“Integrity isn’t something you are born with, can buy, or see. But it is something you live by.” I am an author, international speaker on education reform, member of the City County Council, business owner, philanthropist, and Exec. Dir. of the Black and Latino Policy Institute. I was the RNC guest to the 50th March on Washington. I am a man of strong morals and convictions and above all: Integrity. My mother is my hero. She worked two jobs to give her children the opportunities necessary to succeed. I appreciate your support for me and my positions on the issues that affect each of us.
“I have the sense that a wide variety of energy sources will be invented and used in the next 50 years. In many respects, we have little choice but to increase the types of energy beyond oil and coal. As I stated, people are America’s greatest resource. Obviously, natural resources are vital. Regardless of type of resource, I will work to promote efficiency, economy, and sustainability. ”
“America’s government schools have a public, not private, purpose. This public purpose, in our democratic republic, is to prepare and graduate students who can practice critical self-government, and vote for enlightened representatives. The issue is not charters vs. traditional public schools, but that both carry out their civic function to create citizens. ”
“I am against the death penalty. I believe life starts at conception and must be respected. Thus, I am “pro-life.” In the same regard, I cannot then be for the death penalty. And, to the extent that America leads the world in homicides, I believe the death penalty is not a deterrent. According to Amnesty International, as of July 2015, 101 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes.”
“Although America presents itself as the epitome of social organization we continue to suffer from being unable to live up to the last words of our Pledge of Allegiance, “…and justice for all.” If America is to intentionally become a more perfect union, civil liberties and civil rights must also be continually explored, questioned, clarified, refined, and balanced. ”
“Living in Indianapolis, “transportation” mainly means automobiles. I would gladly use public transportation to get around Indianapolis, but it is lacking, insufficient, too costly, or the schedules are not timely. Thus, potential rides (like me) are discouraged. All cities need public transportation that is handy, efficient, and reasonably priced. ”
“I am against abortion. For cases of rape we must be caring and let the circumstances determine outcomes. I support abstinence. I support adoption. I support family and marriage between a man and a woman. ”
“My Christian values represented by the life and actions of Jesus Christ compel me to look after the neediest of my human family: to love and serve the poor. Businesses cannot exist, at least currently, without workers. And, workers need jobs which depend on the owners of business. Thus, I do not see where one of these factors, employers or employees, are more important than the other. ”
“Except for Native Americans, the United States is a country of immigrants. Immigration is another issue, like church and state, which must be constantly debated and clarified because there is no easy answer. Consequently, we must welcome, embrace and take pride in the challenges that come with having the Statue of Liberty. ”
“I strongly support economic policies that increase opportunities for Hoosier workers, starting with eliminating arbitrary barriers to employment like unnecessary regulations and government red tape.”
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