A Way Forward

Let us first define our situation so that we can better understand our way forward. American values are in rapid decline. Our freedoms are being challenged regularly, our security is always in question, and our government has been on an inevitable drift toward Authoritarianism, seemingly regardless of which party holds the power. We can try to assign blame, and we could try to hold the “Main Stream Media” responsible for war crimes, and for the divide that has been manipulated between us and our families, and we could even spend our time, as the environment dies around us, and the oceans swell, arguing back and forth about words like socialism, capitalism, or communism; or we can act.

Countless individuals and groups have attempted to move us forward over the past 50 years, but without regard, the opposition grows stronger. Our government was originally set up to be very slow moving, to a frustrating degree. A president, or party, should not be able to drastically change our way of life in a short period of time, and constant arguing, facilitated by a separation of powers, is the mechanism that keeps our gears grinding (in appearance). With fair elections, that is the heart of a democracy. Democracy exists because we do not all have the same needs, and proper representation is meant to satisfy those individual needs. Proper representation should come from within the group being represented as incentive to act. So, what happened? 18th century philosopher and economist Adam Smith first introduced the concept of the “Invisible Hand” as a means to understand how Capitalism would function. The idea, centered around the idea that if all merchants act in their own interest, and their interest is directly tied to their home community, that essentially capitalism & society, would be led by an “Invisible Hand” in the right direction. But this quote also comes from his work:

“In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. To them this amusement compensates the small difference between the taxes which they pay on account of the war, and those which they had been accustomed to pay in time of peace. They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory, from a longer continuance of the war.”
― Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations & The Theory of Moral Sentiments

They’ve had 50 years or so to slowly move us, as a people, a government, and a society, to a place where we are disconnected enough to miss what has happened. But what truly happened? Did people conspire to make America an Authoritarian country? Probably, but this march was just small pieces to a massive puzzle slowly coming together. There have been many moments which have been defined as the moment everything shifted, but it was always coming. The pain and division from slavery was never going away. In fact, the same people who devastated Africa, and the Middle East, and the flourishing ancient societies which thrived within them, designed the way of life that we live now. It was never set up to function for common people, common people were simply attracted to the benefits. Even with the addition of the Constitution of the United States, we still find ourselves enriching others with our pursuits. Still, hundreds of years later, we work for a small number of people who have no intention of listening to our needs. This “Visible Hand” has taken everything it can. It’s no conspiracy, but a system put in place allowing decisions to be made, at all levels of governance, that are based around the idea that if we keep the hand that feeds us full, we will find our own freedom and abundance.

It’s been said that it only takes 15% of a population working toward a goal to move a nation in their desired direction. There have never been more reasons for us to act and vote with our conscience than today. I write to you today as a candidate for the House of Representatives, with the full intention of supporting every American citizen, and guest, with every tool that this great nation has at it’s disposal. There is not a person in our government who is unaware of income inequality, discrimination, homelessness, unfair treatment of immigrants, minorities, prisoners, teachers & healthcare professionals, stagnated wages, under employment, … and on and on. Not only are they all aware, they play their parts accordingly:

Republicans

They actively pursue financial & ideological interests over the interests of their electors.

They vote along party lines without, often, a single deviation from what the party accepts.

They regularly vote against legislation simply because an “opponent” sponsored it.

They are willing to lie to move or change the conversation, pass laws, avoid media…

Democrats

They see but they continue to offer no real solutions to immigration injustices.

They offer no science backed recommendations to address climate change challenges. (Aside from a few progressives working hard in the house who get laughed at by their counterparts, publicly.)

They are willing to lie to the public about the economic impact of certain social programs to appease big donors.

They continue to allow the Executive branch to wage war any place it pleases.

They are in support of millionaires, billionaires, and large corporations consistently, over people. (A modest tax increase on these 3 categories will pay for most of our needs as a country. Ending our wars pays for the rest, then some.)

We’ve come a long way in connecting with one another as individuals, and as groups serving our many causes together, over the past decade or so. And we’ve all had that burning question which could only be answered when the question no longer needs to be asked. The time is now. It’s time to go further out of our way for a stranger. It’s time to act with our values and leave fear behind. It is time to come up with new ideas or empower those who can create and implement those ideas. It’s time to take our government back one seat at a time, but at the same time, it’s time to stand together and fight each corrupt or complacent politician. It’s time to encourage and support our leaders who seek to improve the lives of our loved ones all over the world. It’s time we stop waiting for someone else to come up with the ideas, because they don’t want to.

Vote for me on November 3, 2020 because I’m a parent who is deeply concerned for his daughter as she enters a world that will objectify her and hold her opinions as lesser to that of a man’s. And because I’m a father whose sons are going to learn from their peers that men don’t smile, and men joke about women like objects, and we don’t let on when we’re down. And vote for me because you’ve had enough of voting for people who were just another D or R on that role, who you knew would just continue doing the quick no fix projects that their predecessors started and passed down, but you felt you had no other option. Most of all, vote for me November 3rd because you believe empathy, understanding, and justice are due to see their role come to life in how we move forward as a nation.

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