There are four candidates for the US House who I think deserve to
be noticed. These are people who do not have a famous last name
and have never served as a city councilman, a state legislator,
or worked as a staff member for any member of the US Congress.
These four have sat on the sidelines watching the central
planning powers grow in the growing federal government
bureaucracy and the individual liberties shrink, and no one is
fighting against it. There is a growing desire in this country
for new elected officials to be sent to DC who will fight against
the establishment, because too many of the current seats in DC
are occupied by people only interested in enriching themselves at
the expense of those they claim to represent.
The trick in a US House election is to get a majority of the
700,000 plus constituents in the district to vote out of office
their incumbent they know and elect a political newcomer. While
it sounds nearly impossible I believe this 2010 election is the
best opportunity I've seen in years for something like this
to occur. I reject the idea that an entire congressional district
should be given up as lost if there is a candidate in that
district that has the passion to put up a fight to take away the
power from those who have misused it for years. I also know that some may find some of these four candidates a bit too libertarian, but remember they are not running from Huntsville or Biloxi, and the constituents in Philadelphia and Portland are likely to be more libertarian.
Continuing a proud family tradition of military service, David
entered active duty and graduated from U.S. Army Airborne and
Ranger Schools. He served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne and
2nd Infantry Divisions from 1992 to 1997 while stationed in
Korea, Fort Bragg, NC, and deployed to Haiti. He was honorably
discharged in 1997 with the rank of Captain, Field
In 2000, David founded a successful real estate development and
property management firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he
lived for 8 years. He earned concurrent MBA and JD degrees from
Tulane University in 2003.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina profoundly impacted David on both
personal and professional levels. In the aftermath of the
devastation, after losing the roof off of his own family home,
David worked on the ground to rebuild his business and community.
When the challenging circumstances necessitated a change in
business plan, David adjusted quickly by forming a companion
It was during this time that David gained a more complete
appreciation of the power of the individual and voluntary
cooperation among citizens, versus centralized planning, in
overcoming hardships and building successful communities and
David has been politically active in the Chicago area for a
number of years, advancing the principles of limited government
and individual liberty at every opportunity. He is a member and
serves on committees of the Chicago GOP, Chicago Young
Republicans and the Republican Jewish Coalition. David is also a
leader in the Campaign for Liberty, formerly serving as the
organization’s Region 5 Coordinator.
David currently resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood and is
the father of two young children. America is eager for course
correction in Washington, D.C. Entrepreneur, veteran, political
activist and devoted father David Ratowitz’s ready
leadership, diverse skill set and citizen-centered viewpoint
promise to help restore sound policymaking to the halls of
With a degree in accounting and, later, an MBA, Bill pursued a
career helping to manage the finances of several businesses and
eventually found a home in the oil and gas industry. Coupled with
his education, he continued to rely on the lessons he learned as
a child and young man – spend within your means, work hard
to achieve well-planned goals, and form strong teams to overcome
Before long, Bill was chosen as Chief Financial Officer for a
string of successful energy companies, ultimately becoming the
CEO and President of Phoenix Exploration, from which he recently
retired in order to pursue public service.
While Bill has enjoyed a successful business career, he has never
forgotten where he came from and the values, principles, and
character that inspired him along the way. He views his success
as a further responsibility to help empower a new generation of
leaders for Texas, assist those who have protected our nation,
and support conservative causes and candidates.
Put simply, Bill does not always agree with the Republican party
and leadership in Congress, especially when it came to deficit
spending and growing government programs in the late 1990’s
and early 2000’s. His entire career has been spent
balancing budgets, meeting payrolls, and ensuring his companies
were focused on producing a good product or service that was
better and delivered more effectively than the competition.
From his early youth in Stratford, Texas, to the endless hours he
has invested to grow successful energy businesses in Texas, the
breadth of Bill’s experiences has formed the foundations of
his principles as a limited government conservative. Bill has
consistently supported conservative candidates and causes to
further the goals of a more limited federal government with less
spending, less taxation, less regulation, and less political
interference with our families and small businesses.
My name is Pia Varma. I am a firm defender of free market
capitalism, the economic system which best allows man to create,
trade and prosper. I am twenty-seven years old. My grandfathers
were both freedom fighters in the Indian Independence movement,
so being a firebrand is in my genes! My parents grew up in
England and came to the United States in the early 80’s, at
a time when entrenched socialism had made living and thriving in
the UK virtually impossible.
I am an American.
So why am I running for Congress? The truth is I was never driven
to politics. It seemed like a system of climbing ladders, making
back-room dealing and glad-handing and I wanted no part of it.
Ever since I was a child my ambition was to create stuff;
building tree houses, painting pictures, writing songs. The
possibilities of the world always felt endless. But as I watch my
country struggle, I can no longer sit back and do nothing. I am
determined to fight with all my might to put America back on
track, even if it means entering the political system.
When you look into my past you won’t find the perfect
resume. You will see a person who has faced challenges, who has
faced defeat and who has risen from the ashes to face another
day. To be honest, I feel like I’ve had a lifetime worth of
business experiences and I would be happy to share all of them.
There are lessons I have learned, insights I’ve had and
moments that have opened my eyes, which I believe to be more
valuable than any resume. My life is, in fact, a collection of
‘Aha!’ moments and while I feel proud of my successes
in many ways it is my failures that have taught me the most.
These days I don’t consider myself to have a career in the
traditional sense…I have a life purpose.
I have lived in Philadelphia and worked and tried hard to prosper
in the First District. But I saw the hand of selfish, corrupt
politicians destroying the hope of a business that would have
created jobs, reduced crime and improved lives. I may have lost
that battle but I promised to return and fight those whose only
interests lie in enriching themselves at the expense of those
they claim to represent. I am back in the First District to take
the power away from those who have misused it.
A poem from her web site:
I had a dream the other night, I didn’t understand,
A figure walking through the mist, with a flintlock in his
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my
He took off his three cornered hat, and speaking low, he
"We fought a revolution to secure your liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave.
In this the land of the free and the Home of the
"The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you’d always
But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you’re no more than a
In this the Land of the Free and the home of the
"You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On the land you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent.
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money is
"Your children must attend a school that doesn’t
Your Christian Values can’t be taught, according to the
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe to please the IRS"
"Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold.
You trade your wealth for paper so your life can be
You pay for crimes that make our nation turn from God in
You’ve taken Satan’s number as you’ve traded in
You’ve given government control to those who do you
So they padlock churches and steal the family farm.
And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail.
Harass your fellow countryman, while corrupted courts
"Your public servants don’t uphold the solemn oath
Your daughters visit doctors so their children won’t be
Your leaders ship artillery, and guns to foreign shores.
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people’s
" Can you regain the freedom for which we fought and
Or don’t you have the courage, or the faith to stand with
Are there no more values for which you’ll fight to
Or do you wish your children to live in fear and be a
"People of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the supreme law of the land!
Preserve our great Republic, and God given rights!
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning
As I awoke he vanished in to the mist from whence came.
His words were true, we are not free, we have ourselves to
For even now as Tyrants trample each God given right.
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.
If he stood by your bed side in a dream, while you’re
And wonders what remains of our Rights he fought to keep.
What would be your answer? If he called out from the grave.
"Is this still the land of the free and the home of the
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