Sunday, January 15, 2012
Sarah Gonzales, the only woman on the Republican presidential primary in Arizona, explains why she decided to run for president:
I am recently unemployed and in the process of applying for jobs. I saw the job for POTUS in the Weekly so I figured I better not pass up the opportunity. After my last experience, I really like the idea of being my own boss.
I took a look at the application and thought aloud: “This is it?!” Seriously, it’s the easiest job application I have ever filled out. AND I can also see who else applied for the job! I totally know my competitors!
After seeing who else applied from the Republican Party, I think I have a shot.
Anyway, my car is getting pretty old and I heard Air Force One comes with the job, too. There seem to be some outstanding benefits. Aside from the perks, I know I will have to make some tough decisions that affect a lot of people. I'm a pretty good listener, though, and feel confident I could get this country going in the right direction.
Some of my thoughts include:
• End all wars.
Bring the veterans home.
Use the money for job training and physical, mental wellness
• Use more of the money for education.
Pay teachers more.
Fund arts education.
Fund physical education.
• Tear down the border wall.
• Make bigger strides in solar energy.
• Veto the Keystone pipeline.
• Crack down on "white collar crime"
Use money from their assets to assist small and locally owned businesses.
Use money to investigate and exonerate all non-guilty prisoners on death row/lifers
• End the death penalty.
• Begin the process of freeing prisoners, using money from the white collar criminals to fund job training, education and mental wellness.
• Make private prisons illegal.
• Close Gitmo. For real this time.
• Make detention centers for immigrants and migrants illegal.
• Give Native Nations the right to their own judicial systems.
These ideas might be too specific and some of them might be under state/local government control but I’m pretty sure it makes more sense than 999.
I do lots of things. I've lived in Tucson for 12 years. I got my Masters degree from the UA. I worked for 8 years at a place that recently eliminated my position.
So now I'm working as a volunteer with youth and poetry and doing some consulting through my diversity consulting business while I figure out a more definitive next step.
I can sing, dance and slam poetry so if there is a talent portion to the POTUS process I will be super excited. I think there is room for at least some karaoke or Just Dance with the Kinect.
I’m originally from Oklahoma and I got my Bachelors degree in Sociology from there. I worked at Duke University previously. My background is in social justice education and I have trained thousands of adults and youth on issues related to making our world a more just place. I met President Clinton. I get most of my news from the Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Democracy Now and posts my facebook friends share. And now I can say I once ran for President of the United States. Booyah.