Now is the opportunity for citizens in the 6th Congressional District to get a representative for the 21st century. With the departure of Norm Dicks, in Jesse Young, we have an outstanding candidate with unique qualifications that anyone should be grateful to have in Congress. Jesse Young is a computer information technology expert, as well as a business expert. Focusing my comments on the IT issue, one of America’s biggest threats is the security of our information systems. In the last couple years, individual and state sponsored hackers have proven themselves capable of infiltrating our government, military, industrial controls, our financial records, and our personal history. If you’ve not yet been hit, consider yourself lucky. Even our modern cars and computer controlled medical devices are vulnerable. Our current Congress is woefully undereducated in how to deal with the threats. Jesse, when elected, would be among the first consulted on security matters and would rise to the top quickly in decision making. What happens when Congress has politicians who don’t understand a particularly difficult issue? Over-reaction, major policy mistakes, a reduction of privacy and liberty. Naïve politicians let the lobbyists write the bills and explain their position to them. Jesse can actually help ensure over-reaction doesn’t occur because he understands the issues.
For those of us who write about information technology, my wife as a journalist for a data center magazine, and I as a fiction novelist, America’s computer security future is fraught with peril. Our government can’t keep up, and the next war WILL be fought in cyberspace. Whether you’re a Democrat, Independent, or Republican, wouldn’t it be great to have a Congressional representative in D.C. who understands the future? Visit www.jesseyoungforcongress.com or join him in one of his frequent visits to Grays Harbor County. After all, he is the first candidate to promise he’ll have an open town hall EVERY quarter in EVERY county during his terms. In eight years I’ve been here, I haven’t seen our current Congressman do that even once.
Author, The Carbon Trap (An ecopolitical thriller about mankind’s attempts to control CO2 going awry and threatening all life on Earth)