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This website is to serve my campaign for 2018, Bossert for State Senate.  Then candidate for Governor, Roy Cooper is now in the Governor's Mansion.  In 2016, I ran a campaign that didn't get me over the top, but did get me a good start with over 37,500 votes.  I call that a good start.  Join me in this adventure as we work for a 2018, win.  

 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:13 AM

On the Issue of Guns

This week a friend posted that she was uncomfortable with my position on guns.  I sent her a posting from my website in which I wrote about my concerns regarding mental health and gun ownership.  Perhaps I needed to be more specific?  I don't know.  However, here is where I stand.

1.     We need to keep weapons out of the hands of mentally ill people, whose particular mental illness finds the ownership of weapons dangerous to themselves or others.

2.     We need to deal with mental health issues in America.  Economic stress, adverse childhood experiences (ACES), the proliferation of mind numbing drugs, etc. help to make ours a dangerous country.

3.     We need stricter background checks and longer waiting periods to be certain that those who buy guns cannot get them until we are certain that they have been thoroughly vetted.

4.    We need military grade weapons and their ammunition out of the hands of civilians.

5.    We need to be certain that gun ownership is licensed and weapons need to be properly registered.

6.    Many European nations allow people to own weapons but strictly control the sale of ammunition.  We might want to look into that.

7.     Far more complicated, we need to figure out why we have over 90 killings a day by gun - some are accidents, many are suicides.  That means looking into the American psyche.

8.    We need to keep people like Cody Henson (our Rep to NC GA) from lowering the age for concealed carry permits. 

9.    Finally, in seeking licensure and registration, our citizens should be properly trained in safe use of weapons before they are issued.  We expect no less from people seeking drivers licenses. 

 

 


Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:48 PM

ARtichokes and Politics

I should always listen to my wife.   She taught me an Italian phrase today. Let's give it a whirl ... politica de carciofo ... pronounced "pole e teeka del car chofo." Translated it means "the politics of the artichoke."
If you will plan to join me at Bold Rock for my kick-off, I'll unmask the mysterious connection between the artichoke and the world of politics.
Remember ... November 19th ... School House Road ... Mills River ... 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. If you can't make it to M...ills River, I'll explain this mystical connection to you on another FB posting.
The politics of the artichoke. What does a political vegetable like an artichoke teach us about the world of politics?


Friday, November 10, 2017 4:59 PM

STANDING WHEN THE FLAG IS FLOWN

As Veteran's Day approaches, I am grateful to my son for his twelve or so years of service in the Army. I asked my son Aaron many times about how he felt about protesters and the like. He responded that regardless of how he feels about their political issues, he joined the Army to protect and defend the Constitution and all that that means.

For myself, I never served in the military, but know that my freedom exists in large part because of the visionaries who penned the Constitution and the courageous men and women who put on the uniform for over two hundred years. And to those who marched on Selma and Washington, D.C. and to those who would not sit in the back of a bus. And those who will not sit silent while our government runs over our rights with undemocratic gerrymandered voting districts.

Before I retired, I used to love walking in front of my school, Black Mountain Elementary, and looking at the flag waving against the backdrop of the mountains and blue sky. It filled me with a sense of purpose and pride. I often drove home passed the Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain and would stop long enough to contemplate the service of those in the earth beneath me. I love being an American. I take citizenship seriously.

We Americans are in the middle of a storm of sorts. Our sons and daughters are all over the world in harm's way for any number of political and social reasons. I am anxious that they come home to a Nation filled with gratitude for their service.

On this Veteran's Day may we all remember what sacrifice is and the people who have sacrificed so much for us and those doing so today. For me, I owe them something. That means protecting the right of all Americans to free speech, press, religion, and so on. People have died that our fellow citizens might have those freedoms.

My opponent in this election would have our children taught to stand for a pledge and an anthem and a waving flag. For some people, sadly, symbols are alI they have. Freedom doesn't live in a symbol. It lives in our hearts and minds. I would rather we teach our children that our Constitution is a living document, not something to be shelved when others disagree with us. I would have them taught to honor the Constitution and its guarantees over the symbols of our country and to have the courage to risk rebuke by fearlessly protesting when things are not right.

That is what real Americans do. We stand for each other and zealously protect the freedom that belongs to all of us. For some standing for freedom is done in the voting booth. For some it is by engaging in the political process. For some it is by marching by the thousands in the streets of Washington ... legally and peacefully. For some it is by taking a knee.

Thank you to all veterans, but most especially for me, to my son. He stood tall for our country when he volunteered to serve. I hope that had I been called to serve back in the seventies, I would have done as well as he.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 9:24 PM

Chuck Edwards Puts His Foot in His Mouth

Yesterday the people of Asheville voted 75% to 25% not to break into districts.  In South Asheville that vote was closer, but still a decisive 60% to 40%!  The people of Asheville do not want to break into districts.  For myself, I don't live there.  I believe that it should be the decision of the people and by the people.  But my opponent wants to force the people to his will.  "Power corrupts." 

In Asheville, signs went up to encourage people to vote to split into districts.  Ironically, people in the Hospitality business paid for those signs.  Also ironically the donations came from Raleigh.  I think that Chuck Edwards had something to do with this.  How about you?

Stop the power grab Senator!  Let the people decide and produce your proof that the majority of citizens want to be gerrymandered.

I think you can't!  Vote Bossertforstatesenate.com.  I will not impose my will on voters.

 

 

 

 

 


Monday, November 6, 2017 9:36 PM

I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY THIS, BUT. . .

I never thought I would say this but. . .President Trump is right. . .about Mental health at least.  It is a major issue.  The killings in Texas are proof of that.  We have too many mentally ill individuals who have access to dangerous weapons.  I can scarcely begin to imagine the horror in the minds and hearts of the victims and survivors of this most recent killing spree. 

I know that there are many kinds of mental illness.  The overwhelming number of people suffering with mental illnesses would never hurt anyone.  Still a gun, especially a military grade weapon, makes the unthinkable possible.  Guns are especially deadly in the impulsive hands of people who might contemplate suicide, for example.  A huge number of deaths by handgun are committed in a tragic moment ... an impulsive moment of anger with a spouse, a neighbor, a friend, or oneself. 

So, why aren't we doing more to identify and help those who might suffer a mental illness.  Here in North Carolina our legislature is slow to address mental health issues.  The best evidence of that is the woefully small number of counselors in our schools and the over burdened social workers and counselors in the public sector. 

Does it take yet another tragic killing spree like Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, and now a peaceful Baptist Church to wake people up?

Some of our mentally ill people are the most courageous people you can imagine.  They force themselves to live and work and care for others through the darkness of depression and paranoia and who knows what else.  Some are Democrats.  Some are Republicans.  Mental illness doesn't care about political affiliation. 

BUT I care about having people in State government who know that mental illness is a priority that cannot continue to be underfunded.  So President Trump and Chuck Edwards and Cody Henson and Mark Meadows, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr...let's stop offering our thoughts and prayers after the next tragedy.  Let's legislate real change to protect our citizens.


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