I am FOR:
(in alphabetical order)
The 2nd Amendment
The Founding Fathers
Middle class (growth)
National security & strong borders: Military & Immigration
Private insurance + Medicare
The U.S. Constitution
(My explanations are a work in progress.)
2nd Amendment & Gun Control
I am all for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable; but otherwise " the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
I believe capitalism is the best economic model for American society. However, the laws that regulate our capitalism change over time. We have had a shrinking middle class for several decades now, and I am committed to growing the middle class.
For any of my fellow citizens reading this who are either Democrat or Independent (or perhaps unaffiliated with any party), have you wondered why conservatives pull their kids out of public schools and put them into private schools or homeschool their kids? One of the reasons is that educators—from K-12 to higher education—are not teaching the subject matter they are supposed to, but are instead teaching "social activism." Even if you agree with the liberal agenda that our education system is promoting, surely you can see that this is inappropriate.
Parents are rightfully concerned about what educators are teaching their kids.
My career experience was in higher education, so that is what I know best. These 2018 poll results reflect my experience: "liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by the astonishing ratio of 12-to-one," while "academic faculty report a six-to-one ratio of liberal to conservative professors." And yet first-year students at colleges and universities report "less than a two-to-one ratio of liberals to conservatives."
This polling was initiated by Prof. Samuel Abrams, and the article inspired by an event at his university, because, he says, "I was taken aback by the college’s sponsorship of such a politically lopsided event."
I don't want to belabor this point, but the very liberal New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has urged liberals to admit the bias in higher education with his article, "A Confession of Liberal Intolerance" (May 7, 2016).
His opening statements:
"We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.
"Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us."
Bravely done, Mr. Kristof!
My point with all this is that I want to go to D.C. and work on education reform so that parents can send their kids to school to learn history, mathematics, geography, literature, biology—the subjects! not liberal ideology.
Being a native Pacific Northwesterner, I grew up hiking and being outdoors, and I care about our environment and Earth. My vote is to stay in the Paris Agreement. We should set a good example and do our part to deal with climate change. Hopefully other countries will follow our example.
The Founding Fathers
Why am I "for" the Founding Fathers?
Are they under attack?
Many books and articles have been written by academics condemning Thomas Jefferson for being a slave-owner, and for not ending the practice of slavery. Joseph Ellis, in his 2019 book American Dialogue, noted that some have called for the removal of the Jefferson Memorial, and he suggests that it may not be far off until some take "sledgehammers to his profile on Mount Rushmore."
George Washington also owned slaves. In July 2019, in response to protesters, the San Francisco School Board voted to paint over a mural of George Washington's life that was created in the mid-1930s. The protesters asserted that the painting encouraged racism. The school board decision was controversial and inspired counter-protesters and much public debate. In the end the school board decided to cover up the mural indefinitely.
Yes, the Founding Fathers are under attack. The Far Left-Politically Correct are stripping our history of context and committing the mental fallacy of presentism—judging people in the past by present standards—and unfairly condemning them.
This is like blaming Thomas Jefferson for not inventing penicillin or the computer.
This lack of understanding is rampaging through K-12 and colleges & universities like a forest fire out of control. It is one of my passions to bring academic standards back into education, and reasonable understanding to American history.
When I was teaching at the community college level, I would often have one to three quiet, thoughtful students in class who did good work, and chances were they had come from homeschooling. That is a stereotype, but it's mostly true. I never came across a homeschooled student who was ill-prepared for freshman college work.
There is something to be said for one or both parents educating their children and passing on their vision to them. The educator to student ratio cannot be beat.
And let's be honest, public schools often teach things that some parents do not approve of, and that's one of the reasons why parents homeschool; a quiet and lawful protest against education's liberal agenda.
Pramila Jayapal, did not support House Resolution 246, the bill that opposes the "BDS movement," which is the movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel — which could bring an end to the state of Israel. Jayapal supports this anti-Israel movement. Seventeen representatives voted "no," among them, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and our own Pramila Jayapal. Thankfully, 398 representatives voted "yes," making this a bipartisan show of support for Israel, as would I.
A society without law enforcement means its citizens are unprotected from criminal elements. Citizens will protect themselves and form vigilante groups...it would be a descent into violence and chaos.
Police officers are empowered to use force in order to keep the peace and uphold the laws of society.
I believe there is an effort, a movement, to disempower law enforcement in this country, and this is resulting in more danger to the citizenry.
Therefore, I am a strong supporter of law enforcement.
February 4, 2020, the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) elected Mike Solan as their new president. He has promised to fight the "anti-police, 'activist narrative' driving Seattle politics," and I am glad to hear this. If I am elected I would do all I could to support our municipal police, and state and national law enforcement.
(My take on a very complicated issue.)
Science tells us that when a human egg is fertilized, it becomes a human being. All it needs to do is grow. It is a baby in the womb. It will grow there, and it will grow more after it is birthed.
It is a serious thing to end a baby's life. Is it okay to do that just because it is hidden in the womb?
My thinking is that if it is a healthy baby then certainly not! In these cases I am for life.
But there are special circumstances—possible exceptions. What about in the case of rape?
What if the mother's life is in danger?
What if something is seriously wrong with the baby?
These are not easy ethical questions.
To keep this brief, my answer is that I am for life, with possible exceptions.
National Security & Strong Borders:
On December 11, 2019, Jayapal voted against the yearly military budget — she was the only Washington state representative (there are 10) to vote against it. Seven of our representatives are Democrats. This bill passed the House by a vote of 377 for, and 48 against. This means Democrats and Republicans voted together to pass it. Why is she against it? This budget takes care of the soldiers and service members that make up our military.
The budget contains $57 billion for active-duty and retiree health care. It contains a 3.1% raise for uniformed personnel — and 12 weeks' paid family and medical leave for federal civilian workforce to accommodate childbirth and serious illnesses. Yes, it's our military budget — $738 billion — it's huge, but most representatives recognize that we need it for the protection of our country and the well-being of the members of our military. I would have voted yes.
National Security & Strong Borders:
As you may know, DACA is a program for people who were brought into the United States illegally when they were children (before the age of sixteen). Many of them want to be citizens of the United States, and a big question is what do we do with these "Dreamers"? (It is estimated there are between 700,000 and 900,000.)
I say, let's be generous and make them citizens. That is how I would vote.
Let's look at another aspect of immigration. I have noticed that many other countries are pretty restrictive on immigration. Consider Mexico or Japan: they make it very hard for anyone to become a citizen of their countries.
But you know what? Countries do have the right to regulate immigration. If citizens want to slow immigration down, they have that right. If they want to open the doors wider, they have that right — and the United States has that right as well. I don't think anyone should feel badly about restricting immigration if we think we need a few moments to catch our breath. All countries reserve this right.
When a single parent or a couple have a child or more than one child, this comes with responsibilities, and most parents have the well-being of their children in their hearts.
There are some crucial situations where officials or staff may withhold critical information from parents, such as in prescribing anti-depressants to a child, and this violates parental rights. How can parents help if they are kept in the dark?
I am still learning about this issue, but right now I believe that caring parents should be supported.
Is patriotism an issue? It seems like it is.
It seems to me that some people on "the left" are embarrassed by America, and to be honest, some of the people on the left seem to hate our country — the very country of their own birth.
I don't mean that this happened recently. When the attacks of September 11, 2001 happened, a friend of mine said America deserved it. We argued about this and we have not spoken since then, eighteen years ago.
I encountered a great deal of anti-American anger the many years I spent in higher education, too.
But I don't think the United States of America is a bad country, or worthy of all this anger and hatred by the left. I am proud of this country, my country, and I care about it.
I was greatly encouraged when the filmmaker Ken Burns made this statement in his commencement address in 2016 to Stanford University graduates:
"You know, it is terribly fashionable these days to criticize the United States government...to blame it for all the ills known to humankind, and, my goodness, ladies and gentlemen, it has made more than its fair share of catastrophic mistakes. But you would be hard pressed to find — in all of human history — a greater force for good...the United States government has been the author of many of the best aspects of our public and personal lives."
I believe the United States of America is not a perfect country, no country can be; but it is a good country, and a great country. It seems to me that this is a time when our country needs people to speak out in support of it, and I hope to do that.
I support President Trump.
Private insurance + Medicare
I am committed to working for the best, most reasonable health care coverage for America.
I don't think a "Medicare for All" plan that eliminates private insurance is what most people want.
A new New York Times poll of Democrats revealed that 58.4% of Democrats think "the U.S. should offer government-run insurance to anyone who wants it, but people should be able to keep their private insurance if they prefer it."
Many people do not want to give up their private insurance.
However, many of us recognize the need to provide insurance for those members of our society who do not have health care, and we are happy to do that; we just need to figure out a way to do it without taking away the private insurance plans that many people have worked hard for.
Pramila Jayapal introduced her own Medicare for All bill to the House on March 13, 2019. Her plan is more expensive than Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren's plans. In a Vox.com article, Jayapal said, "We mean a complete transformation of our health care system and we mean a system where there are no private insurance companies that provide these core benefits...We mean universal care, everybody in, nobody out."
I have read her bill — her proposal of Medicare for All — and it is interesting to note that the coverage she proposes would be for "residents," which is more inclusive than "citizens."
The bill states this in the second paragraph: "Every individual who is a resident of the United States is entitled to benefits for health care services under this Act."
Pres. Trump stated in his State of the Union Address, on February 4, 2020:
"As we work to improve Americans’ healthcare, there are those who want to take away your healthcare, take away your doctor, and abolish private insurance entirely. One hundred thirty-two lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our healthcare system, wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180 million Americans.
To those watching at home tonight, I want you to know: We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare!
Over 130 legislators in this chamber have endorsed legislation that would bankrupt our Nation by providing free taxpayer-funded healthcare to millions of illegal aliens, forcing taxpayers to subsidize free care for anyone in the world who unlawfully crosses our borders. These proposals would raid the Medicare benefits our seniors depend on, while acting as a powerful lure for illegal immigration. This is what is happening in California and other States — their systems are totally out of control, costing taxpayers vast and unaffordable amounts of money. If forcing American taxpayers to provide unlimited free healthcare to illegal aliens sounds fair to you, then stand with the radical left. But if you believe that we should defend American patients and American seniors, then stand with me and pass legislation to prohibit free Government healthcare for illegal aliens!"
I am not uncaring or heartless, and neither are Republicans. There are other ways of getting insurance for uninsured Americans — without bankrupting ourselves.