It is my pleasure to introduce ROARR contributor, Mark Sussman.
Mark is a Washingtonian living in the Seattle area. He has been a supporter of Constitutional and limited government for many years, but became more fully active, upon his retirement a dozen years ago. He founded a Seattle area Group, Conservative Enthusiasts (CE), in 2006 for the purpose of monthly community discussions on current civic issues of interest. The group has expanded over the years and Mark continues to support these efforts as CE’s President. Today, the group attracts many speakers, of significant expertise, from around the nation, some participating via the Internet.
He is an advocate of data-driven discussion and decision-making. In the past 2-3 years the Group has affiliated with Tea Party activities sponsoring multiple Puget Sound area rallies on the subjects of tax policy, troop support, freedom and celebrating America.
Mark is generally a firm supporter of the Republican Party, but reserves the right to address and support all issues and candidates on the basis of demonstrated commitment to solid principles and factual argumentation. He hopes and intends his blog contributions will live up to these ideals and welcomes opposing viewpoints as part of the truth-seeking process. Mark believes there is much work to be done in America to mend some of it’s broken processes and help put us back on the Constitutional path and ideals of a nation truly of, by and for the people.
Mark graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. He continued with a Ph.D in Aeronautical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1966. He then embarked on a 35-year career as Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Program Manager with the Boeing Company in Seattle, where he was chief engineer and later, program manager of the company’s portion of the B-2 stealth bomber program. Mark retired in 1999.
Three of Mark’s favorite quotations:
“I am ever unwilling that (peace) should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions on these require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave
— Thomas Jefferson
“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”
— John Wayne
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
— John F. Kennedy
Stay tuned for his first official post early tomorrow morning.