Mark Shepard column
Mark Shepard served two terms in the Vermont Senate (2003-2006) and ran for Congress in the 2006 Republican Primary. (Click here for more.)

For a number of reasons, not the least of which is its small size, Vermont has been targeted as a key beachhead by those desiring to move America away from its liberty-based birth – where the laws of nature and nature's God were supreme – and toward socialism, where the state (man's wisdom) is supreme. It was in that environment that Mark ran and served in elected politics.

The efforts of recent years to move our national policy toward socialistic ideas is very much patterned after what happened in Vermont, where there has been a very serious exodus of businesses, young people and young families. And where today there is no political party standing strong on America's founding principles, but rather each merely chases after power by playing on various human weaknesses to get votes.

Like so many other families and businesses in Vermont, in 2011 the Shepard family also moved their family and business from Vermont, relocating to Virginia, where Mark's wife, Rebecca, was raised and where they were married in 1990.

Mark holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering and owns and operates an industrial controls business he started during his last year of graduate school (1993). Prior to going to college, Mark worked in the building trades where he completed the four-year Vermont Electrical Apprenticeship and earned his Journeyman Electrician's License. Mark was raised on a strawberry farm in the hills of Hartland, Vermont, where his family has lived for several generations.

A nation without a conscience
Mark Shepard
October 20, 2023

We are now engaged in two wars, supplying massive military equipment, intelligence and support. Thousands upon thousands of people have been killed, with . . .

Decoupling schooling from the state
Mark Shepard
July 31, 2023

On July 27, I went to a forum hosted by Americans for Prosperity, which focused on fixing the deep problems in K-12 schooling. I had been asked to come and . . .

The January 6 insurrection that actually did happen
Mark Shepard
January 19, 2023

(Originally written January 6, 2023) Today is a very sad day, but one we should never forget. On this day in 2021, an insurrection occurred in our nation's . . .

Prop 5 takes Vermont a century backward
Mark Shepard
October 4, 2022

Prop 5, Article 22 on Vermonters’ 2022 ballot, reads, “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity . . .

Reaching again toward America’s mission
Mark Shepard
July 1, 2022

Following the overturn of Roe, a young woman protesting in Lynchburg held a sign saying, “I’d have more Rights if my Vagina shot Bullets” (exact quote).  . . .

Valuing human life
Mark Shepard
June 17, 2022

Why is it that after every tragic gun-murder those who respond loudest for gun bans are often the same people who respond the loudest against anything that . . .

Is voting Democrat an evil act in God’s eyes?
Mark Shepard
October 7, 2021

Is voting Democrat an evil act in God’s eyes? That question rose from a recent Sunday-school lesson on 1 Kings 21, where King Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard . . .

Mandates build distrust
Mark Shepard
September 2, 2021

Why has Centra Health climbed on the vaccine mandate train? COVID-19 has an overall survival rate of 98.4% and much higher for most demographics. And that . . .

The public schools are not the biggest problem
Mark Shepard
August 30, 2021

Virginians, like much of the nation, have been thrust into a number of very unsettling controversies by ideas being pushed upon us. With a disgraceful lack of . . .

Vice President Pence can stop the steal and keep the peace
Mark Shepard
January 1, 2021

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) I suspect Vice President Mike Pence has quoted that many times.  . . .

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) ridicules CA Gov. Gavin Newsom for his idiotic Covid edicts [VIDEO]
Mark Shepard
November 27, 2020

Rep. Tom McClintock: "I rise this morning in defense of Governor Gavin Newsom of California who defied his own idiotic Covid edicts as he partied at one of the . . .

Joe Biden has no path to victory
Mark Shepard
November 23, 2020

There is no path for a true Joe Biden victory. The reason has nothing to do with anyone who does not want him as president. Rather, has everything to do with . . .

When will Joe Biden lead by example?
Mark Shepard
October 31, 2020

There now is a mountain of evidence, authenticated by the FBI and many other government and private entities that millions upon millions of dollars were doled . . .

Have you ever wondered what your vote is worth?
Mark Shepard
October 30, 2020

Do you know the real value of your vote? Comparing the stark contrast between the energy and foreign policies of President Donald Trump and his Democratic . . .

Voting on character
Mark Shepard
October 18, 2020

On a September post at “Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig”, Dr. Craig writes: “I am definitely advocating that we prioritize policy over character. . . .

Why vote?
Mark Shepard
September 20, 2020

There is a concerted effort to market this election as solely an up/down vote on Donald Trump's personality. Joe Biden is a non-factor and neither are the . . .

Black Men for Trump – Makes a lot of sense
Mark Shepard
September 12, 2020

Some people may act surprised by the “Black Men for Trump” movement (, because "it is not supposed to happen." I am not at all . . .

What are we thinking?! – Part 4: Education/training/discipleship – from the source
Mark Shepard
April 21, 2020

Part 2 of this article explored a free-market approach to education from a Christian worldview perspective. Part 3 listed practical action items and ideas to . . .

What are we thinking?! – Part 3: Putting ideas into action
Mark Shepard
April 20, 2020

Part 1 of this article made a case that every education option impresses a set of values and ideas into students. A free-market education model is the only . . .

What are we thinking?! – Part 2: An example of free-market thinking in education
Mark Shepard
April 19, 2020

Part 1 exposed many of the problems with the state-controlled public education system in our nation today and proposed moving to a free-market education system. . . .

What are we thinking?! – Part 1: Education matters
Mark Shepard
April 18, 2020

Schools are closed, children are home, and parents are confronted with how best to help their children continue their education at home, where parents are more . . .

Why did God create us, if...?
Mark Shepard
December 16, 2018

Last Sunday we were blessed with about 12" of beautiful snow, which is uncommon in Virginia. So we decided to have church at home and worked on finding an . . .

Answering Bernie Sanders' confusion
Mark Shepard
November 4, 2018

(Updated from a November 4 column) In an October 27 debate for the U.S. Senate seat in Vermont, current Senator Bernie Sanders, an unapologetic self-avowed . . .

A cleansed history cannot teach
Mark Shepard
August 24, 2017

The recent violence in Charlottesville, VA has a long history that must be remembered if we have any hope of not repeating a part of history that thankfully . . .

Resurrecting M.A.D. -- Fear-based elections
Mark Shepard
October 3, 2016

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union (1940s to 1991) operated under a doctrine called Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), where both sides . . .

Federalism trumps the strongman
Mark Shepard
March 25, 2016

A recent article, titled "Congratulations, GOP, You've Created a Monster," connected the rise of Donald Trump to the Republican majority's betrayal of the very . . .

We may have Donald Trump to thank
Mark Shepard
March 5, 2016

Donald Trump has accomplished what few people could. Donald has created a situation where go-along Republicans are coming to terms with the reality that . . .

Back to the future political options
Mark Shepard
February 26, 2016

While I am sure there are similar examples in every state, I would like to take you back to two elections in my native state of Vermont that I believe shed some . . .

Republican Voters: Please look under the hood
Mark Shepard
February 19, 2016

The importance of the Republican primary cannot be overstated. I say this as someone who came very close to running against Bernie Sanders when he first ran . . .

A message to New Hampshire: The path to freedom and prosperity
Mark Shepard
February 6, 2016

Who doesn't agree that one of the biggest problems with our federal government is corruption? Elections are won with money from political favors on the . . .

America's 239 year trip -- from liberty to decadence
Mark Shepard
July 4, 2015

Just as we in the United States were preparing for the annual celebration marking the most amazing national experiment in liberty, our nation was mortally . . .

Can we turn this country around just by voting?
Mark Shepard
March 15, 2014

The other day a Facebook friend posed the following question: "Do you think we can turn this country around just by voting?" My short answer was: Not a . . .

Fighting natural law is a losing battle
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March 23, 2011

I thoroughly enjoy downhill skiing and even more so now that I am enjoying it with our four boys. I find skiing most enjoyable when I ski with the mountain . . .

Fairytale government
Mark Shepard
July 16, 2010

The inability of our federal government to function in the real world is not simply that we elected the wrong people to run it; it is that we allowed our . . .

Stop bailing out poor judgment
Mark Shepard
May 15, 2010

On top of mortgaging our children's future, the federal bailouts have essentially killed a very effective teacher — the natural consequences of poor judgment. . . .

The Court is not supreme
Mark Shepard
March 11, 2010

Ignoring constituent concerns about the constitutionality of the federal government controlling healthcare did not work. Sighting Article I, Section 8 of the . . .

Converting Tea-Party energy into sustained results
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January 18, 2010

Recent polls show the Tea Partiers now outnumber registered Republicans and Democrats. That is great news because the people connected to tea parties are . . .

Is Christmas relevant?
Mark Shepard
December 17, 2009

As Christmas comes, reactions abound. Since the fourth century AD, when Roman Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, church service attendance in Western . . .

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