...the other seven candidates profess these same positions! So why did I enter this race?
Although there are other candidates as passionate as I am on those issues, I saw that there were other important issues where I offer a choice, not an echo:
None of the other candidates have made a priority of alerting the public to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is being pushed not just by Obama but by the Washington establishment, and which threatens American sovereignty as well as jobs.
Although the other candidates certainly offer many criticisms of Kay Hagan, none of them have brought up the fact that she was a co-sponsor of the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA), the Senate counterpart of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).
I call myself pro-market rather than pro-business, because too often "pro-business" has meant siding with management against workers; privatizing profits and socializing losses; regulatory capture instead of cutting red tape; putting Wall Street ahead of Main Street; propping up big, established corporations against new entrepreneurs.
I am tired of Republican candidates whose idea of a health care platform is simply, "repeal Obamacare," while offering no solutions of their own. Our health care system combines elements of capitalism, socialism, and a medieval guild system, often combining the worst features of each. We need to identify areas where free market principles can cut costs, and where it can't.
Although all the candidates claim to adhere to the Constitution, none of the others have called for repealing the unconstitutional, European-style copyright system that Hollywood has imported. Hollywood pushed its last copyight extension of 20 years in 1998, meaning that they will push for another extension before 2018 -- in the next Senate term. My plan would roll back copyright to the terms set by the Founding Fathers.
When Obama pushed a lame, half-measure patent reform in his State of the Union, none of the other candidates challenged him with a real patent reform which would really fix the system. Fixing patents will boost innovation, which will boost JOBS!
None of the other candidates seem to have taken a public stand on net neutrality, even after events like the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger or the Comcast-Netflix deal brought the issue to the fore.
None of the other candidates have expressed any interest in getting to the bottom of Vice President Joe Biden's role in the Megaupload raid.
The other candidates contend that Obama should be tougher with Russia about the Crimea. The mainstream media has obscured that it was the European Union's arrogance and blundering that precipitated the entire Ukraine crisis, and it should be up to them to clean up their mess.
We need conservatives who will not only fight hard, but fight smart. The outcome of the last shutdown was both foreseeable and foreseen, but the other candidates supported it. We need leaders who know how to outflank the enemy, and know when to go to ground and wage guerrilla warfare, not just launch frontal attacks.
None of the other candidates are saying that Republicans should reorient our tax policy away from obsessing over the income, capital gains, and estate taxes, which bite the affluent hardest, towards cutting payroll taxes and boosting the earned-income tax credit, which affect the working class. The GOP should celebrate the Reagan tax reform that took millions of the indigent off the tax rolls and lent them a helping hand through the earned-income tax credit, rather than making smug remarks about a shiftless, parasitic "47 percent."
Underlying all this is a conviction that conservatism and the Republican Party needs new ideas. Voices such as Ramesh Ponnuru, Derek Khanna, and Ross Douthat have been trying to move conservatism forward into this new millennium, and it is time to bring this intellectual ferment off the pages of the National Review, into the electoral realm. While not necessarily agreeing with all of their positions or proposals, I embrace their spirit of breaking with stagnant orthodoxies and rethinking conservative philosophy.
I realized that if I didn't step forward myself, no one else would.