I consider myself one of the good guys, fairly level-headed and logical, trying to find solutions to problems that all our political parties today seem to completely ignore. Either by ignorance or intent, our local, state and federal politicians all seem focused on promoting nothing but the same tired old ideas – ideas that have been proven wrong, never worked, or simply don’t apply any more.
Where is the innovation? Where are the real, long-term solutions? I believe they’re out there somewhere. First Convention is the starting point for what will (hopefully) eventually become a series of policy conversations with input from experts in each area. In the meantime, I’ll just highlight some of the dumb things we see today from both major parties and other special interests.
I have many reasons for doing this, but in this context perhaps it’s best to simply say: I believe preachers should not be telling us how to vote, and politicians should not be telling us how to pray – or to just follow them by faith alone, and to ignore all those pesky facts and stuff.
I believe government, from city and county to state and federal, exists to do all the things written in the Preamble for our Constitution – to form a more perfect Union, establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
Nothing more, and nothing less.
This is America. We are a free and unique People, each with our own interests and needs. It’s reasonable to expect some disagreement, or times when we’ll need to argue about the best way to address some issue. The key is making sure most people have enough information and facts to help them make better decisions. Right now, some groups and political interests are seeking to increase their power by exploiting the things you don’t know; the knowledge you don’t have.
Let us strive here to help more citizens become more informed, so we can argue about real issues – instead of made up and false ones.
My name is Thomas Krafft.
Laborare est orare. (My work is my prayer)