Sunday, June 5, 2016

will my third attempt be a charm?

on the second of june 2016 I formally announced in the Woodstock Times that I would run for congress for the third time..it is not an easy task..the hardest part is making the ballot. In 2012 I managed to get 2887 signatures out of the 3500 needed to make the ballot for an independent; In 2014, I tried again ; I fell short 2156 signatures out of the required 3500. In both of those election cycles, I ran as a write-in. It is the 2016 election cycle..I am determined to make the ballot.  The 19th congressional district of new york which I am running for has been held by chris gibson since 2012; he is not seeking a third term. I am the only candidate to have tried to repeatedly win the district.  To refresh your memory , I am running on three principles: 1 government must have a conscience,2 the two party system (democrats and republicans) do NOT represent the people and 3 money should not buy representation. You can review my platform by simply going back through my blog which represents  my thoughts on various issues to see where I stand.  I will be updating you throughout . My petition period begins on june 21 and runs through july; my petition is due in Albany by early August.In order to sign my petition, you must be a registered voter living within the district and you must not have signed anyone elses petition; you can be a democrat . an independent .a republican ,a green that is the only benefit I have.  The 19th Congressional District of New York consists of the counties of Ulster ,Greene, part of Dutchess  down to and including Hyde Park, Columbia, Deleware,Sullivan, Schoharie,Otsego,and part of Broome, Rensselaer,and part of Montgomery. I look forward to representing YOU!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

If at First You Don't Succeed...Try, Try, Again

Congress is the most powerful branch of government, and herein lies the problem. Year after year election cycle after election cycle, congress fails to enact legislation that our nation desperately needs.  The two party system thinks more of their own individual party agendas rather than the needs of the nation.  I ran as a write -in  independent candidate in 2012 and 2014..I received little attention. I intent to get a lot of attention in 2016.  I believe that there is a need for independents in Congress.  As an independent I have no allegiance to either party. I have left my blog on from previous campaigns..I hope that when it comes time to sign my petition to get on the ballot that you will support me.  Democrats and Republicans have an advantage over an independent,such as myself , because 1 the two major parties petition before me and secondly they need fewer signatures. I look forward to meeting more of the electorate,joining in debates and getting equal media attention.  I hope that more independent minded candidates stand up to the establishment this election cycle..there are 434 seats  to be won...independents  must muster a strong fight to break the gridlock in Washington.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

je suis charlie aussi,mais

we are all charlie in one way or another . The horror in Paris was appalling to us all. The interpretation was that it was an attack on free speech and the fundamentals of democracy. I believe that the underlying cause is inequality. World leaders are fumbling around "blindfolded"..this is simply nihilistic jihadists reacting to a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed. There is an ever growing gap between the rich and others.Imagine yourself without a proper education, without the ability to have a good job to provide for yourself and your loved ones,imagine living in poor conditions..imagine the only thing that you actually have is your faith. Throughout the world's history, religious beliefs have been a cause of war and mayhem;one faith thinking it is better than the other. We need more dialogue and less conflict. We need more understanding of one another; we certainly do not need force. The use of force only contributes to more force.I think you understand the theory for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. Inequality has drawn its line in the sand; if humankind does not change then it will implode on itself. We cannot eliminate terrorists because others will only take their place..we need to change..we need to reduce inequality through positive actions increased aide to education worldwide, we need to provide good jobs with living wages, we need to provide the means to provide and build proper housing, we need to have expanded dialogue to ease our differences. Most of all, we need to have respect for ourselves and for each other. If this does not begin to happen,we will continue to fan the fire and create more terrorism in the world. Unfortunately, we are stuck. Horrible crimes have been committed; those who committed them must be brought to justice. But what is the ultimate solution? When will this terror stop? Will it ever stop? There is a solution ; we must solve the problem of inequality. As Eleanor Roosevelt said decades ago, there can be no security with so much inequality!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thank you

I would like to thank each and every person who voted for me.  Every vote meant something to me;  I really appreciate your support.  I believe that if I had had the opportunity of more exposure in the media and had participated in the debates that I could have done substantially better to the point of giving the two parties a real run for their money; Unfortunately, despite the decisive victory for the Republican party, a very, very large number of people did NOT vote.Participation in our system of government is imperative.We need campaign reform in the worst way; we need a level playing field,,I am not the one who is afraid of competition. I welcome it! Reforming the way an independent petitions the ballot should the same as democrats and republicans not three times the work. We need to seriously look at money in politics and find a way to minimize its influence..publicly funding elections, equal access to the media through federal regulations. There has got to be a better way!By 2016, reform must be in place!

The Aftermath

My congratulations to Chris Gibson on winning the 19th Congressional District of New York; To Sean Eldridge, well done ! As for me, I am proud of the fact that I tried again; I firmly believe in the principles on which I ran. The Democrats took it on the chin; the question is going to be whether or not the Republican majority in both Houses will work with Mr.Obama.  The mood of the voters demanded a change ; they certainly proved their power.  Will gridlock in Washington continue?  I believe that the Republicans have to prove to the American people that they will use their new found majority to pass positive legislation for which they were elected to do . Use it do not abuse it!  If they allow the extreme positions within their party to dominate their agenda,  they will not be able to convince the American people that they deserve a victory in the very near future of 2016.