Economy

Key Issues

-Corporations Need To Focus On Operations, and Not Stock Prices

-Mistreating Workers Leads to Strikes – Like With Auto Workers, Writers, and Starbucks Workers

-Truckers Should Be Paid Overtime

-Servers Should Make More Than $2.13 Per Hour

-Infrastructure Companies Should Be Owned By Not-For-Profit Corporations

-Private Equity Firms Are A Bad Trend

-Consultants Need To Be Held Accountable For Their Consultations

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Elections and Government

Key Points

-Political Parties and Media Manipulate Us

-Revise  Election Laws To Require Signatures Instead of Being Able To Pay For Ballot Access

-We Need More Representatives

-Go To Direct Elections for Presidential Elections

-No Earmarking Of Bills

-Bills Should Cover One Topic At A Time

-People Should Run Without Parties

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Foreign and Domestic Policy

Key Issues

-The UN Needs To Reform, And Get Rid Of Veto Powers For Permanent Members Of The Security Council – This Is Not A Power Directly Outlined In The UN Charter

-Foreign Corporations And Citizens Should Only Be Able To Buy Permanent Domiciles, And Should Lease Property Otherwise

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Abortion

Playlist

Key Points

-I Am Pro-Life, But I Won’t Impose My Opinion On The Nation

-If Abortion Is Legalized, Pro-Lifers Should Trust In Their Argument (It is legal to eat nails, but it is easy to dissuade people from doing so.)

-States Ask Questions Of Abortion-Seekers – They Should Only Be Asked If They Seek Protective Custody, And The Answer Shouldn’t Be Recorded

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Climate and Power Production

Key Points

We Need To Protect Trees

-Don’t Use Biomass Power Plants – They Cut Down Trees For Fuel

-Use Nuclear Power

-Reuse Uranium Rods

-Use Hydrogen Power – Clean Byproducts

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Crimes and Guns

Playlist

Key Points

-There Should Be 3-Day Waiting Periods On Gun Purchases

-Mandatory Background Checks

-Practice Gun Safety With Your Gun, If You Own One

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My YouTube Videos

Thank you for visiting my site! Please check out my YouTube videos.

Here’s my first video. It is an introduction to my campaign:

https://youtu.be/yjR8EpWDm_k?si=pbQwmntMq6WbO

Here’s my second video. It talks a bit about myself, and asks for people to get the word out about my campaign:

https://youtu.be/rzpp2NPpKNY?si=Fz3VL3qfgWn9Gdu5

Here’s a video of my campaign kickoff speech given at Kirby’s Beer Store on March 3, 2024. Thank you to Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy for allowing me to preempt their show with my speech. Thanks to Kathy for recording this!

https://youtu.be/K-TBNLirfIk?si=uBMs0TBT4h2ZlP31

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A Bill to Limit the Complexity of Bills Introduced to Congress:

  1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
  2. Section 1. All bills be limited to one topic, including any direct
  3. legislatorial or procedural changes pertaining to the topic. And that
  4. all bills which may be considered separate topics be split into individual
  5. topics before being presented to Congress, in the spirit of sharing clarity
  6. Topics may be reliant upon another bill being passed, and such bills may
  7. be written with a preamble of “1Considering Bill xx [and xx, etc.] to be
  8. passed into law, BE IT ENACTED…”
  9. 1 All intended effects in law shall be presented by the bill writer at the
  10. time of presentation to Congress, including specific references where it
  11. would affect current and/or pending bills and/or laws. Any pending bills
  12. or laws unbeknownst to the bill writer must be presented by Congress
  13. members in the know, if consideration is deserved. Only by passing into
  14. law of a new bill may any law be interpreted as being bound to another
  15. bill or law, giving due consideration to the powers vested in the Judicial
  16. Branch of the U.S. A.
  17. Section 2. Terms:
  18. “One Topic” – So far as a topic may be perceived to include a very similar
  19. or related topic, it should not.

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The Two Party System…Ha

So, how does the two party system benefit you? How does the two party system benefit America? How does the two party system benefit itself?

The two party system narrows down your choices to two people who carry opposing views on many things. This way, you have both sides not necessarily saying to vote for their candidate, but saying not to vote for the other candidate. Is that the way it should be? Could there be a system where we choose a decent candidate, not just someone who is “not him/her”? (Could one side “throw the election” by having a terrible candidate?)

I think if we got rid of the party system all together, there would be more money available for other people to run, the parties just gravitate the money toward themselves. Did you know that much of elected officials’ time is used making phone calls and making appearances at events to gain more money for their party? Why not gain money for their personal election fund; or better yet, have the election system be affordable enough so they do not have to spend a bunch of time on sales calls?

What does the party system provide for The People of The United States of America? From my standpoint, it provides us a narrowed pool of candidates, almost fed to us. It assures that there will be people that, no matter what is the right decision, will choose whatever their party says, since they are wanting to be re-elected.  (As a disclaimer, there are some elected officials, currently belonging to parties, who are good for The United States.)

As nice as it would be to have a no party system, we have sunk ourselves into a hole which will be difficult to get out of. The party system assures the ability to narrow electable candidates, thus making the people backing those candidates a lot of money. If we were to end this system, those “backers” would miss out on the big bucks they so desperately desire. Since they have had the big bucks for so long, they are pretty well settled in, but there is a way to dislodge them.

More involvement from good, unaffiliated people could be the first step.

Term limits and more people in the Electoral College could be the next steps… There are 538 members of the Electoral College, which is one for every 700,000 people. Do you know how many the constitution says we can have? It says we can have one for every 30,000 people, depending on interpretation.1 Though many people think a bigger government is a bad thing, it would ensure a more diverse set of voices would be heard, instead of two voices. Did you know that no matter the vote in some states, parties can buy an Electoral Collegian’s vote? Does that seem like a huge flaw?

Another thing the two party system leaves us subject to is a single party supermajority. This vulnerability in the system was exploited by the current policy makers in 2009-2011. I will continue with that thought soon.

Did I get your blood boiling?…. Good. Let other people know what you think and let’s get this ball rolling. NO MORE PARTY SYSTEM! NO MORE PARTY SYSTEM!

If you could describe to me the benefit of a two party system, I will hear you out. Add a comment.

1My interpretation of the constitution is thus: Article II, Section 1, second paragraph: “Each state shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature therof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress:…”

~I take this as meaning that we can have as many Electors as each State is entitled to, and I take that it does not mean that the number must exactly equal the current number of Senators and Representatives.

This point brings us to Article I, Section 2, third paragraph: “…The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative…” along with Article 1, Section 3, first paragraph: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State…”

~These sentences are where I got that 30,000 deal from.

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To Believe or To Doubt? That is the Question.

—This was originally posted long ago. Enjoy. —

Truth does not cease because people give up believing it. – Edward Norman

Truth does not arise because people do believe it. – Me, Paul C.

**Please do not read this entry if you are a child. Ask your parents if they would like to read this before you do. Thanks **

For what reason is it an admirable quality for a person to have belief in the unbelievable? Is that admiration genuine? Or, is it something that is suggested to people by the ones with the unbelievable claims? Does having faith ever hurt the faithful? Does having faith ever help the faithful? Finally, does having faith hurt or help the people or idea you are holding faith in?

Say I am telling you a story about what happened to me yesterday…

“I was chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the knife accidentally slipped and I chopped my whole finger off. I was worried, but I petitioned to the mouse in the wall, ‘Oh little mouse, use your great power to heal my finger.’ Then I pressed my finger back on and it was magically healed. See?” [Me showing you my finger intact, with no sign of being cut.]

“The little mouse in the wall is magical and I knew it. Here, let me show you. Throw your keys out the window and a bird will bring them back. All you need to do is ask the little mouse if it will use its great power to return your keys.”

-Would you throw your keys and ask the little mouse if it could use its great powers for your will?

If so, then you do really expect a bird to come flying back with them; or are you just testing to see if the story has any credence?

If you did not throw them, why do you not believe in the little mouse’s great powers? Is it because this is the first you heard of the little mouse and its power over the elements? Do you not believe because that is just ridiculous all together, the healing of my finger and all?

So, if you did throw your keys, and a bird did come back with them, would you tell everyone you know of the amazing mouse in my wall? (Maybe then I would ask if you would want to give the little mouse $20 for food.)

If the keys remained on the ground outside, no bird in sight, would you tell everyone that the mouse refused to use its powers to help you, but it did use its powers to help me with my finger? Would you share with others that the mouse does not have any powers? Furthermore, would you just not tell anyone because the whole thing is ridiculous?

From what I think, if the bird did return the keys, that would be amazing and a person may want to tell the world. If not, many may chalk it up as ridiculous and not believe that it healed my finger or in its powers over anything.

Why is this relevant?

OK, so there are lots of people in the world wanting followers. Many of them require belief in something(s) you were not there to witness yourself. So, why is it that they are all saying that they are telling the truth and you must believe their claims, respectively, for your own salvation? Obviously, if anyone is correct at all, then there are really only a few people telling the whole truth, leaving the rest as being mistaken in their claims.

Q:Why do many people believe what they do? A: 1. Good Salespeople 2. Tradition 3. It betters their life. 4. They don’t know.

Why do I say “good salespeople” is a reason why people believe what they do? It is because people wanting you to have faith in them use the best sales and storytelling tactics to beguile their audiences.

Fear is the best sales tactic. It is used by instilling the idea that the person will need your product (or belief in their claims) to deal with something they fear. I will give an example of product and one of a person wanting your faith.

The smoke alarm people may use the sales pitch of: “If you are asleep and there is a fire and you have no alarm, you have a bigger chance of being burned alive if you do not have a smoke alarm. Buy a smoke alarm today and have less risk of being burned alive.*  *In no way should this slogan be construed as to insinuate safety of the consumer.”

Bam! You are going out to buy a smoke alarm before you go to sleep tonight. That was a good pitch, which caused you to fear living without the smoke alarm.

A person asking for your faith in their claims will sometimes create an idea of something to fear, like Hell or the devil. To avoid this thing you fear, you must follow a set of rules, (usually including giving money to the person or just believing their claims in general). The better you follow the set of rules, the more unlikely you are to encounter the thing you fear. They may say: “Your tithing is like buying materials for a ladder, and your belief is like building that ladder higher and higher away from the fires of Hell.* *In no way should this slogan be construed to suggest you will receive a ladder.”

Now, you are attending services twice a day and giving 15% of your paycheck to this person to avoid the hell-fire, due to that great sales pitch.

Who is it hurting for you to give your money and belief to this person? You feel good, with the assurance that you are safe in the afterlife and that you are surely doing the right thing while you are alive. The person is happy because you believe in them, live according to their lifestyle, and pay for their gas and electric to stay on.

A role model knows best many times, but if they are not sure all of the claims of their beliefs are true, are they then being a poor leader by having their followers join and participate in their beliefs? Though it would be traditional to have a mentee follow your beliefs, is it right?

So, you believe in whatever person or idea because it is what you know is best for you, right? If not, then why do you live the way you do? Is it because you have believed in whatever person or idea since you were a wee, little baby? In that case, I would figure at least one of your role models share faith in that person or idea. In that case, are you a role model to someone? Do your mentees share in your beliefs?

I think it is an interesting point that just because a role model thinks it is the right thing to initiate their mentee into their beliefs, their mentee will lose their choice in what ideas they will believe in until they no longer closely adhere to the lifestyle of their role model, (assuming that the role model guides their followers to be more fervent believers and will not allow them to falter).

Now, imagine that you had a different role model and you held different beliefs. Your faithfulness would have possibly been directed toward a different person or idea because you were led to believe in this different person or idea since shortly after your birth.

But what if they are passing on a belief which they may believe to be true, but in actuality is not true? You would be following the rules of a poor leader, since only a poor leader would have people believe in them if they did not know all of their claims are true.

Finally, for the people who don’t know. If you don’t know why you hold certain beliefs, then you should really just sit still for a while and think about what you believe in. Do you believe all of the claims which affect your lifestyle? If so, then great; but if not, then don’t continue in your lifestyle, acting as if you are something that you are not. Research and check out different beliefs and lifestyles to see if any of them are for you. It is possible that none are.

I guess all I am trying to say is to ask yourself what you want out of a set of beliefs. Then, think of your current set of beliefs and ask yourself if you have faith in everything you claim to believe and if you are getting what you want out of your current set of beliefs.

Going back to the mouse, if I was sly enough to have a bird planted and there with a trainer waiting to have the bird retrieve your keys and have it fly back up to you, appearing as if a bird came to return your keys at the will of the little mouse, would you have believed that the little mouse in the wall healed my finger too? In doing so, I might have made $20 bucks off of you. There again, what if little mouse did have the powers to heal my finger and you did not trust to toss your keys out of the window. You would miss out on the possibility of little mouse helping you in the future.

Don’t always believe what you hear. Don’t always believe what you think you see. Choose carefully and wisely. Your faithfulness in others may end up making you a sucker for whoever gets to you first.

Is it that the great powers of the world, religions and governments, are using peoples’ beliefs to serve their own purpose? Are the “powers that be” just, or unjust, in their leadership? Socrates’s discussion of justice in Republic would lead one to believe that an unjust ruler or captain would want to lead their followers for their own benefit rather than the benefit of their followers.

What benefit is there to the followers to blindly follow their master’s lead?

I understand that a government needs some of its citizens to protect its interests and all of its people; and that a church can provide a community of helpful people and comfort in knowing that they have a community which agrees with many of their beliefs. But when governments and religions have people do things which are inhumane to further their cause, who is really to benefit from these actions?

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