Claston A. Bernard is a local author/entrepreneur who qualified for the 2nd Congressional District seat rendered vacant when Cedric Richmond took a job with the Biden administration. Bernard, one of 15 qualifiers, is a Republican seeking the seat which has been, historically, Democrat. He is:
- Jamaican Immigrant
- LA resident for over 20 years
- Graduate of Louisiana State University
- Two-Time Olympian
- Republican State Central Committee Member
- Husband and father of two girls
In Claston Bernard’s own words:
I have been on our streets. I have seen how our community lives. I have thought about the struggling families trapped in poverty. They deserve better. Government programs, no matter how well-intentioned, cannot lift them out of it. More needs to be done. Our success can only be measured by how well the least of us live. By that measure, we have failed as a society. Our district is one of the poorest in the country, ranked 432 out of the 435 Congressional districts, with a poverty rate of 27.1 percent (the national rate is 14.3 percent). We must do better.
To make real change, we must act together, immediately. We must empower people to take ownership of their paths to success when giving them the road map. Those suffering from generational poverty or lacking the skills necessary to compete cannot achieve their full potential without the help of the community. We, the entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, elected officials, neighbors, and friends are the pillars that comprise the community and the group on which these individuals should look for support. I know that together we can improve the lives of our neighbors and friends who have lost hope and create a district I would be proud to leave to my daughters. I ask you to join me in my quest to rebuild the district.
The Green new deal is a path to slavery…It is time to vote values not color…Your achievements are not a privilege.
Maintaining a foundation in God.
We have lost sight of our priorities. There are no truths apart from God’s truth. If you want freedom look to the Cross. If you need peace look to the cross. If you need justice look to the cross. God’s justice is perfect. If you need equality, look to the Cross, God made us in his image and of one blood. If you need strength look to the Cross and if you need salvation look to the Cross.
The bedrock of every society is morality and religion; however, it requires a moral group of people. This country is the greatest in the world but has battled the evils of racism. We have made so much progress and cannot finish the fight by giving in to racism. We need to focus on creating opportunities for all but must do it without going back to judging others by race. This is immoral and conflicts with God’s message to love your neighbor as you do yourself.
The bedrock of every society is strong and stable families. We need men in the homes, we need to address high out-of-wedlock births. This is not a slight on our strong single mothers and I will work to help everyone regardless of their situation, however, the evidence is overwhelming that, in this never-ending discussion about privilege, that a two-parent household is the real privilege.
They have higher incomes, lower dropout rates, and less involvement in crime than single parent households. We must incentivize and promote the nuclear family. I believe life is precious and abortion is decimating the family, the black family in particular. We can protect the women’s rights without promoting the killing of innocent babies.
Education is the best hope for many to get out of poverty, but our public schools are failing. Now, this failure is being compounded by a hyper focus on race and gender. Instead of bolstering reading comprehension or teaching STEM like the elite private schools, our kids are having white privilege and LGBTQ issues drilled into them. In a time when equality is such a strong focus, why would we allow our children to be given an inferior curriculum to that of the children of wealthy parents when education is the only true way to level the playing field?
We are told that what our community needs is jobs. This is a fallacy, or at least starting at a higher rung on the ladder. What we need is skills. All the job openings in the world will not matter if we are not armed with the skills to do the job. We need a laser focus on skills. The trades are being ignored at a time when there is a shortage of carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and so on. Where is our computer hub teaching coding and soft skills? Where are our mentors and our management programs? We need to go back to the basics and teach the importance of hard work and delayed gratification before we can focus on jobs.
There has been a lot of focus on policing recently. Those we give these powers to must be held to a higher standard and bad cops need to be removed, however, this focus on police takes away from our real problem. Criminals hurt law-abiding citizens and are an economic drain on the community. Investors are reluctant to build in high crime areas and this limits the opportunities of those in need. We need to prioritize crime. I do not want offenders treated differently based on race, nor do I feel non-violent offenders should get harsh sentences, however, something must be done about violent criminals terrorizing citizens. Shootings and violent assaults have been on the rise and they are not being committed by law enforcement. A healthy, prosperous community must first be a safe community. To address any perceived issue with police, we must first stop condoning bad behavior.
Racism exists and is a clear moral evil. The question should not be whether it exists; it should be how do we let it affect us? We cannot control what other believe. What we can do is stick together, have faith in God, and focus on the issues I highlight and worry about what we can control.