PATRIOTISM

Patriotism

A PATRIOTS CONSCIENCE

I have been accused of being a liberal, progressive thinker over the years. (I prefer unique) Maybe I am, but I will say I love my country, my state and my city. I have proudly and honorably served 4 years of my life in the U.S. Air Force. I have spent a great deal of my seven decades dedicated to the improvement of our body politic on the local, state and national level.
Mr. Bryan Zollinger, last Friday (Oct 26) at 6:42 pm in a Facebook comment said, “..If our nation is to survive, it must have a national narrative that seeks not to blame but to inspire, not to divide but to unite, not to demean but uplift.” I totally take exception to the implication that criticizing the government can’t be done by a patriot and someone who loves their country and that such criticism is demeaning of the person or the country.
Our Constitution is one of the most inspiring and culture changing pieces of work ever struck by man. It has held this Nation together for two centuries. Progressives and liberals do not hate Idaho or the United States of America and to say or promote such an idea is fomenting division, it is not unity. In all my political activities for the majority of my life I have never heard any of these people say they hate America. To say hate is “embedded in progressive thinking.” is to misunderstand the whole concept of the founding of this country.
To criticize our government and to seek to improve it is not hate. It is the patriotic expression our founders hoped to foster to prevent stagnation and complacency.
There is a reason it is the first Amendment, because freedom of speech is our most precious right. “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech, or of the press or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble to and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” They sought criticism as a good thing.
Our founders knew the Constitution was not perfect and that over the course of history it might be amended; and in the employment of it by fallible men it would have some flaws. They made provision for such change and they would cringe to hear people say any one who challenged it in any way was not a patriot.
The concept of America right or wrong is not what the founders sought, nor expected, nor wanted. It says everything is perfect and we cannot improve. It denies the flaws of the original Constitutional document that for instance allowed slavery, and kept minorities and women from being equal and enfranchised. It ignores the fallible implementation of the government by men.
What is deeply embedded in me is not hate, it is the idea that we all are created equal and that our government and fellow countrymen should act that way. What inspires and uplifts me are people who serve our nation at the cost of family and household. What inspires me is the courage of people to press peacefully for improvement; to expect the government and its enactors to act fairly and with compassion and thoughtful motives. What inspires me, are people who take part in the process of making the government work responsibly and accountably.

STATE GOVERNMENT OVER-REACH

State Government ...

My opponent, Mr. Z, continues to support the state government's limitations on the city and county governments. This is not necessary; the cities are capable of running themselves without the state interfering.

HEALTHCARE

My opponent's pat...

My opponent has voted against every health bill improvement. He makes his private income from being a bill collector against those who have medical bills they cannot pay because they have no medical insurance. That is a conflict of interest, besides being callous.

POLITICAL REFORM

Who am I

Morrison for Legislature Press Release
March 2018

George Morrison, a U.S.A.F. veteran, is a second time candidate for the Idaho Legislature; seat 33b. A seat currently held by the far right cabal of Bonneville County. Morrison is a 28 year resident of Idaho Falls. He has been married to Jackie for 23 years and is still on his honeymoon. They have raised 7 children; have 8 grandchildren, 2 great grand-children. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Long Beach State University.
“There has been a one party domination in the state legislature for over 20 years. Our progress diminished our effectiveness muted. They are not meeting the needs of the average Idahoan. They can’t even hear them. There is no accountability, because for so long there have not been enough voices challenging them.
Morrison said:
“I do not have to take a pledge to the ideas of others in order to be on the ballot, I can listen to the electorate and we can, together, move forward for a better Idaho. I would like to see more thoughtful and critical thinking in the Capital. Government can be more effective, without being bigger. It is a matter of priorities. The state government can also be more responsible and open in its actions.”
I don’t believe in conspiracies, I don’t think the world is flat, I don’t applaud anarchists who want to violently overthrow the government; I wouldn’t let them near the Capital bldg.. I don’t think there are nice Nazis. I don’t think the middle class should pay the taxes of the top 2%. There is not an international conspiracy called Agenda 21.
I do think we should make the best health care plan available. I do think we can improve our schools and pay our teachers a living wage with good insurance. The quality and meaningfulness of the bills coming from them is pathetic; causing us National embarrassment. It is time to change the balance in the House.”

I am the citizen legislator that our state founders had in mind. I am not a career politician. I am a progressive, a pragmatist who will bring some new ideas to the State House. I am an old guy with a young mind and creative thoughts. It is time to change the political party balance in Boise, time to do some things for all the people instead of the favored few. I am not impressed with stuffy and sometimes ignorant people and their closed minds, who continue the same old thinking year after year.
I will listen to the electorate and give an opinion and we can work together toward the direction we want. I’d like to see more variety, critical thinking and openness in the legislature. I know that government can be more effective and responsive without being bigger. I will be accountable to the people of this district. I will be a voice not an echo.
I am appalled by the quality of bills passed by the legislators in past years. They make Idaho look silly in the eyes of the Nation. We need to close the health gap; we need to stop the legislative grab of local power from the cities and counties. We need for the legislature to stop authorizing the Governor to spend millions for wasted law suits and give that money to the schools and other useful places, such as infra-structure or school building fund.
I will appreciate the support of the citizens of Idaho Falls. I do not seek campaign funds from companies or selfish special interests. It’s time for a change, let’s make it.

POLITICAL REFORM

MY BASIC CAMPAIGN...

There are many issues in this campaign and they sometimes seem insurmountable. At times I feel like Don Quixote, charging them on my burro. It can seem foolish to try. There are so many windmills.
But I am a stubborn old man and I don’t give up easily. I know, “I stand on the shoulders of giants,” to quote Steven Hawking. There have been great accomplishments made against much greater odds. But our cause is also good, the people’s cause, the people’s betterment.
When doubt creeps cowardly into my mind, I push it away; I think of those special needs children, of single moms, struggling to just barely make ends meet. I think of people with serious and long-term medical issues. I think of reports that in some areas our schools rank 49th in the nation. I think of dedicated, caring and unselfish teachers working hard; using in many cases their own paltry pay to teach and conduct their classes.
I think of people having to have two minimum wage jobs, or even three in the same family, working hard every day and still struggling; while the Legislature gives huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to special interests; and gives themselves very good taxpayer funded healthcare.
I think of how many years since there has been fair competition in the Idaho House and Senate. I think of how long there has been little accountability, openness and caring for the average Idahoan.
Besides the people issues are the wacky extremist issues, which serve no real purpose
Agenda 21…a nonsense idea concocted by the John Birch Society; If there ever was fake news this is it; yet our local reps give it legs by encouraging and attending.

Time wasted worrying about“ foreign laws”
Supporting the nullification of Federal laws.
Support to the Oregon anarchists.
Being slaves to the so-called “Freedom Caucus.”
These are just some of the issues. My opponent’s goal is to disrupt, not to accomplish something worthwhile.
The time has come. I will get back on my burro, point my lance forward and look for the next windmill. This time I will knock it down. Join me; get your friends and family to join us. Get people registered and interested in voting. We are better as a team; we are a stronger voice and not an echo. Let’s stop the nonsense. Let’s have good health, good schools, good government. Your power is in the vote, use it.