Republican Candidate for the CT 4th District

Southwest portion of Connecticut including most of Fairfield County (ex Stratford) plus Oxford

Ethan’s Vision for the Future

“America stands on four main values; Faith in God, Freedom of Speech, Family and Economic Freedom. If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.”
Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President

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Ethan Book, Circa 1954

About Ethan Book

Born 1948 in Waynesboro, PA, the youngest of three children (born the year that Israel, after 2,000 years of dispersion, was recognized as a nation). Family moved across the Mason-Dixon Line to Frederick, MD where Ethan lived throughout his youth. During high school, Ethan worked for his father’s Sherwin-Williams Paint Store for installation of floor-coverings and ceramic tiles.

Graduated Frederick High School in 1966 (with honors, playing varsity football and serving as student body president). Studied pre-med courses for three years at Houghton College, Houghton, NY (1966-69; Dean’s List). Graduated from Azusa Pacific College (later Azusa Pacific University), Azusa, CA in 1972 with degree in Business Administration and minor in Chemistry (with honors). During that time period, Ethan worked as a part-time science teacher at Fontana Christian Schools and he developed a small business of sales and installation of floor-coverings.

Reaffirmation of Republican Ideology.

Conservative Policies on Budgets and Taxes

Budgets, government debt and taxing. Not all Republican candidates or officials adhere well to this basic point of the party ideology, but this is party policy and needs more attention.

Conservative social policies
Focus on strong family. Ethan is pro-life. As a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, he did a review of Roe v. Wade. There are many legal defects in the decision. Even lawyers who are pro-abortion acknowledge the defects. For starters, there is insufficient evidence for a federal court to overturn a state law to prohibit abortions. Also, there is no provision constitutional right for abortions. Further, even where there might be a limited privacy right to consider an abortion, if the privacy right of the mother is considered, then also the privacy rights of the fetus and the father must be considered.

The life versus abortion issue has legal, political and spiritual implications. In ancient Jewish history, there was the period of the kings. There were good kings and bad kings. The clearly worst king was Ahab, whose wife was Jezebel. Israel had been nation chosen by God and protected by God. There was a period up to and including King Ahab that the nation was straying from God’s will, straying from God’s guidelines for living. The primary collective national sins were child sacrifice and sexual perversion. God warned Ahab several times that if he and the nation didn’t correct its ways, He would remove His Hand of protection and the nation would be invaded by its enemies. Ahab didn’t heed God’s warning to lead the nation righteously. Jerusalem was destroyed in the 6th Century B.C.

A study of the details of the time period of that portion of Jewish history compared with details of current events reveals glaring similarities, that is, that for issues of collective national sins, our great nation has been given multiple warnings by God and God is gradually removing His Hand of Protection. Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, has done extensive study and research on this subject, published in several books, the first of which is The Harbinger. The stability of our nation is teetering precariously in major areas of economy, finances, health, education, morality, military strength, international relations, and border security.

Yes, there are political issues which we must address. Part of those pertain to national collective sins. I share here a famous portion of ancient biblical scripture:

‘And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will hear their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.’ II Chronicles 7:12-15

Adherence to the principles of a constitutional republic

The Constitution as it was written is a good document, extending the earlier principals of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. It wasn’t perfect. It was good and allowed a process for amendment. The constitutional principles establish limited government (which fosters a capitalist system of government, not intended to operate without limited, reasonable regulations) and principles of freedom.

Affirmation that we are a Judeo/Christian nation

This is our national heritage and our identity. This doesn’t mean that we are exclusive for Judeo-Christian religions. Just as our Founding Fathers, we are tolerant of other faiths. This principle is also consistent with the earlier Mayflower Compact and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. (See Ethan’s 2012 article “The Secularization of Government”.)

Comparison with Democrat Practice

As Ethan was developing these comparisons, he reviewed and searched for a coherent outline of Democrat Party Ideology. He couldn’t find any. What he found was a dominant public focus on human compassion/humanism. Such considerations certainly deserve proper attention, however, when pursued without reasonable guidelines and limitations, such a focus always results in urban and societal decline.

ETHAN’S Primary Opposition

Incumbent Democrat Jim Himes

Jim Himes has served the 4th District since 2009. There are various issues with our current Congressman’s record of service. He talks like a moderate Democrat, but his actions are not moderate. He holds a leadership role in the Congressional Democrat Progressive Caucus. As a member of the Domestic Intelligence Committee, he spent the four years of the Trump presidency making public statements about Trump collusion with Russia. For being on that important Committee, one would have thought that he saw some credible supporting evidence. His vocal persistence in this notion, coupled with various colleagues and widely reported by the mainstream media, was a definite factor in the reported electoral victory of Joe Biden in 2020. This notion has more recently been fully debunked. In other words, with his false messaging, Congressman Himes gave us Joe Biden.

The Effects of Biden’s Administration

  • Record Inflation
  • A serious border crisis
  • Ineffective foreign policies
  • Ineffective practices for law enforcement
  • Ineffective education policies
  • Ineffective policies on pandemic
  • Ineffective Energy Policy

Issues

Ethan at Work in the Community (click image)

Other Areas our Incumbent Congressman has FAILED.

A focal issue for which he prevailed over our previous Congressman Chris Shays was Shays’ alleged failure to have satisfied a campaign promise of rebuilding the Congress Street Bridge in Bridgeport (deemed to be an important commercial and social connection between the Bridgeport East Side and Downtown). Well, now after nearly 14 years from being elected, the incumbent has not satisfied that for which he won over Shays.

He has also failed in the crucial issue of the need to fix our broken judicial system, that for which Ethan reminded him in a public luncheon of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council in 2011.

The Best Guidelines for Selecting a Candidate to Support

The late famed author, speaker and founder of the National Review, William F. Buckley, Jr. said that his policy in deciding on a candidate to support was to select the candidate who is the most conservative who can win. Of the three declared Republican candidates for 4th District Congress, Ethan is the most conservative and he can win. The 4th District delegates will make their decision at the GOP State Central Convention beginning on May 5th.

Update

At the May 5th Republican Convention for the 4th Congressional District, there were three Republican candidates vying for the party nomination. There were Jayme Stevenson of Darien, Dr. Michael Goldstein of Darien, and me from Bridgeport. Ms. Stevenson got the most votes. She definitely is not a conservative and it appears that she benefitted from party establishment preferences. Dr. Goldstein received limited showing and was early committed to getting signatures to qualify for an August 9th Primary. I didn’t do well at the convention although several said they agreed with everything I have been saying.

Dr. Goldstein is clearly more conservative than the party nominee. I quickly made a decision to support Dr. Goldstein in his petitioning effort. I helped assemble a group for upper Fairfield County. By June 8th, we all turned in our petition forms. We obtained about 20% more eligible signatures than were required. So, our group helped Dr. Mike get on the ballot. Our political posture and strength are growing. We have a chance to win the primary. More information about Dr. Mike and a link to donate can be found at Goldsteinforcongress.com. Dr. Mike is a common sense conservative.

An Important Reminder

As was eloquently stated by Ben Franklin during a difficult time of the Constitutional Convention, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Prepared and approved by BOOK4Congress 2022 – Paid for by Ethan Book, Treasurer

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