- Gun Control: The Right to Bear Arms is protected under the 2nd Amendment of The Constitution of The United States, and unless amended further, stands. Responsibly owning a firearm is legal and just under the law, as it should be, however federal mandates need to be in place to protect the sale or ownership of firearms. Prohibiting the sale of firearms to those who are mentally unfit to own a firearm or are a danger to themselves or others.
- Health Care: Having access to available and proper healthcare is a must in our country. That healthcare must be affordable for all citizens, including those with a pre-existing conditions. We as a society must be allowed to care for our sick, disabled, and our elderly. Both the State and the Federal government have a responsibility to it’s citizens to provide avenues for such treatments. Further research to better our citizen’s health is also vital, including but not limited to, legalizing medicinal use of marijuana to treat a wide spectrum of disorders. We must also begin to examine the efficiency of our health care system and it’s networks, including both civilian practice and Veteran Affairs.
- War on Drugs: Illegal drugs have wreaked havoc on our country for far too long. We can no longer be of the belief that people have some sort of right to use these life altering substances as they please. Drugs such as Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamines, and other heinous drugs must be off of our streets and out of the hands of those who use them. By cutting the supply of said drugs, we can begin to help those affected by using various forms of proven rehabilitation. Those responsible for the sale, movement, creation, and bringing these substances into our country must be held responsible for their actions and any circumstance that the drugs have produced. Harsher prison sentences for these offenders is a must.
- Environment: Respect for our environment in every aspect is key to the continued survival and growth of our species. Planet Earth is our home, but we have also become very accustomed to our way of living in the 21st century. That being the case, there needs to be balance between how we live and how much that damages our planet. Looking into safer and cleaner alternatives that don’t damage the planet further is important, as is protecting our waterways, atmosphere, and other ecological systems as best we can. There has to be a symbiotic relationship between the planet with all it’s aspects and humanity. Finding the balance has never been more important.
- Education: Education is one of the most important issues we face socially and overall in this country. It will define the very future that our country and world will see. Ensuring that our youth is educated, not just taught, is the key to a successful future. Children need to be learning in an atmosphere that is competitive with the rest of the world as well as providing the tools necessary to achieve that to our public school system. Voucher programs have considerably reduced the funding that our public schools need, to provide such an education. It in a most literal way is taking the pencils right out of the student’s hand. Courses of education should be determined at a state level with federal backing, allowing each state to mold the education to best suit their students and needs.
- Civil Rights: Equality for all citizens in this nation is vital. It is a right protected by The Constitution of The United States of America, and as such, no person, regardless of creed, sex, nationality, should be considered lesser or greater than their fellow citizen.
- Abortion: The right to chose is a very personal one, so much as to say that government should have no right nor privilege to determine otherwise. The right to a woman’s body is her own and the choices she makes surrounding her pregnancy should also be hers. With that being said, abortion is not the first line of defense against pregnancy, and programs that educate people on those other choices are just as important.
- LGBTQ Equality: As with the position with civil rights, the LGBTQ community has the same rights to love, marriage, and all the furnishings of a marriage that is between a man and woman.
- Homeland Security: There is a fine line between privacy and security. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” He understood that there was a way to ensure safety while still preserving the American Citizen’s privacy and liberty. Our government must have more than a hunch to invade privacy, but a strong reasonable suspicion.
- Immigration: Our great nation is made up a very large majority of immigrants or descendants of. We have been called a “melting pot” of the world because we have embraced those from other countries and made them our own. The influences of the home countries can be felt and seen at every corner of the country. That is where our history and roots start, and as such, we need to continue the tradition of allowing immigrants to come, live, work, and raise a family. Those immigrants need to be allowed to come legally by restructuring and changing the policy concerning immigration and naturalization. Those who come here outside of the law and policy set forth must also be held accountable. If an illegal immigrant is arrested of a crime, they must be sent back to the country of origin and not be allowed to break our laws.
- Energy and Oil: Many people are concerned on our “foreign dependence” on oil, but this simply put, is not an issue that we need to concern ourselves with at this juncture. The fact that we are able to purchase the oil that we use from a foreign country, allows us to preserve the oil that we have within our own borders. Oil that can be used to supply our National Oil Reserve and to be readily available if the foreign source becomes no longer available. We as a Nation also need to start the process of using alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar, and water generated energy. We have become behind in the technology that much of the world is using in these areas and we can supplement our need for oil by beginning the implantation of these alternative energies.
- Government Reform: As our current government stands there is room for major improvements and reform, to bring the government back to the way that it was intended to be. For the people, of the people and by the people. We have strayed from what was once the greatest system the world had ever seen and we have the opportunity to fix it and restore sanity amongst it’s ranks. Starting with eliminating “career politicians” who are more concerned about lining their pockets rather than what the status of their constituent’s pockets look like. When a family can barely keep their heads above water and their voice in government is sitting pretty, there is a major problem. Limiting terms for Senators and Representatives is a must, as well as reform in how they work within government. Reducing the corporate involvement in legislature is also among the changes that needs to be addressed, and limiting the scope of the federal government’s involvement in state issues. Judicial Review and it’s mandates also need to be examined along with the terms of the Supreme Court Justices.
- Tax Reform: The debate between lowering and raising taxes has become the only debate lately amongst politicians, but in reality there is another alternative that needs to be implemented. A flat tax across the country would even the playing field and would be equal for every individual. A state level tax must be implemented while federal taxes are to be paid by the state on behalf of the citizens of said state. What each state pays to the federal government in taxes will be determined by the collective earnings of the people within the state.
- Budget: We must first balance the budget and once that is achieved, we must task ourselves with the continued upkeep of a balanced budget. We as a country need to have out finances in order to better facilitate the needs of our people and government. Nationalizing the Federal Reserve would be key in this.
- Free Trade: Capitalism in it’s truest form is what our Founding Fathers’ had in mind for us as a nation. Within the last thirty to forty years we have morphed into a form of Uber capitalism. We must return to the true nature of free trade for our economy to survive and thrive.