William Olson: Candidate profile
City: Incorporated Schaumburg
Office sought: US House of Representatives
Age: Over 25
Family: Candidate lives with his spouse of 18 years, family, and a rot-shephard mix (Trumpie).
Occupation: Author and publisher
Education: The New School of Hard Knocks
Civic involvement: A volunteer to community organizations and a participant to American governance.
Previous elected offices held: None.
Website: In lieu of stale promotion, write me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Facebook sells users' data and spoils free elections.
Twitter: Account closed at request of user.
Questions and Answers
1. What have the past three years of Donald Trump's unconventional leadership taught us about politics in the United States? What is the best thing his presidency has done? What is the most significant criticism you have of it?
The framing to this question, and to others the Daily Herald has supplied, is regrettably biased. As though an imbecilic despot who presumes powers of presidency might have done a 'best' thing. Donald John Trump is an obscenity of governance and a pollution upon a polity, and I would rather the Daily Herald not insult public literacy in search of virtues to monstrosity.
To every person in the 8th Congressional district who intends to select of a Republican primary ballot between now and March 17th: You will have an opportunity to vote for a person for President who has affixed his signature to hundreds of government documents he hasn't read. To persons who select a Democratic ballot: You will find my name on it.
My opponent for the US House meanwhile takes money from weapons manufacturers like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northup Grumman and flatters himself for renaming post offices in honor of American veterans. In December, he voted with derelict colleagues to appropriate three-quarters of a trillion dollars to an unaccountable war machine, and on January 1, 2020 was asked by a reporter at the Daily Herald, 'What's it like to be on television?'
2. What needs to be done to get Congress to work constructively, whether that be senators and representatives of both parties working with each other or Congress itself working with the president?
If I'm seated to a Congress as craven as it is self-serving, and consent to an oath which demands defense of an odiously compromised constitution, I will desist collaboration with persons who condone deceit and zealous nationalism, and I will personally visit some consular offices of the Congress to ask for members' resignations. Chummy lawmaking is pernicious, and it is time Americans come to grips with the effects of compromises with bigotry and fraud: Consider a criminal justice reform law touted by Jared Kushner and Ivana Trump entitled the 'First Step Act of 2018,' a law as clumsy as it is corrupt, which multiplied the privilege of wealth for persons serving time in prison, and codified its purpose as an act 'To reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris.' Imagine a semi-literacy of law adhering children illicitly appointed to act and serve as members of a government.
3. What do you see as the most important issues to address regarding immigration reform? If you oppose funding for a wall, what steps do you support to try to control illegal immigration?
I believe describing any human movement across national borders as 'illegal immigration' degrades public discourse. The term did not appear in American law until the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, and it was buried under several hundred pages of an Omnibus bill. The IIRIRA a sloth of public law, and its inhuman provisions would be better repealed than repeated by news media.
Illinois' senior US Senator continues to pedal a 'Dream Act' moreover, which has sustained a nightmare of statelessness for millions of persons. My opponent for the US House likewise parrots a call for border security, which I submit is a euphemism for barbarism, and he supports 'comprehensive immigration reform,' which I submit is a euphemism for zealous nationalism. Cruel yet not unusual punishments punctuate American facilities of incarceration and ruin human beings. To redress these and other matters, I have authored a bill to establish a uniform rule of naturalization which provisions a path to citizenship that leads straight to a common court of record.
4. Please define your position on health care reform, especially as it relates to the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act is a terribly compromised bill that has been delegitimized by a band of nationalists in an office of a president. The public discourse has shifted rather to a universal system of state-sponsored health care provisioned in a bill authored by Bernard Sanders: Medicare for All. Yet there are flaws in the bill, such as benefits for some will not accrue until four years after its passage, and an enormous amount of administrative responsibility is entrusted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is presently undeserving of public trust. If there be a lesson taken from a hyper-nationalist term of presidency, it might be the rapidity by which it perverts existing laws and frequency by which it promulgates conflicting proclamations and orders to them.
Since 1902, Americans have invested trillions of dollars and countless hours of their labor into the National Institutes of Health, yet the fruits of those investments are enjoyed by multi-billion dollar health conglomerates and profiteering insurers. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are burdened by obscene costs of health care and denial of benefits. Imagine hundreds of members of a Congress taking millions from corporate health interests and supporting a status quo that excludes millions of Americans from sufficient health care.
5. What is your position on federal funding for contraception, the Violence Against Women Act and reproductive rights?
The VAWA amended the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988, and the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act, all three of which have been haunts to persons and communities of limited means, and so it deserves special scrutiny. The VAWA includes many provisions in the interests of women who are victims of violence, including grants for shelters and education, privacy protections, and the creation of a task force within the Office of Attorney General, yet it appropriates hundreds of millions of dollars to national parks as a boon to western states, and it codified the admissibility of a woman's past sexual behaviors as evidence at trials. In full, the VAWA is helpful to women who are victims of violence, yet it disproportionately punishes persons of limited means, protects men with high-priced attorneys and, by virtue of its massive appropriations for enforcement and prosecution, oftentimes harms communities it purports to protect. My candidacy submits moreover, in a society which insists women compete on equal terms with men, notwithstanding peculiar discrimination in wages, the right of women to control their reproductive health is emphatically constitutional.
6. What do you consider America's role in world affairs? What are we doing correctly to fill that role? What else should we be doing?
Empire entails cost. Persons who pay a fair share of federal taxes, which excludes the crime family presently occupying the White House, labor approximately three months each year for the federal government. In exchange, Americans are expected to send their loved ones and neighbors to be maimed and killed in spiteful wars of dubious purpose. Imagine a Congress as reckless as to appropriate billions of dollars to a department of defense which conceals its spending and is too big to audit. Imagine a government which surveils its citizens and foreign allies, on a scale heretofore unimagined, in exchange for fantasies of security. Imagine a National Security party with Republicans comprising its right wing and Democrats its left. Our political circumstances are severe, and America's role in world affairs is subsumed by a defense lobby which purchases congressional elections and rollicks to the tune of war.
7. Do you believe climate change is caused by human activity? What steps should government be taking to address the issue?
My candidacy submits that no literate person maintains that climate is unaffected by human activity, and that only fools insist torching metric tons of oil does little to the quality and temperatures of our air and water. I have authored an appropriations bill which gives monetary expression to investments necessary to develop renewable energies and clean up a mess left by an era of profligate petroleum consumption.
Yet the Daily Herald failed to inquire of, among many other pressing issues, the roughly one half billion guns in possession of US civilians, and the 15 million guns manufactured every year. Unlawful gun use is a scourge upon our schools, cultural venues, and places of employment, yet my opponent for the US House authors feckless bills that do almost nothing to redress the problem. I have authored a bill to halt the domestic manufacture and importation of firearms for a period of five years, and to take assault weapons off the streets, the while protecting the right to keep and bear arms. Citizens deserve the right to protect themselves with firearms, particularly in a society where violence is condoned by a lawless and rogue executive branch of government.