Peter Khalil for Congress – Screenside Chat #2: The Second Bill of Rights – 8/18/2019
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Peter Khalil for Congress – Screenside Chat #2: The Second Bill of Rights – 8/18/2019

August 27, 2019

Good evening. I’m Peter Khalil and I’m
running for the US House of Representatives from the 3rd District
of Washington. This is my second Screenside Chat. Let us begin again with the
words of Franklin Roosevelt, from his final State of the Union address in 1944.
“This Republic had its beginning and grew to its present strength under the
protection of certain inalienable political rights, among them the right of
free speech, free press, free worship trial by jury freedom from unreasonable
searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty. As our nation
has grown in size and stature, however – as our industrial economy expanded – these
political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of
happiness. We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true
individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.
‘Necessitous men are not free men.’ People who are hungry and out of a job are the
stuff of which dictatorships are made. In our day, these economic truths have
become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a Second Bill of
Rights, under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be
established for all, regardless of station, race, or creed. Among these are
the right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms
or mines of the nation. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and
clothing and recreation. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his
products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living. The right
of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from
unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad. The right
of every family to a decent home. The right to adequate medical care and the
opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. The right to adequate protection
from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment The right to a good education. All of these rights spell security.” This
weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to our northern and eastern
counties. What I heard from you there is that a large part of our district is in
desperate need of economic recovery and access to basic medical care. FDR knew
that our nation could not thrive unless it’s a rural citizens had every
opportunity to live full and prosperous lives. In 2019,
I, too, am keenly aware of this fact. My campaign strives to answer the basic
question on the minds of each and every voter: What will you do to make my life
better? What I will do is fight to fulfill the unfulfilled promises of
almost 80 years ago. I will fight for our security. Our security means creating
living wage jobs and industries of the future that will employ our children, our
grandchildren, and their children too. Our security means giving everyone access to
health care, which means building rural hospitals and clinics that deliver
preventative, specialty, and critical care at the highest levels under a new
Medicare for All system. Our security means building affordable housing and
preventing seniors from losing their homes because Social Security payments
do not keep up with a rapidly rising cost of living. Our security means
fighting for farmers, especially small and family farmers, to cultivate their
lands sustainably profitably and with minimal government interference. Our
security means making it easier to start and grow a small business by minimizing
regulatory barriers to entry, maximizing tax incentives, and untethering health
care from employment. Our security means providing every single person in this
country with an education through our colleges and our trades that will lead
to a job without the burden of a mountain of educational debt. And our
security means battling climate change to ensure our collective health and to
safeguard our agricultural sector for generations to come.
We can do all of these things at a net savings to the American people. And we
must do all of these things to ensure that our republic never falls
victim to the pitfalls of short-term thinking. Ensuring our collective
security will require electing representatives with a judgment, who are
devoted to the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of the people we serve. I will
be that representative for you. I’m Peter Khalil. Join me for more Screenside Chats in the weeks and months ahead. Follow my campaign on social media.
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Good night.

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