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Vote Here! Roger J. Wendell - 09-08-2013
Politics

"I believe in the division of labor. You send us to Congress; we
pass laws under which you make money... and out of your profits,
you further contribute to our campaign funds to send us back again
to pass more laws to enable you to make more money."
-   Senator Boise Penrose (R-Pa.), 1896

 

 

 

You'll Vote as You're Told
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my page on economics!
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my '08 KGNU voting report from Green Mountain

 

Bertolt Brecht "The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn't hear, doesn't speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn't know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn't know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies."

- Bertolt Brecht

 

"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."
- Charles de Gaulle

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The
people who count the votes decide everything."
- Josef Stalin

 

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski In November '10 Senator Lisa Murkowski's win (albeit narrow) in Alaska illustrates how dysfunctional our two party duopoly has become. Murkowski, a longtime Republican, lost her party's primary election to an extreme right "Tea Party" candidate. Fine, who cares what either party does except it's obvious party extremists aren't putting up candidates that are of much interest to the electorate in general. Murkowski proved this by running as a write-in candidate despite her party's (and Sarah Palin's) rabid support of her opponent...

Voter Definition of DUOPOLY:
(from Merriam-Webster)
  1. an oligopoly limited to two sellers
  2. preponderant influence or control by two political powers

 

In his 2008 documentary, Religulous, Bill Maher interviewed all kinds of people about the place of religion in our government and society. In one scene, Maher is speaking with United States Senator Mark Pryor (D) Arkansas. In this scene the good Senator is expressing his doubts about evolution and reinforcing his belief that Adam and Eve, and a talking snake in a garden, may have been the start of it all:
Maher: "See, this is my problem. You're a Senator, you are one of the very few people who are really running this country. It worries me that people are running my country who think, who believe in a talking snake."

Senator Pryor's response: "You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate."

 

Forget Red vs. Blue -- It's the Educated vs. People Easily Fooled by Propaganda
by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 11-12-2008

Politics "The illiterate rarely vote, and when they do vote they do so without the ability to make decisions based on textual information. American political campaigns, which have learned to speak in the comforting epistemology of images, eschew real ideas and policy for cheap slogans and reassuring personal narratives. Political propaganda now masquerades as ideology. Political campaigns have become an experience. They do not require cognitive or self-critical skills. They are designed to ignite pseudo-religious feelings of euphoria, empowerment and collective salvation. Campaigns that succeed are carefully constructed psychological instruments that manipulate fickle public moods, emotions and impulses, many of which are subliminal. They create a public ecstasy that annuls individuality and fosters a state of mindlessness. They thrust us into an eternal present. They cater to a nation that now lives in a state of permanent amnesia. It is style and story, not content or history or reality, which inform our politics and our lives. We prefer happy illusions. And it works because so much of the American electorate, including those who should know better, blindly cast ballots for slogans, smiles, the cheerful family tableaux, narratives and the perceived sincerity and the attractiveness of candidates. We confuse how we feel with knowledge."

 

"It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation. It is especially objectionable among us Americans, who have prided ourselves on setting a global example for pure democracy. With reforms unlikely at this late stage of the election, perhaps the only recourse will be to focus maximum public scrutiny on the suspicious process in Florida."

- President Jimmy Carter, Chairman of the Carter center in Atlanta
Washington Post - Monday, September 27, 2004, p. A19

 

"...in Western Europe and in countries like Canada, and Australia, and Japan where you can not be a public figure professing absolute certainty about the divine origin of the Bible and be taken seriously. These are embarrassing convictions in much of the world, and, in fact, we are virtually alone, in the developed world, as a society that still conducts it's national discourse under the shadow of religious literalism."

- Sam Harris interviewd by Michelle Martin on NPR's Talk of the Nation
about his new book, Letter to a Christian and keeping religion out of public policy.
Broadcast on Monday, October 02, 2006 and transcribed by Roger J. Wendell

 

"There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Anarchy T-shirt "Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that
we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, & county commissioners."

- Edward Abbey

 

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Political Outhouse
Political Outhouse
"There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can't remember what the second one is."
-   Senator Mark Hanna, chair of the Republican National COmmitee, 1895

 

"Our fight is with those who have stolen the name Democrat - the party hacks, the lobbyists, the weasels who somehow couldn't cut it in the Republican Party because they didn't have what it takes to destroy a national forest, or close a thousand libraries, or take free breakfasts away from the malnourished little ones in the inner city. You have to have real guts to do stuff like that, and you have to enjoy it. Those who don't, get jobs over at the Democratic Party."
- Michael Moore in his book, Stupid White Men (...and Other
Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!), p. 245

 

"We have an obligation to challenge the two party cabal."
- Ralph Nader being interviewed by Amy Goodman, July 2004

 

Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my page on media and Democracy...

 

Kelly at the Democratic Cafe at Friday Harbor San Juan Islands, Washington State
Democratic Cafe - Washington State
"America wasn't built by conformists but by mutineers - we're a big, boisterous, bucking people and now is our time. Our democracy is being dismantled right in front of our eyes by our own ruling elites. This is a crucial moment when America desperately needs you and me to stand up as citizens. We are not only what democracy counts on, we are what democrcy is."

- Jim Hightower
The Public Spirit of America
Gore Lieberman Posters on the Navajo Nation Fall 2000
(Near Grand Canyon)

 

"...Big Money from a narrow and self-interested elite group of donors distorts democracy and produces perverse outcomes that favor a privileged few and hurt the rest of us in all sorts of ways."

"Hasn't it always been this way? And haven't we already tried to fix it?"

"The short answer is yes. Politicis in America has always been a contest between organized people and organized money. But that's no reason to throw up our hands and become reisgned to the situation. After all, the history of America is the history of steady efforts to expand democracy and include everyone on an equal footing."

- Micah L. Sifry and Nancy Watzman in their book,
Is that a Politician in Your Pocket? (Washington on $2 Million A Day) p. 211

 

Colorado Governor Bill Owens is a Texas Oil Lobbyist bumper sticker by John W. Lacher
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Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here to find out "Why I'm Joining the GOP!"

 

A Registered Republican Since the 70s - Me!

Perennial third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader had it right when, in the 2000s, he labeled our two-party system a corrupt duopoly that's anti-choice. Since both parties, once in power, are nearly identical at times, it didn't seem to matter which one I belonged to so affiliation was pretty much a coin toss. Yes, I've always been impressed with what the Republicans had to say about maintaining a "tight" fiscal policy and economics. And, I've always been impressed with what the Democrats had to say about the environment and helping those less fortunate. But, our huge population problem, the narrowing distribution of wealth, religious domination of our society, blind support of Israel's brutality towards the Palestinians, and a dozen other serious issues are hardly ever mentioned by either party.

Since being unaligned or "independent" gives me even less voice I decided long ago to register as a Republican with the hope of making some small but positive change in not only the party, but our system in general. So, although I still have complaints about the "other" party I continue to harangue the Republicans about their support of monopolies, big religion, expensive/wasteful military and their war on the environment - all big disappointments for me. As a Republican, I'll continue working to bring honor, reason and decency to our party and our country's political system in general. The Democrats, of course, continue supporting open borders, corrupt unions, and an unemployment and welfare class that refuses to work or be productive - all big disappointments to most Americans (as demonstrated in countless national polls).

A possible third party (of any political significance) began to emerge in 2010 - the Tea Party. At first the Tea Party captured my imagination with their tough talk about reducing/eliminating budget deficits, closing our borders, protecting gun rights and adhering to the Constitution. But, alas, as I updated this entry in September '10 the Tea Party started to show itself for what it really is; a loony extension of my own party that's hiding its religious agenda until it wins a few elections. Christine O'Donnell and Sarah Palin were the Tea Party darlings at the time - both steeped in religion (O'Donnell says she dabbled in witchcraft at one time), both against the teaching of evolution, and both so wrapped up in the antiabortion movement they believe a population of 7 billion is just fine. Great, a new party dominated by superstitious, small thinking bigots - that's all we need! [Note: although it may not seem like it, here, I really do have a deep respect for people of faith as it's clear that society is in desperate need of the moral guidance religion can provide. What I'am opposed to is any religion being used to dominate government or discredit science and reason - we, and religious people included, can do better than that...]

Anyway, as for my own leanings, not only have I been a registered Republican, since the early 70s, but I was also elected (twice!) as a delegate to the Republicans' Arapahoe County Assembly and once to their Jefferson County Assembly. To get elected I had to "campaign" a bit, on a very small scale, to my neighbors at our local caucus - the point being that I do take my beliefs seriously and, apparently, have been persuasive enough to convince other Republicans to support me. (Click on the red photo, at right, for an even larger view of my credentials...) Additionally, I've spent more time than I care to admit in lobbying and meeting with my city council people, state senators, and federal congressmen (I've lived in a number of different districts and have met with some of 'em personally), passing out flyers (I met and assisted Douglas Bruce in a flyer campaign for the Tax Payer Bill of Rights in downtown Denver in the early 80s), calling (and hosting!) radio talk shows, meeting with neighbors, and just generally doing a lot of grunt and footwork. Also, although not directly related, I have served on the City of Aurora's Election Commission in addition to serving as an Election Judge. Plus, I've voted in nearly every election since the early 70s, including special ones like the Public Service Company franchise, etc. Even when I was out of state, while serving in the military, I still voted by mail every chance I could!

Despite all my writings, warnings, and handwringing things politically, economically, and environmentally took a horrible turn for the worse in the early 2000s. While us regular folks tried to keep our country going in the right direction the evil doers were having their way with almost every aspect of our government, business and society - Resulting, of course, in a near total collapse by 2008. It is so important that us regular folks remain involved in any way we can. I know it's difficult to speak up and act out on your own time and money while the bad guys continue receiving big paychecks to run things into the ground but we can't give up - the founding fathers would expect it of us!

Republican County Assembly Delegate
- Roger J. Wendell, November 2004
  [updated a little bit in September, 2010]

 


My 1995 Legal Notice about the Republican War on the Environment
Here is a Denver Post Affidavit of Publication for a Legal Notice that I published on my 40th birthday (November 12, 1995). It was in their Sunday edition under section 8901 "Legal Notices." Here is what it said;

"I am 40 yrs. old & have been a registered Republican my entire adult life. Although I agree with the party's position on taxes, and other related issues, I am ashamed of their 'war' on the environment. I appologize to the American people and promise to continue working to protect wilderness and wildlife. Sincerely, Roger J. Wendell, POB 460101, Aurora, CO 80046-0101. E-mail: aq328@freenet.uchsc.edu (I paid for this notice with my own money and am only interested in policy change, NOT remuneration)"

 

Here's something of mine that made it to the Republicans' Arapahoe County Assembly:
(It was passed by Precinct 2509 on April 11, 2000)

 Resolution: Children and Open Space

 Whereas; Colorado Republicans recognize that the quality of life
 for our children, and their future, is being diminished by the sprawl 
 and congestion that continues dominating our state.

 Be it resolved; that Colorado Republicans, in the interests of
 children, are committed to preserving open space, reducing
 congestion and eliminating sprawl.

 

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Every political party has its bad apples. During the time when I was involved in
local government my party turned a blind-eye to Reagan and number of his minions
involved in all kinds of not-so-nice work in the name of the American people:

Donald Rumsfeld Shaking Saddam Hussein's Hand
On December 20, 1983 President Ronald Reagan sent Special Envoy
Donald Rumsfeld to Iraq to shake the hand of Saddam Hussein - this
was at a time when America was arming, supporting and encouraging Saddam...

 

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Captiol Dome 545 People
Written by Charlie Reese in 1995, updated in 2009
(former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper)
[verified by Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/reese.asp]
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are really against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are really against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the Speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. Stop and think how long she has been Speaker of the House.....

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. If they were on Social Security then they would fix it fast.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Change the law so that it is unlawful for quasi public companies (like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) to donate to politicians or political parties etc and unlawful for those persons/organizations to accept donations from those over which they have oversight.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power..

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses... provided the voters have the interest and incentive to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

 

Congressional Seal Congressional Reform

This proposal was floating around the Internet throughout the last part of the millennium's first decade. Like all things Internet I was skeptical but warmed up to the idea the more I thought about it. Maybe if enough of us agree we can, indeed, reform Congress!

  1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of three possible options below:

    1. Two Six-year Senate terms
    2. Six Two-year House terms
    3. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
  2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when he/she is out of office.
  3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
  4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11. The American people did not make these contracts with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned
citizen legislators who serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

 

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Senate Chambers Rules - 2007 Senate Chambers Pass from Harry Reid, Nevada - 2007
(Senator Harry Reid, Nevada)
ACLU Member SInce 1988

 

Links:

  1. 4th of July
  2. ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
  3. Activists
  4. America!
  5. Bad Guys
  6. CCR center for Constitutional Rights
  7. CMCE - Clean Money, Clean Elections
  8. COHA - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
  9. Conserve America - Republicans for Environmental Protection
  10. Culture Change
  11. Constitution, Bill of Rights and other Amendments
  12. Economics
  13. Electoral Vote Predictor
  14. Follow the Money in state politics
  15. Friendly Advice
  16. Free State Project
  17. League of Women Voters
  1. Media and the Fourth Estate
  2. Military Madness
  3. Office of the Clerk - U.S. House of Representatives
  4. OGI - Open Government Institute
  5. Peace and Justice
  6. Petitions
  7. Project Vote Smart - non-profit, non-partisan research organization
  8. Public Campaign
  9. RNC
  10. Theocracy Watch and the Republican Party
  11. SEA - Scientists and Engineers for America
  12. Signs of Protest
  13. Strange and unusual stuff
  14. Third World Traveler - Conservatives Deconstructed
  15. Voters Unite! - A non-partisan national grassroots resource for fair and accurate elections!
  16. Waging Peace and Dr. Robert Muller
  17. War and Terrorism

 

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