As an immigrant and a 40-year American citizen, I am deeply grateful to live in a democracy in which citizens participate in making laws and public policies. As Americans, we exercise our right to vote to elect representatives to act on our behalf. Central to our American democracy is the concept of the “Rule of Law,” not rule by individuals or mobs. The exercise of power is not arbitrary but is instead in service to well-defined and established laws enacted by the majority of the people’s elected representatives.
I believe in this style of government, whether at home or abroad, since it is the only one that is based on universal principles of egalitarianism, the sovereignty of human rights, and equality of all people in their right to self-determination. And there is no time more important to stand for its policies, programs and priorities than at this combative point in history.
I stand for:
- Passing the John Lewis voting rights act, which fully restores the Voting Rights Act of 1965, gutted in recent years by the Supreme Court.
- Removing the corrupting influence of money from our political system by advancing voting rights, campaign finance reform, and a renewed commitment to ethics in government, as outlined in the For the People Act.
- Upholding the work and implementing the recommendations of the House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack and all other efforts by Congress and the Department of Justice to hold accountable the insurrectionists, no matter how high their station, who they determine are responsible for the that assault on our democracy, by far the worst threat to it since the Civil War.
- Passing legislation that strengthens our election infrastructure and prevents cyber-attacks by foreign adversaries.
- Strengthening the Electoral Count Act to make sure that electoral slates cannot be overturned, and to remove any ambiguity about the Vice President’s role in certifying presidential elections.
- Legislation that expands the concept of antitrust to technology monopolies.
- Improving political civility, where we strive to understand opposing views, and then disagree, if that is called for, rather than marginalizing or demonizing our fellow human beings.