Charlotte, North Carolina , United States
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
Oct 06, 2017 03:52am
Caucasian - Liberal - U.S. Navy -
|Info||I´m John Autry. I am a Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District. I am a native North Carolinian. I was born in Fayetteville and grew up both there and in Concord. After completing high school, I moved to California to attend college. In 1972, I answered my country´s call and joined the US Navy, completing my term of service in 1976. |
After returning to school, I got married and had two daughters; Sara Melissa and Jennifer Camille. In 1979, the marriage ended, and in 1980, my company moved me to Seattle, Washington. While I was there, I saw a news story about the growing film business in North Carolina and I returned to pursue my dreams of a career in that field. Since then, I have worked as a grip, gaffer, camera operator, editor, and director. I directed a series of public service announcements for a local network affiliate, one of which received an Emmy for best public service announcement.
In 1985, I met Rebecca Wyndham and her two children; Jennifer Ann and Christopher. We were married in 1999, and I have since adopted both Jennifer and Christopher. That's right, I have two daughters named Jennifer. My daughter, Jennifer Camille, has given us two grandchildren; Keara, age 5, and Koal, age 3. Believe me, if I had known how much fun grandchildren are, I would have had them first. In 1999, I became involved with my neighborhood association in challenging a rezoning petition. That experience inspired me to become more politically involved. In 2006, I was elected to the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, where I currently serve.
Why I Am Running
Over two centuries ago, this country was founded on the ideals of equality, liberty, and justice for all. These are ideals as grand as any nation could set for itself, but they are not so easily attained. This is why America has always been a work in progress, it is a diverse society of people aspiring to fulfill a dream.
This is the "promise" of America. It is this promise that has made this a great nation and it sets us apart as a people. It is this promise that gives us our national values, and it is this promise that gives us our moral compass as a nation.
Today, I see a nation that seems to have lost its moral compass and has strayed from its promise.
I see a nation that is more inclined to be a model of intimidation and aggression than a model of morality and fairness. I see a nation abandoning its ideals and sacrificing its civil liberties out of fear for its security. I see a nation isolating itself from its foreign allies even as it launches into foreign wars without end. I see a nation that expects other nations to abide by standards of justice that it refuses to apply to itself. And I see a nation becoming what it formerly professed to abhor.
I see a nation that is unable to provide its veterans with all the help and support they need, either on or off the battlefield. I see a nation that is wasting its resources and polluting its environment with little thought for the future. I see a nation that spends less per child on education than any other modern industrialized nation. I see a nation that ranks 37th in the world in medical care and spends more than twice as much as other industrialized nations trying to meet its citizen's needs. I see a nation with rising debt and diminishing job opportunities, as businesses outsource their jobs to other countries.
I traveled my roots from Fayetteville to Concord, and it's hard to ignore the resulting burden of recent legislation on the 8th District. Unfair trade policies have turned once vibrant, productive, and charming communities into ghost towns of despair. Soaring unemployment, reduction of social services, rising drug abuse, and a pervading sense of helplessness and loss of dignity are what I see, and I can't stand it anymore.
This is not my idea of the promise of America, but the creation of conservative politicians with limited vision; politicians with a larger desire to please lobbyists and cronies than to uphold America's values, politicians with a bigger interest in party ideology than protecting America's ideals, politicians with a greater regard for personal power than providing for the welfare of the people.
It doesn't have to be this way. It is time to find our moral compass, to turn away from this growing darkness and to turn into the light of a brighter future.
I believe in the promise of America. It is a promise of hope and opportunity that has inspired millions of people from all over the world for over two hundred years, and it is a promise that generations of Americans have fought and died to preserve and protect for future generations. I believe that today the challenge of preserving and protecting this promise has been passed on to us, and we must rise to meet that challenge.
I believe in the promise of America, and I believe it is every American patriot's right and duty to defend this promise from threats both foreign and domestic. I believe this is the very definition of American patriotism. Blind and unquestioning obedience to authority is not patriotism, most especially when that authority becomes a threat to America's promise. I speak in defense of America's promise because it is my patriotic and moral duty to do so.
We can change the direction we are headed, we can make a difference, and, together, we can bring about a better world.
I believe that we must endorse fair trade policies, better public education, and universal healthcare. We must commit to supporting our troops and upholding our Constitutional values. We must recognize that protecting our environment and our food supply is just as important to our security as having a strong military. We must create job opportunities that provide a living wage and treat every human being fairly, regardless of race, religion, sex, or creed. These are the foundations for a better future.
Unless we are willing to invest in our own ideals of equality, liberty, and justice for all, America will never fulfill its promise.
I am a Democrat because I believe in these ideals.
I am running because I believe there are those today who are undermining America's promise and her ideals.
I am running because I still believe this is a government by and for the People, and because I trust the People to govern themselves when they are armed with the truth.
I am running because I believe that it is up to each one of us to be the power for change we hope to see in the world as we work towards fulfilling the promise of America.
I invite you to join me and support my campaign. Bring your solutions and become a voice for change in the 8th District.
We’re building a coalition around your ideas so the 8th can proudly say "Yes We Can" to a better future for all.
Elect someone to represent you. Elect John Autry. The Progressive Democrat for the US House of Representatives, District Eight in North Carolina.