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Southern California Voters, Have You Considered Voting For Shawn Stern

Though Facebook can be irky irksome and his twin sister irkarella, we remain addicted to it, just like Twitter. Right? Right.

Because we’re not all new, we know there’s an election right around the corner. Shawn Stern is running for congress in:

  1. Casmalia
  2. Camarillo
  3. Fillmore
  4. Lompoc Valley Los Alamos
  5. Newbury Park
  6. Oak Park
  7. Ojai Orcutt
  8. Piru
  9. Santa Paula
  10. Santa Ynez Valley Simi Valley
  11. Thousand Oaks
  12. Ventura
  13. Un-Incorporated Santa Maria

Shawn left a note on my wall regarding his campaign, so, of course I emailed him with a list of questions – if he wanted my vote, I needed to ask about things that were important to me. And, so I did. He emailed me back. Now, that’s awesome. How many politicians do you know that send you canned responses versus a hand written response? More importantly, I appreciated his answers – they seemed on the level (love that vinty expression).

This was our dish session:

Hi Shawn;

Thanks for your time. You emailed me along with a few other folks regarding recommending you to our friends. I’d consider doing that. I just have a few questions.

I read your website, and I’m not 100% clear on your political position, perhaps you can lend some clarity? Thanks so much.

1) Are you a democrat or a republican?
2) What is your posture on Gay Marriage
3) What is your posture on Freedom of Speech
4) What is your posture on Censorship?
5) What is your posture on Stem Cell Research?
6) What is your posture on a woman’s right to choice?

Thank you so much,
Katie

This is what Shawn Emailed me back:

Shawn Stern May 14 at 4:40pm

Hi Katie,
Thank you for the questions. I’ll try to be as concise as possible.

1) I am a Democrat
2) I believe EVERYONE has the right to be married
3) ALL of our Constitutional rights must be protected. I don’t believe in cherry picking them.
4) Parents should be the censors
5) Stem Cell research will save many lives. I believe scientific progress should be encouraged not hindered.
6) I believe individuals have the FINAL word on what happens to our own bodies. Again, I don’t cherry pick the Constitution.

Hopes this helps, and please tell anyone and everyone you can about the campaign. Without the fundraising I need all of the word of mouth in the next 20 days I can get. So far I am leading at the polls so I guess people really do want someone in congress fighting for them NOT special interest groups and lobbyists.

Please feel free to ask me more questions @
www.askshawnstern.com

Warmest,
Shawn Stern
Democratic Candidate

CA’s 24th Congressional District

ACCESSIBLE, ACTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE

Personally, I LOVED his answers. I live in Los Angeles. I’d love to vote for him. How about you? If you’re a Southern California Poli Blogger, consider blogging about this bloke – Check him out – Hit his websites – Follow him on Facebook. I think he might very well be the real deal. We sure could use as much of that in government as possible @JustAin’tRight and @ MockPaperScissors, check him out too, please.

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Why Is Health Care A Political Debate And Not A Birth Right?!

Kairol Rosenthal, author of “Everything Changes”, wrote a stunning letter on Dear Thyroid today called “My Thyroid, My Congressman“. In her letter, she shared her story about losing her insurance shortly after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, among other things. She also posted a wonderful article on her blog called: “When is ‘Life Or Death’  Not a Cliche?!”

At the end of each post, Kairol requested us to “Put down your iPhone apps, your facebooking, your twittering, your blogging, and pick up the phone and call, call, call your congress person. Use this link to find the phone number of your representative and politely reiterate to them how important healthcare reform is and they should vote yes. I know our country can do better than where we are right now. I’m counting on you.”

Dear Thyroid is a thyroid literary support community, essentially a health community. We come together in the name of thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers, not religion or politics. Earlier in the week, I wrote a post called “This Isn’t About Politics. This Is About Basic Human Rights, Health Care Reform.

Today, when emailing with Kairol, I requested a post from her about health care reform from the patient perspective. I saw it as another opportunity for the community to come together and talk about health care reform, and what reform means to each person. In my opinion, health care isn’t, and shouldn’t be a political discussion; it is a basic human rights and health care discussion.

If I were born in Canada or the UK, or several other countries, I would’ve been born into health care, regardless of my parents financial circumstances. In this country, the very notion of health care reform has become a seemingly insurmountable issue. Why?! Insurance companies are fighting this with everything they’ve got and providing misinformation to consumers. Why?! They’re going bankrupt; they’re losing billions of dollars. Doctors and hospitals aren’t getting paid. Consumers can’t afford to pay their insurance premiums and, or out-of-pocket expenses. FYI – There is no tax relief for medical expenses.

In this country, insurance, health, my heath, has become a business. Health care has failed me and millions of other people. Quality care is a thing of the past. Doctors have quotas (let’s sit with that for a minute, quotas), and a lot less time to treat patients, much less diagnose them properly. But, that’s another post for another day.

Circling back to where I started; politics aside, we need health care reform. People are dying and losing their homes, forced into bankruptcy. I believed with all of my heart that this was an issue worth discussing. I don’t regret tabling it. Though, I am sorry a political discussion erupted and caused a few hiccups.

That being said… Health care shouldn’t be a privilege. Are you with me? Are we same paging? Do you feel me?