Why I’m Running?

America is a great country, but career politicians have brought us dangerously close to the abyss that threatens the American Dream for future generations, not to mention threatening our God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To be sure, the Constitution never guaranteed happiness to any individual, group or class; only the right of individuals to pursue it as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others. In effect, elected officials and unelected bureaucrats have established themselves as the protected political class, feeding off the hard work, creativity and initiative of others. I am running for Congress to remove that burden and restore a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but I need your help.  Before you decide to do so, please review my positions on the following issues.
Public Corruption

A good friend and mentor once characterized The Golden Rule of Politics as, “He Who has the Gold Makes the Rules.” From my experience as a volunteer investigative reporter, I’ve added a corollary to The Golden Rule of Politics, which reads, “He Who has the Gold Enforces the Rules. To put it bluntly, with few exceptions, we cannot count on law enforcement or the courts to reign in the ambitions of career politicians. The fastest and surest way to accomplish that is to vote them out of office at the earliest opportunity.  Although the video below was recorded nearly nine years ago the same corruption in governement remains today, if not moreso.




“Mitch fighting corruption in Greene County, Ohio”







Term Limits
Term limits was one of ten promises in the 1994 Republican Contract With America. The GOP used the Contract to gain majority control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Unfortunately, most of those who promised self-imposed term limits backed away, putting their own self-interest above service to the people. Gen. Bill Creech, who many consider the father of the modern Air Force, believed training new leaders was critical to keeping our military strong. Surely you’d get another story from career politicians like Mike Turner whose last agenda item is even thinking about preparing their successor. If elected, I would take Gen. Creech’s approach, and from day one reach out to potential Constitution-minded candidates who would then compete to serve as District 10’s next Representative to the U.S. Congress. If elected I would serve no longer than three terms beginning in January, 2019. Link to “U.S. Term Limits” on Facebook.


Tax Reform
Tax reform is another promise broken after the 1994 Contract With America. As U.S. Senator Sam Brownback often said, “we need to take the income tax code behind the shed, kill it with a dull ax, and bury it.” President Trump’s tax bill is a highly positive step that keeps his campaign promise, however we can’t lose sight of the spending side of the tax reform debate.  The recently passed reforms will go a long way to repatriate capital now held offshore and promote growth which will also add revenue, but we also need to aggressively attack fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in all government agencies to reduce unnecessary spending.
Balancing The Budget
Fiscal responsibility is as important to national security as a strong military.  I will never consider voting for a budget deficit unless it follows a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress or other national emergency. Circumstances that threaten the survival of the Republic are the only justification to even think about a budget deficit, period, and that decision should be made in parallel with cuts to both discretionary and non-discretionary spending to ensure every American has some skin in the game to return to normalcy.
By any measure, Ohio’s economy has been decimated by self-interested Democrats and Republicans. We have lost five U.S. House seats since 1980, and will lose one or two more after the 2020 census. While elected officials, appointed bureaucrats and their special interest sponsors have flourished, Main Street Ohioans are struggling to get by, but we now have a chance with President Trump in the White House. It’s time to pay much more attention to free market practices, not those centrally managed in Columbus and Washington. The federal government has no business involving itself with economic development other than to coin money, protect our borders, enforce criminal law and legal contracts, regulate interstate trade and negotiate international trade treaties that advance win-win strategies for America and our trading partners.
Article V constitutional convention
The Air Force has a well thought out risk  evaluation process.  When I was in the Air Force we looked at risk from two perspectives, impact of the event and liklihood the event will occur.   The impact of a Constitutional Convention could be huge depending who controls the process, and the truth is, insider politicians will most likely drive that train.  That said, because once a Constitutional Convention is convened, anything is possible, even a total rewrite of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Also, I’m compelled to ask, “what’s wrong with the Founders’ version that already defines  a process to amend the Constitution.”  This has already been done 27 times….10 with the Bill of Rights and 17 others through the amendment process described in Article V.  So a better answer would be to enforce the existing Constitution or amend it, but let’s not open up a can of worms that could take us away from the Founders’ elegant version…..it’s simply not worth the risk no matter how low the probability of it occuring.
National Defense
I believe in a strong national defense, but a strong national defense depends on a balanced, efficient investment strategy. Over-investing in the private sector can leave our military undercapitalized. Conversely, wasteful military spending robs capital investment from the private sector which undermines the tax base necessary to fund national defense. For decades Congress and the Executive Branch have been tinkering with defense acquisition reform at the margins. From my experience in defense acquisition, I have learned that our most serious problems are rooted in prioritizing defense requirements, and then reprioritizing when requirements change. We have also over-extended the U.S. military as a world police force. Americans are doing much more than our share, not to mention the blood, sweat, and tears shed by our best and brightest. We are mortgaging our future to finance weapon systems we don’t need, and in many cases weapon systems the Pentagon does not want or ask for. It’s time we bring leaders to Congress who understand the problem and how to fix it, and then have the courage not to cave in to the self-serving agendas of the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex.
LBGTQ in the military
The simple truth is gays in the military is prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), as is adultery. When Commander in Chief Bill Clinton was not held accountable for his sordid affairs it set us back decades in the culture war with the liberal left.  The UCMJ prohibits adultery and LBGTQ behavior in the military for good reason, especially in cleared positions requiring a background check.  In the least Bill Clinton’s dispicable behavior should have resulted in losing his security clearance, and that in turn should have got him ousted as President because he would no longer have the capacity to do his job without the possibility of being blackmailed .
For decades we ignored immigration law enforcement which is why we’re in the fix we’re in today. For example, back in the mid-90’s one of Congressman Dave Hobson’s millionaire campaign donors from Springfield copped a plea for aiding and abetting the illegal entry into the US for more than a dozen teenage boys from Fiji. Although the maximum penalty for this crime is a $250,000 fine and five years in prison, this individual’s plea bargain included a $1500 fine with no probation. If all along we had been holding corporations, business owners and boards of directors accountable for breaking the law, we wouldn’t have the crisis we have today. By enforcing those laws and securing the border, we could reduce illegal immigration to a trickle.  It would be well worth your time to watch Immigration by the numbers, a 9-minute video that offers an eye-opening projection of what will happen in America if we don’t address the immigration issue ASAP.  Link to “Immigration by the Numbers” on YouTube.


Education is the fuel to power the engine to achieve economic freedom. However, other than for broad policy guidance, the federal government has no place in public education. For each dollar in taxes we send to the US Department of Education, only 25 cents gets back to the classroom. In the Beavercreek School District, the federal government provides about 7 percent of public education funding, but federal mandates account for more than 25 percent of the district’s budget which in turn drives property taxes higher. You can say the same for states like Ohio that mandate funding for Common Core.  We must restore control to local school districts, the teachers and the parents to determine how and where their education dollars are spent.
Perpetual war has taken a horrific toll on the U.S. military and their families, especially our deployed enlisted troops who serve for wages that often qualify for food stamps. Thousands of military families are close to the breaking point due to frequent and extended deployments. Suicide rates in the military are at all-time highs. About 40 percent of the homeless are veterans. Congress can’t prioritize between equipment modernization and morale, readiness and welfare for the troops, so they bust the budget to do both with the understanding they won’t be around when the bills come due. It’s time to put more veterans in Congress that understand there is more to managing the defense budget than putting future generations of Americans in hock to communist China and other creditor nations.

John Mitchel – Oathkeeper since 2009

Link to Oathkeepers


Second Amendment

All law abiding citizens should have the right to protect themselves and their families from criminals who do not and will not respect the rights of others, let alone gun control laws. We have made progress in Ohio in returning rights to firearm owners, but we must remain vigilant as there are those who are as strongly committed to taking gun rights as we are to preserving them.

“If guns cause crime, pencils are responsible for misspelled words.”

100% Pro-life
I believe the Constitution protects individual human life from conception to natural death. Unfortunately many others do not.  I will never give in to the pro-abortion argument because it is a false argument. It’s also unlikely abortion advocates will change their view unless we confront them with the unvarnished truth – abortion on demand is not a healthy choice for the mother or the innocent unborn child.
The War On Terrorism
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest thing. Even worse are those who enjoy the benefits of a free, secure society, and who are able, but not willing to offer up even a minimum sacrifice in a just cause to sustain freedom and liberty. And even worse are those that exploit war and the sacrifice of others for personal gain. The talking heads seem to agree that everything changed after 9/11. They certainly have changed for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, but not for America as a whole. America is at the mall and our defense contractors and their respective lobbyists are at war with each other, fighting for the biggest slice of the defense appropriation pie. It’s time to restore military readiness destroyed by the Obama and previous administrations, but do so in a cost effective manner while at the same time demanding our allies significantly increase their defense spending to take the pressure off the U.S. taxpayer.
Property Rights
Property rights go well beyond defending land and real estate seized by the government through eminent domain. When you consider the hundreds of taxes and fees added by local, state and federal governments that didn’t exist less than 100 years ago and taxes embedded in the products we buy from the private sector, most Americans pay more for government than they have left to support their families. We need to end the mindset that our hard-earned income belongs to the government first and our families second. It’s time to reduce the size of government and then force it to live on a budget just as Main Street Americans have to live on a budget.
Energy And Environment
Some of you may remember the “Blackout of August 2005,” which occurred about five years after utility deregulation in Ohio. More than 50 million people lost power in the upper Midwest and Northeastern parts of the U.S. It’s widely accepted that First Energy and American Electric Power grids were most responsible for the blackout. Both company’s PACs and employees donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to establishment politicians like Mike Turner. This is public knowledge, but most folks would be outraged if they followed the money and learned the rest of the story. Not only did American Electric Power write off their capital investment in a joint venture with China, they were subsidized by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In effect, US taxpayers were nicked twice to finance a 250 megawatt coal fired power plant in China’s Hainan Province. While our power grid here in the US deteriorates, the US Congress sends tax dollars to China to modernize their electrical power infrastructure.
So called “free trade” deals and world governmental organizations like the International Criminal Court (ICC), NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and CAFTA are a threat to our independence. They transfer power from Americans to unelected foreign elites. The ICC wants to try our soldiers as war criminals. If we let them, these international organizations would force Americans to get a doctor’s prescription to take herbs and vitamins. Alternative treatments could be banned. The WTO has forced Congress to change our laws, yet we still face trade wars. France threatens to have U.S. goods taxed throughout Europe. If anything, the WTO makes trade relations worse by giving foreign competitors a new way to attack U.S. jobs. NAFTA’s superhighway was just one part of a plan to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, called the North American Union. Forget about controlling immigration under this scheme. A free America, with limited, constitutional government, would be gone forever. Let’s not forget the UN which wants to impose a direct tax on us. We must withdraw from any organizations and trade deals that infringe upon the freedom and independence U.S. citizens.  President Trump has made long strides in reversing one-sided trade deals but we need to rid Congress of the likes of Mike Turner who gave us unfair trade deals in the first place and now resists the President in reestablishing win-win trade deals for America and its trading partners.
Privacy And Individual Freedom
The Privacy Act of 1974 mandates that each US Government Agency have in place an administrative and physical security system to prevent the unauthorized release of personal information. We should extend that protection to require local and state agencies, as well as the private sector to protect our private information. In 2005, the Beavercreek (Ohio) City Manager released to a private developer the names and addresses of over 2,000 citizens who signed a ballot initiative petition. That’s outrageous enough, but at the same time, the City Manager withheld on a technicality those petitions from being validated by the Greene County Board of Elections. I asked Steve Austria who preceeded Mike Turner as my congressman, to intervene on the side of his constituents, but he refused; instead standing on the sidelines to give his special interest campaign contributors a clear path to $14.8 million in taxpayer funds for a private development in Greene County.
Before President Trump took office Mike Turner voted to repeal and replace Obamacare 60 times knowing it would be vetoed.  But when his vote meant something after President Trump was elected Turner climbed back on the fence.  Universal healthcare is not the solution.  Government should focus its attention on enforcing legal contracts between patient’s and their healthcare providers, insurance companies and HMOs, not simply acting as single payer. Expanded Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSAs) would go a long way to give control back to the patients, and as long as we have an income tax, individuals should be able to deduct 100 percent of their healthcare expenses and insurance premiums just as corporations do for their employees.  Bottom line…..patients and families should be the final authority on where healthcare dollars are spent.
Legal Reform
We hear a lot about “tort reform,” but we really need wholesale legal reform. A long-time friend and Wright State professor accomplished an in-depth study of what drove the outcome in legal proceedings; the truth as it pertained to the law or resources expended on the case. Tragically, his analysis revealed that overall financial resources spent on litigation have more of an impact on the outcome of a legal dispute than the facts and how they apply to the law. The American legal system has lost touch with due process and the rule of law.  Case in point–much to the chagrin of Democrats and Republicans fellow Air Force Veteran Steve Kraus beat State Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern after beating his GOP-endorsed primary candidate.  Seven months into his term Steve was indicted for felony theft for securing a few articles from an abandoned property which he was hired to liquidate at auction.  What followed was probably the mother of all politically motivated plea bargains…..8-10 years in prison or resign your State House seat.  That’s the purest example of government taking away our rights instead of defending them.