My thinking on Congress & career politicians hasn’t changed much in 17 years.

You shouldn’t have to spend 20 years in political office before you get elected to Congress. It’s supposed to be a citizen legislature, not a professional government. It’s time to reevaluate the entire system.”

That’s what I told a reporter from a newspaper in Albany. It was the year 2000, and I had decided to throw my hat into the ring in a campaign for a seat in Congress, representating the residents of the 5th Congressional District in northwest Oregon.

During the primary campaign I made the rounds of the media. When a wealthy businessman joined at the last minute, I came under intense pressure to drop out. That was the day I realized how corrupt and cronyistic the party system is.

It took a few more years before I left the Republican Party. But, as is clear with the Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, Republicans often campaign as limited government conservatives and then govern as big government liberals.

Sadly, the fight isn’t over. It has barely even started. We still need, desperately so, to gut Congress and the bureaucracy. Thankfully, with the election of Trump, we have a good shot at retaking our government.

ajh

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