DOMESTIC POLICY

LGBT Rights

I strongly support members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual community being treated equally, fairly, lawfully, and with dignity and respect. The rights of individuals that are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender should never be political because all should have a right to be treated equally and with dignity and respect in whatever country they are residing in. I believe that the countires in our world that impose harsh penalities against members of the LGBT community or those that are in some type of same-sex relationship, or even in cases where those individuals do not identify with labels, I support the decriminalization globally. 

Immigration Reform

I am a strong supporter of the United States reforming its immigration system. Too often in the United States, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement deport families that have not committed crimes, veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States, or other individuals that have engaged in activities that proved to be beneficial to the community. 

I believe that even tough an individuals may not be a citizen of the United States but resides in the United States, when they are believed to be engaging in a crime or when they are being proscuted for committing a crime, I believe that those individuals have procedural due process in which should be protected. Inidividuals that are not citizens of the United States but that also 



Separation of the Church and the State

I am a strong supporter as to the separation of the church and the state. When it comes to religion, I believe that it is imperative for the government to remain secular. I believe that the government must not favor a religion or religion over non-religion or a religion over another. The United States is a constitutional republic in which the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. Everything that the local, state and the federal government do has to be in compliance with all aspects of the Constitution of the United States. When looking at the Constitution of the United States, the supreme law of the land is a secular document. Nowhere in the Constitution of the United States does it define the United States as a country in which is a religious nation. References that are made to religion in the Constitution of the United States are exclusionary, such as, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust” (Art. VI), and “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

While it is true that the words “separation of the church and the state” do not appear in the Constitution of the United States, the phrase, "a wall of separation between church and state,” was coined by President Thomas Jefferson in a carefully crafted letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802, when they had asked him to explain the First Amendment. The Supreme Court, and lower courts, have used Jefferson’s phrase repeatedly in major decisions upholding neutrality in matters of religion. The exact words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the Constitution; neither do “separation of powers,” “interstate commerce,” “right to privacy,” and other phrases describing well-established constitutional principles.

As far as being in compliance with the separation of the church and the state with respect to legislation, I believe that laws must have a secular purpose, must have a primary effect which neither advances nor inhibits religion, that it must avoid excessive entanglement of church and state. See Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).
  

Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans are the individuals who have served to protect and to defend the Constitution of the United States Against all enemies, foriegn and domestic. Individuals who have signed up or who have been drafted in our armed forces should be treated well by the nation in which they served. Currently in the United States of America that is not the case. Veterans are not taken care of and they are not given quality health care. 

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 1.4 million veterans are considered to be at great risk of being homeless due to them being in poverty, not having support networks and also due to them living in dismal living conditions. That is something that needs to change. It should be a top priority for the government of the United States of America to take care of those who have served and defended this great nation. Not doing so is a slap in the face as to all of the dedication, hard work and the service that our veterans have been involved in. 

United States Intelligence Congressional Committees


In the United States, there are two congressional committees known as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Both of those two congressional intelligence committees have the job as to monitoring the activities of the intelligence community of the United States. The intelligence community of the United States is composed of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and et cetera.


While I do believe that the intelligence agencies of the United States should never be political and should never be subjected to political influence, I do support “non-political” congressional oversight, as appropriate, into the operations and the activities of the intelligence agencies of the United States. While all of the “non-political” congressional oversight into the operations and that activities of the intelligence agencies of the United States should not always be open to the public, I do support the intelligence congressional committees conducting hearings, public and private and on the record, into reforms that are needed to be made to the intelligence agencies of the United States and into the intelligence agencies operations. I believe that oversight helps prevent abuses from occurring and I also believe that oversight helps ensure that all are held accountable as far as their actions are concerned. Therefore, I sincerely believe that the intelligence community needs “non-political” oversight by the intelligence congressional committees of the United States.

Something that I would like to see the United States Intelligence Congressional Committees accomplish in the future is talking down both the majority and the minority website and just working on the same sight. Just as to how I believe that the intelligence community of the United States does not need to be politicial, I believe that the United States Intelligence Congressional Committees should never be politicial. Politicial based oversight over the United States Intelligence Community is extremely dangerous because I believe that regardless as to what politicial party a U.S Senator or that a U.S Representative is, I believe that once something involves an intelligence agency that the politicial party of an individual should go out of the door. 

             Central Intelligence Agency

Members of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America work extremely hard as to protecting and defending the United States of America. All members of that governmental agency should be appreciated by the government in which they serve and all of them should be treated fairly, humane and with dignity and respect. Officers of the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency should not be required to perform tasks that threaten their health or in some cases their safety. 

Ms. Sabrina De Sousa, an ex. agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a perfect example as to a person who had her back turned to when a rendition operation that she was invovled in went wrong in Italy. Employees of U.S Intelligence Agencies that are serving overseas should not have their backs turned against them by the government of the United States of America if their approved operations go wrong. Helping protect and defend the U.S from their enemies is a risky business and all employees of U.S intelligence agencies should be supported when they are overseas. 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency     

  


Many individuals residing inside of the United States of America may have never heard of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is an intelligence agency which is asserted as to having a primary mission as to collecting, analyzing, and distributing geospatial intelligence as for interests of the United States of America. As far as this intelligence agency is concerned, I support "non-political" congressional oversight and other types of oversight over the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and I support a ban on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from being able to conduct operations within the boundary of the United States. We do not need our intelligence agencies spying on Americans.   

As far as terrorism is concerned, I believe that U.S officials should use the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for the purpose as to spying on the structure and the formation of foreign terrorist organizations. I believe that would serve its best purpose as to helping dismantle a foreign terrorist organization. 

United States Department of State

Officials of the United States Department of State need to be listened to foreign policy concerns and ideas that they have, especially when it is in regard and pertaining to human rights issues and concerns. I believe that it is imperative for high ranking officials with the United States Department of State and high-ranking officials with the White House to respectfully listen to concerns and other diplomacy issues that officials with the Department of State engage in or bring to their attention. Sadly, it appears that some employees of the United States Department of State either are resigning from their positions voluntarily or are feeling forced to resign from their positions. I believe that this needs to change because employees of the Department of State, diplomats of the United States, should never feel the need to resign from their positions due to political interference. The same as the intelligence community, I believe that the political party of individuals should go out of the door once an employee is working on the clock at the United States Department of State.

​As far as benefits are concerned, I believe that officials with the United States Department of State need to be ensured that they are paid well, that they have excellent health-care coverage and that they are able to enjoy their time as they are a part of being diplomats of the United States. I do not believe that the United States should ever pay employees with the United States Department of State poorly or give them poor health-care coverage because those individuals are the individuals that are working to help ensure that the interests of the United States and our allies are becoming a reality in our world.



  

 Freedom of Information laws

  
I strongly support States of the United States of America establishing Freedom of Information laws that will allow members of the public to have oversight as to the government. Freedom of Information laws are supposed to make sure that the public has a right to monitor the actions and the activities as to the government and to make sure that the government is accountable as for their actions. Therefore, I strongly believe that it is imperative for States of the United States of make sure that they have Freedom of Information laws that will make sure that there is openness and transparency with regards to governmental bodies.
  
 

Accountability for Public Servants

I strongly believe that public servants should always be held accountable as for their actions and conduct. As in regards to the actions and conduct of police officials, I believe that the United States Department of Justice needs to analyze data as to incidents in which unarmed individuals are shot by police officials and analyze videos of excessive force used by police officials.  Proscutors need to do a better job as to making sure that police officials who break the law are held accountable through strict prosecution.  If local proscutors refuse to do so, the United States Department of Justice needs to make sure that their is a proper administration of justice.