Peter Myers for Congress

I'm Peter Myers, the Green Party candidate for the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Congress. On this blog, you can read about the campaign and the issues, and offer me feedback as well. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, and I hope you'll join the campaign for change.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Please Vote No on 8

In the final days before the election, I need to add my voice to an important discussion in the state of California. Polls show that public opinion on Proposition 8 is far closer than it should be, and I learned long ago that if you don't stand up for the rights of others, eventually you will lose your rights as well.

I don't have a huge amount of gay friends and coworkers, but I have enough that I can think of dozens of people I care about who would be negatively affected by Proposition 8, which would eliminate their right to marriage. Proposition 8 would tell these friends of mine that their lives are less important than a straight person's, and that their relationships are less valid. I cannot support a law that would re-institute that kind of discrimination.

My campaign has tried to champion understanding and equality, whether it be through a peaceful foreign policy or through viewing immigrants as friends instead of threats. Proposition 8 stands against everything I have tried to say in my campaign. Please vote no on 8.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Help fund our final push for newspaper ads. Contribute now!

Thank you so far to all of you have supported me so far in my run for Congress. In the final two weeks of the campaign, we need to run ads in community newspapers to let voters know that they have a choice and they don't have to rubber-stamp a Democrat for another two years.

Can you help? We need another $1,000 by Saturday so we can reach as many people as possible. You can contribute directly through PayPal by clicking below.

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Eugene Jarecki on the Daily Show

On Monday, Eugene Jarecki, the documentary filmmaker who created Why We Fight, stopped by the Daily Show.

The money quote:
"The world is not a secure place, and you cannot have perfect security. And what you can do by trying to pursue perfect security is you can literally bankrupt yourself as a nation on every level; spiritually, economically..."

You can watch the entire interview below:

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Army Video Game Spreads Militarism to Teenagers

This report from CNN shows you what some of your hundreds of billions of dollars of tax dollars pay for when they go to the Pentagon. The military's recruitment process for future wars is slick and neatly packaged, and you and I pay for it every day.

My opponents won't take the initiative to rein in this type of wasteful spending that creates an American culture more militant than ever before. Only I have chosen to stand up against these disturbing military recruitment practices; a vote for anyone else is a vote for more disappointment.

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My candidate statement, aired on KTVU

The Debate

On Monday, October 13, I debated Republican candidate Joyce Cordi in Cupertino. You can view the debate, filmed by Cupertino City Channel, below. The debate is split into eight parts.

Part 1: Opening Statements

Part 2: The Bailout

Part 3: The Two-Party System

Part 4: Economy and the Budget Deficit

Part 5: Military Spending

Part 6: Iraq and Afghanistan

Part 7: Impeachment

Part 8: Closing Statements


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

99.6 people arrested an hour for marijuana usage in 2007

New FBI figures show that a record 873,000 people were arrested for marijuana-related "crimes" in 2007, which was a 5 percent increase over 2006.

Before I continue, I feel that critics should know that I do not use marijuana, have never used it habitually, and have not touched it for more than three years. Nevertheless, I support legalization of marijuana for many reasons:

  1. Marijuana does not do demonstrably more harm than alcohol or cigarettes.
  2. Marijuana laws were originally created to oppress Mexicans, and current enforcement of marijuana laws tend to disproportionally target blacks.
  3. We are throwing our money away on the War on Pot, to the tune of at least $35 billion per year.
  4. The government can tax legal marijuana and make billions of dollars off it. Why not use it to partially fund a universal health care program?

Like so many reforms, the will of the people is already behind this. All that remain to keep marijuana illegal are the two major parties, who want to arrest nearly a million people a year for possessing something that grows out of the ground.