Neoliberalism, International Relations, futurism
Neoliberalism - such as free trade deals have been getting more attention recently. Especially in the last general election without anyone actually saying the word "neoliberalism". That is because the mainstream corporate media (mostly all owned by a few mega-conglomerates) and the powers that be probably don't want the average person to research the word. I've learned much, had my thoughts and feelings confirmed by the writings and interviews of Professor Noam Chomsky. I think Noam Chomsky is a true humanitarian and a national treasure. He will be greatly missed when he passes away. You can watch many many interviews on Youtube such as this one:
Some might say Mr. Chomsky is "anti-American", I would say he's a courageous hero that doesn't let other people put him into a box. A gentleman, a scholar, author, and many more complimentary adjectives one could use. Throughout much of the world - America is not liked - they often think we are brainwashed, crazy people - dangerous and powerful. Trying to impose and bully smaller countries for the benefit of certain multinational corporations. Freedom and liberation are the words we use.
I am against unnecessary wars, especially over fossil fuels and heavily support movements that would upgrade our infrastructure (power grid) and move America towards a low carbon smart (internet-connected smart devices) economy. It's obvious that that is the way of the future with self-driving electric cars etc. Thomas Friedman's book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded 2.0" is a pretty good example.
I support human rights around the world including ending support of funding for Israel if they continue to violate International Laws. I understand that our relations with countries like Saudi Arabia and others are important to maintain but do think it's important that we recognize some of our countries' weaknesses or factors that can be exploited in international relations and work to lessen dependencies.
I support our Military personnel much - think they are some of the best people we have in our great country but think the military budget is much too high. I support giving our troops the best training, resources, and equipment but think there is some unnecessary spending and some bad decision-making on that spending. These are very complex issues - we live in a very complex world (that's for sure). Staying ahead of the curve technologically military-wise is obviously very important. I think being able to recruit some of the brightest minds and best people is very important for the overall Department of Defense. I think we need to continue to shift to a smaller but elite group of soldiers and officers that are highly trained and highly proficient and strategically shift to a more defensive rather than offensive mindset or overall strategy. I would encourage policy that optimizes the military budget and shifts away from being in so many contracts with third-party military companies. No doubt though that these companies employ individuals with key knowledge and skills that are necessary but would like to look into ways that would be more efficient and cost-effective.
I also think we, as the whole (the people of the United States), need to think more about who we elect to lead and direct our great and substantial military force. As a previous soldier and reservist, I personally didn't like it when Mr. Trump was elected. I believe it can hurt our retention and recruitment of good soldiers/people. For instance, while I was a reservist there was much talk in the middle latter half of 2017 of war with N. Korea. Soldiers and officers will carry out their orders no matter what, but think - would you personally want to go fight in a war with N. Korea because of our Federal Government mishandling relations or N. Korea "misbehaving" so to speak? Would you be willing to put your life at risk fighting in a country or causes that you personally don't care about at all? I don't think many people would.
I think we should re-think our foreign relations. Diplomacy and peace should always be the foremost concerns or objectives. Respect - for lives and cultures, ways of life, democracy. Lead by example and try to love and be loved. America and us American people are loved for many things but we are also feared. Let's try to move put the past behind us and move forward. Always forward, while learning from the past, is the only way forward.
There are a lot of other issues that I think could be improved for our military members as well - such as requirements for re-enlistment and bonuses. For instance, I probably would have re-enlisted in the reserves (under a different MOS) but bonuses (pretty large at the time) were not available, because I wasn't MOS certified. I couldn't get MOS certified unless I had a certain amount of time left on my contract. I previously couldn't get MOS certified because of personal life - going to college. I couldn't get a dental implant done for free by the military, because I got deployed and then I was in-eligible for an implant (but could get a bridge) because I didn't have enough time left on my contract. There are a lot of little things that could be made better to improve retention and morale. The military also loses a lot of good people and talent often because the pay is too low - have seen it with my own eyes and was only in the Army Reserves for less than two years - soldiers and officers losing money going to weekend drill for example, should be able, in my opinion, and if a person can provide proof, to make up that lost difference in money (get paid more) by choosing to serve our country! I think time spent at drill can be made much better by paying military members for their time on all the tasks they have to do when not at drill, and then actually having good quality training and/or job tasks while at drill.
If elected, I would like hearing about small and big issues that can affect people and their lives that could be made better, in all areas of life.