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John Kasich on Principles & Values

Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President

 


America's great, and you can shoot for the stars

My father carried mail, and his father was a coal miner, and my mother's mother was an immigrant, could barely speak English. And I'm standing on this stage. There's a lot of young people watching tonight. You can do whatever you want to do. America is an amazing country, where a kid like me can grow up to run for president of the United States. To all the young people that are out there, your hopes, your dreams, pursue them. Shoot for the stars. America's great, and you can do it.
Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary , Feb 25, 2016

Establishment lane, anti-establishment lane & Kasich lane

Q: You call yourself an "inside-outside guy, a reformer who knows how to get things done," but you reject the establishment label. Why do you reject it?

KASICH: I had a national reporter say, "There's three lanes. There's the establishment lane, the anti-establishment lane, and then there's the Kasich lane."

Q: What do you say to Republican voters this year who view practical government experience as a liability and not an asset?

KASICH: I've been a reformer all of my career, fighting to reform welfare, fighting to reform the Pentagon, also being in a position to balance the budget, because that is very, very hard to do. And then in Ohio, of course, I had to bring about big reform, again, because we were so far in the hole and now we just found out we are up over 400,000 jobs since I took over as governor.

Source: 2016 Fox News Republican two-tiered debate in Iowa , Jan 28, 2016

Need to promote Western values to win war of ideas

Q: You proposed creating a government agency to promote Judeo-Christian values around the world, particularly to the Middle East, this comes across as a little anti-Islam. Tell me why I'm wrong.

KASICH: The Western ethic, what is it about? It's about life, it's about equality of women, it's about the freedom of religion. I'm not talking about going to church. I proposed some time ago a comprehensive plan to deal with ISIS, including boots on the ground, a coalition including Arabs, etc. But we have to also engage in the battle of ideas when we have many people looking for meaning in life somewhere other than Western civilization.

Q: One of the criticisms, though, is that you're making a clash of civilizations argument.

KASICH: We want to agree and work together with people who share the view that the path to murder does not get you to paradise. When we win the military battle, what comes next? What we've got to make sure of is that we stop the radicalization of people.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Nov 22, 2015

Capitalism needs values to avoid unfettered greed

I'll tell you about Wall Street: There's too much greed. Free enterprise is a system that's produced the greatest wealth for the world. Free enterprise is great, profits are great, but there have to be some values that underlay it, and they need a good ethics lesson on Wall Street on a regular basis to keep them in check so we, the people, do not lose.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Conservative government will rebuild American from bottom up

The conservative movement is all about opportunity. It is about lower taxes. It's about balanced budgets. It's about less regulation. And it's about sending power, money and influence back to where we live so we can run America from the bottom up. Once we have the power and the money and the influence, each of us have a responsibility to reach out and to rebuild our families, make them stronger, and connect our neighborhoods.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Get this country moving again

My concern is we are on the verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job. I've watched people say we should dismantle Medicare and Medicaid. I've heard them talk about deporting 10 or 11 million people, splitting families. I've heard about tax schemes that don't add up. We need somebody who can lead; we need somebody who can balance budgets, cut taxes. I did it in Washington, in Ohio, and I will do it again, if I am President, to get this country moving again.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate , Oct 28, 2015

For the presidency. qualifications trump personal religion

Q: Let's talk about religion and the presidency.

KASICH: We need to respect our basic institutions, whether it's the presidency, teachers, our ministers, or our rabbis. We need to have great respect or the country begins to come undone. And so, I may not agree with the president, but I respect the office, and I respect the fact that he is the president of the United States.

Q: Would you ever have a problem with a Muslim becoming president?

KASICH: You know, I mean, that's such a hypothetical question. The answer is, at the end of the day, you've got to go through the rigors, and people will look at everything. But, for me, the most important thing about being president is you have leadership skills, you know what you're doing, and you can help fix this country and raise this country. Those are the qualifications that matter to me.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 20, 2015

Battle radicals by showing greatness of west

You win the bigger war with the battle of ideas. You wonder why young people, educated people, and rich people have tried to join ISIS. We need to wake up to the fact that those murderers and rapists need to be called out, and in Western civilization we need to make it clear that our faith in the Jewish and Christian principals force us to live a life bigger than ourselves. Make sure that all of our people feel fulfilled in living in Western civilization.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

America is great because it's run from the bottom up

America was never great because we ran America from the top down. America is great because we have run America from the bottom up, where we all live in the neighborhoods. One more time in America, we need to revive the concept of citizenship, where everybody's actions make a huge difference in changing the world.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

We turned Ohio around; people have hope again

You know, tonight we hear about what people want to do. I want to tell you what I've done.
  1. I was a member of the Armed Services Committee for 18 years. I spent a big chunk of my life studying national security issues and our role in the world.
  2. I was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the chief architects the last time we balanced a budget, and it was the first time we had done it since man walked on the moon. We had a $5 trillion surplus and we cut taxes.
  3. I spent ten years in the private sector, actually learning how business works.
  4. And now I'm the governor of Ohio, and I inherited a state that was on the brink of dying. And we turned it all around with jobs and balanced budgets and rising credit and tax cuts, and the state is unified, and people have hope again in Ohio.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

OpEd: Impatient with bureaucracy & with partisan posturing

To grasp where Kasich is coming from, it helps to skip the usual categories--libertarian, social conservative, budget hawk, neocon--and instead view his actions through the lens of impatience: impatience with bureaucracy, with partisan posturing, with ideological purity. "John Kasich is one of the most energetic and innovative idea-oriented Republicans of his generation," says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "He is a person who gets up in the morning wondering what six things he can get done by lunch."

Kasich's impatience is a visible force: He is forever fidgeting in his chair, rocking on his toes, waving his hands, jumping into conversations, and generally refusing to remain at rest.

His leadership style is equally restless. Staffers say he hurtles from one mission to the next without taking a breath. "There's always the next thing," says his press secretary. "You finish something monumental, then everybody just kind of forgets about it and moves on to the next giant thing."

Source: National Journal 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 7, 2015

Kasich rhymes with Basic

John Kasich (rhymes with Basic) is proud to call Ohio his home, and he is optimistic about our future. He understands that our great state is hurting, and believes we can do better.

The son of a mailman, John grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in McKee's Rocks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. Like many Americans his values were shaped by a childhood rooted in faith, family, community and common sense.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, kasichforohio.com, "Biography" , Nov 2, 2010

Hosted Fox News program "Heartland with John Kasich"

On the menu for our Bible study group one day: envy. We started laughing about the times when one or another of us had been transparently envious or petty or jealous. We were human, after all.

A couple of the guys pointed out that I used to complain about my role at Fox News, where I hosted a Saturday night program called "Heartland with John Kasich."

One member said, "That was always such a big thing with you, John. Did you win the rating? Were you #1?"

"You're right," I said, knowing I was beat. "It just killed me to lose to someone else. But that's not really envy. That's more like whining. I never once woke up in the morning and found myself wishing I was one of those other guys on the air. That's never been the case."

"That's just semantics, John," another member weighed in. "Whining is just a symptom of envy."

"That could be," I agreed. "But I'm not in any way, shape, or form trying to put myself up there as perfect."

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.190-191 , Jun 15, 2010

I can't figure out how anyone gets along without the Bible

I read the Bible. I travel with one, in fact. Why? Because the Bible always has something new to teach me, some new way to look at the world, some ancient story that can't help but resonate in interesting ways against the backdrop of our times. Plus, it's the greatest story ever told. Greed and charity, ruin and redemption, misery and hope.it's all right there. It's accessible, and at the same time it's beyond knowing, and I can't for the life of me figure how anyone gets along without it.
Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p.151 , May 10, 2006

I don't care what you stand for, but stand for something

I can remember being in the Congress in 1994, sitting on the House floor as Pat Schroeder walked in. Pat was a liberal Democrat from Colorado whom I happened to like. I haven't seen much of her lately, but I like her, because I have regard for people who don't think the way I think. Just so you think, that's all I ask. Take a stand. I don't care what you stand for, but stand for something. Believe in it, and work toward it, and talk me into it if you can. That's how it was with Pat Schroeder and me, as it was with me and many of my Democratic colleagues throughout my political career. Remember, the Democrats were in the majority at that time, and right or wrong it was seen as somewhat unusual for politicians of different striped to have a friendly conversation on the House floor, but that's precisely what we did.
Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 19 , May 10, 2006

As college student, wrote to Pres. Nixon and then they met

[As a college student, I wrote to Nixon and was granted a 5-minute personal meeting.] I shook Richard Nixon's hand & sat down across from him. Right at his desk. I had never before been inside such an important moment.

And just what did I do? I talked. And the President listened. He asked a couple of questions, and I offered what I hoped weren't perfunctory answers. As I spoke I allowed myself to think I was making some kind of difference. It became clear as I talked that he was taking the opportunity to gauge the mood on college campuses, just 7 months removed from the shootings at Kent State, but I didn't dwell on his agenda. What mattered to me was the opportunity.

The good news is that meeting lasted about 20 minutes. The bad news is I would go on to spend 18 years in Congress, and if you add up all the time I spent alone in the Oval Office with various presidents you'll see if doesn't come close to those 20 minutes. I guess I peaked out at the age of 18. That's when I should have retired.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 60-61 , May 10, 2006

1970s: Beat entrenched incumbent state senator 56%-44%

In the 1970s, I became convinced that I could be a member of the legislature, and got it into my head to challenge an incumbent in my district named Robert O'Shaughnessy. I was 24 years old, and after only a year or two as a legislative aide I'd convince myself that I could do a better job than any of the folks in elected office. I gave myself a two-year running start and had at it.

Election night was pure pandemonium. Before the election, the local newspapers had some flattering things to say about my campaign & about my potential, but none of the pundits figured I could pull it off. In fact, they all thought I would lose by a significant margin. The O'Shaughnessy name was too tough to beat, they all said. As it played out, though, the election wasn't even close. I ended up with better than 56% of the vote, a giant margin in a contest like this--and a stunning victory. Took the entire state by surprise to where some folks started calling it the biggest upset in the history of the Ohio legislature.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 62-67 , May 10, 2006

Power flows from the individual to the government

“Let people have their power back, says Kasich. ”Run America from the bottom up.“ Power flows from the individual to the government, not the other way around. ”The individual is paramount in our society. There should be no individual to lord over other groups of people. Individuals ought to be in charge. We ought to get back to the days when we ran this country from the bottom up.“
Source: www.k2k.org “On The Issues” 5/27/99 , May 27, 1999


John Kasich on Religion

The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead

Q: Have you received a word from God on what you should do and take care of first?

KASICH: I believe in terms of the things that I've read in my lifetime, the Lord is not picking us. But because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, he wants America to be strong. He wants America to succeed. And he wants America to lead. And nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith, and my friends.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Biblical manifesto: old law is gone; have faith in God

    [My pastor] broke it down for us with a neat little checklist, culled from Romans, chapter 12:
  1. Dedicate yourself to clean and active Christian living
  2. Have your values, goals, and interests adjusted to the will of God, rather than to what society promotes
  3. Exhibit humility, produced by faith
  4. Use your abilities in a gracious manner for the good of all
  5. Develop a strong distaste within yourself for whatever you know to be wrong, and hold tenaciously to whatever you know to be right and good
  6. Care deeply about the welfare of others
  7. Serve God
  8. Hang in there in unpleasant, difficult times
  9. Be generous and friendly
  10. Be good to persons who treat you badly
  11. Identify with other people's circumstances
  12. Be humble, and associate with humble people
  13. Don't retaliate
  14. Be agreeable, not argumentative.
I look at Romans, and it's like a manifesto. It says the old law is gone. It says that Christ is the sacrifice for all time and for those who have faith in God.
Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.136&146 , Jun 15, 2010

Belonged to Bible study group for 20 years

For me, the strength to withstand whatever comes my way flows through a sustaining relationship with God and a lifelong, headlong exploration of the Bible. The two go hand in hand, and together they take me where I'm going.

Where do you go when the water rises?

It's a central question, don't you think? How we answer it says a great deal about our faith in ourselves. In one another. In God. And where we look for that answer says a lot, too. I've been thinking about this kind of stuff for many years. I think about it, and I talk it through. In fact, some of the people around me recognize that my faith and my search for meaning are such huge aspects of my life that they've been on me to write about them.

I'd belonged to a pretty serious Bible study group for the past 20 or so years. Here was a chance to shine light on one value in particular--faith. I could take on these big, grand, imposing topics such as God and the scriptures and make them a little more accessible, a little more real.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 2-3 , Jun 15, 2010

I find God every other Monday

Trophies don't make character. Year-end bonuses don't make character. They don't define us. Ultimately, what gives us shape and purpose is the effort we make to live meaningfully and to understand how our time on this earth fits alongside whatever comes next.

Faith, that's what it comes down to. The lessons of the Bible. The insights we draw from one another. In our group, we look to the stories of the Bible as a kind of road map for how to live.

I'm afraid I don't find God in ritual and worship. He's with me wherever I happen to be. I go to church because that's what you do. I find God in the stories of the Bible, in the random acts of kindness I see every day, in the choices I make and the ways I interact.

I find God every other Monday, over lunch with my Bible study guys. We meet every two weeks, to go through these motions in a semistructured way, but I try to do a little bit of it every day. Fifteen minutes--that's the timer I set aside for prayer and reflection, day in and day out.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 5-7 , Jun 15, 2010

Learned faith via pastor dying of cancer

My pastor was dying of cancer. I was in my late 20s. His name was Father Joseph Farina, and he happened to be in Columbus, so he came to visit me. He was in great pain. I asked him if he was taking any medication to ease his suffering, and he said he was not. He said, "This is the trial God has placed before me."

His faith made a big impression, because it was the first time I'd seen such conviction on full display. I'd heard about this type of thing. I'd read about it. And here it was, in all its splendor & glory. Here was this man, with a great mind, finding peace and comfort and surety in knowing that his pain was merely a trial he was meant to endure. And knowing full well that he would endure it. It opened my eyes, and the scales fell from them. It was shocking. Amazing. And ultimately transformative.

Still, that kind of faith was elusive to me then. I drifted away from religion as a young adult. Then I looked up one day, and there was a huge hole in my life where God & religion had been

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 29 , Jun 15, 2010

Sought God after parents' death in car crash

The weeks following my parents' death in a car crash were the beginning of an exploration that continues to this day. On a very surface level, they pushed me to seek out opportunities to observe and study once I returned to Washington, but in a deeper, more fundamental way. They helped me to jump-start my faith.

I wanted to know if this "God thing" was real. For several years, some of my Washington friends had been trying to get me to attend their weekly Bible study reform group, and I'd always resisted. The last thing I wanted was to sit in a chapel with a group of politicians talking about God, because I worried we'd say one thing in there and then go back out and do the exact opposite. But when I returned to Washington after my parents' death and tried to cobble my life back together, I started to look on this group as a possible lifeline. I was devastated, shattered, and desperate for any tether.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 43-44 , Jun 15, 2010

Living life of faith can be a liberating thing

Faith. It's at the core of every discussion we have in the Bible study group. But what does it really mean? Where does it get us in the end? We talk all the time about men of great faith, men like Moses and Abraham, Paul and the Apostles. We want to know what these stories mean, what it meant in biblical times to live a life of faith, and what it means today.

Lately, what we've come up with is this: when you live a life of faith, it can be a liberating thing. Faith is a freeing principle. We tend to think of these memorable, transformative characters in the Bible as having special powers, but we don't really know that. We just know that they were men and women of great faith. And we also know this: faith enables you to hold on loosely without letting go.

Faith reminds us that the first innings of this ball game will be played out here on earth, but we'll finish the game in the next life. We can go at it with some perspective, knowing that the whole game doesn't play out here.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.126-127 , Jun 15, 2010

Objective moral values have existed since Creation

[Upon the death of a friend, my pastor] Ted said, "John, the profound doubts you're having right now are not unusual. Great people have had doubts like this, so let's get back to basics."

With Ted, when he tells you he's getting back to basics, he mean all the way back to basics. He even wrote them down for me on a sheet of paper I ne keep tacked above my desk at home for ready reference.

Here's what he wrote:

"There is firm evidence that the universe had a beginning, therefore it had a cause.

We do have sufficient evidence regarding God as the foundation for faith. We don't have proof, we have evidence.

If God does not exist, life is futile. If God does exist. Then life is meaningful.

Faith is a choice.

Objective moral values have existed since Creation."

Here--no surprise--Ted told me to go back to my very basic beliefs, so that's what I did.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.168-169 , Jun 15, 2010

Catholic Church has been unaccountable on sex abuse charges

I was an altar boy as a child, a card-carrying Catholic from a small, working-class church-abiding community. It's unbelievable and unacceptable to me that the Catholic Church has not been completely accountable for the various scandals that have enveloped it. The molestation and sexual abuse charges. The duplicity. It's enough to drive a mailman's son from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, to question his faith--until I realize that we must separate the church from the individuals who presume to be in charge. People come and go, priests come and go, but it's the religion that matters. It's the religion that sustains us. We all need to believe in something greater than ourselves and once we define that something we need to invest in it wholeheartedly. Not in the people who preach it or administer it but in the belief itself.
Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 22 , May 10, 2006

Always carries copy of St Augustine's "Confessions"

Where is our responsibility to stand tall in the face of low expectations? For me, the answer comes in a book written almost 2,000 years ago: St. Augustine's "Confessions". It's a tough little book, written in the 5th century, but I take it with me wherever I go.

St Augustine maintains that each of us has a special gift, and that it falls to each and every one of us to unwrap those gifts and share them with the rest of the world. I like that image a whole lot, because I look at gifts like I look at stars. Have you ever seen an ugly star? I never have. They're all just magnificent. You look through the telescope and see that some of them are red and some of them are blue. And every last one seems just about as special and magnificent as a thing can be, but none of them are quite the same.

That, to me, is a true gift. We find them in the heavens, and we find them here on earth. We find them in our friends & family, and we find them in ourselves. And, significantly, we find them in our leaders.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 36 , May 10, 2006

Built relationship with God after parents died in car crash

My parents brought me to the doors of our church, but like many young people, I walked away.

My parents were in their late sixties, in perfect health, looking ahead to a long, fulfilling retirement, when a drunk driver crashed into their car as they were leaving a Burger King in August 1987.

My father had been killed. My mother was still alive when I got to the hospital, but I never got to tell her I loved her. When she died I sat for a while with my parents' pastor.

He said, "John, you've got t decide right now if you want to build a relationship with God. You have a window of opportunity now, you're open to it, but in time that window will close. This pain will ease and you'll go back to the rest of your life."

Right there, I knew he was right. And from that moment forward, I changed. Fully and truly. I was determined to build a real relationship with God, if He could stand for me as a strength & a direction. The REAL relationship was key. I wanted real, not learned. Not rote. Not dogma.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p.154-157 , May 10, 2006

Religious affiliation: Christian.

Kasich : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH10 on Nov 7, 2000

Member of the Tea Party movement.

Kasich is a member the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."

Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010

Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress.

Kasich signed the Contract with America:

As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.

    Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:
  1. The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
  2. The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
  3. The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
  4. The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
  5. The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
  6. The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
  7. The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
  8. The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
  9. The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
  10. The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress
Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA1 on Sep 27, 1994

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