THE ISSUES

Our campaign is a grass-roots, values-based campaign. Our country was built on the acknowledgement of unalienable rights of the people. When our systems do not support our unalienable rights but instead try to rob us of them, we are faced with the necessary task of restructuring our systems to serve the people and ensure liberty and justice for ALL.

I am a systems thinker. My promise to the people is systemic change, a restructuring of our systems that is democratic and supports the rights of the American people. I am already on my way to creating that change, by educating the people. If you are interested in my curriculum visit my Patreon or listen to my Podcast. Knowledge is power, and powerful people create change.

What does systemic change look like? Do you know that the Executive Branch of our federal government oversees more than 2,000 positions? We put a lot of weight on the president and until the current administration, we hadn’t paid attention to all of the positions surrounding and influencing the president. My leadership would hold every federal employee, appointed and hired, responsible to core basic human values. 

What does that do Crystal? When people are held to values of justice, responsibility and innovation in their decision making, the shift is immediate in every system. We can literally move from corruption, waste, ignorance toward justice, equity, innovation and responsibility to the people immediately. We hire and appoint only those willing to be held by these standards and reprimand those who do not operate on these basic human values. DONE. NEXT?

Democracy

Address the representatives of the people, hold them accountable to reflect a representative democracy; expect the people to begin participating in democracy so that we do not follow this path again. We too must do our part, and I believe that when the people are led by a leader they can trust, people don’t mind doing their part to keep the machine oiled and running properly. In order to create and maintain a functioning democracy, there has to be trust, and there has to be participation. When we elect leaders who have the interests of all Americans before their self interests, as any civil servant should, we begin solving problems, working together, and a lot of our pains disappear.

Let me be clear, it will take sacrifice, commitment, and discipline to achieve the America that we all hope and desire for our families. But it’s worth it. When the government is a supportive leader of the people, when government officials are held accountable and there is transparency for the people, and when the people are acting on behalf of the greater good, a democracy is a beautiful system.

Accountability of Power

Our government should be a force for good. All elected, appointed, and hired government employees should be held to a standard of working ethically and striving to achieve the best good for the American people above all other concerns. Please remember that we are tax-paying citizens and it is well within our rights to hold our representatives accountable.

Education

We have to take a big step back and re-evaluate, What are we educating our children for? What is the purpose of education? What is currently in the way of this purpose? If the purpose is to create a brighter future, we have lost our way. Our government should have a clear vision for education including the content in schools, the education of our teachers, and the implementation of practice must reflect this purpose.

Education reform requires bringing stake-holders to the table. Stake-holders are those who have worked in education for their career, those fighting for education justice, and innovators who are focused on creating a just, equitable, innovative, and responsible education system. A few key pieces include addressing our style of education, the curriculum students receive, and the resources we give to educators. Our current education system is being held together with duct tape and the passion of teachers. It won’t hold for long. It’s time we address the roots of inequity. 

Our country was founded on innovation and finding a NEW way forward. We can create a future that is innovative and prosperous, and it starts with our children. A future of innovation requires an investment in our children’s education. We must begin teaching differently to reflect the needs of new generations of children and open up opportunities for all children. Geniuses, leaders, innovators, and great team players are born into poor and wealthy families alike. Our next Tesla, Einstein, Bergfield may be born into the poorest of families and it would be a disservice to our country to offer different and less opportunities to the poor. All children should have an equal opportunity at supporting our nation and being an innovator who changes the world.

We must prioritize education for every American. Education can be the momentum needed to shift into a new era of innovation and responsibility.

Health of the people

Healthy people are happy people, and happy people are productive people. We must make the physical and mental health of our citizens a priority. Let’s be clear, 98% of us are doing all the labor for the wealthiest 2% of this country. Soon enough, this 98% is going to be too sick, too depressed to be productive. It’s in the best interest of all concerned that we are happy and healthy Americans.

Unfortunately, health care is not an easy fix. Right now, people are demanding universal health care and opposers are shouting out the expense of it all. In a country where we have the highest rate of obesity, ADHD, cancers, and other diseases that plague our families, healthcare will indeed be expensive. However, we must invest in our collective physical and mental health. When the people are healthy and the health system is supportive, the costs are minimal.

Investing in mental health means less violence, fewer mass shootings, less defensive driving, less anger, and more peace in the workplace, at home and in our own minds. Investing in physical health means less absences at work, less stress, less medical bills, less medications and more peace in our workplace, at home and in our own minds.

We now know that mental and physical health are related. It’s time that our health care systems prioritize our physical and mental well-being and it’s beyond time for our government to support the well-being of the people. This means that the government can no longer be held captive by the insurance companies and big Pharma. Industries that provide basic human needs and operate as a for-profit (as opposed to non-profit) are inherently problematic and should be kept in check by the representatives of the people. Isn’t that why we elect representatives, to conduct business in the interest of the American people? Why then are so many Americans unable to afford health care? Why have we not addressed our toxic environment as a contributing factor to our chronic illness? Why are we not educating people about how to ease symptoms of illness and disease by avoiding particular behaviors, foods, environments? Clearly, education is related to health care. Both of which are prime objectives for our campaign.

Criminal Justice Reform

Our criminal justice system is consuming our American citizens. It is a profitable private industry. Let me repeat that, the prisons are privately owned and making money for every person we have in prison, from our tax dollars. While we complain about the amount of taxes we pay, the prison industrial complex is scouting for inmates to place on their role call. We need to understand that how we treat those who have robbed a store in desperation or who sold drugs to pay the rent, those who went to prison for using drugs, will someday be back on our streets. Wouldn’t you prefer that we use our tax dollars to rehabilitate and restore humanity to those who may one day meet your son or daughter on the street?

Our current prison/jailing systems are giving inmates and guards alike PTSD. We are making our society sicker by allowing this corrupt, profitable system to make the rules on our justice system. We must take back our justice system to reflect restoration, rehabilitation, and reconciliation for the victim, the perpetrator, and for our communities.

Until we address the injustices in our criminal justice system, we continue to create a future of more crime, more violence and more injustice for communities and families across our great nation. When we address the broken justice system, we can be sure that all Americans are treated with justice and we can prevent a future of violence. This is not idealistic, this is realistic. We can ensure the safety of our children, our parents and our communities by addressing our fears and creating solutions that benefit the collective.

Environment

Our time is up. In a recent study by the United Nations and reviewed by a group of over 1,000 scientists, they conclude that we have less than 12 years to begin reversing our effects on the environment or we are headed toward a dead end. To be very clear, if we do not address our human affects on the planet, it will kick us off before the current generation of children die naturally. This should freak you out! We have no more time to make excuses.

We are at a T in the road: turn left and ensure destruction of the human race, or turn right and prevent the destruction of our planet and create an abundant future for our children and their offspring. Again, this is an issue that will take personal commitment, discipline and sacrifice to ensure that we have a planet for another hundred years. Is it worth it to you?

We must focus on renewable energy sources. We must individually shrink our footprint by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Pay attention and do what you can. Elect leaders who know that climate change is real and we must act on it now. 

Climate Change

Our time is up. We must address our human causes of climate change, including our energy sources. We can no longer afford to listen to oil corporations concerning the right path forward. Bring those who understand climate change to the table to pave a path toward healing and preventing further destruction by humans.

Wage Stagnation

Corporate greed and the super-capitalist machine have allowed 1% of our citizens to amass our country’s wealth at the expense of 98% of us doing the work to hold this country up. A living wage should be federally mandated. Every citizen who wants a job should be guaranteed a job at a living wage. Additionally, our government leaders must fight for our equality. No more dark money and special interests that eat away at the rights of Americans. There is much work to be done at eroding the corrupt legislation that made corruption legal in the first place. I stand to lead the fight for our rights. 

Gun Control

We must ensure common-sense laws are in place to protect all Americans. Additionally, lack of mental health is directly tied to gun violence. We must address mental health as a core component of solving gun violence.

Civil Rights

Our civil rights have been strangled by those with the power to do so. We must elect leaders who fight for civil rights and cannot be bought by those who are taking from the American people. Every American must have the same rights and access to our basic human needs and human dignity. We cannot call ourselves humane until this is achieved. 

Immigration

Part of systemic reform, immigration must be addressed in a way that protects Americans and ensures we serve those who have come here legally and are waiting on our corrupted system to catch up.

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