So, who is John Sawyer, and why do you care what he thinks?

Lawyer? Watch your language. Ivy League graduate? Close.  Scion of a wealthy family, with an unlimited trust fund? No such luck. Lawyer? No. Professional politician? Huh uh. Lawyer? For the last time - no. 

I started working when I was twelve, arising at 5 AM every morning of the year for 6 years to deliver the Detroit Free Press (I walked). At 15, I took a second  job after school in a pharmacy. I still make the best ice cream soda in the world (e-mail me for the secret)

While I have a monster work resume including Regional Vice President for a Fortune 500 retailer, District Manager for the U. S. Census Bureau (Dade/Monroe Counties), Social Worker (Michigan) Recreational Director (Lansing) Hurricane Shutter Co. Owner(Ft. Myers), Plant General Manager - manufacturing (Dade County), Assembly Line Worker (Oldsmobile), Retail Manager (Walgreens, JiffyLube, 7-Eleven), I'm what they used to call an Entrepreneur. After serving in Vietnam, I found returning to college boring (come to think of it, I always found college boring). Starting with nothing, I opened 27 retail stores in Michigan Indiana, Florida, iowa, and Germany, selling out after 17 years.


As for abortion - if my mother or yours had chosen to have an abortion, we would not be here - period. In your case that may have been a good thing, but in my case - not so good. Gay marriage? No (1) Religion? I believe in God, and I don't care if you do or you don't. Bore someone else with your questions on these three subjects (mandy connell).

A member of three Labor Unions (UAW, AFSCME, and SAG), employed by local, state, and federal governments, and owner of several businesses, I have managed as many as 1400 employees, and have employed as many as 150 people.

(1)  2015 - Changed my mind on gay marriage. While I can't see two guys kissing and say "isn't that sweet," neither can I find it anywhere in the Constitution where it bans gay marriage - and what business is it of mine (or yours) ?
ABOUT JOHN SAWYER
Picture taken just before my deployment to Vietnam. Reba never let me know that she was afraid I would be killed - and she wanted this to remember us by.


John W. Sawyer III
johnsawyerforcongress@gmail.com


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Employment:























Other Employment:

Oldsmobile Div. General Motors (Assembly Line Worker)
Walgreens (Management)
Jiffy Lube Int’l. (Management)
Southland Corporation (Management)
Greyhound Corporation (Retail Div)
City of Lansing, Michigan (Youth Recreation Leader)
State of Michigan (Social Worker)
U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau)

Other Stuff:

 Six Years College.

U. S. Army; Vietnam Veteran

Married - Two grown children, two cats.

Worked for City, State and Federal Governments.

Skills:

Public Speaking. I can discourse on ANY subject, ANYTIME, without notes, with little or no preparation, 

Architectural and Engineering training. Linguistics (useful only if you have a stroke)

Working Knowledge and considerable practice (pro se) of Criminal and Civil Law.

Problem solving - I have a solution for everything.- 

Piano Player (not to be confused with “pianist”). - self taught in all disciplines (except polka and rap).

Working Knowledge of Criminal and Civil Law, 42 pro se cases (to date)

Affiliations:

Member: American Booksellers Association.

Vice President, co-founder - Lansing Area Booksellers’ Association.

Member: Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Dade County Chamber of Commerce.

Member: VFW; American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America

Member (Past) - UAW;  A.F.S.C.M.E. and Screen Actors Guild.
JOHN SAWYER'S EPIPHANY # 1
(How I stopped being stupid, and became a Conservative)

I chose life.

In November of 1967, I was playing poker with some of my friends, in Vung Tau, Vietnam. This guy in our outfit, old of face and low of rank, stood observing our card game. I didn' know much about him, other than that he was humorless, and had no friends, and that he had a foreign accent, and having previously concluded that he was Polish - not having given it much thought why a Polish guy was in the U. S. Army.

Showing off my liberal, college boy, know-it-all polemic skills, I opined (in a discussion on the merits of Communism), that "At least people in Communist countries are not starving." Whereupon, confirming my previous observation about his lack of humor, Polish Guy leapt to his feet, and sticking his livid face within inches of mine, spat out "my mother starved to death in the Ukraine under Communism." (college boy).

Whereupon I had a choice to make: (1) Continue my ignorant (college-boy-you-can't-tell-me-anything) defense of Communism, and get killed, or (2) Mumble an apology, and get on with my life. I had an Epiphany. I chose Door # 2. As he stormed out, I snickered self-consciously, as my friends called him a weirdo or whatnot, but I made a promise to myself:

NEVER AGAIN WOULD I ASSUME ANYTHING. IF I DIDN'T KNOW THE FACTS, I WOULD KEEP MY THOUGHTS TO MY SELF.

THEN WHEN I STARTED LEARNING THE FACTS,  I NO LONGER COULD RATIONALIZE BEING A LIBERAL. 

CONSERVATIVE?

Wait. I support Unions. I'm against reducing Capital Gains taxes to create jobs (it doesn't), and against the death penalty. How can I call myself a Conservative

I don't give a rat's ass what is good for the Republican or Democratic Parties; or for that matter what is good for Progressives or Conservatives. In fact I take umbrage with alleged Conservatives who take a stance based on potential political gain. 

Because I believe that my views on these subjects and a plethora of other subjects on these web pages are  best for America and in accordance with the Constitution - and I defend all of my opinions on these pages and I  challenge anyone to come up with better solutions. 

I take a stance based on principal, even if personally wouldn't benefit from that position (click here). American first; Conservative second, party hack - liiiiiike nneeeeeeever.
Vung Tau Vietnam 1967
Princess Leia - 1978
REBA, JULIE, JOHN IV, - LANSING, MICHIGAN
Julie - 1974
MY FIRST RESTAURANT - THE TROUBADOUR
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN
My Last Bookstore ( No. 27 ) - Falls S.C. - Miami

2011 - 2016


2011 - 2012

2003 - 2011  

1990 - 2003


1989 - 1990


1986 - 1989


1969 - 1986




Republican Candidate for U.S. House , 17th Cong. Dist. FL. Member, 
Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee (Dist. 65 - PGI).

Candidate for Lee County, Fl. Commissioner - District 2

President/CEO - Shutter Authority, Inc., Ft. Myers, Florida. 

General Manager, - Atlantic Shutters Manufacturing, Inc, Miami, 

General Manager - KPK Construction, Miami, Florida

Master District Office Manager, Decentennial Census (1990) - U. S. 
Census Bureau, Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida.

Reg. Vice President, Retail Div. - Dobbs House (Div. of Fortune 500 Greyhound 
Corp., Memphis, TN) St. Louis, Miami, Charleston, Orlando., Sanford

President/CEO - The Book Company Inc., Michigan, Indiana, Florida, 
and Germany. (27 Stores), The Troubadour Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI

1977

ABOUT JOHN SAWYER