My name is Michael Ring. I am the
founder of this site and until February 8th, was a non-campaigning and
non-fundraising candidate for New York's
21st Congressional District seat. On that date I endorsed
Elise Stefanik for
this race and am now part of her team as one of her Jefferson County campaign
Here is my statement: "From the first day I met Elise
Stefanik, she has impressed me with her integrity, compassion, intelligence, and
drive to understand and fix the problems facing our country and northern New
York. She is someone who has earned my trust and support and will serve us well
in Washington. I am proud to be part of her team." Her website is at
visit it and tell me what you think.
Last fall I filed as a candidate with the Federal Elections
Commission as a
Republican. After spending substantial time with Elise and
her staff, I endorsed her as stated in my
I see no point opposing someone whose viewpoints I agree with and who has
demonstrated she is someone who can serve us well in Washington.
I am also here working for YOU, representing YOU, and will
bring YOUR opinions to the parties, the candidates, local, state, and national
committees and leaders.
This website is not sponsored by nor affiliated with Elise Stefanik's campaign.
Most of us are tired of the
dysfunction in Washington. The more I investigated what is
happening, the more concerned I became. Do you know that of the
bills sponsored by the members of the House of Representatives,
only 11% make it out of committee and only 3% become law. Too
much of the money we pay our Representatives to research,
develop, and submit legislation is wasted. 97% of the bills
never go anywhere. We are hoping to help change this.
We need positive leadership.
Leadership that can work with the people who have "been there,
done that, and have the tee shirt", whether they are government
employees, business and union leaders, or simply patriotic
people with good ideas.
I am not afraid to
express my views, but also realize that to make government
responsive, both Republicans and Democrats need to stop this
deadlock and serve the people. Serving the people does not
mean polarizing the country, it means rallying our citizens and
building a better future. That's why the web site OurCongress.US
When browsing this site, please remember that when I use the word "government", I am referring to
our elected officials, agency heads, and government employees. These people are not nameless. For a government to be "by the people", the people working within it must also be known, and
Business and Jobs
Borders and Immigration
National debt, budget, taxes
Competition within Government
National Security and
Leadership and Trust
"We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
As Citizens of the United States, we are
responsible for enabling these truths. Do not assume that our leaders will
act appropriately. Encourage your fellow citizens to run for public office
and become active yourself. Talk with candidates, inform them, ask
questions, and vote in
primary and general elections. If you don't, as a friend of mine says, you
are then "part of the problem".
For those reading this in District 21 in New
York, the next primary is September.
If you reside elsewhere, your primary date may be different. Not all
parties have primaries, so be aware.
Thoughts on America from the Dalai Lama:
"America, really (is) a champion of democracy, freedom.
So this, your traditional values, I think are very very, very relevant in
today's world. After all, you are the leading nation of (the) free world, So,
(show) self-confidence and a bigger vision I think is very, very relevant."
The Dalai Lama's answer to a recent Time magazine
question: "Has the U.S. backed away from addressing human rights issues in China
because Beijing is a more important economic power?"
His answer: No, I donít think so Ö Freedom, democracy, justice, these are
American principles. [For] some people, the economy is more important Ö Thatís a
mistake. Look at Africa, Syria. Because of lack of moral principle, human life
becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose
that, then there is no future."