Fear has no place in the strong

Every action has a reaction. What seems to be the simplest of things can, will, and does open doors to life changing opportunities.

But for this to happen an action must first take place.

Life in general favors the willing.

Those who engage freely leaving trepidation behind.

Fear has no place in the strong and no room in the soul of The American.

Our strength comes from generations willing to strike out on their own dreaming huge dreams, toiling long hours, never giving up, never giving in.

Our advancement is found in the acceptance of adversity as a challenge to be overcome and overcome we have.

As always we are faced with new struggles and greater adversity to our free will, freedom, and our way of life.

Let us not see this as a problem but rather a purpose.

Let us open American hearts and United minds and State the truth about our mission.

As the moon does her job with gentle waves, we step forward as Citizens of the greatest nation in the history of man to do ours, standing shoulder to shoulder in defense of freedom.

The power of the truth resides in each one of you.

Cast the truth far and wide as only the Individual American can.

Be not unwilling or afraid.

Freedom requires the brave and always favors the righteous or in other words…The American.

Let us be kind in our ways, fierce in our humility, and gentle with our grace as we create a firewall in protection of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

You’re damn right I do.

Jason Kraus
United States Senate 2017

No campaign contributions
No salary
One term

Leadership by example.


What am I going to do for you?

A conversation took place a while ago.

If you get elected what are you going to do for me?

My answer was simple.

I’m not going to do anything for you.

You are going to do for you!

If elected I am going to go to DC and stop the lies and corruption that are eating away at our country so YOU can live your life with liberty and pursue happiness to the best of your ability!

I continued.

Your greatest asset or largest liability can be found in the mirror every morning…if you have the courage to look.

Take a good look!!!

Besides, I continued, you are asking the wrong question.

It’s not what I am going to do for you it’s what are you going to do for others?

I don’t remember there being much of a response.

Of course this could have been because of my non verbal cues flashing an incredible irritancy.

Then again who knows these days?

With a good portion of the population conditioned to believe they “deserve” things rather than having to earn them the person asking the question could have been genuinely surprised as this may have been the first time they’d ever been told the truth.

Regardless if I get the question again, and keep my temper in check, my answer will be this.

I am going to continue to work hard, save my money, and be beneficial to others, or in other words, lead by example.

My mirror works just fine because the reflection in it says only one thing.

Freedom First.

Freedom Only.

Okay…two things.

Jason Kraus

United States Senate 2017

No campaign contributions.
No salary
One term

Leadership by example.


Slavery still exists

Yesterday I went through my day as I always do.

The pursuit of happiness to the best of my ability through hard work, saving my money, and being beneficial to others.

Throughout the day the radio brought me propaganda about unisex bathrooms, the rights of “refugees” and “immigrants” and incessant noise about free college and why everyone deserves health care.

I guess the most important issue “climate change” wasn’t so important anymore…at least not yesterday.

Now for those of you who know me personally or have been here with me for a while you know I move with a purpose and a big smile on my face.

I believe in leading by example and positive energy.

I also believe in the very simple message of love God love one another.

With that said neither of my cheeks will ever turn allowing abuse to myself or anyone around me.

I believe in grace not victimization.

I digress.

Even though many of you in California and around the country sent letters requesting I be put on the stage at the Senate Debate last night our collective voices to have an Independent up there was ignored.

Instead a third Republican was put on the stage.

Yes a third Republican…in California.

It appears UOP has already chosen their candidates.

Can you guess which Party?

For those not familiar with the process in California only two make it to the General Election.

Two…not three.

As I watched the debate last night my slow burn began.

On the stage were five individuals who have taken money (campaign contributions) are willing to take more (salary, benefits, retirement) and will do it as long as they can.

My burn increased as I listened to individuals who support CAIR, La Raza, and crushing debt.

I listened to humans who have zero understanding of human behavior or intrinsic motivators.

I listened as the stage filled with “I” statements and braggadocio.

They sounded exactly like…Politicians.

Imagine that.

This of course isn’t new to any of us.

We’ve been so saturated by this behavior many have simply returned to the message of the Sixties.

Live for the now.

Tune in, turn on, drop out.

There is a new name now for irresponsible behavior that leads to millions of humans now unwilling to take care of themselves.

YOLO…or You Only Live Once.

Unfortunately too many have lived this way for too long and now want the rest of us to carry them the rest of their lives.

What’s even worse is this message of rationalization and justification has seeped into the upcoming generations.

So let us be clear.

You cannot borrow your way to financial freedom.

You cannot smoke, inhale, imbibe, or consume your way to emotional and biological health.

You must engage in only three practices to find success.

Work HARD.

SAVE your money.

Be beneficial to OTHERS.

As I turned off the television last night I thought about everything I just listened to.

The same talking points from two Parties (one who doesn’t exist in California).

No one was willing to take on our two real problems.

Crushing debt.

Human Trafficking through our open border.

As the stage was filled with nonsensical verbiage and economic absurdity more women and children were trafficked and sold in both directions through the magnet for crime known as our Southern Border.

More rapes, murders, and molestation continued and continue every day while Politicians talk about bathrooms.

It’s time we tune in to the truth and turn on to reality.

Dropping out isn’t going to be an option for too much longer…if you require Freedom.

Regardless the smile on my face has disappeared.

It’s been replaced with rage as the border costs more lives of those who don’t have the option of “dropping out” while these Politicians talk about “rights”…and bathrooms.

Jason Kraus
United States Senate 2017

No campaign contributions
No salary
One term

Leadership by example.



As the lies are being challenged many are attacking those who provide the truth.

Those who have bought into the corruption of our country are now howling as Americans fight back to restore the rule of law.

Last night in Chicago “Democracy” or mob rule was apparent for all to see.

This isn’t new.

Bullying or gang mentality can be found everywhere in America these days as laws are ignored by millions and not enforced by Local, State, or the Federal Government.

Terminology like “racist” “bigot”, “xenophobes”, and “islamaphobia” are thrown at anyone who challenges the lies with truth while Obama smiles, sues Ferguson Missouri because a police officer defended his own life and tacitly approved of the FBI murdering a rancher with his hands up.

Baltimore creates safe space for room to destroy, Nation of Islam calls for the killing of all white people, a Democratic politician calls for the militancy of illegals against Americans, the debt is 19 trillion, negative interests rates are on the horizon, and Obama tells us Islam is woven into the fabric of our country.


We have a cancer in our country and it only grows because we allow it to.

Speak the truth at the top of your lungs ignoring all who attempt to stop you.

We are not ok and you are not alone.

You, me and millions like us are here engaging everyday.

None of this has been or will be easy.

Nothing worth doing ever is but make no mistake…we are coming for what is our birthright and nothing will stop us.

Shoulder to shoulder my fellow Americans.

One voice at a time.


Jason Kraus
United States Senate 2017

No campaign contributions

No salary

One term

Leadership by example


Without the 2nd Amendment there is no 1st.

It is those in any society who wish to oppress that scream the loudest about the tools that keep them from harming others.

California alone has had elected officials rant about individual gun ownership only to discover later these same officials were trafficking in automatic weapons.

The 2nd Amendment isn’t about a gun.

The evil try to portray this and only the foolish or naive are willing to believe.

The 2nd Amendment is about freedom, more importantly maintaining freedom, and is the greatest insurance policy ever created.

If you don’t want to own a weapon, as a free person, that is up to you.

But, as God is my witness, your choice to not will never trump the choice of any other free person to do so.


Your rights stop at my nose and in some cases well before that.

It must be clear to any rational American that most levels of the Federal Government are corrupt and oppressive.

The overwhelming debt is a form of oppression.

The ignorance of the rule of law is a form of oppression.

The lies from the Bully Pulpit over the last 24 years are a form of oppression.

The complete takeover of housing, banking, medical insurance, education, etc., are all forms of oppression.

The reason the 2nd Amendment is receiving attention is because so much pressure is being applied to the freedom of Americans…and we’ve had enough.

The best outcome for any insurance policy is to never be used.

This is my desire and the reason I am here now.

We must push forward in defense of America roaring at whatever volume is required to ensure our swords do not escape their scabbards.

But make no mistake those swords must stay sharpened and at the ready.

American Freedom has requirements.

Resistance to tyranny.

Removal of tyranny.

The Pursuit of Happiness.

The 2nd Amendment protects the 1st.

Enough said.

Jason Kraus
United States Senate 2017

No campaign contributions
No salary
One term

Leadership by example.


Make your choice count

“You are free to choose but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.”

Many in these United States do not understand or appreciate how many humans around the world are not free to choose for fear of imprisonment or death.

The greatness of America has allowed each new generation to inherit freedom while teaching individual responsibility…until the late sixties.

After 40 plus years of the incremental breakdown of the family unit, rampant sexual irresponsibility, and the allowance of credit to anyone with a pulse, every American child born in the last decade will have less freedom and choices than their parents.

Today’s choices will guarantee our future. Your individual decisions will shape a greater or lesser opportunity for our children.

That is sowed shall be reaped.

The level of success or pain in this reaping depends on our decisions today.

The choice to do the right thing is always correct.

Let us not allow those that do, to be punished by those who do not.

Jason Kraus
United States Senate 2017

No campaign contributions
No salary
One term


You are the Voice

Let us forge ahead in this new year, leaders by example with the truth as our shining light, our beacon in the night, and our strongest weapon.

It is the strength of one voice, the American individual, that propels freedom forward.

You are this voice that resonates and permeates the land of the free and the home of the brave. Roar with it into each sunrise, each sunset, and all in betwixt and between using the gift of free will and embracing the responsibility of ensuring freedom lasts through the coming generations upon the soil of these United States.

The greatness of America is found in the extraordinary example of you, the ethical American, born and bred in the cradle of fierce competition protected by a loving God that allows growth through persistence, the pursuit of happiness, and the one true paradigm of the human experience:

To love one another.

Your example is the catalyst to a better day, a brighter path, a freer nation.

America is the canvas for our pens and swords. We must use both wisely with the comprehension that the sword is used in protection of freedom, the pen in its creation.

While the sword is kept sharp the pen must always be flowing. Yes we are the sword but more importantly you are the pen.

Stand with me now shoulder to shoulder and let loose the roar of the American Lion that provides shelter to our allies and such a fear in our enemies that they simply lay down and pray for the ever famous mercy of the American as their reckoning arrives.

Enemies both foreign and domestic.

The world is changed by your example.

Require it be for the better.

Jason Kraus United States Senate 2017

The Eyes of the Vietnam Veteran

Born in 1970 I was almost five years old when the Vietnam War ended.  I cannot point to one particular event or occasion per se, but as those of you who’ve read Late Bird know, even as a young child I felt a fierce loyalty to Vietnam Veterans.  Maybe it was my desire to protect others that formed my allegiance to these brave men…these brave Americans.

Even in my youth, the things that were said or done to them upon their return home, angered me greatly.  As I grew older and learned more about their experiences in “Nam” and the absurdity piled on them at home by cowards, my admiration for them increased even further.

As a twenty year old I took a job working on a self-described “ranch” that housed and counseled S.E.D. (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) teenage males.

My first supervisor on the ranch was a Vietnam Vet.

His name was Robert (everyone called him Bob) and aside from my father, a better man I have not known.

Bob was a gregarious, mustachioed, brawny, chain smoking human being that every adult respected (which was saying something because some of my co-workers…well let’s just say it was an eclectic gathering of behavior) and every child trusted (which was an even greater feat as most of these kids had been through their own personal hell).

Aside from the smoke “breaks” (that happened routinely) his entire time on the ranch was spent leading, teaching, and counseling both the adults and the kids.  To know Bob was to love him although that word was never used.

At least not among the “men” and there were plenty of us on the ranch acting like “men”.

Although I’ve always been a defender of others I could still be a handful as a six foot 190 lb 20 year old male who challenged authority at every instance if I thought they were wrong.  As I write this now I have no doubt Bob could have taken me out back and left me there, but the great thing about this wonderful person was his ability to see the potential in everyone.

He genuinely moved people in the right direction by leading by example…with respect.

It didn’t take long working for Bob before I stopped questioning his leadership.

It wasn’t out of loyalty although he had mine.

It wasn’t out of respect although he had that too.

It was because he was right.

As I worked under his tutelage with the kids my skills and understanding of human behavior grew stronger.  Even though I wouldn’t pick up verbiage like intrinsic and extrinsic motivation until later in life he was providing me a lesson in both and how to use them as tools…ethically.

Although Bob was an easy person to talk with he rarely ever spoke about Vietnam…but he did cough a lot.  My occasional question was always met with a self deprecating small shrug of a shoulder followed by silence.  One time early on he’d assigned me to a group with another counselor.  His name was Alan.  Bob told me to hang out with Alan’s group and mentioned offhand that Alan was a para-jumper in Vietnam.

“Alan saved people” was what Bob said.

Alan was a short, bespectacled man with a policeman type mustache who always seemed to be wearing sunglasses.  I probably had a couple of inches and thirty pounds on Alan although its been twenty five years so it could have been more…or less.

The kids didn’t love Alan the way they loved Bob (that was a bit much to ask) but they definitely respected him.  He was an introspective soul that I grew to enjoy being around very much.  When I mentioned that day what Bob said to me, he cocked his head and gave me a look (through his sunglasses) while baiting a hook for one the kids, who was fishing in the man made pond on the ranch.

“Bob told you that huh?”


Alan just stared out over the pond and didn’t say another word for what seemed like an hour but was probably only a minute.  We never talked about Vietnam.  Our conversation turned to God.  Maybe I’ll cover that another time.

In retrospect I wish I’d had more time to sit with these two American heroes…whether we spoke or not.

They were both different yet had very American characteristics: Honor, loyalty, humility, and empathy.

They could also handle their business as I saw Bob break up a fight between two large teenagers by snatching them both by the back of their necks and hauling them off, one in each hand, to a three sided outdoor room known as “time out”…coughing the entire way.

I was front and center when a teenager lost all control and started beating another kid with a baseball bat.  Alan got there first, stepped in front of the fallen kid and took a shot from the bat right in the arm that was raised to block his face.  His disarmed the kid (who was just as big as he was) and took him to the ground where the kid lunged and clamped into Alan’s triceps with his teeth.  Blood spurted as I jumped in and helped Alan dislodge the kid’s incisors and we were able to restrain him without any damage to the teenager.  Alan cleaned himself up and went on with the day as though nothing had happened.

The kid was arrested later that evening.

I have lots of stories about Bob that would make you smile but my favorite was the time he called me into his office.  I was having a problem with a supervisor who was older than I and liked to walk around strutting with fatigues and a crew cut giving orders like he was a drill sergeant.  I doubt this guy spent a day in the military.

Let’s just say we had words a few times and back then…well…when angered my words rarely came out as profane…they came out as…statements…yes let’s call them statements and in my “statements” I am very clear what I am willing to do if not left alone.

As you can imagine that didn’t go over too well with “Crew cut” and although nothing ever happened “Crew cut” started making my job a lot harder during the one day a week I was under his supervision.  I cannot prove it but I know in my heart what happened next to be true.

“Crew cut” wanted to show his “leadership skills” and write me up for something.  Again I cannot prove it but I have no doubt when he started to do this Bob stepped in and told him he would take care of it.  “Crew cut” didn’t like it but he wasn’t going to challenge Bob.  Everyone loved Bob.  Especially “Crew cut’s” boss.  He backed off and Bob wrote me up for something I cannot remember.  At first I was stunned and hurt that Bob was doing this to me.  It seems like such a small thing but loyalty was important to both of us and I was extremely loyal to him.  He’d earned it.  I left that night upset and I know Bob was too.  About a month went by when he called me into his office and closed the door.  He opened my personnel file, took out the written admonishment, smiled and tore it in half.

Bob was playing Chess while “Crew cut” was playing…you can fill in the blanks.

Last year while in Miami spreading the message of freedom I had the honor of meeting another Vietnam Veteran.

Kenneth Manny.

Kenneth had read a few of my columns on Facebook, knew I would be in Miami and drove down from his home in Florida.  When we shook hands I instantly flashed back to Bob.  It wasn’t the firm handshake, the straight back, or even the eyes.  Every Vietnam Veteran I have ever met has the same intense look.  That they’ve experienced hell…and came out on top.

The best way for me to explain this is to use myself as a reference.  As an adult young children and dogs have always loved me.  People will always comment how kids and dogs will follow me from room to room or climb on me.  I tell them its because children and dogs are very in tune to what is around them and they know they are safe.

They are at peace.

That is how I feel around Vietnam Veterans.  At peace.  There is no ego, no preening, no arrogance.  Just hard core peace from hard core heroes.  God bless you one and all.

The reason for this particular column was an experience I had last week.  My wife and I were shopping and standing in line to check out.  I turned slightly to my left and saw a man wearing a hat that said Vietnam Veteran with the same  straight back, same intense stare.  I thought of Bob and Alan and Kenneth and many other Veterans from Vietnam and smiled as I walked toward the American Hero.  He slightly cocked his head as I nodded and referenced his hat,”Vietnam Vet?” I asked.

“Yes sir,” he answered.  His name was Terry.

I extended my hand, “Thank you brother.  It’s because of men like you I was born free.”

He looked a little shocked then gave an ever so small smile and said “thank you.”

“My pleasure sir.  Thank you,” I said as I shook the hand of American Greatness.

His grip said it all.

Jason Kraus


United States Senate 2017


Do not feed the beast

Recently through Skype I was interviewed again by Michael Higgins and Darcy Savage.  Wonderful people to speak with and I strongly suggest everyone find Michael’s page at VoxPopuli.

The purpose of our mission never changes:

To bring like-minded Americans together.  Shoulder to shoulder.  One voice at a time.

Michael made a comment that a friend mentioned the length of our last interview being too long for the average listener.

In the beginning this was mentioned to me about my columns…never mind the fact that it only took five minutes to read most of them.

I will attempt to deal with what I believe are the primary issues in America with as much brevity as possible.

Federal Debt:





Border Control:






Systemic abuse of women and children.  (That’s enough for me)

Climate Change:

Big Fan!  Without it none of us would be here.

Global Warming:


The Earth is slightly cooling and has nothing to do with us and everything to do with the Sun.  (Even the egomaniacs known as John Kerry and Barack Obama are no match for the Sun…or US for that matter).

By the way this is the same group of geniuses who predicted decades ago Earth’s natural resources would run out.

We flare natural gas into the air daily and don’t have enough room to store all the oil.

Give it another ten years and the Al Gore types will be back to tell us we have to create more CO2 to HELP warm the Earth and I’m sure there will be a few Bernie Sanders acolytes around to repeat the absurdity known as Progressivism.

One more thought.  Climate Change, Weather, and Pollution are three different things.

Reverse Racism:

As opposed to Forward Racism?

Racism, like ignorance, is color-blind, and both are found in the Klan, Black Panthers, CAIR, and La Raza…just a few groups historically supported by the Democratic Party although Reince Priebus and the RNC took their shot at joining the color of skin crowd leading to citizens across the United States re-registering without a party preference.

Fools to the right, racists to the left.

Crony Capitalism:

Doesn’t exist.

Don’t blame Capitalism for the human animal’s lack of ethics…but if you must…call it what it is…Corruption.

Illegal Immigration:

Incorrect.  Any human who is not an American Citizen entering our country without written documented permission is not an immigrant.

Legally they are criminals:  8 U.S. Code § 1325

Selective Enforcement of the Law is government persecution and prosecution and will eventually lead to retribution, vigilantism, or revenge.

A society either has the Rule of Law or it doesn’t.

Currently we do not.

Let’s try and speed this up.  I’m trying to keep this under five minutes.

“Carbon Footprint”, “White Guilt or Privilege”, “African American”, “Latino or Hispanic”, “It takes a village”, “Radical Islamic Terrorism”, “You didn’t build that”, “Moderate Muslim”, and the “One Percent”.

Carbon doesn’t have toes, a heel, a sole…or a soul.

White Privilege, African American, Latino or Hispanic are all nonsensical terms created by obtuse minds to label and divide.  White, black, and brown are colors.  Human is the race and the reason for the difference in color is proximity to the sun over tens of thousands of years.


It doesn’t take a village…it takes two loving, responsible, ethical, PARENTS to raise a child.

Radical Terrorist, Moderate Muslim, Jihadi, all have the same common denominator:


The question is Sunni or Shiite.

The answer is neither.

You didn’t build that…yes we did and that also includes the corrupt individuals in Washington DC.

Yes we built them too.

This is on us to reclaim, remove, and restore.

This, and unfortunately more, is all terminology and propaganda brought to these United States to divide us, by the worst political generation, in the history of America:

The “Me Generation”…so aptly named.

If you find yourself using this terminology or trying to “see their point of view”…don’t.

You are only feeding the beast of oppression.

Starve the propaganda and leave it on the side of the road.

Crows need to eat too.

Jason Kraus


United States Senate 2017


An American problem requires an American solution

I was never much of a talker when it came to violence or threats.  Always seemed like a waste of energy to me never mind my best one liners always came hours AFTER the fact.  I’ve never been a patient person in this respect either.  If you have a problem with me or one of my friends speak your mind and move forward otherwise have a Coke and a smile.

It isn’t about being tough.  It is actually the opposite.  I don’t like to wait for an unpleasant outcome to arrive.  If I know something has to be dealt with I want it dealt with now so I can move on with the positives in my life.

I don’t want to dwell on things that have to be handled.  Just handle them and move on.

But handle them we must.

I had a problem in college one time.  Something was said to me I didn’t like and a threat was made.  Without getting into specifics a fight broke out.  I ducked when I should have bobbed and lost some blood and part of a tooth.  My dance partner ended up breaking a bone in his hand.

What can I say…I have a hard head.

There ended up being other repercussions from this incident for me…maybe I will cover this in my follow up to Late Bird, but regardless, as I’ve said many times…no one wins in a fight.

One side just loses more.

That day I was the “more”.

But the fight must be fought to ensure our way of life continues.  It is those who ignore or cower from the battle that are the worst amongst us.   They prolong the agony of the behavior of the wicked and weaken systems.

Systems society counts on to maintain order, to thrust freedom forward like Capitalism and the Rule of Law.

Only those with an agenda contrary to liberty still support a Clinton, a Bush, a Sanders, a Rubio, or an Obama.

Political correctness and generational guilt has allowed hate groups like La Raza and CAIR to go unchallenged.

Barack Obama blames Christians for their “past deeds” when they are murdered in the Middle East or Africa.

Jeb Bush says illegal entry into America is “loving”.

John Kerry spat in the face of every French citizen with his rationalization and “understanding” of the Charlie Hebdo murders.

Nancy Pelosi’s reference to a group that puts its children on the front lines with grenades, known as Hamas, as a “humanitarian” organization, is treasonous.

Our problem isn’t in Russia, or China, or even the Middle East.

Our problems are those who continue to support the individuals and their ilk listed above.

We have an American problem that will require an American solution.

If you are asking yourself “what should I do?” the answer is simple.

Step into the fray by putting your name on the line or supporting those who will.

We cannot afford to lose anymore blood or teeth.

We aren’t a country of “refugees” or immigrants.

I was born HERE.

My parents were born HERE.

My grand-parents were born HERE.

We aren’t European, African, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, black, white, brown, blue, or green.

We are Americans.

It’s up to us to make sure it stays that way.

Jason Kraus