Congress is supposed to represent and work for The People, but lately, partisan warfare has resulted in fewer results, higher deficits and more division. While most of the United States citizenship is willing to find common ground in issues like gun control, immigration, and healthcare, only the loudest and most divisive voices are being heard, and nothing is actually getting done.
It’s time to break this cycle that the two-party system has us trapped in. We need leadership in Congress that puts the People first, that listens to their constituents in order to find real, working solutions, and that has the expertise to make true progress for the people of the Fourth District of South Carolina.
A Declaration of Independents
As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divides in our country, we join together as political independents to declare five common principles that we believe can unite a new movement to repair our politics and restore the American dream for future generations.
First, we put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.
Government should represent “We, the people” — not the party leaders or those who can buy access to power. As independents, we believe good governance is about rising above petty partisanship and putting the people first.
Second, we use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.
We reject today’s zero sum politics and desire to work together with Democrats and Republicans in an inclusive and civil manner to get things done. As independents, we think for ourselves, understand different perspectives, follow the facts, identify root causes, offer new ideas, and make logical decisions.
Third, we stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.
We want to empower every American to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger country for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.
Fourth, we champion competition, transparency, and accountability in politics.
We seek to rebuild Americans’ trust in government by holding ourselves to the highest standards of honor and honesty and by fixing the broken incentives that contribute to political dysfunction. As independents, we support reforms to ensure our political process truly represents the people — including the way we draw district lines, fund campaigns, and run elections.
Fifth, we believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.
As Americans, we understand it is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues. As independents, we encourage increased citizen participation in our political process and in service to our country.
It’s no secret that our government is broken, and nowhere is that more evident than in our healthcare system, which has become little more than a political football of blame. The fact that people across the U.S. are now paying more for health insurance than their own mortgage should be a four-alarm fire. Doing nothing is not an option, and action must be taken. With my vast experience in the healthcare insurance industry, I intend to tackle this issue head on.
The Declaration of Independence states that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That means that the whole purpose for having a representative-based government is public service. Essentially, it establishes an employer/employee relationship, but I think most of our Congressional leadership has missed that. They should be working for us—not for special interests, not for partisan interests, and definitely not for themselves.
Economy & Workforce
I believe in opportunity for all, and the greatest opportunity someone can have starts with a job. Without employment, none of us can accomplish much; we are not free to truly pursue life, liberty and happiness (as outlined in the Declaration of Independence) without means of economic support.
I believe we have view the economy as a whole through this prism: do people have the opportunity to better their life through a job. That is the prism I will use to view all future legislation on economic issue.
Further, there are various organizations in the district whose entire objective is business and economic growth—our local Chambers of Commerce. For that reason, I am happy to note that I am the only candidate for the fourth district that received an “Excellent” rating from our three largest local Chambers.
The very definition of a country involves borders, and we absolutely need to secure our border as part of a larger look at our immigration policies as a whole. Likewise, if someone was brought to the U.S. when they were two years old this is the only country they’ve ever known; they don’t have the choice or know any other life, and they aren’t going to be deported. To address all these issues, we need to have a sensible solution for immigration that includes a path to legal status or a path to citizenship that is attainable and available.
Gun Rights & Reform
I’m a firm supporter of the Second Amendment, and the right to defend yourself is one of the cornerstones of our federal republic. However, I also believe that the government has a right and a responsibility to care for the general welfare, as stated in the Constitution. Few people would argue against the idea that we need to have safe schools and places to live, work and play.
Right now, the two extremes dominate this conversation, but there can be common sense reforms so as not to infringe on either right. It’s time to get rid of the two-party partisan politics to create real solutions for the freedoms, safety and welfare of our citizens.
Our govt is supposed to be of by and for the people, and our founders never intended our government to be run by lifelong politicians. Still, career politicians have continued to put their own interests ahead of the interests of the people, and the longer someone is in DC the further they are from the people they purport to represent. As a candidate of the American party, term limits are incredibly important to me—as they are to a majority of the people in our district—and if elected, I have agreed to serve no more than 12 years in Congress.