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Why I Became Interested in Politics

I label myself a political nerd. When I ran for Virginia State Senate District 9 in the special election in January 2017, the Richmond Times Dispatch called me “a Libertarian Activist”.
Funny about what other people think of you. I found out about Malcolm X in the Tenth Grade in an Advanced Placement Government class. I distinctly remember the only two black people in the entire text book where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. Under both captions were the usual okie-doke descriptive words. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “had a dream” and Malcolm X “the radical”.
Both captions left me with more questions than answers. So, I started my research with The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Reading which is one of the most powerful lessons that my father Sylvester Fauconier taught me. Reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X was the start to many long train and bus rides to the Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, House of A Million Earrings, Liberation Book Store (closed in 2007) and the Schomberg Center for Reseach in Black Culture.
Through my research and reading I thought that Malcolm X would have been a great civil rights or criminal defense attorney. So, that is what I made my dream to be. Attending Hampton University majoring in Political Science and then Paralegal Studies.
I remember visiting Hampton University watching Black Entertainment Television (BET) I first saw black and white video footage of Marcus Garvey riding in a motorized car during a United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) parade.Again, the sense of pride that I had watching someone who looks like me be a leader.
With what I have learned, I understand that it is important to stand up for what you believe. It was something instilled in me by my parents and my community. In the immortal words of Jay-Z in Renegade, “I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.”
People cannot fault me for looking at things via my own lens. I will continue to view the world through the lens of liberty. Because I understand that there is much work to be done.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidate for Virginia State Senate (2017). First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Lobby Day Leader for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, second amendment supporter, volunteer with Generation Hip Hop VA and host of independent podcast Talks Over Drinks in Richmond, Virginia.

3 Responses to “Why I Became Interested in Politics”

  1. Bob Shannon

    Corey is a breath of fresh air in a room filled with bad musky odors, emanating from the stale ideas of the two major political parties. Other than at the campaign cycles their is no difference between the two parties, They drag out their slogans and platitudes, which unfortunately the stupid party loyalists all cheer and rally, as if they have any intentions at actually doing what they say they intend to d0 if elected.

    Candor and integrity ( which Corey brings to the table) is vital in order to move past the shouting and rancor that dominates todays political sphere. We must recognize two hard truths that seem to be at the moment invincible barriers to making progress.

    The first is the money in politics and the outsized role it plays in how things work. I can argue all day long that publically financed election campaigns are a superior method with which to fund campaigns. Donors own the candidates/Pols, and anyone denying that needs to see a Doctor…..or perhaps a mental health expert. Other nations have done it, allowing for a fixed dollar amount to go to each candidate that manages to get the required number of signatures in order to secure a spot on the ballot. All other monetary contributions are banned, no soft money, no advocacy ads paid for by special interests, each candidate is on an equal footing and has to win your vote solely on the strength of their ability to personally persuade you that their ideas are superior. Even legislation requiring major media to give each candidate 60 second spots, whether it be TV, or Radio, after all doesn’t the public own the airwaves ? Schedule 2-3 debates on public TV and all candidates who qualified to get on the ballot are included in each debate. It might also be worth pointing out that the election season be officially shortened to perhaps 90 days.

    The second is School Choice, this is paramount and if Virginia does not soon do this an entire two generations are lost. How else can one explain the broad support for Socialism somehow being preferable to Capitalism, other than the purposeful dumbing down of todays public school students. Their is no other explanation for the embrace that these reckless foolish ideas have gained in broad swaths of our citizenry. It has been by design, slowly implemented over decades , rendering critical thinking skills obsolete. If history has taught us nothing else it is clear that managing/manipulating/controlling dumb people is a much easier task for those that seek dominance over us.

    Corey has the 3 I’s, Intellect, Integrity and Independence. I have said for 20 years , absent those 3 qualities a voice ( let alone a candidate ) isn’t worth supporting. 3 cheers, Corey has them in abundance, enriching the discussions we must have at every turn if their is any hope of getting out of this mess we find ourselves in today.
    Bob Shannon King William

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