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Joe Blystone's Policies

 

Uphold State Sovereignty

State sovereignty is under threat all across our nation. It is no accident the Framers put the Tenth Amendment in the Constitution. They knew there would be times when the federal government would try to overstep its bounds. I believe we are living in one of those times. 

Executive Orders continue to pile up in Washington, orders that are going to have a devastating impact on the hardworking families and small businesses within our nation, as well as on our national security and sovereignty. This makes it even more imperative that Ohio’s elected leaders hold their ground to prevent federal or foreign encroachment on the liberties of Ohioans. As governor, I will be committed to preserving state sovereignty and will work with the General Assembly to uphold the Constitution in the face of whatever may come.

Protect the 2nd Amendment

As a farmer and hunter, I believe the right to bear arms is grounded in the belief that every American has a right to defend his life, the lives of his family, and his nation. I am an ardent second amendment proponent and will stand firm as governor to protect and preserve this right for every Ohioan.

Preserve the Sanctity of Life

Our Creator first established that every human life, however it comes into being, is equally precious. I believe that the sanctity of every life - of the unborn, elderly, disabled, or any ethnicity, from any socio-economic situation - forms the very foundation of our Constitutional Republic. Without it, there can be no life, liberty or pursuit of happiness. As governor, I will stand with efforts to preserve every life from conception to death. 

Stand for Health Autonomy 

COVID-19 has brought many issues to the forefront, including body autonomy—and who really has the power to determine what a citizen must put on or in his or her body. The government has no business telling Ohioans what is best for you or your family’s health. As governor, I will work with all health care providers and consumers, in addition to the leading medical experts within our state, to examine how the administrative “public health” agencies and authorities can be modernized away from a "one size fits all" approach. I will focus on solutions that better support an individual’s right to make their own informed medical decisions without government interference.

Manage State Spending & Shrink the Tax Burden

Most Ohioans just want to work hard and support their families. I believe in the American Dream; in hard work, prosperity, freedom for all, and the opportunity to build your path to success. I started my agricultural business in 2004 and then a nonprofit in 2019 with the goal of helping young adults and children learn the importance of hard work and living a happy, healthy lifestyle. I know how to run a business, how to cut the fat, and build a viable team of individuals bringing a variety of skill sets and backgrounds together.

Ohio’s spending is far from efficient. Our  state and local tax rates and business taxes repeatedly rate among the worst in the nation. 

We have a state budget of approximately $75 billion with a population of 11.7 million (and this is just a shell of Ohio’s actual” spending). States with comparable populations budget much less than what Ohio plans to spend on an annual basis.

--> Georgia’s budget is about $43.2 billion with a population of 10.6 million.

--> North Carolina budgets $52.1 billion with a population of 10.4 million.

--> Michigan budgets $59.2 billion with a population of 10 million.

--> And while Florida has about double Ohio’s population, their budget is nearly the same as Ohio’s at $88 billion.

Something is amiss here. We are overtaxing our citizens and overspending. 

Rein in Big Tech

Our first amendment rights have been under assault for decades. The past eleven months have made it even more obvious many players want to silence opinions of those who dare to speak against the rising factions within our country and our state. Big tech has played a major role in eroding free speech. Ohio must take serious action against these subversions of police power. 

Ohio can and should join Florida and Alabama in taking steps to protect this inalienable right for our citizens and the businesses who want to flourish here. As governor, I will work with industry leaders, small business owners, county and city leaders, as well as our General Assembly to protect our economy and our God-given right to use our voice for causes He deems important.

Bolster Election Integrity

Election integrity is a major issue on the minds of Ohioans. While the design of Ohio’s system has many strengths, we still have issues that draw attention to a need to do better. State legislatures are constitutionally entrusted to develop the rules governing elections, rules which should not be changed by anyone without the constitutional authority to do so (judges, secretaries of state, governors…) As governor, I will work with the General Assembly, Secretary of State, and County Commissioners across Ohio to ensure our elections remain free and fair.

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  • Mike Gibson
    commented 2021-06-20 18:27:57 -0400 · Flag
    I would like to know your plans in reference to the National Guard, the State Defense Forces and the current Adjutant General, Major General Harris. We have the best Adjutant General we’ve had in years. Will you be planning on replacing him or keep him on to continue to better the Ohio Military Forces? Also, the State Defense Forces, who are ALL volunteer and pay for EVERYTHING themselves, are just coming off a year of deployment. They have proven their worth in both the COVID testing early on and staffing nursing homes when the paid staff were sick or too scared to stay. These men and women willingly answer when the Governor calls but are forgotten about when not deployed. The Ohio Military Reserve, for example, is manned by 300 soldiers and yet has a budget of only $15,000 a year. Not even enough to cover copy paper when you consider that every year they have to RENT state facilities like Camp Perry for their Annual Training. Previous governors have forgotten these people that put their lives on hold when asked to serve the people of Ohio, will you?
  • Mya Raichyk
    commented 2021-06-20 04:47:38 -0400
    ON THE ISSUE of Abortion V Body Autonomy…. y’all are ignoring the reality that at a certain point in a pregnancy THERE ARE TWO BODIES IN THAT PERSON’s CARE

    As for when that point occurs there are a couple scientific determinations that would define that point… I happen to favor the one that shows that the woman’s body has ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE OTHER EXISTS AND IS A BABY…. at the 56th day the growing entity begins to function hormonally and produces a ‘message’ hormone that there would be no reason for EXCEPT TO NOTIFY THE MOTHER THAT THE PLACENTA’s CANCER-LIKE BEHAVIOR WILL NOW STOP BECAUSE IT IS NOT A CANCER, IT IS A BABY… and at that point the Mother’s body KNOWS TO CEASE ANY ATTEMPT TO KILL THE PLACENTA’s INTRUDING CELLS……

    Others prefer the key of the beginning of a detectable heartbeat of the baby.. which is approximately a little earlier than the hormone notification…. so there is no conflict between being in favor of bodily autonomy and being anti-abortion as it is being practiced these days in the criminal quest for ORGANS and CELLS OF CERTAIN TYPES FOR TOTALLY DESPICABLESCIENCE’……. viable organs actually require a living person, so the aborted baby is alive for this ‘harvesting’ by ‘doctors’….. this is back-alley butchery being perpetrated in the name of women’s rights…. ttyl
  • Mark Marasch
    commented 2021-06-18 19:19:07 -0400 · Flag
    Sounds pretty good, overall! The only concern I have with these platforms is that I want to hear more details on the approach that would be taken to “Rein in Big Tech.” I agree there’s an issue, but most of the approaches I’m hearing about are blatantly unconstitutional. Giving the government the ability to require that certain types of speech are included on online platforms could be used against any of us to promote things we believe to be abhorrent and despicable on our own platforms. The market is already generating solutions to these issues. Regardless of intention, the process of regulatory capture will allow the well-funded platforms to crush startups that emerge to challenge them in the marketplace. People simply need to wake up and shift from crappy platforms to ones that respect their views, potentially censorship-resistant platforms like LBRY/Odysee!
  • David Walker
    commented 2021-06-16 11:32:22 -0400
    I like the way this man thinks.
  • Ralph Abbruzzese
    commented 2021-06-16 07:31:50 -0400
    Amen!!!
  • Richie Henry
    commented 2021-06-15 21:45:17 -0400
    Just like the Best President of my life time said. your going to make ohio great agian. You got my vote . Donald Trump 2024 . oh yeah
  • Jim Wallen
    commented 2021-06-13 02:03:37 -0400
    Mr Blystone, You really need to show, prove and tell the voters what you have accomplished during your business life. Many are saying you have facist business ideas. You got my vote but you need to stress your accomplishments during your years in business, show others you can take on Ohio’s financial mess and over taxation. When are you going to have flags for sale on your web site??? I would be interested in passing out signs, flags and bumper stickers here in Wayne County. I am retired but lead a busy lifestyle, I will make time for you to meet others wanting signs and flags, shirts. Let me know, message me.
  • Killgorn Digrogen
    commented 2021-06-12 20:44:26 -0400
    I wish you luck on your mission to make Ohio greater.
  • Richard Huetter
    commented 2021-06-11 22:07:16 -0400 · Flag
    You do realize that the budget you cite for the State of Ohio is a biennium (2 year) budget?
    Your direct contradiction regarding “body autonomy “ and “life begins at conception no matter how it occurs “ is impossible to reconcile.
  • Anna Kendrick
    commented 2021-06-10 14:11:11 -0400 · Flag
    Yeah so Earl that’s where we disagree. In the first few weeks (where most abortions occur), it’s just a clump of cells and there isn’t even a heartbeat. I see it as cells and you see it as a child. Obviously we don’t agree on that, which is absolutely fine, but abortion is still a procedure that takes place in a healthcare facility. A lot of the time, it occurs when the woman’s health is in danger, thus making it healthcare. I was more trying to point out that in the policies above, one says we have the right to bodily autonomy, and one says we do not. It’s contradictory. “My body, my choice” is essentially what is being said in “Stand for Health Autonomy” and it should also be considered in “Preserve the Sanctity of Life”. We should probably agree to disagree on the abortion stuff. :)
  • Earl Lambert
    commented 2021-06-10 13:26:49 -0400
    There is a law against murder isn’t there? That’s what abortion is… the murder of an unborn child
  • Earl Lambert
    commented 2021-06-10 13:24:50 -0400
    Health and healthcare cannot be compared to murder… that’s what abortion is… murder of an unborn child
  • Anna Kendrick
    commented 2021-06-10 08:58:52 -0400
    Don’t the “Preserve the Sanctity of Life” and “Stand for Health Autonomy” categories directly contradict each other? You just said that “the government has no business telling Ohioans what is best for you or your family’s health,” but then hint at your anti-abortion policies, which could very well compromise the mental and physical health of women who are pregnant.
  • Miranda Nichole
    commented 2021-06-09 09:51:37 -0400 · Flag
    Please look into our corrupt prison system as well! Mandatory Minimums need to go! These people are being given insane sentences that don’t fit the crime and the prisons are making so much money off of them and they are getting rich off of slave labor, Disney is supposed to be illegal in ALL forms! They are also tatted inhumanely given rotting meat and moldy bread, inedible food among so many other things. Our prison system needs fixed NOW! I love your platform as I am a common law constitutionalist myself! There are people doing 25 years for marijuana charges which is legal in this state now! We NEED to get rid of Mandatory Minimums ASAP! You’ve got my vote sir!
  • Molly Ratay
    commented 2021-06-04 10:14:48 -0400
    Lake county needs yard signs please!
  • Earl Lambert
    commented 2021-06-01 15:42:13 -0400
    Cuyahoga county needs yard signs… maybe a visit or two so people here can get to know you😎
  • Tim Bowen
    commented 2021-06-01 08:20:52 -0400
    Okay. Thus far here, you have hit all the right notes Looking forward to hearing more from you.
    We need someone who is willing to stand against the mainstream media and take the offense, instead of always being on the defense. We don’t need a “nice guy.” We need a fighter, a “junk yard dog.” As long as you are putting the state of Ohio and the people you represent FIRST, you will be supported. We don’t need another Kasich, or DeWine.
  • Ernestine F Morris
    commented 2021-05-30 20:32:16 -0400
    How can I get signs to put in my yard
    You are what we need (if) you believe in God
  • Audrey Caudill
    commented 2021-05-29 10:40:08 -0400
    We need to see you in London, Ohio and where do we get your yard signs in Madison County?
  • Margaret Bickenheuser
    commented 2021-05-27 22:29:18 -0400
    Mr. FU… what qualifications would you like to see in someone running for Governor? Can you list them? Shawn Patrick, thank you for your comment… may the vax be with Mr. FU.
  • Shawn Patrick
    commented 2021-05-27 21:46:24 -0400
    To the retard calling himself F**CK YOU, maybe you’re a low I.Q., easily-manipulated mouth breather who wants the government to force you to take untested medicines whenever they want and to enforce face coverings with little-to-no scientific basis behind it, but most people aren’t quite as stupid as you are. There’s a big difference between being forced by the government to take medications and murdering another human being with its own unique DNA within your womb. Anyone who can’t tell the difference is too stupid to be voting, period.
  • Earl Lambert
    commented 2021-05-27 20:13:40 -0400
    I think mr blystone will be a breath of fresh air after the mitt Romney rino we have in there now😎 I will always vote for freedoms😊😊👍👍😎😎
  • Margaret Bickenheuser
    commented 2021-05-24 18:42:19 -0400
    Glad to read your policies. We need to get back to the Constitution and get the State of Ohio in order. You have our vote….and your name will be going in the yard.
  • Kevin Toler
    commented 2021-05-24 14:01:43 -0400
    It is great to see someone who is not afraid to speak about the valves that ohios people hold dear. Someone who uses common sense in there life
  • Scott Whipkey
    commented 2021-05-20 19:50:36 -0400 · Flag
    YOU HAVE OUR VOTE !!! HOW CAN WE HELP YOU ?
  • Linda Davis
    commented 2021-05-18 21:27:14 -0400
    Philippians 4:13 KJV
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
  • Jim Wallen
    commented 2021-05-17 22:41:14 -0400
    Sorry, I forgot to ad this part to my last comment.: ALL MACHINE voting needs to be gone. There is no way America had a honest vote with these machines and the people influencing the results. Our country was founded on every person having a voice with their vote getting cast, this did not happen with this last election. We the people need to start with local government and work our way up from there.
  • Jim Wallen
    commented 2021-05-17 22:08:46 -0400 · Flag
    You got my vote Governor Blystone ! There are so many things that need fixed in Ohio and we now have a flip flop Governor in office. How about starting with the working man and everything the working man contributes too and towards. After all only the working men and women are supporting our great state of Ohio yet these are the same people that get hammered on taxes. I get it, we do need taxes to make this state run but I am so sick of property taxes, I have not done anything taxable to my home in over 8 years and then out of the blue I get a $600.00 increase on what I already owed. I feel like I am getting penalized for bettering my life.
    I also think brain washing kids to go to college is a waste of time and money. Hows about this: BEFORE any kid goes to college they must do 2 years in a vocational school learning a trade. The trade will come in handy if college doesn’t work out for them.
    I can not wait to get my yard signs in place, this was great thinking on your part getting signs shirts and decals long before the election starts. Have you got and endorsements from local Sheriff? Police or Fire? My Wayne Co. sheriff is a great person and man of his word, I fully trust Travis in his duties. Suggestion for your shirts, give us a choice of the logo or printing to be placed on the front or back of the shirts you are selling. Always stay in touch with the people and stay away from big money.
  • Terri Wiehn
    commented 2021-05-17 12:11:44 -0400 · Flag
    Wow! Loved your message and spirit at the Strongsville GOP event this past Saturday. I am in! Will do whatever I can to get the word to west side of Cleveland suburbs. I already hung your stickers on my office door and windows. Need yard signs.
  • N sandow
    commented 2021-05-15 07:08:40 -0400
    We need Constitutional Conservatives in ALL of our civil/government positions. Indeed that is what they should have been to be elected in the first place. To be anything else is a public statement that they do not agree with our Constitution AS IS. If you are indeed this Mr. Blystone, you have my support, my family’s support and every one I know or meet on my travels weekly. I will actively campaign for you. In the meantime we shall be watching as the year progresses. That being said…as an Ohioan for almost 55 years, I have sadly watched as the state moved more and more left with each decade. Dewine is no longer 100% pro life. He is all for big government and he is a RINO showing his hatred for President Trump and all of the good he has done for this country and even the world. ( he also, like some democrat we know, has an active orphanage in Haiti , the country of mysteriously disappearing children" which is linked to an infamous pervert “Father” James Martin ). His unconstitutional mask mandate and now his use of Ohio tax money to fund a vaccine ( that is not a vaccine) lottery is criminal. The staggering amount of sheeple who are rushing to stand in line , on our dime, for the jab is pathetic. Here’s what I’d like to see Joe: Less regulation via “licenses” etc. I should not have to pay Ohio to: own a dog, bike or anything else. I should not need a license to sell anything either as long as it’s not harmful to others. I should not need a license to marry someone. Finally, I should not need to go to a DMV, and PAY over and OVER AGAIN to have the right to drive. When I get my drivers license and plates, they should not expire until I’m dead. If I have to do that, doctors should TOO. The number of ways that the Ohio gov steals from us is sickening and the system rides on the backs of the middle class. The list just goes on. How about getting rid of useless civil jobs that only harass common folk…like Dog warden, building inspector, bee inspector to name a few. Why not let them go private? Why should we pay Ohio to be badgered? Clean out the swamp in our judicial system. Judge Timothy Grendell, Geauga County Juvenile Court Judge in Chardon Ohio is one to start with. Here’s a case we’ve been following involving his sick abuse which is not limited to this family.
    Anyone who does not get angry about this is already on the Left. 👇
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/honor-roll-students-sent-to-juvenile-detention
    I’m quite sure people on this board can add to the list of swamp creatures.
    How about making abortion illegal PERIOD in Ohio and removing ALL Planned Murderhood “clinics” from our state? Paying “doctors” who violate their Hippocratic oath by murdering children with taxpayer money is a crime crying out to heaven for vengeance Yes…that’s a BIG one we’d all like to see. There is a LOT that needs to be cleaned up in Ohio. A LOT. If you can do it Joe. You have our votes. Go to it Joe and Godspeed.