Monday, August 18, 2014

The Incredible Americans:  Candidates Running for the Local County Commissions; Tax Collector’s Offices; State Senate; and School Boards.
Finally my faith in American democracy has been reaffirmed and even strengthened after having attended a local town meeting of prospective candidates running for different offices.  While it may be chic to discuss world events and the plight of the moribund US Congress,  nothing is more exhilarating to me than to watch a new generation of farmers, school teachers, CPAs, and small business men/women run for local offices in my town in northern Florida.
For decades I have held a spoken as well as an unspoken belief in one basic Sam Rayburn principle:
“All American politics is local.”
Last night I went to the city hall which was nothing more than a converted antique church and sat on a hard wooden bench to listen to more than a dozen different candidates---men, women, old, young, Hispanic, African American talk about one thing only:
How each and every one of them wanted to do the heavy lifting and take the risk of trying to represent me and the other hundreds of other citizens in our farming community.  There was no evidence of the well-known braggadocio or narcissism so typical of our national candidates,  instead I heard a very tempered series of presentations which began by explaining who they were; why they were running and what made them qualified for a particular job.  Most of the candidates stated that they were ‘christian’ but did not elaborate on their beliefs, simply stating that they believed in the ‘Christian tradition’ of helping others and being part of a community.  Many explained how they were born in the area and were extremely proud of the fact that their ancestors had been living there,  not one generation but for two to six generations.
Clearly for a refugee like myself that was very much of a pleasant surprise to realize that for the most part, throughout the world’s wars, famines, and troubles, most of the candidates were born in our area;  grew up in the area ; and when they served in the military or even went to graduate school, they came back to their roots. This was America at it’s finest.
The former teachers who wanted to run as a member of the school board did not boast about her/his achievements, but simply enumerated the numbers of years they had been teaching in different levels of the school systems and how they had learned the hard way to understand and deal with the inveterate problems of local public education. For the most part,  each of the candidates reiterated one promising theme—take charge of our local community needs; and don’t let Tallahassee, the state capital,  dictate the outcomes of the community.  The sad part was the fact that the hall was populated by more candidates than citizens of my local unincorporated town. What that said to me was that our candidates at the local level were more interested in building a civil society along the principles of decency,  equity,  progress and efficiency.
  As for the citizens of my town,  they will reap what they sow: indifference and stagnation.  That is AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY [Theodore Dreiser]!  As for me,  I became so exhilarated that I literally could not sleep that evening. But to have insomnia for an American Dream that to me is a great testimony to these INCREDIBLE AMERICANS. 
God Bless them and this local democracy that blossoms at a time when cynicism, selfies, and twitter diminish the commitment to hard working volunteers who have nothing to lose but their time,  effort and dreams.  In the long run,  local democracies will trump Washington DC and community involvement will supersede indifference and ennui.  I urge you all to get involved at the local level: in education/job training,  taxes,  future development and water usage.


  1. City Hall is a generation away from the Beltway:

    JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses how Gen. Petraeus is openly revealing just how far along we've progressed regarding the merger of the United States with Mexico and Canada to form the North American Union; how contradictory U.S. policy appears to be in the Mideast; and how the Christians in the Mideast have been the big losers from U.S. military and diplomatic intervention in Iraq and other Mideast countries.

  2. Large-scale fraud in IT systems of the US courts -

    "Wide segments of the people of the United States today hold that the US government has undergone a transformation over the past couple of decades, and the US Constitution is no longer in force and effect. Instant submission documents that the US Constitution was indeed voided, and that the implementation of invalid, fraudulent IT systems in the US courts was
    a key event in this regard, which enables widespread judicial corruption and disregard of the law of the United States and the US Constitution.
    1. The IT systems of the US courts enable the routine conduct of simulated (sham/fake) litigation and the publication of simulated judicial records; 2. Under such circumstances, the rule of law and the US Constitution are effectively suspended, access to the courts is effectively denied; 3, Such conditions should be considered unannounced regime change; 4. Such
    conditions amount to violation of any article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, where integrity of the courts and the justice system is a prerequisite.
    IT system analysis documents: a) Servers of unverified identity; b) Invalid implementation of electronic signatures (including invisible electronic signatures - “The Emperor's New Cloths”); c) Invalid implementation of authentication, certification, and service procedures; d) Establishing of “double books” systems, where the public and pro-se parties (those, who are represented by attorneys) cannot see true and complete court records; e) Invalid implementation of authorities and permissions, so that unauthorized persons can access the courts' data base and make entries in dockets; f) Discrimination in access to the courts,
    where attorneys are permitted access to CM/ECF, but not pro-se parties, and attorneys are permitted to enter papers in the US district court dockets with no prior review by the clerk of the court; g) Universal failure to docket summonses; h) Adulteration and deletion of court records..."

    Training manual outlines "sniper response" during crowd control operations

  4. Well isn't that special.

    You have found yourself among a gaggle of pro-Zionist evangelical "Christian" fundamentalist dupes and nutballs...

    These ignorant crackers would stop all birth control and abortion tomorrow if they could.

    They'd also expand Israel's settlements into every nearby Arab state and remove all the Arabs from Palestine and wait for the great horn of Armeggeddon to blow for the rapture!

    Dr.P you've been smoking some serious shit.

    Where can I get some of that shit you be smokin' ?

    I mean that's some mind-blowing, nasty mean-ass weed you musta found.

    Sounds awesome.

  5. Sounds like the "farmers" in your hood are growing more than just soybeans....