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Unhinged on the left by fear

Marcus accused me of using a "slippery slope" argument. A few paragraphs later, she used one of her own: "Yet it does not take much to imagine the leap from bellicose talk to action for those who sincerely believe that the country they love is being wrested from them. They are delusional but passionate, and they are whipped daily by the Limbaughs and Hannitys and Becks into a frenzy of fear."

The frenzied "bellicose talk" from the Tea Parties has been going on for more than a year, yet I can't think of a single incident that has led to violence. As for the connection between talk radio and violence, with a little research Marcus would have learned that Glenn Beck didn't like my ads. I suspect that liberals will continue to make that argument because they despise freedom of speech when the speech is conservative.

I am a proud product of the Tea Parties. And like most Tea Partyers, I'm new to politics.

When I left the Marine Corps in 1999, I took a job in Alabama. Over the next 10 years I started three moderately successful businesses in Montgomery, got married and had a daughter. Until late 2009, I had never considered running for elected office. I had never read the Constitution, and I had only a passing interest in Washington and policymakers.

Fast-forward to today and, according to the Keith Olbermanns and Ruth Marcuses of the world, I'm an insurrectionist.

I do love my country. I'm running for office to fight for the America that once was: a cornucopia of possibility for anyone willing to work hard and seek achievement.

I remain unapologetic for my ads. No, we are not slaves yet. But as long as we Americans look to the government to solve our problems, I do believe that we are adopting a chain at a time. Bowing to the vagaries of promised comfort and "social justice," we may soon find that we have ceded too much. The road to serfdom is a long one, but I fear that we are well on our way.

The writer is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Alabama's 2nd District House seat.

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