Protecting Our Nation From Enemies, Both Foreign And Domestic, Preserves American Values And Institutions
Our democracy is under assault. Unfortunately, the biggest threat, as Abraham Lincoln warned us it would be, is from within. From voter suppression, to white supremacy, to a constant barrage of misinformation and disinformation; there are dangerous players who continue to sow distrust among our citizenry and threaten many of the democratic institutions bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers.
We must remember that, since the 9/11 attacks, by far most Americans who have been killed and injured by terrorism have been victims of home-grown terrorists–usually those supporting white supremacist and far-right leaning ideologies.
We are still feeling the effects of the January 6th insurrection and other efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Politicians have turned gerrymandering into an art and use it to contort and distort the voting power of everyday Americans, and have sought to turn citizen against citizen in order to hang desperately onto power.
I served honorably in our armed forces on active duty for 21 years, including three tours in combat—earning the Bronze Star for my actions. When I joined the Army, I swore an oath to defend our sacred Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I put my life on the line to do that, and led other brave Americans from many different backgrounds who all joined together in likewise being willing to put their own lives at risk to preserve it. I understand that protecting our nation, from enemies both foreign and domestic, ensures the safety of Americans, and preserves our values and institutions. This is of the utmost importance.
That's why, after retiring from the Army, I enrolled at the Georgetown University Law Center where I earned my LL.M. (Master of Laws) in National Security Law. I will fight to safeguard America against challenges to our nation's power and sovereignty.
In order for our democracy to continue functioning effectively, the major political players in our democracy–in this case Republicans and Democrats–have to agree on some fundamental norms.
That they accept the results of elections–which are the voice of the American people, as they have been since our founding.
They reject the use of violence–especially in determining who is going to govern–and are as adamant in stamping out terrorism that originates within our country as in fighting that imported from abroad.
That we should–always and forever–put country above party.