As I announce that I am running for Governor of Tennessee in 2010 I am reminded of a trip I took last winter with my campaign manager and photographer friend Chris McDonald who photographed campaign photos for me in the Great Smokey Mountains as we were beginning this process of laying the foundation for the upcoming Governor’s race. As I looked about me that day we saw some of the prettiest waterfalls in the entire world right in our own back yard of East Tennessee and it reminded me of the tremendous natural resources our great state has to offer who visit and those who live here. As I looked at those waterfalls I was reminded again as I have always been reminded as an activist for many causes that the greatest natural resource of our state was not these waterfalls but the PEOPLE who live here.
The people of Tennessee and their well-being, safety, prosperity and freedom are the reasons I am running for Governor once more. I don’t look at this task as being light or flippant but a very serious challenge but one I feel worth the work and effort for the sake of Tennessee’s most precious resource – it’s people. There are many mountains facing us as a state at the present time, especially with the national economy in such a tailspin where jobs are being lost, people are losing homes, and businesses are failing left and right. We cannot afford to keep investing our time into political games where favors are exchanged between political parties at the expense of the people of Tennessee who are always the ones who wind up being the losers in such games.
As an Independent Conservative candidate for governor I don’t owe favors to either the Republican or the Democratic party of this state. In addition, I have no desire to get involved and become engulfed in the endless waste of political energy on issues that matter little in the overall health of the state. People are without health care and yet our current political structure in Nashville seems more concerned with cutting benefits and repaying political favors to their cronies than doing what is right by the people. Current Governor Phil Bredesen presided over massive cuts to Tennessee’s Medicaid program seemed to relish at times fighting with advocates for the poor more than the advocates of the cuts. When a governor makes his fortune in the for-profit health insurance industry at the expense of the people who have serious health care insurance problems and has no conscicence about it – NASHVILLE, we have a problem and there is need for a new way of doing business.
Do you really think that either a Republican OR a Democrat would do any different that what is currently going on? The answer is simply NO! Why? Because when you have party affiliations then people affiliations become less and less important. Tennessee, do we really want that to continue the next four years? I think not.
Things are about to change in the way we do business in Nashville. The situation we face is by far one of the most serious in recent years yet we have hope in our vision for the future for Tennessee that with your help we can as Governor ensure that every citizen has a right to healthcare, the hope for employment as more jobs become available through job programs we hope to implement when elected. As Governor I also swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States but also the Constitution of Tennessee and if push comes to shove between the federal powers that be and the state of Tennessee’s powers, we’re coming down on the side of our state, not Washington.
In addition, as Governor, I will do everything within my power to work with the state legislature to pass laws friendly to agribusiness, education, and small businesses. We want to see better pay for teachers and a reduction in college tuition to keep Tennessee’s brightest minds studying here in our own Universities and institutions of higher learning. Our farmers also need attention to help make them profitable once again and feel they have a friend in Nashville who understands they are a vital part to the overall beauty of our state.
Those waterfalls I saw last winter were breathtaking. We live in one of the most beautiful states in the Union. The beauty of Tennessee however is YOU, the people, for whom I pledge that if you will elect me Governor I will serve with due diligence to make sure that at the heart of every decision we make will always be the overall prosperity and success of the people o f Tennessee. We have a lot to proud of and tremendous hope for the future that better days are ahead. Together we can get this done.
I covet you vote, prayers, and support on November 2, 2010. We need volunteers and donations at the present time for our campaign. You can visit our website at www.carlwhitakerforgov.com for more information on how you can do both. This is a conversation these next 18 months about YOU, our greatest resource of Tennessee.
See you on the campaign trail!