John Kasich on Principles & Values

Former Republican Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President

Kasich rhymes with Basic

John Kasich (rhymes with Basic) is proud to call Ohio his home, and he is optimistic about our future. He understands that our great state is hurting, and believes we can do better.

The son of a mailman, John grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in McKee's Rocks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. Like many Americans his values were shaped by a childhood rooted in faith, family, community and common sense.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, kasichforohio.com, "Biography" , Nov 2, 2010

Host of weekly news show, "Heartland with John Kasich"

His leadership in Washington and his ability to communicate powerfully and effectively have given John a broad platform to shape public opinion as a commentator, appearing on virtually every major network and cable news show. He has also hosted a national weekly news show called "Heartland with John Kasich," which allowed him to provide a uniquely Midwestern perspective to news from around the nation and world.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, kasichforohio.com, "Biography" , Nov 2, 2010

Biblical manifesto: old law is gone; have faith in God

    [My pastor] broke it down for us with a neat little checklist, culled from Romans, chapter 12:
  1. Dedicate yourself to clean and active Christian living
  2. Have your values, goals, and interests adjusted to the will of God, rather than to what society promotes
  3. Exhibit humility, produced by faith
  4. Use your abilities in a gracious manner for the good of all
  5. Develop a strong distaste within yourself for whatever you know to be wrong, and hold tenaciously to whatever you know to be right and good
  6. Care deeply about the welfare of others
  7. Serve God
  8. Hang in there in unpleasant, difficult times
  9. Be generous and friendly
  10. Be good to persons who treat you badly
  11. Identify with other people's circumstances
  12. Be humble, and associate with humble people
  13. Don't retaliate
  14. Be agreeable, not argumentative.
I look at Romans, and it's like a manifesto. It says the old law is gone. It says that Christ is the sacrifice for all time and for those who have faith in God.
Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.136&146 , Jun 15, 2010

Belonged to Bible study group for 20 years

For me, the strength to withstand whatever comes my way flows through a sustaining relationship with God and a lifelong, headlong exploration of the Bible. The two go hand in hand, and together they take me where I'm going.

Where do you go when the water rises?

It's a central question, don't you think? How we answer it says a great deal about our faith in ourselves. In one another. In God. And where we look for that answer says a lot, too. I've been thinking about this kind of stuff for many years. I think about it, and I talk it through. In fact, some of the people around me recognize that my faith and my search for meaning are such huge aspects of my life that they've been on me to write about them.

I'd belonged to a pretty serious Bible study group for the past 20 or so years. Here was a chance to shine light on one value in particular--faith. I could take on these big, grand, imposing topics such as God and the scriptures and make them a little more accessible, a little more real.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 2-3 , Jun 15, 2010

I find God every other Monday

Trophies don't make character. Year-end bonuses don't make character. They don't define us. Ultimately, what gives us shape and purpose is the effort we make to live meaningfully and to understand how our time on this earth fits alongside whatever comes next.

Faith, that's what it comes down to. The lessons of the Bible. The insights we draw from one another. In our group, we look to the stories of the Bible as a kind of road map for how to live.

I'm afraid I don't find God in ritual and worship. He's with me wherever I happen to be. I go to church because that's what you do. I find God in the stories of the Bible, in the random acts of kindness I see every day, in the choices I make and the ways I interact.

I find God every other Monday, over lunch with my Bible study guys. We meet every two weeks, to go through these motions in a semistructured way, but I try to do a little bit of it every day. Fifteen minutes--that's the timer I set aside for prayer and reflection, day in and day out.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 5-7 , Jun 15, 2010

Learned faith via pastor dying of cancer

My pastor was dying of cancer. I was in my late 20s. His name was Father Joseph Farina, and he happened to be in Columbus, so he came to visit me. He was in great pain. I asked him if he was taking any medication to ease his suffering, and he said he was not. He said, "This is the trial God has placed before me."

His faith made a big impression, because it was the first time I'd seen such conviction on full display. I'd heard about this type of thing. I'd read about it. And here it was, in all its splendor & glory. Here was this man, with a great mind, finding peace and comfort and surety in knowing that his pain was merely a trial he was meant to endure. And knowing full well that he would endure it. It opened my eyes, and the scales fell from them. It was shocking. Amazing. And ultimately transformative.

Still, that kind of faith was elusive to me then. I drifted away from religion as a young adult. Then I looked up one day, and there was a huge hole in my life where God & religion had been

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 29 , Jun 15, 2010

Sought God after parents' death in car crash

The weeks following my parents' death in a car crash were the beginning of an exploration that continues to this day. On a very surface level, they pushed me to seek out opportunities to observe and study once I returned to Washington, but in a deeper, more fundamental way. They helped me to jump-start my faith.

I wanted to know if this "God thing" was real. For several years, some of my Washington friends had been trying to get me to attend their weekly Bible study reform group, and I'd always resisted. The last thing I wanted was to sit in a chapel with a group of politicians talking about God, because I worried we'd say one thing in there and then go back out and do the exact opposite. But when I returned to Washington after my parents' death and tried to cobble my life back together, I started to look on this group as a possible lifeline. I was devastated, shattered, and desperate for any tether.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 43-44 , Jun 15, 2010

Living life of faith can be a liberating thing

Faith. It's at the core of every discussion we have in the Bible study group. But what does it really mean? Where does it get us in the end? We talk all the time about men of great faith, men like Moses and Abraham, Paul and the Apostles. We want to know what these stories mean, what it meant in biblical times to live a life of faith, and what it means today.

Lately, what we've come up with is this: when you live a life of faith, it can be a liberating thing. Faith is a freeing principle. We tend to think of these memorable, transformative characters in the Bible as having special powers, but we don't really know that. We just know that they were men and women of great faith. And we also know this: faith enables you to hold on loosely without letting go.

Faith reminds us that the first innings of this ball game will be played out here on earth, but we'll finish the game in the next life. We can go at it with some perspective, knowing that the whole game doesn't play out here.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.126-127 , Jun 15, 2010

Objective moral values have existed since Creation

[Upon the death of a friend, my pastor] Ted said, "John, the profound doubts you're having right now are not unusual. Great people have had doubts like this, so let's get back to basics."

With Ted, when he tells you he's getting back to basics, he mean all the way back to basics. He even wrote them down for me on a sheet of paper I ne keep tacked above my desk at home for ready reference.

Here's what he wrote:

"There is firm evidence that the universe had a beginning, therefore it had a cause.

We do have sufficient evidence regarding God as the foundation for faith. We don't have proof, we have evidence.

If God does not exist, life is futile. If God does exist. Then life is meaningful.

Faith is a choice.

Objective moral values have existed since Creation."

Here--no surprise--Ted told me to go back to my very basic beliefs, so that's what I did.

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.168-169 , Jun 15, 2010

Hosted Fox News program "Heartland with John Kasich"

On the menu for our Bible study group one day: envy. We started laughing about the times when one or another of us had been transparently envious or petty or jealous. We were human, after all.

A couple of the guys pointed out that I used to complain about my role at Fox News, where I hosted a Saturday night program called "Heartland with John Kasich."

One member said, "That was always such a big thing with you, John. Did you win the rating? Were you #1?"

"You're right," I said, knowing I was beat. "It just killed me to lose to someone else. But that's not really envy. That's more like whining. I never once woken up in the morning and found myself wishing I was one of those other guys on the air. That's never been the case."

"That's just semantics, John," another member weighed in. "Whining is just a symptom of envy."

"That could be," I agreed. "But I'm not in any way, shape, or form trying to put myself up there as perfect."

Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.190-191 , Jun 15, 2010

I can't figure out how anyone gets along without the Bible

I read the Bible. I travel with one, in fact. Why? Because the Bible always has something new to teach me, some new way to look at the world, some ancient story that can't help but resonate in interesting ways against the backdrop of our times. Plus, it's the greatest story ever told. Greed and charity, ruin and redemption, misery and hope.it's all right there. It's accessible, and at the same time it's beyond knowing, and I can't for the life of me figure how anyone gets along without it.
Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p.151 , May 10, 2006

I don't care what you stand for, but stand for something

I can remember being in the Congress in 1994, sitting on the House floor as Pat Schroeder walked in. Pat was a liberal Democrat from Colorado whom I happened to like. I haven't seen much of her lately, but I like her, because I have regard for people who don't think the way I think. Just so you think, that's all I ask. Take a stand. I don't care what you stand for, but stand for something. Believe in it, and work toward it, and talk me into it if you can. That's how it was with Pat Schroeder and me, as it was with me and many of my Democratic colleagues throughout my political career. Remember, the Democrats were in the majority at that time, and right or wrong it was seen as somewhat unusual for politicians of different striped to have a friendly conversation on the House floor, but that's precisely what we did.
Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 19 , May 10, 2006

Catholic Church has been unaccountable on sex abuse charges

I was an altar boy as a child, a card-carrying Catholic from a small, working-class church-abiding community. It's unbelievable and unacceptable to me that the Catholic Church has not been completely accountable for the various scandals that have enveloped it. The molestation and sexual abuse charges. The duplicity. It's enough to drive a mailman's son from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, to question his faith--until I realize that we must separate the church from the individuals who presume to be in charge. People come and go, priests come and go, but it's the religion that matters. It's the religion that sustains us. We all need to believe in something greater than ourselves and once we define that something we need to invest in it wholeheartedly. Not in the people who preach it or administer it but in the belief itself.
Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 22 , May 10, 2006

Always carries copy of St Augustine's "Confessions"

Where is our responsibility to stand tall in the face of low expectations? For me, the answer comes in a book written almost 2,000 years ago: St. Augustine's "Confessions". It's a tough little book, written in the 5th century, but I take it with me wherever I go.

St Augustine maintains that each of us has a special gift, and that it falls to each and every one of us to unwrap those gifts and share them with the rest of the world. I like that image a whole lot, because I look at gifts like I look at stars. Have you ever seen an ugly star? I never have. They're all just magnificent. You look through the telescope and see that some of them are red and some of them are blue. And every last one seems just about as special and magnificent as a thing can be, but none of them are quite the same.

That, to me, is a true gift. We find them in the heavens, and we find them here on earth. We find them in our friends & family, and we find them in ourselves. And, significantly, we find them in our leaders.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 36 , May 10, 2006

As college student, wrote to Pres. Nixon and then they met

[As a college student, I wrote to Nixon and was granted a 5-minute personal meeting.] I shook Richard Nixon's hand & sat down across from him. Right at his desk. I had never before been inside such an important moment.

And just what did I do? I talked. And the President listened. He asked a couple of questions, and I offered what I hoped weren't perfunctory answers. As I spoke I allowed myself to think I was making some kind of difference. It became clear as I talked that he was taking the opportunity to gauge the mood on college campuses, just 7 months removed from the shootings at Kent State, but I didn't dwell on his agenda. What mattered to me was the opportunity.

The good news is that meeting lasted about 20 minutes. The bad news is I would go on to spend 18 years in Congress, and if you add up all the time I spent alone in the Oval Office with various presidents you'll see if doesn't come close to those 20 minutes. I guess I peaked out at the age of 18. That's when I should have retired.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 60-61 , May 10, 2006

1970s: Beat entrenched incumbent state senator 56%-44%

In the 1970s, I became convinced that I could be a member of the legislature, and got it into my head to challenge an incumbent in my district named Robert O'Shaughnessy. I was 24 years old, and after only a year or two as a legislative aide I'd convince myself that I could do a better job than any of the folks in elected office. I gave myself a two-year running start and had at it.

Election night was pure pandemonium. Before the election, the local newspapers had some flattering things to say about my campaign & about my potential, but none of the pundits figured I could pull it off. In fact, they all thought I would lose by a significant margin. The O'Shaughnessy name was too tough to beat, they all said. As it played out, though, the election wasn't even close. I ended up with better than 56% of the vote, a giant margin in a contest like this--and a stunning victory. Took the entire state by surprise to where some folks started calling it the biggest upset in the history of the Ohio legislature.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 62-67 , May 10, 2006

2004: If Kerry OR Bush wins, America will be fine

The 2004 presidential election was a polarizing time. Leaders of each party whipped Americans into such a hyperventilated frenzy that otherwise intelligent Republicans started to believe that if Kerry won,America would cease to exist, while Democrats fel sure that if Bush retained the White House we were all doomed.

At one point a presumably well-informed woman asked me what would happen If John Kerry won. They very thought was anathema to this concerned woman. So I looked at her and calmly said, "The country will be fine."

"What do you mean?" she shot back, aghast.

"Well," I said, "the Republicans would still control the House and the Senate. The bench would slowly become more liberal."

The woman looked at me like I had just given her permissio to breathe a long sigh. "You mean it won't be the end of America as we know it?" she said.

"No, ma'am," I assured her. "America will survive."

Then she thanked me profusely, and I realized she might have been over the top but she wasn't alone.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 73-74 , May 10, 2006

2000: Ran for president until money ran out

I threw my hat in the ring as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Recall, it had been one of my childhood dreams to become President, and here I caught myself thinking that even if my reach happened to exceed my grasp, I would do well to reach just the same. I kept at it for as long as my money held out, and one of the main reasons I held on was because I believed deeply I what I was talking about. When I announced that I was folding the tent on my presidential campaign, I also announced that I was retiring from Congress. Why? Because I had started to think there weren't enough hours left in my days for me to accomplish everything I wanted to accomplish in elected office, and that I could perhaps do some of those things more effectively in the private sector. I could stand on outside looking in, and work to bring about change from a new perspective.

Politicians have to ask themselves how they want to be remembered. What do we want that snapshot to be?

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 97-98 , May 10, 2006

Built relationship with God after parents died in car crash

My parents brought me to the doors of our church, but like many young people, I walked away.

My parents were in their late sixties, in perfect health, looking ahead to a long, fulfilling retirement, when a drunk driver crashed into their car as they were leaving a Burger King in August 1987.

My father had been killed. My mother was still alive when I got to the hospital, but I never got to tell her I loved her. When she died I sat for a while with my parents' pastor.

He said, "John, you've got t decide right now if you want to build a relationship with God. You have a window of opportunity now, you're open to it, but in time that window will close. This pain will ease and you'll go back to the rest of your life."

Right there, I knew he was right. And from that moment forward, I changed. Fully and truly. I was determined to build a real relationship with God, if He could stand for me as a strength & a direction. The REAL relationship was key. I wanted real, not learned. Not rote. Not dogma.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p.154-157 , May 10, 2006

Power flows from the individual to the government

“Let people have their power back, says Kasich. ”Run America from the bottom up.“ Power flows from the individual to the government, not the other way around. ”The individual is paramount in our society. There should be no individual to lord over other groups of people. Individuals ought to be in charge. We ought to get back to the days when we ran this country from the bottom up.“
Source: www.k2k.org “On The Issues” 5/27/99 , May 27, 1999

Tax cuts and national renewal

Kasich’s tax cut plan is woven into a message about national renewal. “It’s not just about putting more money into people’s pockets,” he argues. “People are hungry to believe again in this country and in themselves. They want to be inspired.” Kasich can be inspirational-he has a long history as a maverick fighting corporate welfare and Pentagon excess. And he’s the only contender who can claim to have been thrown off the stage at a Grateful Dead concert-while he was a Congressman.
Source: Time Magazine, p. 39 , Mar 8, 1999

Religious affiliation: Christian.

Kasich : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH10 on Nov 7, 2000

Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress.

Kasich signed the Contract with America:

As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.

    Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:
  1. The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
  2. The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
  3. The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
  4. The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
  5. The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
  6. The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
  7. The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
  8. The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
  9. The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
  10. The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress
Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA1 on Sep 27, 1994

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