About Elect Steve Owens (R) for State Rep. LD 22
“I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don’t hurt anyone else in the process.” –Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)
My favorite Republican is Barry Goldwater, who was a long time friend of John F. Kennedy and looked forward to running an issues based campaign against his long time friend. Unfortunately Kennedy was assassinated and Mr. Goldwater ended up loosing to Lyndon B Johnson. Mr. Goldwater was a far right conservative and was not popular with the moderate conservatives like Dwight D. Eisenhower. Moderate conservatives like Eisenhower stood for in big spending on big military and were a proponents of global military intervention. We all know how that worked out.
Mr. Goldwater was also highly critical to the growing influence of the Christian Moral Majority who was just beginning to gain a foothold in the Republican party during that time. Their agenda is by now well understood, they wanted to use the Republican party to trample the principle of separation of church and state and force their radical version of evangelical Christian values onto an unwilling populace.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Goldwater lost the Presidential Election to Lyndon Johnson a Democratic war hawk who ended up expanding our military involvement in the Vietnam Conflict. Had Mr. Goldwater won we would have had yet another great president like JFK, who was against military interventionism and wanted to get us out of Vietnam as quickly as possible, and the Republican party might have not gone down the road that it has by allowing the Christian Moral Majority to use the Republican platform to force their brand of conservatism onto the private choices of people while moderate Republicans collude with middle of the road Democrats to trample our constitution, invade our privacy, restrict our personal choices and wage perpetual wars around the world.
I would like to represent you by bringing a cutting edge perspective combined with traditional values to the Legislature. As a Military Veteran I am dedicated to preserving a government that respects the rule of law and our Constitution. As a technologist I value higher education and intelligent solutions to our economic and environmental challenges; solutions that create jobs rather than destroy them. If elected, I will work hard to ensure that your tax dollars are spent responsibly on wise investments that create jobs, and a better future for our children while keeping government accessible and accountable to all.
I am a software engineer who has spent years solving complex many faceted problems to create solutions that make our lives better. After serving honorably for 9 years in the United States Navy, I left the Navy to pursue my passion for software engineering. I received my A.A. from Skagit Valley College Oak Harbor WA in 1994 while still in the Navy and received my B.S. degree from Charter Oak State College New Britain CT in 2004 while working full time as a software consultant raising a family. I understand the value of hard work, and persistence as well as the value of education.
I am a vocal member of the Thurston County Republicans and have served as a Precinct Committee Officer in Puyallup, Washington before moving to Olympia. Prior to that I lived Connecticut. I was an active member of the Republican Party in Colchester CT serving on multiple committees. I saw first hand the harm that can come to a state which allows itself to become dominated by single party rule. My dedication to free enterprise, hard work and the constitutionally founded rule of law is why I am a proud member of the Republican party where I strive always to improve the quality of representation that we provide in order to bring value to the voters rather than supporting special interests.
Personally, I do not consider myself a politician, but simply a candidate for State Representative. Being a good politician does not necessarily translate into being a good representative. Politicians are masters of manipulation and persuasion, while a good representative needs to be able to consider all points of view and then apply their values to achieve the optimal solution that serves the needs of all of their constituents. We have far too many politicians in office today and I am running to give you the option to vote for a representative instead.
Unless the great majority of us stop voting for good politicians and demand good representatives instead then government will continue business as usual. Hopefully you will agree with at least most of what I stand for and what I bring to the table and with your help I can start to set a better example for the leadership in our state and encourage others who may never have thought of being involved in government to follow my lead.
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