Hi I'm Todd Watson, an Independent candidate running for United States Senate.

Our party platform has three key philosophies compared to a traditional campaign agenda. First, we believe that the party system in Washington is broken. Second, we believe in a foundational return to the spiritual heritage of our country. Third, we believe it is time government act selfless and not selfish with the future of this country.

We have great passion to be part of a larger movement under God of real change in this country. Enjoy the site and let’s MOVE! Learn why all individuals who interviewed Todd of the York County GOP leadership committee endorsed Todd Watson for US Senate.

This site is designed to give you the information you need quickly while yet thorough enough to move the dialogue of the debate to “How” from “What”. “Todd’s Stances” has quick positional stances (read the bold if you have no time). Second, we have three Philosophies with quick excerpts to learn more about our beliefs. Finally, we thoroughly blog on any given topic to give those passionate about a subject details they can depend on. The details in these blogs gives you a roadmap to solving problems and details on specific views. You will rarely find disclosure of this level of detail as well as belief structures. Campaigns want to be general to appeal to the most voters. We fundamentally believe in giving specific guidance to move the debate forward and show we are serious about solving problems–not being popular.

Thanks for your support!

The Watson Campaign Team

The 2nd Debate Uncut

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Moments Like This (See Video) Is What We Are Fighting For

This video got me fired up today. Moments like these motivate one to serve and protect this land so more teaching like this happens. This is Americana and everything that is great about this country that needs to be preserved. Here is a dad, coach, and leader that we need more of. Protecting this country is about freeing up Coach Belisle to do what he does for our future. This is the selfless part we talk in our platform that we need to see more of from Americans. Coach giving up his time for the future and having fun doing it is an invaluable service to our country. No one has to be “Big Time”, you just have to be “Big Time” with a small set of people or person. Changing this country starts one person at a time–like Coach Belisle is doing. I guarantee you those kids will remember their coach and the impact he had on them for the remainder of their lives. Legacy, that is the rewards of his service. Everthing is not about the money Washington.

If the world saw more of this and less predominant view of Washington Power Brokers, Wall Street Greed and Hollywood Sin Peddling, they may have a different opinion on America. The good in people is here. We just need to free it, get government out of the way and let individuals God given abilities rise to the top and heal the fabric in this land. May we set an example for kids in Congress and restore their faith in leaders that has been destroyed the last 30 years with political bickering and poor behavior. God Bless coach Belisle for setting not only a great example to his kids but to other Little League Coaches around this country. This is America at its best.

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Our National Interview with The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/article/exclusive-interview-with-senatorial-candidate-todd-watson

I appreciate the small segment of the media highly interested in covering the issues of the Independent.  I appreciate Bob’s willingness to not filter the story but communicate the information.   Well done Bob!

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Military Opinion and Constitutional Duty

Common Defense calls for putting Suh, Sandman, and Ruud on the field. The Republicans hear defense and put the “Scoring Explosion” of Turner, Fryar, and Rozier on the field.

We are for strong defense, not offense, which has happened under every GOP administration my entire life. The definition of the word defense should be stated at the opening of any National GOP meeting to educate their members on a proper definition.

At the same time, Democrats who want to reallocate from our primary role of providing for the common defense and move money to “providing” the general welfare will receive my rebuff as well. Technology is the key to staying ahead in the race for military supremacy. Technology is expensive (I know, I own a Tech company) but should remain a top priority in spending. I, like Republicans, want a strong military. However, unlike most Republicans the past 35 years, I will advocate for limited use and restraint to execute our Constitutional mission of DEFENSE.

The world is a bad place. We are not meant to be saviors to the World–God is. We are naive to think otherwise. We have China swinging their elbows in the Pacific. We have additional tensions in Gaza, Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, and the list goes on and on.

We cannot afford to be over extending ourselves to save the world and be vulnerable at home. I feel like we are playing ‘Capture the Flag’ as a kid and we are leaving our flag unguarded. We must realize that every great World power that has ever existed have fallen from extensive wars and/or Imperialism. We must learn from history and demonstrate some restraint.

The GOP needs to realize the first phrase in the Constitution BEFORE “Provide for the Common Defense” is “Insure DOMESTIC Tranquility”– double emphasis on Domestic. More of my Constitutional views on YouTube. Limited views of government require limited views on being a world power. Our founders chartered this country to be a strong and Independent America. We were never created to be the dominant power over the whole world. If they were interested in that aim they would have stayed loyal to England.

It is time to debate on the floors of Congress our “National Interest”. We need to debate military involvement for humanitarian causes. The Iraqi people being murdered gave us a charge to attack ISIS (I support these attacks). However, highlights on the news of humanitarian disaster only happened when ISIS came closer to the oil fields we control in the Kurdish lands (Coincidence?) Why didn’t we act when mass execution was going across Syria whose oil we didn’t control (I realize it was the other Barbarian)? America was stuck on the border issue when ISIS was beginning their domination of northern Iraq. Why the attention now? We have watched genocide happen in Sudan/Rwanda/Yugoslavia and delegated our intervention to the UN.

The reality is oil has driven much of our military involvement and agenda. Humanitarian tragedies are often used to build public support of war. However, careful study of our engagements show oil is a fundamental driver to military involvement around the world. We have ignored too many other human tragedies to say our military involvement is consistent across humanitarian lines.

It is time to become North American Independent with energy and return our military to protecting liberty of Americans, not foreign oil. Let’s have the debate in the halls of our government. Should Oil drive national interest? What humanitarian tragedies invoke and warrant military involvement? These are good open debate topics and I think we can find a better answer to engagement through discussion of multiple Senators.

Unfortunately, we have two parties that cannot solve immigration in 7 years, budgets and food in 5. Proactive conversations on military positions maybe asking a lot of two parties who fundamentally despise each other. Time to change America or expect more confusion, delay and dysfunction.

Next, Congress declares war/not the President. These Presidents declare the beginning of too many engagements that become “Wars”. We may need to amend the Constitution to declare all forms of “Offensive” military engagements as “War” and require Congressional approval. The Republicans are crying foul of Obama’s actions yet they vote to go on recess for 5 weeks while our National Guard is deployed, ISIS is on a rapid terror across Northern Iraq, and kids are dying across the Southwest. Hypocitical would be the term I would use as we look at history of Republican Presidents abusing the same rules of engagement. Time to get off the beach/stumping for your friends and get back to work. We have plenty of problems that need work to only be in session a quarter of the year.

It is time to do the job you were paid to do. I don’t need to hear about your concerns on regulations affecting the needlepoint industry at home when we have National Security issues in emergency mode around the globe.

We need to debate rules of engagement and national interest to clearly establish our “cause and rules of engagement” we want from our military. We are in a dangerous domestic situation financially (another issue they need to work on promptly) and we need to be prudent on what engagements we entangle ourselves in. Our deficits clearly demonstrate that Republicans add to deficits with war and Democrats add to them by welfare. Both Parties need containment from limitless ambition of world influence or grand societal creations. This country is about liberty to citizens, not fulfilling the ambitions of our Presidents and their donor base.

As a last point, I’m thankful to not have the binding grip of Big Oil PAC’s to buy the ads that motivate the electorate. My family will not be suckered by nice ads at the cost of policy enforcement for the ad buyers that hurt our citizens. Long live Ethanol and all sources of Domestic Energy. God bless our military!

One of my best friends in college has served our nation in the International waters next to Iran. He has sacrificed more time away from his family than I have in this campaign. I’m honored to take on this fight while seeing my family most nights. He is sacrificing so much more. I’m fighting for you to get you home to your wife and kids. Your role as a husband/dad/defender of freedom is more important that supervising tanker after tanker of oil traveling next to Iran. Your loyalty to the cause of freedom is there. My job is to define what your cause should be.  It’s not the supervision of foreign oil transport in the world.

I’m happy to support all forms of domestic energy so you don’t have to support your sons and daughters protecting minerals in the ground and their transportation around the world for the well-being of the second largest donor base in American politics.  Let those entities pay to protect their own interests and keep their money out of our elections.  Stay conservative–ditch the major driver of Republican power–Oil Companies. It’s about liberty of all citizens, not power of parties and donor bases. God Bless America!

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The First General Election Debate is Online!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APbZCQgibj0&list=PL4QD8XkoT4hDd0WuwYqZrJ1OHnB4SWIip

Nebraska,

Take some time to educate yourself on the candidates. The Senate debate follows an update from our Legislative leaders. Our debate kicks off around 1:21 of the video. The questions were unknown ahead of time so everyone had to be spontaneous in their responses.

One thing I would like to correct in my presentation is my word “Enemy” as opposed to the intended word of “Ally” (I gasped the first time I watched it–oh well good way to stay humble). This was clearly a slip of the tongue as viewed in the context of what I was discussing. Nonetheless, I wanted to be clear on that point.

A few primary points we want to be firm on.

– We are not interested in raising taxes. Revenue growth in taxes is good when created from new and additional employment.  Revenue growth from raising rates is bad. We have the revenue we need. We need to prioritize what we are spending on and begin thinking about a plan to not only eliminate the deficit but attack the debt. Our kids deserve a better future.  The balance sheet needs liability reduction first.

– This country was able to balance the budget on duties, excise taxes, and tariffs alone pre 1913. The income tax was passed the same year as the Federal Reserve was created.  Income tax is as high as I will let it go if I vote.  Poor monetary policy has more to do with our economic conditions, income tax requirement, well-being of the poor, insolvency of Social Security/Medicare and stagnation of our economy then anyone knows.  Yet, the Fed is a topic that few understand.  If you want to balance the budget you need to take away the keys.  The keys is the control of the Fed over dictating the creation of money for ambition in the White House.  Please do your homework on The Federal Reserve ACT that has caused so much grief in this country.  I will not align with banking institutions that own the Fed like the other conservative in this race.

– I’m the only one that would discuss Spiritual issues.  It is highly uncomfortable for people to engage the topic.  However, it must be done.  Only 18% of our population attends regular worship service.  We have a spiritually ignorant and weak country. This is contrary to our historical roots.  People are not being fed in traditional places and I will encourage individuals to reengage with their spiritual roots for the well-being of the people and country.  We must realize General Welfare has a relationship to our Spiritual Welfare.  We remain committed to not establishing or coercion (this works against the cause).  However, we will speak, exercise, and express a message of encouragement for individuals to engage the topic.   We will continue to fight for the Religious Freedom for ALL people. Living out your individual conscious as long as it does not endanger public safety is everyone’s Constitutional right.

Finally, in an effort to find common ground:

– Jim and I agree to debating issues.  We must work together on civil issues to find solutions.

– Ben and I agree that religious liberty is paramount and must be protected

– Dave and I agree that Anti-Trust Law must be pursued to create a robust marketplace.

Enjoy the debate and take some time to listen to your current leaders at the beginning of the video.  Limiting the damage the EPA and regulators are causing is VERY important.  At the same time, I hope our leaders heard the priority of getting our budget fixed.  Protecting our farmers and ranchers is a homerun topic for all of us.  We all want our ranchers and farmers to be free to grow this economy.

However, tough topics like budget cuts needs attention.  We are in the middle of campaign season and the voters are very clear—they want a balanced budget!  Priority one needs some focus from our current bodies of Legislators.  I appreciated the divergent view of Representative Fortenberry on this topic.  It is time to address the major issues that are tough topics.  Speaking a ‘popular’ message is the easy thing to do but we need some urgency and action on major issues.

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