Why I’m running for Congress – Sonoma Sun

Posted on April 10, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

By Jason Kishineff

I’m running for Congress as an independent in District 4 [against incumbent Mike Thompson] because the politics of the status quo is destroying us all and destroying our planet, both sides are complicit and we must step up and change our leadership. Every aspect of our system seems to be breaking down, and we need people to step up to change it.

We have experienced the worst economic inequality in nearly 100 years. A handful of people own more wealth than half the country combined. Poverty and homelessness have become widespread. Millions of people have been deprived of healthcare to enrich a for-profit healthcare system that ranks, globally, below dozens of universal healthcare systems. And that was before the pandemic.

When the pandemic hit, we were told to stay home and not work. Many businesses have closed. Some of us received a few small checks that were a tenth of what most of us needed to pay last year’s rent. Many independent contractors and small business owners have been unable to claim unemployment and have not received much help. Meanwhile, every other developed country covered all or most of their workers’ paychecks, protecting small businesses, jobs and families. Our Congress did not. They gave us crumbs while filming videos of expensive freezers full of fancy ice cream and took vacations when no one else was allowed.

Today, our economic crisis is even worse. The stock market may be fine, but many of us are struggling. It turns out that $250 per child per month didn’t end child poverty after all. With the moratorium on evictions long overdue, people have been evicted because Congress took away their income and failed to help them survive. These properties were bought up by shell companies owned by multi-millionaires.

Do our “leaders” really want to fix America’s international reputation? They certainly have a funny way of showing it, supporting fascists, terrorists and extremists around the world. Why are we participating in the genocide in Yemen? Or seize money from the Afghans, after bombing them for 20 years? Why is the US occupying a third of Syria where we are not wanted? Or Iraq? Why do we have sanctions on free food programs in Cuba and Venezuela? Why did we destroy Libya and then let it fester with slave markets and violence? Does our government care about human rights? Really? I do not think so. They care about money. We impose Americanism on other countries for corporate profits, not human rights. I can’t think of anything more authoritative.

I am neither a lawyer nor an executive. I’m an angry voter, just like you. And I’m stepping in to do something about it. It’s time to dump corporate employees from our government and elect ordinary people, with common sense. Our current congressman is moving forward, not challenging the establishment, just tossing the party line. But the party line belongs to the company and will never favor you. After decades and decades of death and destruction for profit, it’s time to do something different. Let’s build a better world where we aspire to the greater good, not the lesser evil.

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