After nearly two decades fostering the rule of law, spreading democracy, teaching constitutional law and leading cutting-edge litigations against conglomerates in Asia for international corporations, I returned to New York to discover a country polarized by the political parties, destroyed by identity politics and politicians that choose to divide us for their own political interests. We need to return to the middle ground and push our politicians to reunite our United States. We need to walk hand-and-hand back down the middle of the road to reach the road to prosperity for all.
Our country is in a politician and media caused chaos. Our country is controlled by a cadre of vested self-appointed elites, political hacks and identity policy wonks. When elections are over, they ignore us. Our country is divided by these political leaders to, merely, further their own political, business and political interests. They motivate the voters to vote, then, ignore the needs of the voters.
We need to Wake Up. We need to Choose Independence over this Politician-Fostered Political Chaos.
I am throwing my hat in the ring, since I see no candidate that is a Rational, Moderate, Independent, Experienced Professional with the abilities to re-unite this great City and return it to its better days. Sean Hayes For a Re-United States of America.
We need to return to what made this country the chosen destination for so many of our families.
Fiscal Responsibility Fraud, Waste & Abuse coupled with the City's thirst for more government spending is leading to the bankruptcy of our City and causing our most productive to move out of this great City. We should Fight Fraud, Waste & Abuse and Tax & Spend Politicians by a truly independent and non-political oversight board and a City Council with some semblance of spending restraint. We need to make tough choices. The, only, choice is not merely more taxes. We are scaring away too many needed taxpayers and bankrupting our City because of Fraud, Waste, Abuse and our radical politicians that believe all alleged problems can be solved with more taxes and more government spending.
Protection of our Streets & Quality of Life Let us Support our Police, But Throw the Book at the Bad Cops. Law Enforcement, as a whole, is not the problem. We are losing good cops, because of the hate filled rhetoric of politicians that polarize us in order to gain political street cred and motivate voters to vote. When the election is over, we never hear from them. Black Lives Matter and by Defunding the Police we shall see an increase in Black Deaths and increased crime. The reality is the vast majority of people of color do not want to eliminate the police force as proposed by many radicals within the Defund the Police movement.
Giving People a Second Chance & Respecting the Value of All in our Community Let us Wipe Clean Criminal Records of Convicts after Five Years without a Criminal Charge, however, increase sentences for repeat offenders. Reality is few decent employment opportunities are available for those with criminal records. We are a country that respects the underdog and believes in second chances, allow our youths to have a second chance. A bad choice when young, should not lead to a ruined future. Let us help our men and woman with criminal records to become productive members of society.
Providing World-Class Education & Work-Study Opportunities for our Youth We should be proud of the progress of our school have made over the last two decades, but recently our politicians have pushed our school curriculums to the far left, while trying to break down what made our educational systems great. We are, though, sadly leaving too many of our at risk youths out to dry. This issue is a tough issue that requires balance, the integration of the community and families into the schools, return to value-based education along with work-study opportunities. I would love to see the less fortunate interning at law firms, banks, tech companies and startups. Integration in the business world, as it did in the military, shall bring us together. We need to show our less fortunate youth that various options exist in our great City and business is not the enemy.
Rational & Balanced Housing & Urban Development We need an efficient, balanced, fiscally responsible and rational zoning approval process (ULURP) coupled with an affordable housing buyer and renter program that is rebuilt from the ground up. We, also, need to expand the scope of the Engines of Opportunities & Industrial Action Plan. We can not scare away more investors via political rhetoric from grandstanding self-interested politicians, while, we must not chase away the middle class from the City because of rising sale and rental prices. As with all policies, balance and compromise is necessary and radical ideologues must be replaced by pragmatic centrists.
Fostering Equality of Opportunity & Not Merely Equality of Outcomes Reality is we are not all born with equality of opportunity. Children without a Dream, a Role Model and Solid World-Class education end up, too often, in jail, entrenched poverty, and dependence on the government. These realities lead, in the end, to an uncompetitive America. We need accountability in education, demand respect from our students and create a city-wide mentorship and internship program. Our Children Need and Deserve More.
Treating all with Respect & Dignity Let us Clean-up our Jails, Mental Health Facilities, Facilities for the Homeless & Public Housing, but insure these institutions are fiscally responsible and accountable via vigorous oversight programs. Affordable Housing is not a dream - we can make this a reality. Home ownership is not a dream - we can make this a reality.
Helping our Most Vulnerable and Caring for our Neighbors and Environment Let us help those in need and help educate our young adults by Creating a NYC Peace Corps that pays and teaches our young adults to give back to the community, keep schedules, work diligently and work with care and respect for others.
Foster Diversity of Opinions, Cultures & Races Diversity is not, only, cultural, racial, sexual and ethic diversity, but diversity of opinion and religions. Let us move past identity politics fostered by the political elites and let us all be one New York that works together to respect diverse opinions (and even absurd opinions). Political Correctness is destroying what makes New York great.
(Candidate for New York City Council in District 1)
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