OHATCHEE, Al. January 20, 2013 — While some people are crumpling behind drawing boards in dismay over the polarized, debt-ridden course America is taking, others are jumping into the trenches for the next round.
One man who’s ready to fight is Stanley Mack, a Navy veteran in the restaurant industry who is entering the arena as a 2014 Republican candidate for Alabama’s 7th U.S. Congressional District.
“It was not a very easy decision,” Mack told me about his decision to run for Congress. It is his first run for office. “Of course,” he added, “a lot of things that happened during that 2012 election made it easier to decide.”
Alabama’s 7th Congressional District was the seat held by Artur Davis, the Democrat who converted to Republican during President Obama’s first term. The seat is currently held by Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell, a strong advocate of Obama’s policies who was elected to a second term in 2012 with 75% of the vote.
That doesn’t hold back Mack.
“We have too many people right here in the 7th District alone that are not only destitute, but hopeless,” says Mack, who was born in Holt, Alabama and raised there in a poor household by his mother Myrtis. “I don’t think that the election cycle and who won the election cycle represents the people that are in need in this district,” he says, noting that “representation was left out” for many counties during the last redistricting process.
Alabama’s 7th District is a majority-minority district shaped to encompass an area including parts of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and the geologic Black Belt region, named for its rich topsoil. Mack left the state in 1984 when he joined the U.S. Navy, where he would eventually become Senior Pharmacy Technician onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71).
When he returned 20 years later, Mack found his district in nearly the same condition. “A whole lot of farms have left,” he says. “A whole lot of people have had to re-locate.”
“We can’t surely say that this is a land of prosperity when so many in our country are below the poverty line.”
“To this district and anybody who intends it harm, or anybody who wants to allow it to just exist and fester: This is a wake-up call for all conservatives, Republicans. This is a wake-up call for our nation,” says Mack. “There is no other reason that we have allowed the issues to go this far, and to continue the dogma and lip service that we’re getting from some of our elected officials.”
In the midst of a challenging era, Mack won’t be an ideologue bound by negative talking points. On the subject of making Alabama’s budget more independent of federal funding, he takes a realistic look at the state’s resources and at the same time illustrates the conservative approach to economics that people misunderstand too often: It is more productive to increase the number of taxpayers than to raise taxes.
“We can’t say to a single man that’s about to get married, ‘it’s okay that 30-40% of your dollars are going to be gone just because you’re single,’” Mack explains. “We need for him to be one of our best consumers!”
“Right now in Alabama we’re importing upwards of over half a billion dollars’ worth of fruits and vegetables,” says Mack. “We’re not growing them here. We have some of the best farmland in the country, and we have to be able to utilize this.” Mack says the Agricultural Commission has waffled in this regard, and he indicated that the state should look at “network farming” and “communities getting together and providing for their own.”
“We need to bring half a billion taxable dollars. Once that’s developed,” says Mack, “then I think the dependency on federal monies will decrease significantly. And we should be able to use those federal monies better.”
What about Obamacare?
“We already slept on the fact that it was passed,” says Mack, “so let’s not sleep anymore. Let’s make it right … we can’t be worried about being bombarded with the fact that we are going to get slaughtered in the media when we bring it up. That can’t be an issue.”
From “separatists” who particularly ostracize women and minorities for leaving their political agenda to “spin doctors” who craft diversions and infighting, Mack is prepared for media onslaught. He thinks that part of the reason we are a divided and apathetic country is that “there are too many things that people are focused on, and we’ve got to give the spin doctors credit for that.”
“We have to be able to inform without preaching; we have to be able to debate and debate the facts; and we have to be able to rebut,” says Mack, “so we need to grow some teeth and bite back.”
“The states should have been all the time making sure that federal laws do not infringe upon the states’ right to govern.”
Now that Obamacare is law, Mack says that “it’s up to the individual states to make sure that those bad points are not utilized, and it’s up to them also to correct the wrong that’s been done.”
“The ability for us to be able to allow smaller companies to provide a competitive market in the health insurance industry will drastically reduce premiums and be able to provide a better, competitive care.”
“This is not a game that we’re playing with people’s paychecks. The more intrusive we come by adapting federal laws to provide for welfare of people is a slippery slope because we can’t afford it. We need the competitive market in the fray to give us what we need as far as individuals are concerned.”
As manager at Travel America Petro Iron Skillet, Mack is aware of how the Affordable Healthcare Act and globalist plans like the United Nations’ Agenda 21 affect the employer and employee. Mack notes that President Obama has been “absolutely duplicitous,” as when he campaigned as a “friend of coal,” then ordered the EPA to pursue Agenda 21 “to regulate even stricter coal mining.”
“I don’t believe that particular document from the U.N. should be used in conjunction with our eminent domain laws to restrict property and use of property,” says Mack. “With that said, I think that we do need to base our information off professionals on how to keep our ecosystem safe, but not at the expense of human jobs and production of industrial sites.”
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) made headlines last year for signing a bill prohibiting Agenda 21 implementation, which made Alabama the first state to ban the U.N. environmental treaty.
“The distraction now,” observes Mack, “and it will be a distraction for Agenda 21 to continue, is now they’ve got people all up in arms about the Second Amendment.”
“Guns are going to exist no matter what,” he says, and have a unique place in the American tradition. “As long as the police and the military are having guns, I’m having one.”
“So why are they using this as a distraction?” asks Mack. “If you really want to talk about violence, let’s talk about violence against women, and the prosecution thereof. If that’s not a heartfelt issue that needs to be dealt with in this country, then there is not any other.”
Mack says we should “be more aware of social issues and how to address those social issues in a way that is productive for the people and not for hand-to-mouth politics.”
“I’m a Frederick Douglass conservative,” says Mack, “and I believe in life, and I believe in the protection of it by any means necessary.”
Frederick Douglass wrote in My Bondage and My Freedom, “Make a man a slave, and you rob him of moral responsibility.” To look at the culture of entitlement today, it seems that a significant part of society is beginning to find enslavement by debt and encroaching federal authority a comfortable position.
The importance of personal responsibility brings us to the topic of education and decentralizing government in order to build stronger local communities. “I believe that communities need to be able to choose [their] educational path,” says Mack, who is a proponent of charter schools and homeschooling in a way that allows communities to provide structure according to local needs.
“To have charter schools available, smaller classes, a curriculum based on the community itself,” says Mack, “I think will help a lot of challenged kids – and I’m talking about challenged ethically. Personal responsibility will be able to be taught.”
“Ethics will be able to be taught,” explains Mack, “and this child will grow up with a better sense of what it’s going to be like and what it’s going to take to survive when they get out in the work world.”
These values have been lost in the public school system - just as they can be lost anywhere else - due to complacency more than will. “We the People allowed prayer and being proud of being American out of the schools,” says Mack. “We allowed it. We didn’t scream loud enough. The people who wanted it out said, ‘Hey, you know what? I’ve got a notion. I don’t want my child to be bothered with this, so I’m going to scream really loud.’ And we didn’t get back on the pedestal with them and scream as loud.”
Mack seeks to unify leadership and amplify the voice of the people. “I, as a man, standing alone, in front of the government myself, may not have the impact that they would like,” says Mack.
“However, if I’m that man standing behind the people in the 7th District in Alabama, and the nation, and I have all those voices behind me, there’s nothing that we can’t do.”
Read more about Stanley Mack’s platform here.
Amanda Read is a political columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. A professional writer and researcher, Amanda is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college student, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com.
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