My name is Frank McEnulty and I am an independent candidate for President of the United States in the 2008 election. I am also the 2008 Presidential nominee for the New American Independent Party in the same election.
I am writing to you in order to gain your support of my bid to be elected President in the 2008 election.
Before I tell you what I’d like to do as President let me tell you a little something about myself. I grew up in a lower-middle class family and am the 4th of 6 kids. For the most part we were raised by my mother who worked as a nurse. My father was gone by the time we were in high school and my mom always told us that we could go to any college “we” could afford so we’d better get to work. My first paper route came along about the time I was 12 and I’ve worked ever since then. Even while in college as a full-time student I worked up to 30 hours a week in order to pay my own bills. I’m used to taking responsibility for myself and believe that’s the way it should be for most everyone else.
My wife, Cheryl, and I will have been married 20 years a week after the election in November and we have two daughters, Sara – 16 and Rebecca – 14. Both girls are very active in sports with volleyball being their main sport of choice, while Sara also plays water polo. It is mainly because of my concern for the future of my daughters and everyone’s sons and daughters that I am pursuing the Presidency of the United States in the 2008 election.
In what little spare time I have I am a woodworker, wood turner, hunter, hiker and fisherman.
I have an accounting and finance degree from California State University at Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Entrepreneur and Venture Management from the University of Southern California. Most of my working life has been spent in management and finance positions in various aspects of the real estate industry and I believe my management background, the ability to deal with multiple situations and, especially, the ability to hire the right people for the right job gives me the skills necessary to manage the position of President of the United States.
By spending the last 10 months on this campaign, I realize most people think that I'm either A) nuts, B) wasting my time or C) delusional that I could ever make a difference.
The most common questions I'm asked are: Why are you doing this? Then they will say, Come on, you really don't believe that you can make a difference do you?
Fair questions and here's the answer: Yes, I do.
I'm fed up with where the politicians in charge have led this country. I am not a politician. I'm not a radical. Most of my positions would be described as moderate. I'm fairly conservative on some issues, more liberal on others. And many people have described my overall viewpoint on things as quite libertarian. So what am I? I’m an American – that’s the only label I need and the only label I want.
But I'm also firm in my belief that the country is going in the wrong direction and we better do something about it before it's too late. It is also my firm belief that there are millions of people that feel pretty much the same way I do, but don't know what to do about it. Well, I believe I have an idea of what we need to do. And together, with your help and help of the people out there I call the Moderate Majority, we can accomplish a lot.
And just what do I believe we should do? Well, let's start with personal responsibility.
I believe people should take responsibility for their own actions and their own lives.
I believe in a strong separation between the branches of the Federal Government.
I believe in very strong state’s rights. The Federal Government has been trampling on the states for way too long.
I believe that all states should be treated fairly and equally in all respects.
I believe the Federal government needs to get out of people’s lives on a daily basis. This is just not what a Federal government or any government, for that matter, is supposed to do.
I believe we pay enough in taxes and need to better manage our money.
I believe that we need a much simpler, flat tax system.
I believe that the Federal Government is completely out of control on a fiscal level and needs to be reined in.
I believe that that we need comprehensive immigration reform based on strict enforcement of the immigration laws currently in place.
I believe the United States should not try to be the world’s savior, but has the moral obligation to "help" where and when it can do so at the request of the local people.
I believe in God, family and country and that they belong together.
I believe that abortion should be a last resort, but that it is a decision that must be left up to a woman, her family and her religious beliefs and that it should also be a right reserved for the states to decide.
I believe that the President of the United States should put America - not his or her political party - first. The President should be an American before a Republican or Democrat.
I believe that our military should never be used for political purposes, political gain or to advance an agenda.
I believe that all people are created equal and that all people should be able to be equal in all things.
I believe the President’s job is to look out for the welfare of all Americans and not just those of his political party or those who he thinks will vote for his party and him.
I believe that judges should be judges and leave the passing and changing of laws to the politicians we have elected to do just that.
I believe that people are truly entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but that no one is entitled to much beyond that unless they work to earn it themselves. If you want a nice car or big screen TV, then work so you can go out and buy one.
I believe that political correctness is a real threat to open and honest dialogue.
I believe that true, positive change will never come from the Democrats or the Republicans.
I believe that the change we keep hearing about will only come from a coalition of third party organizations combining together to bring elections and candidates back to where they are concerned with what Americans want and less concerned with what their party wants.
I believe that there are millions of people who are looking for a viable alternative to the same old, same old from the Republicans and Democrats and I intend to provide that alternative.
And finally, I believe that "Anything is Possible in America" and if we all work together for the common good it will continue to be that way.
Can it be done? Of course it can. There are examples everywhere of people rising up against what they see as a wrong and fixing it. Let me give you just one. A few years ago in my home state of California, the people of the state got upset enough to actually recall the Governor. Most politicos didn't believe it would happen. How could anyone expect to recall a Democratic Governor in the State of California? Well, we proved them wrong because enough people got together and made a difference.
As an independent candidate for President my administration will not be burdened by the partisanship that is rampant in this country. My focus will solely be on getting the job done right. Every decision that I will make as President of the United States will be based on four very simple questions:
1. Is it Good for America?
By this I mean good for America as a whole, not for a special interest group, not for a specific industry, not for a specific political party, not for a specific politician's reelection, but good for America as a whole.
2. Is this Federal law really necessary?
We have thousands and thousands of unnecessary Federal laws and way too many people in Congress trying to pass new ones all the time to help themselves get reelected. Unless a law is absolutely necessary for the American people as a whole, it should not be passed.
3. Is this a proper use of our tax money?
The Republican administration that we have had in this country for the last several years has been on a spending spree unlike that seen in many, many years. What happened to the theory of fiscal responsibility and smaller government? We need to stop throwing money at every special project that people in Washington can dream up to buy votes and stop now.
4. Is it a long-term solution to a problem or just a quick, feel-good fix?
No more quick, expensive, feel-good fixes that accomplish very little except make voters think you are doing something good for them.
I will not be afraid to veto new laws if I do not believe that they are in the best interest of all Americans. As an independent President, I will not be under any obligation to pass a law to help a political party or to help get a certain senator or congressman reelected. I will have the freedom to do what is right for America rather than what is right for a special interest or political party.
By myself, I can't accomplish much. Let's face it, unless I can get a lot of people to support me and continue to gather momentum, the mainstream press and pretty much everyone else will just ignore me as if I never existed. However, with your help and the help of your friends and their friends we can make a difference. As I stated above, I believe there are millions of people out there that think that the current political situation is bad for the country and that a change needs to be made. When enough of us get together to make our voices heard - changes will be made.
Thank-you for giving me a chance to share some of my views with you. There is a lot more information on my website at http://www.frankforpresident.org and I’m willing to answer any questions or provide additional information to you on any topic. Without groups like yours, there would be little hope for positive change ever occurring in the United States. Together we can and will make a difference.