On The Issues

There are four major threats to our fair and free democracy:

 

  • Gerrymandering. Both parties do it, and it isn’t right or fair. By participating in gerrymandering, politicians redraw district lines to favor themselves and keep members of their own party in power. This undermines democracy and cheapens the voting process. If you elect me to office, and I’m still there after the 2020 census, I will work to draw fair and simple district lines that benefit Hoosiers, not lawmakers.

 

  • Money. It’s no secret that there’s too much money involved in politics. Running a campaign is terribly expensive, and with Citizens United, it’s possible for huge corporations to funnel large, undisclosed amounts of money to candidates. PACs and super PACs provide corporations and special interest groups the means to buy elections and control the lawmaking process. It’s time to get big money out of politics. As such, I’m only accepting donations from regular people like me and you. I believe we can run a successful campaign on small donations.

 

  • Term limits. Or, rather, the lack thereof. Incumbents win something like 95% of congressional races and 90% of senate races. This leads to politicians serving 20, 30, or even 40 years in office. We set term limits for the President. Why not have them for the House and the Senate, too. It seems that once one election is over, politicians immediately star planning for the next election cycle. How can lawmakers fulfill their duties when they’re constantly on the campaign trail?

 

  • Division. Too often, politics comes down to party. And while I share many of the same ideals with other democrats, there are some issues I disagree with them on. And, there are some issues I agree with some republicans on. What’s important to understand is that no two people are going to agree or disagree on every issue. We’re all different, and that’s okay. I don’t expect constituents to agree with all of my views, and I don’t expect to agree with all of theirs. But, in cases where the ideals of my constituents conflict with mine, I will side with my constituents. That is what representation is all about. It’s important that we open up a dialogue and talk about the issues. That’s the only way we can cross the aisle, work together, and get anything done. In office, my allegiance isn’t to my party or my donors. My allegiance is to the Hoosiers in Indiana’s 8th District.

 

 

Veterans

I think it is imperative that we take care of those who risked their lives for our freedom. There is no excuse for the US to have a single veteran living on the streets. On top of that, we need to revamp the VA and ensure that our combat veterans have adequate access to the mental and physical healthcare they need.

Prison & War on Drugs

The war on drugs hasn’t done much in the way of curbing drug usage or distribution in the United States. What it has done is put a lot of people who never committed a violent crime their entire lives behind bars. Proportionally, we have the largest prison population of any other industrialized nation in the world. Since more than 50% of the population believes it’s time to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana, I think it’s time to start moving things in that direction.

Immigration

Just like with so many other issues, a little common sense will go a long way. There’s no evidence that crime rates spike with immigration, and it just isn’t true that immigrants are stealing all of your jobs. I think it’s important that we don’t forget that the United States of America was founded by immigrants, built by immigrants, and sustained by immigrants. To dismiss their work is to dismiss American history.

Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but it did a lot of things right. Instead of repealing and replacing it, let’s just clean it up and make it work even better for Americans! Medical costs, including prescription drugs, are getting wildly out of control. People shouldn’t have to go bankrupt just to take care of their health. That’s counterproductive.

Gun Rights

I believe in the right to bear arms, but I also believe in common sense gun laws. I think that safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to firearms and that if you want to own a gun you should be able to demonstrate that you know how to use it properly.

First Amendment

I believe a free press is essential to a functioning democracy because of its ability to ask the hard questions and hold politicians accountable for the things they say and do. I believe that people should be able to worship or not worship whatever god(s) they choose in whatever manner they want as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. I believe that the right to assemble peacefully, to protest, and to speak our minds is one of the most important rights guaranteed by out Constitution.

Equality

Regardless of race, creed, color, country of origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, political opinion, or economic status, we are all human and should treat each other as such.

Energy & Environment

I believe that climate change is real, and that humans contribute to it. I believe that we need to act now in order to curb its impact. But I’m under no misconception that coal is a huge part of Indiana’s economy as well as a great source of affordable energy.

I do believe we need to distance ourselves from coal slowly because people’s livelihoods depend on it. But if we’re careful in slowly transforming all of our coal jobs into renewable energy jobs, no one should be left behind without a check.

Education

Education is our future, and it’s something that we as a nation should invest a lot of time and a lot of money into. We need to work on improving all of our schools, but especially the ones in the inner cities that have fallen by the wayside. Let us rebuild our schools, invest in our teachers, and prepare our children for the future. They’re all we’ve got.