Mark Sharpe declares

I declare a commitment to forge ahead with those who want to deal responsibly with our financial woes and check our unsustainable and poorly thought out military commitments.

True leadership, not fear-mongering is what America needs

By Mark Sharpe

It’s the 4th of July so in respect to those who put it all on the line to create a new nation some 235 years ago – I make my own declaration. 

I am committed to working with anyone – Republican or Democrat, independent or tea party, vegan or meat eater, straight or gay, black or white, Hispanic or other ethnic origin so long as they are equally committed to answering America’s challenges and putting us on the course to greatness once again. 

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Some among us butter their bread dividing America or launching irresponsible invectives against their opponents.

I commit myself to eschewing fear-mongering or labels which attempt to identify the “other side” as unpatriotic or worse, preferring rather that we get on with the hard tasks of putting our country back on a sustainable path of economic prosperity and opportunity for all.

I declare a commitment to forge ahead with those who want to deal responsibly with our financial woes and check our unsustainable and poorly thought out military commitments. Working together we will make America great once again; a nation powered by the principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and so brilliantly enabled in our Constitution.

James Madison would boldly declare 20 years after the Declaration of Independence that the U.S. Constitution was “nothing but a dead letter until life and validity was breathed into it, by the will of the people.” He recognized then that our uniqueness was embedded in a core conviction that the American people could be trusted to self governance, a then revolutionary concept. 

Today some seek answers in Washington, but my sense is that Madison had it right when he looked to the states and the people for their concurrence to the new Constitution.  Thus plans for dealing with the national debt, reforming entitlements, improving healthcare or disengaging from Iraq and Afghanistan might originate from the policy shapers in D.C., but it’s a “dead letter” until a concordance is established with the American people.

Continued fear-mongering by “placeholders” in  Washington who will fight any attempt at reform with wretched scare tactics to ensure their brief political survival, is as abhorrent as those talk radio pundits who seek to squelch any attempt to work together to solve our problems as unprincipled appeasement. 

The founders who bore the brunt of building a new nation had little use for loud-mouthed demagogues who cast stones from the safety of the sidelines, recognizing then, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christies does today, that “principled compromise” is critical when drafting a Declaration of Independence, when forging a Constitution, or when solving our current federal debt crisis. 

Madison joined with other Americans who decades earlier risked it all on the front lines in the drafting and signing of our Declaration of Independence, by bravely venturing into what Teddy Roosevelt would later describe as “the arena” to build a new nation.  We therefore need a new commitment by all today who seek to join our founders “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence”  to “mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” in forging a renewed America.

America can successfully deal with our debt crisis and unshackle our military from unwise or dated overseas entanglements, but it will take a mature dialogue and principled dedication to real reform.

My declaration is to begin this discussion and follow its course by showing true leadership not fear mongering, partisan bickering or political pandering.

Join me.

Mark Sharpe is a Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner who is expected to run for the U.S. Congress next year. E-mail him at: msharpe1776@gmail.com.

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22 thoughts on “Mark Sharpe declares”

  1. “My declaration is to begin this discussion and follow its course by showing true leadership not fear mongering, partisan bickering or political pandering.”
    Follow what Course? Where? Any Guiding Principles? I guess selected neutral quotes from Madison were meant to reassure.
    I’m sure we can find a common course between Socialist Progressive Communists and Constitutionalists. Half Freedom is better than No Freedom,unless that had been our “course” for over the past 50 years. Half of a half of a half = current Government Control of all facets of our lives from city to county to state to Federal;Some benign,Much Tyrannical.
    Sharpe better than Castor? I guess a half loaf is better than nothing, but it will only continue the Progressive Course, as very little “direction” will change, always Leftward Ho!

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  2. I think his point is clear – quit labeling people with whom you disagree leftists and commit to solving the problem. His principles are clear to those who want to see – a smaller government that works and entitlement reform that honors our commitments without bringing financial ruin to America. Thank you Mark for your courage – I’ll join.

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  3. My letter is simply a declaration to work with all others to get America back on track. I am a student of history and passionate in my adherence to the Constitution. This means that the federal government should leave to the state and local governments all but what is clearly delineated in our Constitution. Having experienced first hand the limits of good government my sense is that if we narrow our scope, and demand absolute excellence in the execution of our core mission, America can once again regain it’s footing and our children the promise of future prosperity.

    This letter is a commitment to work with others to solve problems. My announcement regarding what I intend to do and guiding principles will be made in August.

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  4. The message above typifies why you will never win a GOP primary, Mark. Let the mindless, knee-jerk name-calling continue. Good luck. If you survive as far as the general election while holding to the course you just set out, I’ll vote for you.

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  5. Even the homeless who have to beg to survive? Everyone has a story. Everyone can contribute, except homosexuality, which is what did in Sodom and Gomorrah. But it really wasn’t the gays entirely that upset Our Lord, what really sickened Him to no end was the laissez faire attitude and acceptance of homosexuality by staight people. That’s what He couldn’t stomach. Get your spiritual house in order Chris. We have several more months then many will perish. Emails are cold. I say this with concern and affection.

    God bless,
    Susan

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  6. Quick with the labels aren’t we Anonymous? Crist abandoned his party in the quest to save his career. Sharpe is declaring his commitment to his principles while extolling the importance of working with others to save our country from financial ruin.

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  7. Absolutely CA. Working together – despite differences – is the essence of America. Sharpe writes about the Constitution which was shaped by many hands. The key was that all were committed to saving the country which faced challenges then as large as we do today. We need that same commitment again – put America ahead of partisan bickering. Go Sharpe!!

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  8. Our great communicator, Ronald Reagan, knew there were times to compromise, even with Tip O’Neil. We don’t have to walk from our principles to find middle ground on tough issues.
    If Adams and Jefferson could find agreement, so can we.
    God Bless America! Happy 4th to all.

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  9. didn’t mean to post anonymously regarding the reference to charlie crist. i disagree with what the self-serving cc did. i’m concerned that espousing bi-partisanship this early will give sharpe’s opponents an opportunity to tattoo him for wanting to reach across the aisle. cc may have poisoned the well for moderate, sensible, practical, and smart candidates. i think the republican electorate wants more blowhards still.

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  10. I think we all want several reversals of policy. Return to reasonable search and seizure laws. Cutting federal nanny state laws, taxes and interference with local initiatives. We can’t even get congress to repeal curly que light bulbs and balance a budget, much less Constitutional duties like to protect our borders and defeat a wold wide terror organization..

    Bush actually signed a lot of stupid laws, Obama continues many Bush policies, and each side mixes it’s principles to stay elected. Mr Sharp is well known as a conservative, and navigated the waters of local government well. Castor is a menace and needs to be kicked out of office.

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  11. Friends, I support Mark Sharpe. He is a man of courage and principles. I ran for this office in 2010, but would not have entered the race if Mark were running. This is a tough district. We need every single vote to elect Mark. We must defeat Kathy Castor. I realize Mark has not announced. He knows that I will support him if he decides to run.

    I’m with you Mark, let’s go!

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  12. Leonard — I share your thoughts about Republican blowhards, but that’s no reason for Sharpe to tailor his statements to pander to them — especially here at the first, right at the starting gate. Scott panders and you see how his base will turn on him if he deviates even once from THEIR agenda. (Sunrail or whatever it is) Who wants to be one group’s puppet? Bump that noise.

    I truly believe that Sharpe is a man of principle, of courage and I hope that he will run his own race and not be one to stick the finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing before he makes a statement of basic belief. He’s smart enough and experienced enough to navigate the political waters but he’s confident enough to be “real” about what he believes. (I think!) And if that’s not good enough for the Republican party, then maybe we don’t deserve someone of Sharpe’s quality.

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  13. Finally, we have a Statesman:

    “I am committed to working with anyone – Republican or Democrat, independent or tea party, vegan or meat eater, straight or gay, black or white, Hispanic or other ethnic origin so long as they are equally committed to answering America’s challenges and putting us on the course to greatness once again.”

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  14. Throughout our nation’s history we have had men of courage, principals and the steel spine to stand up and defend those
    ideals that forged our great nation. These same men always seem to appear at our countries most trying times to serve and preserve all of our constitutional rights and freedoms. When you take that step Mark we will walk with you knowing we follow a true leader. Thank you Mark, you restore everyones faith for the future.

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