Dr. Art Robinson is in the thick of his second challenge of incumbent Congressman Peter Defazio, Democrat of Oregon's District 4. Among other things, Art is a scientist. A problem solver. A successful career running parallel with devotion to his family. Robinson is the antithesis of his opponent, a man best defined as a career politician. As a political rookie in 2010, Art's no-nonsense conservatism captured a stunning 44% of the vote. Art vowed he would be back in 2012, and he certainly is. The team is seasoned, the message is direct, and the candidate is up for the challenge.
The Robinson Campaign does not seek to court or patronize the undecided voter. Art bowls them over with common sense. In a nod to Thomas Paine, Robinson has penned a book “Common Sense in 2012”. It contains just enough autobiographical material to offer a nice personal insight into the Republican candidate. However, Robinson is reluctant to have the spotlight on himself. This election is much bigger than that. Most of the 400 pages are devoted to plain speaking analysis of why things are they way they are, why and how we got here, and the conservative road map out of this mess we are in. “Common Sense” indeed. Mr. Paine would be proud. The free book has been direct mailed to over 150,000 people throughout District 4, and is available in digital form from the campaign website. The book is a bold tact, and looks to be a game changer. Many of the ideas are innovative, fresh, and would go a long way to restoring our liberties and freedoms, the theft and erosion of which is accelerating. Dr. Robinson is a strong believer that freedom and liberty are the bedrock of a robust economy. If you ever wondered what things would be like if we played by the rules (The Constitution), it's a must read whether you are a District 4 voter or not.
Transcript below the fold.
[Dr. Art Robinson] The public power and public money in the hands of a Congress that no longer follows the constitution has gotten us in a lot of trouble. If you estimate on economic grounds and social grounds or almost any other way, a reasonable estimate is that we've given up half our freedom and half of our liberty. And now the people are mad and the people are upset, and the contest is a question will we give up the other half or will we take the first half back.
Many of you probably, at least in your retirement fund and others, probably invest in the stock market. Many of you may believe that the is almost back to its highs. Right? The highs were around fourteen thousand and now it's almost thirteen thousand. It's been on a rally for three years. In the book (Common Sense in 2012) I graph it for you in things besides dollars. Commodities like copper, wheat, corn, oil, gasoline, gold and silver. These kinds of things are difficult to produce and the energy and effort required to produce them is pretty constant because they are mature industries. You can measure the real value something versus these things and get real value. If you plot our stock market in anything except dollars, bought in copper, bought in gasoline as I did in here (in the book). It peaked in two thousand, it's gone down three to six fold, and there has been no rally at all. None. The rally you see is simply printed money. And the printed money makes it go up in dollars. This is being done to try to paper over to try to hide from the American people what is really being done. And they're printing like crazy and they'll be printing until November. We don't know what they're going to do after that. But they are certainly are going to try to keep this thing levitated until then.
Take this illustration. Our schools. Federal, state, and local taxes fund the schools. And they pay about ten thousand dollars per student per year. In Portland it's fourteen, but across the country it's about ten. If you took thirty students and gave them to one of our good teachers with a check for three hundred thousand dollars in cash, which is ten (thousand) per student, do you think she could teach those students for nine months? She could rent the best place in town, hire a couple of assistants, do everything for the kids, raise her salary and give you money back! The problem is the money doesn't reach the classroom. Less than half reaches the classroom. The money goes out of our hands in taxation and on the way back a huge part of the teacher's union people grab that money that aren't teachers. And then corporations that are in the deal grab it, and bureaucrats grab it. On the way back at more than half of that cash disappears...it doesn't reach the classroom. We need to get rid of the people that have their hands in that cash stream that we don't need. The same thing happens in Social Security and Medicare. If you take the amount of money in those programs, divide by the number of people sixty five or older, give them all equal amount to make this problem simpler. All of our seniors could have a middle class income and not work. But, a lot of that money disappears before it reaches our seniors. This is true throughout our government. The Defense Department, a lot of the money is wasted because the Congressman insists that it be spent in ways that would get them campaign cash. This kind of thing, if we can get rid of these agencies, most of them which have only been with us for a short time, but waste lots of money and create these problems, if we would just reduce the waste and the special interest thievery of our tax money, if you look at all these programs there's enough money to fully fund the programs, there just isn't enough money to fully fund the guys who have their hands improperly and unconstitutionally in the till.
The campaign has been noticed by the national media for its ability to unify a wide range of political interest groups in an urgent quest to vanquish the halls of Congress of as many left-thinking politicians possible. The Washington Times offered solid praise of Robinson's ability to keep like-minded groups (Constitution Party, Libertarians, and the like) focused on the mission at hand, even finding support from many Democrats as well. The newspaper goes on to postulate that a blueprint has been created for other campaigns across the nation. Perhaps it requires the sensibility of a non-politican to make it all work. And keep in mind, this is occurring against a 12-term incumbent who has run virtually unopposed for much of his career. A career of politics no less. A career that may be in its final months.
I met Art during the latter stages of the 2010 campaign. My company began providing media production services. Campaign Manager and eldest son, Noah Robinson (also a PhD along with two of his siblings), has capitalized on electronic and social media (over 120,000 Facebook followers), email alerts, and the use of concise video presentations. Since District 4 is the size of Switzerland, it's vital to provide the voting public access to see and hear Art as he travels the highways and byways of Oregon's Southwestern region. The aggressive use of the internet will be key to election day success.
If District 4 sends Robinson to Washington, you had best look fast because he doesn't plan on making a career in politics. After all, he and his family have a laboratory to run and a regular life to lead after public service is done. As he has stated, “District 4 has thousands of men and women that would make excellent representatives.”
Now there's some common sense for you. You are encouraged to visit Art's site