Sherman for Congress
5th District of Illinois
Illinois Green Party
Real Change Dramatic Change
Rob Sherman is running to be the Illinois Green Party candidate for Congress from the 5th District of Illinois in the March 15, 2016, Primary Election. Here is my campaign platform:
SECULAR GOVERNMENT FOR ALL (Yay!)
STATE/CHURCH SEPARATION FOR EVERYBODY (Hurray!)
Eliminate Christmas as a federal holiday.
Eliminate God from our money.
Eliminate God from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Christians want to put Christ back into Christmas. I agree! The way to do that is to get the federal government out of the religion business. When government does religion, it has to water it down and make it bland and generic in order to pretend that it's secular and constitutional. Meanwhile, what Christians really want is a robust Christmas that is all about Jesus and not about retail spending.
Let's put Christians back in charge of Christmas by letting them lead the celebration, rather than having government decide how and when Christmas should be observed. Besides, not every Christian celebrates Christmas on December 25th. Orthodox Christians observe Christmas on or about January 7th.
In many conversations about this topic that I have had with Christian voters in the 5th District, they surprisingly agree with me that Christmas would be FAR better off if government would just leave it alone and let the Christians decide when and how it should be celebrated. In addition, people of other religions and us secular types have long been perplexed as to why the Big Holiday of white Northern European and Western European Christians is a legal holiday, but the holidays of other religious traditions are treated as Second Class.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll eliminate Christmas as a federal holiday to put Christ back into Christmas and so that all religions, and us secularists, too, are treated equally by the federal government.
Similarly, it's time to end religious bullying by the federal government. Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get the anti-atheist religious graffiti off of our money and get the anti-atheist religious editorial removed from our Pledge. We don't tolerate bullying of any other minority group in this country, not even of Muslims, so why is it OK for the federal government to not only tolerate but, in fact, lead the way when it comes to bullying those of us who are smart enough to realize that God is make-believe?
Atheists and other secularists across the country have been complaining about these issues for a half century. Now you have a chance to do something about it by supporting my campaign as a volunteer or with a donation. If you don't act now to support this opportunity, don't complain, later, when you no longer have a realistic chance to get something done about it.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get "In God We Trust" off of our money and "One Nation Under God" out of our Pledge of Allegiance. After all, atheism is the fastest growing theological perspective in the country, so why should we continue to be mocked, insulted and ridiculed for being right?
Besides, Iran is one nation under god. We're one nation under a Constitution!
ENVIRONMENTAL, LABOR AND FISCAL SANITY
These three issues are the foundation of my campaign.
Global warming is real. We need to stop it. I will sponsor legislation to reduce air and water pollution by big corporations to the greatest extent possible.
I will also sponsor legislation that eliminates any and all tax breaks for big corporations who ship our jobs out of the country or overseas.
We need to stop debt dumping, where one group gets a financial benefit while another group gets stuck with the bill. In particular, we need to stop running up the national debt, which is where government spends money it doesn't have and sticks the bill on people who don't have the ability to vote against it, namely our children and the unborn. I will stop that from happening through strong legislation.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll make these three issues the top priorities of my term in office.
NO MORE INCOME TAXES (Double Yay!)
I will lower your taxes by replacing the income tax with a consumption tax. Here's why your taxes will be lower:
If you spend $20,000 in a year, you would pay a consumption tax (value added tax or federal sales tax) on $20,000 worth of purchases. If a rich person spends half a million dollars in a year, he or she would pay consumption taxes on $500,000 worth of purchases. No wiggling out of it with exemptions. No evading taxes with accounting tricks or lawyer tricks, like shifting income or profits overseas. Since rich people could no longer evade the taxes that the rest of us pay, this would ensure that the wealthy really do pay their fair share and we pay less because we aren't paying their share, any more.
This would also end the nightmare and the con games related to filing income tax returns. The Cayman Islands have no income tax. They use the value added tax, instead, and have no problem getting everybody to pay their fair share in a simple, understandable and fair way that doesn't consume huge quantities of your time. We should adopt their system.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get rid of the income tax nightmare and replace it with a much more fair national consumption tax that would cost ordinary Americans like us far less in both money and time.
NO MORE ANIMAL ABUSE FOR ENTERTAINMENT
No more rodeos.
No more bull riding.
No more pigeon shoots.
Wow! Where did that come from? My friend, Steve Hindi of SHARK, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, has spent his entire adult lifetime investigating and documenting how cowards use extremely painful electric prods, on the sneak and supposedly in violation of rodeo guidelines, to get animals, large and small, to "perform" involuntarily at rodeos. Many animals ending up getting injured, some fatally. Local authorities generally refuse to do anything about it because they are in bed with the rodeo promoters so that the local government can get a piece of the action (meaning money -- pardon the pun).
Steve has shown how cute and adorable, but often dehydrated and emaciated, birdies are launched into the sky at pigeon shoots so that psychopaths with rifles can blast them to death to gratify their sick-o lusts, instead of using clay pigeons like civilized people do.
He's shown how bulls are tortured by having ropes wrapped tightly around their nuts to make them buck in painful agony to amuse paying spectators. The bulls aren't bucking to throw the rider off because it's a fun, wild-performance way to entertain children in the grandstands. The bulls are bucking because they are in agony from the pain of having their nuts grabbed. As soon as the grip is released from their genitals, the bulls go back to normal and walk away, but only to wait to be tortured on another day.
Corporate sponsors pay big money to be associated with the torture in both rodeos and bull riding. Steve is doing everything that he can to get people to stop buying the products of these corporate sponsors.
From the Rodeo Cruelty page of the
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness web site
What kind of society are we? Do we really need to torture and kill animals, any more, to entertain ourselves and our children?
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll end animal abuse for entertainment, nationwide, by sponsoring federal laws to ban rodeos, pigeon shoots and bull riding in this country. Thousands of birds and animals are suffering and dying for you to vote for me and for you to support my campaign as a volunteer or with a donation. They thank you, in advance, for doing so.
ELECTION REFORM THAT YOU WOULD LOVE BUT THAT THE INCUMBENTS WOULD HATE
Compact legislative districts.
Same number of nominating petition signatures for all candidates for the same office.
Term limits (Big Yay!)
No pensions for legislators!
I used to be opposed to term limits "because that's what elections are for." However, incumbents rig the elections by drawing electoral maps in such a way that is specifically designed to put their opponents in districts that are primarily located far away from where they live. The incumbents place themselves in the middle of an election district, and then draw a little balloon from the edge of a far-away district to surround the home of an opponent in the incumbent's district, thus putting the opponent out of his local district and into a district far away where he isn't known by the local population.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll end gerrymandering of election districts by sponsoring legislation that requires compact legislative districts nationwide, at the federal, state and local levels.
Another scam that the two major parties use to keep opponents off the ballot is to require third party candidates like me to get thousands more nominating petition signatures than major party candidates need to in order to get on the ballot. In most cases in Illinois, the number of signature needed by Democrats and Republicans to get on the ballot for Congress is about 500, but the number of signatures needed in most cases by third party candidates like me is around 10,000.
Here's why that's important: In my experience, a typical campaign volunteer can get 10 signatures per hour. Some more, some less, but it's about 10 per hour. In addition, a typical campaign volunteer can donate, in total, about ten hours of his or her time to a campaign. We all have other stuff to do, so ten hours is typically about the maximum.
Suppose that the major party candidates and I each assemble 50 campaign volunteers. If each of their volunteers puts in one hour petitioning, each volunteer will produce 10 nominating petition signatures. 10 signatures times the 50 volunteers yields 500 signatures, which will get the major party candidates on the ballot. Then, the other 9 hours of the 10 that the typical volunteer can contribute to the campaign can go to actual campaigning and getting out the vote on Election Day, for a total of 450 very valuable volunteer hours dedicated to campaigning.
When it comes to my 50 volunteers, if each donates his or her entire ten hours to petitioning, each volunteer will produce about 100 signatures based on 10 per hour per person. That 100 signatures times 50 volunteers yields about 5,000 signatures. I need about 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot, and that's 10,000 good signatures, so maybe 20,000 total signatures to make sure that I have 10,000 good ones. However, I've already burned through my stock of volunteer hours for the entire campaign and I have only produced half of the total number of signatures that I need to get on the ballot. Even if I could get enough signatures from volunteers to get on the ballot, by the time they have acquired those signatures, they won't have any time left over in their schedules to help me campaign to get me elected. That's exactly what the major party candidates want. They want to keep opponents off the ballot or prevent them from campaigning by rigging the Election Code to make it so burdensome to get on the ballot that Third Party candidates have no chance to win, whatsoever. Elections, therefore, become a meaningless farce unless the signature requirements for getting on the ballot are the same for all candidates for a particular office. This is a scam that needs to end so that elections, and not just for Congress, provide real choice rather than only the incumbent for as long as he or she wishes to serve.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get a law passed that provides that all candidates for any office, anywhere in the country, need the same number of signatures to get on the ballot as any other candidate for that particular office in that particular district, and a reasonable number of signatures at that.
We should have citizen legislatures, including Congress, rather than professional politicians who serve forever just to retain their power and ego. Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll sponsor legislation to limit every politician to no more than twelve years in a particular office, and no pension, either. If you want a pension, get a real job outside of elective office and earn a pension that way. Otherwise, save money from your official paycheck and live off of that. In that way, there'd be no reason to hang on to your elected office forever. Go to the legislature, whether federal, state or local, present your ideas and then move on so that somebody else can present his or her ideas.
These election reform issues have long been advocated by the Illinois Green Party and many other progressive individuals and groups, without success. Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll make them happen.
BETTER O'HARE AIRPORT NOISE MITIGATION
I have A real and legitimate plan to reduce the impact of noise on neighbors of O'Hare. As a licensed pilot, I know what planes, the City of Chicago and the FAA can do spread the noise out. Changing the runway setup isn't the way to do it. Runways are just driveways for airplanes to land on or take off from.
The solution is to significantly increase the array of designated air routes that planes can use after they take off or before they land. That would move the planes over different regions to distribute the noise more effectively.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and, as a licensed pilot, I'll get the job done to mitigate O'Hare noise.
NO MORE INTERNET SPYING BY CORPORATIONS ON WEB SITE VISITORS
Corporations are constantly sneaking spyware into your computer every time you log onto their sites. They do that so they can monitor your web surfing activities.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll sponsor a federal law to ban corporate spying on your internet usage.
SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING
I will aggressively fight global warming by listening to scientists on best practices for reducing air pollution. Global warming is real and getting worse.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll reduce global warming by passing laws to reduce the air pollution that causes it.
BAN RED LIGHT CAMERAS AND SPEED CAMERAS
Red light cameras and speed cameras are not about safety. They are simply revenue scam cameras whose primary goal is to enrich red light camera companies and municipalities. Any safety benefit is incidental and not the primary purpose for having the cameras. We don't need them.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll ban red light cameras and speed cameras, nationwide.
After I win the Primary Election on March 15, 2016, and the General Election on November 8, 2016, I will go to Washington, D.C., to represent all of the citizens of the 5th District, including all of you who do not have sufficient clout to be treated fairly by government.
Illinois wants and needs real leadership -- somebody who will go to Washington, D.C., work with everybody and come up with reasonable solutions that can achieve consensus so that we can move forward with our lives. That leader is Rob Sherman of the Green Party.
The residents of Illinois are tired of the tricks and scams that government and corporations use to unjustly cancel our rights, steal our money, spy on us and, in many cases, take away our freedom, itself. We don't have government for the purpose of playing, "Gotcha." We don't have government for the purpose of enriching the friends, families and the campaign contributors of elected officials. We want government that will take only the money it needs from us to provide a limited array of services, and then leave us alone. Don't tell us what opinion to have about religion. Don't try to micro-manage our lives and, certainly, don't tell us that we have to live our lives just like the majority does and believe what the majority believes, or else we will have our civil rights violated.
If you want government that provides the services that it is supposed to, at a reasonable cost, and then leaves us alone to live our lives in whatever reasonable manner that each of us sees fit to do, then vote for Rob Sherman for Congress on March 15, 2016.
I will change federal law in ways to take the least amount of money necessary from you, thus resulting in SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER TAXES for you. To demonstrate my true frugal nature and how careful that I will be with your money, I designed and created this web site entirely by myself, using the same web page authoring software that I've used for nearly two decades. It fully gets the job done at the least possible cost. I fly my own airplane to avoid the cost of airline fees, just as I create my own web pages to avoid the unnecessary cost of paying for web authoring by somebody else.
Celeste and Rob Sherman at Mount Hawley Airport, Peoria, IL.
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Rob Sherman for Congress
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