Off the Grid with Thomas Massie

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Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20(gentle banjo music)- There are a lot of labels floating out there.Libertarian-leaning Republican,constitutional conservative, Tea Party, deplorable.Watch at: 00:20 / 00:40I'll go with any of those labels.I don't really get caught up in labels.I've been called a redneck and a hillbillyand a nerd and a geek.I find those to be terms of endearment nowinstead of derision.This is the Shire.I mean, look at it.It can't get any more beautiful than this.Watch at: 00:40 / 01:00Here in these hills, these are the peoplethat I grew up with, and the familiesthat I grew up with, they're the same familiesmy kids are growing up with.And to come back here and have real interactionwith people you know, and you know you're gonnaknow until you die, is very rejuvenating to me.Watch at: 01:00 / 01:20My philosophy is live and let liveand I think it comes from growing up herein eastern Kentucky, where sort of the mottois, "You don't worry about what somebody's doingin their hollow, if they don't worryWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40about what you're doing in your hollow."And that comes from the people who settled these hills.They learned to be self-sufficient,and they learned not to poke their nosein their neighbor's business.Watch at: 01:40 / 02:00I was bored growing up.But I found that I liked to build thingsand make things, especially thingsthat would improve other people's lives.When I was in junior high, I invented a flower potthat would water itself when the soil got too dry.Watch at: 02:00 / 02:20And that was for grandmother who liked to travel a lotand she wanted to make sure her plantsdidn't die when she was gone.She was paying my brother and my sister to waterher plants when she was gone, and I decidedto liberate them from their paycheckand invent a self-watering flower pot.Water is life, so a lot of what I'm doing hereWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40on my farm is managing water everywhere.In front of my house, we're on a hill here.I built this terrace garden and the waterruns off the roof and we get a lot of waterand all that water off my roofWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00comes down here and waters the garden.So it produces lush tomatoes every year.That's gonna be yummy on a BLT.Some of these are rotten.These are gonna go to the chickens.Chickens gonna eat that.We don't compost because basically everythingWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20we produce, the chickens or the dogs will eat.So we don't really have to compost things.I quickly get two eggs.That one's still warm.There's a couple levels of farming.Watch at: 03:20 / 03:40You can buy the offspring after they're hatched or born,but really the next level is whenyou start breeding your own stock.These chicks were raised right on the nestwith the mother, and the benefit of thatis we never have to bring 'em insideand put a heat lamp on them or feed them.Watch at: 03:40 / 04:00They've never been fed little chick-y food.They just come out here and eatwhatever their mom is eating,which today happens to be tomatoes and bugs.It just, it seems like a miracle everydaythat I come out here and there's still seven chicks.Because there are predators right off in the weeds here.Watch at: 04:00 / 04:20There are raccoons, there are foxes, there are coyotes,there are the neighbor's dogs,and all them like to eat chicken.I like to say the reason so many thingstaste like chicken is that everythinglikes the taste of chicken.My goal, my dream was to go to MIT.Watch at: 04:20 / 04:40I'd never even visited the campus.I read about this place called MIT.Never been really north of the Mason-Dixon line.I applied and was accepted.I did well at MIT.It was like drinking from a fire hose.At MIT, I invented some technologies,Watch at: 04:40 / 05:00some virtual reality technologythat let people touch virtual objects to feel themwith their hands inside the computer.I commercialize this device.I got patents for it.I raised venture capital money.A lot of this happened while I was still in school.Watch at: 05:00 / 05:20My high school sweetheart who actually grew upon this farm also went to MIT.So we were doing this company togetherwhile we were both students at MIT.That was very rewarding, but my wife and Iwanted to get back to Kentucky.And because we'd started the companyin our married student housing dormitory,Watch at: 05:20 / 05:40we had hired 70 people in New England.I thought about trying to offer them all40 acres and a mule to come back to Kentucky with us,but ultimately we had to sell our ownershipand separate from the companyin order for us to relocate here in Kentuckywhere we wanted to raise our kidsWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00the same way we had been raised.We bought the farm that my wife grew up on.Her parents still live here.And we decided to build a house and to do tangible things.I had been living in virtual reality,that was my business, a virtual reality device.Watch at: 06:00 / 06:20But getting back to the earth was importantto both my wife and I, so we wanted everythingabout our house to be real and nothing about it to be fake.Kentucky was the best place for us to live this dreambecause there are very few regulations here.I came back here just to blend in.Watch at: 06:20 / 06:40I didn't want to be the nail sticking up.Shortly after coming back here and starting to buildour house with everything real,the local government decided they wantedto start passing more laws and restrictingwhat you could do with your land.I thought, well I can just ignore thatand just go on with my life.Watch at: 06:40 / 07:00And I did.I ignored it for two or three yearsand then I just couldn't take it anymoreand I wrote a letter to the editorto air my grievances with the local government.They were gonna raise our taxes that day,and we stopped it from happening.Watch at: 07:00 / 07:20(engine running)Alright, so on my farm, there are some very large stoneslike this, and they're great building materialbut they're too big for me to manage.So what I do is I slice them up using a gas chop sawWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40and wedges to split the stones.So this is a stone where I've sliced into itwith the saw and then drove wedges into it and split it.Eventually, I get down to something about this size,but I don't, that's not a nice looking face,so I want it to look good, so I face this with a chisel.Watch at: 07:40 / 08:00So my idea for my house was to build it allfrom stone and timber that I could find here on my farm.And when I told people that I was gonna do that,they were worried for me that the stoneswouldn't be good enough, that somehowWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20because they were available right here on my farmand local, that maybe they were inferior.And I'm sure you've seen stones that look like this.This is how they end up looking like this.When they try to imitate stones that look like this,they're trying to imitate work.Watch at: 08:20 / 08:40'Cause this is a lot of hard work.But I think there's this notion that if something'savailable locally it's not as good,that it's gotta be exotic, that you've gottaget this stone from Italy in order for itto be something meaningful.For me, it's more meaningful because it cameWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00from the location where I'm building the house.Literally, I want a house that's coming outof the ground and belongs here.That's the other thing.The stones on my house match the stonesthat we're walking on in the ground here.'Cause it's the same stone.Watch at: 09:00 / 09:20And it's gonna last pretty much forever.We had an ice storm that struck our farm in 2003,and fell a lot of trees on our property.I spent a year with my bulldozer and a winchgoing into the woods and dragging these trees out.And those are the trees that are here in my house,Watch at: 09:20 / 09:40the ones that nature cut down for me.I just had to drag them to my saw mill and thencut them into the shapes that would form this house.I started studying timber framing,and I even signed up for a one weekWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00class in Tennessee on timber framing.And when I went there, I learned how ignorant I was.And that the beauty of building a timber frame houseis that you can make the fasteners out of the same material.The fasteners are wood.The whole house is held together with wooden pegs.Watch at: 10:00 / 10:20But if you study it even more,it's not even the pegs that are holding the house together.There's joinery.The tenons go in the mortises.And then if you lay it out correctly and properly,almost all of the joints are held togetherjust by the force of the house, not by the pegs.Watch at: 10:20 / 10:40So when I found out they were trying to zone the county,that means they wanted to pass a lawwhere we would be required to go to the local governmentand ask their permission to do things with our property.I decided to write another one of my lettersto the editor, 30 people showed up at that zoning meeting.Watch at: 10:40 / 11:00Now, I stood up to speak first,and after five minutes, the chairwomanadvised me that I should sit down,that I was done speaking.I stood at the podium wondering what I would do next,because I certainly didn't want to sit down.A Democrat in the crowd who had been inspiredWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20by my letter to the editor to show up at the meeting,stood up and told the chairwoman,"He can have my five minutes."And she said, "Okay, Mr. Massie, you've got 10 minutes now."And then everybody in attendance stood up, all 30 peopleWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40and said, "We're giving him our five minutes too."That was inspiring to me because those peopletrusted me to speak for them and theywanted to hear what else I had to say.And we stopped the county from being zoned.So they nicknamed this group of people Thomas's Angry Mob.Watch at: 11:40 / 12:00Ironically, they weren't angry,and it wasn't mob, they were informedand they were organized and I was helping organize them.And that's when I realized you could be an activistand you could change government.Watch at: 12:00 / 12:20It's 88 psi.We have a pond that's 200 feetin elevation above the house.It's back here in the woods.It's at the head of that hollowabout a third of a mile away.You know, when I visited Monticello,I noticed that they had 10 roofs over everythingWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40and they were trying to catch every drop of waterthat hit the roofs and then reuse it.But I also noticed the next hill over from Monticellowas much taller than Monticello.Thomas Jefferson could've built a pondon top of that other hill,and use gravity to feed it right there to MonticelloWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00and he could've had all the water he wanted at a pressure,a water pressure that would've just been incredible.But the problem was, they didn't have plastic pipe.I ran two-inch pipe right here,from that pond down to here,Watch at: 13:00 / 13:20and you get like .4 psi per foot of elevation,so I have 88 psi of water and there'salmost half a million gallons of water in the pondand as I use it, whenever it rains it fills back up.So it will last for maybe 500 years,Watch at: 13:20 / 13:40you know, if you keep the trees off the dam.(chicken crowing)Because without water, you can't have anything.Water is life. (chicken crowing)So eventually I was persuaded by the peoplewho were inspired by my letters to the editor.Watch at: 13:40 / 14:00And I ran for this position called county judge executive.You have to judge which roads need paved first,which wooden bridges need to be concrete bridges,which dogs need to be caught, which dogsdon't need to be because the dog catcher worked for me,who would operate the trash routes.Watch at: 14:00 / 14:20These were things you had to judge.It's not government from 30,000 feet,like it is in Washington, D.C.You're in the trenches with bayonets and pitchforkstrying to settle these issues.I was inspired to go to other countiesand talk to groups that had organized.Watch at: 14:20 / 14:40One of the messages that I try to get acrossto people who wanna get involved in governmentis that you gotta be involved at every level.And that even the water board or the sewer board,or the school board has the powerto take your property, either through taxationWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00or outright condemnation and that's a very powerful thing.And so you need to either run for that officeor be very concerned about who takes that position.I was building a base that would ultimatelypersuade me to run for this congressional seat.Watch at: 15:00 / 15:20And that's what happened is our congressmanannounced his retirement and these peoplethat I had gone to and spoke to,because they cared and I cared,they got me elected to Congress.And now, I'm in Congress, so I tell people my life,Watch at: 15:20 / 15:40my career started out in virtual reality,then I came back to the farm,and now I'm back in virtual reality in Washington, D.C.Yeah, one of my sons, now he doesn't like working for meso he went and got a paycheck.He got a job where he gets a paycheck working construction.Watch at: 15:40 / 16:00He's 17.Now he's got little stub that's got withholding on itso there's FICA and federal income tax and state income tax.Until then, I'd been paying in cash.So I asked him, "What do you think now, Son?"He showed me his pay stub and he pointedto the federal withholding, he said,Watch at: 16:00 / 16:19"I think I'm paying your salary now, Dad."You work for me."(water spraying)One of the things I regret about my orchardis I didn't label the trees.Like I thought I would always rememberwhat tree I had planted where,but then I ran for Congress and got electedand went to D.C. and I forgot what this tree is.Watch at: 16:19 / 16:40So now I've done something to keep from forgetting.I've had to come up with a sign that would outlast meso I figure tombstones were made to outlast people.So I made little tombstones for my trees that tell meand the person after I die, hopefullyWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00that's not too soon, what the tree actually is.And this is a Belle of Georgia.It's a white peach.This is the Shire.I mean, look at it.It can't get anymore beautiful than this.And it stands in stark contrastto what lies beyond those hills.Eastward is Mordor.I mean, Washington, D.C.Watch at: 17:00 / 17:20When I go there, there's no greenery like this.Man has tried to create something as magnificentas these hills, but he's failed really,in D.C. to do that.There's a lot of glitz and glamour in Washington.And I think it's, it's built that wayWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40to impress people, to try to convince peoplesomething important is going on there.(duck quacking)Here, ducky.So daddy duck is the white one.Watch at: 17:40 / 18:00He's a, oh, they don't like me interrupting their food.The white one is the daddy duck.The black one is the momma duck.He's a meat duck, he's a Pekin duck,and this is a Cayuga duck.She lays eggs, and my goal was to cross the meat duckWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20with the egg layer so that the offspringwould be sort of a double dual purpose duck.I learned, you don't touch the metal bucketand the duck fence at the same timebecause you might mispronounce duck.Watch at: 18:20 / 18:40So that solar panel powers this.Now, I can plug a solar, I can plug a fence chargerinto my house, anything that's running off electricityon the top of this hill is running off solar power.Whether it's got its own little solar panelor whether it's running from my house.Watch at: 18:40 / 19:00The electric wire that connects you to the electrical gridis like an umbilical, like in the matrix.Government has a lot of control over your lifethrough that one little wire.If you refuse to comply, the first,Watch at: 19:00 / 19:20with one of their regulations,the first thing they do is to cut that wire.And typically the first thing you would then do is cry unclebecause try going without electricity for a day or twoonce you've gotten used to it.One thing's become apparent to menow that I've been in Washington, D.C.,Watch at: 19:20 / 19:40and after having been in the private sector,and also every weekend coming back to my farm,is that the folks in Washington, D.C. have no businesstrying to make decisions about what's most efficientfor people back on their farms or back in their businesses.So there are a lot of people that have never beenin the country that live in Washington, D.C.Watch at: 19:40 / 20:00And try to make rules for the country and the countryside.Out here, heating with wood is a very inexpensivepractical renewable way to sustain your household.And in Washington, D.C., the EPA,even without congressional action,Watch at: 20:00 / 20:20has been trying to crack down on wood burning stovesbecause they've got this notion somehowthat all the trees are gonna disappearand that burning wood is a bad way to create heat.Well you can see over here on my hillside.Literally, even before you get to the real leafy stuff,there's four or five dead trees right thereWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40that will heat my whole housethis whole winter, this entire winter.The four trees that you can seewill provide all the heat that I need.If I don't go cut down those dead treesand burn them in my wood gasifying boiler,Watch at: 20:40 / 21:00they're gonna fall down and termitesare going to work on them.And instead of producing CO2, now they're gonna producemethane which the environmentalists sayis 43 times worse in termsof greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.Alright.So this is my boiler room, and this is whereWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20all the heat for the house comes in the winter.My children stack wood on this U-boatsand we roll them into the basement.And if we fill up four of these U-boats,we've got enough wood to heat our house for a month.So this is a gold mine to me right here.Watch at: 21:20 / 21:40I found a fallen tree across my trailwhere the wood has already dried out.You put the wood in the boiler,and instead of burning the wood directly,it gets it really hot, turns it into charcoal,drives off the gases like the hydrogen gasand the other hydrocarbon gases,Watch at: 21:40 / 22:00forces them down into a lower chamber where it burnsat 1,500 to 2,000 degrees in a ceramic chamber.And literally everything burns in that chamber.And the benefit is all of the smoke is combustedin that chamber as well as the things that normally burn.Watch at: 22:00 / 22:20So all that comes out of my chimney is steam.At our house, we're producing less pollutionby burning dry wood and it's also a carbon zero cycle.In other words, all the carbon that's in this woodWatch at: 22:20 / 22:40was collected from the atmosphere.So that when we readmit it into the atmosphere,there's net zero carbon production.Is that the solution for everybody?No, it's not the solution for everybody.But every solution needs to be tunedto the local environment and the local culture.And that's why it's so wrong for Washington, D.C.Watch at: 22:40 / 23:00to try an dictate that.Our Founding Fathers didn't want that executivein Washington, D.C., to make all the local decisions.So we've got levels of government, state government,county government, city government,and a dangerous trend that I see,Watch at: 23:00 / 23:20I see this in Congress, is that that verticallimitation is now being eroded.Horizontally, they balance the power of the judiciaryand the legislative and the executive branch.And we've sorta forgotten that.Every time we see the presidential election,Watch at: 23:20 / 23:40we think it's the Super Bowl of politics,and we're electing a king.And that the legislative branchand the judicial branch would be irrelevant.The king will just use his penand his phone and do what he wants.But, so we've forgotten that.People are as guilty as the media and anybody elsein remembering that government is horizontally limitedWatch at: 23:40 / 24:00but they are also guilty of forgettingthat's vertically limited.And Washington, D.C., is making decisionsthat should be made at the state,should be made at the county level.Maybe they should be made in your living room,and not made by any government.But we need to always be working to keepWatch at: 24:00 / 24:20that government in check, because it's a dangerous thing,and I learned it at the county level.So my cattle are on the other side of the creek therein the distance, and we're gonna move them over herebecause the grasses had time to recover hereWatch at: 24:20 / 24:40and it's grown tall enough for them to eat.Some people say that cattle are bad for the environmentand that you shouldn't eat beefbecause more productive thingscould be done with the land.And those people really have never seena farm in Appalachia, because look atWatch at: 24:40 / 25:00this field right here, this terrain.Most sane people would not drive a lawnmower on it.It's a hill, right?You can't grow any kind of crop here effectively.Some days in Washington, D.C., I feellike this little white calf here.Watch at: 25:00 / 25:20I look around and say, how'd I get here?What am I doing here?Do I belong here?The farm has taught me how to be more patientand that's the greatest resource I thinkyou have to have in Washington, D.C.Watch at: 25:20 / 25:40These cattle here, the genetics are the resultof three or four generations of breeding.And I've got momma cows that have calveson their own without a lot of problems.But you can't expect all that in one year or two years.Watch at: 25:40 / 26:00Making food for other people and watching them eat itand it provide nourishment to their bodies,that's honest, that's not fake.And you know something got done,and somebody appreciates you for it.And those are concepts that aresomewhat foreign in Washington, D.C.Watch at: 26:00 / 26:20I mean if you think about it,nothing is produced in Washington, D.C.There's nothing manufactured, there's no food grown,there are very few inventions created if you will.It's just a place where nothing is createdand a farm is exactly the opposite.Watch at: 26:20 / 26:40There's life happening here everyday.I've found out that I can get more moneyfor my animals if I keep feeding them grass,get the calves to an older age and thensell that beef directly to consumers.Now, there are government barriers to thatas you can imagine, and the big players in the beef industryWatch at: 26:40 / 27:00don't want any of those barriers removed.So the USDA rules require you to employa USDA inspector in your facility full timeif you want to have the USDA certification.And there's a butcher house three miles from here,Watch at: 27:00 / 27:20three miles from my house that does a fantastic jobon these animals, and as long as I sell youa share of this animal before I take itto that butcher shop, it's all legaland you can have the meat after it's butchered.But I can't sell you less than a quarter of the animal.Watch at: 27:20 / 27:40And it's healthy, and the US governmenthas no problem with that, but if I tryto sell you a steak, and we don't pretendat least that you own this animalbefore I butcher it, I go to jail.And the big guys like that,Watch at: 27:40 / 28:00'cause you can imagine how hard it isif I come up to you and say,"Would you like to buy some of my beef?"and you say, "Yes, I'm having a cook out this weekend."I say, "Great, the smallest order is 300 pounds."But you can go to the supermarket and buy one steak"because that has the imprimatur of the USDA"because that facility employed a USDA personWatch at: 28:00 / 28:20"and kept them at their facility when they were butchering."So the net result of that regulationis instead of going three miles from my house,I have to go 150 miles from my houseto a facility that has a USDA inspector,which raises the price and the effortand then I've gotta come 150 miles backWatch at: 28:20 / 28:40with frozen beef without letting it thaw.And then distribute frozen beef to consumers.It's a very difficult proposition.Democrats and liberals want the abilityto buy locally and consume healthy food,and they're starting to wake up and realizeWatch at: 28:40 / 29:00that the healthiest food comes from your neighborwhere there's accountability.It doesn't come from some centralized, industrialfood production system that's corporate.And this is what we're gonna be eating, beef brisket.You cook this low and slow.Watch at: 29:00 / 29:20Sweet.So for me, I mean I like the fact that it's quote greento be off the grid or to be running on solar power,but for me it was about independence.Sunlight hits the panels, panels produce DC electricity,Watch at: 29:20 / 29:40these devices take that DC electricity,step it down and charge the batteries.Now we've got DC power but we need AC powerto run common, everyday appliances in the house.That's what these puppies do.These are inverters.They take 48 volts from the batteriesWatch at: 29:40 / 30:00and produce 120 volts AC, alternating current,the kind like your blender wants to useor your air conditioner.And that's what these components do.The thing that's gonna be the next breakthroughin energy production is actually energy storage.Watch at: 30:00 / 30:20The world doesn't need a better solar panel,the world doesn't need a better windmill,the world needs a better battery.So next to the big Tesla, we got the little Tesla here.This is an electric go-kart that my son built.Watch at: 30:20 / 30:40And we charge it with the solar panelsand then you know in a zombie apocalypse when the zombiestake over the refineries and they're shut down,we'll be able, not only to drive a car,off of the solar power from the house,but we'll be able to also have a go-kart.Watch at: 30:40 / 31:00When I started farming this property,I've thought about my mission statement.So my mission statement, and my mission in lifeon this farm, my goals for this farm,is to come up with a sustainable money producing model.That's why I have cattle on this farm.Watch at: 31:00 / 31:20I don't need 50,000 pounds of beef.That part of it's not a hobby farm.That part of it is figuring out a business modelthat the next generation can use,whether it's my children or somebody else's children.I don't wanna see all the treesstripped at once and it logged,I would like it to remain very much like it is now.Watch at: 31:20 / 31:40Here's the thing about the hobbits that go to Mordor.Most of them succumb to the intoxication of power.In fact, I've got my precious here with me.Watch at: 31:40 / 32:00This is my congressional pin.I usually just keep it in my pocket,where I can reach in and feel it.It gives me some comfort, but I trynot to ever wear it more than I have to.Because when you wear precious,and every congressman has one of theseand they love to wear them, you become intoxicated.Watch at: 32:00 / 32:20And it's the subtle things that you don't evenrealize that are happening when you're wearing this pin.For instance, the Capitol Hill policeget out of your way as you walk toward them.I once bumped into a policeman,because I didn't have precious on,and he didn't yield to me, and it's those subtle things,Watch at: 32:20 / 32:39like when you get in an elevatorwith 10 people on Capitol Hilland they look down and see you'rewearing precious, they all quit speaking.They'll hold the door open and let you exit first.When you're walking down the hallway wearing precious,Watch at: 32:39 / 33:00people won't make eye contact.They'll look away and look downwhen you're wearing precious.And all of those things, as odd as it may seem,make the hobbits who wear precious feel powerful.And I can feel it myself, and it's a scary feeling,because I know if I wear this for too long,Watch at: 33:00 / 33:20it's gonna affect me and not in good ways.I think one of my weaknesses and oneof my strengths is that I'm a romantic.My dream is not to be a politician.My dream, I'm living it here on my farm already,Watch at: 33:20 / 33:39and that is marrying my high school sweetheart,building our small castle with ourown resources on top of a hill.This is actually the farm my wife grew up on.And to be raising a family here and teaching them valueslike self-sufficiency, that's my dream.Watch at: 33:39 / 34:00My dream is not to lord over peoplefrom a central government somewhere.I get to live that dream one day a weekwhile I'm serving in congress six days a week.Watch at: 34:00 / 34:20And that's important to me.("Old Home Place")♪ It's been ten long years since I left my home ♪♪ In the hollow where I was born ♪Watch at: 34:20 / 34:40♪ Where the cool fall nights make the wood smoke rise ♪♪ And the fox hunter blows his horn ♪♪ Chorus ♪♪ Not yet ♪♪ I fell in love with a girl from the town ♪♪ I thought that she would be true ♪Watch at: 34:40 / 35:00♪ I ran away to Charlottesville ♪♪ And worked in a sawmill or two ♪♪ What have they done to the old home place ♪Watch at: 35:00 / 35:20♪ Why did they tear it down ♪♪ And why did I leave the plow in the field ♪♪ And look for a job in the town ♪Watch at: 35:20 / 35:40♪ Now take the chorus ♪

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  1. The next frontier is Permaculture. If you spent just 10 days with Geoff Lawton you could recondition this farm and use your influence to shift the balance for millions.

  2. The people that bash this guy don't even measure up to his level of genius. This guy is wicked smart. The fact that Americans and politicians on both sides bash him proves how far we've fallen as a nation.

  3. I appreciate this man so much. I love that he's an MIT grad and that he called where he lived the Shire. Shoutout to my fellow Tolkien nerds! Science loving, country folk. My kind of well-rounded person.

  4. There are two kinds of people Mr. Massie;
    Those of us who just wish to be left alone and those who won't leave us the fuk alone!
    If more politicians were more like you I might not be such a proponent of tarring and feathering.

  5. What a breath of fresh air. We need this local philosophy on a national level and it gives me hope not all is lost in Washington. . Oh by the way, love the farm life its my hope someday to mimic what Thomas has done.

  6. Best guy in DC since Ron Paul. I’d love a Massie 2024, but I’d entirely understand if why he’d choose to not to run. He’s living my dream minus the serving in DC part, and he’s a better man for it.

  7. Thomas this is David Johnson in eastern ky " and its people like you that we need as President of the United states of America " I called you week before last about our state becoming a militia state and I feel you are the true man to get this done " I am behind you 100 % I wish you were Our President Already please thomas help us Kentuckians in this move to keep our CONSTITUTION and our 2nd Amendment alive my Brother " may God Richley Bless you and your Family we love you "
    Bishop D.P Johnson

  8. I just watched Clarksons Farm not too long ago. The BS Jeremy puts up with from his local government is insane. He has a lot to learn from Thomas. But then again…the US is not the UK for a reason.

  9. I thought I watched this video long before 2 years ago… I remember some random nerdy guy talking about building his own stone house and speaking politics.
    And now looking back… It was Thomas Effing Massie. Wow.

  10. Well, I absolutely have to say, this documentary is incredible. This man is incredible. He became a real hero during 2020 but this shows so much of how and why he was the hero we absolutely need! Thank you for this!!!

  11. Thank you for sacrificing by spending time away from your dream to help us to stay free to pursue our dreams, as well. It's nice getting to know you on more of a personal level for a change.

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