Who Is Austin Parris?: Biography

This is the first part of a several part blog I’ll be posting on here so that you all may get a chance to know me as well as possible.

I’m a 21 year old Florida native, and I love this state. Even though you’ll see and hear me mention all the things we need to do better, it’s not because I feel we’re not very good, it’s because I truly care about this state’s progress. If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t run, simple as that.

I currently am studying Economics/Political Science at Palm Beach Community College, which has an overall attendance almost equal to that of the University of Alabama. All my ideas and issues are researched thoroughly by myself and thought over and decided upon by myself. I believe in personal knowledge, and that knowledge and research can bridge the gap in personal experience, because I cannot have personal experience in every profession which falls under state governance, but I CAN acquire knowledge to assist with the governance of those professions/issues.

I feel that too often we can put such an emphasis on “experience” that we often to forget to really pursue a sentiment of ideas, and this leads to us electing slogans rather than plans. When using this criteria, more candidates fall to the wayside and those who truly deserve the offices as they were designed come to the surface. This is the approach I take when viewing the representative position, that it is one not of general theory and ideology, but a position of authority to manage specific issues relative to the area which he/she represents for that period of time.

So that being said, I approach this campaign with a few issues which I feel are paramount to Florida’s forward movement in terms of economic and political success, and those will be discussed in the next part of this series.

Any comments, questions and concerns are much appreciated. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to representing you.


4 Responses to “Who Is Austin Parris?: Biography”
  1. Debbie says:

    Let’s see… First you were a Republican, then you joined the Democratic Party as a committeeman, then you were a Constitution Party candidate, now you are are a Republican again. Excellent question: just who are you?

    • Austin Parris Parris85 says:

      I appreciate your honesty and your frankness. I much prefer it to dishonest politeness, because I can’t answer questions that don’t exist. Let me clarify that bit for you and for anyone else, so there are no questions in the future with regards to that subject.

      1. I registered to vote when I was 17 in high school. I was and have been aligned with constitutional principles for a long time.

      2. In the Fall/Winter of 2007 I joined the Ron Paul Campaign for President (Dean Taffel and David Wood can both affirm this). Part of our plan to reform the Republican party to more Constitutional Principles at the time was for all of us to join the REC as much as possible. By some error or otherwise, I ended up with a letter from the Supervisor of Elections stating that I was a member of the DEC by unopposed election.

      3. This baffling me, I decided to attend a meeting anyways, because shoot, why not? I was disappointed overall, and decided that that meeting, the last of the 2008 year, would be my only meeting to attend, because as I spoke with the Young Democrats group, I was laughed at for being “an originalist”, something I pride myself upon, actually.

      4. My Constitution Party candidacy was out of the same frustration the Tea Partiers face now: Neither side is listening, neither side represents me, so I’ll represent myself. That’s all well and good in theory, and I respect (though I do not agree with all of them) the CP’s goals and ideals, I was faced with a difficult decision and choice between two paths: attempt to win with a third party and potentially sacrifice the things I care about, or sacrifice personal glory/goals and keep my causes and ideals in the forefront. I chose the latter, in case you haven’t figured it out.

      5. My decision to rejoin the Republican Party came only after a long conversation with Sid Dinerstein, as well as both of my parents, my fiance, and several of my closest friends, professors, and those I trust. It came at the cost of upsetting the CP state chairman, Dan Gonzales, who is a great person with a lot of energy.

      Ultimately Debbie, what you and everyone else should take away from this is that I’m just like you: I can’t find a party that truly fits all of me, because every party is flawed in some way, shape, or form. You can call it flip-flopping or indecisiveness, or you can wake up, and see it as my being more loyal to my CAUSES than any party. Isn’t that what the 9-12 Group is about? Principles over politics?

      I didn’t pick the Republican Party simply because of any personal goals other than doing my civic duty to restore the Constitution through States Rights, Civics Education, Lower Taxes, and Rebuilding the Local Communities. I have stuck my political success on the line to promote the causes which drive me, and if it means I don’t get elected but my causes do, then so be it. It’s not about me winning, it’s about our Founding Fathers winning this year, and every election after that.

      That’s who I am Debbie. I’m Austin Parris, and I’m a Constitutionalist. I don’t care what party I’m with, I’m pursuing the best options to promote those causes which will better our state. Personally, I’d feel much better sitting at home having not won an election knowing full well that people knew who I was and DIDN’T vote for me, as opposed to hiding behind repetitive rhetoric and meaningless gimmicks just to win.

  2. Shannon Armstrong Shannon says:

    Great questions Debbie and great answers Austin – I acutally was wondering as well the time line. Thanks

  3. Austin Parris Parris85 says:

    I understand it can cause some confusion. As you can see there is absolutely nothing malicious or self-serving about my switching other than making decisions that were not so easy to swallow at the time. I do not like admitting when I am wrong or when I have miscalculated, but it does happen, and those decisions I had to make were a result of both my convictions and evaluations of the situations at each time.

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