Mark Shepard column
Mark Shepard served two terms in the Vermont Senate (2003-2006) and ran for Congress in the 2006 Republican Primary. (Click here for more.)

For a number of reasons, not the least of which is its small size, Vermont was targeted as a key beachhead by those desiring to move America away from its liberty-based birth, where the laws of nature and nature's God were supreme, and toward socialism, where the state (man's wisdom) is supreme. It was in that environment that Mark ran and served in elected politics.

The efforts of recent years to move our national policy toward socialistic ideas is very much patterned after what happened in Vermont, where there has been a very serious exodus of businesses, young people and young families. And where today there is no political party standing strong on America's founding principles, but rather each merely chases after power by playing on various human weaknesses to get votes.

Like so many other families and businesses in Vermont, in 2011 the Shepard family also moved their family and business from Vermont, relocating to Virginia, where Mark's wife, Rebecca, was raised and where they were married in 1990.

Mark holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering and owns and operates an industrial controls business he started during his last year of graduate school (1993). Prior to going to college, Mark worked in the building trades where he completed the four-year Vermont Electrical Apprenticeship and earned his Journeyman Electrician's License. Mark was raised on a strawberry farm in the hills of Hartland, Vermont, where his family has lived for several generations.

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Mark Shepard
October 3, 2016

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union (1940s to 1991) operated under a doctrine called Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), where both sides . . .

Federalism trumps the strongman
Mark Shepard
March 25, 2016

A recent article, titled "Congratulations, GOP, You've Created a Monster," connected the rise of Donald Trump to the Republican majority's betrayal of the very . . .

We may have Donald Trump to thank
Mark Shepard
March 5, 2016

Donald Trump has accomplished what few people could. Donald has created a situation where go-along Republicans are coming to terms with the reality that . . .

Back to the future political options
Mark Shepard
February 26, 2016

While I am sure there are similar examples in every state, I would like to take you back to two elections in my native state of Vermont that I believe shed some . . .

Republican Voters: Please look under the hood
Mark Shepard
February 19, 2016

The importance of the Republican primary cannot be overstated. I say this as someone who came very close to running against Bernie Sanders when he first ran . . .

A message to New Hampshire: The path to freedom and prosperity
Mark Shepard
February 6, 2016

Who doesn't agree that one of the biggest problems with our federal government is corruption? Elections are won with money from political favors on the . . .

America's 239 year trip -- from liberty to decadence
Mark Shepard
July 4, 2015

Just as we in the United States were preparing for the annual celebration marking the most amazing national experiment in liberty, our nation was mortally . . .

Can we turn this country around just by voting?
Mark Shepard
March 15, 2014

The other day a Facebook friend posed the following question: "Do you think we can turn this country around just by voting?" My short answer was: Not a . . .

Fighting natural law is a losing battle
Mark Shepard
March 23, 2011

I thoroughly enjoy downhill skiing and even more so now that I am enjoying it with our four boys. I find skiing most enjoyable when I ski with the mountain . . .

Fairytale government
Mark Shepard
July 16, 2010

The inability of our federal government to function in the real world is not simply that we elected the wrong people to run it; it is that we allowed our . . .

Stop bailing out poor judgment
Mark Shepard
May 15, 2010

On top of mortgaging our children's future, the federal bailouts have essentially killed a very effective teacher the natural consequences of poor judgment.  . . .

The Court is not supreme
Mark Shepard
March 11, 2010

Ignoring constituent concerns about the constitutionality of the federal government controlling healthcare did not work. Sighting Article I, Section 8 of the . . .

Converting Tea-Party energy into sustained results
Mark Shepard
January 18, 2010

Recent polls show the Tea Partiers now outnumber registered Republicans and Democrats. That is great news because the people connected to tea parties are . . .

Is Christmas relevant?
Mark Shepard
December 17, 2009

As Christmas comes, reactions abound. Since the fourth century AD, when Roman Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, church service attendance in Western . . .

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