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One week to go – June 5th is almost here

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Less than 168 hours from now the polls will be closed.  Unfortunately only a few of the registered voters will have taken the time to express their choice. 

With the Presidential choices selected (Barack by the party leaders) and Mitt by the primary voting republicans, there is little sizzle to draw people to the California polls. 

I hope for a high turn out, but expect a low one, like in previous primaries. 

When the parties do not offer choice, there is little motivation to vote, and little sense that it matters.   I hope that by offering Democrats a choice, I will have led some to taking the time to vote for me, who otherwise would not have voted at all.  I understand being frustrated with a system that appears broken, and controlled by special interests.

Join me and fight to reestablish democracy in America.   I still believe in the American dream, and in the love of democracy.  I invite you to show your love for America and Democracy by voting.   

THANK YOU to those who vote. 

THE PEOPLE still have a choice.  If you vote for me, I am glad to have given you a choice.

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May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

State can corrupt Religion, Religion can improve State

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State involvement in religion corrupts religion, Religious thoughts of statesmen can improve State

My devotions this morning reminded me that those who surrender to the Truth of the Word will see that all men/women are created EQUAL and in God’s image.  They will therefore seek to ensure equality for all.  Such Religious engagement  improves statesmanship, and State.   I will qualify that statement  by saying religious thought that does not demand that ALL men and women are created equal and must be treated equally, does not lead to better statesmanship.  

I am aware that some wear religion like a cloak, to hide their evil intents.  I am not saying Religion is the answer, but those who submit to higher authority than man, particularly true followers of Christ (what I have seen), will generally seek the good and welfare of all, and not their self-interest.

On the reverse, when the State wants to ensure Religion has no place in the thoughts and theory of state, men will set laws based on whatever is right in their own eyes, perhaps according to evolutionary progression, and will see some as more fully evolved, and superior to others. 

Men and women who follow their own mind, and reject absolutes, will come to false conclusions.  They will listen to men, and not to God.  When the State has the power to define truth, or declare its position as absolute, it corrupts religion.  State ordered belief, or State ordered non belief, removes the voice of divine equality, and establishes the voice of self-interest.  When people join a house of worship to fulfil an obligation of the State, the State corrupts religion.  Houses of worship should be filled by those who seek, of their own accord, to worship.

Symbols of truth call mankind to account.  When we want to hide the 10 commandments from public view (at the Oakland Zoo), as was reported on the local news last night, we invite people to be free of moral standards.  Placing on public display, statements of high moral standards, does not corrupt the citizenry, but calls upon them to consider their accountability to the high standards.    Limiting the display of offensive images, or hate filled words, makes sense, but limiting calls to high standards, only serves to lower standards.

I think we need to raise our standards, and should look for ways to encourage honorable living.  

That’s what I’m thinking today.

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May 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Remembering – Memorial Day – more than a picnic

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The words of Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg sound forth truths we should be thinking about today.   Some of the words of the signers of the Declaration of Independence should also sound forth today, as well as on July 4th.   I copy them below.

With heart felt thanks

 The National Cemetery Address: 

 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

From the Declaration of Independence, the final paragraph

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

As signers of what the King would see as a declaration of treason, many were hunted down, and indeed did give their Lives and their Fortunes to establish this great land.  They pledged their sacred Honor, to the cause of Liberty and Freedom.

On this Memorial Day may we remember those who gave so much, that you and I can have a peace filled day.  May we remember those who gave of their fortunes, and time to serve honorably. 

There are among us some who can not forget.  They have lost loved ones on the battlefields.  They are without a parent, a spouse, and child.  They sorrow, and they remember.   May we sorrow with them.  May we remember with them.  May we offer them comfort, and demonstrate that the price paid, was indeed worth it.

May we demonstrate this again for them when the polls open.  Here in CA on June 5th, may we turn out to vote.  May we actively participate in choosing leaders, who like the founders pledged their Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor.  May we vote for Statesmen, not Politicians.  May we vote for The People, not the party.  May we vote for ourselves, not just obey the Party or Organization that wants to tell us how to vote.  May we prove again that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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May 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

FAT Governmental analogy – Being overweight is a BIG problem

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I work for a health care company. Our economic indicators show the long term impact of an increasingly overweight population.

Members of our party have taken on the issues of poor food quality delivered in our school cafeterias, and the junk food industry. This is an issue to be addressed as it is impacting current and future generations. Members of our party have taken on the issues of physical inactivity as well as food selection. Let’s Move!

There seem to be two ways our party members want to address this issue. Take away the opportunities for citizens to make bad choices, or encouraging citizens to make good choices through education.

It is reported that Michelle Obama told Topanga Sena, a young Scholastic News reporter, that ‘Let’s Move!’ is “not about having government tell people what to do, because government doesn’t have all the answers.” It would be good if party leaders focused on this reality.

We do NOT have all the answers, NOR do we have the power to force people to eat broccoli. We need to become a party that educates citizens on the short and long term impacts of being overweight. Eating that YUMMY fast food, drinking that sweet soda, sitting long hours at the computer to engage in social media, or play games that exercise our brains and fingers, but not our heart, lungs, and mussels.

75,000 fans in the stands, and millions on the couch, watching a limited few exercise is not a healthy recipe for our country. We need to personally engage in order for this to change. Government prohibition will not work. Government force, coercion, and manipulation will not work. We individually need to choose better. We each need to exercise for ourselves. EACH ONE OF US needs to be the one who initiates change in our own lives. EACH one needs to take responsibility for himself. As JFK would have said, “ask not what the government can do for you” but ask what you need to do for yourself.

Fast food, televised sports, and social media may provide short term pleasure, but it has short term consequences that grow worse over time. We need to WARN the population of the problem, and create opportunities for different choices that will lead to better personal and societal outcomes.

HOWEVER personal weight is not the ONLY issue we need to educate the population about. Poor short term choices, by our party leaders, ARE also leading to short and long term consequences.

WARNING….. WARNING….. WARNING….. WARNING

WE should be the Party that speaks to the choices of a bloated, overweight government. We should be the party that challenges citizens to exercise their voice in the political area. We should be the party who teaches personal accountability. We should be the party, who looks to “teach how to fish” rather than giving daily fish handouts.

Bloated government leads to a sluggish economy. Bloated government leads to greater dependency on government. As the number of people working for government grows, the number of people looking to the government to spend more on payroll and benefits (self interest), increases, and the Political Action Committees apply pressure to “feed me”.

When the issue of fast food was first being attacked in the SF Bay Area, the news media carried comments from single parents saying “I come home tired, I don’t want to have to cook, the kids want fast food, it’s what I can afford, what else can I do?” The days of cooking healthy food from scratch are going for an entire generation. The next generation will only be worse. My daughters got the pleasure of home cooked meals. They learned to cook. They like to cook. Their stories suggest that their peers did not learn the joy of cooking, but the joy of eating out.

When LBJ’s great society effort started they seemed a logical step, but they started us down the road of bloated government. They started us down the road of the Federal government, taking on the role of Religious institutions. Undermining the role of Religion in our society, lead to a less moral society. Some churches seem to have stopped asking their congregations to support the poor, and instead look to the government to do this vital work. A bloated government makes this issue grow.

As we know, bloated government can be in more than just the social issues our party champions. Bloat occurs when the government does what is should not do. Grossly overpaid contracts happen everywhere I guess. Last night’s news (05/25/2012) was filled with the news of corruption, even at the Vatican, with overpriced contracts, with kickbacks (?) being exposed. The news reported that rather than looking to clean up this problem, the first effort was to arrest the whistle blower.

We need to see bloat and remove it. We need to avoid becoming like Europe, with government employee protests, leading to closing down the nation, and preventing the government from doing the right thing.

WE SHOULD BE the party who elects statesmen, not politicians, and lead the way back toward a thin, trim and fit government, before we come to an untimely end, from the excess fat, clogging our economic arteries. We have members of the party who both see, and are willing to speak the truth. We need to elect them. If you see PAC money supporting a candidate, vote for someone else.

I am the only Democrat in the CA 13th congressional district race who has not taken PAC money. I will represent you, not the PAC’s. I will advocate putting the US government on a diet to return to health. I will not start it to death, but I will not try to get it healthy by feeding it more.  The time to get healthy is now.   The time to address the issue is now.   The time for change is now.

Please consider voting for a healthy choice.  

Good words to live by, but not by force of law

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Good words to live by:

1 Corinthians 10:23-24  All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

These words are spiritual.  They are religious words.  They are true words.  But they should not be government enforced words, when we have a first amendment prohibition on the establishment of Religion.

Citizens should be free to make choices.  They should be accountable to their Creator for the choices they make, but the US government should not make these choices for them, nor punish them when they choose to be selfish. Fair and equal treatment under the law, not unequal treatment under the law, should be the measure and standard of our democracy.

American’s have shown that a great many of us live with generous hearts, and think of the common good.  Some are selfish.  But to say only the rich are selfish is to ignore the truth.  Some want what others have, and want the government to take it away from those who have, to give it to those who do not have.   In a communistic society that would be expected to be law.  In a FREE society, that is not expected. 

We should think about what we can do to increase the number of people who do not  ”seek his own” but instead embrace the ideal of:  ”but each one (seeking) the other’s well-being”.  When we force this by law, it is resisted.  When we encourage this by example, and public discussion, and even preaching, we call upon all to examine how they ARE living and challenge them to think about how they COULD live. 

Obama has let us know that Warren Buffet says he should pay more in taxes, and uses that statement, to say all highly compensated people should pay more taxes.   Obama could remind Warren and any other wealthy person that they COULD give more to the government, or to charity, without the government needing to take it.  No one needs to wait to have it taken from him, the door to charity is open.  I am not sure if what Warren is really saying is:  IF you TAKE it from others, I will go along, but I will not GIVE it of my own choosing.   

What you and I choose to do, in the privacy of our own homes, should be our business.  What we do outside of our homes becomes our communities business.  Regulating what we do in public, for the public good, is what community laws are intended to do.  To regulate and clearly define the consequences of our public choices, so that we can choose what to do, or not do, in public, should be the act of government.   Clarity of what is helpful for others, and builds up society should be clearly understood.  Those public acts that are not helpful, but rather tear down, instead of building up society, should have consequences clearly defined. 

That’s what my daily devotional reading had me thinking today.

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May 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

FEC filing – No PAC money here

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I filed my Federal Elections Commission (FEC) financial statement for 4/1 to 5/16 (due 12 days before the primary).  My filing shows that I have no Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions.  I have not seen the filing for Barbara, but I expect is will show heavy contributions from various PACs who both support, and expect to acquire influence with their contributions. 

I only take contributions from citizens.  I only take contributions less than $100.01.   That means folks see that I am not for sale, but it also means I do not have the money used in this business called politics. 

I do not want to be a politician, I just want to make sure you have a choice of someone who is willing to serve, rather than needing to win to keep their career going.  The polarized Party are full of full-time politician who have made serving the Party their career choice.   I am not in this to serve the Party, or the Special Interests and PACs.  I am in this to allow voters a chance for change, by electing someone who wants to bring Honor to his God and Country, while REPRESENTING  THE PEOPLE, not the Party.

I am being clear about this, as I do not want voters to think I am another Party controlled, career politician. 

The PEOPLE will always have my ear.  Four years ago the promises of Hope and Change were offered.   We still need Hope and Change.  One vote will not change everything, but if we do not stand up to be heard, the Parties will remain gridlocked, and our voices will remain silenced by the voice of the Party interests, and the PAC special interests.

That’s what I’m thinking.  What are you thinking?

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May 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm

League of Women Voters of Oakland – Candidate Forum – YouTube

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My thanks to the League of Women Voters of Oakland  for hosting the Candidate Forum.

Be an educated voter, and PLEASE VOTE to preserve democracy in America.

Here is the link to the Forum video on LWVO’s YouTube Channel:

US Representative, District 13:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5eOV-zvhFc&feature=youtu.be

 

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May 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm