Our “Core Values” are the basic beliefs that govern everything that we do. At the most basic level, they are principles that are instilled in us somewhere deep down inside, yet are manifest in our thoughts, words and deeds. I have an infinite set of core values that arise from my upbringing and childhood. They reside somewhere deep down inside me. They were formed during my childhood, as my mother frequently recited her many “mantras” such as “Practice makes perfect, Charlotte”, or “Repetition is the mother of skill”; and my father: “If you don’t work, you don’t eat”; or “A man (or WOman) who doesn’t feed his (her) family, is worse than an infidel”; and one of his favorites: “I’ve never seen anybody who does GOOD work, who can’t find work to do.” Mama used to say: “Birds of a feather flock together”, to teach me that we have to be careful about who we are seen with, because those we associate with are a direct reflection of who we are. Another one of her favorites as I entered puberty was: “Association brings on assimilation,” meaning that those you associate with, influence you to such a degree that they can shape who you become.” Two more that I love: “Honesty is the BEST policy”; and, “The TRUTH, will set you FREE.” These became some of the guiding principles that governned my life — all my life. These simple principles form the foundation of every belief that I hold dear and subscribe to. So, with these in mind, let me just share with you some of the basic beliefs that I will take with me to the House of Representatives, if I am elected.
- In the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.
- The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and must be respected as such, in practice, precept and spirit.
- Voting is a basic right guaranteed AND PROTECTED by our Constitution, that should not be abridged, obscured, suppressed, or otherwise manipulated in any way, shape, form or fashion.
- Every citizen is entitled to his or her view-point and the right to express it. Whether we agree with each other or not, we can LISTEN to each other and be civil in our discourse.
- Full equality, incorporated with justice for each Alabamian, must be the goal of every legislative action.
- All children must be supported with good health care and good schools;
- All able bodied and mentally stable persons deserve employment where wages reflect the true cost of living.
- Financially insecure seniors must be seriously considered for state benefits,
especially in the area of nutritious food; and
- Incarcerated persons are human. Thus, their physical and mental health care must be as humane as that the non-incarcerated.