Prior to 2007-2008, self-described ‘political junkie’ Jim Logan says he was the typical “I don’t have time American” when it came to politics. But that soon changed.
Logan met his wife Carla, a native Peruvian, while working in Japan. He says Carla has been his inspiration to get involved in the political process. “She grew up under a communist dictator, and then after a brief stint with democracy, experienced economic collapse under a second communist dictator. When we moved to the U.S. after getting married, she would be watching the news and say something like, ‘that’s not good…that happened in Peru under our dictator.’ And I would naively reply, ‘don’t worry, that can’t happen here!’”
“After the economic collapse I understood how wrong I had been and how right my wife was about how far we had gone down the wrong path as a country,” Logan says. “I was running a manufacturing plant in Michigan that I had to close due to the bad economy. We lost 50% of the value of our home and ended up having to sell it at a significant loss.” However, it wasn’t entirely a loss, Logan says, as the misfortune provided valuable lessons and motivation.
“At that point, we started questioning what was going on to cause all of this. And after a lot of self-study, we realized how bad it was. We decided to take a page out of Davy Crockett’s playbook and decided that ‘Michigan was going to hell, and we were going to Texas.’”
Fortunately, he brought his self-learned civics lessons with him. “We moved to Pearland and got active in the TEA Party movement in Houston,” Logan says. He then moved to Granbury, where he has continued to stay involved in grassroots activism through the Hood County Tea Party.
“My wife and I hope to ‘wake up’ as many Americans as possible to the precarious situation we are in and what they can do to help stop it. It is a little troubling to think about the blessings our ancestors in this country handed down to us and how few people really understand how precious a gift that was,” Logan says. “For my part, I have to admit I was embarrassed at first at what I had let happen to my country. I have been blessed with a lot of opportunity and a wonderful wife. I want to fulfill my responsibility as a citizen of the Republic and teach as many people as possible what it means to be free.”
Having met so many like-minded patriots through his outreach with various TEA party and conservative groups, Logan cites an important lesson from John Jay: “Every member of the state ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution of his country, and teach the rising generation to be free. By knowing your rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be better prepared to defend and assert them.” With those groups, Logan and his wife have been providing presentations comparing the events that occurred in Peru to the way things are trending in the U.S. in hopes to keep spreading that message.
A mechanical engineer in the oil & gas industry by trade, Logan lives in Granbury with his wife, Carla. “She loves sewing and decorating,” Logan says, “and I am constantly reading. Mostly about the Constitution.”