Intervention: Given the current world we live in where tyrants and evil men often times find themselves in position of great power, there will always be the possibility that this grand republic of ours will be forced to go to war against a ruthless, evil man who gives us no other choice in the matter. However, I believe that going to war always must be a last resort reserved for only when our national security is actually
at risk, and we should also reserve the possibility of getting involved to put a stop on certain cases of extreme genocide.
Human Rights: I support putting heavy, severe sanctions on any nation that commits human rights violations, and in the most atrocious (i.e. genocides) cases I support outright embargos on all trade to and from that nation.
Nuclear Weapons: I dream that we can eventually live in a world without nuclear weapons, however at this juncture there remain untrustworthy individuals who possess nuclear weapons are not soon to give them up. We must talk with other nations who possess nuclear weapons, and we must insist (through economic restrictions if necessary) that all nations get on board with the common goal of universal disarmament. Social Policy:
Abortion: I am pro-choice all the way. While I dislike the idea of abortion, I even more dislike the idea of government making decisions for women about their health. I believe it to be a necessary evil, and support abortion at very least through the second trimester being covered by state funded single-payer health insurance.
Gay Rights: Obviously here in Atlasia, we are far ahead of the United States on this issue, and I wholeheartedly support all advancements in LGBT rights made here in Atlasia. We still of course have work to do, as we do in all areas, but the fact that we are, where we are makes me proud.
Drugs: I am very glad that Atlasia has decided to end the war on drugs, and I hope to continue all of the progress made in this area. I support full legalization of all drugs, and I support the release from prison of all on-violent drug offenders.
Death Penalty: While some certainly may "deserve" such punishment, I believe that most arguments made for the use of capital punishment are made from an emotional standpoint, rather than a logical standpoint. The state has no right to take a life, and there are many potential legal complications that arise from the use of the death penalty. (i.e. wrongful conviction)
Individual Liberty: I very fundamentally believe that the state has no right to inflict its perceived sense of "morality" on an individual. When there is no harm done to another individual, I support the liberty in its most infinite form. The sky is the limit, as far as I'm concerned. This is why in the Northeast Assembly I voted for the highly controversial "same love act" as I believed that the state had absolutely no right to tell family members who have a romantic attachment to each other, that they have no right to express their love. I believe that "public safety" has been the code for more discrimination, than almost any other phrase known to man. Now of course, this isn't to say that I oppose legitimate efforts made to improve what in reality constitutes public safety, but giving the state the power to criminalize something just because they perceive it as "gross" seems rather hateful to me. Economic Issues:
Healthcare: I believe that no Atlasian should directly have to pay for a medical bill in their entire life.
I support 100% state funded single-payer health insurance for all, with enough funding to ensure that there are no wait lists, or denial in needed care for anyone. Obviously some will raise concerns about how to produce funding for such a measure, but I believe that slashing what we spend on pointless conflicts, and supporting heavy progressive income taxes, combined with the fact that those living in poverty would no longer have to visit emergency rooms for their care, costing millions of dollars more than simply providing them with regular check-ups.
Taxes: I support abolishing sales taxes, and drastically reducing so called (sin) taxes. The folks that most often have to pay these draconian rates are those low income folks who cannot afford to do so, yet tobacco and alcohol are both addicting substances, which even if one really cannot afford to buy, will buy anyway. Therefore instead of attempting to moronically "tax their addiction out of existence" I support drastically reducing taxes on such substances. I strongly support progressive income taxes as the most effective way to redistribute wealth, and help those in poverty get out of their situation. I do however support tax cuts for small businesses, especially if they are willing to pay their employees a living wage.
Unions/Right to Work: I unequivocally oppose "right to work" laws, and stand behind labor unions as one of the greatest long term combatants of poverty. Having a job is great, but having a job with security, higher wages, and numerous benefits is even better. Workers should essentially run our economy, and I believe that workers running the economy will result in incredibly low poverty rates, and a middle class as strong as steel.
Outsourcing: I support supporting strong restrictions and penalties on corporations who use the great resources and workers that Atlasia has to offer, and then when they want higher profits simply say "let's go to China and get free labor." I also am open minded to offering incentives to businesses who hire more unionized Atlasian workers, and decide against ditching our great nation.
I'll post more information tomorrow, and hopefully will have the opportunity to field more questions.
(I realize that some of my answers may already be the status quo in Atlasia, but my platform is meant to reflect my viewpoints, and may not be 100% up to date by Atlasian standards.)