by Alex Merced
As you can see from the video above, I'm running for US Senate from New York against arguably the most powerful Senator in the country. The reality of the uphill battle I have before me makes many question why would I subject myself to such a battle. The reason is that someone needs to seriously challenge Schumer and the "government can solve everything" culture he feeds with his constant big government proposals. (If that isn't enough there are more of his proposals in this National Review article and in this article from the Observer)
I want to counter the "government can solve everything" culture with a "you are the solution" culture that is encompassed in my "Pro-You Agenda". The Pro-You Agenda is about electing officials who will fight for your rights and the constitution, by not only defending your rights, but also restoring rights that have been taken away (many taken away by Chuck Schumer). There is no better way to make this cultural shift than to defeat the biggest symbol of the dangerous big government culture.
One particular recent proposal of Chuck Schumer that really has me concerned is Schumers proposal to force phone companies to block Robocalls. We all hate getting robocalls, making this great populist politics and opportunism/ Although, this sets a very dangerous precedent. The precedent that the government can dictate a common carrier to block content it does not like (phone companies are classified as common carriers and regulated as such). Remember, it wasn't that long ago that in the name of "Net Neutrality", Internet Service Providers were also reclassified as "Common Carriers". It would not be a stretch that Chuck Schumers robocall bill would create room for the Government to eventually block internet content they don't like.
There is also the issue of restricting peoples rights because they are on a Government list without any sort of due process. The Terrorist watch list is plagued with errors such a having Veterans and Congressmen on the list, do we really want to be treating our Veterans as guilty until proven innocent after all they have sacrificed?
Hopefully in 2016, New York will decide that enough is enough and it is time to have a Senator that is accessible, thoughtful and transparent instead of a busybody who'll propose populist favors if it means some time in the spotlight.
I'm running for US Senate because New York can do better and deserves better.
(Please visit my website to learn about how you can support the campaign)