Who is Ron Wieczorek?

I am not a lawyer or career government servant. I am a self-educated man in the image of Abraham Lincoln and Peter Norbeck, South Dakota’s 9th Governor (1917-1921) and Senator (1921-1936). Although I never met him--I’m only 75 years old--I consider Norbeck an inspiration and one of my best friends. He’s perhaps most remembered for promoting and securing federal funding the many of State and National Parks so many enjoy in South Dakota, including for the giant Mount Rushmore sculpture. But as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency from 1928-32, he was the one who called for an investigation of the role of the Wall Street bankers in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. It was Norbeck who appointed Ferdinand Pecora as Chief Counsel to the Committee, whose famous hearings led to a number of bankers going to jail for their crimes.

My ancestors left Hesse in west-central Germany in 1772 because the Emperor, William XII, was conscripting the young boys into the military academy to train in order to later hire them out as mercenaries. (Some of these mercenaries probably fought for George III against the Americans.) My great, great grandfather came to America settling just south of Mt. Vernon. I am the oldest of seven siblings, attending a one-room country school, built when my grandfather was on the school board. The school site is on land still owned by the family.
I married my high-school sweetheart, Deanna Johnson, a graduate of the University of South Dakota. Fifty-five years later, she is still my sweetheart. Together we have raised two children, Brian and Stacey, and have ten grandchildren.
In the early 1970s, I opened a Massey-Ferguson farm implements dealership, closing it in 1986, when Massey-Ferguson filed for bankruptcy due to the farm crisis of the 1980s.

I kept farming, however, and became a political advocate for my fellow farmers. Beginning in the 1980s, I made many trips to Washington, DC on behalf of farmers and small business owners, fighting the disastrous Carter-Volcker 22% prime interest rate policy. I was involved in taking testimony on the effects of this interest rate regime on ordinary farmers, and in many cases succeeded in getting the Federal Housing Administration to grant a moratoria on farm foreclosures. On December 10, 1988, my son and I attended a Food for Peace conference in Chicago.

In 1991, as part of the Plan of Action of the Committee to Save the Children in Iraq, I was one of twenty American dairy farmers from eight states working to save these children from starvation, by dramatizing the fact that children around the world would not be saved from the deadly consequences of the food control policies in general and economic embargo against Iraq in particular, without also saving the independent dairy farmer in America. I personally organized two shipments of milk powder (in 50-lb. bags) to be transported to Baghdad. We held press conferences all along the way from South Dakota to the airport in Chicago. From Chicago, the milk was transported to Frankfurt, Germany, and from there to Baghdad, where a Catholic church picked it up and distributed the powdered milk to the people. I didn't want my children and grandchildren to be enemies of the Iraqis.

In the 1992 Presidential campaign, I took more delegates in Pierre for Lyndon LaRouche to the South Dakota Democratic Party State Convention than Bill Clinton had. Stupidly, the Democrat party disqualified several of the LaRouche delegates.

In 1993, at the invitation of the German Farmers Union and the Schiller Institute, I spent five weeks in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland organizing against the Maastricht Treaty (one of two treaties forming the constitutional basis of the European Union), and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). My schedule was packed with meetings of with one group or another almost every night. When the sun came up, I was in front of audiences at ag schools, and meeting with government officials in all three countries. Somehow I managed to tuck in a few museums. In Switzerland I addressed a 300-peson meeting of the Schiller Institute on the effect of British "free-trade" on agriculture, and the evil Maastricht Treaty. There were meetings every week of 12-35. In Austria, I met with the agriculture ministers of two states, one of whom invited me to his farm.

In Mexico, I addressed large meetings in Juarez and Ciudad Obregon in opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Over the past twenty-five years or so, I have participated in many international conferences convened to promote the construction of infrastructure and general economic development, the latest being one in New York City, where I met CEOs of Chinese ag corporations and Ag professors from Chinese universities who were at the UN for meetings. One day we drove about eighty miles north of New York City and spent the morning visiting a family-run dairy farm. The rest of the day was well spent at President Franklin Roosevelt's home Hyde Park, where we exchanged ideas on economics, trade, and Ag development.

In 2013, I was responsible for organizing the South Dakota State Legislature to be the first state legislature in the nation to unanimously pass a Resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to reinstate the 1930s-era Glass-Steagall Act. You can read about this in the Capital Journal of Aug. 13, 2013. I'm proud to say that the original Glass-Steagall Act was passed with the help of one of South Dakota's best Senators, Peter Norbeck.

A few additional comments:
• I do not believe in using food as a weapon, as expressed in the current sanctions against Russia, Iraq, and North Korea. As for the kind of ag policy the United States should pursue, it should begin by changing our financial system, which is currently based on speculation usury and gambling rather than productivity and building infrastructure. Tariffs and duties are actually essential to making a good trade policy. Any negative impact on South Dakota farmers is short term.
• I reject the British "free-trade" system which has destroyed agriculture and laboring people in the United States of America. The "free-trade" system that's been accepted in the country is one where somebody has to lose and somebody has to win, and that's neither right nor necessary.
• We need to return to the American political economic system that promotes production agriculture and manufacturing and uplifts human beings classical education. We need to be teaching our young people how to solve problems in the school system, educating their subconscious, instead of turning them into fodder as cheap labor for predatory capitalists.
• Instead of enslaving students with debt, I say: If these kids are developing their minds, in a process of doing something for the betterment of mankind, that pursuit should benefit everyone. In my book, up to the age of 25, education should be free, if they're going to school to learn something.

I am currently involved with the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan. I have sponsored some of the ones in Sioux Falls to conferences in Washington, DC. David Deng, President of the South Sudan Seeds of the Nation in America, Inc. (for lost boys and girls) has issued a letter endorsing my campaign for Congress.

Today, I raise Charolais cattle.

I started out my adult life as an Abraham Lincoln Republican, then switched to an FDR Democrat, and am now an Independent. When the parties changed their principles, I changed parties.

I pledge to work to end the coup against President Donald Trump. We don't need an impeachment crisis.
I pledge to work to get the United States to Join China's Belt and Road Initiative, as part of a program for general economic recovery, a program for the future peace and prosperity of the United States and the entire world.
I will work to get Glass-Steagall reinstated before the impending financial crash renders sensible banking reform unattainable.
I believe that the increase in productivity is the metric for the application of credit. We need to fully engage the nation in fusion power realization and space exploration.