Randy for Congress

Illinois 12th District

Randy Auxier has lived in Murphysboro for over seventeen years. He is a professor of Philosophy and Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He grew up in Memphis, and graduated from the University of Memphis (then Memphis State University) in 1986, majoring in Philosophy and Criminal Justice. In 1988, he completed an M.A. in Philosophy. He did his doctoral studies at Emory University in Atlanta, graduating with a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1992. He taught at Oklahoma City University (1992-2000) and a nearby public high school before coming to SIUC in 2000. He is a member of the IEA/NEA and served as a negotiator for the SIUC Faculty Association for two labor contracts (2006 and 2010).

 

For years, Randy contributed stories and reviews for the local Nightlife and the Carbondale Times. He publishes popular essays in books and magazines and maintains an active blog on current events and literary-philosophical interests, in cooperation with a group of writers from around the nation. Randy is author and/or editor of over twenty academic books and several books for the commercial markets. He is the Deputy Chief Editor of the open source journal in cultural thought Eidos and co-editor of a scholarly book series from State University Press of New York.

 

Randy and his wife Gaye have been married for over 30 years. Together they have worked to restore and enhance a historic house in Murphysboro, which is now a research institute, the American Institute of Philosophical and Cultural Thought. The AIPCT is a cultural work-in-progress, supporting local artists and artisans and hosting many community events and visiting scholars.

 

Randy is a lifelong United Methodist, teaches Sunday school, and directs the hand bell choir at the Murphysboro United Methodist Church. He has been a volunteer DJ at WDBX radio station for 16 years and is a regular musical performer with several local bands. Randy and Gaye also enjoy watching baseball games at nearby ball parks.

 

We can do better than to leave workers in poor health, which drains us of a competitive edge we need.

 

We can do better than to spend hundreds of millions to build roads that will be useless in two or three decades, while the same expenditures could bring our region and our country an inexpensive and environmentally sustainable mass transportation system, a system that would invigorate business in our region and many others.

 

We can do better than to smother our inner cities with quasi-military police forces, shooting first and asking questions later; we need police services, not police forces. It isn’t easy, but we can do better.

 

We can do better than quietism in the face of hate, and hesitancy in the face of irresponsible exercise of executive power. If our elected leaders do not resist abuses of executive power, then the people must replace them.

 

We can do better than to ruin our environment in order to squeeze the last few billion dollars from fossil fuels for the corporate moguls.

 

We can do better than to defund vital social services while subsidizing wealthy corporations.

 

We can do better than misuse our military to prop up dictatorships and oligarchies and plutocracies around the world, while developing democracies struggle. We can do better than that.

 

We can do better than to create the motives that terrorists take advantage of, with our xenophobic and isolationist national rhetoric, laced with fear and threats of aggression, mistreatment of refugees, religious tests for loyalty, travel bans, mass deportations, walls and ditches and hostile border policing, and every other inhospitable act. Our fear, and its consequences, turns young people both in the US and around the world into witnesses of our hypocrisy. All they learn about us is that we are not who we claim to be, not a land of the free and home of the brave. To a young person, that disappointment can grow into a dangerous hatred. We can do better than that.

 

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Randy for Congress

Illinois 12th District

Committee to Elect Auxier

PO Box 308

Murphysboro, IL 62966

 

© Copyright 2017, Committee to Elect Auxier, All Rights Reserved

Illinois 12th District

Randy for Congress

Paid for By:

Committee to Elect Auxier

PO Box 308

Murphysboro, IL 62966

 

© Copyright 2017, Committee to Elect Auxier, All Rights Reserved

Randy for Congress

Illinois 12th District

Paid for By:

Committee to Elect Auxier

PO Box 308

Murphysboro, IL 62966

 

© Copyright 2017, Committee to Elect Auxier, All Rights Reserved

Randy for Congress

Illinois 12th District

Paid for by:

Committee to Elect Auxier

PO Box 308

Murphysboro, IL 62966

 

© Copyright 2017, Committee to Elect Auxier, All Rights Reserved