Today, America is at a crossroads. Over the past few years, we have been faced with a crisis of leadership. Congress has been so focused on partisan bickering and the struggle for power that the American people have suffered the consequences. What we have gotten from this Congress is a prescription drug policy that grossly favors drug companies over consumers, an economic policy that dangerously places our immense debt on future generations, a mismanaged war in Iraq, leaders who constantly use fear as leverage to pass self-aggrandizing legislation, and continual legislative gridlock. Worst of all, we have seen a rash of corruption that has led to the American people having little faith in Congress. A recent poll said that 16% of Americans approved of the job that Congress is doing.

This election it is imperative that the American people elect more leaders willing to put America ahead of political partisanship and stand up for solutions and unity, instead of more fear and division. As I have campaigned to become Congressional District 6’s next Representative, I have continually had to consider the duties and obligations of the office I hope to hold.

We must first examine the documents at the foundation of our political system. Consider a statement from James Madison in Federalist 57. He said, “The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.

It is clear that this Congress does not hold the public’s trust. We are continuously reminded of the scandals that have plagued Congress. Jack Abromoff, Tom DeLay, Randy “Duke