Will Bronson for U.S. Congress Florida 17th District Will Bronson for U.S. Congress  Florida 17th District

Born: Chicago, August 16, 1939; Morgan Park High School 1953-57; Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota 1957-59, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington 1959-61, BA Economics; US Navy 1961-66, Pensacola, Naval Aviator, Security Group Boston; Suffolk University, Boston, MA Education, 1966-68; Northeast/Delta Airlines, pilot, 1966-91; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MTS 1971-75; Candidate US Congress MA6, 1976-80; Candidate US Congress GA7 1984; Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Doctor of Ministry 2006-08.

 

Author: Joy of Flying, How to Get to Heaven; available on Amazon.

Speaker on Health, Happiness, and Hope. (Book in progress)

 

Advocate for Non-Profit Organizations (NPO): Doctoral Thesis: A Plan for Individual Engagement in the Millennial Development Goals (MDGs).

Other Activities: Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress – Massachusetts 6th District: 1976 (43%), 1978, (46.5%) 1980 (49% primary)

 

Co-Chairman Ambassador Bush’s Massachusetts Presidential Primary Advisory Committee 1980; Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress –Georgia 7th   District: 1984 (45%).

Chairman Education Voucher Study Committee – Boston  Finance Committee 1981

Chaplain Assistant Kennesaw Regional Hospital, GA 1982-83.

Chairman GA 7th Congressional District Republican Party –   1985.

President of Portsmouth, NH Taxpayers Association 1989-90.

Hospice Volunteer Training, Portsmouth, NH 1990

Prison Ministry, Dover, NH 1990-91.

Founding Headmaster of Portsmouth Christian Academy, Portsmouth, NH 1991-1992

Assistant to Headmaster Kennebunk Christian Academy, Kennebunk, Maine 1996-1997.

 

Married to Christine Bronson, classical soprano, Life Coach specializing in Radical Forgiveness.

       5 adult children.

   

Church Affiliation: Episcopal

 

Recreations: Ice hockey, fencing (New England Masters Epee Champion 1991) skiing, tennis, golf.

 

 

Student of current affairs, the economy, politics, foreign affairs, environment.

 

 

Platform:

  1. End excessive influence of money in the political process. Support Move to Amend to enact the 28th Amendment: corporations are not people, money is not speech.
  2. To level the electioneering playing field, ensure that a reasonable amount of free broadcast radio and TV time is available for political statements and debates for all candidates before elections.
  3. Support private and public works programs to create jobs and improve national infrastructure.
  4. Re-regulate the banks and investment institutions.
  5. Encourage green power through a nationwide smart-grid system.
  6. Promote single payer/universal health care coverage.
  7. Protect the environment from polluters and genetically engineered organisms.
  8. Reinforce safety nets, protect Social Security and Medicare from privatization.

Why I Went From Republican to Democrat

I grew up in Chicago in a typical middle class politically conservative and religious environment. My father started a small business that became quite successful. Graduating from Carnegie Tech in 1929, he lived the American dream. He could send my brother and me to college where we excelled. My brother took over the family business and I went into the Navy and later became an airline pilot. I was an Eagle Scout, active in my church, and believed that the American dream was working. My father had strong opinions against FDR, unions, and other non-Republican ideas.

 

Studying was very important to me and I entertained thoughts of going into teaching or the ministry, which explains my academic record, despite holding a very well paid job as a pilot. While studying for my Master’s Degree in Theological Studies, a classmate, Michael Ford asked me to volunteer to help his father run in the Presidential primary in 1976 against Ronald Reagan. This was my first involvement in politics. I attended a meeting of our local Republican party and became interested in the Congressional race and decided to enter, winning the primary and the privilege of running against incumbent Michael Harrington, Massachusetts 6th District. No one had mounted a serious challenge to his incumbency until I took 43% of the vote. Harrington decided to retire and the open seat attracted a lot of attention. I ended up facing Nick Mavroules in 1978 after they had a vigorous Democratic primary. Nick was the Mayor of Peabody, one of 5 large cities in my district north of Boston. I won 23 of the 29 cities and towns in my district but because of the heavy Democratic population in the cities received only 46.5% of the vote. In 1980, I lost a narrow primary by 200 votes out of over 20,000 cast. Being prolife and trained in a conservative evangelical seminary made my candidacies of great interest to the religious right which was beginning to gain steam. The Bush/Reagan Presidential primary in 1980 however found me in the Bush camp as a sort of token conservative serving on H W’s Massachusetts Campaign Advisory Committee.

 

My airline job required that I fly out of Atlanta and I found myself living in GA 7 served by incumbent Democrat Larry McDonald who died on the Korean Airliner that was shot down by the Russians in 1983. His widow, who I campaigned for, lost the special election to fill his seat and I challenged the winner, Buddy Darden, in 1984 winning 45% of the vote. The evangelical community strongly backed my candidacy being myself a born again Christian, prolife, and running on the Reagan motto that “government is the problem not the solution.”

 

Flash forward 28 years, and Will Bronson is living in Florida, retired after 25 years from an airline that declared bankruptcy to escape its pension obligations, looking for work in a down economy, and caught like so many others in the housing bubble with underwater properties. Going back to school, The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to earn a Doctor of Ministry in hopes of improving my employment prospects, I began to think long and hard about why America seemed to be losing its way and the American dream seemed like a mirage to so many.

 

The following are my conclusions and why I have become a Democrat:

 

  1. I began to envision government not as an evil master but a protector of the average person against the ravages of the greed of large corporations.
  2. I saw the history of the union movement as an attempt of labor to protect itself against the same predatory actions of the same large corporations.
  3. I realized that there is a huge difference between the practices of small and medium size businesses and large multinational corporations.
  4. I read the history of these large corporations buying as much influence as they could in Washington to give themselves unfair advantage over competitors and labor.
  5. I saw lobbying abuses as products of their greed and an attempt to hamstring Congress from regulating fair play.
  6. I saw gridlock in Washington as created intentionally by big money to prevent legislation that would level the playing field between Wall Street and Main Street.
  7. I saw globalization as a means to allow big business to out-source their operations to cheaper labor and tax environments and thereby create larger markets and profit.
  8. I saw the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, controlled by big money interests in the U.S. and other Western countries, as a vehicle for exploiting developing countries by conditioning their loans with the most severe demands including breaking unions, eliminating government safety nets, eliminating tariffs, selling resources, and privatizing government operations.
  9. I saw large corporations working for their boards and upper management, not the stock holder or labor who were often victimized by speculation, cooked books, and mobile money.
  10. I began to see government as a large corporation where voters where like stockholders, but politicians were like upper management, devoid of the best interest of the average person.
  11. I saw massive failure of the Friedmanite vision of business to produce results for the average person in the U.S. or abroad. I saw the Chicago School of Economics’ philosophy as providing intellectual cover for what has become colonialism reborn in the 21st century.
  12. I saw massive privatization of governmental responsibilities, including making war, which enriched the coffers of companies like Halliburton while creating millions of refugees and untold suffering in Iraq and Afghanistan which worked against our security interests but in favor of massive profits through often secretive and non-competitive bidding.
  13. I saw the National Security Agency grow to four times the size of the CIA, costing billions of dollars and compromising the privacy of US citizens, all sold to the public by fear mongering.
  14. I saw a Republican political base assembled for an adventurist foreign policy and domestic government downsizing by creating a phobia over government debt and cynically using prolife sentiments. I consider myself a moderate prolife candidate in that I would not change current laws or prevent a woman from having the final decision on the matter. But I highly resent the way Republicans have used this very emotional issue to advance their political agendas.
  15. I see the only solution to breaking the gridlock in Washington and overcoming the abuses of greed in private industry is to elect a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress. I do not see the Republican Party representing the best interests of Main Street in the current crisis.

Though I draw my conclusions from many sources, I encourage anyone questioning these   ideas to read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, subtitled The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, a seven hundred page book where many of these ideas are brought together and exhaustively substantiated by seventy pages of footnote references. For a shorter version of same see John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

 

William Bronson

For more information call Will Bronson at  239 940 6080 or write at willbronson7@gmail.com or PO Box 1507, Lehigh Acres, FL 33970.

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