It is essential that before you support any candidate, you are well aware of the platform they are running on before you give them your time or support. A pleasant sounding candidate can be a danger. My Politics Done Right show is now a daily show. I have the show's door wide open for progressive politicians to give them exposure.
I found the following message in the Politics Done Right inbox from Vince Duncan.
Vince Duncan For US Congress Congressional District 18 Houston Texas www.vinceforus.com I can be reached at 713.252.2436.
Apparently, Duncan is running as an Independent in Texas Congressional District 18. This district is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's district.
Of course, before I contact any candidate I do my due diligence. Here are three things I found shocking from this candidate's website.
- He seems to support the Harris County Shared Responsibility Act which asks renters to pay a tax because they supposedly get services that homeowners pay for.
- He said he actively campaigned against H.E.R.O. In other words, a black man supporting discrimination.
- He supports the elimination of the Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate.
I replied to him directly and succinctly.
(1) A black man supporting discrimination and willing to misrepresent HERO.
(2) A man making renters scapegoats for a flawed tax system. Renters rent covers taxes paid by the property owner and as such pay taxes. You are asking them to pay twice.
I am speechless that you would want to come on a progressive show. I will do my best to point out why politicians who support the policies that you do are never elected. The policies are patently evil.
PS: Your support for the elimination of the individual mandate shows a complete misunderstanding of insurance. For-profit basic health insurance is evil. Not having everyone who is able in the system until the scourge is eradicated is fiscally irresponsible.
I would never give anyone with views that hurt people materially or otherwise a platform on Politics Done Right.
Mr. Duncan has since responded.
We definitely have a difference Of Political Opinions. In our Democracy expressing differences is Politically very very Healthy. And please keep in mind that it's up to the Voters to accept or Reject the Political Platform. My Political Opinions are available for discussion for people Capable of carrying out a Conversation. It was Recommended that I contact you... Whatever your Platform or Political Stance you maintain I Respect That it's Yours. Given that you are Opposed to your Audience deciding for Themselves then there is No Need For Future Communication.
I replied to him as follows.
You miss the point. You can call into my show and say as you please at any time you choose. It is open to anyone. That is the kind of show I have. My invited guests/politicians, however, are different. I have an agenda and I do not hide it. Given the disaster that policies like many shown at your site are inflicting on this country, I do not provide any further platform when it is the same platform pushed by the plutocracy. Have a nice day.
Many are but tools of the plutocracy as they buy into policies that continue to promote income and wealth inequality ultimately. It is hard to believe Mr. Duncan does not understand the implications of double taxing renters, eliminating the Individual Mandate, and supporting discrimination. I will play no part in it.
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