78th State Rep Candidate

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Rick Wilson

Clarksville, TN

#1 Sep 28, 2012
I'm Rick Wilson, and I am running for State Representative in the 78th District.

Here are some question that I have been asked while campaigning:

How do I differ from the other candidates?

This is easy to answer. I'm an Independent Candidate. I have no political party to answer to, just the people. I bring a fresh new approach to the seat, with real, non political, common sense. I want to "give the power back to the people". Let people know that they control what is to be done in there community, instead of government dictating what will be done. I am tired of the same 'ole, career politician, running the show and never listening to the people they represent. In fact, that is why the position is called, a "REPRESENTATIVE".

The other two candidates say they have the "Leadership" abilities to handle this position. With that remark, this disqualifies them immediately for the position. This position requirers someone to Represent the people not Lead them. Leading is the same as saying, I will dictate the policy, and you will follow. You don't need 4 years or more of college to know how to Represent someone. Plus, when you represent people, you listen to them first, not outside special interest groups.

While on the campaign trail, I have come across too many people who have lost sight of how our government is suppose to work. They believe that we elect our politicians to vote for us. NO WAY!! LOL. We elect them to take our voice to the legislature. There, they are to vote in favor of the majority, in their district. But, it seems that outside special interest groups and lobbyist, who finance their campaigns get heard, and sway the vote.

Who am I ?

First, let me tell who I'm not. I'm not a politician, so that means I'm not a liar or a cheat. I'm not a good public speaker, but I am getting better. What I am, is a Christian and a good listener. I love God and I want to hear what you have to say. You have an opinion, and I want to hear it. I am a common man. A middle class, blue collar worker. I know what it means to punch a time clock and work with my hands. I know how it feels working from paycheck to paycheck. I know how it feels to be unemployed. I can relate to the working middle class, cause I'm one of ya. I feel the pinch at the pump. I know how it feels when your company holds your job over your head.

I am also a Military Veteran. A member of the American Legion and the USVA. I have been know to play music and write songs. I love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting.

Why am I running for State Rep.?

I thought, what better way can I support my community, than to be State Representative! I want to be able to help people, and give their voice back in government. Letting the majority make the choices that shape their community, not the government. Its all about "giving the power back to the people". I never said I have all of the answer to Tennessee's problems, but I know their are more knowledgeable people out there, than just lobbyist. We need to be open minded for solutions to Tennessee's issues.

I am of Christian faith, and I believe that we need to protect our moral and family values. I truly believe this is where success in business, marriage, and life begins. As a nation, we have slowly slipped away from morality, and biblical beliefs, which has put this country where it is today. I alone can not bring it back, but I will work to keep what we have, while protecting our rights and freedoms.

I seriously hope you will consider me when you vote for State Representative. My campaign is not supported by any outside group or organization. If anyone would like to contribute any amount under $1500 would be welcomed. Make check and Send to: Rick Wilson for State Representative, P.O.Box 302, Pleasant View, Tennessee, 37146.

I welcome your questions.

Thank you,

Rick Wilson
Independent Candidate Tennessee State Representative 78th District

Since: Aug 12

Stanley, NC

#2 Oct 5, 2012
What's your stance on legal marijuana and wine in grocery stores ?
Rick Wilson

Clarksville, TN

#3 Oct 5, 2012
Gods shoeshine wrote:
What's your stance on legal marijuana and wine in grocery stores ?
Thank you for asking.

One of the requirements of being a Representative is to be a listener. This question has not been brought up before, and I do find legal marijuana question to be interesting. Now my answer is going to start off sounding like a cop out, but its not, its the truth, and how I feel, and want to run the State Representatives office.

I do not smoke, and have never tried marijuana. When touching on subjects such as this, I would need to go to the people that I represent, and ask them their position on this subject. I would ask doctors, what are the effects, if any, from smoking marijuana. Now I am told from people who smoke marijuana that it is no different from drinking alcohol. The only difference is, one is accepted in society, and the other one isn't. I would only be one vote of many in legislature, so my vote/decision alone would not change the law. I can say, I don't believe that Tennessee is ready to legalize marijuana, so if there was a bill that changed current law, I believe it would be shot down by a wide margin if it came to a vote in the State House.

About the Wine issue. If the majority is for it, I would vote for it. Although in saying that, I don't think that would be the best thing for Tennessee. I believe that small businesses/family businesses would take a direct hit, and may even close, if Supermarket chains were allowed to sell wine. True, the supermarket wines wouldn't have the same quality as a liquor store would have, but a lot of people look for convenience and price before quality. Plus, this gives people who are on low incomes, and folks with poor drinking habits, easily excess to wine, which may not be a good thing. We all need to be responsible for our actions, and not everyone is not a responsible adult. I do believe if the bill is brought up in legislature, it is going to pass, with or without my vote.

Thank you for asking me questions. If there is anything else, please feel free to ask. Also, share with others.

Since: Aug 12

Dickson, TN

#4 Oct 6, 2012
It's not so much like booze since alcohol is much stronger and kills people .
1/6 people smoke a plant that the federal government says it has the athority to ban

Since: Aug 12

Dickson, TN

#5 Oct 6, 2012
I also have a hard time wanting to stay in a state that I can't cook a nice meal I see on tv on Sunday because I can't buy cheap cooking wine

Tennessee is also became a police state we have what 3 extra police forces like DTF .this isn't a characteristic of a free republic of free people

Since: Aug 12

Dickson, TN

#6 Oct 6, 2012
Also and this is my last thing

Marihuana shows up in drug test 30-90 days while meth and crack or anything else is 1-3 days so by making marihuana illegal a crackhead has a better shot at the American dream then a 23 yr old how smokes a joint once a week
Rick Wilson

Clarksville, TN

#7 Oct 6, 2012
The Government has the authority to ban marijuana because it can alter ones ability to perform normally, like alcohol does. It effect each person differently. Too much of anything is harmful or fatal to someone who abuses it. I remember a few years ago, a woman in Seattle Washington entered a radio contest. It was a contest to see how much water she could drink, or something like that. She die from drinking too much water. So anything is harmful if you abuse it.

If that is the only inconvenience you have, is cooking with a cheap bottle of wine, to be honest, I fail to see the need for the bill. Again, not saying it won't pass, cause I think it will, there is not a big demand for cheap cooking wine. You can still find an inexpensive wine at a liquor store, it just may not be that convenient for you to get. Plus it won't cost $2.00. I think a liquor stores cheap wine would be better to cook with, than a Wal-Mart brand.

Thanks again for commenting!
hickman

Dickson, TN

#8 Oct 12, 2012
I can't find anything saying the government can ban harmful habits in the constitution ill be sure to consider your pro big government stance
hickman

Dickson, TN

#9 Oct 12, 2012
We sure do live in a free republic
hickman

Dickson, TN

#10 Oct 12, 2012
Using government regulation to control the market

Using government force to control ones actions an health

Maybe he's in the national socialist party
Rick Wilson

Clarksville, TN

#11 Oct 13, 2012
hickman wrote:
I can't find anything saying the government can ban harmful habits in the constitution ill be sure to consider your pro big government stance
Who said anything about banning harmful habits? Laws are made to protect and thats all. State Senators and State Representatives are also know as Lawmakers. They create and change laws, and do it hopefully for the good of the people. Does everyone agree?......of course not. How our government system is suppose to work is, the lawmaker will present a bill/law to legislature. your Legislator then presents it to the public in their district for feedback. It is then YOUR obligation to respond to the legislator with your feelings toward the bill/law that has been proposed. From there the legislator votes on the bill/law towards the majority, the will of the people". That is how I intend to run the office if elected. Which doesn't come remotely close to socialism. Our two party system we have in place, doesn't even ask the people for their opinion on issues. They vote and act according to what their political party stands for. This is where you get the big government from, which I oppose of.

It was ridiculous what Democrat Mayor Bloomberg of New York city did banning all soft drinks over 16ounces. Goes to show you that government can go too far in protecting, and start to infringe on our rights and freedoms. If they went through the process like I explained and presented this law to the people, it may have not been passed. But the Mayor thinks he knows what is best for everyone in the city he was elected Mayor of, he abused his power.

In short, yes the government has the ability to present any bill or law, but the people have the obligation to speak out for or against the bill/law as well. It is then, the job of the legislator to vote the will of the people, which will be the majority, not just a few.

Thank you for your comment.
Rick Wilson

Clarksville, TN

#12 Oct 13, 2012
hickman wrote:
Using government regulation to control the market
Using government force to control ones actions an health
Maybe he's in the national socialist party
Socialism: a theory of social organization based on government ownership, management, or control of the means of production and the distribution and exchange of goods.

I know its easy to put a spin on my words when you don't agree with me. That's just what the Liberal Media does.
applejacks

United States

#13 Oct 27, 2012
He must be a living document type
poop

Irmo, SC

#14 Nov 4, 2012
Government regulations to help liquor stores And hurt them. Bravo

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