Vote for Ray Netherwood for U. S. Congress | James Pat Guerréro

Ray Netherwood
Ray Netherwood

Fort Myers and Naples, Florida

I am voting[1] for Ray Netherwood, the Libertarian candidate for the Libertarian Party in the general election for the Florida 19th Congressional District Special Election.  Although I am Republican and do not anticipate switching parties any time soon, for me it comes down to a preference between Curt Clawson, the Republican nominee, and Ray Netherwood, the Libertarian nominee.

Aside from addressing Mr. Netherwood’s excellent economy and jobs platform, I would rather address some conservative social issues.  Just take one good look at the Clawson Economic Growth Plan (a dizzy read), and decide for yourself if you want more of the same: government use of debt to sell off corporate debt with offshoot cronyism and special interest corporate causes that do not look at the big picture.

In the many possible political worlds, I have learned that defeating abortion and homosexuality are difficult propositional platforms.  Marriage between a man and a woman whips into the homogeneous homosexuality agenda, the phalanx of rhetoric so to speak.

I take on the Tea Party principles and practical legal and political implementations for them – a more courageous political stance.  Perhaps persistent, well-educated, and moral legislators and judges, whom we elect, one day will win the pro-life issue by laws supported by the U. S. Constitution.

Although I do not think homosexuality will ever go away, I am not presumptuous enough to think the U. S. Constitution and its interpretation of it can obliterate homosexuality.  Certainly, though, homosexuality will use the U. S. Constitution to defend itself.  Nevertheless, marriage is another matter: a legal act with historical legal precedence.

I have to admit, we, catholics, are a captious bunch.[2]  We stand up against abortion and homosexuality, as we should; however, at the same time, we should find the practical (political, active, and legal) way to defend the unborn and marriage between a man and a woman.  DEFEND, in all capitalization, is the key word.  The question is, “How shall I be the best defender of the faith?”  Knowing marriage between a man and a woman leading to faithful love and care of children and right to life is part of our faith, we would defend it with our lives, I hope.  In light of what los españoles say in español,

“El filósofo Epícteto dijo que un hombre sabio no se lamenta por lo que no tiene, sino que se regocija por lo que sí tiene.”


“The philosopher Epictetus said that a wise man does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

We have many things to be thankful – perhaps not now the defense of innocent lives taken in the womb and the defense of innocent children in homosexual relationships.  I can be patient for the good in God’s chance moving hearts over these issues.

Meanwhile, a time is here to shake up the U. S. Congress.  Thus, in my little way of the flower, I, a “gut strunk catolic,” [good strong catholic], am voting for Ray Netherwood, the Libertarian nominee.

The Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, general election is June 24, 2014.  Ray Netherwood is running against Democrat April Freeman and Republican Curt Clawson.

Please refer to Ray Netherwood’s web site for more information on his political platform.

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[1] I cannot vote per se in Florida’s 19th U. S. Congressional District due to a voting registration change.

[2] The word, Catholics, is a proper noun with capitalization, as referring to a unique entity.  I use catholic with a small “c” for the purpose of this article.

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