On August 16, 2016, I had the pleasure of publishing a podcast episode at NO Soundbites Allowed, featuring my interview with Senatorial candidate Lily Tang Williams. She is running in the State of Colorado on the Libertarian Party line. For some in the news media, the fact she is on a 3rd Party ticket prevents them from paying attention, but that is a disservice to the people of Colorado and the nation.
NO Soundbites Allowed was created to bring issues and politicians (of ALL parties and political viewpoints) to the average American, in a somewhat informal manner. Most importantly, its main purpose is to give an avenue to politicians and candidates to speak with the public without the restriction of 30 second soundbites, broadcast news editing (typically of 1 1/2 minutes), or talk radio programming segments (normally 10 – 15 minutes). No Soundbites Allowed gives politicians and candidates the opportunity to fully detail their views and proposals without edit in detail. Few, if any, news media give such open opportunity for the public to get more than a sentence or two on issues that may affect generations.
It’s because of this open format that Lily Tang Williams was recommended for interview. As a Libertarian, most of the news media have ignored her, not based on her qualifications but because her Party affiliation does not have the wealth of Republicans or Democrats. It’s a common occurrence. Candidates that are either in a 3rd Party or lack the financial backing of a major Party routinely get ignored by news media outlets across the country. The fact that some of these candidates might have a compelling message for voters is not a factor in major news media coverage. When I researched Lily Tang Williams, I quickly realized this was a story that deserves and demands national attention.
I am not advocating or asking voters to pick who to vote for. I am advocating that ALL qualified candidates be heard. Mrs. Williams was born and raised for 24 years in China, under the rule of Mao Zedong (commonly known as Chairman Mao). She legally came to America, alone and speaking English poorly, with just $100, with severe threats if she did not return to China. Few would argue that just surviving under those conditions would be challenging. Mrs. Williams thrived.
Mrs. Williams gained a Masters degree, got married, raised 3 children, and started a business. Any woman in America that had such a pedigree would get lauded by the news media for achieving so much from a humble beginning – without considering that she started in this nation as a legal immigrant. But add to this the fact that she started this journey from one of the last refuges of Communism (even as the youth of America is being guided to Socialism) and the success is even more amazing.
Now add to this the fact that she is running for elected office. Compelled to run for the same reason she came to America. Because the Constitution guarantees freedom, as she told me in the interview. In fact, it was the tag line for her campaign that first caught my interest,
“Because I hate to see the country I love becoming more like the country I left.”
I guarantee, were Lily Tang Williams a Democrat, or even a Republican (though she was endorsed by a local Republican organization), the nation would know her name. Were she part of the mainstream political system, I don’t doubt she would have been at one of the presidential conventions as a speaker. Not that she hasn’t been covered in national media before. It was in 2014 that Breitbart covered her challenge to Common Core in Colorado, where she said,
“Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the Communist core I once saw in China,” Williams continued. “I grew up under Mao’s regime, and we had the communist-dominated education–nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum, and nationalized indoctrination… I don’t know what happened to America, a shining city on a hill for freedom. What’s going on in this country?”
But there is more. In 2013, National Review published an article by Mrs. Williams. The article titled Guns Against Tyranny states in part,
“Remember the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989? Thousands of students were killed by our own soldiers, who followed orders from the top leaders in Beijing. The local residents supported the students but had no means to help them. What if the residents and students had had guns? What if there had been a militia in China at that time? History might have been different.”
Even most recently she again made national headlines (just not with the major news media). It was January 2016 when a post on Facebook went viral. 10,000 likes and a mention from The Blaze followed a post that included this message to President Obama and supporters of gun restriction legislation,
“If you believe more gun control by your government is going to save lives, you are being naïve. The champion of all the mass killings in this world is always a tyrannical government…”
Given, had Mrs. Williams supported Common Core she would be popular in the modern culture. Were Mrs. Williams an illegal immigrant who opposed the Constitution she would be a darling of the Democrat Party. Even if Mrs. Williams were a Republican, her pro-Second Amendment message would have been promoted to the masses long ago. But instead, the major news media and even the NRA (who won’t even send her the candidate questionnaire – something I received when I ran for Congress and I wasn’t well funded but did run as Republican) have thrown Mrs. Williams and her message in the trash bin, as if it has no relevance to the American voter.
In 9 1/2 years of political commentary and interviews with politicians and candidates, I have to say that Lily Tang Williams has a compelling message for voters and a passion for America that honestly is rare in most candidates for any elected office. I have always supported, and provided, the opportunity for ALL candidates to be heard by the public. This candidate, and her pro-America message, is exactly why I do so.
Whether or not the voters of Colorado would vote for Mrs. Williams is a decision only they can make. But that choice should be provided to them and not summarily edited out of contention by major news media purely for political preference reasons. To deny this, or any candidate, the opportunity to share her voice is not just an offense to the First Amendment, it is an assault on the very freedom that motivated her and millions of other legal immigrants journey to America.
** Michael Vasquez is the president of M V Consulting, Inc, a political commentator, and committeeman of the Republican Party. Mr. Vasquez ran for Congress from 2013 to 2014, challenging the Republican incumbent of the New York 22nd Congressional District.
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