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The 2nd Amendment is very clear in its writing. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they had the distinct experience of living under two governments. The first government ruled them with the iron fist of tyranny, while the second government was too weak to be effective. Drawing upon their experience of history, they understood the necessity of forging an effective government that answered to the people it represents. The only way to make an effective government was by vesting it with more power than the Articles of Confederation possessed. While this addition in power gave the government the ability necessary to be effective, it also caused justifiable worry among the people. The people knew the potential for injustice that a powerful government can inflict if left unchecked. Therefore, the people demanded the addition of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution before they agreed to the creation of the government that rules us today. They placed such importance upon the protection of the right to keep and bear arms that, on their list of demands to be met before the ratification of the Constitution, it is second only to religious liberty.
Although the 2nd Amendment provides the American people with a multitude of advantages such as the use of guns to hunt with, they are all ancillary benefits. The primary purpose of this invaluable Amendment is the protection of the people against a government that has grown or is growing beyond the power the people grant it. Some argue that guns are dangerous. Indeed they are. They are our only defense against a tyrannical and unjust government when diplomacy fails. If any person wants to know what happens when the right to bear arms is not present, merely look to all of the dictatorial regimes spread across history. This right, our founding generation insisted upon, is meant to deter our government from reaching beyond the limits we have set for it when nothing else will.
I will not support gun control legislation that infringes upon this right. Instead, we must protect our children by teaching them about firearms safety, to respect the danger that arises from their misuse and educate them about the importance of the 2nd Amendment.
Funding the military is always a must, it is a major priority of mine as it should be for all elected officials. Our military equipment is worn down and falling apart, soldiers across the country are dying in training accidents due to outdated and over run military equipment. We must pass a budget that gives our military the funding they need, funding to update old equipment, to acquire new equipment and to keep our line of defense running smoothly and efficiently.
However, funding the military isn’t the only step in supporting our men and women in uniform. We have a serious problem with the budget expectations and requirements within our military systems. We have a military forced to order supplies from a few various contractors; these contractors who claim to support our military up-charge the military 100% or more than the actual cost to citizens; the military is then forced to spend all of their allotted money for the fiscal year, otherwise their budget gets slashed, this is unacceptable. We should be encouraging the military to save money and put that savings into a roll-over account, not slashing their budget for being good with their finances, we should also, allow the military to shop outside the allotted contractors for the supplies they need, if the contractors wish to make money they will drop their prices.
We understand that our veterans served our country and it is our duty to serve them by providing them with the benefits they need and deserve. Unfortunately, however, this is about as we go to show our appreciation. As a result, our veterans do not receive the care they should. Our VA programs and facilities are underfunded, understaffed, and lined with bureaucratic red tape and regulations that slow the progress of care that results in unimaginable waiting lists. Veterans often receive the cheapest pharmaceuticals and procedures available due to budget expenses. Many veterans throughout the country have passed away while waiting to receive care. This type of treatment is unacceptable. These men and women served our country honorably proudly and selflessly so that we may all enjoy our freedoms peacefully at home.
They deserve more than the third rate care they are currently given. How can we expect anybody to protect us when we reward our veterans so inadequately? Is this paltry offering we give them all our freedom is worth to us? Our veterans deserve so much better. They deserve better health care, better dental care, better vision, better resources and better facilities. The bureaucratic mess that has burdened our VA systems with endless red tape and crushing regulations must end. We must look to better systems such as privatization. Congress must pass a budget that offers far more funding to the VA so that our veterans get the support and the care they need and so justly deserve. Our politicians cannot rightly claim to represent us if they will not do their part to serve our veterans.
We must reform our immigration system. Every year, people, from many different countries, apply for permanent residency and citizenship. The system, as it stands now, almost acts as a deterrent for lawful immigration into the United States. Obtaining a green card, which a person has to have for 3-5 years before being allowed to apply for citizenship, is an expensive, lengthy and arduous ordeal. The struggle comes from the cost of paying immigration lawyers thousands of dollars, delays in the process which are most often unexplained and the inefficiency of an immigration system that places no value on the time and effort spent by applicants to get a green card. If we want to be a country worthy of The New Colossus, as found on the Statue of Liberty, we must amend our immigration system so that it is more efficient and cheaper to achieve lawful permanent residency and citizenship into our great country. Let us make a better process for dutiful immigrants yearning to embrace our nation as their own.
Illegal Immigration and Border Security Defense of illegal immigration is an oddity I have never understood. Why do so many people fight to protect or excuse those criminals who come into our country illegally? Those who enter the United States illegally commit treachery on our nation the moment they step foot onto this country. Anybody whose first act is criminal has no foundation upon which to base a claim of allegiance to this country or obedience to our laws. Such a person is veritably untrustworthy, and their deportation should commence forthwith. The best way of protecting ourselves and our states, cities, and towns from them is by securing our borders. We need to have a fully funded and operational border patrol with the full authority to stop, arrest and deport anyone who crosses our borders illegally.
We must end DACA immediately. As president Trump reminded us, “We are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.” The fact is that those who enter this great country using any extralegal means are in violation of our laws and so are criminals. We should not tolerate the coddling of any illegal immigrant. For those Americans who defend illegal immigrants because they think that our immigration process is too hard, seek to better that process rather than reward criminal action with free healthcare, education, and welfare benefits. Why should anybody bother to undergo our immigration process if the only effect of unlawful entry is reaping profit? These invaders are not U.S. citizens and therefore have no right to benefit from our tax dollars or receive benefits of any kind, except maybe a polite “goodbye.”
Our government created this problem, and now we are faced with the task of fixing it. Those who are currently under the protection of DACA should, by our generosity and not because of any right on their part, be given the option of deportation or an expedited path towards citizenship.
Mental health and the mentally ill are burdened with a stigma in our society, our elected officials are afraid to touch this subject and our citizens are afraid to talk about it. There is virtually no education on mental health taught in our school systems, leaving our children unaware or misinformed. Community support is incredibly lacking or no-existent, creating a homeless, jobless, and ridiculed society of mentally ill people. Community services and state facilities are incredibly underfunded, understaffed, and undertrained. The budget seems to be second to last on most elected officials minds, administrations seem to care only about their careers instead of the patients and employees, and the bureaucracy of the Joint Commission has created an incredibly unsafe and tense working environment for the employees at these facilities. Having worked in this field for 6 years, fighting for employee and patient rights, standing up to dangerous bureaucracy as the Vice President of AFSCME Local 782, I know what needs to be done both on the state and national level to turn this mess around and get our mental health industry back on track and moving in the right direction for our country.
I want government out of our healthcare system completely. I wish to tear down the insurance borders, cut through the red tape and end the burdensome regulations so that we can have a free market in the healthcare industry. This would allow businesses and corporations to create individualized plans, family plans, and packages that could be chosen throughout the country. If you lived in Washington and found a business and package that best fits you in Texas you would be able to purchase that plan. This free market healthcare would create innovation, competitive pricing and competitive packages and deals while reviving the private sector.
I will help our homeless veterans, families, children, and communities. I was homeless at one point in my life. I know what it is like to be hungry, to be thirsty, to be cold and scorching hot, to not even have a penny in my pocket. I know what it is like to be hopeless and broken down. I know that struggle, I have felt it, I have lived it. Without support, it is nearly impossible to come out of that. I will give our homeless the support they need, I will help raise them to their feet. In addition to donating $30,000 of my Congressional salary to our homeless, I have a plan to lift the homeless out of their dire situation that consists of tax breaks for employers who hire the homeless, job placement, trade programs and a complete overhaul of homeless shelters that will make them more conducive to lifting people out of abject poverty.
I will advocate for the federal legalization of medical marijuana, the medicinal powers of marijuana and CBD are amazing. I think that we must mature as a country and strip the burdens of prescription drugs by legalizing medical marijuana and embrace the research and distribution of CBD. I will fight to take marijuana off the narcotics list completely and decriminalize marijuana federally. The states shall use their 10th amendment right and enact their own laws, regulations, uses, taxes, etc. regarding how they wish to handle recreational marijuana. I would also like to legalize the growth and production of Hemp and Hemp products. These changes would help create jobs, industry and strengthen our economy.
Unions are a positive force for the protection of worker’s rights and wages. Before unions, employers had the ability to enforce any type of work condition on their employees. This led to overly long hours, malnutrition and even death among workers. There is no denying that Unions have improved the quality of the workplace. Unfortunately, union officials seem to have forgotten that they were instituted to protect against forced measures in the workplace. Now unions have taken up a less severe title of work oppressors. Instead of protecting against all forced measures, they advocate forced unionization. This action violates the core principle upon which unions were built and until such a time wherein unions remember the values they built themselves up from, I will do my part to protect workers against forced measures such as forced unionization.
Citizens of Washington, as proud members of this great nation and this state, we have overcome many divisive issues that threaten the destruction of our society. Today the danger we face is the separation of the individual’s right into a fragmentation of women’s rights, gay rights, black rights and many others. Our government has taken advantage of this separation and has instituted a myriad of programs regulating, restricting, or otherwise controlling the prospects of collective rights for groups or individuals. These systems and censors burden all groups and individuals captured in their grasp, placing restrictions on them and creating divisions between them. For the preservation of our Union as well as our rights and liberties, we need to end these divisive programs and censors and unify ourselves under the standard, “All men (all people) are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Each and every one of us has the same right to liberty and freedom, we have equal Constitutional guarantees, and we have the same unalienable rights granted to us by our creator and protected by our Constitution. With your vote, I will bring about an end to these harmful programs and sow unity rather than the discord upon which so many in D.C. thrive.
I believe that mothers and fathers should both receive unbiased treatment and are equal in the rights to their children. Fathers are a huge and important role in a child’s care, just as vital as the mother, and I will do everything I can to address these issues and change this system. With that, Title IV-D needs to be abolished. There was a petition to congress at one point, but it did not gain any ground. There are a lot of groups out there fighting for Fathers rights, unfortunately the corrupted system has been making money off of child support and CPS court abductions. Oversight isn’t the main issue on this, the issue is the system itself. It must be reformed to include equal representation and rights to both parents, the abolishment of Title IV-D and the dismantling of incentives that CPS uses to profit off of financial support for children; then we would be able to craft a way to have true oversight to hold this system accountable.
Famer and Rancher rights
I wish to protect our farmers and ranchers. These amazing people are the back bone our country, they provide for us and without them we would be hurting bad. We must do everything we can to give them the support they need and that includes abolishing the BLM and reforming the DNR. The federal government has no right nor authority to own land outside of their Constitutional restrictions; which is 10 square miles around the capital, military bases and the borders and ports. All other land should be reverted back to the states and the BLM should be abolished immediately.
In protecting farmers, I wish to strip Monsanto of their strangle hold. They control the seeds, they control the pesticides, they control the pollen and in turn control the entire agricultural community. We then in turn give Monsanto millions of dollars in tax funded corporate subsidies while our local farms suffer. We must find ways to end this corruption and allow our agricultural communities to flourish outside of Monsanto control.
I wish to also push for total property and water protection for all of us, no more imminent domain. Our property is our own, our water is our own, the government has no rights nor authority to regulate these things from us.
We are a powerful country with resources flowing out around us, yet we continue to rely on energy such as oil from other countries. We must refocus our agenda and out America first. Let us become energy independent, let us become self sufficient and create industry, jobs and economy here in our own country by focusing on our own energy resources.
Clean Renewable Energy
I wish to push for clean and renewable energy such as solar, hydro, and wind; these energy resources are abundant and clean. I wish to push for innovation in this area and get people as citizens and in the private sector of research to become excited and emboldened in their inventive ways to harness these clean renewable energies in effective ways that can be implemented in large scale forms. I do not wish to restrict other industries; coal, oil, nuclear, etc. are major areas of energy, are major areas of economy and industry and we must retain those for the foreseeable future; however, we must always look for ways to better ourselves and our country.
Global Warming and Carbon Tax
Global warming is one of the biggest frauds in modern history perpetrated by one of the biggest con men Al Gore. We have a naturally occurring climate change that humans have little to no effect on. The thought that taxing humans for simply being alive is preposterous. Carbon pricing communities, metering humans, taxing energy and fuel, these things do nothing to combat a naturally occurring climate change; they are simply ideas and ways for the socialist democrats to drain your money and enrich themselves. I will never support these ideas and will fight them tooth and nail on every piece of carbon legislation they try to ram down our citizens throats.
I wish to help strengthen our small businesses and allow for the American dream to flourish. I want to get rid of burdensome regulations, taxation and red tape that crush our small businesses before they have a chance to grow and become competitive.
Our president passed the GOP tax cut which I fully supported, now we must work with our president and do everything we can to ensure our temporary tax cuts become permanent tax cuts. The democrats have already released their plan to abolish the GOP tax cut and dig deeper into your pocket, in order to stop this we must retain the house and the senate and work alongside our president to ensure our tax cuts become permanent.
Our president has been a major proponent of fixing our infrastructure both rurally and in our urban areas, I fully support these efforts and will work alongside our president to ensure our infrastructure is taken care of.