(NOTE: I made some modifications to the original post to update some cost changes for this trip along with added commentary on the bottom)
Some of you know me well, some only briefly as Facebook friends all found and brought together through Dr. Ron Paul.
For those of you who do not know me well, please allow me to introduce you to myself and how I came to be where I am! My name is Michael R. McPherson Pierotti.
I was born in Freemont Ohio but spent most of my youthful years living in Pennsylvania. I graduated late summer 1986 (Still Class of 86) from Kane Area High School in Kane PA.
In 1987 I joined the US Navy as a Aviation Electronics Technician. I was station on board the USS Midway during operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. I then moved to US Naval Base Cubi Point in Subic Bay Philippines.
I came to the US unincorporated territory of Guam in 1991. At the time I was a 3rd Class Petty Officer in the US Navy.
In 1992 I left the US Navy honourably and since I had a stable job I decided to stay here on Guam.
I was up until 2006 not very politically active, not even voting locally.
I started noticing that things were not going very well around the world. Started noticing signs of degradation all over.
Like most Americans, I was the standard sheep. I blindly followed the MSM and believed everything that was spoon-fed to me.
What first woke me up was coming across a little known group at that time known as Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and Building What? My initial thoughts where “Wait a second, you mean to tell me that what the 9/11 Commission, what the NTSB and FEMA said are not accurate?” It would take me to long to re-post everything about this subject, but it is what got me started.
One of my internet friends then introduced me to Alex Jones, Prison Planet and Info Wars. While I often find Alex a little over the top, after watching a few of his movies and listening to a few of his radio shows I really started to realize that we, the USA was going in the wrong direction and in the wrong direction fast!
This lead me on a quest to LEARN. A quest to break free from what the MSM was feeding me. I started to read and re-read all of our founding documents and study past history as much as possible.
I also started to take a second look at some of these so called “Conspiracy Theorists” and realized a lot of what they are talking about is factual. Aspartame dangers, Chemtrails, illegal gun confiscation are just a few of the subjects I began to look into and found how easily we are all fooled by the MSM.
Then I got into government corruption and the erosion of our Constitution. Fast & Furious, TSA, PATRIOT ACT, NDAA, American Expatriation Act, PIPA, SOPA, CISPA, executive orders coming from almost all the presidents the list just goes on and on. While we have made small affronts on some of these issues we still have a long way to go.
Looking at everything I had read and learned, it started to amaze me how weak and sickly Americans have become. Even the most patriotic of us are mere shadows to our founding fathers. But, we are waking from this slumber and our voices are raising louder and louder each day.
So now we come to the 2012 elections. In 2009 was then I discovered Dr. Ron Paul. This man, at first glance a lot of people were writing off a a loony bin. “Oh look, there goes Crazy Uncle Ron again.” But it hit me. This was all MSM’s portrait of him. So I started to take a closer look.
WOW! Now I had found what could almost be described as a reincarnation of Thomas Jefferson. I my quest to become more educated I decided that my “VIEWS” of what America should be aligned very closely with Thomas Jefferson and I had started branding myself as a Jeffersonian Conservative. Well, Ron Paul IS a Jeffersonian Conservative.
We all know Dr. Paul’s stances on the issues, but for those who may come across this article let me just revamp a few of them. And these are extremely condensed.
Foreign Policy and National Defence:
America should not be involved in other countries politics. It is NOT America’s responsibility to police the world. America should not go to war unless it is authorized by Congress. America should maintain a strong DEFENSIVE military force.
This stance is 100% in alignment with the Constitution.
Revenue, Moneys and Taxation:
Balance the Budget. Eliminate excessive spending and bureaucracy. Eliminate the UNCONSTITUTIONAL Federal Reserve Banking system. Put America BACK onto a sound VALUE BASED currency (IE. Gold, Silver, Other commodities). Phase out the IRS and ELIMINATE the Income Tax.
Dr Paul is the ONLY candidate to achieve a A+ rating on his 2nd Amendment stance. (Romney is D-)
These are only some of his positions and again are extremely condensed but they all aligned with my positions.
This made me determined to become a GOP delegate for Guam. While I was unable to achieve a delegate slot, I was able to achieve an alternate delegate slot. And here is my dilemma.
Just to give you all an idea of distances. It is approximately 9,600 miles from Guam to Tampa. Some rough distances listed below.
Distance from Guam to Hawaii is 3957.12 miles.
Distance from Hawaii to to Florida is 4652.08 miles.
Distance From Alaska to Florida is 4006.06 miles.
The price of a ticket from Guam to Tampa is roughly 3 times that of what it would cost for someone from Los Angeles.Other than the delegates from the Common Wealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI) I have one of the longest and most expensive trips to Tampa. I strived for the delegate slot knowing these facts. This trip will cost me in the range of $6,000 for airfare, room, transportation and expenses. While I am prepared to front the entire cost of this trip, I am asking for ANY and ALL help my friends, Internet Friends, Facebook Friends and family can provide. Any donation, even if it is only $1.00 would be GREATLY appreciated! Help me to cast my vote for Dr. Ron Paul in Tampa.My sincerest thanks!
Michael R. McPherson Pierotti
I had my first donation today. A special thanks to Joshua from Texas! for the $10.00
Also, started shopping for tickets and hotel rooms today. Yes, this is going to be an expensive trip!
So today I doubly verified with our party chair I am definitely an alternate delegate and most likely not all of our elected delegates will be going. So there is a really good chance I will be able to grab the slot 🙂
Also, I verified how much this trip is going to cost me. Plane ticket is just shy of $4,000. Hotel is
$129 (This was based on initial web check but the actual rate is now $175 a night) a night and I will be there from the 25th to the 31st so that is $774 (Now is $1,050) . So my trip before any additional costs will be $4,800 ($4,908.26).
Update July 9 2012:
So good news and bad news. I am now a full delegate. But we now have no more alternates! I know our Chairman will remedy it properly though! He is a hard working fellow! (PS. Now it looks like even the chairman will not be going so we will be a delegate short. The big issue is Guam’s primary is on the 1st of September and it effected a lot of folks that were going to go. You know one would have thunk they would have thought of that before asking to be voted in as delegates. I am so grateful for those that are going who were the original delegates.)
Update July 31 2012:
Making rent this month is going to be tough. I have as shown previously purchased the tickets for the trip. I have also saved a grand for the hotel. We will be staying in the Alden Beach resort. They are charging us $175 a night. And as I understand it we HAVE to stay there. Or at least we HAVE to use that hotel for travel to the convention as that is where we will be screened each day before heading to the convention hall.
If anyone can please assist me in recouping even a small amount of this trip I would be eternally grateful. Even if only a third of my FB friends donated a dollar it would be great.
Update August 15th 2012:
Well folks, the news has come in and I may be relocating to the states in October! While this is incredibly exciting for me in the long run, in the short term because I strove so hard to go to Tampa as a delegate I am now in a financial fickle 😦 I am hoping some of you that come across this will consider making a donation towards my trip to help me offset!
I created a chip in account here.