Iraq, Energy, Economics and Veterans
Kissell For Congress
Friday, January 13, 2006
As outlined in my New Year's message, The Road
Ahead, I have already framed the campaign along the lines of the four
areas revealed to have been of most concern to voters in the last election
and will be expanding on them as the campaign progresses. These concerns
have not changed and our point of emphasis will be to continue to give
both voice and hope to voters disappointed in the results since 2004.
These concerns are national security, less government,
less taxes and real family values.
When examined closely, it is scary to see how failed, incompetent and
deceiving the results have actually been. Let's examine the first now.
Iraq: Out in 2006
We staged our way into Iraq in one year, there is no reason we can't stage our way out in one year.
My position is out of Iraq by the end of 2006. [See "Kissell Calls for Iraq Wrap Up, Troops Ready for Next Threat" - Aug. 29, 2006]
Energy: Dedication to Independence
An obvious root cause of terrorism that warrants expansion is our nation's
self-defeating addiction to oil. It's virtually impossible to consider an
administration so beholden to the interests of big oil and not to regular
working Americans could ever be effective in preparing us for a future
without oil, especially given its insistence on taking us places we
neither belong nor are welcome.
It is a given that the world's oil supply is limited and can't be renewed.
Our very survival as a nation is contingent on how we plan and prepare for
the inevitable. Yet concerns for oil profits over people have not yielded
the kind of alternative energy progress one would expect from an
administration so willing to go to the last resort of war in the name of
With the majority of the oil we use being imported, serving only to increase our
trade deficit while taking us to some of the least stable places on earth
and covertly funding our enemies in the war on terrorism in the process,
we must implement a dedicated mentality to secure our future with home
grown, alternative, renewable energy sources rendering us both secure and
the world leader in energy production.
Economics: Fiscal Responsibility is National Security
There is no rationale for a fiscally irresponsible $8.2 trillion debt
making us safer as it's largely funded by growing sources of economic
instability and threats to our solvency like China. Proponents of
globalization and "free" trade may point to record corporate profit and
expansion, but that's little comfort to those having lost their
livelihoods as we outsource our domestic manufacturing readiness and
capability in a cynical race to the bottom.
Our representative that calls himself a conservative should spend less
time handing out checks this campaign season while running a tab for our
children with the People's Republic of China, and more time balancing the
deficit he helped create in our Republican-led "borrow and spend"
Congress. Some reflection on his CAFTA reversal disemploying more of the
8th district further, while setting the stage for even greater trade
deficits with Central America, would serve him well too during his final
days in Congress.
Veterans: Their Sacrifice, Our Responsibility
"Supporting our troops" is more than a bumper sticker to be trotted out by
an administration that neither plans for their success nor provides for
their needs. Our armed forces are without question the best in the world
with all credit going to them for maintaining stability in the mess this
administration has spread globally. As the very life blood of our National
Security then, it's our moral obligation to provide the best possible care
for those having made the sacrifice. How we treat our veterans is both
indicative of our nation's moral fiber and what we can expect from future
generations when the call for sacrifice is made again.
My late father, a decorated World War II veteran and member of that
"greatest generation" we now recall so fondly, instilled the values of
community responsibility, public service and sacrifice in me that we must
all adhere to when it comes to taking care of our veterans. We can do
better, and will with your support.
I'm touched and humbled by the outreach from those brave veterans that
have contacted our campaign with heart wrenching stories of the
bureaucratic struggles many are facing. Please continue to communicate
with us at 1-877-4-KISSELL and this special address we've established to
give your concerns a resolute voice in Congress: email@example.com
I know I can make a difference.
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina, 8th District
Someone Working ... For a Change