|Running For:||US House of Representatives - 14th District|
|Political Affiliation:||Libertarian Party|
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I have always been deeply concerned about civil rights, racism, sexism, homophobia, and now, Islamophobia. After the civil rights movement in the 60′s, there seemed to be more of a cultural bent against racism. Now, I see racism coming back with a vengeance. It’s cloaked with gentle sounding names such as “Family Values,” “Patriotism,” and “Heritage.” You hear a lot about “Preserving American Values.” I believe these terms are euphemisms for “Let’s keep America Straight, White, and Fighting a War.”
The new Jim Crow, described by Michelle Alexander in her book, is just one example of how racism permeates our society and our institutions. I am in favor of legalizing marijuana and other drugs for a lot of sound reasons. But it would remove the ability of the justice system to incarcerate minorities on certain drug charges, which eventually results in more minorities losing their voting rights.
Legalizing drugs would also end most of the problems on the border. Making it easy for Mexicans and other nationalities to get working papers and stay in the country legally would eliminate the rest of the problems on the border. We don’t need a fence. People who want to keep Mexicans from coming here to work are bigots. America desperately needs Mexican workers, and our economy cannot run without them. We should be grateful that they are willing to come here and work. If white Canadians were crossing the border to do the jobs that Americans don’t want, would those people feel the same? I am trying to improve my Spanish, and I think it’s insulting and bigoted to suggest that everyone should learn English to live in the US.
Islamophobia has really been worrying me the past few years. People love to band together against something, and they have gone after Muslims with no shame. Since September 11, many Americans have allowed themselves to forget how important it is that we have freedom of religion in this country. That freedom means that we don’t attack or denounce religions different from our own personal religion, and we don’t institutionalize policies against them. We also have to be very careful not to make erroneous judgments about Muslims. And I strongly believe that houses of worship should not preach politics.
I’m sick of people using the Bible to try to defend their anti-gay beliefs. I actually stopped attending church because the preacher talked about homosexuality being a sin. Like the Constitution, you can interpret the Bible many ways. The anti-gay message should not be preached in churches, and I think most people would not be so strongly anti-gay if they did not hear their clergymen perpetuate the message. I do read the Bible, and I do love Jesus, but I am absolutely positive that Jesus and God are not anti-gay. Nobody chooses their sexual orientation any more than they choose their skin color. Depriving homosexuals of marriage or any other rights is shameful and wrong.
If a woman does not have total control over her own reproductive system, she really has no rights as a person. The government has absolutely no business interfering with a woman’s body. It’s not an accident that the Women’s Liberation Movement occurred shortly after the birth control pill became available. Without the ability to SAFELY plan our families, women effectively do not have control over their own lives.
If someone is anti-abortion, I would encourage them to work hard to spread that message, but to stay out of politics and out of government.
Sexism is more than women being paid less for the same job. It includes abuse and violence towards women, education of women, health issues, women’s rights around the globe, and anti-equality teachings in certain churches.
I am outraged at the organized effort to vilify and demonize President Obama. They can call it politics, but it’s obvious to me that it’s racism.
There is also a Big Lie out there that there are only two kinds of people: those who work hard and are successful, and those that are lazy and want a hand-out. This is a dangerous lie. There will always be a certain percentage of people in any society who can’t take care of themselves. They may be elderly, disabled, mentally challenged or mentally ill, have a debilitating condition or disease, be orphaned, or just unable to find work. Do we want to take care of them humanely, with dignity, or would we rather have them begging on the street like they do in so many countries. Socialism is a system where people are not allowed to achieve financial wealth. That has nothing to do with how we decide to treat the most unfortunate members of our society. There are so many expenses the government can cut without cutting aid to unfortunate people. I am not in favor of leaving it entirely up to charities, churches, and family members to take care of people in need. That is not a reliable or equitable system. Helping the rich is not the same as helping everyone.
Global warming is real. I can’t believe there are people who argue it’s a hoax. We have to protect our environment even if it’s difficult and expensive. We are already feeling the effects of global warming, and it will only get worse at an accelerated pace with even more dire and irreversible consequences.
War should be the absolute last option, if it even is an option. It’s the worst way to solve any problem, and I don’t believe war does solve problems. The reason the country is in financial ruin is because of an ill-conceived war, not because President Obama “doesn’t care and doesn’t lead.” The lives that the wars have adversely affected is heartbreaking. Growing up during the Viet Nam War, I thought the Peace message had really gotten through. I guess I was wrong. Or rather, Bush and Cheney were wrong.
Thanks for listening.
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