I am a 63 year old retired Firefighter/Paramedic
Free Health and Dental Insurance for Active Military & Veterans and immediate families
Free Health and Dental Insurance for Active Military and immediate family & Veterans and immediate family America First has been Donald Trump’s mantra since his campaign began. Evidently, few Americans are aware of the fact that America First was the name of the isolationist, defeatist, anti-Semitic national organization that urged the United States not to enter World War II. Even fewer know the current President was a draft dodger. Americans for Americans believe the meaning, gratitude and tremendous responsibility of being an American has been lost. Knowledge of American history is virtually non-existent. We view all Americans in the same light; we are people first, Americans second, and however one wants to define themselves comes after the first two. Our mantra is AMERICAN First! Of course, the real heroes that defend our freedom are our active Military and Veterans who are the forgotten warriors. In all wars, we separate the warrior from the war. No matter what you may think of any war in which America has participated, we must support our warriors and their families. One percent of America constitutes our Military. They and their families alone bear the burden. The longest war in U.S. history is the never-ending war in Afghanistan. We have record numbers of Veterans coming home missing limbs, with PTSD, etc. The care these heroes DO NOT receive is a national disgrace. Here is one quote taken from My VA Story (http://myvastory.org/); There is no question that veterans have good experiences. But, VA supporters “take these success stories and they hold them up as examples for the whole system, and that’s not accurate to say.” Visit the website to see more specific examples of the failure of the Veteran’s Administration. Our active Military pays for their health and dental care. Although the amount is nominal compared to what most civilians pay, the bottom line is they should pay nothing. To document the nightmare problems many Veterans have getting quality health or dental care would take a novel to describe. Again, the point here is they should pay nothing. Therefore, the American people demand of their Government that free health and dental care be provided to both active Military and their immediate families and Veterans and their immediate families. We do not care what form this takes or what it costs. Billions and billions are wasted and the money is there for the V.A. to function at a high level. Be creative; figure it out. The American people demand it.
The American People Demand Access to Medical Cannabis Immediately
Petition to President Trump, the United States Congress & A.G. Jeff Sessions The American People Demand Access to Medical Cannabis Immediately Most Americans are not aware that cannabis (marijuana) was legal in the U.S. until the racist Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed. While the Act was ruled unconstitutional years later, it was replaced with the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s which established Schedules for ranking substances according to their dangerousness and potential for addiction. Cannabis was placed in the most restrictive category, Schedule I. It maintains this Federal status today. Cannabis has been used for hundreds of years by mankind for medicinal purposes. It was never clearly understood why it works so well for so many maladies until the endocannabinoid system was discovered. What Is the Endocannabinoid System? The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. This discovery completely obliterates the Government perpetuated myth that cannabis has no medicinal value. A recent survey showed that almost 50% of Americans have tried cannabis. For the other 50%, this system is in your body as well, meaning you actually have naturally occurring cannabis in your system. This applies to all mammals with vertebrae (a backbone). The current opioid addiction crises is literally killing Americans daily. The mechanism of death in an opioid overdose is that it effects the site in the brain stem that controls respiration causing respiratory arrest and death. Narcan (Naloxone) has been carried on Paramedic manned rescue units since the advent of Advanced Life Support in the late 70’s. The drug reverses this effect and saves the lives of these victims. The endocannabinoid system, on the other hand, has lots of receptors in the brain but not in the brain stem. This is why it is almost impossible to overdose on cannabis. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug sheet for marijuana reports that no deaths from marijuana overdose have ever been recorded. So the belief that one is “exchanging highs” using cannabis rather than opioids is a false equivalency. Moreover, not all strains of cannabis get one “high.” The two most recognized chemicals in cannabis are THC and CBD. High THC cannabis gets you high. However, high CBD, low THC does not. In fact, high CBD, low THC strains are the only ones included in Florida’s newly implemented medical marijuana law, for example. The best known high CBD, low THC strain is called Charlotte’s Web. This cannabis strain literally saved the life of a child named Charlotte. Her father had to leave the military and move his family to Colorado to save her. Read and watch the story here; http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/index.html This strain is particularly effective in the treatment of seizures as you will discover with the link above. Israel has been doing scientific research on cannabis for years. In May, because 30% of Autistic children also have seizures, a double blind scientific study of high CBD low THC has been started to scientifically determine cannabis’ effectiveness in treating Autism. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/04/26/first-kind-study-finds-cannabis-may-miracle-treatment-autistic-kids/ The list of maladies that medical cannabis can treat or eliminate is to voluminous to list here. Here is a quick reference: https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/resources/illnesses-treatable-with-medical-cannabis This is a link to a five-minute primer on the science behind medical cannabis’ effectiveness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RtRil2ND-E Much is made about freedom and choice in America. The American people demand the freedom to choose whether or not medical cannabis is appropriate for them. The American people, by signing this petition, therefore demand that medical cannabis be removed from Schedule I classification and made available to the American people immediately.
West Virginia and Kentucky Coal Miner’s Safety Protection Demand
West Virginia and Kentucky Coal Miner’s Safety Protection Demand Of all the federal agencies created by Congress, one of the true success stories is the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which grew out of a bipartisan effort in 1977. Most observers in coal country consider MSHA a hard-charging, effective little outfit. When federal safety inspectors show up at mines, the operators understand they'd best be ready or they're going to get shut down or fined or both. Moreover, whistle-blowing coal miners know the agency has a track record of keeping complaints anonymous and acting on them. The tough standards implemented by MSHA inspectors have saved lives, lots of them, but they're not the only inspectors around. The states also field mine inspectors to poke into areas that MSHA may miss. From hundreds of deaths in coal mines annually just a few decades ago, there were nine in 2016. This is still too many, but obviously, progress has been made. Some of the decrease is due to the cutback in mining overall, but more is the product of inspections. Now comes the rather shocking word that legislators in West Virginia and Kentucky want to reduce the number of state mine inspections or eliminate them altogether (West Virginia). The implied reason for this is that MSHA can take care of things, there's too much duplication, and the states can save money by bowing out. These are foolish ideas. When legislators do something that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, there’s always the suspicion that they're in somebody's pocket. It's possible that this idea of eliminating state mine inspections was thought up by mine owners and carried forward by overly friendly pols — we don’t know. But what we can definitely say is that if there's ever a reason for redundancy, it's to keep people safe. Therefore, Americans for Miners demands that West Virginia and Kentucky do the right thing and drop their bills and let both state and federal inspectors do their jobs. Additionally, auditing of State inspectors should be done to assure no corruption, i.e. hiding of problems from inspectors when the mining company knows they are coming. If politicians want to save money, that's fine. They can look for all the wasteful spending they want, but not where the lives of coal miners are involved.
Pass a Trump Tax Act in Florida
Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public is unprecedented. Every major presidential candidate in the last 40 years has done this and Trump himself has stated over and over that he would do the same. And yet, even though 74% of Americans think it's important he release them, he still hasn't done so. But states can take action to force the release of the president's tax returns by passing legislation making their release a requirement to be on that state's ballot. That's why I'm calling on Florida to pass a "TRUMP Tax Act." Sign this petition if you agree Florida should require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on the ballot.
Demand that Congress return the Voting Rights Act to pre-2013 verbiage enforced nationally
Petition to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court And All State Legislatures We, the citizenry of the United States demand the U.S. Congress and Justice Roberts return the Voting Rights Act to pre-2013 verbiage and be enforced nationwide. We also demand state-by-state voter ID requirements that effectively deny voting rights to students, minorities, the elderly and the disabled be eliminated. We demand additional registration and voting days and longer hours, Election Day registration, additional voting locations and more opportunities to vote by mail. Passed repeatedly since the 1960’s, the Voting Rights Act is a vital safeguard to the right to vote. But in 2013, the Supreme Court said major portions of the law are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced unless Congress rewrites them. Republicans constantly whine about judges that “legislate from the bench.” This is exactly what Justice Roberts has done in regards to both the Voting Rights Act and Citizens United. The very thought that corporations are people and money is free speech is perverse. They are the two things the founding fathers warned against as the greatest threats to democracy. They are not rolling but rather spinning in their graves. All the items mentioned in the demands above are the many ways Republicans cheat to win elections. The voting rights versus voting fraud “debate” is the favorite “false equivalency” of the Republicans. Voting rights have already been defined. Now let’s talk about voter fraud. There have been thirty one cases of voter fraud in over one billion (yes that is billion with a B) votes cast. We therefore wish to ask elected Republicans nationwide a question; during the time frame in which those billion votes were cast, how many millions of African Americans and Latinos were denied the right to vote compared to your thirty one cases of voter fraud? Another thing Republicans do to intentionally mislead the American public is tell the truth, but not the whole truth. Jeff Sessions, under oath before the Senate, is the best current example. He should resign or be impeached. The Attorney General of the United States has fought against voting rights his entire career. Here is Correta Scott King’s 1986 statement to the Senate about Jeff Sessions; Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to the courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. The Republicans are not shy about outright admitting they use voter suppression to help win elections. Just one of many examples is that of then Pennsylvania State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) who said in a speech in 2012 that voter ID would help Romney carry his state. “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the State of Pennsylvania: done,” Turzai said while listing his legislature’s accomplishments. Another recent example of withholding the whole truth is Senator Ted Cruz’ (R-Texas) statement that the Democratic Party is the party of the KKK. Well, during the civil war, with Republican Abraham Lincoln as President, the KKK did start out as a Democratic thing. But of course, he did not tell the whole story. In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats passed the Civil Rights Bill. The result was; let us Goggle “Republican southern strategy” for you. “In American politics the southern strategy was the Republican Party’s policy to gain political support in the South by appealing to the racism against African Americans harbored by many southern white voters.” There is a reason why the KKK and White Nationalists celebrated the election of the current Administration. The Republican Party has been the party of hate since 1964. A little history lesson which Mr. Cruz never learned and likely a large percentage of young people have never heard of. These acts being perpetrated to prevent African Americans, and to a lesser extent Latinos from voting are being found to be not only unconstitutional by the courts, but the courts are calling them out as racial animus specifically targeting African Americans. We call on all Americans to demand we put an end to these despicable and illegal practices by signing this petition. Congress must act on behalf of ALL Americans, who they are sworn to represent. Additionally, Justice Roberts must not stop it with legislation from the bench after the fact.
Make medical marijuana and hemp legal in America
Petition To Gov. Jim Justice (D) of West Virginia, the West Virginia Legislature and the Congress of the United States As American Citizens we DEMAND of all parties petitioned to immediately approve medical marijuana and hemp based on the science and facts contained in this petition. Unfortunately, the current state of affairs in America is such that alternative facts and conspiracy theories are now viewed as an acceptable basis for an argument. We at Americans for WV completely reject this notion. Our demands are based on science, truth and fact which are now rejected by Republicans in Congress. One of the Republicans favorite deceptions (lies) is the “false equivalency.” In this case a WV legislator stated something to the effect of we have to stop the proceedings because someone died from pot laced brownies. It is a fact that people have died from marijuana edibles. In our research, however, we could only find 3 people that have actually died. This is because they did not use the product as directed which can happen with any medication. But Republicans use these 3 people as being equal to the millions of Americans helped by medical marijuana. This is their false equivalency. To simplify the scientific basics cannabis has basically two ingredients that are most active, which are THC and CBD. THC gets you high. CBD does not get you high and has the “medical” effects. But it is a little more complicated than that. A strain of marijuana named Charlotte’s Web was created in roughly 2013. Anyone interested in the story can go to http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/ It was developed specifically for a young girl named Charlotte who was having approximately 300 grand mal seizures a week. Her heart actually stopped several times. As a last resort, her parents took her to Colorado where she was finally diagnosed. She could get this marijuana, very high in CDB and containing almost no THC, in liquid form. No smoking or getting a child high! Today, Charlotte, 6, is thriving. Her seizures only happen two to three times per month, almost solely in her sleep. Not only is she walking, she can ride her bicycle. She feeds herself and is talking more and more each day. Charlotte’s parents, at the time had the choice of bringing their daughter to Colorado, perhaps move there, or watch her die. The best example of the need for high THC and any level of CBD is a stage 4 cancer patient who is starving to death due to nausea from chemotherapy. THC convinces the human brain you are starving. That is where the term “munchies” comes from. For these patients Charlotte’s Web is useless. It is all as simple as that. Hemp is cannabis that comes in an extremely low THC strain. The demand for hemp products in America as well as worldwide is huge. Marijuana and hemp are plants that grow like weeds which is where the slang “weed” comes from. Americans for WV see the legalization of medical marijuana and low THC hemp as a viable part of the solution to save the small town rural farmers in America which are almost extinct due to big agriculture. A quick and easy solution for Congress would be to treat marijuana just like alcohol and make low THC hemp and marijuana legal for small farmers to grow which would be a huge almost immediate cash crop for rural America desperately in need of help. Please join Americans for WV in demanding all petitioners do what is right for the American people for a change. Thank you for signing, Americans for WV
Rep. Nunes must resign as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Petition to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) must resign from his Position as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “The rigorous oversight conducted by House Republicans has already brought to light troubling developments in the (Hillary) Clinton email scandal”, the office of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement to The Washington Post. Recent headline in the Huffington Post; Devin Nunes Was Supposed to Probe Collusion. Instead He’s Committing It. The House Intelligence Committee chief is openly cooperating with the White House on an investigation involving Trump’s campaign.“I’m out! I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine. My wife and I have a 15 year old daughter, and I can’t look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can’t endorse this person.” These are the words of Rep. Jason Chavitz (R-Utah). So now we know: One of the principal reasons Republicans spent so much public money investigating the tragic Benghazi episode was to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Cal.), the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), told Fox New’s Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” America; these Republicans in charge of ethics actually have no ethics. Members of the new Administration have lied under oath without consequences. More than 27 million Americans are still uninsured even with Obamacare. Mr. Ryan’s draconian policies will add 24 million to the total uninsured. That leaves 51 million Americans literally left to die or go bankrupt from medical bills. America is NOT OK with this. The reverse of the disturbing trends going on in America today starts with not only demanding that Devin Nunes be removed as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence but also he become a subject of the FBI investigation for collusion (Nunes colluding with the White House).
Keep your promise to retired coal miners and their families.
Coal miners have one of the dirtiest, most dangerous jobs in American industry. Taxpayers have recognized their work and sacrifice by stepping in to ensure that their pensions and healthcare are provided -- even when their former companies have failed or gone out of business. Right now, legislation to protect ongoing government compensation for retired coal miners’ pensions and health benefits at at risk of expiring this April, leaving these retired workers out of help and out of luck unless Congress passes H.R. 179 to protect these obligations. Coals continues to be a vital part of our country’s energy industry as the raw fuel for power plants across the U.S. These retired coal miners have risked their lives and health to light up our homes and power America’s industrial might for over a century. Furthermore, protecting pension and health benefits for retired coal miners is not a Republican thing or a Democratic thing -- it’s an American thing. That’s why H.R. 179 has attracted bipartisan sponsorship -- with 27 Democrats and 25 Republicans working to move this vital legislation forward. Allowing these promised pension and health benefits to expire at the end of April would condemn over 88,000 families to abject poverty, untreated illness -- and ultimately, death. This is unconscionable. We demand that Congress act NOW to help these families. Please sign this petition urging Congress to move this bill forward before the end of the April. Help our retired miners and their family keep the last bit of stability and security our government promised to them.