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About MysteryKnight

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  1. I agree with people who argue that DC was never meant to be a state, due to it being the capital of the country and where the government operates, it should be its own district. But there are 700,000 people that do not have representation in congress despite being a part of society and have to follow the same laws passed by congress that every other state does. There is no reason they should not be given representation in congress. I've seen some republicans say "why not just make it a part of Maryland", but the that just defeats your main argument of DC being it's own district like the founders intended. Unfortunately, no matter what, any effort to get DC representation in congress will be seen as a power grab by democrats.
  2. The only thing I would change right now is giving Florida to Trump. I also think there is a chance dems take one of the senate seats in Georgia.
  3. Barack Obama. There is a plenty to like and plenty to dislike about Obama but I was born in 1998 so I don't have much to go by. When you compare not only the policies, but the integrity and charisma that Obama brought to the office, there's no doubt he is the best. Trump. Both Bush and Trump were awful, and it's really hard to pick, but ultimately the temperament and corruption in Trump and his administration is just a disgrace to the country in ways that beat out Bush. FDR. I've always admired FDR ever since I was in elementary school, learning about all the different policies he had and how many of them have had an everlasting effect and are still in place today. Andrew Jackson. I don't think much needs to be said on what makes him such a terrible President. Ronald Reagan. I guess it will really depend on who you talk to and what you read, but he is definitely usually on the list of most popular Presidents with a very high approval rating. I don't find that to be the case. Reaganomics was a failure. Richard Nixon. Believe it or not. Obviously, watergate was a disaster and there were a lot of other bad things he did too. But I feel that many of his accomplishments go underappreciated. Created the EPA, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, expanded social security and medicare, and was an advocate for universal healthcare. All very important things that are still around and crucial today. Not sure about this, I guess maybe McGovern. His strong opposition to the Vietnam war is admirable for sure. Bernie Sanders. I'll be honest, aside from recent elections I don't know much about candidates who ran for the nomination and didn't get it, but Bernie is the reason I got interested in politics. Back in 2015 when I first heard his name he was just some random old guy running for president, so I read up on his policies and what he would fight for, and was hooked ever since. AOC will make a great President someday. Not in 2024 but maybe 2028. I'd like to see her primary Schumer in 2022 and if successful, could set up a run for President in 2028. In 2024 assuming Biden doesn't win or doesn't run for re-election, Julian Castro, KIrsten Gillibrand, and Jeff Merkley are some people I would like to see run. Any of them would make a good president. I'll be honest that I am not familiar with a whole lot of international politicians that I like, but I have read a lot of great things about the current New Zealand prime minister, so I'll go with her.
  4. Out of these choices definitely Harris, even if I am not a big fan of her. She is a great debater so seeing her vs. Pence would be awesome, but this doesn't really help persuade progressives to vote for Biden and be more comfortable. She is further left than Biden though so I guess that's a plus. Any of the other choices I would be very disappointed with. I am still hoping for Warren but that seems unlikely at this point. If he never committed to a woman I would be rooting for Castro since his signature policy is police reform.
  5. I understand the people that say no to DC being a state and getting 2 senators cause then they would be overrepresented. But that's just the flaw of the system. Wyoming gets guaranteed 2 GOP senators which is has a lower population than DC. Alaska has virtually the same population, that's 2 GOP senators guaranteed. So frankly it would only be fair to give democrats another state with 2 guaranteed senators. Let's pretend that there are an equal amount of states that are guaranteed 2 dems and 2 GOP. Still wouldn't be fair because a majority of the guarenteed dem states are all much higher ppulations than majority of the GOP states. It is a fundamental flaw. I agree with ideas pitched in this thread to make it more of a proportional thing like the house. Even keeping it at 100 and just making each state have between 1-3 senators based on population is a much fairer way to go about it. Abolishing the senate is an option, but I do think the separate legislative bodies are important as they do have different powers and roles.
  6. Sorry I took so long to get this in, I forgot to to check the forums recently
  7. From Julián Castro's plan: "Promote alternative responses to 911 calls by establishing partnerships between mental health units and first responders. Support crisis intervention services equipped with medics, counselors, social workers, and, crisis workers, as first responders rather than armed police officers". Basically, give people other call options if they are dealing with a non-violent situation or a situation which requires someone specialized in that specific area where a police officer is not going to be the best of help.
  8. I very much agree with both of your proposals as well. Many of the things @pilight added are expanded ideas on what was in the poll, that I think are all good and would increase accountabity and oversight of the police. I think in terms of what you talked about, my immediate focus on agreement is repealing the Patriot act. That is long overdue. I never gave much thought about elected sheriffs, but I agree that is a terrible that should be addressed.
  9. I agree that a lot of these perhaps would not prevent unarmed black people being killed by the police, or at least aren't directly aimed at that. Many of them on the other hand, probably would. But I also do believe that this much more than just stopping black people from being killed by law enforcement, it's about making the system more just and not one that targets minorities and ends up punishing them for minor offenses and treating them different than white people. That is where I think some of these policies such as written consent for vehicle searches, pre-employment screenings, implicit bias and racial equity training, tracking de-certified officers, and ending qualified immunity, etc. really help. And yeah there are probably plenty of departments that already have a lot of these things in place, but every single one on this list is not a national standard when it very well should be. Considering there are thousands of police departments it's basically impossible to be done, but I would be interested in a comparison of which of these standards are in place in each station vs. the amount of cases of police brutality and such that they have so we have an idea on what actually works and what maybe doesn't make a difference. I can say that one example I have been very interested in researching is Camden, NJ. Notorious for their high crime rates. They disbanded the city police department in 2013 and created a new one. They laid off the entire force and hired new ones, and put a big focus on community policing. They are trained to use force as an absolute last resort, wear body cams, and have GPS devices. They invested in de-escalation training and have the officers engaged in community events. Their apporach seems to have worked extremely well as their crime rate has dropped over 40% since 2012.
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