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Marcus Lewis Gets Active on Patch: Names in the News

The Independent candidate for the Second District congressional election has turned the comment thread of an article into an impromptu Q&A session.

What started as an attempt to clarify comments about mental illness in political candidates has turned into an online meet and greet for congressional candidate Marcus Lewis.

Lewis, a longtime employee of the United States Postal Service, will appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate, and his frequent commenting on Patch articles ensures that a few more people will already be familiar with the name. 

Some Patch users have criticized Lewis for focusing too much on the incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mental state, but Lewis says voters will need to factor Jackson's bipolar diagnosis into their decision at the polls.

Patch blogger and Prairie State College Trustee Marc Wiley, asked Lewis a series of specific questions about his platform and beliefs. Lewis responded quickly.

What's next for Marcus Lewis? If last week is a preview of what's to come, expect to learn a lot more about this candidate through his direct communications on Patch.

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Jason K. August 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I am curious what Mr. Lewis's positions are on: *Auditing the FED *The NDAA *Gun Control *Drone Use in the Untied States These are the issues that matter to me.
Marcus Lewis August 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hello Jason,  I will answer your queries as you asked them... 1.  Auditing the FED... Absolutely! 2.  The NDAA...  This needs to be drawn downward.. Pres. Obama signed the Act iinto law 12/31/11 and the Act authorizes $662 billion in funding among other things "for the defense of the United States and it's interests abroad.  But debt load we are carrying and the suffering of our citizens, this 1/4 can be used to fund a massive jobs program and shore up Social Security.  A lot of this $662 was not even "asked" for nor wanted by the Pentagon.  We must realign our priorities and face facts that yes we must protect our shores and interests abroad other countries must pony up their share as our financial/social house must be brought back into balance.
Marcus Lewis August 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
3.Gun Control...The U.S. Supreme Court said that we have the right to bear arms, repeating the 2nd Amendment, but as with any right there " MUST" be repsonsibility.  We see 30-40 shootings every week in Chicago alone. This is ungodly and madness!  The only remedy is yes you have the right to bear arms, but not the right to possess ammunition.  The truth of the matter is with the trend of what was lawful citizens now some are taking leave of there senses and taking firearms in hand and shooting people thus becoming criminals.  The loss of life must be preserved here.  As with a great line in the movie ' Spiderman 1', "With great power comes great responsibility." The Court gave NO guidance for the responsibility part.  I will take that step.  I will file bills to raise or tax the ammunition so onerously that we will have the 'Barney Fife Rule".  Ammunition will be very expensive for the citizens of America.  Bullets are just too cheap to buy.  We need to focus on saving lives not just being so overly idolizing the gun.  This is my view.. But we must get responsible and this is the best compromise I can think of.  You can still bear the arms just the bullets will be expensive.. Even Assoc. Jeustice said we may have to revisit the gun issue and that issue is the bullet. 
Marcus Lewis August 27, 2012 at 03:46 PM
3.Gun Control...The U.S. Supreme Court said that we have the right to bear arms, repeating the 2nd Amendment, but as with any right there " MUST" be repsonsibility.  We see 30-40 shootings every week in Chicago alone. This is ungodly and madness!  The only remedy is yes you have the right to bear arms, but not the right to possess ammunition.  The truth of the matter is with the trend of what was lawful citizens now some are taking leave of there senses and taking firearms in hand and shooting people thus becoming criminals.  The loss of life must be preserved here.  As with a great line in the movie ' Spiderman 1', "With great power comes great responsibility." The Court gave NO guidance for the responsibility part.  I will take that step.  I will file bills to raise or tax the ammunition so onerously that we will have the 'Barney Fife Rule".  Ammunition will be very expensive for the citizens of America.  Bullets are just too cheap to buy.  We need to focus on saving lives not just being so overly idolizing the gun.  This is my view.. But we must get responsible and this is the best compromise I can think of.  You can still bear the arms just the bullets will be expensive.. Even Assoc. Justice A. Scalia said we may have to revisit the gun issue and that issue is the bullet. 
Marcus Lewis August 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM
4. Drone Use in the United States... I understand the use of the drone for monitoring the country as it probably does this now.  We have cameras practically everywhere outside of bathrooms and changing rooms, all public areas.  But I would have problems if the drone was used to be fired upon Americans in the country at any time if we are not at war here on our shores.
Marcus Lewis August 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I would like to see these questions equally posed to the other candidiates to be on record for the same questions for the public's. knowledge.
Joe Lake August 28, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Email to the FBI dated Aug. 1, 2012. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ILCD2ndDistrict/message/4 Joe Lake, Chicago
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/

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