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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2008Central.net's Presidential Election Podcast (02/21/08)

This podcast covers (1) the CNN debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Texas; (2) John McCain's lobby friend that the New York times decided to write about; (3) and more...

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The Choice (But I've Been Touched)

But, last night, I was moved.  Not beyond words.  But by words.  Not by deeds and accomplishments.  But by rhetoric.  (There will be bamboozling, of course, but not to worry!)

I've been touched by the "bluesman from Chicago." I've been inspired by the "new synthetic mythology for a new kind of knowledge culture" which, the author writes, "may be the most powerful remobilization of historical and contemporary perspectives since the Popular Front movement of the 1930's."

Deeds and accomplishments -- like hard work -- are so yesterday. It is time to believe.  Because, these great minds tell us, that is all we NEED TO DO!  

You see, before last night, I did not know this:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIn many ways, [Obama's] language recalls that of Walt Whitman whose Leaves of Grass sought to develop a synthetic construction of what America was like as a nation, linking together a range of individual experiences, memories, perspectives, sense impressions, to create a vision of the nation as one big organism. . .

A GIANT ORGANISM!  That's what I've really been yearning for!  And that was written by an M.I.T. professor (and that's his photo, and he looks very intellectual!), so it must be true.

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Plagiarising Edwards: His Lasting Impact on This Race

While the candidates along with online blog superstars occasionally descend into silliness over whether Obama copied a speech or not from someone else (Count me in the "I don't give a shit column"), there is this from the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/us/pol itics/19dems.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnn l=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=12033907 04-BSbQt0oSeXa/va97d+Cbww

I suppose it comes down to this for me. I care about the issues, not the candidates, not the politics and not the Democratic Party. I support, and will support the Democrats because they are closer to the version of America I want to see and they are the only choice of the two choices I am given.

Still, it makes me feel good to know that Edwards has had a lasting impact on this race.

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The Lasting Impact of Edwards on This Race

While the candidates along with online blog superstars occasionally descend into silliness over whether Obama copied a speech or not from someone else (Count me in the "I don't give a shit column"), there is this from the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/us/pol itics/19dems.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnn l=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=12033907 04-BSbQt0oSeXa/va97d+Cbww

I suppose it comes down to this for me. I care about the issues, not the candidates, not the politics and not the Democratic Party. I support, and will support the Democrats because they are closer to the version of America I want to see and they are the only choice of the two choices I am given.

Still, it makes me feel good to know that Edwards has had a lasting impact on this race.

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