Thomas Wilson

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Thomas Wilson
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Maryland State Senate, District 35
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Thomas J. Wilson was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 35 of the Maryland State Senate.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Wilson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

2nd Amendment

I feel that violence in society is not a result of an inanimate object, but the removal of godly, moral absolutes and the devaluing of human life, coupled with the desensitizing of people through violent entertainment. Basically, I feel it’s the result of failed liberal ideology.

Many people don’t realize that the Bill of Rights had been included in the founding document as an agreement between those who supported the idea of a central federal government (Federalists) and those who did not (Anti-Federalists). It's a contractual agreement that basically says we who do not support the idea of a federal government will agree to support it only if the federalists agree to our terms. Our terms are - we will have rights (Bill of Rights) that will never be infringed upon by this new Federal government, agree upon these limits to Federal power and we will support the Federal idea. The Federalists agreed to the inclusion of the Bill of Rights to never infringe on the rights of the citizens in forming the central federal government. Every time the Federal government tampers with the Bill of Rights they violate this agreement. Rights are not a gift from government (unalienable God-given rights) and the Bill of Rights are a contractual restriction on the Federal government’s power.[2][3]

Education

Children are our greatest asset and the education of our youth should be one of our greatest concerns. I think everyone, no matter what political affiliation, would agree with that statement. It’s the content of that education that stirs the issue of support for the various opportunities to provide this education. We, as tax payers, own our local public schools and bear the responsibility for the salaries of the teachers and administrators. Public schools need to be responsible to their local communities, not a federal or national program; much like how private schools are responsible to the parents that patronize them.

I also do not feel it is appropriate for an educational curriculum to promote a social or cultural agenda which is oftentimes left-leaning or (pretentiously misnamed) “progressive.” Public education must meet the needs and concerns of all of the taxpayers with no excuse. They are bound to this standard as much as the taxpayer is bound to the financial support of schools through their taxes.

Good teachers who have a passion to educate our children should be supported and encouraged to do so on a local level. They are a vital part of our community, neighbors, family and friends who invest themselves and are trained to teach and meet the goals of education on a local level far better than a nationally mandated program.

I support private, Christian and home schools because the current condition of the public school system does not meet its obligations of high academic achievement for every taxpayer (at no fault of the teachers). I also support school choice because the public school system has the propensity to teach cultural and moral lessons contrary to the beliefs of many local families.

I would make the following pledge and I would challenge public education to do the same K-12:

  • I will not support a teaching or curriculum that contains profanity, sexually explicit materials or encourages immoral behavior.
  • I will not support a teaching or curriculum that promotes cultural and social influences that are counter to the foundational principles of American law or culture, e.g. Islam and/or sharia law.
  • I will support teaching of a traditional education that includes Math, English, Reading/Literature, Science, Arts, American History (including the writings of our founders and documents that founded our nation), Economics and Trade Skills.

I would also recommend that we change the way we measure achievement for the graduating student. Success is more than a GPA or a paper on the wall. It’s learning to persevere in the face of failure and using that experience to grow stronger. Our children should be able to obtain employment or start a business of their own. We need to prepare students for careers and equip them with the tools necessary to become productive members in our community. Therefore, I would say that the leaders of our local community should be the ones to help create the final standard of achievement for the school system. I propose that a committee be made up of business men and women, entrepreneurs from various fields of interest, college representatives, parents and the school administrator to set the academic goals for graduation for each county in district 35. Schools would be required to meet these expectations and to implement necessary steps to achieve this goal. This would assure that students graduate with the skills and talents required to secure themselves bright futures in the careers of their choosing.[4][3]

Economy

I support a free market system of economics. Many of you may not know this, but America started out with a form of communism as its first form of economic structure. The early settlers, by a compact, would all receive equal land and everyone would work their portion and bring the yield to the common storehouse for equal distribution. As you have read in many history books, life in the early settlements was very difficult and starvation was a major contributor to the hardships they faced. What you do not learn is the fact that the early system of communistic economics of the individual working for the good of the whole was a total failure. Early colonists faced the same social failings we see today. Hard work was not rewarded and many felt that if they did work hard it would only benefit someone who didn’t work at all. Each worked according to his ability and each was rewarded according to his need. Sound familiar? A good example of that would be the Plymouth Colony.

When it looked like things were at their worst, when everyone was lacking in strength and health and the whole enterprise was ready to fail, Governor Bradford reluctantly abandoned the Communist economic system. He instructed the colonists to take their allotted portion of ground and plant and do whatever they could for their own families and stave off starvation as best they could and to abandon the communal storehouse. Bradford, and everyone, thought that the colony was finished. Immediately, with that one rule change, everyone began growing and harvesting more, bringing in more fish and game and fur. Famine turned to prosperity, virtually overnight. By 1627 they even paid off their debt to the Virginia Company and were free of debt. Now ships were more frequent, but not for re-supply, rather to export fur and produce. Ships brought in new waves of immigrants eager to share in the opportunity, wealth and abundance of the new colony. We cannot return to a proven failed system. What made the difference in capitalism then and now? It’s the biblical standards and morals in the way we do business.

Today we have stripped God from this economic blessing of capitalism, along with the duty of Christian charity, and now we are left with a baseless form of capitalism that is more closely aligned with simple greed. Combine this with today’s similar effects of communism in the early colonists to today’s redistribution of wealth and we will be headed for the same economic failures of our first colonies. We must challenge today’s push for this failed system and once again institute true capitalism; keeping the reward of your labor, creating jobs and opportunity for your community and build a strong economy.[5][3]

Family

  • I stand firmly on the support of traditional marriage.
  • Strong families are the cornerstone of all enduring societies.
  • I am Pro-Life and I will vote to protect the most vulnerable innocent life in society.
  • I will work to protect the dignity and well-being of our seasoned citizens.[6][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Bridget Kelly was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Wayne Norman defeated Thomas Wilson in the Republican primary.[1][7]

Maryland State Senate, District 35 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Norman 66.8% 6,384
Thomas Wilson 33.2% 3,175
Total Votes 9,559

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Wilson's endorsements included:[8]

  • Gun Rights Across America
  • One Million Moms Against Gun Control

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