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Personal experience strengthened me: misdiagnosed with MS

Last week in a “town hall” of candidates in the June 2 GOP primary for INCD5, the first question caught me off guard: something like what experience in my life enables me to be a good U.S. Rep (& maybe my memory of exact wording of the question is off).

My answer: when I hitch hiked to Maine in undergrad I learned a lot - and I did, but something else taught me a lot about myself. In January, 1994, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. By the second day nine in the hospital, I…


Added by Mark Small on May 7, 2020 at 7:16pm — No Comments

USA health care #37 in World - none of my GOP opponents responds

On Monday, May 11, Indy’s public TV station, WFYI will stream live two virtual town halls of the 14 (total) GOP candidates - seven in each due to the size of the field - for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District in June 2's primary.

GOP candidates will be webcast (go to WFYI’s website) in two sessions on Monday, May 11. Town Hall #2 will begin at 8:00 PM. Participants:Matt Hook, Matt Hullinger, Kelly Mitchell, Danny Niederberger, Mark Small, Victoria Spartz, and Russell Stwalley. …


Added by Mark Small on May 7, 2020 at 6:27am — No Comments

Guns: my rebuttal to Mr Ogden's reply

My (frequently misguided) friend Paul Ogden replied to my May 2 blog about guns. None of my 14 opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) has replied, so I shall address points Paul raises.

1) Ogden: “You're counting suicides in with people who are victims of gun crimes. That's a bit misleading. Pretty sure someone intent on killing themselves could find other ways of doing the deed.”

Moi: a) The blog was about health implications of gun…


Added by Mark Small on May 3, 2020 at 11:43am — No Comments

Gun nuts have 14 GOP candidates in INCD5 - & then there's me.

“Self-evident truths” usually are not so “true”. Positions of the far-right idiots (such as my 14 opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, or “INCD5") are fueled by such inanities.

A lot of times the concepts are implicit. Other times they are said out loud. An example of the former: the more guns we have, the safer we are. That notion popped into my mind yesterday when white people with assault weapons demonstrated against “stay at…


Added by Mark Small on May 2, 2020 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

Sad: delay in States joining to fight COVID-19

States have combined to launch regional efforts against COVID-19. This is several months after a united effort should have begun. Of course, we had a united effort for many problems in this country - we are the “United States of America.”

If the Federal government had acted sooner, tens of thousands of lives might have been saved. Many died in The Civil War. Several matters were decided - or so we thought. One matter had to do with freedom and equality. Another related to power of the…


Added by Mark Small on April 30, 2020 at 7:23am — 1 Comment

I look forward to working with President Biden

None of the GOP candidates in the June 2 primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional (INCD5) has addressed a point I have made repeatedly about health care. Because no one responded to my suggestion that we learn from other countries, I think my point is conceded.

Last evening’s virtual town hall was held simultaneously at, and with the 14 GOP candidates split between, three “places,” Carmel, Noblesville, and Westfield. I was in Carmel with State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, my pal Dr. Chuck…


Added by Mark Small on April 29, 2020 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

INCD5 GOP candidate Dr Chuck Dietzen: shameful

One of my opponents in the June 2 primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional (INCD5), Dr. Chuck Dietzen, has been issued a “cease and desist” letter over Dr Chuck’s use, in various social media, of an image of Mother Theresa.

Dietzen’s use of Mother Theresa’s image has an emetic effect, on me, similar to Dr Chuck’s glowing reference to Dr Martin Luther King on January 20: Dr Chuck uses scare tactics to describe “a socialist approach” to health care.

Mother Theresa and Dr. King worked…


Added by Mark Small on April 28, 2020 at 6:17am — No Comments

Interactive podcast, avec moi, premiere today at 3 pm!

DATE: April 25, 2020 TIME: 3 p.m. EVENT: Premiere of podcast TITLE: mark “small on your ballot NIFTY THINGS: tweet or e-mail questions to the ONLY candidate in the June 2 Indiana primary for U.S. House District 5 (INCD5) who...

-Is pro-choice, anti-trump, pro-environment, anti-war, pro-science, anti-trump, pro-civil rights, anti-roll backs of EPA, pro-legalization of all drugs, anti-big business, pro-single payer health care and anti-subsidies for professional sports.

-Did I…


Added by Mark Small on April 25, 2020 at 5:53am — No Comments

"Nurse Beth" and "Dr Chuck": 2 GOP candidates who prefer trump to science & facts

Health care: be based on science, facts and knowledge and furthered by education. “Nurse Beth” Henderson, one of my opponents in the June 2 primary for the GOP nomination for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District avoids 3 of those components.

Health care professionals who support the idiocracy that is trumpism would be funny, but for the deaths that the “personality” at the center of their cult has cost this country. “Nurse Beth” - her chosen moniker - praises trump.…


Added by Mark Small on April 24, 2020 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Cross over: vote to remove dumbasses' rule of USA

Many people will die who would otherwise be alive because of the ineptitude of the current

occupant of the Oval Office (“dt”). He delayed; cut anything started by or related to his predecessor, the last legitimately elected President of the United States.

Time is past to discuss in sober fashion the “two sides” - as if every issue has only two sides - of arguments about COVID-19. People with expertise have warned about this possibility - for years. The Federal government had tried…


Added by Mark Small on April 20, 2020 at 7:28pm — No Comments

INCD5 GOP candidate cs Beckwith - & the "s" is not for "salad":

In “American Graffiti,” a character says to put a traffic ticket in the “CS” file - “c” for chicken and “s” not for “salad.” Rev Micah Beckwith, one of my opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5), is cs.

Beckwith initiated contact with me in a February 1 tweet: “You’re in the wrong primary! But I’m glad you decided to fake it in the GOP primary. I’m gonna have a lot fun dismantling the stupidity of your progressive ideology. Can’t wait to see…


Added by Mark Small on April 20, 2020 at 6:25am — No Comments

Lots of people in INCD5 are sick of whack-o gun nuts.

“We take gun rights seriously in the 5th District, someone said Thursday during a Madison County Tea Party town meeting to which I was invited. I pointed out: guns do not have rights. People have rights.

Actually a lot of people - in the 5th District and across the country - are sick of whack-os with a fetish for guns. Too many people own guns and too few know about gun safety. That doesn’t matter to gun manufacturers.

Care to see people fall over each other in defense of “gun…


Added by Mark Small on April 18, 2020 at 6:34pm — No Comments

On a lighter note: my reply to Fiscal Conservatives of Hamilton County

April 14, 2020

Fiscal Conservatives of Hamilton County

I appreciate your inquiry about my positions on issues and shall answer the five questions, with clauses, you pose.

1) Do you favor term limits for members of Congress? If so, what period and why?

The way in which you phrase the question implies the answer is presumed to be “yes.” I oppose term limits for members of Congress. I would suggest your read Federalist 53, written by James Madison. The Framers…


Added by Mark Small on April 14, 2020 at 9:08am — No Comments

Don't waste your vote: in primary for INCD5 you CAN vote against trumpf.

White supremacists have taken control of the Republican Party (a/k/a GOP). They are a minority, but are well-financed and have an advantage: control of one of the two major political parties.

They had a hold on the Democratic Party, from 1865 until the mid-1960s, but both parties had “wings” that balanced racism and made it okay, as long as one was white. Then LBJ, a white southerner, backed the Civil Rights Act.

GOP strategists realized they could pick up where George Wallace left…


Added by Mark Small on April 11, 2020 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Challenge to any, some or all INCD5 GOP candidates to debate

Nothing in The Constitution guarantees one-half of the political system belongs to forces of ignorance and hatred. The so-called Southern Strategy of parts of the GOP succeeded, and handed control of the party and half of our system to a minority.

We cannot both allow such forces to keep what they have taken (sometimes illegally) and vow to remove them from control. If we allow them to remain in control of the GOP, we have given up 50 yards before the kickoff.

In Indiana’s 5th…


Added by Mark Small on April 11, 2020 at 6:17am — No Comments

3rd Amendment: why people in other countries hate us.

The 3rd Amendment (“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”) is “almost never-used.” Silvera v. Lockyer, 312 F.3d 1052, 1076 (9th Cir. 2002).

We should learn history, especially the history of our Constitution and case law and amendments that followed ratification in 1789 up to today.

England enacted Quartering Act of 1765 required American colonists to bear the…


Added by Mark Small on April 6, 2020 at 6:51am — 1 Comment

Abernathy's debate challenge & St Francis University: STFU

Gosh golly - when candidate A in a party’s primary challenges to debate any of the other candidates in that primary, and one of those other candidates (me) accepts the challenge, one should (reasonably) infer A will reply to my acceptance.

Kent Abernathy - one of my opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) - issued such a challenge. I accepted. I have received no reply. There are several possible reasons: his stands on…


Added by Mark Small on April 2, 2020 at 8:49pm — No Comments

I accept Kent Abernathy's challenge to debate!

One of my opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5), is Kent Abernathy, who apparently issued a challenge to any candidate who wants to debate him.

I accept that challenge - and we can debate via Skype or Zoom or one of those devices. If any other candidate accepts the challenge, I don’t believe it would be much of a “debate.” Implicit in the notion of a debate is a clash on issues.

The other candidates for the GOP nomination…


Added by Mark Small on March 31, 2020 at 8:02am — No Comments

"Cease & desist letter" from trump = negation of free speech

The re-election campaign for trump has issued a cease and desist letter to stop a TV ad that uses trump’s own words to illustrate how trump has bungled the COVID-19 pandemic by downplaying its seriousness.

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market...” 250 U.S. at 630. trump speaks of, yet mocks, “truth” and is ignorant of the marketplace.

The First Amendment’s protection of free…


Added by Mark Small on March 26, 2020 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Ineptitude of trump means more people will die

Devotion to ignorance in the face of fact - scientific or other - marks the current administration. trump lied yesterday when he said no one could have anticipated this pandemic. In fact the Obama administration HAD anticipated it.

And trump then dismantled the framework that had been established to address a pandemic, going so far as to eliminate the job of the person who - this is “on point” - monitored health crises in China.

I cannot be so cynical as to suggest voters who…


Added by Mark Small on March 25, 2020 at 6:50am — 1 Comment

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