Chapter 1 - Philosophy
With any candidate, comes the necessity of writing a book. A book does more thanreveal the history of a candidate but helps explain the candidate’s state of mind, philosophy, andrelevant experiences that qualify him or her for political office. After innumerable delays, hereis my attempt to try to help you understand my thinking, how I arrived at my ideas, and why I believe my proposals are better suited to meeting the needs of a 21
century America. For some,my detailed description of my life and experiences will be more of a concern, for others my philosophy and ideas will be their primary concern. For those who want to get to the heart of theissues, I will start with ideas and then move on to the recount of my childhood and internationaladventures.
It is difficult to capture anyone’s complete philosophy because one would have to list aninfinite number of what ifs but let’s start with some of the basics. As a child, I was raised in atypical middle class home until the age of 12 when my parents divorced. Suddenly, we wentfrom middle-class to lower middle-class overnight. This taught me that nothing is guaranteedand that life can throw you curveballs when you least expect it. Still, there is much to say for experience, having lived through the traumatic turmoil that divorce brings upon a family as botha child and an adult, I believe I can better understand the needs of people who face similar trials.During my early years, I was active in Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts, and finally theOrder of the Arrow. I attained all of the highest ranks from Webelo, to Eagle Scout, and VigilHonor. During this time I participated in Scouting in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Harrisburg. Imet and befriended hundreds of different young men as well as developed behavioralcharacteristics based on the role-models of adults that guided me. I have developed a strong