Sunday, December 21, 2014

Autumn Daggett's Vice President Speech

I would like to begin my speech with a quote from our current president, Barack Obama.
“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” (Barack Obama, DNC Speech)
Democracy is something our founding fathers risked their lives for to benefit us, so we need to do everything in our power to preserve it for future generations.  Many people take the freedom we have today for granted, unaware that simple privileges like going to school or expressing your opinion on Twitter, are rights that people in other countries would never understand because they don’t have those freedoms.   Democracy is a gift that we were born into as 20th and 21st century Americans, and we should recognize the opportunities that this gift affords us, and be grateful for it everyday.  If you elect Hannah DeWitt as your next President, I will work hard as Vice President to preserve and improve our government.   As stated on the democratic platform, I have several principal beliefs and goals I will reference and accomplish if Ms. DeWitt and I are elected.  First, I believe a woman has the right to chose to have an abortion, regardless of the situation.  Second,  I will champion the fight to end discrimination and hate crimes based on a disability, race, religious belief, gender, or sexual orientation of any American.  Also, I feel that if we, as the government, strengthen gun control while respecting a citizens constitutionalized right to bear arms, it will reduce violence across the country.  These are only a few of many things Ms. DeWitt and I will fight for if you elect us as President and Vice President. 
Under the 14th Amendment, the due process clause protects people from any arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness by the government, thus a woman's right to privacy is protected. So why, if it is a right protected under the Constitution, are people working to take away a woman's choice to have an abortion?  It is her body and her future, therefore it should be her decision whether or not to go through with the pregnancy or have an abortion; not the doctor’s, not the government’s, and certainly not anyone else’s.  In light of her own moral beliefs, personal situation, or religion, it should be respected that the mother has control over what may or may not happen to her body.  It is understood that people have different views on abortion, based on their religious beliefs or morals, and those ideals should be respected. Certainly no one should ever be forced to have an abortion, but we should respect the decision of the women who may choose to get one, for it is her body and her choice.  With abortion as a women’s right, she would be able to plan her life and her families without fear of an unwanted pregnancy, and no woman should be forced to continue her pregnancy against her will. Aside from rape and incest, a woman who is having protective sexual intercourse may still get pregnant.  Contraceptives are effective, but there's never a full guarantee that pregnancy won’t happen, so in some cases, unwanted pregnancies do occur. Regardless of the situation, whether it was the woman’s choice or not to engage in sexual intercourse, it is her right to decide how to act in the situation.
On the topic of civil rights, presidential candidate Hannah DeWitt and I will also work to end the discrimination and hate that still remains in this country on a variety of different topics from race and religious beliefs to sexual orientation.  Contrary to what many people believe, discrimination is still a deadly, thriving entity that plagues America on a day to day basis. There are nearly 50 million people living in this country with thousands of varying disabilities, and I plan to work to provide them with the same job opportunities and ensure that they live fulfilling and productive lives that are not compromised by whatever mental or physical struggle they face. 
I also strongly support gender equality.  In women’s rights movements throughout history, women have worked hard to gain equality, and I will continue to support this movement until women are provided the same opportunities as men, throughout the workforce and society.  I also believe there should be equal treatment under law for same-sex marriage.  Marriage is something that should be shared between two people who are in love, regardless of gender, and I plan to work towards eliminating any anti-gay marriage laws in the country.   
Equally, I support zero tolerance for racial profiling by police, or any American citizen so that we may significantly reduce based crimes. Regardless of one’s race or religion, no one person should be denied their natural rights.   Hate crimes desecrate sacred spaces and demean American citizens, and I will support strong national laws to punish those who commit them.
Another way the government can work to reduce hate crimes that happen on a daily basis across America, is to strengthen gun control laws. If the government strengthens its gun control, we can reduce gun violence across the country and make it more difficult for people who lack the common sense and/or an appropriate sense of responsibly to own a firearm.  It is recognized and respected that the right to bear arms is an American right protected under the 2nd  Amendment and that citizens have the right to own and use firearms, but with such loose gun laws, firearms too readily fall into the wrong hands.  School shootings are happening more and more frequently because people who should not have access to guns do, and this needs to be stopped.  If our democratic ticket is elected, we will enforce the existing laws and strengthen the back ground check system to allow responsible American citizens the opportunity to use guns, but work to prohibit those who should not possess them.  Gun violence is a growing problem in the United States, but if we all work together to enforce safety around guns, innocent lives can be saved across the country.
If Hannah DeWitt and I are elected as your next President and Vice President, we will accomplish many things that will improve our great country.    We will work to enforce the law that it is a woman's choice to have an abortion, regardless of her situation.  We also will continue to lead the movement to end all discrimination and hate crimes based on the disability, race, religious beliefs, gender, and sexual orientation of American Citizens. The immortal declaration that “all men are created equal” will be respected and taken seriously by the government and all American Citizens.  Also, we will work to strengthen gun control to reduce the gun related crimes that occur on a daily basis.  The violence that is occurring around our country due to both discrimination and loopholes in gun control need to be eliminated to the lowest minimum possible.  Democracy is an opportunity to provide every citizen a voice, and as your next President and Vice President, Ms. DeWitt and I will make sure that voice is heard.  Thank you.

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