Ruth Page-Nelson is the Alabama Libertarian Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Nelson is an electrician and is licensed by the U.S. Department of Energy to train solar system installers. She lives in the Dothan area.
Nelson said that voters should pick the best candidates on the general election ballot and not blindly vote along party lines.
“I am a candidate, not a cult,” Nelson said. “I am going to pick the best candidate.”
Nelson is challenging incumbent Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R) who has more money, the power of incumbency and greater name identification.
“Look into the character of the candidates and not vote on the basis of familiarity,” Nelson said. “[Libertarians] are offering a message, not just a name.”
News Media and Power
Nelson is skeptical of news organizations being owned by large conglomerates and wealthy billionaires.
“It is time for us to take our country back,” Nelson said. “The media is so controlled in this country. MSNBC is the Microsoft News Broadcasting Company and does whatever Bill Gates says.”
Nelson is also skeptical of the large power companies.
“I don’t like monopolies like Alabama Power Company and Florida Power and Light," Nelson said. "Those people are so unethical. Solar systems should be owned and maintained by the Homeowner’s Association.
"...Seventy percent of the power that is generated is lost in the transmission lines getting it to the customer” Nelson said of large powerplants whether they are nuclear, coal burning, or even large power company-controlled solar farms. “I am not for a mile long [solar] farm.”
Nelson said that she opposes the “solar tax” which is the fee that the Public Service Commission allows Alabama Power Company to charge citizens and businesses that have solar power.
“The effectiveness of a [solar] system is determined often by the angle that you place those panels,” Nelson explained stressing the importance of training solar installers.
Nelson was also skeptical of the Biden Administration’s climate agenda.
“We should [be] open and be transparent,” Nelson said. “Now they have invoked the Defense Production Act to get around bid laws. They are picking the winners and the losers.”
Nelson denounced gangster rap and the lawlessness it has bred, particularly in the Black community.
“It is the greatest lie that has ever been spread,” Nelson said. “It created a culture of killing.
“It is embarrassing the low level of intelligence of these people. It has become a gun-slinging wild west” in many Black and urban neighborhoods.
Nelson said that the music industry convinces boys “to make their penis their king.”
“Ice T had a song about killing cops, and now he is on TV playing a cop,” Nelson said of how the media legitimizes these recording artists.
“Why do we allow our kids to do this? It has no good end,” Nelson said. “These mothers send their sons out to sell drugs in order to bring money back and then get all upset when they get killed.”
Nelson said that her own son wanted to pursue a career as a VJ.
“I would not support that,” Nelson said, but he did it anyway and ended up working in a recording studio in Atlanta. “Eventually he was leaving the studio, and someone put a gun to his head and took the masters [the discs with the newly recorded songs on them]. He could have been killed. It was a dead-end street.”
Nelson said that she was a manager of a rap group when Nelson Mandela was still in captivity in South Africa, and the group had a song about freeing Mandela.
“They didn’t want that,” Nelson said of the record label. “But there were two songs on the back” of the disc about women that they did want so they offered them a recording contract.
“I urged them not to take it, but they wanted a recording deal,” Nelson recalled. “I quit being their manager.”
Nelson is an advocate for small farms and locally grown foods.
“The food we eat should come from within 29 miles of where we live,” Nelson said. “We need more small farmers.”
Nelson praised forest owners and the timber industry for their role in capturing carbon in the trees that they grow.
“They want you to send your kids to school at the U.S. Department of Assimilation,” Nelson said, criticizing increasingly politicized public schools.
Nelson said that she opposes gun control, supports the legalization of marijuana and supports the legalization of gambling but opposes the government picking the winners and losers.
Nelson faces Ainsworth on Nov. 8 in the general election. There is no Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. on the ballot.
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