Sherman for Congress
5th District of Illinois
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Rob Sherman is running to be the Illinois Green Party candidate for Congress from the 5th District of Illinois in the March 15, 2016, Primary Election. Here is my campaign platform:
ENVIRONMENTAL, LABOR AND FISCAL SANITY
These three issues are the foundation of my campaign.
Global warming is real. We need to stop it. I will sponsor legislation to reduce air and water pollution by big corporations to the greatest extent possible.
I will also sponsor legislation that eliminates any and all tax breaks for big corporations who ship our jobs out of the country or overseas.
We need to stop Debt Dumping, where one group gets a financial benefit while another group gets stuck with the bill. In particular, we need to stop running up the national debt, which is where government spends money it doesn't have and sticks the bill on people who don't have a vote to stop it, namely our children and the unborn. I will stop that from happening through strong legislation.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll make these three issues the top priorities of my term in office.
ELIMINATE CHRISTMAS AS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY
Christians want to put Christ back into Christmas. I agree. The way to do that is to get the federal government out of the religion business. When government does religion, it has to water it down and make it bland and generic in order to pretend that it's secular and constitutional. Meanwhile, what Christians really want is a robust Christmas that is all about Jesus and not about retail spending.
Let's put Christians back in charge of Christmas by letting them lead the celebration, rather than having government decide how and when Christmas should be observed. Besides, not every Christian celebrates Christmas on December 25th. Orthodox Christians observe Christmas on or about January 7th.
In many conversations about this topic that I have had with Christian voters in the 5th District, they surprisingly agree with me that Christmas would be FAR better off if government would just leave it alone and let the Christians decide when and how it should be celebrated. In addition, people of other religions and us secular types have long been perplexed as to why the Big Day of white Northern European Christians and white Western European Christians is a legal holiday, but the holidays of other religious traditions are treated as Second Class.
Secular government for all! State/church separation for everybody!
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll eliminate Christmas as a federal holiday to put Christ back into Christmas and so that all religions, and us secularists, too, are treated equally by the federal government.
MAKE NEW YEAR'S EVE A FEDERAL HOLIDAY
DESIGNATE NEW YEAR'S EVE AS SCIENCE DAY
Once I get Christmas banned as a federal holiday, labor would be concerned that they've lost a paid day off. I propose making New Year's Eve a replacement federal holiday called Science Day.
This would have several positive impacts.
First, it would restore the paid day off that would be lost be eliminating Christmas.
Second, we all like three-day weekends, but we love four-day weekends even more. Currently, there are no federal consecutive day holidays, other than Thanksgiving, but that's not an official two-day holiday. Making both Science Day and New Year's Day federal holidays, we would ensure four-day weekends almost every year. In those years when one of those two days is on a Wednesday, I'm sure that most employers would give the day off on either the preceding Monday or the trailing Friday, making a five-day weekend. Three cheers for that! When one or both of those two days would occur on the weekend, the holidays would be observed on the Friday and Monday surrounding the holidays.
Third, by designating New Year's Eve as Science Day, we would go from getting stupid on religion to getting smart on science. That's a good thing! We could still maintain the tradition of exchanging gifts at the end of the year, only the focus would shift to gifts that would make us smarter, not dumber.
And fourth, by designating Science Day as our federal national gifting holiday, it would extend the holiday shopping season by a whole week, leading to more purchases and boosting the economy even more. It would also encourage employers to make that day the appropriate time for a big year-end bonus. Let's do that!
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll make Science Day on New Year's Eve a federal holiday replacement for Christmas, with all of the inclusiveness and fiscal benefits that go with it.
END FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP OF ANTI-ATHEIST BULLYING
Eliminate God from our money.
Eliminate God from the Pledge of Allegiance.
It's time to end religious bullying by the federal government. We don't tolerate bullying of any other minority group in this country, not even of Muslims, so why is it OK for the federal government to not only tolerate but, in fact, sponsor bullying of those of us who are smart enough to realize that God is make-believe?
I will sponsor legislation to get "In God We Trust" off of our money and "One Nation Under God" out of our Pledge of Allegiance. After all, atheism is the fastest growing theological perspective in the country, so why should we continue to be criticized, mocked, insulted and ridiculed for being right?
Atheists and other secularists in the 5th Congressional District and across the country have been complaining about these two issues for a half century. Now you have a chance to do something about it by supporting my campaign as a volunteer or with a donation. If you don't act now to support this opportunity, don't complain, later, when you no longer have a realistic chance to get something done about it.
Remember: Iran is one nation under god. We're one nation under a Constitution!
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get the anti-atheist religious graffiti off of our money and get the anti-atheist religious editorial removed from our Pledge.
ELIMINATE THE CHRISTIAN TALIBAN FROM THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
Cadets, officers and civilian staff have been complaining for years about being pressured to convert to evangelical Christianity by Command Staff and other uniformed personnel. The problem seems to be the worst at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, according to reports that I've read on the Military Religious Freedom Foundation web site.
The Air Force Academy used to display a banner in their football team locker room proclaiming I am a member of Team Jesus. Now, the players do a Christian prayer circle on the football field before the game while wearing uniforms that were issued to them by the federal government to be used for secular purposes. This sort of thing provides Muslim extremists with justification for their call for defensive jihad against America and Americans, claiming with a great deal of accuracy that the American military is on a Christian crusade against Islam.
Our uniformed heroes deserve better than to be nagged by Command Staff to get stupid on Jesus in order to be a good soldier.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll eliminate the Christian Taliban from the United States Military by launching a Congressional investigation into unconstitutional proselytizing at the Air Force Academy and anywhere else that it exists in our Armed Forces.
NEW ROSTER OF FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
The current roster of federal holidays consists of a lot of commemorative days that really are completely irrelevant to the lives of most people. For example, Presidents' Day in February has devolved into just a big day for selling appliances, cars and mattresses. Nobody cares that the third Monday in February is supposed to honor US Presidents. All anybody cares about is that it's a day off from school or, in some cases, work, and who cares or even remembers the reason why.
I will sponsor legislation to replace our current roster of ten federal holidays with a new set which keeps some of the old but substitutes in a lot of new, more relevant federal holidays. My list also spreads out the holidays so that no more than one federal holiday occurs each month, unlike with our current set.
Here are the old and proposed new holidays, with my comments, below. Remember that this is a starting point for discussion:
January 1 New Years
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Birthday
Third Monday in February George Washington's Birthday (President's Day)
Fourth Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4th Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
November 11 Veteran's Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving
December 25 Christmas
January 1 New Years
February 14 Valentine's Day
First Monday in April Baseball Opening Day and Rob Sherman's Birthday (April 2)
First Monday in May Mother's Day
First Monday in June Father's Day
July 4th Independence Day - Memorial Day - Veteran's Day
First Monday in August Children's Day
Third Monday in September Constitution Day (September 17) - Labor Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving
December 31 Science Day
New Year's Day: Everybody likes it and observes it, so keep it as one of our national holidays.
There currently are four holidays in honor of named individuals: King, Washington, Columbus and Jesus. Most people don't care enough about any of those four to do anything special regarding those people on the designated day, so I propose replacing those holidays with ones that actually are meaningful to most people. This is not a snub of any of those constituencies. Rather, if you are one of those who does care about any of those four, you can celebrate it better by doing it yourself, or with your own group, in a way that has meaning to you, instead of competing against the rest of us who are ignoring the day.
Valentine's Day: The holiday of Love! Let's make Love the greatest American value by making Valentine's Day a national holiday. Let's celebrate the love that we have for that special gal or guy in your life, as well as how much we love our neighbors and the members of the diverse demographics in our communities. While the religious crazies around the world kill each other for not subscribing to their extreme brand of religion, we Americans should set an example to the world of how we love everybody and each other. Making Valentine's Day a national holiday would do just that. I love you, Celeste!
Opening Day and Rob Sherman's Birthday on the first Monday in April: Baseball is America's national pastime. I've always believed that Opening Day at Wrigley Field (or, for those of you who think in black and white, Comiskey Park) really ought to be a national holiday. I'll bet Major League Baseball, boys (and many girls, too) in schools across the country and men (and some women, too) who wish they could be there for Opening Day would support this idea. It would be a day to celebrate the beginning of the baseball season, the beginning of the warm seasons of spring and summer and, of course, my birthday of April 2nd (1953) for being the person who came up with the idea of making Opening Day a national holiday and for coming up with the new roster of federal holidays.
Mother's Day and Father's Day as federal holidays on the first Mondays of May and June: By making them three-day weekends, more of us would be able to travel to see our mothers and fathers on those three-day weekends. We all have a mother and most of us have a father, so we all can celebrate this holiday. By moving the dates to the first Monday of the respective months, we could spread holidays out more evenly through the year.
Combining Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans' Day: The reality is that most people ignore our veterans on those other two days and just use it as a day off or a day to picnic, go to the beach or to bar-be-que. Combining those other days with the Fourth of July would make it a widely recognized day for patriotism of all sorts and, in fact, increase recognition of our veterans by linking those days together. That's a good thing, so let's combine patriotism and respect for our veterans all into one day for maximum impact and recognition.
Children's Day: We love our children but we don't yet respect them, enough, to have a national holiday in their honor. Before we ship them off to school for another year in early to mid-August, let's have a final fling, just for them and in their honor. We love you, kids. Now, go back to school and learn something so that you can get a job and pay taxes when you grow up and so you can support us in our old age.
Constitution Day and Labor Day combined: Constitution Day (the birth of the United States Constitution) is September 17th. Did you even know? Probably not. We are One Nation under a Constitution, not one nation under some make-believe deity-parent. It is because of our Constitution that we have the labor freedoms and opportunities that we have in this country, so let's combine together the celebration of those two days. Another benefit of moving the celebration closer to September 17th by doing the observance on the third Monday of September is that we can effectively extend the celebration of summer by two whole weeks. Two extra weeks of summer. Isn't that a great idea? Who needs God to make summer last longer when you've got Rob Sherman?
Thanksgiving is the day that we give thanks to all of our farmers for growing all of our food so that we don't starve to death. Everybody observes Thanksgiving, so it is still relevant. Therefore, we should keep it. Besides, making dramatic change is more acceptable when we keep some of the old tradition.
Christmas: Eliminating Christmas as a federal holiday is discussed in a separate section near the top of this page. It's time to move past the period in which one person's religion gets special, favored treatment by the government and everybody else gets treated like Second Class citizens. Christmas only became a federal holiday in 1870. 150 years of that is enough.
Science Day on New Year's Eve. This was also discussed in a separate section near the top of this page. Let's get smart on science instead of getting stupid on religion. Let's extend the holiday shopping season by one week and include everybody in the celebration by making the last holiday of the year a secular event instead of a religious one. If either Science Day or New Years Day falls on the weekend, the observance would occur on the preceding Friday of following Monday. Let's have one guaranteed four-day weekend each year where we will have an even better opportunity to travel and see the family.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll sponsor legislation to make my suggestions the new roster of federal holidays. Send me e-mail with your ideas, modifications or your own list of what you'd like to see as the roster of ten federal holidays. It needs to be ten because Labor would never agree to a reduction in the current quantity of ten federal holidays and Management would never agree to an increase in the number of federal holidays.
NO E-MAIL DONATION NAGS!
One of the worst things about politicians is that they all seem to have mastered the art of nagging you, incessantly, for campaign contributions. They will send you an e-mail with a Subject Line about a public policy issue, but when you open the e-mail, you discover that the real reason they sent you the e-mail was to manipulate your emotions into getting you to make a donation.
Once you make a donation to a candidate for public office, no matter how small, you end up on their sucker list to receive non-stop e-mail donation nags. The public policy matter referred to in the Subject Line of their e-mail is irrelevant. All they really care about is squeezing you for money.
When I am in Washington as your United States Congressman, my focus will be on legislating, not fund raising. When I campaign for re-election, I won't need to nag you for money because my accomplishments will speak for themselves, and you can find out anything that you want to know about me or my position on issues from my campaign web site.
Wouldn't it be great to have just one elected representative who is more interested in legislating than fund raising?
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll NEVER send you an e-mail donation nag. Sure, I hope that you donate to my campaign, and at the bottom of this web page is information on how to do it, but you can be certain that any time I send you an e-mail, it will be about a substantive matter and not a trick to manipulate you into donating money to my campaign.
NO MORE INCOME TAXES
I will lower your taxes by replacing the income tax with a consumption tax. Here's why your taxes will be lower:
If you spend $20,000 in a year, you would pay a consumption tax (value added tax or federal sales tax) on $20,000 worth of purchases. If a rich person spends half a million dollars in a year, he or she would pay consumption taxes on $500,000 worth of purchases. No wiggling out of it with exemptions. No evading taxes with accounting tricks or lawyer tricks, like shifting income or profits overseas. Since rich people could no longer evade the taxes that the rest of us pay, this would ensure that the wealthy really do pay their fair share and we pay less because we aren't paying their share, any more.
This would also end the nightmare and the con games related to filing income tax returns. The Cayman Islands have no income tax. They use the value added tax, instead, and have no problem getting everybody to pay their fair share in a simple, understandable and fair way that doesn't consume huge quantities of your time. We should adopt their system.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get rid of the income tax nightmare and replace it with a much more fair national consumption tax that would cost ordinary Americans like us far less in both money and time.
NO MORE ANIMAL ABUSE FOR ENTERTAINMENT
No more rodeos.
No more bull riding.
No more pigeon shoots.
Wow! Where did that come from? My friend, Steve Hindi of SHARK, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, has spent his entire adult lifetime investigating and documenting how cowards use extremely painful electric prods, on the sneak and supposedly in violation of rodeo guidelines, to get animals, large and small, to "perform" involuntarily at rodeos. Many animals ending up getting injured, some fatally. Local authorities generally refuse to do anything about it because they are in bed with the rodeo promoters so that the local government can get a piece of the action (meaning money -- pardon the pun).
Steve has shown how cute and adorable, but often dehydrated and emaciated, birdies are launched into the sky at pigeon shoots so that psychopath respectable citizens with rifles can blast them to death to gratify their sick-o lusts, instead of using clay pigeons like civilized people do.
In bull riding, the bulls aren't bucking to throw the rider off because it's a fun way to entertain children in the grandstands. The bulls are bucking because they are in agony. According to Steve, a flank strap is wrapped around the groin area of bulls to get them to buck. While the flank strap is not around their genitals, it is extremely unbearable and painful. That is why they buck, even if they are not shocked with a prod. As soon as the torture strap is released, the bulls go back to normal and walk away, but only to wait to be tortured on another day.
Corporate sponsors pay big money to associate themselves with the animal torture of both rodeos and bull riding. Steve is doing everything that he can to get people to stop buying the products of these corporate sponsors.
From the Rodeo Cruelty page of the
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness web site
What kind of society are we? Do we really need to torture and kill animals, any more, to entertain ourselves and our children?
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll end animal abuse for entertainment, nationwide, by sponsoring federal laws to ban rodeos, pigeon shoots and bull riding in this country. Thousands of birds and animals are suffering and dying for you to vote for me and for you to support my campaign as a volunteer or with a donation. They thank you, in advance, for doing so.
ELECTION REFORM THAT YOU WOULD LOVE BUT THAT THE INCUMBENTS WOULD HATE
Compact Legislative Districts
Same Number of Nominating Petition Signatures for All Candidates for the Same Office
I used to be opposed to term limits "because that's what elections are for." However, incumbents rig the elections by drawing electoral maps to remove their opponents from their local districts. They do this by creating an island around an opponent's home and then drawing a long narrow strip of land from a far away district to attach to the island that surrounds the home of the opponent. This puts the opponent in a far away district, where he isn't known, to keep him from running at all, either against the local incumbent or in the far away district where he is unknown.
Another scam that incumbents use to get re-elected is to block opponents from getting on the ballot at all. They do this by passing a law that requires opponents to get 10 to 20 times as many signatures on their nominating petitions as incumbents are required to get on theirs. Even if an opponent can somehow overcome this hurdle, he will have used up so much of his volunteers' time and donors' money, just to get on the ballot, that the volunteers and donors would have no time or money left for the actual campaign. Meanwhile, the incumbent uses almost all of his volunteer time and donations for campaigning.
Elections, therefore, become a meaningless farce, which is exactly what the incumbents have in mind.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll end gerrymandering of election districts by sponsoring legislation that requires compact legislative districts nationwide for all elections at the federal, state and local levels. I'll also sponsor a law that provides that all candidates for any office, anywhere in the country, need the same number of nominating petition signatures to get on the ballot as any other candidate for that particular office in that particular district, and a reasonable number of signatures at that.
No Pensions for Legislators
I will sponsor Term Limits legislation that provides for no more than twelve years serving in any one office. We should have citizen legislatures, including Congress, rather than professional politicians who serve forever just to retain their power and ego.
I will sponsor legislation to ban legislative pensions. If we had citizen legislatures with a maximum of twelve years in any one office, we wouldn't need legislative pensions. If you want a pension, get a real job and save your own money for retirement. In that way, there'd be no reason to hang on to your elected office forever. Go to the legislature, whether federal, state or local, present your ideas and then move on so that somebody else can present his or her ideas.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll sponsor legislation to limit every politician to no more than twelve years in a particular office, and no pension, either. If you want a pension, get a real job outside of elective office and earn a pension that way. Otherwise, save money from your official paycheck and live off of that.
These election reform issues have long been advocated by the Illinois Green Party and many other progressive individuals and groups, without success. Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll make them happen.
BAN ELECTIONS DURING WINTER
Yet another scam that incumbents use to get re-elected is to hold elections during the winter. They do this to hold down the vote by making it as inconvenient as possible to vote in the hopes that supporters of challengers won't bother or won't be able to go to the polls. Incumbents also do this to make it as inconvenient as possible for challengers to get outside to campaign and introduce their better ideas to prospective voters.
You and I feel that voting and campaigning should be made as convenient as possible, rather than the other way around. Therefore, I will sponsor legislation to ban elections during winter. Instead, elections should take during the warm months.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll get a law passed that limits elections, including Primary Elections, to take place only between May 15th and November 15th of each year. That's six months. That's plenty of time. Let's hold our Primary Elections on the first Tuesday in June and our Municipal Elections either then or on the first Tuesday of November in odd numbered years.
BETTER O'HARE AIRPORT NOISE MITIGATION
I have a real and legitimate plan to reduce the impact of noise on neighbors of O'Hare. As a licensed pilot, I know what planes, the City of Chicago and the FAA can do to spread the noise out. Changing the runway setup isn't the way to do it. Runways are just driveways for airplanes to land on or take off from.
The solution is to significantly increase the array of designated air routes that planes can use after they take off or before they land. That would move the planes over different regions to distribute the noise more effectively.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and, as a licensed pilot, I'll get the job done to mitigate O'Hare noise.
LAP AND SHOULDER SEAT BELTS ON ALL BUSES
It's crazy that we don't require lap and shoulder seat belts on school buses, tour buses and motorcoach (Greyhound-type) buses. So, why are seat belts required, already? That's because the industry, in an attempt to save money, has mastered the art of lying to decision-makers about the need for seat belts. They do this by using trick statistics to falsely claim that buses are the safest form of transportation.
The industry bases its claim of safety by comparing how many injuries and deaths occur by mile traveled, rather than on how well their vehicles protect passengers when there is a crash. Every time there is a side-impact or roll-over collision, everybody gets maimed or killed because we are all loose in the box.
In reality, buses are the LEAST SAFE form of transportation on the roads, today, because what really matters is how well passengers are protected when there is a crash, not how many miles a vehicle typically travels between crashes. That's why we need seat belts on buses.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll sponsor legislation to require, once and for all, lap and shoulder seat belts on all buses.
NO MORE INTERNET SPYING BY CORPORATIONS ON WEB SITE VISITORS
Corporations are constantly sneaking spyware into your computer every time you log onto their sites. They do that so they can monitor your web surfing activities.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll sponsor a federal law to ban corporate spying on your internet usage.
SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING
I will aggressively fight global warming by listening to scientists on best practices for reducing air pollution. Global warming is real and getting worse.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll reduce global warming by passing laws to reduce the air pollution that causes it.
BAN RED LIGHT CAMERAS AND SPEED CAMERAS
Red light cameras and speed cameras are not about safety. They are simply revenue scam cameras whose primary goal is to enrich red light camera companies and municipalities. Any safety benefit is incidental and not the primary purpose for having the cameras. We don't need them.
Send Rob Sherman to Congress and I'll ban red light cameras and speed cameras, nationwide.
After I win the Primary Election on March 15, 2016, and the General Election on November 8, 2016, I will go to Washington, D.C., to represent all of the citizens of the 5th District, including all of you who do not have sufficient clout to be treated fairly by government.
Illinois wants and needs real leadership -- somebody who will go to Washington, D.C., work with everybody and come up with reasonable solutions that can achieve consensus so that we can move forward with our lives. That leader is Rob Sherman of the Green Party.
The residents of Illinois are tired of the tricks and scams that government and corporations use to unjustly cancel our rights, steal our money, spy on us and, in many cases, take away our freedom, itself. We don't have government for the purpose of playing, "Gotcha." We don't have government for the purpose of enriching the friends, families and the campaign contributors of elected officials. We want government that will take only the money it needs from us to provide a limited array of services, and then leave us alone. Don't tell us what opinion to have about religion. Don't try to micro-manage our lives and, certainly, don't tell us that we have to live our lives just like the majority does and believe what the majority believes, or else we will have our civil rights violated.
If you want government that provides the services that it is supposed to, at a reasonable cost, and then leaves us alone to live our lives in whatever reasonable manner that each of us sees fit to do, then vote for Rob Sherman for Congress on March 15, 2016.
I will change federal law in ways to take the least amount of money necessary from you, thus resulting in SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER TAXES for you. To demonstrate my true frugal nature and how careful that I will be with your money, I designed and created this web site entirely by myself, using the same web page authoring software that I've used for nearly two decades. It fully gets the job done at the least possible cost. I fly my own airplane to avoid the cost of airline fees, just as I create my own web pages to avoid the unnecessary cost of paying for web authoring by somebody else.
Celeste and Rob Sherman at Mount Hawley Airport, Peoria, IL.
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