2000 July 28 Mohammad Said for U.S. Senate – Democrat
Though the materials where ready Dr. Said decided not to file at the last minute.
A Physician With a Mission
(An abbreviated version of this letter (300 words) was presented to the Secretary of State at time of filing to be sent by the stale to every household (2.9 million) as a service to the voters.)
Saturday June 10th, 2000 was a special day when I took my 18-year-old son Hashem at 6 am to make the 150-mile trip from Ephrata to Spokane to attend the Washington State Democratic Convention. I knew Hashem was exhausted because he celebrated his high school graduation the night before. I reminded him it was a special occasion because he was the youngest delegate at the convention and that he did very well when he was also the Credentials Committee member for the Grant County Convention one month before.
And for me it was also a special occasion as it was the 10th anniversary of the Democratic State Convention in Spokane (June 9th, 1990) when it passed unprecedented resolutions [introduced. Among them were a Palestinian state, alongside Israel, inviting Chairman Yasser Arafat to the United States, withholding military and economic aid to Israel pending its acceptance of the United Nations’ resolutions 242 and 338 regarding the Palestinian issues, making the Middle East free of chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons, and others. At the time Hashem was 8 years old and his brother Yasser, 13, and sister Nora, 12, distributing my letter to the convention proving their decency and independence as a counter letter was circulated earlier against a Palestinian state signed by 87 elected officials of the state of Washington. Among them were the governor, senators, and others. Two years later the Democratic Convention in Silverdale, WA, passed a resolution calling for Jerusalem to be an international city for all religions opposing its annexation and for it to be the capital of Israel.
At this convention, I introduced a similar resolution on Jerusalem but it did not generate enough votes to debate the issue on the floor of the convention and was taken to the state Democratic Executive Committee for consideration. I listened to both candidates for the U. S. Senate, Deborah Semi, the Insurance Commissioner, and Maria Cantwell, a former Congresswoman, whom I met a few weeks earlier in Moses Lake. I was not impressed by their speeches or substance, just simply bashing Senator Slado Gorton, the Republican Senator. I feel both are of the same substance, too far on the left. I told my son, I am a centrist between the left and the right and get ready because Iam going to run for the U.S. Senate and you will be my campaign manager.
I am a medical doctor with one of the highest medical degrees ui the U.S. with an M.D. with honors from the Granada University, Spain, a Ph.D., with honors in Preventive Medicine, Madrid University, Spain, a diploma in Public Health, Toronto University, Canada, and three American Board Certifications in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics.
My life has been a struggle for survival, for peace with justice, after my family was forced to flee our home at Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Palestine in 1947. It was an extraordinary journey, which took me from my hdmetown in Palestine to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Canada, and the U.S. and 17 years ago to Epbrata, WA in the Columbia Basin to take over the practice of a very good doctor who was dying of cancer.
As a Democrat, I have been intensely involved with the State Democratic Party for the last 17 years as a delegate, state platform member, a founding member of the state Rainbow Coalition, vice-chairman Democratic Central Committee of Grant County and in 1988 1 was elected to represent the state Democratic Party on the National Platform. I ran for State Representative in 1984, for the U.S. Senate in 1992, though my filing arrived after the deadline though my registered letter was sent one week earlier so my name did not appear on the ballot and for Governor in 1996 in the primazy and I was in one way or another 11 times on the debates and came across as number I in important issues such as health care, international trade, human rights, etc. At one of the debates among the Democrats at Bremerton, I was voted the most interesting speaker I have contributed significantly to international affairs for peace, health care, human rights, and the environment. My involvement at the local, state, national and international levels is detailed on my website (www.drsaidmdphd.com).
The U.S. Senator should be a good legislator and an inspiring leader who represents the state and works well with the federal government. All my life I have been in a position of leadership, meeting with foreign leaders, including kings, presidents and dignitaries. I have followed the six C’s of leadership, which I designate Character, Charisma, Command of the issues, Courage, Compromise, and Commitment. The following is my platform, which I will abbreviate. Some of them were in my previous platforms, but simply stated I am pro anything morally good:
1. Pro life. Abortion is morally wrong and should be allowed only if the life of the mother is in danger.
2. Pro family. Strengthen the family, the husband and wife. XY-XX chromosome makes divorce more difficult. Get away from no-fault divorce. Have counseling before marriage. If the marriage breaks down, extend the waiting period one year and encourage the couple to go into counseling and arbitration before the final dissolution. Encourage the wife especially if she has children to stay home if she chooses by providing tax and other incentives as divorce is rampant and breaking families down. Daycare centers are not the answer.
3. Pro universal health care for the basic services at a reasonable cost, with an emphasis on preventive medicine. I am in favor of reporting WV like any other contagious diseases in order to stop this epidemic and protect the public, though we should strengthen the safeguard against discrimination of AIDS patients.
4. Pro flat taxes, which means the net asset after the end of the fiscal year for poor or rich corporations or individuals. Those assets also include art, jewelry, cars, livestock, domestic animals, etc.
5. Pro international trade and the assertive right of the state in negotiations with the federal government in terms of commerce to trade with international countries. In the case of the state of Washington to exchange our agricultural products and technologies for cheaper oil from the Middle Eastern countries, which I can accomphsh.
6. Pro relatively sober society and drug free society. Limit alcohol consumption on college campuses and at government fimctions and combat drug addiction by decreasing the demand in the U.S. and reducing the influx from the source of the drug. Alcohol and not tobacco is the #1 drug and is the mother of all evils in our society.
7. Pro Environment, looking at the issue as global and help other third world countries for conservation by providing expertise and monetary support
8. Pro Fairness in Business and Government as I myself experienced discrimination sometimes severe by the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Health and Social Service, the Board of Pharmacy, and the Quality Assurance Committee as I feel some of those members appointed to the Quality Assurance Committee by the Governor are totally unqualified and some are causing significant harm to the public.
9. Pro elimination of nuclear weapons, which includes missile defense system. I feel the real threat to the U.S. security is not an external force, but from within—the disintegration of the family and the moral decline.
10. Pro prevention for sexually transmitted disease, with more emphasis on education and abstinence as sex education in some schools have become a form of pornography and encourage teens to experiment with sex.