SUSAN ADAMS FOR CONGRESS
(This post is from Mitch, not Heraldo or Eric.)
There are at least three good progressive candidates for Congress on our ballots: Susan Adams, Andy Caffrey, and Norman Solomon.
I’m for Susan Adams, and I’ll explain why.
First, Adams’ positions.
- Put people to work on infrastructure projects, especially improving energy efficiency.
- Reduce military spending.
- Let the Bush giveaways to the wealthiest 1% expire, and use the resulting revenue to help the middle class.
- Expand health care reform to be truly universal, by implementing Medicare for All.
- Ensure full funding for veterans’ services and the VA.
- Strengthen Social Security and Medicare.
- Allocate more money to education, including jobs retraining for older workers.
- Support a woman’s right to choose, and support women’s health services.
- Require an act of Congress to send troops to fight overseas.
- Bring Humboldt’s transparency in elections to Washington (three cheers for her willingness to champion a local Humboldt project).
- Protect the North Coast’s environment, opposing offshore drilling and LNG projects.
Those positions are my positions.
But it’s not just that I agree with Adams on her positions. My desire for Adams over Solomon (I don’t think Caffrey, realistically, stands a chance of being elected) goes well beyond the positions.
I think one of the biggest problems facing our country is the type of person we send to Congress. I don’t want another person whose main history is one of making eloquent speeches. I don’t want someone who knew from high school that they’d go into politics. I don’t want more of the same, and I mean that in a deeper way than people’s stands on the issues — I mean it in terms of their personalities, their motivations, and their backgrounds.
Susan Adams became a nurse, not a politician. That tells me she wants to help people: not just in the abstract, by making speeches about the way things should be, but by rolling up her sleeves and changing bedpans when necessary.
Then she became a Professor of Nursing. That tells me she excelled as a nurse, and that in addition to being very caring she is very, very smart.
Then she became a county Supervisor. That tells me she understands that, in politics, you start at the local level and learn, you don’t try to jump directly into Congress. (What sort of person says they want to be a public servant, but isn’t willing to start small?) She has a long list of accomplishments as Supervisor, starting with Marin’s clean energy programs and improved access to health care.
Then she didn’t accept Marin’s car allowance for Supervisors, and has not taken the pension money Marin offers. That tells me she’s really still in it for others, and she “gets” it: people are suffering economically, and she needs to lead by example in order to reduce government waste.
By being a Supervisor, and developing a record, Adams has shown us that she is able to make things happen in the political system.
Frankly, I think it’s a piece of cake for someone to make eloquent speeches — even speeches I agree with and think are wise. Lots of people can do that. Lots of people do that. They just can’t actually IMPLEMENT any of the changes we all agree are important.
To really implement change requires an ability to persuade, to negotiate, but also, critically, to listen to your opponents and respond to their needs. That’s not weakness — it’s strength. Anyone who thinks otherwise is, in my opinion, simply wrong, and doesn’t understand the nature of democracy.
I believe Adams is exactly correct in her policy positions, and I can see she’s a demonstrated winner in politics. She’s proven by her entire life that she really cares about people. She’s proven by her job performance that she can bring people together to accomplish critically important change. She’d be a fantastic representative for our district.
SUSAN ADAMS FOR CONGRESS