There comes a time when you have to decide, and for Delaware’s Representative in Congress, there is only one choice: Scott Gesty!
I’ve gone back and forth on this one for weeks now. But the only candidate I can endorse for Congress is Scott Gesty. Scott is a Libertarian. But don’t let the party fool you. To me, the political party is just a cover for any candidate. It’s who they are and what they believe that truly matters. Folks will say I’m a one-issue voter. To some extent, that is true. But my answer to that is if you can’t get education right for kids, how can you really get the rest right? I could list the reasons why I’m not endorsing the other candidates, but I’ve covered those reasons to one extent or another in various posts. But this is what I like about Scott Gesty.
He is against the corporate education reform movement in not only Delaware, but America as well. He does not support high-stakes standardized tests and Common Core. He supports a parent’s right to opt their child out of those tests and he was not happy Governor Markell “thumbed his nose at parents”. He said these words succinctly and clearly at the education debate in Wilmington a couple of weeks ago. Gesty thinks the federal Department of Education needs to disappear and education decisions are best left at the local level. He doesn’t like the fact that districts and states have to “jump through hoops” to get grant money.
In the economy, he is deeply troubled that we are trillions of dollars in debt as a nation. He does not see free tuition as truly free, and he knows this would only put us in debt more as a country if we pursued this. He sees education as a money-making enterprise and doesn’t see this as a good thing. He understands that when companies start jumping into education, the prices go up but the quality goes down.
On the one issue brought up in the forum that I did not agree with Gesty on was the topic of giving teachers training with guns to protect a school until law enforcement arrives in the event of a crisis. But that wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. Even if Gesty supports this, there is no way it would happen. But I agree with him on all his other education stances. He believes in our local teachers to make the best decisions for Delaware kids. He has seen how federal intervention at alarming levels in the past decade has taken away the ability for teachers to do what they are supposed to do: teach.
A growing concern with a number of parents in Delaware revolve around issues with student data privacy. I believe Gesty would be the best representative in Washington D.C. to tackle this issue on behalf of Delaware. And with what is coming down the pike, we will definitely need a voice of reason not beholden to special interests.
He recognizes the role charter schools play with discrimination in our state and feels that is a federal topic he could address in Congress. But with other matters with charters, those should be dealt with at the state and local level.
But the biggest issue I have with all government is the two-party system. Obviously, running as a 3rd party candidate, Gesty does as well. But he sees how much damage this has done to our country. How the system has brainwashed the masses into thinking you can only vote for one or the other. It is manipulation at the highest levels, and I don’t trust the vested interests of many in both parties. I do support some, but the majority appear to have their face in the public but their hands are always in their wallet. I believe it is very dangerous for any American to swear absolute fealty to any one party. I support issues, not the party.
As Gesty says on his campaign website:
In a decade or even less, the United States could suffer a very serious financial crisis. What happens when people’s individual incomes lose the ability to purchase basic goods and services? What happens when the government can no longer print money with any value and the people refuse to accept more tax increases? History suggests that not only does the government move in and take over large segments of the economy, but also that the Republic as we know it becomes a hollow shell. Real examples of this process abound, from the ancient Roman Republic to Weimar Germany.
If we intend to avoid that calamity, we need real change now. We cannot keep re-electing the career politicians who promise us that we can have lower taxes, more spending, and larger wars without consequence. We have to put American citizens into office who will tackle these problems if we want our children to avoid growing up in a Republic lost to the will of special interests and an ever expanding government.
Please vote Scott Gesty for Congress on November 8th! We need to get out of the status quo that is destroying our state. When I heard all the candidates at that forum, Gesty was the only one who talked at levels that didn’t sound like his answers were rehearsed. He spoke from the heart. I’m not saying the other candidates didn’t, but there was never any doubt in my mind about any of the answers Gesty gave. I couldn’t say the same for the other candidates. Even if I disagree with him on that one issue, it was how he truly felt. We need more honesty like that in government. I know Delaware is a very blue state, but I believe that has been to our detriment in many areas. If we truly want any chance of getting out of the corruption and fraud our country is buried in, we have to start thinking outside of the box.
Many folks may be surprised at my choice, but I encourage all of you to find out why I made my choice and look into Scott.