Welcome to Samson For Congress!!
The first Presidential election Samson participated in was between Al Gore and George Bush. During nearly all of Samson's public school years, he heard about the existential threat that 'global warming' posed to the world. Naturally, he supported Al Gore because he campaigned on this issue. We all know what happened with that election--after a close vote and numerous recounts, the electoral college vote went to Bush.
Then 911 happened.
911 was clearly a changing point for this country and the entire world. In response, President Bush began the 'War on Terror', and Samson found himself rallying behind Republicans. It was during the War on Terror that Americans consented to numerous overreaches of government in the name of safety and security. The Patriot Act, subsequent invasions in countries that had nothing to do with the terror attacks, and erosion of our civil liberties all seemed justified at the time.
Samson believed in and supported the narrative so much that he signed up for the Army as a Cavalry Scout.
It was in the Army that he learned the value of building bridges and forming lasting relationships not revolving around the use of force. He spent a year in Africa working with foreign military counterparts, directly improving the lives of people in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya. Africa was the 'wild west' in that nearly anything can happen in the middle of nowhere.
Terror groups have access to money and financing, sometimes from foreign governments. When citizens of a country lack access to basic needs: food, clothing, fresh water, shelter, and education, it makes them susceptible to foreign influence. Our enemies know this. They show up in places where people are desperate and provide access to those needs--in exchange for loyalty and fighters.
Our mission was to go into these regions and help provide for their sustenance needs, so that when and if foreign terror groups were to enter the region, locals would be more likely to reject their extremism. Not only are they likely to reject extremism, they are more likely to give us intelligence, too. This seems like a better paradigm than using bombs and bullets, which is unfortunately how the United States treats foreign policy at the moment.
After the Army in 2008, Samson went back home to Salisbury where he still resides to this day.
Around the same time, our country witnessed history again by electing President Obama--who campaigned on 'hope and change'. Unfortunately, he did not live up to the hype and promises from the campaign trail. Our country witnessed additional erosion of our rights and civil liberties. It seems it does not matter which of the two dominant parties we have in office; both parties like to campaign that they are different than the other, but the resulting policies are the same.
Samson metaphorically took a step back from the Republican vs. Democrat partisan games and asked himself "what is going on?" This question took him down a path that he still resides on to this day. It seems no matter who is in charge, the citizens are faced with overbearing and authoritarian leadership.
This is exactly what we declared independence from over 240 years ago. It is unsustainable, and cannot go on.
Ever since he was a young child, Samson revered the Constitution and the sacrifices that went into the creation of it. He began studying political philosophy, and that is when he came across 'Classical Liberalism'. The great political philosophers who fought the French Revolution that influenced our founding fathers intended for such small government that we barely even know it exists. They believed that free-trade and the ability to move freely without fear of theft or violence is the proper foundation for society, and that government's sole purpose is to provide basic services to facilitate those things. Who is best able to make decisions on behalf of our lives? Are representatives of California going to be in touch with the needs of citizens in Kansas, or is it possible they have different challenges and needs? We know the answer to this..
After his realization that government causes more problems than it solves, he discovered that we need to strive for accountability. Without accountability, we suffer from injustice. A society where its leadership is not held accountable for their actions and reckless spending cannot be sustained for long. Ask the Soviet Union how it worked out for them.
Now, here we are, with over 20 trillion dollars in debt, unwinnable wars in the Middle East, and a re-ignition of the cold war. Children who were born at the beginning of the War on Terror are now almost old enough to serve in those conflicts. Our foreign policy positions keep changing, and in light of the 'progress' we've been sold, nothing had changed for the good.
Samson views policy decisions very simply: both parties are authoritarian in their own ways, and he rejects authoritarian policies. Politicians package their proposals in neat boxes with pretty bows, but on the inside it is always more of the same: less liberty and more debt. It is time to reject the idea that government is the solution and to embrace what freedom truly is.
I am fiercely devoted to the well being of this country and the preservation of our rights as human beings, outlined by the US Constitution. Together, we will forward the values of liberty, justice, and equality, which will directly influence the direction this country is heading.
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Newburyport Native announces run for US Congress.
Samson Racioppi grew up in Newburyport Massachusetts and has resided in Salisbury since 1999. He is fiercely devoted to the well-being of this country, and wants to continue serving its people. He served as a Cavalry Scout in the US Army from 2005 to 2008, and spent a year deployed in Africa.
Samson believes that we should strive for a lean, mean, and efficient government--as opposed to the overbearing and authoritarian beast it has become. We are the shining beacon of light and freedom in the world, but that light is dimming. We cannot let it be extinguished.
Speech is such an important thing to me. It is the most important value a society can recognize for free people to stay that way.
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