A Platform for Innovation

It's time for change

I’d like to provide a fresh perspective in a political climate that is overrun by party interests and power struggles. The answer to any problem is almost always found in the grey area, and political discussions have become far too extreme on both ends to truly prioritize the best possible solution. It's imperative that we modernize our government in a way that’s actually reflective of the principles our nation was founded upon by representing a new generation of leaders that value people, not parties.

Legislation should be simple and easy to understand, it should be accessible to the people that it’s governing, and it should be transparent with nothing to hide behind. Leaders need to be held more accountable to engage their constituents without throwing expensive events, and a simpler system should be put in place where constituents can learn about what the government is doing without facing the choice of either reading hundreds of pages or waiting for a media outlet to tell them. We must realign ourselves with this idea, and create a system of accountability to make this happen. 

A Latin phrase, Nunc Coepi, can be translated to meaning a new start, or to start again, in the way that we cannot simply rely on past success to hang our hat on. We must wake up each and every new day ready to recreate something that meets our standards. Again, and again. We built an amazing nation in 1776, and we have overcome many trying times since then. I believe that we are facing one of the biggest adversities our government has faced in 200+ years because of the power struggles we face, but together we can start again with something greater. Nunc Coepi.

Government Reform

Our current government is not getting the job done, it’s time for changes to be made in how Congress operates.

It’s time for a modern, people’s revolution. To do so, we cannot continue to elect the same people. I will step up to create positive change.

Constitutional Rights

The constitution was made to be used as a building block for how our nation is to be governed. It is important to safely protect our constitutional rights, and also ensure that our protection stays as modern as the threats to those rights.

Considerations based on your constitutional rights:

Amendment I : During a time in which information is so quickly spread, we must be vigilant so that people are able to have access to said information without revision or bias, and have the freedom to present their ideas and thoughts to the world freely if they wish to. This can be done through universal internet access and breaking up monopolizing media outlets.

Amendment II : A path of education and safety protocols are a better option than banning guns. We must be aware that non-law-abiding citizens will have always have access to guns, so we cannot legislate this away. Gun safety education will also allow for safer demilitarization of police forces. We can pay for these programs with taxes on gun manufacturers.

Amendment IV-VIII : We must ensure that the justice system evolves with the times. All steps and aspects of the due process must raise to higher standards and expectations from the actions of law enforcement, to courtroom proceedings, to prisons. These changes will largely depend on local elections and state oversight.

Amendment IX-X : The federal government, beyond issues pertaining to the entire nation, should work with individual states in order to facilitate fair government by the people, for the people at a more local level. Local elections will be more important than ever in all categories when it comes to strengthening small economies and pockets of culture.

Depoliticize

I propose that we move towards a leadership model that prioritizes the interests of all the people being represented, one that is more collaborative than it is undercutting. The two-party system has become far too extreme. The idea of political power being more important than effective government has been present in our leadership for far too long, and we see it every day in the form of bills packed with partisan interests, voting strictly across party lines despite what one may think is right, and ultimately the lack of much needed action for the people due to partisan power grabbing. Ideally, I think we should dismantle the Democratic and Republican parties completely, and focus more on ideas and solutions than money and affiliations.

New Generation

The role of the House of Representatives is to be the voice of the people. Not necessarily seasoned politicians. The average age of a Congress member is around 60. The average constituent is about 20 years younger than their representative. It is important that many different perspectives are heard to represent the diversity of our nation and the young voter, our next generation, is vastly underrepresented. Being 27 years old, I grew up in a different world than mostly all of our current Congress. I’m a young adult that wants a voice in how the next chapter goes. I also encourage change towards a more representative Congress in terms of gender, race, income, background, and other cross sections by which we can see that improvements need to be made to uphold the standard of excellence by which we should be measuring our leadership. Encouraging young voters and young professionals to be involved in shaping the future is a passion of mine, and only together can we truly create change.

Simple & Transparent

As a representative, it will be a top priority of mine to open the doors of transparency between Congress and the people they represent. In our current government bills are written to be over 1000 pages long, and most of the time people never even hear about laws being presented, especially ones that don’t pass on to the next vote. For this reason, people aren’t even aware of most of the actions taken to lead them, and even if they were to look, it would take unreasonably long to read. In school, we are given word or page limits. We are told that if we can’t express what we are trying to express in that amount of writing we are either working with too wide of a scope, or don’t understand the content enough. I aim to take this mindset to Congress. In addition to this, I would make all of my work, within reason and security, public for all to see and evaluate, even comment directly to me on.

Campaigns & Elections

I have not, and will not ever take money from any interest groups. There is far too much money involved in our campaign and elections, and I believe our leadership is too easily bought at this point in time. The people elected to lead are often not the best candidates, but the ones with the most access to funds and pre-built avenues to win, like party backing. Most campaigns use at least $500,000 in one election cycle for federal office, most are quite a bit more, and that’s whether they win or not. That’s over $1 million per office, per two years, for only the main Democratic and Republican party candidates. Leadership is not something money can buy, and that’s why it’s important that we move towards a system that puts all of the information out there on level ground, and allows for more representative leadership instead of the purchasing of power. Again, I support getting rid of the large parties for this reason. My campaign is currently running on around $1000, the incumbent’s is well over $600,000.

Treasury & Budget

The last year our federal government operated with a surplus was 2001, and most of these deficits are from a lack of plans or organization. Beginning to erase our debt cannot simply be fantasy. Steps must be taken to hold our government accountable financially.

Abolish the Federal Reserve

The first step towards real change is placing power of monetary policy back with entities that answer to the people, the Treasury, not the Fed. Right now, the entity that controls the volume of money and the cost of borrowing money (interest rates) is not made up of elected, or even government officials. The Fed is essentially a private large bank that has an exclusive contract to the debt of the United States government. It isn’t quite that simple, but it may as well be. The two ways the Fed can manipulate the money market is through Quantitative Easing (QE) which adds more money into circulation, or changing interest rates. Bank notes printed through QE dilute the value of the dollar, and serve people that carry derivative contracts much more than the typical American. Interest rates also serve those with more volume of money to lend/borrow at will. These protocols do not serve the American people, they serve private banks and people that are already rich. This could theoretically happen over a couple election cycles, first pull back in the global economy some to better control the flow of the dollar while we implement a new system through the Treasury step by step, and then grow back out again with a stronger US dollar, controlled by a government bank.

Quantitative Easing & Interest Rates

If there is any national debt to be taken out, it should be in treasury bonds to the people. As mentioned in the section “Abolish the Federal Reserve”, moving away from Quantitative Easing (QE) and lowering interest rates will redistribute wealth and allow for monetary growth on a more accessible level. When it comes to current monetary policy, having large volumes of money and non-liquid assets serve as an advantage in growing wealth, but don’t serve the economy. It encourages people to not spend money. Stagnant money shouldn’t grow income, moving money should. Lowering the barriers to borrowing and keeping money flowing will grow local economies and also promote small businesses and culture. It’s time we build a working economy, not continue to accumulate national debt while feeding greedy mouths.

Interest rates can immediately be lowered, and supplemented with taxes on the exclusive, large volume money contracts profiting off of the corrupt private system. Taxes could gradually be implemented on stagnant money over the course of 10-20 years moving to a new model, and would align with abolishing the Federal Reserve as well as moving towards a monetary standard. Once these plans are made, it should take much less than that years to replace QE with more organized and efficient fiscal policy.

Gold Standard or Alternative

The dollar should, and will be the strongest currency in the world to reflect our large and strong economy. The United States used to operate on a gold standard, now it solely gets its value from the currency markets. This poses a problem because there are so many variables, and so much opportunity for corruption. Rather than evaluate the strength of the dollar as compared to a more fixed commodity, we are only looking at relative values to other currencies and markets. This inconsistency of data, although doable, is not ideal. When we have a strong dollar backed by precious metals or some commodity of true value, the nation’s wealth is proven, transparent, and is clearly in the possession of the government. Right now, not only are the data points much less concrete, but they are being controlled by private parties. I propose a movement towards a new precious metals standard, but would also be open to exploring block chain technology as the next player in this arena. This would be done over the course of 10-20 years as to not disrupt the dollar’s place in the global economy. Assuming block chain develops along this timeline, we must be an ethical leader in the transition, but can use it as a new start towards a people’s economy.

Modern Tax Code

We must stop incentivizing monopolies, and start promoting small businesses and local Main Street economies through taxation. We must also use taxes to decrease the amount of money traded in derivatives and exclusive money contracts, and redirect that money towards real value that will give back to the economy rather than leech money out of it. In 2019, 80% of federal government revenue came from individual taxes, and the other 20% was split between corporate taxes and “Other Revenue”, presumably various investments. That 80/20 split is absurd. I propose that individual tax rates and small business tax rates are significantly lowered, and federal government revenue comes from 1) Taxes on large banks, insurance companies, etc. Any company that can benefit from pure volume of money held 2) Taxes on privatized healthcare companies, especially pharma companies, as well as any privatized business to profit off of basic human necessities 3) Carbon emissions taxes, offshoring taxes, exclusive contract taxes, incorporation taxes, etc. and 4) Money derivatives and contracts. Over 80% of the world’s money is purely electronic and in contracts, when so many people are living paycheck to paycheck, or without the necessities, this type of derivative value needs to be taxed at a much higher rate.

Reallocation of Budget

In order to operate with a surplus instead of debt, it is even more important to be smart about expenses than revenue. The national spending in 2019 was $4.5 trillion. Divided by 300 million that’s about $15,000 per person per year in the US. The main categories for this spending were Healthcare, Social Security, Defense contracts, among others. Much of the spending by our federal government is unnecessary, and can be changed through adding a layer of spending accountability. If we eliminate unfair exclusive contracts, reform these human services programs, and spend more efficiently, I’m very confident that we can create a budget to not only operate with a surplus without adding in more taxes, but provide more thorough assistance to those that need it.

A rough budget that I would propose/support would include:

50% – Basic Human Rights (Healthcare, Education, UBI, Veterans, Seniors, etc.)

30% – Economy, Jobs, Labor (Public Sector, Subsidies, Assistance, Contracts, etc.)

20% – Military/Defense (Military Defense, Intellectual Property, Foreign Affairs, etc.)

Justice & Ethics

Our justice system needs to be rebuilt around human-centric interests and equality. Around protecting the rights and opportunities of its people, not controlling them. It should be a system of Public Safety and Rehabilitation, not an Orwellian nightmare.

Legislative Process Reform

We must take a more holistic view of government, leading to proactively avoiding issues. The two glaring flaws in our current legislative process are 1) that it is reactive instead of proactive and 2) that it is unorganized. Rather than have a constantly updated version of legislation that can be easily understood as one cohesive set of laws, we keep piling on more and more. The sheer complication of the documentation itself makes the law inaccessible to all, allowing for loopholes and manipulation where there should be none. The saying that “lawyers know how to break the law the best” shouldn’t be applicable, but it very much is. We must move towards a system that prioritizes simplicity and transparency. The majority of bills in Congress are either overly complicated, or overly empty, both on purpose and both completely meaningless. I will put active pressure on Congress to stop hiding behind these games.

State Powers, Checks & Balances

It is stated in the Bill of Rights that states have power of law beyond what is mentioned in the Constitution. The United States is diverse in its people and in its regional cultures, so we cannot place a one size fits all solution over all states in a lot of cases. For example, high population areas near coasts like California and New York simply operate differently than Colorado. We must be able to govern our populations accordingly or else it will hinder the growth of these regional cultures and economies. It should be the responsibility of the federal government to check and balance these variances, ensure that all are both constitutional and don’t infringe upon the rights of other states, and manage inter-state laws. Part of these checks and balances could be monetary, but relationships with governors and members of Congress will be extremely important to build that bridge. I would encourage a more consistent and transparent line of communication between Governors and US Congress members.

Law Enforcement Reform

Here in 2020 we have seen a clear and loud signal of the need for changes in law enforcement. In large cities, police forces are typically given the largest chunk of the annual budget, but this money is squandered as we see in steady crime rates and steady police brutality numbers. The answer is not to blindly throw more money at the problem, it is to create consistent, systematic change. I do believe armed police officers are needed in our society, as much as I wish those types of threats didn’t exist, but I also believe in police officers prepared with mental health training, more thorough personal bias screening, and higher qualification standards in all areas. It is like a machine making a noise; we must take it apart, look at it closely, clean it up, and put it back together.

To me, this process looks like 

  1. More thorough, and longer training
  2. “Specialties” such as mental health, domestic disputes, de-escalation, etc. that would require additional training, some even college degrees
  3. More active programs to not only make people comfortable with police, but to make police comfortable with all kinds of people.
  4. We must pay law enforcement officers better to get better candidates for the job. We cannot afford to have “bad apples” in our police force, just like we cannot afford to have “bad apples” in the control room at NASA. The consequences are too large, and too unacceptable if the job is done poorly. Screening should be improved to include psych and behavior traits that cannot be controlled, and I 100% support the database to track officers with poor records.

This new system will take what we see now and bolster it into a complete Public Safety and Assistance organization. It will provide our brave officers with the resources they actually need to keep us safe, and the resources for us to know that they are being held accountable to high standards with no unfair cushion. This system will be rooted in the movement away from a discriminatory police force. No more “fitting the description.” No more “I felt endangered because of what he was wearing.” No more war on POC disguised as a war against crime. It’s time for the era of, “How can I help you?”

This type of investment will not only pay for itself in terms of ethics and social help to communities, but I guarantee it will not take 50% of a budget to achieve. This is where spending belongs right now, and it is 100% doable.

Judicial Process

I believe in a strong effort to close loopholes in the judicial process, and examine it for ways we can simplify and make it accessible to all. Similar to large pieces of legislation, criminal and civil law are far too complicated and susceptible to manipulation. I believe in the saying that “nobody can break the law better than a lawyer” and I believe it’s true due to the complication of precedents, clauses, exceptions, etc., etc. Not everybody knows the law in the depth of a lawyer, and not everyone can hire a private lawyer. Private lawyers have reason to win at any cost, while public defenders often juggle multiple cases at once and the result is not of as much importance in cases. The determinations of guilty or not guilty, jail or no jail, should not be nearly as important as the questions of:

  1. Do we know what the cause of the problem is? 
  2. Is this going to solve the problem, or is something else going to do a better job?
Prison Reform

Prisons must have a goal, a direction of helping people to be ready for a new chance at life. Although most of the population will never go to prison, we must treat those that do with compassion rather than cold-heartedness. Do people deserve to be punished for wrongdoing? Absolutely. Is locking someone up for 10 years and then letting them back out into the world without help going to fix the problem? No way. The goal of a correctional facility should be to correct what is wrong. We need to provide resources to help people that have been convicted of a crime learn how to live a better life, and these resources include mental health assistance, life planning, relationship and societal coaching, etc. Rather than perpetuate a cycle in which most people in prison have been there before, we must find the roots of the problems that lead people there and solve them. This program will be fair, it will improve people, and it will help people get back on their feet and live better lives. This approach will also make it easier to proactively prevent criminal activity on streets, spreading the benefit outside the walls.

Basic Rights

We must utilize the power of the federal government to facilitate the flow of money and resources throughout society, helping individuals rather than large interest groups. I am not aiming for a society in which everybody gets participation trophies, but I am aiming for one in which everyone is given a fair chance to participate, work hard, and win.

Safety Net

In the constitution, it states that the most basic of rights guaranteed to all are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. To me, this essentially means that while you do not have a right to win the game of life, you have a right to play on level ground. In today’s world, I think this means the ability to have a roof over your head, to have access to transportation, to have healthcare, and have access to build a new life with commitment and hard work. I take my own life as an example: When I started having seizures, I had to stop working and lost mostly everything, my income, my insurance, my truck. I was still the same person months later when my medications were figured out, but the barriers I faced in that adversity were unnecessary. I don’t think anybody should face those unnecessary barriers, no matter what the reason. After all, we often learn the most from the negatives, not the positives. Imagine what just a little help could do.

Compare to Current Programs

I do not believe in handouts, but I do believe in a program to create a level playing field. Right now, government spending towards assistance programs is spread out all over the place, with no real organizing legislation to tie it all together. Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, Housing, Transportation, Food Assistance, VA, etc. all take up most of the national budget with little oversight in how they are all connected. If we replace all of these programs with a sliding scale basic rights and UBI system, we can achieve greater coverage of what people need, while spending less money. Rather than allow large box store corporations to capitalize on all the volumes of scale, use that strategy to achieve effective assistance to those in need.

Healthcare

Healthcare is a right to all. Life is the first right of any person, and health goes hand in hand. This is not feasible with our current healthcare system, or legislation relating to it. The first step is to create price transparency and consistency. This will not allow insurance companies to falsely inflate prices as compared to what somebody with no insurance might pay, therefore lowering unnecessary healthcare costs. The next step would be to limit pharmaceutical companies’ ability to monopolize intellectual property to hold people’s health at a ransom. This can be done through taxes and IP legislation. Breakthrough discoveries will still be rewarded, but not in a way that limits access. As for building a new system, it should be based on proactive and integrated care, and should be paid for in a value-based system rather than our current fee per service model. For example, each person would have access to a general practitioner that incentivizes proactive healthcare practices. Should any care be needed, that doctor would be able to direct you to the necessary location, private or public depending on your payer plan, creating an integrated approach with everyone on the same page. An integrated, value based system like this would not only be able to cover everybody, but would still allow for private competitors to the government plan as well as lower overall healthcare costs due to the proactive and cohesive nature.

(In a value based healthcare system, rather than pay each time you go to the doctor, your payer has a responsibility to keep you healthy for less than $XX,XXX/year. If they do so, they keep the profit, if you need more care they lose out. Unhealthy people will have higher dollar amount thresholds. This incentivizes all parties involved to not only keep prices competitively low, but is more focused on human wellness rather than the number of tests and medicines given.)

Education

The most important changes, but the most difficult to achieve, will be in the public K-12 school system. First and foremost, teachers must be paid more. Immediately. Not only do teachers deserve more compensation and respect for the work they do in shaping the next generation day in and day out, but higher pay and attention will draw more competition and even better teachers to add to the ones we already have. In addition to this, teachers also deserve more freedom in how they operate their classrooms from overreaching guidelines. Teachers chose their profession for a reason, and are very rarely allowed to just teach. No two students are the same, and professionals in their field should be able to teach each one as they need to be taught. The goal should be to grow students as much as we can, even if they are each a little (or a lot) different. The goal right now seems to be churning out clones that all think the same way, and that’s very detrimental in countless ways to how we will grow as a society.

Knowledge is the base of all growth, and everyone should have a chance to build their life by working hard to learn and grow. The easiest thing we can do to make this better immediately is ensure that everybody in the country has internet access that is adequate to learn via search engines, free courses, etc. as well as educate themselves about what’s going on in the world, and opportunities they may be able to pursue. Some will and some won’t, but it’s the government’s duty to promote and provide access to continuous learning. The next step we can take is to provide higher education options for everyone. This does not mean that anyone can go to any school they want for free, but it does mean that there should be chances for every single person, whether that’s a public community college or university, a trade school, a military academy, or private options. This will come from an acceptance that intelligence has many forms, people have different things to the offer the world, and higher education doesn’t all have to look the same, but we all need access to opportunities to learn.

Universal Basic Income

Many studies have been done regarding UBI, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. Recipients use the funds for their intended purpose nearly all the time, there is surely no more manipulation than what happens in the spider web of assistance that exists now. Easy, effective, transparent, and protected from manipulation should be the qualities on which we evaluate public assistance, and UBI is better than what we have now in all of those ways. I encourage you to look into what Mayor Michael Tubbs is doing with UBI in Stockton, CA. I saw firsthand the situation in Stockton as recently as 5 years ago, and to see the positive impact this test program has shown is very inspiring.

Right now, if we gave $1000 per month to 100 million citizens for one year, it would cost $1.2 trillion. Around $1 trillion per year was spent on social security in 2019, and when you add in all public programs that number climbs closer to $2 trillion. Add in state funds and who knows what those numbers look like. We could, and should, put a plan in place to replace our current programs such as social security, unemployment, housing, etc. with Universal Basic Income (UBI) for the sake of not losing money from programs that aren’t effectively cooperative. In theory, a person that has income under a certain threshold could apply for UBI any receive a debit card that is preloaded at the beginning of each month. It could even be a system that tracks charges and doesn’t allow for taking out cash. We must help our fellow man and woman, and can do so equitably.

Economy, Jobs & Labor

We are living in 2020 with a far outdated work culture system based before we had anywhere near the technology or accessibility to each other we have now. A move towards small, competitive capitalism and sustainable innovation is needed. Away from large monopolies and exclusive markets, but also incentivizing competition to move forward.

Public Sector Jobs

Military, Public Service, Healthcare, Teaching, Law, and other public facing jobs should be held to the highest of expectations, and be compensated fairly for said expectations. Essential jobs such as infrastructure and supply chain management, agriculture, etc. should also be given this treatment through subsidies. These industries also should not be over-privatized, as they should reflect the principles of our country. Expectations and practices need to be vastly improved, and I think this happens through a type of waterfall system where the federal government provides guidelines and help to states, down to districts and municipalities for more specific regulation. The line of communication should be clear and accessible so that any wrongdoing can be easily found and corrected. This will also allow for a more human-centric infrastructure.

Retirement

All citizens 60 or older should be able to retire if they want to, no matter what. This will not necessarily be through strictly cash payments, but a volumes of scale approach to things like healthcare, housing assistance, food assistance, etc. similar to my proposed basic rights policy. This can be done in a way that a guaranteed level of retirement exists, but can be cashed out if a private plan is chosen instead. An additional program that could benefit both retired individuals and students could be that master classes could be facilitated through public universities and schools for extra payment. An easy to find, low-stress, a la carte type of job that any senior could do in their own area of expertise, providing opportunities for young people that can and should learn.

Infrastructure & Supply Chain

The first thing I would do in regards to infrastructure and supply chain is to ensure that Congress knows that we are at a turning point of the type of infrastructure we need to be preparing for. We are rapidly moving towards electric travel and high-speed travel between large urban areas. This must come into play when discussing planning, funding, and decisions of timing in accordance to technological advances. All exclusive infrastructure and supply chain contracts should not be renewed to allow for healthy competition in shaping the best version of our next chapter. The end goal in my eyes should be for the federal government to facilitate these large-scale transportation transitions, and provide assistance to states in how they take those and funnel them into their own infrastructures. An important move to celebrate our diverse cultures as a country, domestic supply chains should be developed thoroughly so that economies can exist without international trade and loss of regional cultures. With a combination of high speed travel between urban centers and embracing local supply chains, we can realign ourselves with our nation’s identity of embracing all cultures.

Agriculture, Energy & Environment

There are two main lanes that I want to focus on in terms of the environment:

  1. Creating small, local ecosystems of agriculture for food and plants that will yield little to no waste
  2. Putting together a concrete plan for an end game to crude oil. Our current system of meat packing and distribution is not only unhealthy because of working conditions, but because there are huge monopolies taking over local butcher and meat shops. The same can be said for farmed crops and processed goods. It’s become more about quantity than quality, regardless of which shortcuts like GMOs, high emissions, and unfair labor are used, and that leads to a lose-lose situation for Main Street businesses and families. This model also leads to wasted food because the large companies produce with the goal of making people buy more than they need, and leaves out areas that wouldn’t buy enough volume, creating food deserts. A transition to more local butcher shops, farmers markets, grocery stores, bodegas, etc. will bolster Main Street economies and small businesses, allow for healthier options with less fillers and preservatives, and cut down on emissions from large manufacturers and distant supply chains. Creating these symbiotic relationships is crucial long term.

Oil takes millions of years to be produced from organic material. We are already using fracking to literally squeeze the oil we can get out of the Earth. This is not a sustainable solution, and the fact that there is not a plan for what comes next is mindboggling. Oil has so much power over our society that we can’t even comprehend the extent, yet we allow it to corner many industries like fuel, plastic packaging, cosmetic products, and many more. What we don’t realize is that other options are available that are much better for the environment, and are just as effective in most cases. For example, hemp can be grown very densely, and can be converted into oils and textiles to replace most crude oil purposes. While it doesn’t provide the same power, it can surely be used as a supplementary commodity more, and bridge a gap towards complete oil replacement within the next 10-20 years. Just like oil, hemp could be a main export of the nation if given the chance with it’s extremely versatile uses dating all the way back to 150BC and before. I would make it a priority to complete a plan that when executed, will almost completely replace oil over an appropriate amount of time of 10-20 years.

Science, Space & Technology

We must be very mindful to not lose the essence of humanity in technology and advancement. The human mind is beyond comprehension to us, we cannot stand to bastardize it into something we can more easily understand. Life is about more than controlling everything. I think a good place to start would be to place more focus on using technology to make life easier for those struggling. Throwing money at issues is temporary, but putting the same passion towards solving those problems as we put towards the “next big thing” has the power to bring a lot of change. This ethical focus extends to space, we cannot militarize space while we all still have so much to learn about it as a human race. Militarization will hold us back from such amazing opportunities that we are on the brink of.

Technology is advancing at exponential rates, and that is extremely exciting. The recent SpaceX and NASA launch was awe-inspiring, and the world we live in is more understood every day. However, I think it is imperative during a time like this to take accountability of what we are truly doing and stay ethical. Things like AI, RFID implants, 5G, etc. are cutting edge, but they are also scary in that they are not understood all the way by a typical American. Of course, security of patents and discoveries should still be honored and encouraged to push forward, but when it comes to big things like that, a higher degree of transparency and cross-research should be done in the later stages after securing IP rights. Citizens have a right to know what is changing and being implemented around them with more clarity than there is now so that they understand and can choose how they want to respond.

Foreign Affairs & Military

We should lead with peace and diplomacy, but be more than adequately prepared to defend ourselves, and others, from any type of attack.

Peace, Diplomacy, and Collaboration

War should always be the last option to be put on the table, but we must stay prepared. Almost all of the mainstream news we hear about foreign nations and diplomacy are negative. It feels like our nation has been at war for more of my lifetime than not. And when it comes to humanity level issues like climate change or trade, our relationships with other nations are often strained or complicated. While a perfectly ideal situation is not likely, I think we should make a strong effort to build relationships with the entire global community.

Defense (All Threats)

Maintain our military forces, advance intelligence, hold back from attacking. Those are the keys. The age we live in is very different in terms of defense and military, our structure and spending must stay ahead of the curve. We’ve seen in 2020 the ability of something like a virus to affect a nation, raising awareness of militarization of diseases. We have seen instances of cybersecurity being a huge threat. And so on. While it is important to stay strong in terms of force, this is where the focus needs to be right now. Maintain our military forces, advance intelligence, hold back from attacking. This will also allow for manageable defense and military spending.

Intellectual Property

I think it’s very important to reform the system of intellectual property in the military as well as the exclusive contracts that come along with. We cannot deny that the military must have a significant degree of security, but I think to reevaluate how those advancements evolve into helping everyday life from military use after the necessary time period can be improved. More than anything, however, I think the line of communication between these defense companies, the government, and the people it may affect in any way needs to be improved, within reason.

Global Presence/Role

We need to take a step back and take care of ourselves as a nation so that we can be our best and return to our role as a world-leading nation. Historically, the United States has been a world leader in almost every category. We have had plenty of problems like any other nation of course, but we often lead the charge in worldwide causes. Right now, however, we are struggling to maintain our own internal health as a nation, and it’s affecting how we are able to help the world. While I could not agree more that collaboration on climate change, trade, etc. between nations is important, we must put down our pride and admit that we cannot continue to bear a majority share of investment costs, etc. right now like we have in the past. I think of it like a direct metaphor to an individual in a relationship, we need to improve ourselves first so that we can give more to others. The Paris Climate Agreement is an example, we are not exactly a prime example of environmental policy, so rather than pledge money to the Agreement to help other nations we can probably give more to the cause of slowing global warming by figuring out our own supply chains, etc., then helping others with monetary support later on. We are currently pledging money from empty pockets.

Immigration Policy

We are a land of immigrants, and we always have been. It’s imperative that we don’t forget that. Even today, quite a large portion of the food on our tables made it there because of hard working, undocumented immigrants. Many of these people are not documented simply because of the poorly organized system. A large focus needs to be made on making it easier for immigrants to get and keep visas, with clear and accessible paths to citizenship. Investing in this system will benefit all involved in the way that immigrants know what they have to do to be citizens, the US is able to account for how people move into and out of the country, and ultimately it will incentivize people who are here to be citizens and people that don’t want to become citizens to leave. It is largely that middle ground where people get lost, leading to the extremes of crime sneaking through and inhumane treatment at detention centers, and it is that middle ground that we must address. In regards to programs like DACA, I think they should stay in place until we can complete a more holistic plan to facilitate legal immigration on a consistent basis, then phased out since those same protections and more will be provided with more organization and less cost due to the transparent and consistent nature.

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