During a meeting of the Saline County Democratic Women, U.S. House candidate Alan LaPolice, D-Clyde, said he wants America to export bread instead of war. LaPolice is running against Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Great Bend, and Nick Reinecker, R-Inman, to represent the Kansas First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“To get back to who we really are, we have to get back to exporting bread and democracy, and you don’t do that with bullets and war,” LaPolice said.
LaPolice, who served in the Gulf War, praised America, and Kansas, for being the breadbasket of the world.
“But we’re also known for exporting bullets,” he said. “We have exported war for many generations. Sometimes, it’s in defense of liberty and democracy. During WWII, we were fighting fascism, we fought against Hitler and Mussolini, we fought for democracy, and that was a proud moment.”
But LaPolice said he opposes the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“In my war, the Gulf War, we fought against Saddam Hussain and his invasion of Kuwait. I was very proud of that,” he said. “We also fight right now in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are involved in Syria. We are involved in Africa. We are involved in all these conflicts around the world. We are not stabilizing this world, we are not exporting democracy or education, but we are exporting our own version of terrorism and our own version of fear.”
LaPolice said President Donald Trump’s trade policies have created a trade war that has made it more difficult for Kansas farmers to sell their products in other countries.
“I want to make sure they have access to the global markets that they need, and I want to make sure they can pass those farms on to future generations,” he said. “Right now, no farmer can promise that to his kids, or her kids, they can’t guarantee they can make a living producing for Ag anymore.”
This is the third time LaPolice has ran to represent the Kansas First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, LaPolice ran in the Republican primary and in 2016, he ran as an Independent.
Shirley Jacques asked LaPolice if he would be a better candidate if he was, “a Democrat at heart.”
LaPolice replied that his favorite presidents, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, were all Republicans. LaPolice praised Lincoln for uniting the country during the civil war, Roosevelt for giving power from Wall Street back to the people and Eisenhower for investing in education, science and infrastructure.
LaPolice added that President Dwight Eisenhower, who lead allied forces in Europe during WWII, was also critical of the costs of war.
“Eisenhower said every bullet made, every dollar spent on war, in the end, is a theft from a child who is hungry or a person that is cold and needs to be clothed, and he was right,” LaPolice said. “He was a man of war, he was a man of peace because he had seen war, knew war and didn’t want to propagate more war.”
LaPolice is running unopposed in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. He will face the winner of the Republican primary in the Nov. 6 general election.