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  • Good Afternoon, ladies & gentlemen, fellow Candidates, and honored guests:
  • My name is Doctor Thomas Abshier; and I am a Republican candidate for the US Senate.
  • I thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my vision for our nation and the State of Oregon.

You can find almost everything you want to know about me on my website: www.doctorsenator.com

  • To make an informed decision, you need to know why I am qualified to be your Senator:
  • Life has given me an extremely broad education. have had an extremely broad life experience, having held numerous jobs in my 52 years.
  • My first interest was in Electronics and Electrical Power.  I earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1974. 
  • I worked in engineering jobs for Mobil Oil and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
  • I continued my training at the Naval Nuclear Power School as an officer in the US Navy, and graduated in 1975.  I then served on board a nuclear submarine, the USS Sam Houston.
  • Later I earned a degree in medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and graduated in 1987.  I have practiced as a Naturopathic Physican and Christian counselor for the last 15 years.  During that time I have focused on Christian Counseling and restoring broken marriages.
  • My life experience has taught me business, theology, counseling, politics, and law.
  • My hobby is theoretical physics, and I have worked for a number of years on a book I call, "The Theory of Absolutes".  It is an attempt to show how God may have created the universe on the subatomic level. 

The current situation of our country could be summarized as follows:

  • As a nation we have been trying to divide up the total productive output of goods and services produced by the American economy to meet the needs of: 1) the working class, 2) the government, 3) the military, and 4) the unfortunate and needy
  • The problem is that the current national economic production is too small a pie to fill the stomachs of all the needy and worthy recipients. We canít solve this problem by legislating how big a slice each group gets. Someone will still feel hungry or cheated at the end of the meal. We canít just change the size of the slices, we need a bigger pie.
  • In other words, we need to increase the output of Americaís economic engine. We need to somehow be more productive. With the same number of people we need to produce more goods and services.
  • I have a Vision.
  • I want your Vote.
  • I believe together we can have a Victory.
  • We can enter into a New ERA.
  • ERA is an acronym for "Energy, Righteousness, and Accountability".
  • We can solve our problems with enough ENERGY,
  • In a RIGHTEOUS Society,
  • Where everyone is ACCOUNTABLE to each other and to God.
  • Energy is the key to production. With enough energy, human intelligence, and focused effort, we can produce enough machines, to make enough goods, to supply all of our basic needs.  We now live in a world with the possibility of sufficient clean energy to power machines without number.  There is no structural or technological reason for poverty and joblessness.  We have not focused our efforts at truly solving the basic problems of economics.
  • We complain that we don't have jobs in Oregon.  This simply means that we have not mobilized the workforce to produce the goods and services desired by those in need.  Work is a privilege, a duty, an exercise, and an opportunity.  We all need to work, but our work should be light, enjoyable, and an expression of our service to God and humanity.
  • In a fully mature economy, we should each spend some time tending and operating the machines that meet our basic needs. But the true joy of our work-life will come from our expression in the world of art. Everyone has a talent, and that talent is a gift to the world.

The problem:

  • At the present time we are at the brink of energy deficiency. 
  • Our power grid is strained, we have blackouts, brownouts, and rolling grid failures.
  • Companies move away from Oregon because of the cost of power, excessive taxation, and the availability of water.
  • Our dependence on foreign oil places our economy at risk of recession and inflation by the decision of enemy states.
  • Our continued purchase of Middle East oil contributes to funding terrorist activities.

The Solution:

  • Currently there are several alternative energy generating technologies that can be used to reduce and eventually eliminate our dependence on oil.
  • Biomass, wind, solar, and hydrogen technologies can all be manufactured and installed today. 
  • When we include the actual costs associated using coal, nuclear, and oil, we will find that the solar-hydrogen economy is fully economical. 
  • The impediments to implementing these technologies are government, industry, and national will.
  • To solve our energy dependence, vulnerability, pollution, and scarcity problems, we must install a new energy infrastructure.

Ė Alternative energy technologies that can implement this great new future of clean, plentiful, and affordable energy are as follows:

  • The BIOMASS solution: The transportation sector uses approximately 90% of our imported oil. We now import 50% of our oil. Sorghum, corn, and any other plant matter can be fermented to produce ethanol, which can replace gasoline. Ford currently manufactures a "Flex Car" that it exports to Brazil. This car will run on any a fuel mixture of gasoline and 10% to 85% ethanol. Tax credits should be given for this modestly priced car conversion.
  • Solar Energy is the ultimate source of all power on earth: 1 square mile of land collects the equivalent of 2.6 times the amount of energy that was once produced by the 1000 Megawatt Trojan nuclear plant. New technology developed in Japan called Spherical Solar cells are bead-like structures made of silicon that generate voltage when exposed to light. They are expected to be cost competitive with conventional gas, coal, and nuclear power generation when manufactured in quantity.
  • Wind Energy has already proven to be economical. It is dependable, and the amount of energy it will produce over a month can be predicted with accuracy. Wind generators mounted at sea are even more efficient due to the higher winds over the oceans.
  • The Hydrogen Solution: Electricity produced by solar or wind generation can be used to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is a storage form of energy, much like gasoline. It can be liquified, put in cylinders, and used like a gas tank. As far as flamability, it is safer than gasoline. Cars can be modified to burn hydrogen instead of gasoline.

But, before a nation can prosper, it must be Righteous:

  • I believe God will move His unseen hand on a nation and confuse the will and vision of the people who turn from His Way. 
  • Our nation will not prosper until we place our allegiance back under God.

Alexis De Toqueville in the 1830's observed and marveled at America:

"I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

Ė Righteousness has a practical reflection in the economic affairs of a nation.

  • HONESTY produces a dayís work for a dayís pay
  • When there are JUST LAWS and Righteous Judges, we can depend on cause and effect. The people rejoice when the rules are True and the judgements are Fair.
  • FAIRNESS requires that we are rewarded for the work we do, and be compensated in proportion our contribution.
  • PROPERTY RIGHTS dictate that we shall not Steal. When we work hard, we deserve to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
  • FIDELITY demands that commitments and contracts are honored.
  • When we honor our FOREFATHERS we are no longer condemned to relearn the lessons of the past. When we stand on the shoulders of their wisdom and experience we will prosper.
  • Setting aside a time of REST and worship allows us time to rejuvenate. REST reminds us to value our humanity, not just our productivity.
  • When we all honor LIFE, we can each relax and feel safe in this world, knowing that we are all committed to honoring each otherís right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

This nation was founded as a Christian nation:

Ė Patrick Henry boldly declared:

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."

  • A nation will always legislate based on morality, it is only a question of whose moral system is to be used.
  • The recent challenge to the traditional view of marriage shows that as a culture we are at the brink of crossing a moral line. We are now contemplating whether we will honor the commands and moral codes of the Bible, or follow the moral system of another god.
  • I fear the withdrawal of the hand of protection of Almighty God from our country if we turn our backs from our allegiance to His moral system.


  • As a nation we are accountable to ourselves, our fellow man, and to God.
  • We spend every moment of our lives inside Godís world, and justice will be rendered eventually.
  • As your legislator, I will be committed to openness, transparency, and feedback. 
  • I will use my best judgment to avoid falling prey to the pressures of special interest groups, pork barrel politics, and personal temptation.
  • I am committed to advocating for the prosperity of Oregon, but nothing is more valuable than maintaining integrity.
  • Congressional bills should be guidelines of principle. In general, bills should only be passed that contain single topics. Irrelevant issues tacked onto bills should be eliminated. The usual casualty of pork barrel politics is fiscal responsibility.
  • Trading support for bills is unethical.  Either a bill is worthy of support on its merit, or it is not.  Bargaining for support is the legislative equivalent of selling one's soul.
  • The courts and administrative bodies should interpret and implement the law. If the laws are executed and interpreted wrongly, a revised version of that law should be passed to clarify and correct the intent of the legislation.
  • I am committed to stopping and reversing judicial activism. It all started with the 1947 Everson v. Board of Education decision where the Supreme court ruled that we will completely separate Church and State. This ruling was unConstitutional. Separation of Christianity from the deliberations and acts of government was NOT the intent of the Founders, we have been judged and ruled a Christian nation by the 1892 Supreme Court, the 1853 and 1854 House and Senate Judiciary Committees. It is time to return to our Christian roots. The legislature MUST pass a bill to overturn the Everson decision, just as Congress overturned the Dred Scott decision.

In 1820, Thomas Jefferson made the following statement,

"To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one that would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy."

  • After we reverse Everson, all the other "non-Constitutional" rulings based on Everson can then be challenged and overturned. Judges who refuse to recognize the Christian and constitutional basis of the participation of Christianity in the affairs of State are worthy of impeachment.
  • When we return to our Christian Heritage, teach our children the word of God, bring them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord, we will see the birth of the Righteous Society and the attendant fruits of Godís blessing.

In Summary:

  • I am committed to returning our nation to its proper status as One Nation under God. 
  • I am committed to reversing Everson, & eliminating the unconstitutional complete separation of Church and State. 
  • I am committed to returning prayer and bible reading to the schools. 
  • I am committed to life and passing legislation to protect the unborn.
  • Abortion should be an option used only to protect the life of the mother, such as in ectopic pregnancy.
  • I am committed to creating excellence in education by modeling excellent results. 
  • I am in favor of retraining America to work in its new industries.
  •  I believe we should invest in our human resources.
  • Our schools should be excellent and available to every person needing a job.
  • I support the use of military force to remove a terrorist threat wherever it exits. 
  • The key to our prosperity is our willingness to give.
  • As a nation, the path to our prosperity is through the door of sacrifice.
  • We have become a consumer/debtor nation. It is time to turn the tide of our own selfish concern and look outside. 
  • We must delay our own personal consumption, and invest in a new effort to bring material & spiritual wealth to every corner of the planet. For this effort we will be rewarded with jobs, prosperity, and peace.
  • To bring this vision to reality, we must first decide that we are committed to replacing our dependence on oil with solar, wind, or biomass energy generation capacity.
  • We must then decide that we have the national will to sacrifice for a time while we invest in nation building. 
  • And finally, we must pass laws which restrict the export of our solar energy manufacturing base until we are fully employed.

As a nation, we stand on the brink of a New ERA.

  • We can choose to walk down the slope of Godless self indulgence of our passions.
  • Or we can choose to be a nation of God fearing, God worshiping, temperate, patient, kind, loving and holy citizens.
  • On the horizon is a new ERA, and I am willing to lead you toward that vision I see so clearly.
  • But, arriving at that new ERA depends on you. 
  • It depends on your willingness to participate in building a dream. 
  • It depends on your faith that there is a God, and that He rewards the righteous.
  • I thank you for your attention, 
  • I thank you for your commitment to changing the world,
  • And, I thank you for voting for me working that New ERA.


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