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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born in urban Minnesota and raised with his six siblings - after abandonment early on by their otherwise hero father, the Monks siblings were raised single-handedly by their divorced mother. Richard Monks learned early on the value of cooperation, hard work, survival and perseverance. He graduated from high school and went on to an undergraduate degree in history at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, and then got the news of a lifetime on being admitted to law school. He attended the University of Minnesota Walter H. Mondale School of Law starting in 1976 - the U.S. Bicentenniel year. Despite having to work a part-time job during his full time law school years, he graduated from the law school after 3 years - in 1979 - and passed the Minnesota Bar Exam in the fall of 1979.
Richard's experiences while practicing law in Minnesota from 1979 to 1986 lead him to believe he could do better in Hawaii, and he moved to Hawaii, arriving on Christmas Day, 1985. He passed the Hawaii State Bar Exam and was licensed to practice law in Hawaii in May, 1986. While in Hawaii, he married in his wife, who is Thai and lived in Thailand, and they had four children in Hawaii at The Queen's Medical Center on Punchbowl Street. The Hawaii law practice grew well, and vies for the most meaningful time of life, in Richard's view.
In order to keep his extended family relationships - and to secure some very uniquely available free public educational opportunities for the four children - he relocated to Minnesota, where he currently lives. However, he did not practice law in Minnesota, again, allowing his Minnesota law license to go the the status of Voluntary Unlicensed. He maintains in Inactive Licensed status with the Hawaii State Bar Association and does not practice law in Hawaii, any more, and does not practice law or advised people legally either in Hawaii or in Minnesota.
Today, Richard just wants to make sure, as a member of the Democratic Party, that our voices are heard on Capitol Hill, and that the regressive elements do not jump and and dump all the gains that the people have made during modern history since Franklin D. Roosevelt. President Barack Obama, a Hawaii native son, has represented the people of the U.S. in standing up to a large chorus of bigots and their oligarchical sponsors, and hopefully President Hillary Clinton will stick to her liberal ideas and stand up to them even more vigorously.
Progress is incremental, and luckily, the U.S. has been able to make progress without the tremendous upheavals of other countries, for the past 150 years. However, progress has been slow and marked by frequent attempts to dismantle it by the likes of Reagan and Bush. The voice that echoed best was yours, despite all the efforts against him, President Obama was elected and the people would elect him to a third term, if they could.
There is strength in numbers, and the Democrats have typically relied on those numbers of people - US! When the voters vote, it matters, and when the Democrats win, the whole country moves forward, and we want this next one to be a very progressive Democratic candidate, and for all the other progressive Democratic candidates to then stand in support of the one who wins the nomination of the Democratic party in 2016, so that the unusually wealthy - who often promote regressive and backwards policies - do not get to buy the government out from under the people.
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
RICHARD C. MONKS