The leader our nation needs, but not what she desires

Published on 14 April 2024 at 19:03

In some ways, we are the greatest nation in the world.  In some ways, we aren't.

 

Overall, we are the leader still of the free world.  We are the #1 economy, despite being only #3 in population and #4 in land area.  Although in freedom, we do not rank as high as we used to.  We are #5 in economic freedom, #27 in personal liberties (although that is skewed, if you suffer from mental illness, are a member of the LGBTQ community, or are not Caucasian, two of which are true about me, well, actually, I am mixed, I am 6.25% Cherokee but the rest of me is Irish and German, you still do not have the liberty of a straight Caucasian without mental illness, although in some ways, it is improving), and #17 in overall freedom. So how can we improve that ranking?  Well, I have a few ideas.

If you're anything like me, you are dissatisfied with our political system.  Although you do not know how to change it.  Well, first of all, our government is no longer a true republic.  It is a plutocracy.  The wealthy control the nation.  You have to have tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to afford a campaign these days!  And we are very much a two-party system.  Third parties and independents stand little or no chance in most places.  I loathe this.  I am a centrist, mostly Libertarian if anything.  My Republican friends think I am a liberal, my Democratic friends think I am a conservative, but I am neither.  I am in between.

 

These are the issues I care about most:

Marijuana Legalization

 

Cannabis should be completely legalized in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  My mother, my younger brother, and I support complete legalization.  Even my 94 (almost 95) year old maternal grandmother supports medical!  Only the true far-right conservatives in my family (most of whom are ignorant and have bought into the propaganda and / or are ultra-religious and believe it is a sin to consume ANY chemical that alters the brain and / or body chemistry as they take the body to be a temple) support it remaining illegal pretty much.

 

Medicinally, it has 700 - 800 medical benefits.  Several members of my family could benefit from it.  I for example suffer from autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, fibromyalgia, and chronic migraines.  In the 37 medical states (19 of which are also adult use / recreational and therefore completely legal states), all six would qualify me.  47 states at least allow CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC.  Only three states are so far behind the times and have their heads so stuck in the sand like an ostrich they do not even allow ANY cannabinoid, not even CBD, CBG, and CBN with absolutely zero THC in any quantity!  (Tennessee allows Delta 9 in small amounts and Delta 8 and Delta 10 in unlimited amounts).

 

Recreationally, it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for the states it is legalized in (as it already has in the states it has been), even billions in larger states!

 

Why the holdouts in the last 13 states, especially the 3 most in the dark?  Because the only way politicians could have their heads stuck up the asses of pharmaceutical companies' and private prison companies' executives, shareholders, and lobbyists as well as religious organizations who oppose it closer than they are (as well as other politicians they support) if they were a human centipede.

LGBTQ and Disability Rights

 

Alright, as I stated before, I am bisexual and my late sister was a lesbian.  And I suffer from numerous mental illnesses, as do / did some members of my family and friends, including my late sister who took her life.  Of course I am going to be biased.

 

I feel both groups are oppressed.  They have fewer rights than straight civilians (especially straight Caucasian and straight wealthy civilians, most especially straight wealthy Caucasian civilians).  I would know, as I have fewer rights than many of my family members who are straight and who do not have mental illness.

 

There is only one, and I do mean only ONE stance of the LGBTQ community I do not support.  The surgeon general announced she supports children ages 3 - 17 should be able to have gender affirmation surgery and hormone replacement surgery....with or without their parents' permission.  I think they should wait until 18.  And here's why....I am an uncle.  My younger brother has a 7 and 10 year old son.  I must put my position as a (semi?) responsible uncle first before I do as a bisexual man.  Do you think I want them going up to him, his wife, or his ex-wife, and the following dialogue going on at their current ages?

Nephew(s):  "Hey, Mom (biological and / or step) / Dad, I want to be a girl!"

Younger brother / Sister-in-law / Ex-sister-in-law:  "The hell you are!"

Nephew(s):  "Well fuck you, Mom / Dad, you have no say anyway, I am going to get the surgery and / or therapy anyway with or without your approval!"

Hell no!  And I am NOT transphobic!  My late sister's ex-girlfriend is a trans man and I'm good friends with him.  I would have no problem with them being trans.....AT EIGHTEEN.

Gun Rights / Second Amendment

 

I believe we should have the right to bear arms.  I do not believe the government should take that right away from us.

 

That being said, I do think you should have to be mentally stable (one of the few places you will hear me speak against the mentally ill) and not a felon (or even have a Class A or B misdemeanor for at least 3 years!) to own an AK-47 or AR-15, and if you do, you should not turn them into Uncle Sam but to a relative or friend who could qualify to own one and will be checked on to be sure he / she is still in ownership / possession of said gun.  Background checks are not a bad idea.

 

Although that still will not solve all the problem.  Just part of it.  And here's why....

 

CRIMINALS DO NOT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE LAW!  Because they are criminals.  If gun laws are strengthened, there will be a more lucrative (and dangerous to those who oppose them!) black market for guns....just like with drugs.  We see how well the war on drug works, the war on guns will work just about as well.  Strip law-abiding civilians of guns, and only criminals will own guns.

 

And I absolutely think more public places (especially schools) should have armed guards.

Right to Die with Dignity

 

Right now this is so unpopular / controversial that it is legal in only in five states:  California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Vermont.

 

I think it should be legal in all 50 states.  I watched two family members suffer from Alzheimer's, one for 7 and one for 14 years, before the Grim Reaper finally took them!  That's ridiculous.  I don't have any desire to go that way.  Please, for the love of God, if you care about me, I beg my family members and friends, euthanize me or have a physician assist me with death within DAYS if not HOURS of me getting a terminal illness and / or becoming that severely brain damaged.

Transportation Infrastructure

 

Many of our roads are in sad shape.  Overcrowded.  Undermaintained.  Etc.

 

And there are some places we need high-speed rail, where it makes sense.  Not everywhere, we do not possess the population density Europe and Asia do over 85% of the nation, but over some areas, yes, it does make sense.

 

We need to devote more of our budget to transportation infrastructure.  We squander HUNDREDS of billions, maybe even trillions, on wars and economic aid to other nations.  Why not spend it here on our own soil to help economic development?

 

Transportation infrastructure is the place where tax dollar investment is best spent.  Where it brings the most benefit.

 

Read my book "Transportation Infrastructure:  Southeast USA Edition", I have it available for free in the books section of my website.

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