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Dr. Thomas Lee Abshier

 

My Platform is an expression of my principles, ideas, and vision about how to create a society which is truly Godly and prosperous. 

When making your choice for the next Senator, the most important point to consider is character.  Ideas, issues, and programs are negotiable, but character is the well from which decisions, judgments, and leadership flow.  As your Senator, you can count on me to bring an eternal perspective and a consideration of Biblical principles to the public debate. 

My own search for Truth has been difficult but rewarding.  I was raised as a devout Baptist child.  But I strayed far from the faith as I searched for Truth as an adolescent and young adult.  In early middle age, 36, I returned to Jesus, finally understanding why it was necessary that God create the world as He did, and why the sacrifice of Jesus was necessary.  My perspective, having traveled the paths of many world religions, sects, cults, and traditions has enabled me to understand the breadth of the human experience of worship.  As a result of seeing so many good people in so many different religions, my embrace of humanity and my respect for other traditions is considerable.  At this stage of my life, I am convinced that Jesus is The Way. 

Engineering is the basis of my life approach.  My training as an Electrical Engineer at UCLA set my foundation as a man of reason and experiment.  I demand that every problem be solved by reasonable and cost effective methods.  I expect that the forces involved will be identified, addressed, and that the solution will be determined from a rational analysis.  Every system has limitations, and it is not possible to bring an optimum solution to a system which has limited resources.  The American economy is one such system.  Currently there are virtually unlimited demands by every sector of special interest in America.  An entitlement mentality has overrun the capacity of the working public to bear the burden. 

The fall of the Roman Empire resulted when the leisure class voted for itself "bread and circuses."  The burden of oppressive taxes on the rest of society contributed to the fall of that great Empire.  A nation will collapse if the creative sectors are not adequately rewarded for their contributions.  The spirit of the individual is broken when too little reward proceeds from the effort of work.  The collapse of the Soviet Union proved that a "redistribution of wealth" mentality results in a generalized poverty.  A Free Market economy can only succeed as long as property rights are respected, and the workers retain a sufficient quantity of the fruits of their labors.  In his book America's Real War, Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Seattle, gives many Biblical and historical proofs that a 20% flat tax, which allows a worker to keep 80% of his earning, seems to be the optimum tax rate to stimulate the economy, and create prosperity.  Special Interest Groups and Pork Barrel Politics have distorted the political process.  Federal Legislation should establish an environment conducive to productivity; protective of people, property, and the environment; and direct the national effort toward solving long-term problems.

As a Naturopathic Physician, I have learned to view life from a holistic, dynamic, complex, cause-based perspective.  The combination of a life-science and hard-science background has equipped me with a somewhat unique perspective.  I view the forces of nature operating in the complex biochemical minutiae, while at the same time I see the forces of the cell, the tissue, the system, the organism, and the world operating on each level and between levels.  The holistic approach arises naturally by engaging in an openminded study of the facts of operation of life on many levels.  When prejudice is relaxed, a large view of life arises.

I bring this complex life-view analysis to the study of the society and solving the problems that keep our nation from prospering.  It is my experience that when I submerge myself into the inner parts of a system that I am able to eventually identify the part of the system which is interfering with its function.  I am a problem solver, a thinker, a negotiator.  I move people by reason.  Once an idea has been identified as True, it is only a matter of communication, action, and time before it becomes reality.

As a Christian Counselor I have facilitated and witnessed personal growth and successful living.  I have seen fractured relationships restored, addictions conquered, and inner limitations overcome.  I have seen defeated and ineffective people learn to govern themselves by Biblical principles and proceed on in life with success.  The Biblical principles of healthy relationship and personal habit extend beyond the bounds of the individual, couple, or family counseling session.  They are the principles that must govern a nation. 

As a legislator, I will use the approach and methods I have used as a doctor and counselor.  To solve problems I first observe and understand the situation fully.  I consider the issue in light of a Christian worldview of life's principles.  I use reason and logic to analyze the best outcome on all levels for all participants. I communicate with and confront the people involved.  Together we come to a mutual agreed upon solution, and an action plan to manifest it.  We then revisit the situation at regular intervals until the solution is solid and working.  I have found these steps to solution together compose a universally applicable strategy for problem solving.  

Counseling people on their deepest struggles and trials has given me a window into the human soul.  The answer is always the same, on some level we must submit our hearts to the principles of Christ.  These principles always produce success because the Bible reflects the highest metaphorical expression of humanity.  Within its hologram are all the perfect patterns of health and social organization.  As legislators and leaders of the greatest nation on earth, we must bow to that authority, reason together, and use our human knowledge and our heavenly insight.  We will succeed in our efforts at proper national governance when we submit ourselves to God and  limit our actions to Biblically consistent possibilities.  When we engage this process, hope will return and prosperity will follow.


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