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 2017-03-20 16:03:38 -0700Federalist 42 explains why regulation of interstate commerce can not be left to the states. States levying tariffs against each other was THE SINGLE BIGGEST REASON for the constitutional convention, but I don’t see anywhere in the text where Hamilton claims it should be the only involvement of the federal government in commerce. If you look at his policies positions as treasurer you can see he didn’t believe that at all. Look up “A Bill for Manufactures in the Americas” read that then tell me that Hamilton believed the federal government should play a large role in the economy. Some founding fathers believed in an extremely limited federal government, others did not(they called themselves federalists for a reason). We could argue about who said what and what it meant all day. Smart people disagree about these things. There’s a reason the supreme court reverses itself from time to time.
A point I’m frequently trying to make to other Democrats is that their is a misunderstanding on both sides about what the other side is about. What their reasons and motivations are. There are racists and selfish people in both parties, who are motivated to vote based on those traits, but I think most people vote based off of misinformation about the OTHER party. Unfortunately many leaders and allies of both parties have decided the best way to get ahead is to tell lies about the other party. So I appreciate your willingness to read my posts and give me chance to explain my thinking. This is what we have been counselled to by by the brethern:
If I speed I might get a ticket. This does not remove my agency. I am free to act and make decisions. I don’t see a significant difference between a law compelling me to pay for health coverage for the sick versus a law that compels me to to not cause harm to others. Both are government interference in my life for the benefit of others and myself. The vast majority of spending on welfare in the US is Social Security and Medicare. Recipients of these systems have been productive and paid into these systems. Most recipients of Medicaid and SNAP are employed. You are making untrue assumptions about the people who benefit from these systems.
You spend a lot of time talking about the rights of those who are able to find work, and have health care. You don’t talk about the rights of those who are sick, disabled, uneducated, impoverished children, or victims of domestic. I believe these people have rights to health care, enabling technology, education, food, and shelter. I believe we all benefit economically by providing these people access to these things. My support for Democratic policies are both economic and moral.
I was taught that Democrats get elected by promising voters that if they vote for them that the voters will be given money with out having to work. That this money will be provided by them by taxpayers. I have met every elected Democrat in this state, I have ran for office myself, not once have I ever heard any Democrat make such a promise. We are focused on funding education for EVERY child, not just those who’s parents are involved in their education. We are focused on providing health care to those who are too sick to work(including mental health issues), not just those currently holding full time jobs. We are focused on providing support to those who are victims of violence.
The last part of your post is true. It is easier to have more of a say in things that take place at a local level. How ever on my ballot I could pick between Republican Congressman Chaffetz who uses his position as my federal representative to dictate to the residents of Washington DC what they can and can’t do, or Steven Tryon who would not do such things. As I said previously Republicans elected officials, do not vote in a manner indicating they support local control. State official often claim to support local control while demanding more control from federal officials while at the same time stripping cities(especially Salt Lake) of power to make decisions for themselves. In the end there are trade offs between local and federal control and I think we need to find the right balance for each issue.
For the record my state rep is the leader in cutting funding to education and blocking health care access for the working poor. For this reason I have ran against him twice. I have lost twice. I believe the reason I lost is because people believe lies about me as a Democrat. That is why I contribute to this blog, inorder to set the record straight. I believe individuals should be as self reliant as possible, but that we all benefit economically by helping them when they can’t.
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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