Last January, when Scott Brown won a Congressional senate seat in the Massachusetts election, it sent shivers through the entire Democrat Party. It was a clear rejection of the big-government policies drafted in a democrat-majority Congress and rubber stamped by the President. The kicker, of course, was that Massachusetts is a Democrat stronghold that should not have gone Republican. But it did, and it became clear that the sentiment of Massachusetts voters was not limited to just one state but an entire nation.
And for many a political analyst, especially those on the right of the political spectrum, the assessment was that the people were now rejecting democrats.
Establishment republicans, who believed that the people were now siding with them, may have made a serious mistake. Bill Waddell of Evolving Excellence explained that the people were not only rejecting the democrats, but that something much bigger was at play – a political revolution was afoot. “The next scenario to unfold will be for the lifelong political hacks in the Republican party to make the same mistake – to interpret the results of yesterdayâ€™s vote in Massachusetts as a vote for them, rather than what it was – a vote against the Dems,” writes Waddel, “in fact, â€˜Re-Elect Nobody’ is the driving force these days, and the leadership of both parties should be very, very afraid.”
This ‘Re-Elect Nobody’ effect is clearly demonstrated in the Florida Senate race, as incumbent Charlie Christ struggles for his political life and is now running as a no-party candidate, dropping his long-time republican brand. His challengers, democrat Kendrick Meek and Tea-Party darling Marco Rubio were up until recently evenly split in the polls. Rubio is now polling at 40%, a clear sign that there is a serious effort to destabilize the two-party system which has for so long forced the American people to choose the lesser of two evils.
Tea Party candidates are popping up all over the nation, usually under the republican banner, but the issue is not necessarily one of party, but rather, establishment incumbents versus real people offering real representation.
For their part, the Republican National Committee has shown their true colors, failing to provide any sort of funding or campaign support for non-establishment candidates who are making a real effort to change America for the better.
In this regard, one candidate who is fighting tooth and nail without the support of the “Republican Party” establishment is Mike Yost of Florida’s 3rd Congressional district.
An automobile mechanic by day, after attending a tax day Tea Party rally in 2009, Yost says he was inspired to run for Congress by the fact that 5000 other attendees who shared his same concerns for the country were struggling to find a way to change the nation for themselves and for their children – to bring America back to its roots of personal responsibility and limited government.
Though his wife Debra joked that he was crazy for doing it, Yost felt strongly that the “little guy” was not being represented in Washington D.C. Being a little guy with a small business, he promptly took a leave of absence from his auto repair business to challenge nine term incumbent Corrine Brown for the congressional seat.
As an unknown, Yost chose to pursue his candidacy by putting his boots on the ground and walking door to door, obtaining some 12,000 signatures from neighbors and residents in order to get on the ballot. His persistence with voters and desire to make America a better place lead to him winning the 3rd districts republican primary and he now faces off with incumbent Corrine Brown.
Brown, for those unaware with Florida politics, is an 18 year establishment veteran that went uncontested two years ago in the 2008. Her victory, according to, democrats, republicans, and most national pollsters, is a foregone conclusion.
But a recent poll conducted by the Yost For Congress campaign suggests that Mike Yost may be in a position to eliminate the democrat Brown with a surprise win in November. Polls indicate that Yost is currently 7 points down, which in the 3rd Congressional district is simply unheard of when running against Brown.
The Florida Legislature, after the 1990 census, carved out the 3rd Congressional district, which stretches over 100 miles from Jacksonville to Pine Hills – so that there would be a strong minority district in the state. The diversity of the 3rd Congressional district alone would make most white candidates shudder – with a make up of 38% White, 49% African American and 8% Hispanic – but not Yost, who has made significant gains over the last several months.
As a non-establishment candidate with roots in the Florida business community, Mike Yost understands what Americans are going through. His district in particular is plagued with high crime, high unemployment and a poor public education system – something Yost plans to change when he’s elected to Congress.
Though he has made serious headway in the race against Brown, the Republican National Committee has refused, much like they did with other Tea Party associated candidates like Michelle O’Donnell,Â to provide any traditional support mechanisms like funding or campaign workers to assist in defeating his competitor. It seems that, once again, the traditional Republican Party establishment likes to provide lip service, but refuses take action when necessary.
Sources close to the Yost campaign have indicated to this author that the Republican National Committee has flat out refused to support Yost so as not to ruffle any feathers in the Brown campaign, which, of course, has tens of thousands to spend to defeat “the little guy.”
Mike Yost isn’t giving up, and has pledged to continue knocking on doors and sharing his ideas for improving America with voters in his district – with or without the help of the Republican Party.
For those living in the 3rd Congressional District, we urge you to consider Mike Yost’s plan for repairing America, which includes:
- Creating enterprise zones within the district to drive new business to the north and central part of the state and reduce unemployment by 25%.
- Improving community interaction with local high schools that includes business leader and political leader mentoring with the hopes of reducing high school drop out rates. This, of course, would lead to more skilled workers and less crime because educated individuals are less likely to act out of malice and desperation.
- As a “personal-responsibility” candidate, Yost believes that when people come across hard times and lose their jobs, they should be provided with resources to retrain and develop new skills to either obtain new jobs, or even better, to create their own businesses in pursuit of the American Dream.
- On Immigration: Though his is not a border state, Yost believes that the southern borders of the United States need to be secured first and foremost. He would fully support measures such as E-verify, which would penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants. He’s tough on illegal immigration, but understands and values the fact that the makeup of the United States includes a healthy immigrant population, and as such, Yost support streamlining a path to citizenship for those who enter the United States through legal means.
- Yost believes that America should significantly alter its energy policy, including more coal mining, off shore drilling, ANWAR drilling and incentives (not mandates) for alternative energy companies.
- One of Yost’s key plans is to force Congress to Spend Less. This, of course, is what American families have been forced to do for the last several years, and Congress should be no different. Yost is no fan of earmarks, and he believes that in order to reduce billions in wasteful spending, that any earmark (or pork) that is added to bills should be eliminated. He intends to introduce legislation that will force Congress to vote on each and every spending item, rather than allowing Congressmen to simply add whatever spending measures they want to bills.
- Eliminate personal income taxes through the Fair Tax. Mike Yost’s idea that low taxes help you to keep more of your hard earned money to spend the way you see fit isn’t revolutionary. But it’s one that has always been limited to pre-election talk and requires a political revolution in order to become reality. Rather than taxing individuals on their income, Mike will propose and fully support a Fair Tax, which allows you to keep 100% of your earnings. You would only be taxed on non-necessity consumption (food, clothing, etc. would not be taxed up to certain levels).
- For more on Mike Yost’s thoughts, ideas and proposals on the major issues facing America today, visit the Issues Page at his web site.
Mike Yost has a plan, and unlike typical life-time politicians, he will fight the establishment to carry it out. He’s a real American that wants to make a difference. He’s been successful in his personal life, as well as a multi-decade career in business.
Unlike Corrine Brown, Yost has never had his employees forge treasury checks and documents, nor has he ever taken payments from secret bank accounts used for laundering money by racketeers. And though Mr. Yost is an automobile mechanic, neither he or anyone in his immediate family has ever accepted a free car from foreign business interests accused of embezzlement in exchange for lobbying the U.S. Attorney General to prevent prosecution by the United States.
Corrine Brown, as well as her establishment Congressional colleagues, is not interested in enriching the lives of everyday Americans. But she is, most certainly, interested in enriching herself.
And though Mike Yost may be in a district that is heavily African American, the issues at hand cross over racial lines, as the big government laws, taxes and policies of both, the established Republican and Democrat Congressional so-called representatives adversely affect the people regardless of the color of their skin.
Whether you’re a republican, democrat, or currently without party in the 3rd Congressional district or another district with a race similar to Yost vs. Brown, the question is whether or not you want to continue with more of the same. In the case of Mike Yost, it is clear that sending Corrine Brown packing from Washington D.C. would be beneficial not only to Florida, but The United States as a whole.
Make a difference in your Congressional district this November, and vote for a non-establishment candidate. We CAN change America, one seat at a time.
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