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June 5, 2018California Primary Election

United States SenateSenator

About this office

Senators are elected to six-year terms to represent the people of their state in the federal government. They make new laws, hold hearings, approve presidential appointments, and help set priorities for U.S. policy.
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Democratic
Policy Analyst
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  • End Citizens United and Get Corporate Money Out of Politics!
  • Pass Single-Payer Healthcare that covers all U.S. residents!
  • Enact a living wage, starting at $15 an hour, tied to the Consumer Price Index.
Profession:Legislative Analyst - State of California
Legislative Analyst/Policy Analyst, State of California (2008current)
Sacramento State University Bachelors Degree, Government (2008)

David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist running to represent the residents of the State of California in the U.S. Senate. The son of a union carpenter, and a past member of a union himself, he knows the value of protecting the working class.

David graduated from CSU Sacramento, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Government. He volunteered for Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign, and eventually became the Staging Location Director for California’s 6th Congressional District. It was during this time that he saw the true power of a grassroots campaign, run by the people and for the people.

After the primary, he felt compelled to stay involved and continue the fight for a better future. David helped out with a local school board campaign, and canvassed for healthcare, including the California single-payer bill, SB 562. After serious consideration, and seeing the toxicity of corporate money in political elections, David decided that he would start a U.S. Senate campaign to represent the working people of California.

David will defend California against a Congress and Presidency determined to cut the social, economic, and environmental programs that American workers rely on, and ensure that the government is turned back over to the people, its rightful owners.

David has worked as a Legislative Analyst for the State of California for over 6 years. He currently lives in Sacramento, with his partner Rachelanne, and their two dogs, Clyde and Aurora.

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David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Much like FDR's New Deal, David firmly believes that shoring up the working class will allow everyone to succeed. We have seen the benefits of social programs that help the wrking class in the past, unfortunately, we have let those programs fall by the wayside, instead experimenting with privatization on many fronts, and embracing trickle-down economics.

The experiment has failed. Privatization has led to market crashed, energy shortages, and the wholesale undermining of our children's education. It's time to reinstitute the policies that have a sound record of success. That means passing a tax plan where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share, and don't get away with paying nothing at all, while working Americans are burdened with the rising cost of housing, food, healthcare, and energy. That means education for all Americans, not based on their status or wealth.

For a society to remain successful and free, everyone must contribute. The working class has paid for corporations and the wealthy for far too long, and it is time for the wealthy to pay their fair share. More of the same will only bring us more problems. Let's build a new, green energy powered infrastructure to replace the current system. Let's brig jobs, and training for those jobs to all Americans. Let's finally get representation for the people, and not corporations.

 

— April 16, 2018 David for California
Republican
Bus Driver
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  • Restore God-given right to life for all human beings from conception until natural death.
  • Defend Constitutionally guaranteed rights that are under attack, including free speech, liberty of conscience, and right to bear arms.
  • Support balanced budget amendment, restore fiscal accountability, foster strong economic opportunities through deregulation.
Profession:Bus Driver
bus driver / transportation coordinator, Forest Lake Christian School, Auburn CA (2006current)
public transit bus driver, County of Nevada, Nevada City CA (2006current)
public transit bus driver, First Transit Inc., Kankakee IL (20042006)
public transit bus driver, First Transit Inc., Fairfax & Prince William Counties VA (20022004)
city letter carrier, U.S. Postal Service, Falls Church VA (19942002)
U.S. Army Wheeled Vehicle Operator School certificate, tractor-trailer operation (1997)
U.S. Army Ordnance Officer Basic Course certificate, U.S. Army ordnance / maintenance system (1992)
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Officer Candidate School certificate, Army officer training (1990)
Valley Forge Christian College teaching (1985)
U.S. Navy Storekeeper Class "A" School certificate, U.S. Navy supply system (1978)
Royal Rangers assistant, Christ Chapel, Woodbridge VA (19941996)
Sunday school teacher, Grace Assembly of God, Spring City PA (19831984)
soccer & basketball coach, Tidewater Christian Academy, Norfolk VA (19811981)
soccer coach, Boys Club, Norfolk VA (19801980)

I'm 57 years old. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and have lived in Virginia, Illinois, and California. My wife, Rodli, and I have been married for 36 years. We have six children and six grandchildren. I'm a veteran of the Navy and of the Army National Guard. My civilian work experience includes: warehouse worker, private security guard, public library assistant, delivery driver, postal service letter carrier, and bus driver. I have been a bus driver for 16 years and a California resident for 12 years.

I have set the following goals to help me become better qualified to be a candidate for United States Senate:

1) Memorize the United States Constitution.

2) Follow the Congressional Record, especially the Senate Record.

3) Familiarize myself with the United States Senate Rules of Order.

4) Communicate effectively and respond compassionately to the needs and concerns of the people of California.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

Remove programs from the Highway Trust Fund that are not federal in nature or fail to reduce congestion, enhance mobility, or improve safety in cost-effective ways.

Reform the federal role in transit funding. Phase out the federal transit program and its funding over a five-year period, thus refocusing the Highway Trust Fund on its core mission and restoring the integrity of the “user pays, user benefits” model.

Reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to streamline the environmental review process and accelerate transportation and infrastructure projects, generating cost savings.

Identify and appropriately address federal barriers to the use of public-private partnership (PPP or P3) agreements. Public-private partnerships can increase efficiency, lower taxpayer risk, and spur private investment in infrastructure projects.

Limit Highway Trust Fund spending to available revenue. Instead of hiking taxes to fund new federal spending, Congress should eliminate diversions out of the HTF to focus existing funding on the core mission of the federal highway program. 

Defund the Obama Administration’s livability program, which is meant to “coerce people out of their cars,” according to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Livability programs are politically driven and mark federal government over-reach into the lives of citizens.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

Medicaid is an existing government-sponsored health care system that provides a right to health care for low-income people. Medicare is an existing government-sponsored health care system that provides health care for senior citizens.

Universal government-sponsored health care is neither economically feasible nor ethically sound. I agree with what Ronald Reagan said: "one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine," and once socialized medicine is instituted, "behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom."

In the United Kingdom, where universal government-sponsored health care has been instituted, the right of parents to determine whether their own child will be allowed to live or die has already been taken away in the case of Charlie Gard, and is about to be repeated in the case of Alfie Evans unless compassionate legal intervention occurs.

 

 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

I supported President Trump’s immigration policy that was rejected by the Senate in February, because it strengthened border security, dealt compassionately with illegal immigrants brought to this country as children, ended extended-family chain migration by limiting family sponsorships to spouses and minor children, and eliminated the Visa Lottery which is a national security threat. I believe that further compromise on illegal immigration will only perpetuate the crisis we are facing. I believe that any unnecessarily harsh measures that must be used to end our illegal immigration crisis must be blamed on Senators who are unwilling to accept this sound and reasonable immigration policy.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

No answer provided.
5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

No answer provided.

I will promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. I will work to promote and pass a Constitutional amendment acknowledging that human life begins at conception, thus restoring the God-given right to life for every human being in our nation. I will give this matter the highest priority, and encourage every other elected official to do the same until it comes to pass.

Abortion

Summary

Abortion-on-demand is a crime against humanity that must be ended.

In the last 45 years over 60 million innocent, defenseless human beings who have no ability to speak for themselves have been slaughtered in this country. This is a crime against humanity. This is an atrocity of the same magnitude as the American slave trade or the Nazi holocaust. Thousands more will be killed today, and tomorrow, and every day until we put a stop to it.

If there’s no Creator who has given us unalienable rights as human beings, and if there’s no Judge to Whom we’re ultimately accountable for our actions as individuals and as nations, then we have no real grounds for defending the right to life or any other human right. But if there is such a Creator and Judge, I believe we ought to be trembling right now because of the just punishment that awaits our nation if we don’t rise up and put an end to this atrocity that has already saturated our land with the blood of the innocents.

To bring an end to this slaughter a law must be passed defining that human life begins when human parents conceive human offspring. To permanently protect the innocent and defenseless from future threats of slaughter there must be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making the same definition.

I recommend that every American who desires to protect these innocent and defenseless victims who cannot speak for themselves should write, e-mail, and call their Senators and Representatives in Washington respectfully but firmly demanding an end to the slaughter. Here's a suggested letter:
"Dear Senator or Congressman _______ :
Please end the destruction of innocent, defenseless human beings that is taking place in this country. Please sponsor legislation defining that human life begins at conception. Thank you."
You can find the contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representative at this link: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.

"Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are appointed to destruction." (Proverbs 31:8)
"Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! (Proverbs 24:11)

Many women experiencing a crisis pregnancy have been pressured to have an abortion. If you are being pressured to have an abortion, please consider the following link for counseling and assistance: 
http://www.theunchoice.com/pregnancyhelp.htm.
If you have already had an abortion and are suffering post-abortion trauma, please consider the following link for help and healing:
http://afterabortion.org/help-healing/.

Thank you and God bless you.

Economic Policy

Summary

The free-market economy that has made our nation thrive must be preserved and strengthened.

One of the stated purposes of the United States Constitution is to “promote the general welfare.” A key aspect of promoting the general welfare of the American people must be to enact government economic policies that will enable us to prosper. From the beginning of our nation, we have had a free-market economy. According to one definition, a free market is an idealized system in which the prices for goods and services are determined by the open market and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority.

I believe the following discerning statements quoted from Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt [pages 191-211] are instructive for good government economic policy.

“Economics is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only on some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run.”
“…when we study the effects of various proposals, not merely on special groups in the short run, but on all groups in the long run, the conclusions we arrive at usually correspond with those of unsophisticated common sense.”
“There is no more certain way to deter employment than to harass and penalize employers. There is no more certain way to keep wages low than to destroy every incentive to investment in new and more efficient machines and equipment.”
“…[increased] taxation has not brought revenues to keep pace with ever more reckless government spending and schemes for redistributing wealth. The result has been to bring chronic and growing government budget deficits, and therefore chronic and mounting inflation.”
“[Many] politicians continue to ignore the necessity of profits,…to denounce unusual profits anywhere, to tax them excessively, and sometimes even to deplore the very existence of profits.”
“More and more people are becoming aware that government has nothing to give them without first taking it away from somebody else—or from themselves.”
“There is a real promise that public policy may be reversed before the damage from existing measures and trends has become irreparable.”

I believe that our government has an essential responsibility of making provision for the poor. Such provision must be made, however, not by penalizing productivity and profits, but by encouraging and rewarding them. Government economic policies that enable individuals, businesses, and corporations to thrive and prosper will promote national wealth and increase the resources from which the poor may be provided, both through private charity programs and public welfare programs. The wealth from which the poor will be provided must be produced—it does not appear out of thin air. Government cannot produce wealth—it can only manage wealth with which it is entrusted through tax revenues.

If I am elected to the United States Senate, I will promote and vote for economic policies that give incentives for productivity and profits, because I believe this is the most effective way to fulfill the Constitutional mandate to “promote the general welfare.” There will no doubt always be some, both rich and poor, who abuse the system by taking as much as they can while giving as little as possible. But this can never be remedied by punishing the vast majority of honorable citizens through economic policies that hinder the general welfare rather than promoting it.

Foundation of Liberty

Summary

Our American liberties are the result of the faith of our fathers.

I believe it is a mistaken and dangerous notion that our American liberties can rest on any other than a moral foundation. This was the belief of the founders of our nation.
Two days after the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774, they began the practice of beginning each day’s session with prayer, a practice that carried over to the United States Congress and has continued to this day. Here is the first prayer of the Continental Congress (offered by Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania):
“O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and Lord of lords: who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy, we beseech thee, upon these our American states, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee.
To thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to thee do they now look up, for that countenance and support which thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in council, valor in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the counsels of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent such temporal blessings as thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, our Savior. Amen.”
The Declaration of Independence, signed by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in 1776, begins with these words:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
and ends with these words:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
The Constitution of the United States was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. 
Article 6 prohibits religious discrimination in the qualification for any public office:
“… no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Article 7 acknowledges that our civil calendar is dated from the birth of Jesus Christ:
“Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…”
The First Amendment to the Constitution places two specific restrictions on Congress in regard to religious liberty:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
There was a compelling reason why the people demanded a Bill of Rights to be added to the Constitution. The liberties addressed in these first ten amendments had been denied to them or their ancestors over the course of the preceding centuries. And there was a very specific reason why the First Amendment begins with the issue of religious liberty. Many of the inhabitants of the colonies, or their ancestors, had fled to America to escape religious persecution. Many in England (and other countries) had been imprisoned and even put to death simply because they belonged to the “wrong” church or worshiped in a manner that was not approved by the state. 
The intent of the founding fathers in regard to religious liberty, as clearly seen in the First Amendment, was to prevent the state from dictating compulsory religious observance, and to protect the free exercise of religion. The founders of our nation were strongly against religious persecution and religious discrimination. But they were strongly for religion and morality.
Here are a few representative statements of the founders:
John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
George Washington: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
Benjamin Franklin: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
Samuel Adams: “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties.” 
Our founding fathers believed in a higher law to which men and nations are accountable. They appealed to the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God. They held certain truths to be self-evident; in particular, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. They appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of their intentions. And they proceeded with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence to secure our cherished liberties. It befits us to acknowledge and appreciate the faith and courage of our fathers that have secured for us these liberties.
George Washington proclaimed: “…it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…”
Our American liberties rest on the God who alone has the unchallenged authority to grant them. If there is a living God who is our Creator and Judge, and we choose not to acknowledge Him or give thanks, then we will proceed at our own peril to build on a false foundation that cannot sustain the liberties with which we have been entrusted.

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Doctor of Chiropractic
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  • Start a national campaign to ban the transgender mutilation of children. Protect our children from Social Engineering attack by the Sodomy Movement.
  • Nationalize the FED, stabilize the currency with interest free United States Notes issued by the Treasury, and end the illegal and fraudulent income tax
  • Stop all funding for the racist ( see blackgenocide.org ) Planned Parenthood organization.
Profession:Doctor of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic - Wesr Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractic and natural health (1981)
Director, American Warrior Ministry (1990current)
1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Don J. Grundmann:

To provide proper financing for the noted projects or anything else the true solution is to stabilize our currency.  This is done by replacing our ever depreciating " debt-money " known as Federal Reserve Notes and issued by the private banking Cartel known as the FED " with interest free United States Notes issued by the U.S. Treasury on the sovereign authority of the government as a result of nationalizing the FED.  This action will result in the end of the income tax, the end of the national debt, and a fantastic prosperity for all citizens and our nation that will dwarf all previous times of prosperity and produce all funds needed for any desirable projects.  

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Don J. Grundmann:
3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

No answer provided.
4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

No answer provided.
5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Don J. Grundmann:

They are attacking the children

Summary

This and numerous papers are found at my website of Fight-the-Power.org.

USA vs Sodom Inc. — April 20, 2018 Don Grundmann

The cultural collapse of our nation.

Republican
Scientist
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  • Integrity of Science/Technology and Education We need top-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. As the most developed nation in the world, our educational system must raise up to our development level.
  • Jobs for Californians One way to support everyone in California is to help this state look beyond the tired old school leadership of the past and embrace practical progressive and conservative policies that help everyone prosper and generate jobs.
  • End Veteran Homelessness By working for several years with the VA I have come to a high understanding of how to help our Veterans which would include ending homelessness..
Profession:Scientist, Entrepreneur, Author
National Republican Congressional Committee, PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY BOA, Political Bio is at https://mario-nabliba-for-senate.com/political-biography — Appointed position (20082018)
University of Phoenix Masters in Computer Science Information Systems, Computer Science (2006)
University of Lisbon Bachelor's in Science/Physics, Science, Physics, Computer Science (1989)
IT, Veteran's Administration (20162017)
Program Analyst, Veteran's Administration (20102015)
Staff Research Scientist, Veteran's Administration (20092010)

I was born in West Africa, I continued my advanced education in Europe, came to the United States and became a US citizen. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Physics. I received my Master’s degree in the US in Computer Science Information Systems.

The reason I want to run for US Senate is I love America. It is truly the land of opportunity. I have found this by starting small businesses and being the author of 3 books. 

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1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

I am a fiscal conservative therefore I will encourage our state to work with the Federal government for effective lower bonds and the desirability of gradual interest rate adjustments. We could also implement tolls.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

In my opinion I see health care as a state issue. A state can always lower their health care costs by building more health care facilities and by embracing effective and professional training. With these endoavors prices tend to drop due to competition. There is self therapy and e-medicine that can also lower health care costs. These items can make health care more affordable for all. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

IMMIGRATION

Focusing on our security is a priority. This means using the highest technology for the security of our airports and borders. Consider in this equation that our first responders have all resources in order to accomplish the safety of our nation. For example, increasing drone technology for surveillance of our borders and improvement of drone technology.

All immigrants that come to the United States are handled on a case by case basis. So what do we do with illegal immigrants? They also need to be handled on a case by case bipartisan basis. We can create a path to citizenship where only productive, non-criminal individuals are allowed to take this path. 

We need to use drone technology to help secure our borders.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

California is the most high tech state in the world. I will use recycled waters to be purified. Technology can be used to made ocean water usable. 

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

I have not found this to be true. We are an open society and when greet people in Europe, they generally do not greet strangers. Per the 1st amendment there is civil liberty. I took a college course called American Government which taught democracy. I would encourage the study of this course to improve civility. 

If I am elected and as a Scientist I will approach each issue with a viewpoint that what has worked in the past will work again and ineffective programs and individuals will be trained or eliminated. Improvement can be made in any area if the right actions are taken. When one sees success in areas like more jobs, one needs to continue those actions which caused the improvement. Governmental benefits to illegal immigrates/sanctuary cities needs to end and this money will be used to support education for all Americans including our Veterans. There are individuals in this world that can make a difference and I have chosen to do this in all areas I address as a Senator.

Our Veterans, Jobs, Immigration, Education, my goals

Summary

My stance and goals as a US Senator.

Mario Nabliba for US Senate

OUR VETERANS

By working for several years with the VA I have come to a high understanding of how to help our Veterans which would include ending homelessness. My first priority is to end veteran homelessness. I would work closely with Housing and Development to create a program to give affordable housing to Veterans. It breaks my heart to see someone fight to protect our nation and to then see this person homeless. This is the true reason I am running for the US Senate. 

JOBS FOR CALIFORNIANS

One way to support everyone in California is to help this state look beyond the tired old school leadership of the past and embrace practical progressive and conservative policies that help everyone prosper and generate jobs for everyone who wants one. We together can move from being the 10th largest economy on the planet back to the 5th and better.  We also have the highest poverty rate in the nation.  How will we handle this?  Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and tax reform are the issues to address. 

IMMIGRATION

Focusing on our security is a priority. This means using the highest technology for the security of our airports and borders. Consider in this equation that our first responders have all resources in order to accomplish the safety of our nation. For example, increasing drone technology for surveillance of our borders and improvement of drone technology.

All immigrants that come to the United States are handled on a case by case basis. So what do we do with illegal immigrants? They also need to be handled on a case by case bipartisan basis. We can create a path to citizenship where only productive, non-criminal individuals are allowed to take this path. 

EDUCATION

I am running for Senate so I can implement those policies to support you and your children as you work to become more educated, more prosperous and better off as individuals, families and communities. We need top-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. As the most developed nation in the world, our educational system must raise up to our development level, not be falling behind. 

GOALS

If I am elected and as a Scientist I will approach each issue with a viewpoint that what has worked in the past will work again and ineffective programs and individuals will be trained or eliminated. Improvement can be made in any area if the right actions are taken. When one sees success in areas like more jobs, one needs to continue those actions which caused the improvement. Governmental benefits to illegal immigrates/sanctuary cities needs to end and this money will be used to support education for all Americans including our Veterans. There are individuals in this world that can make a difference and I have chosen to do this in all areas I address as a Senator.

 

 

Democratic
United States Senator
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  • Universal health care
  • Ending gun violence
  • DACA and immigration reform
Profession:United States Seantor
United State Senator, United States Senate — Elected position (1993current)
Mayor, San Francisco — Elected position (19781988)
Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (19701978)
Stanford University Bachelors of Arts, History (1955)

Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Dianne has built a legacy of finding solutions to problems facing California and our nation. Her accomplishments include legislation increasing vehicle fuel economy standards; preserving the Mojave Desert, Lake Tahoe and our forests; consumer protection, food safety and cyber security; drought relief; securing funding for critical projects; and commonsense gun laws, including the landmark assault weapons ban.

In 2017, Senator Feinstein became ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversees judicial nominations and its investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. She also currently is a senior member of the Intelligence and Appropriations Committees.

Dianne’s career has been one of firsts – she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the first woman to be ranking member of the Committee. Dianne also was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Dianne was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and served 2 ½ terms as President of the Board. She became Mayor of San Francisco in November 1978 following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

The following year she was elected to the first of two four-year terms. As Mayor, Dianne managed the City’s finances with a firm hand, balancing nine budgets in a row. In 1987, City and State Magazine named her the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor.”

Today, she continues to work on critical issues and fight for the values we hold dear.

  • President Barack Obama
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Former Senator Barbara Boxer
  • Fresno Bee
  • San Diego Union-Tribune
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Los Angeles Times
1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I support the Senate Democrats’ Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure, which would make key investments to improve America’s crumbling infrastructure including:

  • $210 billion to repair crumbling roads and bridges
  • $180 billion to replace and expand transit and commuter rail systems
  • $65 billion to modernize ports, airports and waterways
  • $100 billion for 21st century energy infrastructure
  • $110 billion to modernize water and sewer systems.
2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I am a strong advocate for universal health care, and with my colleagues in the Senate, stopped the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009, when we were considering the Affordable Care Act, I sponsored legislation to create a public option to compete with private health insurance, which I continue to support. I also support lowering the age for Medicare eligibility to 55, mandating that Medicare negotiates for drug prices, which it currently does not, allowing HHS to reject unreasonable premium increases and requiring 85% of all premium dollars to go to patients, instead of 80%.

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

We are a state and a nation of immigrants, and I strongly oppose Donald Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities and believe we must have comprehensive immigration reform.

I support the DREAM Act and DACA which is why I opposed the recent omnibus spending package that did not include protections for Dreamers. I also strongly oppose President Trump’s unjust and unconstitutional travel ban and have authored legislation to rescind the President's executive orders.

I was proud to work closely with Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers to author the Agricultural Worker Program Act to put farmworkers on a path to earned legal status and citizenship.

We must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform, that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, assistance for immigrant members of the armed services and their families, visa reform, backlog reduction, and family humanitarian relief.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

In the Senate, I secured passage of $558 million in federal funding in response to California’s five-year historic drought.

I have also coauthored the bipartisan Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act to further modernize investments in water infrastructure while protecting our environment. The legislation would authorize an additional $200 million annually over five years to support state revolving fund projects, encourage states to bundle their projects by waiving the $100,000 application fee and preserve the successful state revolving funds and the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act loan program.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I agree that the lack of civility is serious problem in our country right now.  And as leaders in Washington, we must set a positive example for how we can overcome political division and work respectfully with a common purpose to improve the lives of all Americans.

I’m not a name caller. Throughout my career, I’ve always been willing to work with my colleagues in both parties to enact pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our state and our nation. If re-elected to the Senate, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of the American people.

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Democratic
National Political Director
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  • End political corruption. Save democracy. Get big money out of Politics.
  • Medicare for All
  • College for All
Profession:Nation Director of nonprofit; high school teacher

Public high school teacher for 10 years. Designed and taught intervention program for at-risk youth. National Director of political non-profit working to end political corruption by getting money out of politics.

 

Alison Hartson has spent her life in the service of others. For ten years she served as a public high school teacher in Garden Grove, CA serving low-income families who are primarily 1st and 2nd generation students from Mexico. She taught English and designed and taught an intervention program for students at risk of not graduating.

 

Alison saw up close how the corrupting influence of money in politics has created two realities in this country: one for the rich, and one for everyone else. Seeing this inspired her to spend 2013-2017 with Wolf-PAC, an organization dedicated to ending political corruption via a U.S. Constitutional Amendment tol overturn Citizens United and related cases. As the California State Director, Alison successfully led the passage of the California measure through the state legislature by organizing thousands of volunteers. She went on to be a National Director of Wolf-PAC where she was responsible for the long term strategic and operational planning of staff, 30,000+ volunteers, legislation, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission where they have now passed the measure in five states and have volunteer teams in almost all 50 states.

 

Alison has a proven track record of leadership and winning the causes she fights for, and you know she will fight for you because she has vowed not to take a dime of corporate nor PAC money. At this difficult moment for our nation, she is stepping up to provide a courageous voice for the working people of California.

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Democratic
Construction Project Manager
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  • Get the money out of politics. Money has corrupted our elections. Free speech should be free. Why is government so expensive? Because getting INTO government is expensive. Those millions in campaign donations are repaid with your tax dollars.
  • Changing the messaging and rhetoric coming from the Democrats. They have failed us. Example, I've yet to hear anyone mention that we spend 3 trillion dollars each year on healthcare 500 billion going yo insurers profits and overhead.
  • We need to understand that the Founding Fathers would be the first to do something about gun control, they started a war over a tax on TEA. They would do everything in their power to stop attacks on innocent children.
Profession:Builder, teacher, chemist, writer, director, etc.
Senior Estimator, Major Real Estate Developer (2017current)
Senior Estimator, Swinerton Builders - Los Angeles (20062015)
California State University, Northridge Master of Arts, 27 units, Theatre, Lighting design,, performance, research, playwriting (1984)
Missouri Western State University Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, business, science (1976)
Assistant Scoutmaster and Cubmaster, Boy Scouts of America (2006current)

Few others can do what I can do!

 

Because few people have done what I’ve done. It really is that simple. From farm work as a kid, to pumping gas and fixing cars in high school to lab tech/ chemist in college working in quality control and research and development for 8 years to designing sets, building homes, teaching college, calibrating electronics in the Glendale power plant, taking Asbestos out of schools, producing and directing TV shows, building special effects for theme parks and museums, writing and producing stage plays, to building schools, colleges, hospitals, and airports.

 

 

Too many people today worry about issues. I don’t have issues. I just have a way of looking at problems and implementing unconventional and mostly simple solutions that actually work. 

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

A combination of well regulated bond programs and Public/ Private Partnerships depending on the type of project. I've personally seen the waste in multi-billion dollar school and college bond programs and know where to focus on mis-management of those types of programs. Public Private Partnerships can be crafter into a win/ win for both citizens and private investors  when  the rate of return is clearly written in stone. The electrical grid would be a prime candidate for a PPP. 

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

Open Medicare to enrollment for all. It has an overhead cost of about 2% and gives access to the sickest and oldest part of our population. While private insurers take as much as 30% in overhead, profits and sky high salaries for upper management. That adds up to about half a trillion dollars of healthcare costs that do NOT buy a single bandage or life saving procedure. I would rather the public have the open option to pay premiums to Medicare and get 98% worth of value for their money than pay insurers and get 70%. That could also lead to covering current Medicaid recipients through grants to pay for Medicare premiums. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

First and foremost, a legal path to citizenship for those now undeer DACA. A clean bill with no other toxic riders or provisions. Maintain the immigration lottery, not some provision that has a bias against those less advantaged. Stop the nonsense of a 25 billion dollar wall that can be scaled by a $25 ladder. Visitor and Student Visas are abused and we need to strictly enforce and follow up on those who come in legally and over stay their privilege. They are here on a limited basis, when that expires we should have all the information necessary to find them, explain their situation, and make sure they get back to their country of origin safely and swiftly. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

Water storrage and sustainable electrical power can be a win/ win and must be fully implemented where ever possible. Low Impact Development for the construction industry adds unnecessary costs to projects with uncertain results. We need to look more closely at "dry Wells" that capture run-off and allow it to percolate back into the ground water. There are simpler solutions than capturing run-off in cisterns that have a ten year return on investment which makes a gallon of water worth about a dollar a gallon.  

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

There is nothing wrong with political correctness. There is a lot wrong with the attacks on those who support the idea that PC is somehow against free speech. I want to change the fiailed message coming from the Democrats and counter the hate, mis-information, and constant harrange from the other side with simple facts, a sense of our history, and remind everyone that all we need to know and act on was clearly given to us in Christ's Sermon on the Mount. In essence most of us want the same things, we just have different ideas of how we can get there. 

I can’t stand politics or politicians!

 

I made the choice to work at smaller companies most of my life because there was less politics. To me politics is simply a way for people to point fingers and cover up their own incompetence.

 

 

I do not function well in that environment. For those who know me, have worked with me through the years, I have created a “brand.” Always trying to exceed expectations. 

— May 18, 2018 Gerald Plummer

 

Why is government so expensive? Because it's so expensive to get into government. Or do a websearch of "Youtube gerald plummer" to find the site for more videos.

— May 18, 2018 Gerald Plummer

We can hack the current system that has failed us and will continue to fail us. Or websearch "Youtube gerald plummer" if it faiils to play in your browser.

Democratic
Civil Rights Attorney
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  • Get Corporate Money Out Of Politics
  • Medicare For All
  • National Legalization of Cannabis
Profession:Civil Rights Attorney

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Democratic
California Senator
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  • Move comprehensive immigration reform
  • Pass Medicare for All
  • Move a national clean energy plan
Profession:California Senator
California Senate President pro Tempore, California State Senate — Elected position (2010current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (20082010)

Senator de León is the son of a single immigrant mother who supported her family in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights working as a housekeeper and other pick-up jobs. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.

 

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.

 

Before entering into politics, Kevin served the public as a community organizer, taught English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship, and advocated for public schools.

 

Working for both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, Kevin fought for additional funding for schools in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He fought against schemes to take funds from public schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers and academic censorship in public schools.

 

Senator de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century. Prior to that, Kevin served four years in the Assembly before his election to the Senate in 2010.

 

President pro Tempore of the California State Senate

 

Kevin de León has led the 40-member Senate body to historic accomplishments that will improve the lives of Californians and the state’s environment and economy for decades to come.

 

He has ushered a bold agenda to increase economic opportunity for all Californians with a focus on maintaining California’s global leadership role in fighting climate change and building a clean-energy economy, rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, public education, work-place and health-care, equity for women, immigrants and low-wage workers and public safety.

 

Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. The progress that has been made on critical issues confronting California and the nation stands in stark contrast to the gridlock in the U.S. Congress.

 

In many ways, Senator de León embodies the promise of America. From a childhood of poverty to community activism, to the upper echelon of the California Legislature, his respect and commitment to working families and the betterment of all Californians has never diminished.

 

To learn more about Kevin visit: https://www.kevindeleon.com/about-kevin/

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— May 9, 2018 Kevin de León for Senate

Kevin is running for the U.S. Senate in California because you deserve a seat at the table. Learn more at https://www.kevindeleon.com/about-kevin/

No Party Preference
Attorney/Engineer
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  • I am a technodemocratic candidate. I have no political party and I do not accept campaign donations. I will support the majority interests of the people of California, as documented by a decentralized evoting service (preferably blockchain).
  • To ensure accountability, the Evoting Service will utilize blockchain security. Through blockchain security, evotes will be transmitted user to user, in order to prevent the hacking associated with centralized databases.
  • The Evoting Service first will be crowdfunded and then will self-fund through data analytics. It will eventually provide every American with free, encrypted, decentralized communication capabilities, including internet, email, social media & banking.
Profession:Attorney and Engineer
Republican
Small Business Owner
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  • Work with President Trump
  • Help economic growth and create jobs
  • Enforce immigration and Federal laws
Profession:Small Business developer
Self employed 1975—-, Paul Taylor (1975current)
Cal State University. Hayward. A AA degree., Premed. (1975)

Throughout my life, I’ve been a leader and innovator. As a young boy, I was always the kid with others following me as well as the one with ideas. Having gone through pre-med education ultimately finding my place in manufacturing, I once again found the common thread in my more than forty year career of founding small companies as well as creating jobs. I was exhibiting the leadership and innovation as seen when I was young. Determined to make a difference, I enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor as well as garnering the experience for my next contribution to California. US Senate is that new area for me to innovate and lead. I’m ready to solve California problems, build industry here, and see job growth. 

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  • My philosophy for politics is in line with our Founding Fathers. To have Freedom in our Country to be the example to the World as well a limited government. I believe in our ability to freely create and build our economic areas unhinder by government overreaching restirictions and control. I believe completely in our Constitution which is enforced/defended by our 2nd Amendment. Our First Amendment right is unique in the world deserving respect and protection. I believe our Framers intended on combining the Government with Faith based on our Christian Judeaic Bible moral laws. 
Libertarian
Retired Attorney
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  • Immigration
  • Imprisonment
  • Corruption
Profession:Engineer Lawyer Market-Military-Politics Analyst
http://www.derrickmreid.com/resume, Self (19752009)
CSULB, UC Berkeley, USC, Western State University B.S.E.E. J.D. (current)

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1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Eliminate systemic wealth transfers and corruption, to promote economic activity, to increase tax collections, to fund national  infrastructure builds.  

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Distributed health clinics. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Paths to citizenship in compromise to reduced future immigration. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Eliminate wealth transfers and corruption, to promote economic activity, to increase tax collection, so California can fund state infrastructure builds.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Common ground will be sought between democrats and republicans, to solve our many problems. 

Congressional rancor is undignified. As a moderate and a uniter, there will be increased civility to political functions. 

 

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Classic liberal supporting civil liberties and freedoms, supporting indigents and the working poor, and opposing regime change wars. Christian. Social and fiscal Conservative

A Comprehensive solution set to solve the major systemic problems facing California and the Nation

Summary

20 years analysis of our social and economic fabric has led to devising the comprehensive solution set. 

 

See website http://www.derrickmreid.com/

US Presidential Run 2016

US Senate Run 2018

Peace and Freedom
West Coast Coordinator International Action Center
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  • Immediately declare a state of emergency in Black and Brown neighborhoods to address police murder with the initial step of ceasing the use of deadly force by police in communities where a majority of residents are Black or Latinx.
  • Call for an immediate cessation of U.S. wars and proxy wars and divert the funding to vital social programs and for use in programs to reverse environmental damage.
  • Institute a referendum calling for the conversion of privately owned vital industry into public ownership
Profession:West Coast Coordinator International Action Center
West Coast Editor, Workers World Newspaper (2004current)
Council Member, South Central Neighborhood Council — Elected position (20152015)
President, Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council — Elected position (20112012)
  • Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10 Secretary Treasurer Retired
  • Green Party of California
  • Union del Barrio - Los Angeles
  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Chris Silvera, secretrary-treasurer Teamsters Local 808 and former chair of Teamsters Nat'l Black Caucus
1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Forbes Magazine of February 2017 estimated that by 2053 the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will have cost 12 trillion dollars. That doesn't even mention the current monies being spent for the U.S. proxy war in Syria or the wars in Yemen and elsewhere waged by the U.S. Financing for roads and all decaying infrastructure can easily be paid with the use of those funds now going to kill for the financial and industrial monopolies that run this country. Which is why my priority would be to immediately end U.S. wars and proxy wars.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Single payer health care is a first step. The for-profit health care system in the U.S. serves only the for-profit health care industry and pharmaceutical companies that facilitate death and hold all of us hostage with their prices based on the maximization of profits, not cost of production. We need to end the privatization of the pharmaceutical industry and immediately begin supplying the necessary medicine to those in need.

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Immigration must be understood in the context of U.S. imperialist wars. The current worldwide refugee crisis is a direct result of the U.S. war on Iraq, Libya and Syria. Most of the migration from Mexico and Central and South America is due to both economic and military wars waged by the U.S. against these regions, forcing workers to come over the border risking life and faced with constant terror of being deported. Migrants in this country contribute to the vast wealth of this country without benefit of social security or pensions, yet they pay taxes. Any policy must first take this into account. And, instead of making the lives of migrants worse, perhaps reparations should be due for the destablization of countries like, most recently Honduras. Any border control policies should be humane and more closely resemble the policies of those countries following humane policies as established by international norm. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Like many problems, agribusiness and the decisions of growers do not reflect the sanity or needs of society but rather their need to maximize profits under this capitalist system. Their requirements and water usage could be greatly reduced if decisions on where crops are grown and the priorities of society were not left up to those who do not have society's needs as their concerns. Any solutions that do not help take control of the means of production, and that includes agricultural production, away from the private control of financial and industrial monopolists is inadequate and counterproductive. We need to make sure that crops requiring the most water do not get grown in the desert. We must ensure that decisions about water usage are not interfered with by the ownership of lands by, for example, Saudi Arabia. The solutions to drought must be analyzed by those whose interests are not inflluenced by profit.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

With a president who is proud to be a white supremacist, he dangerously encourages the worst ideologies of racism. And, hate crimes and murder against the Black trans community, the increased police killings of Black and Brown people every few hours is just one of the results. Racism and the ideology of white supremacy and fascism should be smashed. These are ideologies that attempt to weaken the unity of working and poor people. Our united struggle and solidarity with each other's struggles are key to our liberation from capitalism.

Why I am Running

Summary

How a revolutionary uses the electoral struggle.

I’m not running to legitimize this system or the election process or give any false hopes that being in office allows you to change anything. Change takes the power of the peoples movement independent of the influences of the ruling class. And, in order to stay in office you have to play to the tune of the ruling class because it’s their structure and their laws. They prohibit any revolutionary changes that make a real difference in the progress of society. However, just in case I do get elected I can, as any politicians who say they are progressive can, use the amplified voice I would have to expose, expose, expose - not only the influence of the financial and industrial monopolies who run the politicians, but the war crimes, crimes against humanity and against our class both here and abroad. For example, I’d expose the fact that 8 million people from Yemen are expected to starve to death directly because of the U.S. war in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, while every few hours Black and Brown people are murdered by racist genocidal police who should be jailed immediately along with the police chiefs who enable them. And, I'd expose the real reason jobs and livable wages are being kept from us and the simple solutions to these problems that are not allowed by the banks and corporations. In other words, I’d use that position to motivate the movement to take over the reins of power.

I’d probably be able to do that for a very limited amount of time – but it is the only thing I should be doing. Stopping global warming, endless wars by the police, ICE and pentagon, and stopping racist, sexist and homophobic violence all begins by exposing the forces that allow them to continue and empowering the people to act outside of the boundaries of what’s acceptable. It’s the only thing these so-called progressive politicians should be doing in office – but instead they are enabling and encouraging compliance with this system.

For instance, here’s an example of what could be done. Perhaps my first day in office could be to start the groundwork amongst grassroots and progressive organizations on the left to work on mobilizing an occupation of the White House that was sustainable and could last for months. After the groundwork was laid maybe I’d call a press conference to the 100’s of millions my voice could reach from that platform and make a public call for the occupation. That would probably be my last day in office but that short time in office and the grassroots organizing I would have done would make a greater contribution to our struggle than any of these enabling politicians in office today, whether they be in office for 10 or 1000 years. And, who knows – depending on the state of the movement in the streets maybe I’d be able to stay a little while longer. That’s just one for instance, there’s many more.

In thinking about any electoral struggle, it’s important to understand that the executive and legislative branches of government have been rigged to ensure the status quo since the late 1800’s. That’s when the money of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Mellons and Morgans, to name a few, locked up the system with the enormous profits they gained from cotton production – in other words slavery. Over 90% of the time whomever the majority of the largest financial and industrial monopolists favored with their donations won. Even in this election of Trump where he was supposedly outspent (not if you count the free media he got), the ruling class could have used the electoral college any way they wanted to change results - but I think they liked those promised tax cuts. Likewise in history, the electoral collage was used for that purpose, and was also used to help end Reconstruction.

The electoral struggle has to be used as a means to a revolutionary end - not in a way which enables acceptance of this unacceptable system of capitalism. The electoral struggle should not be a struggle for a career, it should be seen as one of the many tools that can be used to expose and abolish capitalism, not enable it. The measure of my success is not winning the office of senator, if that could happen – and I guess in an infinite universe, anything that can happen, will - then so be it. But, I’m not running for that purpose, I’m running to win our future. I’m running to quicken the pace of the revolutionary process liberating humanity from exploitation, oppression, poverty and war. I need your vote to do that. Let’s show others that our numbers are large and the revolutionary waters are warm, so they will feel compelled to come on in and start swimming.

 

Whatever we do, we can’t continue to accept and enable the unacceptable.

Debate in Chico, CA — May 8, 2018 John Parker

A debate was held by Our Revolution inviting Senate candidates to participate, which I did.

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  • Combat corruption and systemic racism
  • Fund education and eliminate student loan debt
  • End war and redirect the funds to R&D, housing (end homelessness), and universal healthcare
Profession:Nobel Laureate Charles Townes Professor
Scientist, CalEPA (19922000)
Scientist (Ground Mitigation & Superfund Toxic Waste Site Cleanup), California Environmental Protection Agency — Appointed position (19922000)
Scientist (Hazardous Materials Specialist), California Department of Health (19861992)
Scientist (Hazardous Materials Specialist), California Department of Health — Appointed position (19861992)
Climate Scientist, Stanford University (19831986)
Research Scientist and Lecturer, Salford University, Manchester, England (19771982)
Chemistry Tutor/Assistant Professor, Jaganath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1966