Answers to questions – Part 1

I knows it’s hard to spread the word when you get questions and you worry about what you’ll say.

I’ve been talking to folks I meet on the street, workers in fast food places (I eat too much of it, I know), and even in parking lots. Here are a few questions I get, and how I answered. Maybe this will encourage you to chat people up as well?

#1 – What party are you?
I’m neither Republican nor Democrat, I’m independent. After the 2016 election I realized neither represents most of the people, and both are taking money from special interests. I’m not taking money, and will never take money. I’m here for us, the regular people who work, who go to school, who struggle to find a way to live.

#2 – What’s your ideology?
I’m not a believer in ideology. The monk Thomas Merton once said that “an ideology is a rule made automatic.” Nothing for me is automatic, I question things, even the obvious at times. I don’t agree completely with any party, and I don’t fit the neat classifications I’m told they teach in school. But I do believe that life is precious, that we should respect all life, the environment, everywhere and at all times. We should be kind, and when we must oppose others, use the greatest discretion, mercy and respect possible without neglecting justice or failing to protect the innocent.

#3 – I don’t agree with everything you have on your Web site.
I’m here to offer an alternative to party politics, to pay-to-play politics, to the awful, disrepectful and pointless acrimony of the 2016 election. Each voter has to decide whether they care more for their Party than for a Congress that takes billions in donations and neglects their duty to us, the American people.

#4 – You say you are for all of US, but doesn’t that mean people like you?
Human like me, yes. In the Supreme Court decision of Wong Win v. United States (1896), we established that the protections of the Bill of Rights apply to anyone within our borders. In the same way, I’m here to represent anyone within the District 46 borders, and also the best interests of all those within the borders of the United States, whether here legally or not. That might seem outrageous to some, but if the rights, the human rights, of anyone are neglected, we are all affected in some way, whether because a disrespected person turns to crime to survive, or whether we as a people grow colder to those in need. We’ve given far more aid to others than any other country, and we helped our worst enemies rebuild after a horrible world war. That is who we are, even though we have lost our way. But what is broken can be repaired. We can learn to love one another, no matter how different.

In short, answer any question as your heart speaks, not the selfish thoughts most of us have, but the deepest heart, the part that really desires peace, that prompts you to give something to the poor, that deeply regrets all the unnecessary killings, the corruption, and wishes so much that we could be a better people. Answer according to that, and it will be closest to what I would answer. I trust you.

More on how non-citizens are protected by the Bill of Rights in the article here. This makes me so glad to be an American, and I hope you feel the same.
Everyone here has constitutional rights!

By Ed Rushman

Technical manager in Orange County, parent, husband.