That infrastructure should involve a joint federal and state effort to provide free internet access and a free hardware device or phone to be able to able to connect to that internet with.
If we could achieve this, all of our kids could be educated more effectively, could have the ability to communicate for free with friends, communities and organizations around the world, could get a much earlier start on their entrepreneurial skills and would certainly be much more effective and efficient contributors to this seemingly omnipresent sector of our economy that is growing by leaps and bounds and by all accounts will increase that growth in the next few years at an exponentially faster rate.
In addition to the free internet access, I will do everything in my power to lead a discussion with the states, to make writing computer code and creating websites and apps, a core curriculum class starting in our Kindergartens and continuing all the way through high school.
We are kidding ourselves if we do not know that not only are computers and their uses, not only one of the most powerful languages of the future, but an absolutely necessary skill for our children to have, if we plan on having them lead us through this ever changing world. Simple.
This is the idea that will undoubtedly receive the most resistance, but I think is a debate where all interested human beings should be engaged. I believe that the 2nd amendment is outdated and either should have its rights dramatically expanded so that every individual, if they so choose to overthrow the existing government should be able to have a nuclear weapon, because essentially, in this day and age, with the incredible strength and power of our awesome United States military, essentially that's what it would take. That was certainly not the case when the Constitution was written and it is possible that those at the Constitutional Convention could never have imagined the enormous technological and military advances that have made it so that no small group of individuals could overtake our military.
In addition, when the Constitution was written, there was not the organized and spectacular police force that exists today, and as a result just about everyone during that time period absolutely needed guns to defend themselves in a world that was much different than it is today. We are the only country on earth that allows its citizens the amazingly open access we currently have today and the result is a much more violent country in which countless innocent men, women and children have been murdered in cold blood with weapons that practically a single individual could have disarmed our entire colonial army.
The violence needs to end and our kids need to grow up in a world that is not an eye for an eye. I like to see and I want my kids to be able to see. I much prefer them to use a pen to write about their concerns or get involved in the government to change it from within if they do not like what it is doing. That is the very reason I am running for President of this great nation.
I certainly know the National Rifle Association spend millions upon millions of dollars promoting and lobbying for the rights of every individual to own a gun. In my mind, the only reason to own a gun is to protect yourself from criminals, which is certainly a very sensible reason to own a gun. However, if the N.R.A. is an honorable organization, which I believe them to be, then I would offer to them, that instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to try to influence politicians and pressure politicians to continue to expand the automation and caliber of guns and assault rifles which they believe every individual has a right to for personal protection and security, then I submit that they should give all of their money to the police force of this great country so that each and every member of the N.R.A. has a police force in their community whose main goal is protection of the innocent and the prevention of crimes.
I believe my grandfather was a member of the National Rifle Association and he use to use a rather traditional rifle to hunt and eat geese. A rifle of yesteryear is very different than a semi-automatic machine gun which we now enable our great citizens across this country to have. I appeal to the peaceful members of the N.R.A., the leadership of the organization who believes in protection, rather than promoting violence and I ask them to consider taking a different approach to achieving the same goal: protection.
If that is not your goal, than I ask you to openly say so, and stand firm in your convictions and we can have an open and public debate. Hopefully, that is the very America that you hope to defend with the very guns that you seek. I see a way to defend that America without guns, without violence, but by putting your resources into an expanded police force in local community's who engage the very people they serve. There are certainly "good" cops and "bad" cops just as there are "good" and "bad" members of the N.R.A., those who use their guns properly and those who not. There are certainly "good" and "bad" politicians, teachers, and moms and dads, but if we all work together, truly work together in an open and honest discussion about what the goal of all of these guns are really for, then quite possibly we can reduce the violence in our country that is not matched in any other industrialized country in the world. I would hope that that is the N.R.A.'s very purpose for seeking the right to those guns in the first place. If it is, then let's work together to make it so that we can achieve every one of your goals without violence and through open discussion and compromise.
If you are not willing to have that debate about how to bring about less violence, more protection and less crime for absolutely every individual in this country, then I guess I'm not really sure what you are fighting for and I hope you do everything in your power to make sure that I never have any influence with regard to the laws of our land. That, of course, is your right, and you are entitled to exercise it, but I have hope in the power and strength of discussion and open debate and I challenge you to have that with me and with the entire nation.
Too many of our brothers and sisters, and even more horrifyingly our children, are being killed by the very bullets that are supposed to serve to protect them.
I beg you with all of my soul to come to the table and work with me and those in this country who share my opinion in an attempt to work this out because I believe and I hope that that is what we are both in favor of, we just have a different means of achieving the same goal.
It seems to me that the "gun" debate is very similar to the "Pro-Choice" and Pro-Life debate. No one, no one wants a baby to die, even someone who chooses to terminate a pregnancy, but if we all work together on both of these issues, we can protect the very life that many of us are willing to die to defend. So bring your guns to the table, please don't shoot, because I come in peace and with a pen and am no physical threat. I don't mind guns, I just mind the end of people's lives prematurely when I believe that we all have a right to live on. I hope that the NRA truly believes that too, and if they do, then I certainly want to begin an open and honest discussion so that I can better understand your perspective. I am completely open to changing my mind and am willing to listen. I hope you are as well and we can, at the very least, have a proper discussion about the pros and cons of having guns in our midst. If we can do that on a really honest level about the nature of our positions, I honestly believe that both gun owners and non-gun owners would be a lot happier having aired they opinions and their beliefs.
I know that I currently disagree with the N.R.A. with the route that you are currently taking with regard to what I believe to be our common goal, the protection of the American Citizenry. Our country was founded on open debate, deliberation and compromise of all political parties and all of its citizens. I want to be the President on behalf of all gun owners, despite the fact that I don't currently entirely understand the position. I am honest about that and I am honest enough to admit that I have been wrong about a great many things before and I may very well be wrong about this. I am not sure, but, in my mind, listening to someone with an opposing viewpoint and engaging them in a conversation is the best way to understand their perspective and they can understand mind whether we respectfully disagree or not. I seek understanding. I seek a conversation and because I seek to represent everyone, including those with whom I disagree, which of course, if we are honest, regardless of what political party you are from, you hopefully, if you are thinking person disagree with some of your parties platform and perspective on a variety of issues. That's what makes us human and that's what makes us great. I am not picking a fight with you. I am smart enough to know that if I do and you have a gun and I don't, I will lose, but my hope is that we can figure tremendously important issue out, like we have so many other important issues where are nation has been so clearly divided through compromise and participation of all interested parties. That is the American way and I'm fairly sure you will agree.
So let's work together to fight through our differences, with words and maybe we'll find out that are differences are not really all that great. I don't know, but I for one, am sure willing to try and I hope that each and every member of the National Rifle Association is willing to as well. I have faith that they will because I have faith in every American, whether they carry a gun or not, regardless of its size or power.
Let's explore how we can best achieve our common goal: the most effective protection of each and every citizen, regardless of the method, including gun ownership. Let's just work together to stop the loss of life. If that means that each and every citizen should have a gun in their house to achieve that goal, then I will personally hand the out myself. Protection and peace is my goal regardless of the means.
Let's work together to make that happen. I look forward to it.
To be honest, if you believe that gay people are sinners due to your religious beliefs, then you should probably encourage them to get married, because well over 50% of our heterosexual marriages end in divorce, usually with a lot of pain and suffering and of the remaining 50% of those who stay married, many of them are not happily married or are engaging in extramarital affairs which probably harms them and their entire family far more than if they were to have never married in the first place. Love is love and if a gay man loves another man, I believe that my God would encourage that love, but even if my God did not, frankly its none of my business how other people lead with their hearts and in the privacy of their own bedrooms. I've never understood how a government of the people, by the people and for the people could tell some of those very people who to love, who to connect with in the privacy of their own homes and through the course of their lives. I just think its best to focus on our now marriages and making them the most responsible, caring and good hearted families possible. I will do just about anything to help serve that cause. As far as "Gay" marriage goes, I say, good luck to those whose hearts feel connected in love. I would say to them what I would say to any other couple entering into a marriage vow: "It's definitely very hard work, but if you love your spouse, you should do absolutely everything in your power to work on yourself to insure that your marriage is a happy and successful one. To that end, I hope we can work together, just as I hope we can work together with those people who share different religious beliefs as well as those who are not religious at all. In my mind, together, is what any God would want us to achieve. Together in love. That's my goal and quite frankly, the political arena shouldn't really address that as an issue. Love should be allowed to be kept private and sacred in the eyes of whoever is doing the loving.
We should also put some really significant taxpayer dollars behind improving and modernizing our voting process in every state. Federal tax dollars should be given in equal amounts per capita to each state to run things as they see fit with the goal of expanding rather than narrowing voter participation.
If you are not in favor of increasing every American's ability to vote, especially those whom disagree with your political opinions and beliefs, then you are not only acting against our forefathers founding documents, but you are scared and afraid of a fair fight. I only believe in fair fights. If I lose, so be it, but it least everyone has a chance to win this way and the more people we engage in making the United State's government more diverse and participatory, the stronger we will be regardless of the outcome. That, to me, is the very core of the American ideals and even if all those who gain easier access to voting disagree with all of my positions and beliefs, then so be it. I shouldn't be elected by the people because they don't support me. Fair fight. Simple.
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- WLIRAccount Executive, 1995 - 2001
- WLIR/WDREDJ, 1998 - 2001
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