Happy President's Day! This weekend, Mackenzie and I went to a party where we dressed up as a presidential candidate we would want to see on the ticket. I was the President, she was the VP, which would also technically make her the first lady. ;) In honor of Presidents Day, here are a few platforms I would run on:
1) Legalization of cannabis via removal of the plant from the Controlled Substance Act, increased taxes for and eventual shut down of for profit prisons, and re-investment of resources into the communities most effected by the failed War on Drugs.
2) Move the US to a 100% independent clean energy future via subsidies for home and business owners, as well as job training focused on those in former industrial and low-income communities.
3) A complete overhaul of the education system that includes wiping out student debt and standardized tests, and guaranteeing free community college or job training to anyone who wants it.
I was feeling helpless last week in the wake of the Florida shooting; but I feel so inspired by the students and young people saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We have the power to get these politicians who care more about guns than our lives, who claim to be "conservative" but don't want to conserve our earth's resources, who protect white supremacists "freedom of speech" but are silent when black people are gunned down and locked up, OUT of office and put the people that will listen to us IN.
Get registered to vote with the link in my bio, knock some doors, talk to your family members, do whatever is in your power to get people out to the polls this November and lets show policy makers at ALL levels of government that we are done playing their games.
If you were running for president, what would your platform be?
Be willing to think outside the box and question your own ideas.
On this President's Day, and in this terrible week of shootings and unbelievably dismal presidential response, I wanted to draw inspiration from a former great US President, Theodore Roosevelt. ⠀
Considered one of the top 5 Presidents, Roosevelt was a man of strong character and morals. This Republican President led the Progressive movement which championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs.⠀
Incredibly how far the party has come from its roots...⠀
I hope that the strength, innocence and fire from the young survivors of the horrible Florida shooting will create a new spark, a new movement to truly end the incomprehensible and immoral hold of the NRA on national politics and policies. ⠀
It's beyond time things change. This Monday, President's Day, whatever your goals may be, your concerns are, keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. And just do it. ⠀
For those of you who read to the end, congrats!! This is an unusually lonnnnng post but I had to put it out there!!
Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen
Co-Founded Higher Heights @hig@higherheights4. .
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