The question isn’t what should we do about Gottstein.  He is really inconsequential.  The question is: What will Dave Bratt do about Mr. Gottstein?  Will he have the balls to stand up to Gottstein and tell him that his actions are ruining his (Brat’s) chances of winning the election and then apologize to Mr. Traulsen and the other veterans that his campaign has offended?  Or will he continue to allow his campaign to be represented by someone who it seems has contempt for most people in the 7th District?  Just remember.  Gottstein gets paid whether Dave Brat wins or loses.  So the outcome does not matter to him.

The Dave Brat we saw before the Republican Primary ended is not the same Dave Brat we are seeing now.  If you don’t believe me, just read this note posted on Facebook by an 18 year old 7th District constituent, who will be voting for the first time on November 4th.

If Dave Brat will allow one of his campaign staffers to treat an Air Force veteran in such a despicable manner, how can we expect Dave Brat to go to Washington, D.C. and fight for reforms within the Veteran’s Administration?

James Carr "Witnesses" Hugh Traulsen's Absentee Ballot.

James Carr “Witnesses” Hugh Traulsen’s Absentee Ballot.

The only candidate running for Congress in the 7th District that was willing to meet with Mr. Traulsen was Libertarian James Carr.  After talking with Carr about his platform, Traulsen was impressed to the point that he decided to vote for Carr.  James Carr “witnessed” Traulsen filling out his absentee ballot.

Maybe voters in the 7th District should hang up the phone on Dave Brat and go cast their votes for James Carr.  Sounds like a solid plan to me.

Another “Empty Chair” As Dave Brat Dodges 7th District Voters Once Again

At the 7th District Candidate Debate in New Kent, Virginia on October 14th, there was an empty chair on stage.  Why?  Because Republican Congressional Candidate Dave Brat chose not to show up.  The Debate organizer had two confirmations from the Brat Campaign that he would be there.  Confirmations that Brat Campaign spokesman Brian Gottstein said did not exist.  (Gottstein has yet to address the fact that he lied about the campaign not agreeing to be at the debate.)

Dave Brat's Empty Chair

At The Crusade For Voters Candidate Forum, we seem to be seeing a pattern.

At the Candidate Forum held at Virginia Union University and hosted by the Richmond Crusade For Voters on October 19th, there was another empty chair.  Dave Brat chose not to show up again.  Forum organizers were unsure if Dave Brat was coming, or if he was going to send a spokesperson like the Warner and Gillespie Campaigns did.  Apparently Dave Brat chose to do neither, and chose not to inform anyone of his choice.  Debate organizers waited for him to appear and when it was finally clear he was not going to show, they proceeded with the event, leaving his empty chair and nameplate in plain view of the attendees.  And of course Brian Gottstein will come up with an array of excuses.  “Dave Brat had a hang nail.”  “The Sun wasn’t bright enough.”  “Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s was having a special on at that time and Dave couldn’t miss it.”  That’s about how stupid his other excuses have been.  You could point out that Dave should have invested in a DVR, but then Brian Gottstein would just stomp his feet and blame the other candidates for Dave’s failure to plan ahead when it comes to the Kardashians.

James Carr

7th District Libertarian Candidate James Carr.

Libertarian Congressional Candidate James Carr attended the event as did Libertarian Senate Candidate Robert Sarvis.  James Carr is one of Dave Brat’s opponents.  His other opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell, sent his campaign manager to speak on his behalf.

James was there because he truly cares about the voters of the 7th District and he has absolutely nothing to hide.

Many Dave Brat supporters will argue that Dave’s hands are tied.  That his campaign has been hijacked by backroom dealing, Washington Insiders like Brian Gottstein, and that there is nothing he can do about it.

But there IS something he can do.  He could grow a pair and send those Washington Insiders back to D.C. and get back to the type of campaign he was running during the primaries against Eric Cantor.

At the Term Limits Summit in Richmond on Wednesday, October 8th, Dave Brat told Fletcher Voelcker, a 7th District resident, that his campaign staff had not changed since he’d won the nomination back in June.  He made it clear that his campaign staff was the same now as it had been before the primary.

Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!!!  The Republican Primary in the 7th District of Virginia was held on June 10th, 2014.  Brian Gottstein was hired by the Dave Brat Campaign after the primary was held.

And let us not forget Dave Brat’s campaign manager during the primary, Zachary Werrell.  He is no longer with the campaign.  Two people have filled that roll since the primary ended and Werrell left the campaign.  One more lie in Dave Brat’s corner.

Is this the kind of man you want to send to Washington, D.C. to represent you?  A man who would blatantly lie to a voter’s face?  I think not.  Did Brian Gottstein hold a gun to Dave Brat’s head and force him to be dishonest?  Nope.  Dave Brat made this decision on his own.  But Gottstein would probably try and blame the other candidates saying they caused Dave Brat to be dishonest, if this issue were ever brought up publicly.

Brat’s campaign is losing supporters every day because of Brian Gottstein and the rest of the Washington Insiders that have been hired. 10 people – and these are just people I know personally – have stopped supporting Dave Brat and are now supporting James Carr.  At first they were merely looking at the other options because they had grown extremely disappointed with Dave Brat since he won the primary.  But after reviewing James Carr’s positions and listening to him speak, they realized that he was indeed the better candidate for the job.  Just think about it.  These are 10 people that I know.  And there are many more across the 7th District that I don’t know, who are jumping the Dave Brat ship on a daily basis.

Bob Shannon, founder and past president of The Mechanicsville TEA Party, has grown increasingly weary of Dave Brat since the primary.  He is not in the slightest way happy with the direction Dave Brat has decided to go and has voiced his opinion on the matter.  Bob Shannon was instrumental in convincing Dave Brat to run for office.  Now he’s extremely disappointed.

Some are asking if Brian Gottstein is aware that he is hurting the Brat Campaign.  Let’s be clear.  Brian Gottstein does not care if Dave Brat wins or loses.  He will get paid either way.  And regardless of the outcome, he will slither back to that backroom deal in Washington, D.C. whence he came, when it’s all said and done.  Calling Brian Gottstein an opportunist would be the understatement of the new millennium.

Brian Gottstein has claimed that he is a libertarian.  He made the claim in the comments section of this article on Va. Right!  There’s just one problem with that statement.  A real libertarian would not work for or vote for a theocrat.  And that is exactly what Dave Brat is.  In the same comments linked above, Gottstein accuses James Carr of lying when James had irrefutable evidence from debate organizers and sponsors, that Dave Bratt was dodging debates that included Carr.

Another thing Brian Gottstein seems to be good at.  Always blaming someone else for the Brat Campaign’s missteps (as you can see in his comments at the web site above).  Doesn’t this remind you of someone who occasionally resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when he’s not off playing golf somewhere else???

Dave Brat doesn’t want to face James Carr in a debate because he knows his platform cannot stand public scrutiny.  He also knows James can talk circles around him when it comes to healthcare and economics.  Brian Gottstein knows this as well.  And that’s fine.  The longer Dave Brat hides, the more voters there will be who will be casting their votes for James Carr.

Dave Brat rode the “anyone but Cantor” wave for as long as he could.  And now that Eric Cantor is no longer in the picture, there’s just no reason to vote for Dave Brat.

Libertarian Candidate For Kansas Governor Releases New Ad

Keen Umbehr

Keen Umbehr, Libertarian Candidate For Governor Of Kansas.

Keen Umbehr, the Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Kansas has released a new ad this week.  The new ad provides a brief overview of Mr. Umbehr and his plans once elected Governor of Kansas.

Umbehr has been spending the last two days traveling the state of Kansas in what he calls the 34 City Tour.  He’s been answering questions and handing out campaign materials and yard signs to those who come out to meet him.

Umbehr’s campaign has noted that it only takes 34% of the vote to win a three way race and has dedicated a portion of their web site to those Kansas voters who are part of the 34%.  These voters are sharing their reasons for why they have decided to support Mr. Umbehr.

Umbehr has an opportunity to win this race and is getting his message out to as many Kansas Voters as he can.  It is clear that Kansas voters are sick and tired of the same old dishonest and crony politics that Sam Brownback (R) and Paul Davis (D) have to offer.

To all those who want more efficient and transparent government in Kansas, Keen Umbehr is the only choice.  You can view his new campaign ad below.

Cantor Style Politics From The Dave Brat Campaign

Virginia Republican Congressional Candidate, Dave Brat

Virginia Republican Congressional Candidate, Dave Brat

When Republican Dave Brat was running against Eric Cantor for the 7th District Congressional seat in Virginia’s 7th District Republican Primary, he needed to cast himself as an outsider.  A new guy.  A fresh face.  Many voters liked his ads (even many of those who would not vote for him), and many thought (because he said so), that he would play by the rules (unlike Eric Cantor).  You may not have agreed with his politics, but at least you thought he’d be honest and forthright.  Sadly, like most Republicans, Dave Brat has decided not to play by the rules.  And if elected, he could ignore the rules regarding the United States Constitution, for his own self interest.

In his Election Night Victory Speech, Dave Brat made a comment which I found to be very interesting (considering how he’s running his campaign these days).  He said: “The power belongs to the people.”

Dave Brat and his campaign have decided that he will not participate in any forums or debates that include all of the ballot qualified candidates running for Congress in the 7th District.  Specifically, any forums or debates that include the Libertarian Candidate, James Carr.  Debate and forum sponsors have told the Carr campaign that Brat has been unwilling to commit to any debates or forums that include Carr.  And in many cases, debate and forum sponsors have chosen to exclude Carr so that Brat will attend.

Dave Brat and his Democratic opponent Jack Trammell are both Economics Professors at Virginia’s Randolph Macon College.  Randolph Macon is hosting a debate and has chosen to exclude James Carr.  When asked for a reason why, both the college and the Trammell Campaign have cited Dave Brat’s unwillingness to participate if Carr is included, as the reason.  Trammell asked that Carr be included, and he was all but ignored.  You can read the Carr Campaign’s press release to learn more.

If the power belongs to the people, why is Dave Brat trying to silence one of the legally qualified candidates so that he cannot get his message out to the people?  What is he afraid of?  This smacks of something Eric Cantor would (and did) do.

If cornered and asked why he refuses to participate in any debates or forums with Carr, Dave Brat will either deny that he has refused and tell you the debate or forum organizers make the rules (in other words, he will lie), or he will avoid answering your question (like he did at a recent event in Henrico County when Carr Campaign Volunteer Carl Loser tried asking him about the debates).

At the Chesterfield County Fourth Of July Parade, Dave Brat met James Carr and they spoke briefly.  James told me that Dave Brat shook his hand and told him that he was looking forward to having a fair and honest campaign season in the 7th district.

Dave Brat ran in the 7th District Republican Primary railing against Eric Cantor, the Republican Establishment, and all of their dirty tactics.  Now that he needs their money, he’ll do whatever it takes to win.

TEA Party Leader Endorses Libertarian Robert Sarvis For U.S. Senate

Mechanicsville TEA Party Road Sign

Robert Shannon, founder and past chairman of both the Mechanicsville and King William TEA Party groups in Virginia, has officially endorsed Robert Sarvis (L) over Mark Warner (D) and Ed Gillespie (R) in the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia.  Shannon also endorsed Sarvis when he ran for Governor in 2013 against Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R).

A large 4″ x 8″ Sarvis For Senate sign sits on Shannon’s King William property facing Route 360. Nearly 10,000 motorists pass and see that sign on a daily basis.

Below is Bob Shannon’s official endorsement of Robert Sarvis:

Over the last 5 years it has become clear that continuing to support insiders such as Ed Gillespie will only assist in the fiscal and economic decline of our Nation and lend nothing towards dismantling the “donor class” that Dr. Laura Ingraham referenced when she visited Glen Allen, Va. during the 7th District Republican Primary Race a few months ago.
The notion that Ed Gillespie can raise a lot of money should set off alarm bells rather than be seen as some sort of benefit, since it only solidifies evidence of his insider status. Besides, we saw first hand in Virginia’s 7th District with Eric Cantor, the proof that money alone isn’t any panacea or guarantee of victory.  Warner or Gillespie – it doesn’t matter. They are two beltway insiders who have gone on record as big government types.  Both of these men have run the gamut of insider status, from building their personal wealth through government contracts and employment in the lobbying circus in between their stints as beltway boys. Only the most blinded  partisan ideologues would close their eyes to these facts. I am not in that group.  Warner and Gillespie are both part and parcel of the same problem, not a remedy.  
Robert Sarvis is a genuine human being running for public office for the right reasons. He has the 3 I’s:  Integrity, Intellect, and Independence . He has the personal fortitude and character to honestly tell you where he stands on an issue. I don’t agree with Rob on several issues, but it doesn’t diminish one iota the primary reason I have come to admire him and continue to support his efforts.  His calm, reasoned, and principled approach to the problems this Nation faces – from fiscal and economic to cultural and  personal liberty – is much more closely aligned with my own than the representatives of the oligarchs that control both major parties leadership.
If we as a Nation have any hope of arresting this decline then we must recognize the necessity to look at our problems through the eyes of someone who isn’t “owned” by these oligarchs. No one has their hooks in Robert Sarvis. He will represent us.  That matters much more to me than the differences I have with him on a few issues. Integrity matters, and should matter before anything else. Absent weighing the value of that quality, you end up with more of the same.

Bob Shannon may be reached for comment by sending an e-mail to: robertshannon_44@msn.com