Re-Elect America tour addresses group in Carson; Guinn a no-show |

Re-Elect America tour addresses group in Carson; Guinn a no-show

Amanda Hammon

Re-Elect America’s nationwide tour rolled into Carson City on Wednesday, expecting a welcome from the governor but getting a welcome from Secretary of State Dean Heller instead.

“It’s disappointing to travel across a continent and not have 10 or 15 minutes of (Gov. Kenny Guinn’s) time, although the secretary of state and the people of Carson City couldn’t have been more wonderful,” said Balint Vazsonyi, founder of the Center for the American Founding, the organization sponsoring the tour.

“Everybody says America as it was is no more. But it isn’t so in Carson City. This tour is about learning as much as it is about educating. I see the interest here.”

About 80 Nevadans joined Vazsonyi at a luncheon hosted by Mayor Ray Masayko to listen to the Hungarian-born classic pianist turned political philosopher’s views on the state of American politics.

The event also served as a forum for candidates in upcoming political races. The group included state Sen. Mark Amodei, Masayko and Ward 4 supervisors candidate Vern Horton.

Supervisor Jon Plank, who is running for reelection as a city supervisor in Ward 2, thanked the Re-Elect America tour for coming to Carson City.

“It takes a lot of guts to do a thing like that,” Plank said of the state-to-state tour.

Plank said he supported the campaign’s ideas of protecting the rights of all Americans and the identity of being American in a country of immigrants. He encouraged the crowd to register to vote, study the issues and vote responsibly.

A passionate anti-socialist, Vazsonyi’s ideas strike a chord in the hearts of many of Nevada’s more conservative residents.

David and Jackie Holmgren brought their daughters, Janet, 13, and Cindy, 10, from the Rawhide Ranch outside of Hawthorne to listen to Vazsonyi speak.

“We’re very concerned about our nation not following the Constitution,” Jackie Holmgren said. “Our leaders are following the Communist Manifesto more than the Constitution.”

Daughter Janet said she enjoyed listening to people talk about the Constitution and founding of the country.

“You’ve got to learn what happened and what’s going to happen if you’re going to live here,” she said.

Vazsonyi spoke to the group of his beginnings in Hungary under Nazi oppression during World War II and Communist rule after the war.

Vazsonyi is on a 22,600-mile tour of state capitals with four basic principles, which he compares to a compass. The compass’ true north is the rule of law, or more plainly that all laws must be consistent with the constitution.

The second principle says individual rights can be vested only in individuals, not groups. The third principle relates to security of property. If the government can take property from you, it’s not really yours, he said.

The final principle is that Americans share a common identity. Vazsonyi said giving groups special rights based on disabilities, sex or race divides people and creates inequalities not in line with the Constitution.

“What the founders sought to discover was the ‘what’ (the four principles),” he said. “Political parties were left to figure the how. The result of the last 20 to 30 years has been people questioning what the ‘what’ is. We need to come to a broad agreement on what the ‘what’ is.”

Paul Grim drove four hours from Smoky Valley outside Austin to listen to a man he called “the most eloquent speaker in America.”

“He said if we don’t save America, we won’t save the world,” Grim said. “There has to be someone to hold up the standard.”

Sparks resident John Bird said he supported Vazsonyi’s cause because “I’d like to see the country go back to the citizens.

“The federal government has fragmented society so the government can take more control,” Bird said. “It’s very obvious that the federal government and our elected representatives have no interest in supporting the Constitution. They do everything they can to violate it.

“I have hopes he will make a difference, but considering the inertia of the country, you wonder.”