If elected, the following is how I would plan to operate on the issues while in Austin:
Why a version? Because I evolve each day, and so do each of us. I believe one of the main problems in politics is the inability to revise one’s views upon being presented new information that would normally force one to grow. Instead – we, those involved in politics, become polarized and dig in and demonize the other side. While, I too still become polarized, it is my goal to constantly learn and appreciate other points of view. I think we all have some nugget of truth, but not the whole truth. The challenge is to balance and reconcile the conflicting points of view into a whole.
I start from first principles —
I believe government is at best a necessary evil, and at worst a nightmare. Its purpose is to referee, not actively participate in the game we all find ourselves in. It is not here to bestow favors and privileges on some, and deny those same privileges to others. I believe we have put the government in charge of too many privileges – which forces us to fight one another, in some cases for survival over those privileges. We have gotten turned around and there is a long road to recovery.
I believe that people are generally smart enough to run their own affairs if given the chance to evolve into their role in Life.
I believe the whole idea behind representative government is to represent the people of one’s district or geopolitical boundary; however, by selecting a particular candidate that is also a tacit endorsement of at least some of their biases and publicly espoused opinions. In general, I favor less government-more freedom in just about everything, so my view is that the people of a local district should have the MOST say over the decisions which directly affect them, rather than being governed by people living thousand of miles away or even a hundred as in the case of Austin. The goal therefore is to make it easier for the local folks to have a voice in the operation of their own government – whether it is scaled back or scaled up, more local control makes the most sense to me, and the most local control is with the individual.
I have listed out my personal biases and legislative priorities below. I would plan to go with these biases and priorities given a tacit endorsement by the people of 139, unless overruled. Overruled? How?
I would host periodic meetings where registered voters of district 139 would not only say what they think, but we’d vote on which direction to steer legislation, even if it disagrees with my own publicly espoused views. In these sessions we would give voice to the quietest among us and try to reconcile as much controversy as possible before proceeding with a direction. In this process, I will no doubt try to convince many of my views, but at the end of the day, we are talking about representative government, not my government. In the absence of meetings, I’d setup a web site to collect the opinions of registered voters in 139. Why registered voters? Because I wouldn’t want members of other districts influencing our district. If you are a member of district 139, I humbly submit my desire to speak on your behalf, to be your representative.
In general, my goal is to make it easier for local folk to take control of their own lives. In the last session, there was talk of a state-wide law on chickens. I thought to myself, why not a nation-wide law on chickens? The state law sounded good, in principle, because the law was about overturning the archaic laws of local districts on whether one could keep backyard chickens or not. But, if the State of Texas involves itself in my backyard, what is next? Could it say that I can’t have cats? It probably wouldn’t, but in principle it sounds like it could and I’d rather not open that door. I believe the problem is not that some local governments have laws about chickens, rather it is that the local people are often powerless against those governments. Thus a real solution might be more about making it easier for local people to challenge or to change their own laws, rather than mandating one-size-fits-all laws from the state. Since local governments are a creation of the State, the State does have a say, but really ought to let local folks run their affairs as much as possible.
Below you see my personal legislative biases, that include my wife’s thorough input, which I believe would benefit the people of District 139. I have provided a summary with the below bullets, which you can also click on to see more details.
- Reform school spending, standardized testing, and funding. +
- Required teaching methods limit the teachers too much. =
- Smaller class sizes and tailored learning experiences. =