[John Rankin thought of running for Governor of Connecticut in 2018, but his adrenal health still needed further recovery; but had it come to pass, here is what the campaign would have looked like.]
1) Cut the size of state government to its proper scope; 2) cut taxes accordingly; 3) watch the economy take off; 4) via the prior political ethics defined at prepartisan.org.
- Born in 1953 in New Britain, raised in West Hartford, resident of Simsbury.
- Married in 1977, with four adult children and six living grandchildren.
- Graduate of South Kent School; Denison University (B.A. history); Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.); Harvard Divinity School (Th.M. ethics and public policy); and currently working on an M.Phil and Ph.D. at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (A Theology of Political Freedom).
- Ordained Protestant minister.
- Founder and President of the Theological Education Institute (TEI), International, teii.org, and host of the Mars Hill Forum series.
- Author of ten books.
- Political identity = biblically rooted pro-life libertarian, finding hospitality within the Republican Party to advocate the same, indeed, as a “Pre-partisan Republican.” The Gospel, as it applies to any political culture, is simple: religious, political and economic liberty for all people equally, as all are image-bearers of the Creator.
- Agenda rooted in the 2006 book, The Six Pillars of Honest Politics (johnrankinbooks.com), where Occam’s razor is taken to edit the state constitution and laws: 1) cutting them from 17,000 pages down to 35; 2) producing the ability to cut the size of government, and thus taxes, by 50 percent; and 3) setting the economy ablaze; while providing segue for those who need to move from state to private employment. Simplicity, trustworthiness and transparency govern every aspect in this rewrite.
- The proposed campaign embraces a level playing field for all ideas to be heard equally, covering the whole range of salient issues, and centers on public policy forums in churches, schools and other venues. All gubernatorial candidates will be invited. All will be in accord with federal election laws regarding any 501(c)3 hosting groups.
- If the proposed campaign comes to pass and is successful, the legislature and public will be invited to consider John’s proposal for this constitutional and statutory rewrite. The goal is to see this proposal, as shaped through legislative and public input (aka, checks and balances on power), become law via a Constitutional Convention and subsequent voter ratification.
Cut the Law by 99 Percent
Cut the Size of Government and Taxes by 50 Percent
Set the Economy Ablaze
In the proposed rewrite of the state constitution and laws, there are thirty new factors introduced. Here are some of them in concise summary:
Preamble: It is rooted in the six pillars of honest politics and an explicit definition of localized and limited government.
Section 1:1: The language of the image of God and priority of protecting human life is both a statement of conviction and an invitation to debate what “entire natural duration” means.
Section 1:2: There is the explicit and inclusive goal of man and woman in marriage, and the presence of fathers in the lives of their children.
Section 1:4: Religious liberty is the first and defining freedom.
Section 1:6: There is the specific itemization of life, liberty and liberty as protected by due process of law.
Section 2:2: Lawmaking is via super majority.
Section 3:2: There is a definition and purpose for taxation rooted only in productive economic activity..
Sections 3:13; 9:16 and 9:17: There is ubiquity of transparency in all elements of governance, with open meetings and media access.
Sections 5:4 and 5:5: The introduction of the Common Courts is for locally judged and non-felonious matters, greatly alleviating the formal court system.
Section 6:5: There is the right for citizens to initiate statewide referenda on questions of public policy.
Section 7:16: There is no limit on political monies w/concurrent transparency and accountability.
Section 9:12: There is a simplicity in defining business law through “open contracts.”
Sections 9:18 and 9:19: There is an explicit limit on, and the nature of, taxes collected by the state.
Section 10:10: All food, medicine and clothing requires truth in advertising as to natural, synthetic and/or GMO content.
Section 10:18: There is the primacy of freedom and responsibilities for parents in the education of their children, and free public education is locally funded.
Section 12:9: Government charity exists only at the local level.