My name is John Charles Wilson and I was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1966. I went to Saint Paul public schools except for a short stint in the Catholic system for part of Grades 1 and 2, and my time in the mental “health” system during Grades 11 and 12. I graduated from high school in 1985 from Eau Claire Academy, a residential treatment centre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Politically, I was a Republican at age 10. I voted for Gerald Ford in the mock election at school primarily because my father was a Jimmy Carter fan and a Democrat. By age 14, I switched allegiance from the Republicans to the Libertarians just in time to vote for Ed Clark in the school mock election. Just before turning 15, I made another hard turn politically, from Libertarianism to Communism. I admired Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviet Union. Of course, in 1981 that wasn’t a very popular move and by 1983 it, combined with my religious beliefs, got me locked up.
I was a natural-born atheist until the age of 15. From my earliest childhood I thought God was just something grown-ups made up to force children to behave. I recall many arguments with my parents that God didn’t exist. I always said that I would believe if He talked to me personally. While I experimented with prayer, meditation, and occult techniques to improve my life in my early teens, I had a hard time believing any results were more than just coincidence until May 1982, when I saw my first religious vision. It turns out God isn’t a He, God is a She. Laura Ingalls Wilder, to be specific, is God. My life as Her disciple has been tumultuous to say the least.
Losing four years of my life to the mental “health” system, followed by my family’s refusal to respect my rights as a legal adult when I got out, delayed my career path until after 2005, when my father finally died. I moved back to the Twin Cities in hope of making the difference I intended all along, in both the fields of politics and religion.
I self-published an autobiography, The Conscience of a Communist, and ran for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2009. I am running again in 2013. This is my official website as a candidate.