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Everyone, regardless of their religion, should be free to live according to their beliefs. In order to protect that freedom, government cannot promote any religion, or require adherence to the rules of a religion. Individuals also cannot expect government to protect their "right" to impose religious rules on others. Lucy opposes laws that restrict personal freedom wherever the rights and safety of others are not affected.
The US is one of few countries that has not signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The far-right Christian nationalist homeschooling lobby, most notably the HSLDA, vigorously opposes rights for children and has a history of covering up physical and sexual abuse. Lucy herself was abused as a homeschooled child, and knows hundreds of other victims. The US must do more to protect the rights of children.
Your body belongs to you, and its care is a private matter between you and your medical providers. Politicians and insurance companies have no business telling doctors and patients what sort of care is acceptable or needed. Reproductive healthcare and sex education are necessary to help people take ownership of their bodies, and reduce unwanted pregnancies.
The right to life is just one of the inalienable rights mentioned in our founding documents. Healthcare is an essential part of preserving the right to life, and should not be used to generate massive profits. We should invest in nonprofit healthcare industry, and in the health of our people. Preventative healthcare is much less costly than emergency care and needlessly lost lives. Lucy supports universal healthcare that is free at the point of service.
Every person has the right to self-defense against violations of their physical safety. Unfortunately, black people and other marginalized groups have been disarmed and punished for acting in self-defense. As a gun owner herself, Lucy will stand for the rights of all people to bear arms and defend themselves.
A system that denies prisoners the right to vote incentivizes political leaders to turn their opposition into criminals. Our war on drugs has been a racist failure, and rich people committing massive fraud get short sentences while poor people trying to survive get their lives destroyed for stealing a few dollars. In addition, punitive policing and imprisonment actually increase poverty and crime, leading to an erosion of trust between communities and law enforcement.
Centuries of racist and anti-worker policies have concentrated a huge amount of the nation's wealth under the control of very few people. Tax loopholes and low tax rates allow wealthy individuals and corporations to hoard their money instead of putting it back into the economy. Meanwhile poor and middle class people pay higher tax rates on wages that are already too low. We need to go back to higher taxes for the extremely wealthy, and also address the reasons wealth is so badly distributed.
When the minimum wage was created, it was intended to provide a living wage for a full-time worker. In the "good old days" we always hear about, minimum wage was worth well over $10 in today's money. Now, workers produce more than twice as much value per hour, for even less pay. We're being scammed. Maybe if government officials were all paid minimum wage, they'd have to make it a living wage and stop leaving behind our hardworking and overtaxed people.
Corruption has allowed major corporations to influence regulations that stifle competition and create obstacles for individuals and small businesses who want to participate in innovation and the free market. We must prioritize legislation and funding to support American small business and empower everyone to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential.
Housing costs have become far too high, and we have way more empty houses than homeless people. After spending the first decade of her life paying half of her income for rent, and ending up disabled, Lucy is now homeless herself. A program with a very small fraction of the US military budget, to acquire and renovate abandoned housing and house the homeless population, could potentially end homelessness in a single year. The economic benefits would significantly outweigh the cost.
As the demographics of the population shift, the people's representatives should change to reflect that. However, with some senators serving well over 40 years, we end up stuck with a government that looks more like American landowners 50 years ago. Lucy supports term limits for all members of Congress, as well as taking steps to seek out representative candidates and empower them to run for office.
With money playing such a huge part in campaigns, lobbying, and other everyday operations of government, there is too much opportunity for corporations and wealthy individuals to corrupt laws for their own benefit. We need a strict divide between government and business. Money should not be able to buy political power.
Having a system that locks out smaller parties from having any representation at all has led us into more and more binary polarized politics. Having proportional representation would give third party candidates a chance to represent their voters, and encourage deliberative bodies to find common ground instead of waging constant war between two illusory "sides".
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