The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
One of the reasons I am running for president is because America has a humanitarian emergency: millions of our children live with chronic trauma. This bodes ill not only for their own futures but for our country’s future. We should rescue them no differently than if they were victims of a natural disaster.
An area where we are failing our children terribly is in the area of online child abuse. Protecting our children should be a national priority, yet among other things, the United States is number two in the world for hosting child pornography websites.
In the last year alone, tech companies reported 45 million impressions of online sexual and violent abuse against children. Our federal authorities know about it, yet only half the $60 million appropriated to stop it has been allocated to the effort. Without proper funding, efforts are limited and stymied.
Children have no capacity to defend themselves from abuse; it’s our moral and civic responsibility to do for them what they can’t do for themselves. The fight against online abuse of children should be properly funded and vigorously pursued. When I am president, it will be.
From sex trafficking to online abuse, from poverty to child hunger, from educational inadequacies to mental health issues, we need a US Department of Children and Youth to adequately coordinate efforts to raise up and protect our children. Nothing will more fundamentally disrupt the status quo and release the future to new possibilities than a radical realignment of investment in their good.
Right now, the United States is moving in the opposite direction. Please join with me and let’s turn this ship around.