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Things I'd like to hear from a politician running for office.

by James Leroy Wilson
June 2, 2005

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Wouldn’t it be great if we had people running for office who had the courage and conviction to say any of the following:

“Some people say that my views are extreme. But the today’s extreme position was yesterday’s moderate position. There was once a time when people thought an income tax was an extreme idea. The idea that the Supreme Court could strike down state abortion laws was once thought of as crazy and extreme. Presidents dragging our nation into war, without a Congressional Declaration of war, was once thought to be a sign that we’ve fallen into despotism.

“Anyone who thinks working for peace, defending the Bill of Rights, promoting the right of the people to go to work, and balancing the budget is extreme, is himself an extremist.”


“People keep asking questions about my past. What drugs I took, who I dated, and when. I will say this: There are some things I regret doing. There are some things I should have done, but didn’t do. Just like everybody else, my past isn’t perfect, and it isn’t horrible. It’s typical. But this much is clear: I have done nothing that deserves a fine or jail sentence. These things are between me, my friends, and my family. IT IS NOBODY ELSE’S BUSINESS!

“But I will point one thing out. My opponent admits to smoking marijuana in his youth. He says he regrets it, but then wants credit for admitting it. Personally, I don’t care what he did.

“The difference between my opponent and me is that he, who smoked marijuana, wants to keep smoking marijuana criminalized. He’s saying, ‘I got away with it, but I want to ruin the lives of young people today who did the exact same thing I did.

“Drug users who become drug warriors are no better than those who avoided the military during our illegal war in Vietnam, who then launch an illegal war in Iraq.”


“There’s all this talk about fundamentalist Christianity, and what a danger it is to the country. Personally, I don’t think it’s all that bad, and will seek the votes of Christians. Because frankly, I think taking the Bible literally is a good idea. After all, God asks for ten percent of our income. How can the government ask for any more than that?

“And another thing. Jesus never asked for a political solution for our moral problems. If elected, I will not seek one.”


“Yes, I’ve said and written a lot of things over the years. Some things I would back away from now, because I’ve changed my mind. Sometimes wisdom comes with age. But I’m not embarrassed by my past. And just because some nut jobs agree with some of what I say, or what I said some time ago, doesn’t make me one of them. If we play that game, we’d have to remember that Hitler conceived the Autobahn and the Volkswagen. It doesn’t make you a Nazi to appreciate these things.


I will gladly take votes from the rich or poor, white or black, man or woman, straight or gay. And, yes, I will accept contributions from whomever wants to support me. But votes come from individuals, not groups. If elected, I will not owe anybody favors. But I will owe all the people my best judgment, and my word that I will work toward the vision I have set out in my campaign.


“My religion? My religion? You want to know my religion? Well, let me put it this way. It is not for me to say which religion is most right, or if any religion is right at all. But my political creed is “live and let live.” Anyone seeking office with a different agenda is dangerous, no matter if he or she is Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, or whatever.

“The State is not the Church, and I’m not running for priest. I’m not even running for deacon.”


“No, I never served in the military. But I’ve studied the Constitution. If more Congressmen and Presidents studied the Constitution and the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, we wouldn’t have fought in so many wars over the past sixty years.”


I wonder, how the people would respond to such statements?

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