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I was born in Berwyn, IL and grew up at Maryville Academy in different locations around the Chicago metropolitan area. I learned to suvive despite the harshest circumstances whil in this situation because I was treated unfairly and with disregard. I learned from this that everyone regardless of background deserves to be listened to and have a voice. I also overcame many obstacles and learned that when one applies themselves anything can be achieved.

I graduated from the public elementary and secondary school systems and went on to college ill prepared for the challenge. I have overcome this after transferring between colleges five times. I am a junior at DePaul Univesity and plan to graduate with my BA degree in Political Sciecnce in June 2007. Then I plan to attend graduate school at the University of South Carolina.

I am currently a member of the DePaul College Republicans.

I spent one year as a cadet and one and one half years as a special student in the Air Force ROTC program where I learned the discipline that is helping me overcome my obstacles. While in this program I was a Cadet 1Lt. and Public Affiars Office in my Arnold Air Society squadron. I also was a member of the Association of Air Force Missileers.

I also have a wide range of political experience. I interned for Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. I also have volunteered for several campaigns: Vallas for Governor 2000, John Edwards for President 2004, and Dan Hynes for U.S. Senate 2004. I attended the College Democrat Convention in Boston (2004).Though I have worked for Democrats although I am politically conservative. I plan to travel in 2008 to work for the reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.
 
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What I Believe 

My politics are guided by conservative values and a strongly independent mind.

  • Every life is sacred. Abortion on demand should be made illegal. I allow for three exceptions: rape, incest, life.helth of the mother. To facilitate the prolife posisiotn adoption programms should be strgthened.
  • The family is the foundation of a strong society, therefore marriage needs to be protected. Protection of marriage as a tradition does not rule out civil unions for homosexuals. Constituionally, we cannot deny these individuals legal protection. However, this needs to be decided on a stat by state basis.
  • Homeland and national security are paramount concerns.  Enforcing our immigration laws, building a strong military, and preservig and protecting our civil rights provides the base for a strong and secure nation.
  • Economic prosperity is central to an ownership society. In furtherance of this we need to to have fair trade that incorporates human rights, environmental standards and minimum wage requirements so our companies can compete if they invest in America. Fair competition would promote companies to stay here and hire American workers
  • Common sense measures like background checks and trigger locks can preserve the rights of citizen to own firearms, protect the gun manufacturers from lawsuits, and safeguard our children from gun-related accidents.

Political Economy/Philosophy Selector
Liberal -- The belief that social justice is best facilitated by limited, popular government and free (and fair) markets. Some Republicans, most Democrats, most Reformers.

  • John Locke
  • James Madison
  • J.S. Mill
  • Adam Smith
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Theodore Roosevelt

Foreign Policy Philosophy
Liberal Emphasis on freedom, markets, democracy; free democratic states are good and fair, but autocratic states are immoral. We must push for democratization and liberalization around the world using open trade and international organizations: all people should be free.

  • Immanuel Kant
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George P. Shultz
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Conservatism with out a conscience is an ideology without a purpose, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.