When we think of the word “war”, our minds usually go to armed military conflicts between nations. While the United States government is especially guilty of engaging in this sort of activity, the Texas State government wages wars on its own citizens on innumerable fronts.
The war on drugs, the war waged against citizens by the police, the war on the homeless, on the poor, on the disenfranchized, on people minorities, on sex workers and all workers, on the mentally ill have all proven to be disasterous and harmful.
We must remain vigilant in our compassion for our fellow human beings.
Nationalism is a pox on our souls, and no more glaring is this malady made manifest than by our desire to form ingroups and outgroups based on arbitrary lines in the dirt, dreamed up by bureaucrats. We use these imaginary lines in the dirt to do very real harm to those with the misfortune of not being born via happenstance into the same comparative opulence as us. Many are familiar with the horrors perpetrated at the borders of our country, separating families and losing children to the system in abhorrent conditions, but few know the true extent of the horrors specific to the previous administration, and the rollback of legal immigration measures.
America is nation of immigrants. We can, and should, return to the days when Americans no longer quiver in fear of our global neighbors.
The death penalty is barbaric, cruel, uncompassionate, and Texas MUST repeal this archaic means of punishment.
We should not, under any circumstances, grant the state the power to determine whether someone lives or dies. Our government, including the ever flawed justice system, is made up of individual human beings, who admittedly make mistakes. We cannot afford human error, or worse, to result in the demise of a fellow human being - there is no going back from that and serves justice to no one.
Condemning someone to death admits in the most extreme of ways that a person cannot be redeemed and that our current prison system does not, in fact, rehabilitate.
Qualified immunity for police officers is dangerous. It allows bad police to get away with terrible things. We’ve seen it time and time again, when an unarmed citizen is gunned down in the streets, or brutalized by police, and the police get off scot free. It is not a radical notion that bad cops don’t deserve to be cops. Ending qualified immunity will give victims of police brutality and misconduct a direct line to justice that they don’t have today. Ending qualified immunity will do more to keep our streets safe than any bad cop ever could.
Civil Asset Forfeiture is theft. It is a violation of the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and oftentimes Fourth amendments. No one should have their property confiscated by the state without being charged with a crime, and as the burden of proof lies on the accuser in the American justice system, reasonable proof must be provided in the court of law that any and all assets seized were obtained through illegal means.
Minimum mandatory sentencing was a bad idea when it was first implemented, and it has done nothing to reduce crime, victimless or otherwise. Minimum mandatory sentencing should be abolished, and Judges should be allowed to sentence as they see fit, as was the intention when our criminal justice system was founded.
Humanity is facing an unprecedented threat in climate change. Even now, we’re beginning to see the consequences of our influence on the environment. From wildfires raging in the West, to ever increasing numbers and intensity hurricanes battering the Gulf Coast, to polar vortexes throwing normally stable weather into more extreme highs and lows, such as February 2021’s profoundly serious blizzard, the time for debate is over. The science has been out for nearly fifty years, first pioneered by researchers working for Exxon. Their climate findings forecast a model, back in the late 70’s, that is startlingly accurate to what we face today. In the ensuing 50 years, scientists continue to get closer and closer to more accurate modeling, but the reality is that we’ve known the broad strokes of the climate disaster, and we’ve failed to address it. ManBearPig, is, in fact, very real.
The state provides an absurd amount of taxpayer money to subsidize the fossil fuel industry. Currently, the US Government subsidizes the fossil fuel industry about $20 billion annually, about $14b from federal tax breaks, and $6b from state tax breaks. How about renewables? About $1b. Texas can lead the charge in breaking up the energy stranglehold, until renewables can crawl out from under the artificial hurdle they have been forced into attempting to compete with the fossil fuel industry.
The status of democracy in the US is sketchy at best. Voting rights are tied to things like having a driver’s license, having a permanent address, and not having a criminal record. These requirements tend to favor the upper echelon of citizens, which automatically slants the vote. The concept of fair and equal representation sounds as American as apple pie, but the truth might exist as something closer to a work camp.
We will introduce legislation to ensure absolute fair and inclusive voting rights including, but not limited to, mandating election days as state holidays, automatic voter registration, and removing any barriers for the incarcerated population to participate in elections.
Additionally, we will put a decisive end to ballot censorship for any "third party". Fair and equal elections require fair and equal ballot access.
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