To Those Who Went With Me Into the Arena
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."-- President Theodore Roosevelt
Last year, I read the “Wilderness Warrior,” a book about Theodore Roosevelt’s life and his involvement in protecting the environment. Little did I know that a year later, the election would be focused on the Antiquities Act of 1906, which is described in detail in the book.
President Roosevelt was his own man, standing up against the party line and doing what he felt was the right thing. He was criticized by many for inviting Booker T. Washington to have dinner with him at the White House. While he was on a hunting trip in Mississippi, Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been tied to a tree, and as result, a toy maker in New York created a stuffed toy animal and called it the teddy bear.
Reflecting on the past two years of the campaign, we all gave it 100% and we did the best anyone could do. Although we did not win the election, we met wonderful people who are dedicated to making this country a better place, now and for future generations. We also discovered wonderful organizations throughout the district that are working every day to serve the needs and the needy in the community.
I am very humbled and grateful to have had a team of hundreds of people who worked so hard for what seemed to many to be an impossible task. Thank you for giving me your support, trust and confidence.
Our country will continue to be the shining light on the hill only if we, the people, continue to stay involved, stay informed and demand the best of our elected officials. Now let’s get back to work and watch them like a hawk.
Thank you, Jack
As an Eagle Scout and Scout Leader who has spent hundreds of days and nights camping, hiking, biking, planting trees and building trails, I am one of the millions of people who enjoy spending time in the San Gabriel Mountains every year. We are fortunate to have many, many beautiful places to go to that are so close and accessible. With the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, many of the recreational activities we have enjoyed for many years are now at risk. We need a balance of recreation and preservation. We need leadership, not politics.
I do not easily endorse political people, as they are prone to focus on self-centered agendas, forsaking any desire to lead and serve others. Jack Orswell, on the other hand, believes in and leads a values-centered life, which out-behaves our misbehaving Congress. I met Jack in graduate school.
Unlike other students, he did not seek a degree for a promotion or a raise. As the owner of his own small business, there was little motivation to pursue education at this time. Yet, Jack felt it was important to set an example that learning is less about what you know and more about what you do with what you know; and what you do should to contribute to the lives others. In 2008, Jack lived out this value in the most extreme way. During the economic crash, Jack's business was hit hard. Most in his position would lay off employees to keep the business afloat. Instead, Jack did not cut himself a paycheck for over eight months in order to keep his people employed without pay cuts.
You see, Jack gets the fact that real people, with real families, real lives, and real hopes and dreams are depending upon their leaders to provide trust, compassion, stability, and hope. Jack has demonstrated the capacity to deliver this kind of leadership to the American people.
Jim Uhl, Upland 18 year public safety professional & college professor
We have just posted an exciting list of upcoming events that extend from Pasadena to Upland. One event not to miss will be on Sunday, September 14th in Pasadena. It will be a fascinating, inside look at the identification and capture of the Unabomber in 1996. Max Noel, one of the guest speakers, is my former FBI partner in San Francisco. Seating is limited, so be sure to make your reservation soon. Please check back later to the events page as there will be additional events posted when we finalize the details.
Although folks often refer to this time of year as the "lazy days of summer," we are working hard on our "Victory in November" campaign. We had a "hot time" marching in the Sierra Madre 4th of July parade. We met lots of supporters along the route and it was a great way to celebrate America's birthday. Thank you to all of the family and friends who participated and help us spread the "Leadership, not Politics" message in Sierra Madre.
The final election results of the June 3rd primary election for the 27th Congressional District indicate we received 24,467 votes or 39.2% of the vote. With only 29% registered Republicans in the district, this is a great indication of the growing dissatisfaction of Congresswoman Judy Chu. During three weekends in May, we walked nine precincts in Altadena. Although Altadena only had a voter turnout of 15%, our nine precincts showed a voter turnout of 27%, which shows our dedicated volunteers can convince people to vote.
The stunning upset in Virginia this week shows that there is no safe district, and that money doesn't vote but people do!
The candidate filing has been completed, and the Jack Orswell for Congress 2014 campaign is now officially underway. First of all, make sure you, your family members and friends are registered to vote. If you are not registered to vote, you cannot have a voice in your government. If you are not registered, or need to update or verify your registration, you can go to our new website, JackOrswell.com, and click on the link. You can also sign up as a volunteer, pledge your vote, check out upcoming events, provide me your endorsement or make a donation. And you can help us spread the word about the campaign by clicking on the links to Facebook, Twitter, Google Circles or LinkedIn.
On January 10th, I announced my intention to file as a candidate for the California 27th Congressional District. The decision to run again was made mainly on the fact that Congress continues to ignore our voices. Our government exists in a very limited role to keep us safe, help those in need and allow us to enjoy freedom and liberty. But Congress continues to play politics as usual, introducing needless bills and spending money they don’t have. In 2012, the national debt was $13 trillion; it is currently over $17 trillion. This enormous debt is a threat to our national security and yet Congress continues to spend. We can only change the thinking in Washington if we change the people in Washington.