|U.S. House, Ohio, District 1|
|High school||Purcell High School|
was a 2014 Democratic
candidate seeking election to the U.S. House
to represent the 1st Congressional District
Prues lost in the Democratic primary to Fred Kundrata
- See also: Ohio's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014
Prues ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 1st District. Prues sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014, but was defeated by Fred Kundrata.
Prues listed the following issues on his campaign website:
- Civil Rights: "It's clearly time for a 'throw the bums out' moment for our congress. That would be of little value if there were no honorable options, but I know of folks like myself who are challenging the status quo. If we work together, we can create a new day, and a new congress that is of, by and for the people."
- Social Security: "If The Social Security System needed funding, there are plenty of ways we can fund it by balancing other aspects of taxes as noted above. But the remarkable thing is that Social Security doesn't need funding. It's self-funded, and in good shape. The only reason potential changes to Social Security are on the radar is because this congress is hell-bent on privatizing everything possible. They don't care if your retirement is a gamble based on the ups and downs of the stock market. If elected, I'll do all I can to protect Social Security and to expose those who will compromise your retirement for a few campaign dollars."
- Climate Change: "We now have the technologies to wean ourselves from fossil fuels. By leveraging the natural energies of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, we can employ these technologies and create sustainable energy systems all over our planet. Wind, solar, hydro and wave technologies, and geothermal are all finding their way into main stream energy systems. And I for one couldn't be more thrilled about this development."
- Food: "We're seeing urban farms, symbiotic systems like aquaponics, vertical farming systems and a host of creative ways to grow and process good food. Cities like Detroit and Flint, which have been proverbially thrown under the bus by austerity programs, are rebounding by creating a robust local food economy. And we're seeing the continued growth of organic food, where even big box food retailers have taken notice and offer an organic food section. One last thing. Ever since we humans became human, and even before, our lives revolved around food. It was then, as now, our singular most pressing regular need. And so it was our most communal activity as well. We worked, learned and played together around finding and preparing food. Such a focus today would do much to bring our lives and our planet to a healthier place."
- Energy: "One greatly ignored facet of energy in our culture is how much locally generated energy is possible. Such distributive systems [like the Internet], are vastly more robust than monolithic energy generating stations that fail us when power lines are downed or blow up like Chernobyl or Fukushima. Rooftop solar, personal windmills and much more are possible with our commitment to sustainable energy. Having buying cooperatives like Cincinnati's Energy Aggregation Policy can also go far in encouraging sustainable energy production. The truth is, we must move beyond fossil fuels as quickly as possible, and take on the mammoth task of mitigating climate change."
- Hemp and Weed: "With such an auspicious history, how is it that hemp became illegal? Not surprisingly, it was the corporate interests of the 1920s and 30s, when media moguls like William Randolph Hearst wanted to use their privately owned timber for his huge yellow journalism empire and industrialists like the DuPont family who had just patented nylon, an early form of plastic made from oil. At this time there was no confusion about the difference between hemp and its mind-bending cousin, marijuana. 'Ditchweed' was a common site, in fields and byways. Marijuana was more often found in small garden plots, carefully tended to produce aromatic buds. Then, like today, 'journalists' wrote to support the agenda of their masters, and so the lines between hemp and marijuana were intentionally blurred, and the plant family was demonized and 'railroaded' out of our culture. Such is how we got here. But the times, they are a changin..."
- A Just Government: "The United States was created as a democracy, with the idea that citizens have certain rights and responsibilities, among them being "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Our responsibilities include taking care of ourselves and our families, engaging with our neighbors and communities, and paying our taxes. Our rights include voting, and the above mentioned life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A fair return on our tax investment [ROI] is our right as well. It is these rights that have been threatened by this congress and this administration."
- Education: "Learning is a lifelong process. And learning is not limited to institutions of learning, it's a daily occurrence. That said, the education system is codified learning, learning the basics for being a functional member of society. Unfortunately, education, as practiced in this country, falls far short of teaching these basics. Our education system is based on an 1850s German model of teaching, with a strong emphasis on discipline, rigor, memorization and standardized material in math, languages, history, etc. These are all useful skills for learning, but as a holistic method for learning they are archaic. We hardly need to memorize dates when they're readily available via the Internet. Discipline must be mixed with play for creative learning to thrive. We need education that includes teaching the value of engagement, how to grow food, the design/build process, conflict resolution and similar topics that are more applicable to our lives in these times. These teachings and learnings allow us to function together with greater success. In the World 5.0 Platform, education is the final area of focus as it must be incorporated into all we do as we begin to find a new way forward."
- Wellness & Healthcare: "I argue for universal healthcare, with a strong component of education toward wellness. A 'single payer' system as it's called, with the federal government as that single payer. Indeed, such is the case in most democratic, industrial nations."
- Jobs and Meaningful Work: "What I see, and not me alone, is that creating an economy based on localism and sustainability is the only way out of the terrible conditions brought on by a culture of economic globalism. We don't do well anymore relying on large corporations to employ us, unless a strong sense of ethics is incorporated into their model, and in these times that is rare indeed. The World 5.0 Platform is all about abundant communities, and meaningful work is at their heart. We have an opportunity to create jobs and meaningful work around all sorts of human need on the local level. Food, clothing, shelter, energy - notice that these are our ongoing requirements for life. By localizing the growth of these endeavors, we create jobs. And not just jobs, but jobs with meaning."
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