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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 a great deal of information about me and my positions on my website: www.doctorsenator.com

  • To make an informed decision, you need to know why I am qualified to be your Senator:
  • My most important trait is that I am dedicated to serving God as a disciple of Christ. 
  • The entire focus of my campaign is dedicated to bringing a righteous rule of law onto this earth. 
  • The second thing you need to know about me is my background.
  • Life has given me 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 Physician and Christian counselor for the last 15 years. 
  • During that time I have had a dual practice of general medicine and counseling with a special emphasis on restoring broken marriages.
  • My life experience has taught me business, theology, politics, and law.
  • My hobby is theoretical physics.  
  • I have worked for a number of years on a book I call, "The Theory of Absolutes". 
  • It is an attempt to describe the rules God may have used to create the universe. 
  • It was through physics that I came back to Jesus in 1987. 
  • Since that time I have developed a deep and heartfelt connection and devotion to our Lord and Savior.

My Campaign Slogan is: A New ERA for America

  • 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.

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

  • Due to NAFTA & GATT, we are competing with foreign countries who do not mandate environmental protection (EPA) or worker welfare benefits (OSHA, Workers Comp, Health Insurance etc.). 
  •  These handicaps amount to a Reverse Tarrif, making our products uncompetitive with the rest of the world.  As a result we are outsourcing our jobs.  The result is that unemployment is a significant problem. 
  • Oregon now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and so far,  jobs are not returning.
  • We need manufacturers to move into the Northwest who can spend money and put the rest of us back to work serving each other.

I see two solutions to this problem. 

Strategy 1) Return to tariff protection of American industry:

  • Congress can reverse its ratification of the NAFTA & GATT treaties. 
  • We then renegotiate a trade deal which equalizes the cost of products with foreign manufacturers by taking into account the environmental and benefit handicaps being assessed on American companies. 
  • While this strategy would be fair, I believe it would precipitate a retaliatory trade war.
  • As a result, I do not believe America has the will to execute this solution.

Strategy 2) Increase domestic production by increasing exports, thereby bringing back manufacturing base and employment :

  • The essence of this strategy is to engage in Nation building. 
  • America supplies the manufactured goods needed to build an infrastructure (energy, communication, transportation etc.) in a 3rd World nation
  • When the environment for production is adequate, private companies will be attracted to this new market
  • The existence of a fertile soil for economic activity is the only requirement for economic growth.
  • The taxes paid on income and production will repay the loan when the economy reaches the point of excess production
  • The project will be financed by investors who see the long term profit potential from investing in the growth of an entire nation. 
  • Because of the initializing investment, the entire nation of unproductive people will be brought from poverty to exportable excess productivity
  • The project will involve government leadership and coordination, but will be a largely private enterprise endeavor once the infrastructure is initialized

Details of Strategy 2: Nation Building
-- Installing an energy and physical infrastructure for a 3rd world nation & bringing it into full 1st World Productivity:

  • Contract with a foreign nation which is willing to install an alternative energy infrastructure using Wind, Solar, and Hydrogen
    • Note: a 3rd world economy would probably not be able to get out of poverty without help
    • Thus, they will probably be willing to contract with America to install a new energy technology even though they will have to pay a premium for this infrastructure.
    • Note: the amount of energy available from a Square Mile of land from sunlight is 2.6 times the amount once generated by Trojan.
    • Note: Wind power is already a mature low tech, secure investment, providing power at 4cents per Kilowatt hour, a price similar to Natural Gas generation.
    • Hydrogen must be coupled with Wind/Solar to provide fuel for transportation and power generation during Night-time and Low-Wind conditions.
    • Hydrogen is not a perfected technology, although current solutions are workable.  (e.g. liquified Hydrogen powering internal combustion engines)
  • The project must be funded
    • Investors who see the potential for a return on investment by bringing the nation to a place of long term profitablity will be interested in this venture
    • Bonds and other long term instruments, 10-20 years would probably be necessary for the economy to mature and create a net export and a tax base that is able to pay back the note's interest and principle.
    • Part of the payoff associated with this investment will be the reward for ministering to the poor.
    • As a Christian Nation, we should be tithing a portion of our wealth to witness to and uplift the poor from their poverty.
    • The financial markets will assess all the risks factors involved and the economics of this venture. 
    • The financial feasibility of this project will be brought into grounded reality by the markets.   
  • Candidate nations must be chosen:
    • I propose that only nations which are willing to allow Christian missionaries full authorization to witness to the people and the government be given Nation Building contracts
    • The government and people must be trustworthy, otherwise they will not be a creditworthy investment risk.
    • A nation is a good risk if it has a Christian work ethic, honors property rights, human rights, and contracts.
  • Other infrastructure installation in addition to the energy infrastructure:
    • Roads, houses, hospitals, water, sanitation, government, communication, food, information, etc.
    • Each of the elements of an infrastructure must be manufactured in the USA and exported.  All of this manufacturing activity will put America back to work.
  • 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 and produce products without limit.
  • The limiting factor is our willingness to invest in the tools of production.

But, before America can truly prosper, it must return to Righteousness:

  • The strategy of Nation Building will work, it will bring a New ERA of prosperity to the world.
  • If America were willing to sacrifice its consumption, and devote its production to the tools of production, our nation would be wealthy beyond compare.
  • But, such an effort requires vision and sacrifice.
  • Unless America's turns its heart back toward God, this vision will probably not be executed.
  • If it is attempted without a return to God, it would probably not be properly administered, and it will probably fail. 
  • When a people turn from God's Way, I believe God will move His unseen hand on a nation and confuse the will and vision of the people. 

Alexis De Tocqueville 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."

  • 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 judgments are Fair.
    • FAIRNESS dictates that we are compensated in proportion to 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:

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, and 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 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 and willing to work.
  • I support the use of military force to remove a terrorist threat wherever it exits. 
  • Our primary fight against terror should be in nourishing the economies of our enemies, and teaching them the Gospel. 
  • 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 of our nation. 
  • 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 helping the rest of the world. 
  • 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. 
  • We must not outsource our contracts for Nation Building

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 worshipping, temperate, patient, kind, loving and holy citizens.
  • On the horizon is a new ERA, 
  • But, arriving at that new ERA depends on you.  It depends on your willingness to participate in building a dream. 
  • It depends on your work and your faith. 
  • I thank you for your attention, 
  • I thank you for your commitment to changing the world, 
  • I thank you for your vote as we work together to create a New ERA.

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