Why I'm running
Liberty, equality, justice, and peace are all inextricably intertwined. Without equality and justice, not all of us enjoy liberty. Nor will we be given any peace. If we are not at peace and all equal under just laws, we do not enjoy liberty.
We all, each of us, have a right to liberty, equality, justice, and peace. Because of that, each of us has a fundamental responsibility to society. Responsibility is not the flip side of liberty; it is integral to liberty as well as to equality, justice and peace.
Every Congressional Representative that you ever elect must swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. When I took that oath more than 50 years ago, I meant it, and I have lived it, and I will continue to do so. That is my promise to you.
Our founders crafted the Constitution to, "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." Note the concern for generations to come; Thomas Jefferson was fond of emphasizing that the earth and its usufruct belongs to the living. By that, he meant that each generation has a right to take the fruit, but never to cut down and burn the tree. Liberty recognizes the bodily autonomy of every person. The fight for bodily autonomy is part of why I entered this race and it is why I am proud to be the Democratic nominee for the November election.
Equality and Justice
Equality and Justice mean that we share the earth with our children and children's children, down to the seventh generation, the 7th– seventh generation, and beyond. We cannot ruin the world that they must live in. Equality and justice mean that all people are equal under the law and, to the extent it is possible, we must redress the sins of our past.
Peace at home and abroad require peace within each of us, civility in dealing with our neighbors, and respect for every other human being.