IT WAS AN ISSUE THAT DROVE ME TO RUN
It had never occurred to me to run for public office until recently. It was an issue that drove me to run. I realized that the best way to take my issue to the greatest number of people was to run for office. So here I am.
Lieutenant Governor is a perfect office for what I want to do. Elsewhere I talk about what a lieutenant governor does. This is an obscure office. The Washington Constitution gives the legislature the authority to abolish the position. A lieutenant governor can make as much or as little as he wants out of this obscure office.
The vexing issue I feel strongly about is that we should have safe water. Our water should be safe for everyone to drink and safe to drink in whatever quantity one desires or needs to consume. Note that we consume water in the form of the food and beverages we eat and drink since most foods and beverages contain water.
Water should be safe for pregnant mothers to drink, safe for infants, diabetics, arthritics, and safe for those with kidney, and thyroid disease. Unfortunately it is not safe for any of these groups. It is unsafe for them in the short run. It is unsafe for all of us in the long run.
It vexes me that inSeattle,Everett,Tacoma, and several otherWashingtoncities we add dilute toxic waste to our drinking water. We call it “fluoride”, but it is really toxic waste. Our cities and water districts have been defrauded by big chemical companies into adding so-called “fluoride” to our water.
It is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride, which is not even classified as a poison. It is not pharmaceutical grade fluoride. It is commercial grade, and it is the unfiltered and unprocessed scrubber liquor from the wet scrubbers in the snokestacks of super phosphate fertilizer plants in Florida, Mexico, and China. It is the worst kind of fluoride. It is mostly fluorosilicic acid and hydrogen fluoride plus significant amounts of lead and arsenic. It is mined out of filthy ore which contains every element on the periodic table. It is filth, and so the water we are forced to drink is dilute filth.
The type of fluoride used leaches lead out of pipes, a lot of lead. Agencies show endless concern about the lead in lead paint but ignore the lead in drinking water. Peer reviewed studies show that when fluoridation stops, blood lead levels drop, as happened in Tacoma when fluoridation was stopped briefly.
Since 1978 it has been illegal to let the pollution go up the smoke stacks and illegal to dump it into the sea, river, or lake. But the Everett City Council injects it into my drinking water at the rate of 250 gallons per day, at a cost of $25,000 per month.
These toxins are hard to excrete and they accumulate over the course of our lifetimes. If you drink fluoridated water you may be less healthy in your old age and your life may be shortened. These toxins are especially harmful to diabetics, and to those with arthritis and thyroid, kidney, and heart disease. Around one percent of the general population is severely allergic to thisso-called fluoride. Blacks and Hispanics are impacted more than Whites. But these toxins are most harmful to fetuses and infants because their cells are still dividing. Studies show IQ reductions and brain damage.
Convincing studies show that this so-called fluoride, at the concentrations at which we dump it into rivers and Sound, narcotizes salmon and repels and kills them.
Note that most water filters do not remove this so-called fluoride nor lead nor arsenic. A distiller is the only reliable way to remove these contaminants. Reverse osmosis filtration may or may not remove them, and it is hard to known when the reverse osmosis filter has ceased to be effective. The common carbon block filter or the popular Britta filter do not remove fluoride. Fluoride is highly attracted to calcium, and so bone char filters will remove fluoride.
Employing the big lie technique, chemical companies sell this so-called fluoride to us as an elixir that allegedly protects teeth when ingested. This is all a multi-billion dollar lie. It was brought to you by the same people who brought you tetraethyl lead. It is important to understand that captains of industry will lie to buyers for profit.
I have studied the issue in great depth and looked at it from all sides. I have read hundreds of scientific journal articles. I exchange emails with science professors – in theUS,Canada,Australia, theIrishRepublic, and other countries.
I also read the pro-fluoridationist literature. I am always most interested in reading anything that supports so-called fluoridation and challenges my conclusions. If I am wrong, I want to know it.
I can assure you that if you will go to http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm or www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com and do a few hours reading on the subject, you will agree with me: This so-called fluoridation is not safe, not effective, and not legal. The politicians supporting it have believed a big lie. They are in a trance induced by lies coming from trusted professionals they know. The trusted professionals in turn are in the same trance. They are all in a maze and unable to find the exit. Most fluoridationists are sincere, however, they are sincerely wrong.
Politicians get duped as easily as the dentists and medical doctors they trust. It is amazing to me just how tone deaf politicians can be on this subject. Fellow safe water advocates and I carefully explain the science and the law to city councils and supply them with stacks of scientific documents, and it is if they were deaf. I feel like I am trying to convince the Flat Earth Society that the earth is round.
I live inLynnwood, where I work as a lawyer.
I went to law school at the Universityof Washingtonwanting to be an environmental lawyer, but upon graduation I found that the only paying jobs for environmental lawyers was working for polluters. So for a living I help people modify their mortgages and hold onto their homes.
On the side, however, I do environmental law. It’s my pro bono work and my primary reason for running. Read all about it as www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com. Drinking water should be as pure as possible, with as little additives as possible,and as safe as possible for people of all ages and all health conditions.
I wrote up my first fluoride broadsheet in August of 2005 and started passing it out. My broadsheets are 8.5″ x 14″ and double sided, and they pack in a lot of information. I put links in them to substantiate my arguments, and then I post the broadsheets on my website so readers can follow the links. See the broadsheet I handed out March 23, 2012, at a Snohomish Health District seminar supporting fluoridation. On July 10, 2012, I testified with seven others before the Snohomish Health District and presented them with a stack of studies on the subject.
Most people who study the issue at all quickly conclude that even if this so-called fluoride is somehow good for teeth applied topically, it is not good when consumed for life, by people who drink different quantities of water, by people which certain illnesses.
This chemical is added to our water allegedly to prevent illness, and therefore it meets the definition of a drug. It is wrong to force a drug on people against their will. It violates our right to consent to or decline medical treatment.
I also run becauseWashingtonhas structural problems that other candidates are not addressing. Our government is dysfunctional, incapable of raising the funds needed to run a quality state.
We are decapitalizingWashington. We are letting our schools, colleges, and infrastructure decline. This is not good capitalism.
Only the rich can pay more, and they should. We need a constitutional provision calling for a tax on high incomes and large capital gains and at the same time protecting others from such a tax.
When Paul Allen sells a billion dollars worth of stock, it would not hurt him at all to pay $100 million of it for our schools and colleges, which trained the workers who made him rich.
Tax breaks which no longer make sense should be repealed.
And we should do more for the poor. Our minimum wage leads the nation, but it is still not enough. I would push for an increase to $12 per hour.
On the food front, anything which can be grown organically should be grown organically. It should be illegal to grow GMO crops inWashington. GMO foods should be labeled as such.Washington would be known round the world as the organic state, and our farmers would profit greatly.
We need stronger campaign finance laws. We need to figure a way to limit the big money influence of lobbyists. We would have better laws if laws were not for sale.
What does a lieutenant governor do? He presides over the Senate, and he serves on a score of commissions – commissions which need new ideas. I am volunteering to beWashington’s idea man.
I would redefine the position. As lieutenant governor I would tour the state and hold pre-constitutional conventions. Our constitution was written for another time. Circumstances have changed.