Need Urgent Help! Please Read!Submitted by couture.t on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 07:25
Let me begin by thanking each and every one of you for all the sacrifices you have all made for liberty, even though it sometimes can seem frusterating to bring the message of Liberty back to Americans it is a cause of the most worthy kind and I feel as though regardless of some of our different views we are a very powerful force to be dealt with when we set our minds to it. Like most of us, I sat glued to CSPAN 2 while Rand Paul heroically gave his near 13 hour filibuster. This lit a new fire inside of my heart and I'm just proud to be one of you.
I am a U.S. Navy Submarine veteran, I served on the USS Alabama and for a short stint on the USS Nebraska. During my time in the Navy I tasted first hand what a collectivist society might look like. Freedom is always taken for granted until it is taken from you, even voluntarily. I spent a great deal of time starting in 2008, trying to find out the many questions and frustrations that the U.S. Military has to offer to a young libertarian. I opposed the Navy torturing people in Guantanimo Bay and the wars and got into some pretty hairy fights with superiors over it. I could never understand how one could be against torture and still have no problem with the organization that commits it. In fact, liberals who want bigger government also claim to dispise toruture, unless their guy is in the White House, and I would frequently make the argument that if you are pro-life would you work at an abortion clinic? To me these notions are exactly the same. I was frusterated for years by the enormous bureaucracy that consumes any federal agency to include the military. I cannot count how many times I came up with simple common sense measures to save on money and was told that would eliminate jobs so we couldnt do it.
Nevertheless, I did 5 years and exited with an honorable discharge. Along the way I immersed my self in anything about liberty I could put my hands on. Ron Paul, Ayn rand, Hayek, Von Mises, Rothbard, Hazlit, Stossel, and many many others. This and the DP helped me get through it all and gave me a yearning to do something. Shortly after getting out I helped out the Paul campaign in WA ST. For the longest time I felt alone because I didnt know any other Paul Supporters existed where I live at the time. I just kept going and then I called a man that was running for the State Legislature and grilled him for hours on the phone to find out if he was a true patriot or not. Turns out he was like us and did not even know it yet. But that started my adventure into politics. I learned from them the ins and outs of campaigning and I even ran for the County Commissioner position in 2012 and lost by around 100 votes. It was a great experience for a first time run and many people loved OUR message. If it wasnt for the establishment Republicans in my local party working against me then I may have just won. Well, I didnt give up. I kept tryiong to spread the message and help re-educate some of the deep seeded neocons in the party. Through working with them constantly and eradicating the more malevolent party apologizers when we re-organized we now have a reformed liberty local party and we have a good working relationship with regular conservatives.
I frequently remember back to the presidential caucuses and how Paul tied Romney in my County. It was my first chance to get to know alot of these people. Our County had around 170 paul caucusers and yet even today only a fraction of those folks are involved. I wonder often how some of our local and state races would have turned out with their help. Even in my Commissioner race. While alot of liberty people were debating whether to support Johnson, Romney (never), or write in Ron Paul, we were diligently toiling away trying to get our local, and state liberty folks elected. We as a group had decided quickly after our State Convention that the local and State races where a more worthy cause. I am a huge believer in bottom up government, and I believe in actually applying that when it comes to tossing out the people that put us in this mess. Washington State is notoriously liberal and most people around the US know this. But did you know that with 1 Republican State Senator and 4 Legislators in the house Washington State would be Republican Red? We have a few great men in the State House here working on some magnificent things and its sad that they do not always get our recognition. I will name them, Rep.'s Matt Shea, David Taylor, Jason Overstreet, and Cary Condotta. We have zero liberty guys in the State Senate to help them pass there bills that have seen moderate success this year.
Earlier this February with overwhelming support, I announced my candidacy for the State Senate. The State Republican party establishment is so desperate to snuff out this new liberty trend in the state that they are covertly supporting my Democrat opponent. A man who just recently voted to take away 4th amendment rights to children in school. My opponent is one of the most long standing, powerful, and corrupt politicians in Washington State. You name the Constitutional Right, he has violated it at one point or another. He sensed that his time was drawing near so he decided to flip flop his way over to the Republican caucus and caucus with them because he has lost all Democrat support in our District. I can definitely win this race given the resources to do so. By sending me to the State Senate in WA you would see the shift in power happen, and a liberty Republican defeat one of the most powerful corrupt politicians in Washington State. I cannot stress enough the importance of this. Rand Paul hits it on the head when he says Republicans are not competitive on the coasts. Unlocking Washington State for us could be a huge win in 2014 and in 2016.
So I plead for your assistance in this matter. It only takes a measly $100K to win this race. Together, they cannot stop us. The problem is that my District is one of the most economically depressed districts in Washington and there is little to give out unless you want to kiss the feet of every lobbyist in Washington State, which is not a plan of mine haha. I have single handedly watched this fine group of people do amazing political feats that boggles the mind. Im asking you, brothers and sisters in liberty, to create some magic and help me take back Washington State. For Liberty! - Travis Couture