Kyle Waters commented on Enough with the Crying, I Have a Plan 2017-02-22 11:33:39 -0800I do believe I would be better off under a Hillary Clinton presidency. So far I base that statement largely off environmental policy. I could also point to efforts to roll back finance reform that I think is detrimental to 401k investors like myself.
I do work to improve Democratic candidates and the party itself in private settings. I have served as a party official and candidate. Several mormonpress contributors plan on participating in a democratic party candidate training next week. We are making efforts to make our party better.
Joseph Peck did state that he didn’t vote for Clinton or Trump, but he did not state who we voted for or if he normally supports a party. I hope he did vote and does contribute to a party for its betterment. I encourage everyone else to do the same.
For those of you who eschew political parties because they are not perfect, repent. Our religion encourages us to participate in political parties and make them better.
Kyle Waters commented on Why I'm a Mormon Democrat - Redux 2017-02-22 09:32:42 -0800I did not mean to call you foolish. I did word my sentence poorly and strung two claims together. Only one of which I disagree with. I’m not denying that inspiration was involved in creating the constitution(I am disputing that the framers all supported the same limited federal government). I think the inspiration was in how they framed it in such way to get enough approval for it to pass. They did this through compromise and ambiguous wording that allowed them to continue to debate the proper role of the federal government while using the new frame work. I think very smart people can disagree about the proper role of the federal government. If you want to discuss the proper role of the federal government I’m happy to do so, but D&C 101:80 does nothing to convince me that the Medicare should be eliminated.
Kyle Waters commented on Hopes and Dreams 2017-01-25 15:54:28 -0800I grew up in a Republican household. I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh and even taped his TV show so I could watch it when I got home from school. In college I had a friend who convinced me that Democrats weren’t evil, but just had different experiences that made them look at things differently. Eventually he convinced me to do more research and I realized I had been misled to about many things. I still wanted to be involved in politics and I started going to meetings of both Democrats and Republicans. I quickly found that I was more comfortable with the Democrats. This doesn’t mean I agree with every Democrat on everything, just that I agree with more Democrats more often than Republicans. A list of things I agree with Democrats on:
Funding for education, and support of public schools
Health care for those too sick to work
Compassionate Immigration Reform
I also support the constitution, but recognize like the founding fathers that it wasn’t perfect and never will be perfect(Alexander Hamilton said so in the federalist papers). It’s better than it used to be after all it now blocks slavery, state sponsored religion, and grants universal suffrage. You and I interpreter Article I Section 8 Clause 3 differently. Which is fine, the founding fathers didn’t even agree on it(look up A Bill For Manufactures in the Americas). Conveniently for me the Supreme Court tends to agree with me rather than you.
It’s interesting you refer to “since Woodrow Wilson”. While he’s often identified as a progressive, he wasn’t a very good one. He fired many federal employees simply because they were black. The president you should have started with was Teddy Roosevelt, since he supported many policies being moved to the national level. Some of this was because of how trains had made interstate commerce so much more common, but mostly it was because he believed a good law is a good law no matter what level it is passed at.
Personally I’m much more involved in state politics than I am in federal politics. I would like to see my state legislature allow more control at the local level than at the state level. State Democratic politicians generally support more local control than state Republican politicians.
I could say since I don’t always agree with the party, I don’t belong to it, but what does that get me. By participating in caucuses, being a delegate(for the last decade), participating in party leadership(precinct chair, leg sec, leg chair, regional director), running as a candidate(twice), and serving in caucus leadership(LDS Dems executive commitee member) I am able to help shape the party and have far more influence than I ever would by sitting out side throwing stones.
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Kyle Waters commented on I'M STILL HERE: THOUGHTS ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID 2015-08-03 11:05:14 -0700A man finds himself trapped in a flood and he prays that he will be saved. A long comes a fishing boat and the owner offers him a seat on the boat, the man turns it down. The rains continue and the floods increase, the man climbs to his roof and prays even harder. A speed boat comes a long, and he is offered, a seat but he turns it down,believing his faith will save him. He eventually ends up clinging to his chimney and praying, a helicopter comes a long and offers him rescue, but he turns it down. The man drowns and upon finding himself in the next life inquires why he wasn’t saved after all his prayers. “You were sent two boats and a helicopter”.
Kyle Waters commented on Share your Story 2015-05-19 19:30:39 -0700I believe in spreading knowledge and truth in the world. Not turning my back on it.
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I seek to influence public policy for the benefit of man.