Wednesday, November 04, 2009

More Gratuitous Political Promotion

Sorry, one more off topic post and then I'll go back to blogging about timber-framing, living off grid, and being more self-reliant.  I promise!  This week, I filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to run as a Republican in our upcoming race for County Judge Executive

One of the reason's we moved back to eastern Kentucky (apart from: perfect climate, great people, down-to-earth culture, reasonable cost of living, and awesome scenery) was because it's about the best place on earth to "homestead."  For as long as the land has been settled, the attitude among working people here in Appalachia has been live and let live.  But as I mentioned in a previous post, the situation is precariously balanced as our local government grows, while our economy slips backwards.

Long story short, I've decided to get involved!  My political website is http://www.thomasmassie.com/ . The morning after I filed to run, the sunrise looked like this second picture... is this a bad or good omen?

BTW, if you're looking for a great place to get your campaign signs, shirts, knick-knacks, etc. - try Impact Graphics, right here in Lweis County!

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you , mate!

I don't remember where I first saw it but there is a bumper sticker out there that reads:

"Don't spread my wealth, spread my work ethic"

Too true.

November 4, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Joost Bonsen said...

Hi Thomas! Great to see you make this move and get involved! Fight for what's right. --Joost

November 4, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Thomas Massie said...

Joost, thanks for the support! It was not an easy decision to go for this. I have known better ways to maximize my utility function.

November 4, 2009 at 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Quinn said...

Wasn't election day Tuesday?

November 5, 2009 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Thomas Massie said...

ha ha Quinn!

This is for next year's election. Specifically, it is for the primary in May 2010, the winner of which will advance to the election that is Nov. 2010. It seems too early to me, but the other 3 candidates have already filed.

November 5, 2009 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like your building. It is too bad you have republican tendencies; there is so much better going for this country - I hope you aren't one the hatemongering ignorant ones.

November 5, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

If I lived in eastern Kentucky, I would vote for you, and not just because I have a mechanical engineering degree too.

November 5, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Neighmond said...

Where are you from Vanceburg? (I have some friends there)

November 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger brad_bb said...

That's great Thomas! I'm not so sure you should wear the red jumpsuit on the campaign trail though, or maybe you should? Brad

November 5, 2009 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I had you for a neighbor! Alas, my wife and I settled in Washington state which far more hostile to freedom and prosperity than Kentucky's governments.

November 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Thomas Massie said...

@Neighmond, that's where I grew up. Any of your friends in Vburg vote?? Can they be my friends too? :)

@brad, it would certainly get me attention! Good attention - maybe not so much.

@anon, Well, at least you have some beautiful country up there in Washington state. Let them know how you feel. :)

November 6, 2009 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger karl said...

After reading your website from top to bottom your approach sounds very straight forward and appropriate for the environment that your county (and many other rural counties) find themselves in. I especially like the hobbies section. The factor of democrat vs republican is largely mute in my opinion as long as you are doing your job as an elected official with the resources available and a little sweat equity which you have demonstrated familiarity with. Congratulations on your bid, wish I had as qualified a candidate to vote for in my rural Ohio county! Best of luck and now back to more updates on your house!! ...you know... those of us who are also building a castle look to your site for inspiration.

November 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Good choice, Thomas. I'm happy to see a more libertarian (little l on purpose) stance in the Republican party. I truly believe in government staying out of our lives and letting us prosper; the exception being what the Constitution madates. Wish I could vote for you; good luck!

November 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Thomas Massie said...

Karl and Evan,

Thank you! As you have surmised, my house and my politics are intertwined. The big step for me was to take my head out of the sand, and acknowledge that even though I have built a self-sufficient sanctuary (yes we're living in it... and I'm typing this using solar power), I've not improved the long term problems (no jobs, overflowing jail, higher taxes, etc.) that surround me and my family. I now hope to inject a modicum of common sense and creativity into our local government... at a minimum I'll keep local government from infringing on individual rights, so individuals will remain free to exercise common sense and creativity.

December 10, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
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December 10, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas - I have read and watched your house blog for a couple years and wished my rural county in TN had fewer governmental restrictions on building, too. Glad you are getting involved and running for office! I read through your political website and support you a 100%. I wish you much success! R. Raley

March 12, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas,

Sean told me to check out your blog. As always, you and your projects are truly inspiring. The house is fantastic. I envy the WIDE skill set you have built for yourself and now a political project. Great! Best of luck.

Take care,
Cameron Abnet

March 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
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