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Honesty and Integrity – Part 1

How is it that honesty and integrity and the word politician don’t seem to go together?  Yes, many politicians may start off being idealistic but somewhere along the way they change and become interested in only what being in power will do for them.  No longer do they seem to care about the people that they are supposed to represent or are concerned about making this country a better place.

Unfortunately, I believe that we are already seeing this trait emerge in the Republican candidate running for the SC 1st District Congressional seat – Tim Scott (@votetimscott).

During the Republican Primary I was hired as an independent contractor to do photography and videography for the Paul Thurmond campaign.  It was a fascinating opportunity to work behind the scenes of the race.   I got to know almost all of the candidates pretty well and, for quite awhile, I had a great deal of respect for all of them including Tim.  In fact, my early impression of him was extremely favorable.

However, as time went by I started to see and hear things that I didn’t like.  The major one was that some very influential people in the National Republican Party decided to get involved in a state’s primary and not allow the people to make their choice of who they wanted to represent them.  However, it was until the run-off that I realized how bad the situation was.

The primary race between the nine candidates running appeared to be pretty much above reproach.  Overall, the candidates treated each other with respect.  It was very refreshing not to hear a lot of nasty innuendos being hurled out trying to hurt each other – in fact it was refreshing to have people running that seemed to genuinely like and respect each other.  However, once the primary was over and the run-off was between Tim and Paul, things started to change rapidly.  Paul wanted to keep the campaign clean – Tim (after stating to Paul he wanted to do the same) was determined to make it as dirty as possible.   Nasty insinuations were made about Paul that weren’t true.  Tim got well over $100,000 in donations – much of it from out of State – Paul borrowed money to keep his campaign going and yet Tim accused Paul of being the “establishment” candidate being backed by special interest groups.   Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee all backed Tim saying he was the true conservative.  I know for a fact they never interviewed Paul and doubt very seriously that they did Tim either.  It came down to the fact that Tim fit the Republican agenda – Paul didn’t.   Did they even do any research on either candidate before making a choice?  I seriously doubt it.

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Experiences | , , , | Leave a comment

A New Perspective

I have been doing photography for over 15 years and been a professional photographer for three years. I have shot beach portraits, weddings to nature, wildlife and landscapes.

I have taken photos all kinds of wildlife from bald eagles to alligators to dolphins to mountain lions. I have traveled to Yosemite National Park while I was still using my film camera and shot over 9 roles of film in 2.5 days. I grew up 45 minutes from Washington DC and I love to travel to DC whenever I get the chance. This past February I was up in DC and took photos of all the monuments with almost a foot of snow on the ground. And I was finally able to get good night shots of the different monuments.

But it has only been about a month since my life took on a very different turn. About four weeks ago, along with my mother who is a social media specialist, I am doing social media for a candidate for US Congress SC 1st District seat campaign. What started out just doing social media has now broadened into also doing photography and videography for the campaign. I have gone from not knowing anyone and no one knowing me to being on a first name basis with most of the congressional candidates and with some of the other candidates as well. It has been an experience especially since it has only been the last few years that I had interest in politics and it has only been the last few months that I have even thought of getting involved with the campaigns. What is going on right now in Washington scares the living daylights out of me. I have no doubts that our current president is out to destroy this great country and that is why I am doing all that I can do to see that that doesn’t happen. There are eight Republican candidates running for SC 1st District Congressional seat and overall, it is a good group of people.

I am still doing other kinds of photography like beach portrait sessions and on occasion if I have the time I head down to Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park to take photos of the wildlife.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting My Vote

Once the primaries are over, it will be voters like me that candidates from both parties will be trying to sway. I am a registered Republican, mostly because I come from a long line of Republicans, but the truth of the matter is that I am probably what most people would call a moderate independent, due to my positions on some of the hottest issues – especially the following:

Abortion – This is a very contraversial subject. While I do not believe there are any circumstances that I could get an abortion, I do not believe that the federal government has a right to decide what I do to my own body. I also do not believe that abortion should be used as a birth control method especially as there are many couples out there who cannot have a child and are looking to adopt.

Death Penalty – I have no issues at all with the death penalty. In fact, I believe in many cases it is warranted. Ted Bundy is the first person who comes to mind. After killing at least 30 young women, he deserved the death penalty. Another person is Timothy McVeigh. In cases such as those where there was no reasonable doubt, and the crimes are so heinous, the death penalty is just. “Let the punishment fit the crime”.

Fair Tax – The income tax was created to pay for the U.S. Civil War and has long outlived its usefulness. The Fair Tax would replace the income tax. We would only be taxed on what we buy. Those who buy more, pay more. Everyone needs things like clothes and food. It might even make April 15th a day we no longer dread.

Politicians – I am for term limits for both Senators and Representatives as long as it is federally mandated instead of state mandated. Many people in Washington have been there far too long and have lost touch with their constituents. They have become so power hungry that they could care less about the people in this country. It is time for them to step aside. The Obamacare program is a perfect example of how Washington Politicans no longer care what the American people want. If this new Heathcare Program is so great, why do they refuse to be on it? One other thing is that there should be a cap on how many attorneys could represent us at one time – a good number is probably about ten in all. Personally I believe that the Supreme Court Judges should make up 9 of the 10.

And that brings up the last issue, which is Tort Reform. We do need tort reform and if we only have a few lawyers in Washington (and fewer special interest groups) we might actually get it. Frivolous lawsuits would all but disappear if the losers had to pay the costs of the case. Tort Reform won’t happen as long as Washington is run by politicians.

In the words of President Abraham Lincoln “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment