Tom Norton has a simple message: he's running for Congress because he wants to defend our values.
Tom Norton has a simple message: he's running for Congress because he wants to defend our values. As a resident of M-2, Tom is deeply concerned about the direction our country is headed and wants to do what he can to ensure that American citizens are protected and represented.
Tom believes that we must stand up for our rights as Americans and fight back against those who want to take them away. He knows how important it is to protect our constitutional rights, and he will continue fighting until they are safe again.
Listen as Tom outlines his vision for M-2 and how he's Fight For America just like he did when he served overseas!
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Brian Nichols 0:00
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Tom Norton 1:50
Well, thanks for having me there on air, Brian.
Brian Nichols 1:53
Absolutely. Tom looking for this conversation, because you're taking a second from going out knocking on doors out doing the candidate life right now you're actually on the road in your car talking to us. Thank you for joining the program today. And you're out there speaking to 10s Quite literally 1000s of folks, every single day. Talk to us. What's been the reception from folks up there in Michigan second?
Tom Norton 2:15
Well, when we asked him for yard signs at this moment that kind of look at a scenario say Mr. Norton, are you sure you need another one out, but we've just been we've been knocking doors for a couple of months, obviously, we're at about 18 to 20,000 doors is roughly the timeframe where we're at. And we're getting into the next part where we're gonna probably knock another 10 to 15,000 over the next couple of weeks. And so it's been pretty interesting, the reception we get is a lot different. Because I tell people, when we hit the door, I'll say, Hey, my name is Tom Norton. I'm running for US Congress, and I'm running because I'm sick of my fellow Republicans not having a backbone. The moment I say that everybody's usually like, Okay, I like this guy. And then we usually have a unique conversation. And then I tell them is like, you know, the things I want to do different as I want to go through and I actually want to put the Pledge of Allegiance and the Constitution back in public schools, I want to actually stand up when we're doing bills like Title Nine, and actually put attachments to it from the Republican side to weaponize it in a way that Democrats want to help us and getting rid of the Department of Education. I don't think we should have federal funding for it. But for as long as it's there, we might as well as Republicans make sure that there's things like you know, go to the bathroom who are assigned at birth, some basic biology, it's a novel idea. The Constitution pledge allegiance place in every classroom. And if it's not there, they lose their title nine funding, they do this for CRT they do this for the socialist programs, how about we shove it up there and show a little bit more of a basic civics. And I think that within a year or two of that actually being attached to a bill, you'll see Democrats say, You know what, maybe we should hand education back to the States because Republicans are fighting us back and they're not going to want to go down that road of issues with us anymore. Let's actually build some energy refineries. So let's actually go ahead and finish the border wall and do some real immigration reform with like English as a national language, building the border wall, doing a background check and immigrants when they come and making them be able to speak English know the US Constitution and know the history of the United States so that they know what it means to be an American. Well, one of the things
Brian Nichols 4:14
we just recently talked about here on one of the past episodes was the idea of using government using politics as not an offensive weapon, but rather a defensive weapon. And we see this a lot in the past few years where a lot of Republicans like you're yourself, you're seeing there is a standing up and a fighting back saying listen, we love the ideas of don't hurt people don't take their stuff, right. I'm a small l libertarian, we appreciate those ideas. But right and there is a big butt here. There are folks out there who are going to absolutely use the power of government on us. They're using government as an offensive weapon. So in turn, it's important for us to at least acknowledge this is the game that's being played and if we're not going to play defense, then we're going to get walked all Over. And we've seen that, especially under the past 10 years, I'd say really with the Obama administration, that was really when I think the left thought they could put the pedal to the metal. And they really thought that after 2012, they had this coalition of it's going to be, you know, underrepresented voters, and we're going to make everything better going forward. But by this identity politics, and it worked for a little bit, until all of a sudden, your average person decided, no, I'm not playing this game anymore. And fast forward to where we are now in 2022. We've had Donald Trump as president we've seen right now the average person after the past two years of COVID, I think they just question anything government does. So what better time Tom then to go out and actually speak to people and say, Hey, you want to try and maybe do some things a little different way, what perfect time, then now, what's been the reception from the voters from that perspective of, hey, if there's ever a good time, why not make it now,
Tom Norton 5:52
I don't sit there and say it's, if this is a perfect time, right now, I tell them that with everything that's going on in America, we really have one shot left, of being able to stop these types of things. And if we put weak Republicans in and we put these guys that just start mush and wishy washy, and do whatever leadership tells them to do, back in office, we're not gaining any ground, you're just putting a Republican up that can sit there and be a puppet for somebody else. This is a moment where we're going to have to propel ideas and be able to advance the concepts of Americanism. And what it means to be American getting government out of the way to make sure that my kids can propel further than me to make sure your kids can go further than you. Every generation is supposed to have that opportunity in the United States. And our government, and these politicians that are you know, what I call small ours. They're not even more libertarian, they're small Republicans, because they don't want to do anything, are sitting there saying, Oh, I'm a fighter. But when you look at their records, they don't haven't done anything like nothing. Most of them are happy to rename a post office after spending $200,000 a year on their paycheck with flight benefits or medical benefits, and everything else is higher than that. And they don't do anything for it. They don't advocate restricted government, they say I'm gonna go to Washington and fight for you, but they don't understand, or can they convey what a fight is, when I say fight for America, two people actually mean, here's what I'm going to do. Like, we need to actually advocate for a real social security reform with partial privatization. That's something you haven't heard from Republican in a long time. We need to go to that so that when you pass away, your children can inherit your your money, instead of it going into this blank wildflower land where most of the money has been going $18 trillion, that both parties have stolen from Americans from the Social Security Trust Fund $18 trillion out of a $30 trillion debt. 18 trillion is owed to Social Security. If you stop and think about that, at age 62, you can retire with $87,000 a year right now, had the government never touched a program, we need to put that into a constitutional lockbox, so they can't steal from it anymore. Because right now, it's it's legalized theft, we are electing a group of thieves. And we need to stop doing that we're fighting our own money, the $18 trillion that they stolen from the Social Security Trust Fund has been done by Democrats and Republicans. And we have to put a drastic end to this. If we don't stop doing it in this country, we'll be bankrupt. So that's why a partial privatization and Social Security is something that would may work for every American crossing board, a 62 year old bus driver, if they pass away, all of that money is lost into this lala land like I brought up here a second ago. And then under a partial privatization, the kids would be able to inherit it. 20% would be held back to take care of people with disabilities and survivor benefits. It's something that would make more sense and easily resolvable across its entire country, at least in my mind.
Brian Nichols 8:44
Well, you've been out and I mean, first, when you're talking to people, I'm sure they're seeing that that slush fund is not really a slush, when they watched Ozark. They know it's money laundering. They're, they're basically to your point, we're electing people to go ahead and be professional money launderers more or less. But number two, and this is something that I think we need to focus on. You're talking about going back and fighting for America, you've actually done that, literally, you You served overseas in Afghanistan as a veteran and you came back to America and you saw firsthand, veterans aren't really being taken care of. And we've seen this time and again, unfortunately, Tom, where those who have gone and served overseas to defend America's liberties, may come back home and they're not protected. They're not taking care of themselves. What's your plan? And what would you say should be the the government's plan to help those who are coming back and who have fought overseas when they're trying to return home?
Tom Norton 9:32
Well, first and foremost, the biggest problem we have is a small culture. We're enticing people to go into a combat zone and fight for their country be trained to kill people be trained to clear rooms and all this other other things and they want them to be happy and smiling. They want them to be like this happy person. Well, the problem is there's a lot of anger built up and there are a lot of emotion. We need to make sure when a vet comes back, that they don't have to fear losing their rights if they go Youth Mental Health in order to help address some of the problems that they may have right now, under a Democratic leadership, if a veteran goes to mental health, they risk losing their firearms and their weapons, they risk losing their freedoms, their individual rights, they risk losing their children, Well, currently under going to mental health programs, even if they haven't been violent to their kids, they risk that it's taking away a lot of the rights from a lot of veterans, and it's creating a situation instead of saying, Hey, you're having some problems, why don't we do some mental health, we're not going to take your rights away, we're not going to do any of that. Let's make it so it's easy for people to be taken care of make it so they want to roll into the different programs, so they can reintegrate into society. And the other part is, we got to really sit there and stop being as emotional as a as a group of people and realizing that people are going to be blunt, they're going to be straightforward. Because right now, it's like, if you say anything wrong to, to a Democrat, or one of the more woke individuals, they're just so offended that they can't survive, why. And it can be the simplest critique, like, you know, you probably did that wrong, I mean, but we need to start making it. So there's no penalties for people to go and ask for the assistance, that's probably necessary for them to be able to function in society, that is the number one change that we can do. The other part is giving them a basic concept of protections that as they go into the private sector, that that, you know, let's give some private companies liability protection from a veteran, you know, maybe flipping out on a customer or something like that, give them a liability protection for a year or two. So they can start to, you know, move back into society. Certain things like that would do astronomical things in the United States for the veterans community, because a lot of the issues they run into, they can't get jobs, and they can't function here in the United States. And that's what we have to address.
Brian Nichols 11:45
Yep. Oh, and let's talk about some of the other issues you're seeing up there in Michigan second, because right now, I mean, top of mind, I would say is the economy, right of inflation. looming, if not already in recession, you're feeling stagflation likely coming very soon, housing prices are skyrocketing. Uncertainty galore. I mean, truly, people are scared there and people when people are scared, some bad things can happen in the future. So let's help give people a path forward in terms of what would it look like if let's say, Tom, you're elected and the GOP takes over in 2022? What will you guys do to help hold Joe Biden's feet to the fire the Democrats feet to the fire, and actually get us back on some economic sanity moving forward? Well,
Tom Norton 12:26
economic sanity, the thing is, we need to become activist, we need to quit assuming that one leader is going to get us out of our hole. So how we're going to do this is Republicans actually have to stand up and lean individuals, we have to put them together in groups, we have to be willing to go out and do it. Newt Gingrich did like the Contract with America, and advocate for an idea, there's only one way we can fix our currency one, we need to either go back to a gold or silver standard and a story on there in order to actually stabilize US currency and inflation. If we can't do it, if we can't do that, we need to base it upon natural resources. So what I usually pick on is Yellowstone National Forest has trillions of dollars of natural resources under it. I'm not advocating drilling it. And I know Democrats aren't going to advocate drilling it. So what we need to do is that we base our currency on the natural resources of Yellowstone, we know we're never going to drill it. But I think that will make Democrats and Republicans more conscientious of what we're spending money on. So they're not risking grilling from like another country, if that debts being taken care of from those natural resources. So we need to stabilize the currency first and foremost, so that we can do reduce these gas prices, so that we can reduce the cost of house and increase the value of the dollar. If we start doing that Americans will start succeeding once again. The other part is we got to quit encouraging people to not go to work. We need to end education visas from other countries, we have too many kids in the United States that have bachelor's degrees and are educated, that can't get a job where their bachelor's degree with the pride of their because we bring in people from other countries, get them out of their mothers basements. And then reform immigration so that they come here can speak English, and we can get those other lower paying jobs filled after we feature every American is employed. That's the other thing we need to do. If we're going to have immigration in this country, we need to have caps. So when we need workers and we have excessively unemployment, we can sit there and say, Okay, well bring in this money. As soon as the economy starts to drop, we shut it down. That way we maintain economic prosperity for the Americans here first and take care of Americans first. And that's some of the stuff we have to do in order to increase that sanity, but it has to be advocated for as we're going through our society and pointing out that hey, we need to stabilize our currency.
Brian Nichols 14:40
All right, Tom, we're already hard pressed for time. So with that being said, we want to make sure we give folks the call to action where they can go ahead not only find you to continue the conversation and support your campaign, but also financial contributions that definitely hurt helps rather not hurts in an era where it's hard to get the microphone in front of you. No pun intended, but talk to us what can people do to their to help you out
Tom Norton 15:00
Here's what we need to do, we only need to put together another 40,000. I already put on 200,000 of my own dollars right now. And with that we'll be able to put out another mailer and finish off radio, more digital ads. We are up on radio, probably put up one TV ad for the tail end there. That's about what we need. And so if you want to go to Tom dot GOP to help out it's appreciated. We'll take any amount of time that GOP none of it goes to the GOP though because they don't have a backbone. It's just an easy domain name. And no we don't use when Red we use Anadarko, that means the majority of your money actually goes to the campaign and not the Republican Party.
Brian Nichols 15:33
There you go. Well, that makes a little bit easier for folks that make the jump to actually put some dollars into the campaigns. I know I always gotten nervous by giving the NRCC or name the organization there and the GOP any dollars because I didn't know if it's gonna go to the right people. Like I want more people like you and Rand Paul out there. And Thomas Massie, fighting the good fight. And Hey, folks, if you want to go ahead and continue to get folks like Tom in offense will please do us a favor. Number one, go ahead and support his campaign up in Michigan second, and number two, you know the rule, go ahead and give today's episode a share. When you do, please go ahead and give yours truly a tag. And also make sure you give Tom a tag. I'll include all of his links there on social media in the show notes. If you're part of the audio listening part of the audience here all you got to do, click The Brian Nichols Show artwork in your podcast catcher, it'll bring you right over to today's episode where you can find Yes, the entire episode, the entire transcript of the episode. And also you can find the video version of the program, make sure you head over to the YouTube and hit that subscribe button and also a little notification bell so you don't miss a single time we go live with that being said Tom, final thoughts for the audience fire away, sir.
Tom Norton 16:35
If you're going to sit there and actually fight, you need to get active run for some school board run for precinct delegate run for anything get involved, take over your Republican Party build a separate organization if you have to overtake them. But the only way we're gonna win here in America is we have to build up from the ground up all the way. And we just need a couple more fighters in DC one of years ago was just Ron Paul fighting today we have 50 Republicans that fight like Ron Paul did. And that's where we need to go. We need to make sure that this is our point of critical mass. Today, we can get 80 to 100. Republicans got a time that GOP and let's actually change this country back for the good.
Brian Nichols 17:11
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Tom Norton is an America-First, Conservative Veteran running for Congress as a republican in Michigan’s Second District.
Tom believes in the American dream because he’s lived it. He learned to value hard work while growing up on his family’s farm and he used those values to go from infantry soldier to small business owner and top salesman for a national company.
A veteran of the Afghan War, Tom returned home and was inspired to run for public office in the Village of Sand Lake. As a Village Trustee and then Village President, Tom secured funding for infrastructure improvements that built better roads and provided quality drinking water, while also balancing the budget and protecting it from the local establishment swamp.
Returning from Afghanistan, Tom saw first-hand the lack of support and representation available to the veteran community. This inspired Tom to dedicate himself to helping his fellow veterans. He served as Post Commander of his American Legion where he brought stability and growth for the first time in ten years.
Tom then went on to Co-Found the West Michigan Veterans Ranch that focuses on suicide prevention and financial help for veterans, while working with them to find a new purpose in life.
An ardent Christian, Tom and his wife Jami strive to raise their three children properly in the eyes of the Lord, not in the eyes of Big Brother.
Tom knows the line in the sand has been drawn. The time for choosing has come and the choice couldn’t be clearer. Tom will NOT surrender our border, our culture, or our rights as American citizens to immigrants, establishment politicians or the global corporations pandering to them.
The time has come to put America First.
I am Tom Norton. Our time for choosing is here. It is time for us to stand strong for our district and America. Our country is great, her best days are ahead of, not behind her. I’ve got your back. Together, we can stand strong for America and have hers.
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