Clayton Ressler for President
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2. Who I am and why I am running
My name is Clayton Charles Ressler, and I am a candidate today for the office of the Presidency of the United States. I have always had a strong sense of duty to my country, which led me to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 2003, taking an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Upon completing my service, I was searching for answers and understanding of the global war on terror I had participated in. I embarked on a period of introspection, which I refer to as my 'Descartes reset', where I questioned my beliefs and assumptions. Through extensive research and reading, I came to the conclusion that the war I had fought in was unconstitutional and unjust. This realization led me to further study the real power structures in America, and the world, to better understand my role in it. During this time I have worked in various industries, including genetics, artificial intelligence, and finance, in order to gain a better understanding of how companies operate in the modern American context.
The determination I have come to is that America is under attack, both from within and from without, and I can no longer stand idly by as the foundational principles of America are being undermined.
While I have doubts about whether anyone can ever be truly ready to take on the immense weight and responsibility that comes with being the president, I feel that the time has come for me to step up and fulfill my oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all those who would seek to undermine it.
I announced my candidacy informally on March 19th, 2023, at the Rage Against the War Machine rally in Washington, D.C., after realizing that I must stand up for what is right, regardless of the consequences. Despite the obstacles that lie ahead, and those obstacles are formidable, my resolve only grows stronger with each passing day. I may not fit the traditional profile of a presidential candidate, but I believe that my understanding of the threats we face as a nation, and of our foundational principles, will enable me to be the president the American people need now, in this time of great uncertainty,
In the next months up to the general election, I will endeavor to convince the American people that I am the best person for the job. I hope only to be given a chance to speak truth to the people, and to power. Unlike most politicians, I intend to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear, and I have confidence that the American people are ready for just such a candidate. I love my country, I love it for its freedom, I love it for its people, I love its beautiful land, and I love the enlightenment principles of individual rights upon which it was founded. I seek to restore it to its rightful place as revolutionary country in the annals of history as a government formed by the people, for the people, established to protect and defend the unalienable rights of the people. This is the true heart of American exceptionalism on the world stage, and it's time for us to rise to the occasion and ensure that our forefathers and those that came before, have not died in vain.
This is why I am running for President of the United States.
3.1. Purpose of Government and the Presidency
The purpose of the United States government is stated clearly in the preamble of the Constitution.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The elected president, as directed by article two, section one, clause eight of the Constitution, swears the following oath:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
3.1.2. Domestic Tranquility
3.1.3. Common Defence
3.1.4. General Welfare
3.1.5. Blessings of Liberty
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5. About this website
As a free and open source software (FOSS) proponent, I'm happy to share a bit about how my campaign website is made.
My main text editor of choice is GNU Emacs - https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
I heavily use a "major mode" for emacs called Org mode - https://orgmode.org/
I write the website in the main index.org file, from which I export to html to generate the main website.
The export template I am using is ReadTheOrg - https://github.com/fniessen/org-html-themes
I use git post-recieve hooks to auto-publish updates after pushing to the main host repo.
All of of the above are licensed under the GPL - https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html
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