My family and I have decided to support Jesse Young in his quest to defeat Norm Dicks and to represent the 6th Congressional District in WA.
All candidates have their stories, that much is true. But it is up to the voters to determine whether those stories are useless rhetorical fluff, or whether the candidate's background gives us a window into understanding his or her view of the world, which is extremely important. For example, does the candidate view individualism negatively and does he or she believe in "the collective?" Or, does the candidate, informed by his or her experiences, view the individual as supreme, voting to uphold those sacred individual rights?
Jesse's story, rather, his life, is one that I believe has prepared him to be a steward of this country at this particular moment in history. With the country heading off of a cliff in terms of spending, debt, and the deficit; with the unprecedented growth and intrusion of the federal government into our lives; with 10% unemployment and small businesses teetering on the edge, desperately trying to survive, we need someone like Jesse in the US Congress.
Because Jesse wasn't handed a thing. Everything he has accomplished was earned through his own hard work, perseverance, dreams, and tireless efforts. At times during his childhood he was homeless while trying to attend school, but through his own commitment and tenacity he took himself to the University of Notre Dame. He held jobs during high school and all during his college years, sacrificing summers to earn money for school.
Through those tough times, through his work consulting for various industries, and through his role as a husband, father, volunteer, and community member, I believe that Jesse learned the lessons he will need to make the right decisions while in Congress. We need people who know how hard it is to earn money and to take care of a family, but who have the guts to do it themselves, without waiting for Big Brother to build them a comfortable prison. We need someone who is not afraid to look at a budget and to say, "cut," because he's had to do it with his own family's budget.
Lastly, Jesse Young was born the same year that ol' Normie was first elected to Congress. We all know what a swamp and cesspool that Washington DC is, and we all know how it can corrupt even decent people. Norm has been there so long that he is now known as the "King of Pork" (amazingly, another WA elected official, Patty Murray, is known as the "Queen of Pork," go figure) and if he remains in Congress he in line to become the chair of the Appropriations committee. It's time for ol' Normie to retire and let someone with fresh ideas have a chance to govern. Norm Dicks has become the antithesis of the word "Representative." It's time to retire him.
I believe Jesse has the integrity, the vision, the experience, and the fortitude to go to Washington DC and to remain committed to his principles. He believes in the Constitution and free markets, but even more important than that, he believes in the truly exceptional nature of our country. He understands and recognizes the hope and the optimism of America that is inextricably bound to our history as a nation. It is the belief in individual rights so that each child, regardless of color, creed, gender, income (or any other box the left wants us to solely identify with) may dream as big as he or she desires because the possibility that the dream will come true exists in America. It is the American dream, and because Jesse has lived it, he appreciates it, and will defend it for all of us as the next Congressman from Washington's 6th District.
Ballots have been sent out for the primary and Jesse will need every vote to make it to the general election! So when you are voting, VOTE FOR JESSE YOUNG! :)
If you want to learn more about Jesse, go to his website here and please consider volunteering and donating money to his campaign.