Dear Fellow Citizens:

I consider myself privileged to live in this great nation, founded as it is on principles of personal liberty unmatched in any other country, past or present. Our economic success would not have been possible but for the rights set out in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers. I will work to maintain those rights and thereby maintain the unusual idea that the government works for the people rather than the people for the government. On March 4, 1789, the US Congress enacted the first twelve amendments to the Constitution. Many of the these amendments have been been undermined but none more than the 10th amendment that states:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively or to the people".

I will work to ensure that this amendment is respected and to extend the underlying principle that decisions should be made at the local level or by individuals wherever possible. With that in mind, I believe that parents should be able to make the really important decisions for themselves without interference from the state or federal government.

I believe that the US should maintain a powerful military capability. This is not just about budgets, it is also about personal commitment. My father and I served in the same tank regiment. Since my family arrived in this country in 1981, two of my sons have served in the US military. Simon served in the 8th Infantry Division and Andrew is currently flying KC-10 tankers in the far east.

Our government is already big enough. Further expansion will inevitably curtail individual liberties and undermine prosperity. I will work to make our government smarter rather than larger. Therefore my main issues are the double "E"s of Education and Economics.

As a people we are blessed; we need to remember that the bounty we enjoy was made possible by the struggles and tribulations of those who built this nation. Let us pass on an even greater legacy to the generations that will follow.

Sincerely,

Peter Morcombe