My name is Russell H. Stwalley and there is no one like me running for Congress in ANY district across the country. I am running in Indiana's Fifth District. Welcome to the journey.
I grew up on one of the oldest family farms in the state, near Crawfordsville where I learned what hard work really is. I graduated from North Montgomery in 1981 and from Indiana University in August of 1984 with a B.A. in Chemistry.
Well, now it starts to get interesting. I wrote a book. It was never published. I walked from Indiana to Florida. I wrote another book. It, too, was never published. So I started working.
I worked in pizza, then I was a waiter and then I became a warehouse grunt. I followed that by being self employed selling beer and wine making supplies for eight years. And then eight years of making dough. A few more jobs later and I'm back making dough and in pizza.
Why certainly. I ran for Congress back when John T. Myers retired (1996) and I would have won if I'd only gotten the most votes. I also ran for the town council back when my family was in Darlington. That race was a bit closer.
Go back to my opening statement. There IS no one else like me running. Anywhere. Point to one other candidate that walked 1,200 miles in 59 days. If I have the strength of will to do that, I am NOT going to back down and compromise the things that I believe in.
I am against endless war. I believe our troops should come home and protect our borders. It really is that simple.
We will never pay off our debt. Most in Congress believe we only need to service the debt- that is, pay the annual interest and keep moving on. These people are rightly called fools. We need to cut spending.
This is the single greatest thing going on right now. If we can drain the swamp and eliminate the corruption, waste, UN-Constitutional shenanigans and imprison the ne'er do-wells our descendants will be forever grateful.
Only a damned fool hasn't noticed the world around us is changing. Is our technology from the industrial revolution causing our own extinction? Or is the sun the culprit? Will socialism REALLY save us from this awful fate? Here is one possible way it all turns out: Ice melts. At first the atmosphere absorbs it and the rains become more unpredictable. When the atmosphere holds as much as it can, the water stays in the oceans. The sea level rises. This puts pressure on the continents. They respond by moving. This moving causes volcanoes to become more active. They blow their sun-blocking fumes into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun, cooling the earth, thereby reversing global warming.
Most likely extinct. We had a good run.
But the thing of it is, that may not be what happens at all. Businesses all over the world are retreating from coal and oil. With or without the governments being involved. If any one is expecting Congress to act, you have to remember this is the same legislative body that put their country in excess of $23 trillion into debt. They are completely irresponsible. I'll be one of the few that isn't. Does that mean we will have a carbon tax or a farting/belching tax on cows? No. Do I have the answer? No, but I am listening and thinking.
Second Amendment: how do we keep any of the others without this?
Government needs to be out of the health care business.
Marijuana should be legalized.
Many budgetary items need to be taken out of the control of Congress. If you want to send aid to a foreign country send it. Details to follow in a blog.
Term limits. I think three consecutive terms in Congress is enough, two for Senators. All Congressional Districts should vanish and they should be voted as at-large candidates. Absolutely no gerrymandering would be possible.
My wife and I knew one another a very long time before we married in 2002.
We have a son that is presently a freshman in high school, As for pets, we have two dogs, nine fish and maybe a snail.
I ride a bike, I curl, I fly kites and sometimes canoe but never at the same time. I make beer and mead as well.
Yeah, I don't want your money. If a person will ask you for money so they can run for office they shouldn't BE in office. Just as, if an "entity" cannot vote than it should not be able to contribute to a campaign.