Why does one run for Congress? Why would I leave the safety of a cushy information technology job with a NASA contractor and turn to the rough and tumble world of political campaigning?

This is a big question…and like all big questions, the answers can often be found within ourselves as well as within the person who is being asked the question.

So take a moment to look in the mirror and ask yourself, “what would it take for me to risk it all?” What would it take to gamble your job, your healthcare benefits, your house and the opportunity to do something you love and pursue a challenge of this magnitude?

Would you risk everything for your kids? Would you stand up to someone whose policies threaten your children? As I am sure you are aware, Ron Paul supports the idea of legalizing drugs. While I would have embraced an idea like that as a high school student, I am now an adult and a parent, and I appreciate law enforcement helping me keep drugs away from my kids.

Would you risk it all for your elderly and disabled loved-ones? Ron Paul is opposed to the very idea of Social Security and Medicare. He thinks programs like that are bad for freedom. But I think programs like Social Security and SSI actually promote freedom.

When my Mom retired, my brothers and I asked her to come live with us. But she wanted to stay in Port Arthur with her friends. That Social Security check meant the difference between her being able to stay independent in her final years or moving away from the neighborhood she lived in all of her life.

Would you risk it all to extend the boundaries for mankind through the vision of manned space flight? JSC isn’t a pork barrel project. We are doing something by which time itself is marked. We are going to Mars! When we watch them strap in Tracy, Eileen or Beamer, we know they are willing to put it all on the line for the dream. And almost all of us in Clear Lake and the Cape would trade seats with them in a heartbeat.

Or would you put it on the line and speak truth to power simply because something is just plain wrong. Dr. Paul’s voting record is a collection of really whacky votes. He doesn’t represent me. As a matter of fact, he constantly votes against the thing I love: Space, my friends in Iraq, my kids, the elderly, list is too long!

So look in the mirror and ask yourself “why?”…and when you think of the answer, think of me and say:

Yeah, me too.




  1. JD said,

    August 16, 2007 at 12:20 am

    What is going to happen to a 20-something such as myself when socialist insecurity goes bankrupt? Am I throwing my money away?

  2. andymann said,

    August 16, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Good question JD:

    I don’t think so. Every twenty or thirty years the program gets in trouble, and congress puts together a bipartisan team and fixes it. There is no doubt that there are challenges to the program, and benefits need to adjust with the changes in elderly demographics, but I am relatively certain something will be there.

    When I look at Social Security in my overall retirement planning, I think of it as sort of an insurance policy…if all of my stocks and 401K investments go to pot, I will at least be able to afford beans and rice.

    take it easy, bro.

  3. tsoldrin said,

    August 16, 2007 at 12:36 am

    You sound like a neocon puppet. BTW with the dollar and the entire U.S. economy outside of arms dealers about the collapse and the very real prospect that the majority of Americans being unable to afford to feed themselves, do you really think it’s time to escalate more wars and talk about ‘going to mars’? Sheesh. Why bother when you sound like every other politician out there? People hate politicians, therefore I predict people will hate you too.

  4. shrugged0106 said,

    August 16, 2007 at 12:41 am

    The thing is, law enforcement does little to protect your kids from exposure to drugs. but thats neither here nor there. His stance is, as in all things, centered around the constitution. He doesnt believe that the federal government has jurisdiction on what you ingest. Should they be granted the power to also restrict your food intake if you were overweight?

  5. louie sankey said,

    August 16, 2007 at 12:59 am

    I am sorry but this article has nothing important in it at all.

  6. bbartlog said,

    August 16, 2007 at 2:35 am

    Shorter Andy Mann: ‘Look at all the cool stuff I can do with your money!’.

    Not that I’m in your district. But if I were, I’d vote for Ron Paul. And I have friends in Iraq too – they’ve done what they can there, time to come home.

  7. Lil' Rascal said,

    August 16, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Get a clue. Ron Paul supports returning drug policy to the states by ending the miserably failed and expensive federal effort. He in no way supports decriminalization, he simply recognizes that the feds have made a mess of it, thrown hundreds of thousands of people in jail, torn up the 4th and 5th amendments and spent billions of dollars on a policy that has failed entirely. Drugs are as abundant and cheap as ever and just as many people are using them. The only thing that it has accomplished is eroding liberty and wasting money. If you want to run for office you should read a book and display a little intellectual prowess first.

  8. Steven said,

    August 17, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    The american people are becoming aware of the use of words “do it for the children” propaganda!! Kids have parents, it’s time they take reponsibility to know where their kids are and what they are doing. You want a 3 car garage but someone else should pay for your childrens problems. Try taking care of your children instead of throwing them to the wolves
    Ron Paul is right, it is not the federal governments responsibility to take care of your children. And if you want the national govenment to care for you children they have a wonderful program in China.

  9. Brian said,

    August 26, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    First and foremost what is this? how can you claim to be a republican when your promoting huge amounts of social services, nothing about that makes you a republican. if you wanted to try and LEGALLY make social services at the state level it would still be against the ideas of the republican party, but you are talking about running for US congressional districts, so you are talking about ILLEGALLY adding social services to the US federal system with out constitutional amendment which is totally illegal as time and time again they have pointed out provide for our welfare in the constitution means to protect us from unlawful actions against us, such as ILLEGALLY SPENDING OUR MONEY TO GIVE PEOPLE IN THE NORTH WELFARE not only am i discussed you have called your platform a GOP platform i will fight to out right oppose you winning the 14th, you are ill informed to the core for example saying that congress “fixes” SS every few years is the dumbest thing i have ever heard someone admit is a good thing, each time congress has done it, it has been though printing huge amounts of money that have lowered the purchuseing power of the American dollar time and time again. so frankly you are as anti American as they come in my book.

  10. Brian said,

    August 26, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    To Steve- it is also illegal for the federal government to interfere that is the key issue, they continue to do so illegally, if they want to try to put there bullshit democrat programs on us they should get a constitutional amendment to do so rather then quoting article one improperly to make it sound like “this gives us the right to take 25% of your money and give it to other people”

  11. D.Henson said,

    August 31, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    I always know how Ron Paul is going to vote.All I have to do is read the Constitution.Rep. Paul’s vote is guided by the Constitution %100 of the time.I like that.

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