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Letters to the Editor: What I expect from my candidate for Congress

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“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.” --- Oath of Office for Federal Officers 

There is another election coming up soon; it seems like just last week that we had a surge election driven by the passion of the tea party movement. 

We are not done yet though; we must plan for the next Republican sweep in Congress, beginning with the primary election early next April.

What I would like to do is lay out the kind of candidate I will be willing to support and vote for. 

My choice will be a person who understands the Constitution and is willing to stand up against the status quo and fight to restore the republic to the greatness the Framers envisioned.

My candidate will have to do more than just vote the right way when the bill finally gets to the floor; he (or she) will have to have been in the trenches fighting to make the legislation better. 

I want someone willing to make noise, open debate and do battle for the Constitution and the oath taken at the start of the next Congress in January 2013.

My choice will understand the injustice of the deficit and the debt; that it is wrong to strap unborn generations with having to pay for our excesses. 

He will have to stand up and sponsor legislation or cosponsor legislation already introduced that will change to direction of the over-bearing federal government. 

I expect my candidate to understand and challenge the leadership of his own Party when they get weak-kneed. 

I want to vote for a candidate who understands the Founders view of the “citizen legislator:” one who will serve, then return to live under the laws he helped pass. 

My candidate must support the FairTax. 

The FairTax, when implemented, will do more to grow the economy while funding government than any other system of taxation. 

The FairTax taxes retail level consumption while leaving productivity alone and would be a terrific start toward repairing the mess America finds herself.

My candidate will have to be willing to step up to the entitlement reform fight. 

Addressing the repeal of the unconstitutional ObamaCare and the reform of the existing out-of-control Medicare and Medicaid programs is critical. 

I will support with my voice, my words, my money and my vote the man or woman that fills these simple qualifications. 

We have only a few more months to gel around a good quality citizen legislator and educate the voters of the district of this choice. It is time to make a difference.

Bill Carson


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