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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Press Who Cried, “Duck!” Instead of, “Wolf!”

     Watching the news lately, I am frustrated with the dramatic crescendo building about the debt ceiling limit agreement “in progress.”  Those of us who have an inkling about how important this issue is certainly hopes a good debt-reducing plan will be approved. It is due by August 2nd. Tick-tock, tick-tock.

     Meanwhile, poll results are brandished about which show that the President’s approval rating (45%) is not nearly as low as one would think it would be, Fox News opines, considering how bad the economy is. For instance, President Bush's huge $700 billion federal budget expansion in 2008 blackened his name across the mainstream press. But Bush’s spending habits did not even touch President Obama's first year of spending, which added another $1 trillion, reports Conn Carroll of The Foundry. All those jobs Obama promised are nowehere. Companies who are making money are holding tight to every penny and not reinvesting for fear of what the future holds. So the Fox News pundits quip that Obama’s approval rating “defies gravity”. Ask Chriss Angel or any other illusionist, and they will tell you that gravity-defying stunts simply have strings attached. And Fox knows it. They are cut from the same fabric woven with all those little strings.

     Another poll by Fox News shows that “over half of voters think those who predict a financial catastrophe if the limit isn’t raised are exaggerating (55 percent), and most think those who suggest Social Security checks might not be sent are just trying to scare people (63 percent).” In other words, the American people are jaded by misplaced hype of the press (misdirection, as it is also known), and are consequently unable sense and recognize a true catastrophe, like this debt ceiling deadline, when it is looming right in front of them.  I think that is a pretty fair assessment. The press has done all they could to create this environment of distrust.

     This blog,, is about addressing the corruption of politicians, and presents the GOOOH plan to provide a systemic remedy for political corruption. In my article submission today, my intention is to make the case that corrupt politics has bred corrupt news sources. Corrupt news sources imply that the present political election system is rigged against the people, since the press' ability to dispense reliable information about candidates is unduly influenced by political agendas. When it comes to information about candidate prospects, then, we should beware the bearer of mainstream news. I apply that warning to both sides of the political fence.

     The case in point that underscores how seriously I believe the current crisis in our country is the fault of both political sides and by the spin doctors of the press can be seen in the current debt ceiling crisis example. About two decades’ worth of administrations, both Republicans and Democrats, have done the incremental damage that has brought us to our current point. The press has vacillated between demonizing and excusing this problem all along the way. Thank goodness the press keeps telling us what to think about all this…

     Hey, does anyone remember when the press used to be all about just reporting the facts and not telling us what to think? Yeah, me neither.

     So now consider why Obama’s approval rating, reportedly, “defies gravity.” Because the majority of the mainstream press, for whatever reason, refuses to be very critical of this administration, the news being pumped to the masses fails to attach this administration with responsibility for much of anything. Same goes for the “Republican” side of the fence. I have a bet to make: We have a bunch of presidential candidates taking the field for the upcoming 2012 election, and I’ll bet the farm that the one who comes out on top will undoubtedly be the one who can garner the most amount of positive influence with the press. Just based on what I saw in the last gubernatorial race here in Texas, I will place my bet on Rick Perry getting the bid (You may say that he has not conceded to run yet. I say he has lived for this day all his life-long political career. He’ll run.). The way things are between the typical politician and the world of reporters, the hand that rocks the press is the hand the rules the world. Rick Perry rocks the press.

     We currently have a system where we are given limited choices for whom we can vote. It's good to have select choices, but who is making those choices for us? The candidates chosen for us by the political parties are the ones who have the money behind them -- these candidates have the corruption behind them, too. It goes with the money. The last election proved that rare was the grassroots candidate who could survive. The odds are against us, and the odds are in favor of the political class who would rule us.

     GOOOH offers a way to break that corrupted system.

     So what would it be like if we actually applied the GOOOH system? What would happen if we were able to truly vet candidates, and got to vote for candidates because we got to know them, personally, face-to-face, rather than merely trusting what the press or the local party has to tell us about them? What if, after a candidate is finally selected by his peers, he or she was made to sign a legal document pledging to follow through with political commitments on issues under penalty of losing their office? And, what if the candidate did not have to worry about how to use political powers and influences to gain re-election because term limits is systematically enforced? Might that lead to a beautiful reduction in corruption?

     If that were to happen, well, I am sure there would be HUGE backlash from certain corners of the press. I would suppose that some press members would denigrate political candidates selected in such a “localized” way. A homegrown candidate selection process could only produce an unsophisticated nominee for a political position, they would say. That's what they said about many of those 2010 grassroots candidates. After all, that's a candidate not vetted in the usual way – by the press.

     Please understand that I am not anti-press, and I love our constitutional amendment guaranteeing freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson states in one of his letters, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” My point is that our press is no longer free. They are enslaved and obligated by alliances steeped deep in corruption. In an effort to protect their political darling, whether that darling be a president, senator, or congressman, if a bad event compromises a political friend then the press tends to tell us to simply duck when they should be crying wolf. Or the opposite can be true too: instead of informing Americans of a situation that might simply need to be ducked, the press will reliably use it as an opportunity to demonize a foe, usually the opponent of their darling.  We all know this is how politics and press operate. It is insane and it needs to stop.

     The American people have an opportunity to circumvent this politics/press corruption game and restore an honest and enforceable selection/election system. It’s called GOOOH, and it’s the best notion for promoting involvement of the people in political issues and helping them to make informed election decisions since the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, which sparked the tradition of candidate debates that we value to the present day.

     Please check out GOOOH. Let’s start with applying this system to the House of Congress. Representative candidates vetted district by district. Candidates selected by neighbors coming together to ascertain and choose together who is the person who best represents local interests. (Is that not, in fact, what a representative is supposed to be?)

     Consider how we the American people can be a collective influence to re-adjust our political destiny and put the USA back into accord with the intentions of the Founding Fathers. What do we have to lose? Come August 2nd our country may lose its credit rating, with all the horrible economic implications that implies. How bad does it have to get before we are willing to do something grounded in common sense to take our country back?

     Thomas Jefferson states in another letter, “And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” I propose the peaceful resistance of GOOOH. Let’s refresh the Tree of Liberty together. We might just be able to liberate the press while we're at it.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Why I GOOOH and why I won’t STOP

(Reuters) – “A broad $4 trillion deal on U.S. deficit reduction appeared out of reach on Saturday as Republican leader John Boehner cited a rift with the White House on taxes and proposed pursuing a more modest package.”

(House Committee on Small Business) – “Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today held a hearing to examine how the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed GIPSA rule could hurt thousands of small businesses...”

(RollCall) – “Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) won’t unveil his budget to the public this week after all, aides said Thursday…”

… and that’s just the top stories I find this past weekend as I Googled to see what’s up on The Hill. America’s credit rating is on the brink of disaster. Our economy continuing to be in the tank, and at the center of the problem is how the current administration is attacking small businesses. Our elected officials in congress playing games with our money behind closed doors in a never-ending chess game where the common-sense suspicion is that certain persons or entities will profit at the public’s expense. The suspicion is well-founded: political profiteering is a song that history shows us has a never-ending supply of verses.

In the last major election of 2008 we saw ACORN do their darndest to steal all sorts of state and national elections. And we, the voter, felt overwhelmed about how to wrestle back control of this government that was intended to be for the people, by the people. So like many of you, somewhere around Tax Day 2009, I looked to see how I could involve myself in some collection of concerned citizens. Depending on your location it may have been a group formed under the banner of the Tea Party. Were I live, I was not overly impressed with the Big Kahuna in charge of my local Tea Party organization and was concerned that opportunism seemed to dictate how the local organization was being run. I tend to be very leery of cult of personality, too, and so the Tea Party was not my cup of tea. The local establishment  of my chosen political party was not very helpful to me, either. I hope you found your concerns about corruption in politics to be seriously addressed by your local party representatives, but I did not – they are just as bad, if not worse, than the corrupted creeps operating at the national level.

Wherever you found you could insert yourself in the political landscape of 2009, and however you maintained your engagement through the off-year elections, an ocean of people crashed on the political scene and the 2010 elections did create a lot of turnover in Washington DC. And that is good, but it is good in the same way that the Freshman class of 1994 was good: The goodness did not have a long shelf life.

The easy cultivation of political corruption is the primary issue that needs to be addressed, so let’s address it. If the problem is systemic, if our political system has been so bastardized from what the Founding Fathers intended, then let’s engage that problem squarely and deal with it. I hope it is already evident that a course correction for our country will never be accomplished in any one election campaign or set of election campaigns, since the real problem could never be addressed merely by changing out one person for another in political positions. The problem is also not a party-and-platform problem. The problem is to protect the integrity of the political positions created by the Constitution and keep them – as they were intended to be – possessed by civil servants, not a political class.

Consider that all the problems you see about our country were indeed created – in all or in great part – by career politicians. They are highly motivated to create entitlement environments that will secure their continued power in an election-based political system…

Mortgage Crisis
Housing Entitlement championed by the likes of Barney Frank (D-Mass)

The Debt Ceiling About to Crash All Over Us Because of Entitlement Spending

And, of course, because they have created an everlasting turf for themselves in DC, it gives them the strength, confidence, and know-how to manipulate, manipulate, manipulate…

Oil and Food Price Manipulation

What needs to be reformed is the career politician-friendly political environment. Solve that and you solve a lot.

I have heard here and there from some people who have given a brief glance at GOOOH that  they like the concept but steer clear of any movement to create a third party. The whole reason for GOOOH is not to be a party, but to make candidates representing platforms (which is the whole foundation of any particular party) actually HOLD to those positions and abide by term limits. GOOOH is not a political party – it is an application that can be adopted by any political party. The fact that no political party is keen on adopting it at this point should be interesting to you. Might the GOOOH system put some political careers in jeopardy? Might that be a good thing?

The GOOOH system also fosters and protects the citizen’s ability to SELECT the representative who most clearly reflects the political concerns of the constituency they are to represent, rather than the political party choosing them for the electorate. By the way, if you have not gone through a mock selection to see how it works, you are not only missing out on a very inspiring and intuitive exercise for selecting true citizen representatives, you are missing out on a unique and edifying way to meet new people and getting to know them on a political level. Whoever said you should avoid discussions about religion and politics is very wrong. I have been through a bunch of local mock selections at this point and come into contact with a host of people who express very divergent notions of political ideology. I have found that I come away being educated on the wherefore and the why of the opinions that various people possess. It was instructional, not combative. It was a complete experience of connecting with neighbors in the way that Americans used to connect with each other over a century ago, I suspect, which TV and driving commutes and privacy fences have robbed from us. The winners of the mock selections, without fail, always turned out to be the person who truly best reflected the consensus of the people participating. Everyone always walked away from mock selections being absolutely impressed. I did, every single time, and I went through about 4 or 5 of them.

I am a completely overwhelmed mother of two little ones, a business owner, a daughter to aging parents with no other siblings around to help me with the ongoing needs of the elderly… my life is beyond full. My commitment to the GOOOH system is not born of convenience. I have a full life, and its demands on me are endless. Why I am so committed to GOOOH, and why I make time to promote it, is because I recognize my American responsibility to remain engaged in protecting the future of our Constitutional system. I find GOOOH  is the best response I have ever seen to the problem of political corruption and how to cleanse our political process of its weighty temptations and trappings.

I urge you to check out GOOOH. There is absolutely no risk at all to seriously and completely test the GOOOH system. When you do test it out by going through a GOOOH mock selection process you will be more than intrigued. Check The GOOOH calendar for a mock selection near you. If there is not one near you scheduled, contact GOOOH about your interest in doing so. You will value it. You will enjoy the process. You will see the possibility.

Please, GO check GOOOH, and together let’s participate in a new experiment able to uphold and promote the original Grand Experiment known as the Constitution, and rid ourselves to the political corruption that has it under attack.