First a speaker came to the stage, and I disinterestedly halfway listened to his speech—until I caught the words “and that's why I'm running for president.” “President of what?” I questioned a family member in the seat beside me. I looked more closely, but no, I still didn't recognize the man on the stage. But we figured we better ask him for his autograph just in case he possibly could be running for president of the United States! And he was! John Marshall Cogswell is his name. He was more than happy to talk with us. He even gave my sister an autographed copy of a book he has written. The 76 year old, retired marine captain announced his run for the presidency in the early summer, and he encouraged us to tell everyone we know about his positions. Mr. Cogswell was raised on a ranch without running water or electricity, and as a child he attended a little one room schoolhouse. Later he graduated college with a law degree, with the ranking of 6th out of 120 graduates in his class. During this time he worked three years for Congressman Bob Dole. In 1970, after serving in the military for 2 years, Cogswell started his own law firm which rapidly grew and became prosperous. Later, still, in the 1990's he operated a cattle ranch in Kansas. He currently resides in Colorado.
And now John Cogswell is asking each one of us to give him our support. He is for making bold changes to fix the government, and he sees no problem in dealing with immigration, tax reform, and the excessive debt. Even though he is running as a republican, he encourages everybody—democrats included---to vote for him. He is running because he firmly believes in the foundations this country was built on, and he feels the urgency to elect someone into office who will restore the Founding Father's principles. Make sure to check out his web page: http://www.johncogswell.com/ !
Senator Ted Cruz
After taking our seats again, it was only a short wait until my sister whispered to me, “Hey, there's Ted Cruz!” The 44 year old Texan Senator had just walked in. He shook quite a few hands and then he took the stage. The New Zealander Trevor Loudon, who was to moderate the event, explained the rules. Each candidate would have 5 minutes for an opening speech, then there would be a Q+A Session with the audience. Senator Cruz started by explaining the roots of the word politics: poly meaning many, and ticks—blood sucking insects. Cruz memorized the constitution while in high school, and later while at Princeton won the top speaker award at the U.S. National Debating Championship. He served as the solicitor general of his state for 5 years, and argued cases before the Supreme Court 9 times—winning five. Also while in this position, he successfully defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds. In 2013 he was elected to the Senate, and he is currently serving there. Ted Cruz proposed the abolition of the IRS and the implementation of a flat tax "where the average American can fill out taxes on a postcard." He is firmly opposed to raising the minimum wage, and he is for the death penalty. He voted in favor of the U.S. Freedom Act, and he also is a gun-rights supporter. During his senate campaign he called for the abolition of the U.S. Department of Education, and he opposes common core. Back in 2012 he stated that he would favor building a wall across the entire Mexico-U.S. border. He also has defended traditional marriage while in the Senate. I agree with Cruz on most all of the issues, and I believe if elected president, he would be someone who would really get things done.
And then when it was time for the next candidate to come up to the platform, the senator literally jumped off the stage, and shook a few more hands before departing. I think he would make an excellent president! http://tedcruz.org
Now you've already heard my reports on the other two candidates at this meeting,
so I will just close with saying that I liked what each one had to say! : )