Patrick Watson On The issues
We are a nation of immigrants and our strength as a nation comes from the diversity of thought, the blending of individual personalities, and the blending of cultures that people from other lands and nations around the globe bring.
Our party must strongly stand up, help to create, and be forcefully behind efforts to create a pathway to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented immigrants that are living in the shadows.
Our party must strongly stand up, help to create, and be forcefully behind efforts to streamline the immigration system for those that have immigrated to the US legally. The system is currently broken and is a time consuming expensive system that puts families through hardship and separation.
Gun Violence Prevention
Our party must help create and support efforts for the a national system for universal background checks.
Our party must help create and support efforts to close all loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to acquire guns without checks.
Our party must help create and support efforts to hold bad apple gun dealers not following the rules accountable.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity. Renewable energy sources are the future of our economy. These will help to reduce CO2 emissions and preserve our environment for future generations.
Our air and drinking water are treasures not we are not yet capable of recreating. As a party addressing pollution and proper stewardship of our natural resources must be a top priority.
I believe in and fully support a strong and free public education system.
College tuition costs have reached a level that is discouraging to a number of bright and well qualified potential students. As a party we must attempt to seriously address this issue and assist with solutions to the problem of higher education cost spiraling out of control. In the interim we should seek and support efforts to extend offers of real financial assistance to our students if we want to be a country truly open to all the best and brightest talent.
Preserving a strong middle class is one of the foundations of the Democratic Party. Ensuring that workers have a right to collective bargaining and forming unions is key. We should also assist with the creation of and support a non exploitive system of vocational and technical education that offer avenues to well paying careers.
Adding New Voices to the Party
There has been a groundswell of support from individuals who share our values since the election of Donald Trump. We must give the resistance movement a voice within the party to increase our ranks. I want to be the voice for these individuals.