UC native seeking Senate seat as Independent
Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5:02 pm
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
Dr. Shaun Crowell, a 1991 graduate of Union City High School and the son of Ron and Susan Crowell of South Fulton, is taking advantage of the opportunity to represent the State of Tennessee and its citizens as a U.S. senator. He is an Independent candidate for the seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker.
Crowell is married to the former Christi Teddlie of Dallas and they are the parents of Elizabeth, 13; Ashley, 11; and Ethan, 10. They make their home in Spring Hill, where he owns Agape Pet Hospital. He obtained his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1995 and graduated from the UT Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
He is a member of Fellowship Bible Church in south Franklin and enjoys golf, tennis, hiking and chess. He has worked around the state in the capacity of a relief veterinarian for private practices for the last 14 years, as well.
A conservative, Crowell says he has historically voted Republican and is in full sympathy with the social values espoused by the party.
“I voted for Bush and for Corker, thinking they represented me,” he says. “But when the bank bailout happened and they both supported it in opposition to the will of the people, I realized we had opposition at the top of the government. We had taxation without representation, which is the very reason we had the Revolutionary War, and we had corruption at the top. I began doing research on the policy of our federal government and realized we have had an attack on our Constitution since its inception, but in the last 12 years, that has really ramped up.”
Crowell says he has three main points of contention with Corker:
• The bank bailout, with $700 billion of my money and your money going to failed banks and insurance companies;
• Failure to support an audit of the Federal Reserve Bank. Crowell says that institution is, in effect, a private bank that has never been audited. While it is not a government entity — despite its name — is has special authority that is clearly unconstitutional since it can print and regulate the value of money. That power is one, he says, the Constitution clearly affords Congress and not a private bank, as expressed in Article One, Section Eight.
• Support for the National Defense Authorization Act, which states that any U.S. citizen who commits a belligerent act can be arrested and held indefinitely by the military with no access to a lawyer, a trial or a simple phone call. “This law doesn’t say ‘terrorist,’ it simply says ‘U.S. citizen,’” he points out. “This is an attack on our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Corker voted for it and Obama signed it into law.”
The current senator has, in fact, voted with Obama 61 percent of the time in the last four years, Crowell says, and has voted against the Constitution 40 percent of the time in his last six years in Washington. He asserts that Corker also voted against the bill that would have provided loans for small businesses in 2010 and voted for the appointment of Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, as well as supporting an extension of the Patriot Act.
“Corker talks a good talk on TV, but he’s not walking the walk and that’s why I’m running,” Crowell says.
His own economic plan focuses on balancing the budget within a year and cutting trillions of dollars in spending, making it even more ambitious than that supported by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
He suggests eliminating five federal departments: Education (with a return of control to the state, county and cities); energy (with the privatization of plants); commerce, interior and housing and urban development. He also supports the elimination of the EPA, the Small Business Administration and the Government Services Administration.
His plan, he says, would have no negative effect on Medicare or Medicaid benefits for the first three to five years and would also be “hands-off” for unemployment benefits and Social Security. It would, in addition, increase veterans benefits, “to compensate our soldiers.” He would seek to repeal “Obamacare” and the 16th Amendment, which created the income tax system.
He would then replace the IRS and the federal system of raising money to support government programs with either a fair tax of flat tax.
His goal, he says, is to relieve the overwhelming and unsustainable tax burden on small business and allow that entity to grow and provide needed jobs.
“I would love everyone in this area to vote, support and donate to my campaign,” Crowell says. His campaign has been highly successful for an Independent, with the former Union City resident amassing more in campaign funds that any other candidate, including Democrat contenders, except Corker. “I have the second most viable campaign to Corker, but I must have people get behind me and support it. They can donate by going to the Website at www.shauncrowell.com. Crowell is also featured at www.votesec2012.com (a sports’ site) and at www.getridobamacare.com.
In addition, it is possible to follow his campaign and learn more about his ideas on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and on YouTube. Published in The Messenger 10.24.12