On The Issues

Feminism.

“When you were weak and I was strong, I toiled for you. Now you are strong and I am weak. Because of my work for you I ask your aid.
I ask the ballot for myself and my sex.
As I stood by you, I pray you stand by me and mine.” ~ American Red Cross founder Clara Barton (1821-1912)

The centuries of atrocities towards women in this country can be stacked miles and miles high. I see it every single day. I cannot, in good conscience, treat women less than I treat my own sex. It is not a place of good standing. Women are not the lesser sex, because being different than men really doesn’t mean being less capable. In fact, I have met more capable women by leagues compared to men, so spare me the cry baby attitude.

LGBTQ Rights.

“I’m used to being in the minority. I’m a left-handed gay Jew.
I’ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.” ~ Congressman Barney Frank (1940-)
It wasn’t hard for me to come out, even in the 90s, because being a gay man was nothing to be ashamed of. Being a homophobic man, on the other hand, I feel is a lot to be ashamed of. Nothing could be worse than feeling a necessity to call out another person’s ‘flaw’ so as to distract other people from your own inexplicable ones. Being a minority isn’t particularly terrible though, but it may often not be wonderful, either. I have met many straight people who seem to lead drastically less than exciting lives, so I don’t feel better-than, or less-than, compared to many of my straight counterparts.
I’m committed to standing up for all LGBTQ brethren: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. I share similar social struggles with them every single day, so I am not going to leave them behind. I am not simply referring to civil rights, but also to healthcare disparities, HIV/AIDS, and the generalities that we face in our great nation. These are my commitments.

Civil Rights.

“Many are attracted to social service – the rewards are immediate, the gratification quick.
But if we have social justice, we won’t need social service.” ~
Former Georgia Congressman and Chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond (1940-2015)
Immigration.
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially,
are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ~ President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
Education.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education:
they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”  ~ Charlotte Brontë (1816-1885), Jane Eyre
Criminal Justice and Reform.
Citizens United and McCutcheon.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Abuse.
Ethical and Principled Behavior.
Common Ground.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.
I will meet you there.” ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

It is a gift to be able to find something in common with someone I disagree with. It is a reminder that even the strongest opponents in our lives share something deeply in common with ourselves. This is not something to condemn out of hatred, but to embrace out of shared human existence. Too many forget that we are a lot closer than we would really like to think. The sooner we not only realize, but accept, that are we more connected to each other than we may be comfortable with, the more we will able to experience the truthfulness of what being humane is.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  ~ President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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