My Loyalty is to America, not the Party

The fathers of the revolution were much acquainted with the dangers of misguided loyalty. I find Samuel Adam's writing applicable to the call for party unity resounding from those who "derive their powers from us to serve the common interests."
As a long time Democratic voter I hear the hue and cry of Pelosi and Dean and wonder if they truly have the good of the "party" OR the people in mind. What is their true intent? Where are they trying to lead us?? Are we, as voters, to pay homage to "the party" at the expense of our country? Will we allow ourselves to be dependent on, submissive to, "the instrument of our ruin?"
Surely in their efforts to stop the primary process and bar the votes of millions they have become in Mr. Adams words, rebels against the undoubted rights and liberties of the people. There is in the higher ranks of the party a demand that we stop examining the candidate they so inexplicably are trying to foist on us. They are asking us to place our loyalty in the party; the same party that is blocking the votes of millions of people and trying desperately to stifle the votes of millions more by calling for the candidate who has the support of half the party to concede, to withdraw!

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Candidates NCAA Tournament Picks

The Press has made a big deal about the candidates NCAA Tournament Picks. Obama picked North Carolina Hillary picked Bills Alma Mater Georgetown and lets just be honest I don't know or care who McCain picked. But the question of the candidates picks tells us more about the media than it does about the candidates.

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Maybe Geraldine Ferraro was Right?

DOES EXPERIENCE MATTER?

Here's a quick background (from wikipedia) on all the President's since FDR:

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT - Democrat - served 8 terms. Was 51 when he took office. Was a State Senator from NY, Secretary of the Navy, Governor of NY, then President. Milestones: Depression, New Deal, Unemployment drop from 24% to 2%, Social Security, WWII.

HARRY S. TRUMAN - Democrat - served 2 terms. Was 61 yrs when he became Pres. Was VP under Roosevelt. Was 2 term US Senator from Missouri, served in WWI, was also a judge. Milestones: Manhattan Project/Atomic Bomb, creation of UN, Cold War, Marshall Paln, creation of Israel and NATO, Mccarthyism.

DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER - Republican - served 2 terms. Age 63. Served 2 terms. Was a General and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Milestones: Interstate Highway system, civil rights, Hawaii/Alaska become states.

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY - Democrat - served less than 1 term due to assasination. Age 44 when he was President. Mass House of Rep, 7 years in US Senator Mass. Served in Navy WWII, received medal for PT109. Milestones: Cuban missle crisis, bay of pigs, space program, civil rights movement, beginning of vietnam war.

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The Only Way For Us ALL To Win

What's the way for us to WIN?

There is only one way. Politicians and career Washington types like Karl Rove are gaming the system and that is because we are too trusting of these career politicians. They are out of touch with the people. We need to reengineer America.

We need a campaign that STOPS BEING ABOUT PEOPLE AND STARTS BEING ABOUT ISSUES.. We should rewrite every process from the beginning looking at the goals first. We need to take new technology into account. The way we do things might have been great in 1776, when it took several DAYS for news to travel from, say Boston to Philadelphia, but now, we have real time video and sound, and the World Wide Web. We have digital signatures and instant vote tabulation. This means that we have the potential to have direct democracy soon. But we are still using 18th century technologies and procedures. They are laughing at us.

For example, why do we need to spend SO much WASTED ENERGY AND MONEY on politicians and politics when we could administer so much OURSELVES as communities, directly.

Parties as mediators, as middlemen, are sort of looking like like the layers of distributors and middle managers who are perhaps almost no longer needed. Any candidate that wants to win, they should accept that this needs to be much more of a two way street.

They should re-apply for their jobs, telling us why we should hire them.

Elections, are needed, but perhaps, four years might be something we want to vote on as a nation. Its much longer than it used to be. Four years is twenty eight years on the Internet, as they used to say. Its increasingly looking like twenty eight years in real life too.

I guess what I mean to say is we need a break from politics, but since that isn't about to happen, we should hire them in more of an 'as needed' manner. As contractors. Without health benefits, until we can afford them too. At the very least, they need to clear up any ambiguities and get buy in before getting the nomination.

THEY NEED TO PUT IT ALL DOWN IN A BINDING AGREEMENT WITH AMERICA.

A Contract WITH America, Not a Contract ON America. Sort of like a binding proposal.

But we need to get away from egos and personalities and back to public SERVICE. And especially integrity.

Issues not candidates. That should be the call.

That is the way democracy can remain strong. I personally would prefer that candidates would also agree in advance to step down if they profoundly lose the faith of the people who elected them.

Like in parlimentary democracies. They have the ability to have a vote of no confidence which saves face.

In japan, they used to have seppaku

Putting all government functions on a HUGE web site, in real time, by law is REALLY a good idea.

Not just dib dabs, with the idea of 'eventually' making the government 100% open and visible. This is government work, but it has to be like 'real world' of private industry, with heads rolling if they dont shape up. Transparency should be absolutely mandatory and there should be a deadline of, say thirty days to see the first draft or they should be required to retire. They would have to step down and let their opponent have a 30 day chance to do it right.

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Concerned PA-18 Democratic voter

Ok, so there's like six candidates and it was recommended to check out PA-18 steve o'donnell.  I did and I found this out.
This should be disclosed to voters.

As a life long Democrat, I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT support Steve O'Donnell because I checked him out as recommended, and he has kept secret from everyone that he was pretty much terminated or forced out by a company in 1996 due to "rampant mismanagement".

The Board forced O'Donnell out in 1996 apparently for that exact reason. Westmoreland Human Opportunities started overseeing LSS in Sept 1996 & immediately bailed out of overseeing troubled LSS in October 1996, after learning the "intimate details" of Life Service Systems financial situation.  LSS shortly thereafter had to file for bankruptcy on 1/14/1997 under recommendation from the newly appointed Board (by Adelphoi).

Public assistance grant funding of over $1.3 million was secured by LSS from HUD in October 1995 for an LSS housing project, while matching funds were secured as a pre-condition to the HUD grant from United Way ($100,000), the Mellon Foundation ($150,000), and Westmoreland Housing Authority ($25,000)...imagine the attorney fees these organizations had to expend in this debacle.  

Here's a link that shows Mr. O'Donnell as the president of Life Service
Systems, Inc.  http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany_fj ghg2

At the first of the year in 1997, LSS had to file for bankruptcy, #97-20226-BM
in the Western PA Federal Bankruptcy court.  Check out this appeals link from the bankruptcy court:

http://www.pawb.uscourts.gov/pdfs/opinio ns/06-20-02.BM.LifeServiceSystems.97-202 26.AP98-2082.pdf

Notice that only months after receiving the HUD grant and matching funds totaling
over 1.3 million dollars...LSS experienced "financial and administrative" problems in 1996. You just don't develop bankruptcy over night and wake up with it the next morning...which again leads back to highly suspect issues of severe mis-management.  

O'Donnell does not include reference to Life Service Systems, Inc. under the "About Steve" link on his webpage.  Nor does Steve O'Donnell include any reference to Professional Life Services, which in the Bankruptcy court documents under Case No. #97-20226-BM... Professional Life Services is listed as having the same address, ironically as Steve O'Donnell.  Why is Professional Life Services also not disclosed?  Also, I wonder how much of the taxpayer's money Westmoreland County had to pay for attorney fees during this debacle.

We need a strong, ethical candidate to take Tim Murphy to task on ethics as well as positions, not a candidate who may have something to hide and has not disclosed this information.  And that's just me checking O'Donnell out... imagine what Tim Murphy will come up with when he probes into Steve O'Donnell. Feel free to check out these court documents.

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