Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Little About Donna as Printed in the Local Paper...

Donna Walker Mancini

Bachelor's Degree, Foods and Nutrition, University of Louisville,Internship in Clininal Nutrition, Luthern General Hospital, Illinois, Master's Degree, Health Education and Wellness, University of Louisville
Civic involvement
Volunteer Louisville Ballet Partners; Ladies Auxillary VFW; Daughters of the American Revolution;Volunteer, University Hospital;former board member, DuPont Manual High School PTSA
Small Business Owner and Financial manager
Web address
Why do you want to get involved in Government Service?
I totally respect individuals and their absolute right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness as long as no force or fraud to other individuals is involved. I am as frugal and fiscally responsible as a person can get; and I will watch your hard earned money like a hawk! I have vast working experience in both the public and private sector; which includes health care and nutrition; sales, service and finance; insurance; fundraising; and volunteer work. I enjoy and embrace diversity.I detest violence and force,and support the use of diplomacy, trade and education to solve the worlds problems. I want to go to Washington to bring honesty,integrity and true citizen involvement back to governement. We need to rethink and revise the way government operates in America today. I think term limits are advisable as the money and power are corrupting even the most humble and decent people who attempt to serve our Country!
What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it?
The massive growth of government spending, and unlimited power handed over to the executive branch by the current lazy,apethetic,lapdog congress.I would work to halt the spending spree,balance the buddget, end the Patriot Act, wiretapping ,and the assorted other assaults on our civil liberties. I want to restore morality and the rule of law in America. The departure from our founding principles of equal treatment under the law, no arbitrary power,and no cruelty is mind-boggling and sickening to me. Do unto others as you want them to do unto you!
If elected, what would be your chief priorities?
End the present military occupations and the "war on Terrorism", which in reality increases terrorist attacks and hostility towards America. Adopt and practice a policy of non-intervention in the political affairs of nations worldwide and bring our troops home to be used for legitimate national Defense only. Drastically Reduce taxes and Government spending, and Reduce the size,cost,scope and power of the federal government.Let the American people keep their own money and run their own life! End the War on Drugs, which is actually a war on the personal freedom of peaceful,consenting adults; causes crime; is wasting billions of tax dollars and promotes illicit drug usage among youth.

On Drugs: Freedom to Choose is what life as all about!

Freedom to choose is what life is all about!
Posted in NtheDrgWar by R Lee Wrights on November 20th, 2006
by Donna Mancini
Regarding the “War on Drugs,” it seems to me that no one “important” ever asks the obvious question: Why do people take drugs in the first place?
I think we should interview every person who takes illegal drugs (who will admit it), and ask him or her why did you risk, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to smoke, snort, eat or inject a forbidden substance into your body?
I think the answer might be that the person wants to feel good or get high. Can someone explain what is wrong with wanting to feel good or “get high?” Are we supposed to want to feel bad or “get low?”
This world is full of people who are feeling miserable or low, who go to their doctor or psychiatrist who prescribes an assortment of drugs to alleviate their maladies which are costly, have side effects and pose dangerous health risks. Cannabis has never been known to kill or overdose anyone and the problems caused by other ‘illegal drugs’ are small potatoes compared to the problems in American today related to food, obesity and lack of exercise, which is not criminalized, yet.
Running on the treadmill, swimming and lots of love keep me up 99% of the time, but as a 55-year-old peaceful, responsible adult the choice of how to elevate my mood ought to be up to me, not the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court or the local Health Department or even my own momma!
Also, why should the pharmaceutical companies have a monopoly on the feeling good business? I think a little home gardening and free-enterprise are appropriate in a so-called free country. It would sure put a lot of people back to work, stimulate the economy and free up the prison space for the real criminals who hurt other people.
In my humble opinion, only the most evil and arrogant among us seek to use the long arm of the law, aka government, to force others to live by their personal and arbitrary rules. I think the obvious solution to the issue is simple yet stark: If you don’t like drugs, (or anything else), don’t take drugs (or anything else) yourself. This translates to: Mind your own body and your own business; and, leave everyone else’s life alone. Imagine what a wonderful world it would be!
In closing, if you don’t like the freedom of choice argument try this one: The forbidden fruit is always the sweetest - Bible 101. Kids do whatever you tell them not to do, on general principle; and, intelligent adults don’t like to be pushed around by other people either. “Just about everything I like is illegal, immoral or fattening,” says an old wooden sign in my kitchen that belonged to my daddy. After all, if the so-called experts and authorities say it is bad for us, or make it illegal, you know it has to be down-right wonderful.
The moral of the story is: I’m a Libertarian and I’m pro-choice on everything.

Donna Walker Mancini was Kentucky’s most recent Libertarian candidate for 3rd District Congress. Find out more about Donna at www.myspace.com/donna4freedom.