Hello readers, my name is Dustin Krutsinger and I am the newest member of the Caffeinated Thoughts team.  Let me first tell you a little about myself.  I am 27 years old and am in my 3rd year of medical school at the University of Iowa. I met my wonderful wife, Derricca, at church when we were 16 and we were united in marriage at 19.  We have a 3 year old daughter named Abigail and one on the way.

Each of us felt the call to missions early in life, long before meeting each other. God, in His wisdom drew us together, to form the perfect team to do His work.  We attended nursing school together then moved to Iowa City to work at the University of Iowa.  I worked in the Surgical ICU while my wife worked in Pediatric Oncology and then the Neonatal ICU.  Feeling the call to utilize medicine as a ministry tool, I entered medical school.   God has given us a heart for the Muslim community, and plan to move to the middle east after medical school.  In the mean time, we have been blessed with the opportunity to travel overseas on several occasions for short construction and medical ministries.  Countries visited include Peru, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and most recently Afghanistan in 2009.

I discovered Ron Paul early in 2007 and was very excited to see a different kind of politician.  I was getting burnt out on politics, tired of seeing politicians saying what the voters wanted to hear to get elected, then doing nothing about the issues once in office.  And then I came to the realization that if politicians fixed the problem they were talking about, they would have nothing to run against next time, there is incentive not to fix the problem.  But Ron Paul was different.  The Ron Paul campaign re-energized my passion for politics.  I became a county coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty and have been fighting with a local group to promote liberty, not an easy task in the People’s Republic of Johnson County.

I take my faith very seriously.  I also believe that small “l” libertarianism is the ideal political philosophy to promote personal liberty and responsibility, and the best way to sustain a country.  The interesting part is where the two intersect in the issues.  I look forward to a spirited discussion with the readers of Caffeinated Thoughts.

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