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My family agrees that things are even worse for Americans this time around.   I would be happy my candidacy to defer to a like-minded person if one shows up. Short of that there are a lot of things that are wrong, with our country,  and I would love the opportunity to get my hands dirty to help fix them. I am at the right time of my life and I see no reason why I should stand by and watch as my family’s liberties, both economic and civil, are being wiped out by our own government.

You may remember Ronald Reagan's great sense of humor.  Reagan, for example is credited with a number of sayings. Without me offering any commentary, you can learn a lot about why I am running for Congress from the fact that I really do love the following Reagan quotes.

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

"Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources."

"I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."

"I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself."

[Brian Kelly adds that Ronald Reagan never met Barack Obama]

"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."

Does that help you know where I stand on those issues. There is a whole menu on this site. It is called "Platform Points." It discusses just about any point in my platform and offers where I stand on it. 

In life, we are often told that we must be for something, not just against things.  I am for a lot of things but one of my best ways of describing why I am running for Congress is to speak in the negative.  "I do not want the government controlling my life."  Yes, there is a corollary to that precept:  "I do not want the government controlling your life."

I can recall some great people in my life making comments that now make so much sense. For example Dennis Grimes Senior from Fulton Street in Wilkes-Barre, who,  when told that Congress did not get much done this term, would always say, "good!"  Then, of course with the twinkle in his Irish eyes, he would add a little priceless gem to make the sentence end well, and I would smile.  How profound he was. 

Each time Congress meets we lose more freedom. There are too many people who think that you should do this and you should do that. It is bad news when they get into office. They want to make sure you do it and they have the power to make laws to make it mandatory.  I want to let you alone to lead your own life, and I hope if you are in similar circumstance, that you will let me alone to lead my life.

I believe that freedom is our most important gift. Our forefathers shed their blood for our freedom and liberty.  Freedom has no real limits but being a good person does add restrictions to freedom. For example, I believe that in many and possibly most cases, a particular individual's freedom ends where another person's freedom begins. So, there will always be disputes between people and so it is OK to have some rules that help arbitrate man's behavior to his fellow man. My favorite rule book was created by the Founders.  It is called the Constitution.  Barack Obama and the 111th through 114th Congresses think they know better than the rules in this book and that is one major source of the angst in this country.

The fewer impositions of government on the people, the better. Government should get out of lives. We can handle salt, and sugar, and heat and cold.  Government should worry about roads, bridges, traffic, and defense and a few other limited items.

I see no reason, for example to have a government law that outlaws beer, or two-ply toilet tissue, or red hair, or tattoos. I see no reason for laws that command that I must do something such as attend church services on Sundays -- or not attend, or turn off my air conditioner in the summer (car or home) because somebody else wants me to save energy. I would not want to be commanded to use Dr. X as my family physician instead of Dr. Y. I surely would not want to have a visit scheduled with Dr. Kevorkian.  

I would not want to have to use gasohol when gasoline or an alternative energy source suits my tastes. I would not want to have to buy health insurance, a pair of mittens, blue socks, a notepad, or cough medicine if I am not so inclined. I want liberty. I want freedom to make my own choices in life.  On everything but abortion, I am pro-choice. On this issue I am pro Mom and pro Baby!

For me, it really is all about freedom, which is the positive of "no government control."  I do not want government monitoring or controlling of my life from womb to tomb or any other area in between. I have written twenty-some additional books between my first run for Congress and now, many of which include a full copy of the Constitution of the United States.

The Constitution was created in order to form a "more perfect union," since it corrected a number of flaws in the Articles of Confederation.  It is not perfect but it is lots better than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barack Obama making up freedom-destroying rules on the fly, as they go along. 

My campaign is a very new campaign and for many it will not seem like much of a campaign.  That's OK, the founding fathers would love it.  If the truth be known, there is no real "campaign," just a bunch of friends who help me with great advice and my very active keyboard where I pen letters to the editor, press releases and essays for my web site. Thank you for reading this one. I hope to be able to select some "free" events in which to participate, but they are not offered frequently as incumbent politicians know that the more you know about me, the less you will like them.  

The vast percentage of the people I know believe that we must fight back against a monstrous, out of control government. Those who know me believe that I would make a difference in Washington, and though they have cautioned that nobody gets elected without putting together at least a little machine, they enjoy the fact that we are doing this without any machine and with no contributions. 

In 2010 my little team and I went out over three weeks and brought in 1516 signatures though I needed only 1000. Only! Try and get them. I will never do that again as I had to shut down my life and the lives of too many friends. We were out getting signatures but since all of us have some type of gainful employment, we could not have an exhaustive campaign and did not and will not try to knock on doors. It is tough enough just penning these articles. The campaign is on Facebook and there is a forum and email in which you can talk to each other or the candidate so we are using technology for the normal doorknocking, Weddings, Funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, Baptisms, and other private events that Dan Flood likes to attend. 

I ran once for Congress and once for Mayor of WIlkes-Barre and so I will make some mistakes. My Web site will have some misspellings and I may say things incorrectly. Please point them out to me and I will correct them.

It is true that most voters (rightly) mistrust their Congressman and Senators.  My plan is to be one of a new breed that puts the ordinary person first.  My plan is to listen to the people of District 17 and work to help make the founding principles, the very best principles for our country,  as the best solutions to make all of our lives better. That's the way it is supposed to be.

Though I am a Democrat, I am very people oriented and very pro-American. Americans first! I have no use for the radical hard left, whose influence is undermining our democracy. As a constitutional conservative democrat, I will work to get us back on track while always listening to the people to know when more track or a few switches are needed.

Thank you for "listening."

Don't forget to vote on April 26, 2016

Brian Kelly