Bernie Isn’t Finished

bernie-sanders-portrait-02What’s next for Bernie?

Bernie Sanders’ activists all over the country held watch parties in 2,600 homes Wednesday night for the launch of Our Revolution.

I hosted one such meeting at my house. 14 people showed up at 5:30 with potluck dishes.

This is what a new political revolution should look like. People sharing stories, showing interest in our government like their lives depend upon it. Finally, we have a leader who captures the zeitgeist of our time who is willing to start the process of organizing us.

“Our campaign took on the entire Democratic establishment,” said Sanders in his live address. “And I mean the entire Democratic establishment.” He explained, “We went into states where the senators were opposed to us, governor was opposed to us, virtually everybody in the legislature was opposed to us, and in some states we won in landslide victories.”

Of his impact on the Democratic platform, Sanders said, “While we did not get everything we wanted, it is fair to say that document is an extremely progressive document.” But he isn’t expecting Democrats to implement it without pressure. “If anybody thinks that document and what is in that platform is simply going to be resting on a shelf somewhere accumulating dust, they are very mistaken. We are going to bring that platform alive and make it the blueprint for moving the Democrats forward in Congress and all across this country.”

“Our Revolution is the official successor organization inspired by the Bernie 2016 campaign,” said Shannon Jackson, Executive Director. “We brought people from all walks of life to get involved in politics, to stand up for the issues that really matter like climate change, getting money out of politics, anti-Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), whatever it was, people came out and were interested.”

The Bernie campaign raised 225.6 million through May 2016, but disappointment with the DNC Convention and Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary may have left his followers less willing to part with their money. When asked if Our Revolution will suffer from the loss of momentum, Jackson said, “We’ve never raised money outside of the campaign, so we didn’t know what we’d be able to do.”

But when Our Revolution sent out their first email, not even asking for money, they received more than a hundred thousand dollars. When they specifically asked for donations to support Zephyr Teachout (NY 19), Rick Nolan (MN 8), and Pramila Jayapal (WA 7), they raised more than $225,000 in just a few hours.

Our Revolution will be supporting more than 100 candidates for school boards, city councils, state, and federal offices who are willing to lead a new wave of politics bubbling up from the needs of the vanishing middle class. In addition, they will be involved in promoting major ballot initiatives related to “campaign finance issues, environmental issues, healthcare issues, labor issues, gender related issues,” said Sanders, “to create an America based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”

Sanders has tasked Larry Cohen, former president of the Communications Workers of America and Jeff Weaver, Bernie 2016’s campaign manager, to head up Our Revolution, along with Jackson as Executive Director.

“We’re running against the Trans Pacific Partnership, we’re running against climate naysayers, against big Pharma, against fracking, people that prefer to look at the world with money signs in their eyes rather than seeing a bright future that can help everybody,” Jackson said.

“We changed the conversation regarding the possibilities of our country,” said Sanders. “We redefined what the vision and the future of our country should be. And that is no small thing. What our campaign showed, making the establishment very, very unhappy, is that the American people are prepared to stand up to a corrupt campaign finance system, a rigged economy, a broken criminal justice system, and the global threat posed by the fossil fuel industry that is destroying our planet through their fossil fuel emissions.”

Our political revolution isn’t about a “savior” President of the United States. As Bernie has repeated, each of us has to get involved in politics. We must save our home or we will die trying.

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The Congressional Blacklist

USHouseofMonsantoInsanity. That’s what you get when you vote for the same people, expecting different results. According to Gallup polls, Congress has averaged an 18% approval rate over the past 8 years, yet the same minority of the population visit the polls to make sure they’re re-elected. In 2014, less than 37% of the population voted, and little more than half of them made sure 96% of incumbents kept their seats.

2016 will be different. First, more voters will be coming to the polls because of the Presidential election. Second, they will be better educated because now there is a blacklist of the most heinous vote-against-the-public, vote-for-the-funders offenders, based on a cross-section of bills Republicans, Democrats, and tea-partiers oppose, yet were passed by Senators and House Representatives on the blacklist.

The blacklist refers to those who passed bills that make sweeping, negative impacts on our lives. The first caused the 2008 economic crisis and any further crises caused by derivatives, the second is about outsourcing jobs and making Internet Providers, Big Banks, Big Agriculture, and Big Pharma even bigger, and the third is about allowing Big Ag to hide the fact they are poisoning us.

The 2008 economic meltdown would not have been possible if the Gramm – Leach – Bliley Act (GLB) a.k.a. the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 and the Commodity Futures Modernization (CFM) Act of 2000 had not gutted the Glass Steagall Act. It’s been almost two decades and yet we still haven’t created a transparent derivatives market, making another crisis inevitable. Elizabeth Warren said of derivatives, “big financial firms will be able to rake in billions when things go well, then come back to taxpayers with their hands out when things come crashing down.”

The second bill that is still within our grasp to stop if we create enough of a fuss, is the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). 600 special interest advisors who wrote the bill gave themselves: extension of patents on brand name drugs, a framework for creating internet restrictions, the ability to chill “buy local” movements, easier offshoring of jobs, extension of copyright laws, protections against GMO labeling, rollbacks on environmental policies that stop polluters, and relief for the “too big to fail” banks, among other things.

“We understand the need for field experts to weigh in on trade agreements, but the one-sidedness to aspects of the TPP do far more harm than good for the future of Americans,” said Independent Senate candidate Steve Gladstone of Maryland. “Reducing barriers to trade is critical to economic growth and job creation. Seeing a potentially good agreement get mucked up by special interests serves neither America nor our trading partners.”

Under the Investment chapter of the TPP, 18,000 corporations who are a party to the agreement will have the ability to sue federal, state, and town governments for loss of expected future profits when a regulation, ordinance, or law stands in their way. The outcome is decided by three trade attorneys in special tribunals that are outside U.S. courts and cannot be appealed. The three lawyers aren’t accountable to any country’s legal system under this so-called “Investor State Dispute Settlement” process.

The average cost of mounting a defense against these cases is $8 million per occurrence.

The Investor State Dispute Settlement process is already in place under NAFTA, but the TPP would expand corporations’ rights beyond what they already enjoy through older trade agreements. Taxpayers will be on the hook for the settlements, yet have no say in any court of law to fight these cases. The TPP and its sister agreement with the European Union called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would give 44,000 corporations access to suing our government.

The blacklist shows all the phone numbers to the Congresspersons who voted to “fast track” the TPP, so that American citizens can urge them to vote NO to prevent it from being jammed through during this Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season.

The third bill that earned Congresspersons their shame on the blacklist is the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know), a disingenuous GMO “labeling” bill by Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, respectively. Senators and House members voted in favor of Big Ag when they decided, against the wishes of 80 to 90% of Americans who would like to see their food clearly labeled, to pass Senate Bill 764 just in time to preempt Vermont’s mandatory labeling laws that would have gone into effect on July 1st.

Ronnie Cummins, founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association said, “The problem with the DARK Act is they’ve re-defined genetically engineered foods. This Stabenow-Roberts is a no-labeling bill, and the message of it to the consumers is shut up and eat your Frankenfoods.”

“They use the term ‘bioengineered’ and their new definition says that you don’t have to label something unless you can detect its DNA in a lab, so that would exempt genetically engineered cooking oils and high fructose corn syrup. It’s a total fraud. All the RoundUp Ready crops would not have to be labeled, all the bt (bacillus thuringiensis) spliced crops would not be labeled.”

–Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders argued on the floor of the Senate to make Vermont’s state law the national standard. “I find it interesting that this legislation has the support of a vast majority of Republicans who day after day tell us how they want to get the federal government out of people’s lives. But this legislation preempts dozens of state laws all over this country passed by state legislatures and signed by the governors of those states,” said Sanders. After giving a few examples of the ways in which the DARK Act overrides states’ laws, Sanders said, “Mr. President, these are just a few of the laws, by the way. There are dozens and dozens more that would be nullified under the Roberts-Stabenow bill.”

The FDA does not require long-term testing on human subjects exposed to genetically engineered foods, nor does it require human testing on the ingestion of RoundUp sprayed on RoundUp Ready crops.

Diana Reeves of said, “The DARK Act is a patchwork of symbols, QR Codes and phone numbers instead of clear, on-package labels. It will confuse people, not inform them.”

The Congressional Blacklist cross-references these bills, showing who voted and who didn’t oppose these bills, and who is not up for re-election. All others listed are a warning to constituents: if don’t you want the same old Congress, vote for someone else or learn how to mount a campaign yourself. If you need help, Bernie Sanders is starting several new organizations to assist citizens and candidates in mounting robust campaigns.

To find out if your candidate is honest, ask them to sign this honesty pledge. It is a list of demands designed to clean up corruption in Congress and fix the ballot box.

To download the Congressional Blacklist, click this link:

“The shocking thing is the organic elite are getting in there and backing this thing. The Organic Trade Association is using this PR firm, Podesta, you’ve probably heard that name. This is Hillary Clinton’s main PR gunslingers, they’re also the PR firm for Monsanto’s biotechnology industry organization, called the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, but it’s just a front group for Monsanto and the rest. They’ve actually convinced a bunch of US Senators, who up until now had been supportive of mandatory labeling, to change their vote.” –Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

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Presidential Candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn: The Government Mechanic

lynn-kahn-2016Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman with government experience running for President. Clinical psychologist and presidential candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn has been reinventing and transforming government from the inside for 32 years. On her 35,000-mile travels around the United States, Kahn beguiled Republicans, Democrats and independents alike with her wise grasp of the issues and her 7-track plan to fix government and build peace.

JF: If the culture of Washington were a patient, what diagnosis would you give them?

LK: (Laughing) I would start with dissociative disorder because they’re disconnected from what ‘we the people’ want and deserve. It’s passive aggressive too, which leads to a lot of pretty immature back and forth — the attacks, counterattacks, revenge, more attacks, and more counterattacks.

I’ve worked inside the federal government as an organizational psychologist so I really understand the mechanics and dysfunction of federal agencies and departments. I can look under the hood; I can see what works, what doesn’t work, what needs to be changed. An example of what isn’t working is the current mission statement of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is organized around three words: control, enforcement, and punishment.


LK: That mission statement is never going to solve mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, or the tensions and distrust that exists between communities and police departments. You have to change the mission, reset the priorities, put new requirements into the budgeting system and reverse policies in the justice arena that grow poverty, lousy schools, unemployment, low wages and incarceration. That same work has to be done in every single federal agency. And it is all connected — government is a system, a living system.

JF: You’ve been inside the government for 32 years. Are you running for POTUS because you couldn’t make progress as an employee? Because you feel it’s a top-down problem?

LK: It’s a top-down, bottom-up, inside-outside problem. I’ve been part of some amazing projects! I was at the Federal Aviation Administration for 22 years and represented the FAA on the White House Partnership to Reinvent Government for six and half years. Working on Reinventing Government in the 1990s was great. At one point there were 300,000 federal employees trying to cut red tape and consolidate programs, do regulatory reform, put true customer service standards into agency operations and translate government-speak into plain language. Reinvention also taught me to look for best practices all across the country.

Today I see many local, state and tribal governments trying to do great things; everywhere there are partnerships delivering important results. The problem is that the current culture of the federal government gets in the way; the federal government is not geared toward results. It doesn’t measure important outcomes. It’s about expanding programs and bureaucracies so success in the real world doesn’t matter.

JF: Is it more about the money than success?

LK: It’s more about control and a dense bureaucratic process than it is about results that matter, leading to tens of billions of dollars wasted in every agency. The federal government uses a competitive model to deliver money to a few communities rather than looking at ‘how can we help all communities and how can we coordinate across all government agencies to deliver results?’ I have worked on many successful change projects including the incredible transformation of the New York City Department of Probation. I’m convinced that what it takes to really transform government has to do with partnerships, not creating competition, but seeing the role of government as building partnerships across agencies and with non-government partners and with community-based organizations to deliver services that people want.

You are right that it is also about money. I got so fed up because I see the waste in government. There is a long list of non-performing programs – programs with no results – that alone adds up to a trillion dollars of waste. There are also lists of programs that duplicate each other with most of them having no real results. My 7-track plan says to cut that waste and invest those dollars in our families and our communities.

JF: It sounds to me like you are looking at the whole government at once. That’s an overwhelming job for one person. Do you have people who could carry out your vision?

LK: Absolutely. I personally know hundreds of people who want to be part of what it takes to transform government agencies. Traveling around America I have met many more hundreds of people who are working to change organizations and who understand organizational culture change. There are a lot of people who know how to build partnerships and move agencies towards delivering results. I think it takes the right leader at the right time to say ‘This is what we need to do.’

JF: Shifting to the drone program. Why can’t we see there’s no integrity? I think the culture in the United States has changed so much, we allow these things. Not everyone feels the drone program is okay. But a lot of people do!

LK: I would put a halt to it. There are ‘signature drone attacks’ in situations where it looks suspicious as opposed to when intelligence on the ground says ‘this one person is in this particular place.’ I saw a report that I trust showing 1.2 million civilians have died in our war on terror. We as a nation are so disconnected from the deaths and destruction that is happening throughout the Mid-east.

JF: Just since 9-11?

LK: Yes. My platform is to Fix Government and Build Peace. Building peace here at home starts with transforming the mission, priorities and the funding practices of the U.S. Department of Justice. Building peace around the world will be a function of my new 5-point doctrine for foreign policy: (1) We must be strong to build peace; (2) The purpose of our foreign policy is to build peace; (3) Building peace does not mean being stupid; (4) We must make wiser foreign policy decisions; and (5) We must tilt Washington DC toward peacebuilding.

Last year, in 2015, in one listening tour, I drove 14,128 miles around the U.S. in 100 days. My conclusion: the spirit of America is strong, the state of our union is fragile. That is still true. We are in trouble. I also still hear over and over this complaint: ‘Government lies to us all the time.’ I have tried to sort that out. I realized that the official numbers and the official reports that come out of the federal government are deceitful and manipulated.

JF: Like the unemployment numbers?

LK: Absolutely. Unemployment is not 5%. It’s at least 10%. There are communities where it’s 30, 40, and 50%. There are 15 Native American tribes where unemployment is over 50%. So the official reports are unbelievable. Almost 40% of the American people are not participating in the economy. They don’t have jobs. You go to these small towns, and everything is closed, block after block of boarded up diners and gas stations and repair shops and beauty salons. These little towns are dying because there is no work. No one believes unemployment is 5% – no one believes what the government says about the economy.

The other number that is so manipulated and so deceitful is the poverty number. The official number is 14 or 15%, but when I drove around the country for 100 days last year, I saw poverty in America first hand. I concluded that the real rate is 34% – that means 100 million Americans struggle every day with hunger and homelessness and economic insecurity. If we don’t get the numbers right we will never solve our most urgent problems.

For example, this year for the first time 51% of kids in public schools are eligible to free and reduced lunches. That is a measure of poverty. And the numbers of working poor, the numbers of homeless folks who have jobs, the numbers of employed people who are working part time and have no benefits — I think that’s part of why people are so angry.

The angriest people I’ve met are veterans and rightfully so – right now over 100 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities are under criminal investigation for negligence and unethical behavior. That is why transforming the VA is a top priority for me. But the most frustrated and distraught group of people I talked to were teachers. So many teachers told me the number one problem in their classroom is hungry children. With tears in their eyes, I heard story after story: ‘Every week I buy a carton of power bars for these kids because they’re hungry all the time.’ You think about the horrible school food filled with fats, carbohydrates and chemicals that has no nutritional value. Is it really good for them? So kids eat all this stuff because they’re hungry and then they fall asleep in the afternoon. They’re just not getting quality food in school. The other thing that blew me away when I talked with teachers was about the gap in funding between schools in wealthy neighborhoods and schools in lower income neighborhoods. ‘We have one English as a Second Language teacher for 300 students; so some smart kids are put in remedial classes because we don’t have enough resources to help them.’

JF: How about immigration?

LK: We need a balanced approach that recognizes that there are about 11 million people who have been here for a very long time and haven’t caused any trouble who need a logical, legal path to citizenship. That includes immigrants who came here as very young children. I do think we need to be smarter, and give our border control people the tools to do a better job screening who’s coming into this country. I think it’s naive to deny that there are people out there trying to hurt us and we just have to recognize this as the real world. But it’s not the guy from Mexico who’s working in our fields or our houses and wants to spend a couple of weeks with his family in Mexico and then come back here to work. Why haven’t we figured out a path to legal status for people who’ve been working here for a long time?

JF: How do you reach so many people to tell them you’re running for President? It’s overwhelming!

LK: Actually, I don’t feel overwhelmed. Because I have a vision, I have goals, I have a 7-track plan and I know what I would do starting on Day One. I have a lot of people helping me, I have a kitchen cabinet, I have advisors in every domain of government.

JF: If people don’t know who you are, how are they going to know to vote for you?

LK: Social media is pretty amazing. People are finding me via social media. And people are sick of the political parties. They don’t know they have options, they don’t know there are alternatives, that’s true. But here I am talking with you – you found me – and I have great faith that others will too. I am convinced I am on the path I am supposed to be on. I know that I am supposed to bring the conversation about transforming government and building peace into this election cycle and then into the White House. And yes I believe I will be the next President of the United States.

JF: Having never worked in Washington as a Congressman, how do you think you would work with Congress?

LK: I think it serves me to not have been a senator, or congressperson. I believe that only an independent or third party candidate will be able to bring together people and politicians to focus on shared problems and solutions. One of the first meetings I want to have as President is with the Senate and congressional committees on government reform. There’s a lot of stuff they understand that I agree with.

Right now only 19% of Americans trust our government to do the right thing. That means 81% of us don’t trust our government at all. And 75% of Americans think corruption is widespread in government. It goes back to what I hear throughout the country: government lies to us all the time. There is no integrity. There has to be integrity. There has to be openness. It starts in the White House. It starts with telling the truth, with talking about a foreign policy that has been so destructive and has been so poorly put in place. I think our foreign policy has to be about peace building. The purpose of our military is to protect the homeland and go to war when we as a nation believe that is the right thing to do; the purpose of our foreign policy is to build peace.

JF: What better way is there to start diplomacy than by thinking in terms of peace!

LK: I agree and it’s true here at home too. One of the scariest things I have heard this year – from South Carolina to Nevada – is young people saying they are going to vote for Donald Trump to foment violent revolution and bring down the government, not because they wanted to vote for him, but because they wanted to foment revolution. That’s what they believe.

JF: To foment violence? Can I quote you on that?

LK: Yes. Last year, people were frustrated and angry; they were not disconnected; they were frustrated. This year, they are angry and afraid. I didn’t hear fear last year. People are afraid for what’s happening to our country, afraid for our republic and for how we define democracy. Part of that fear is about violence. That’s not my position, I’m just telling you what many, many, many people are saying; some want violence; they want a government that is failing them to obviously fail. Others are afraid of violence.

JF: Do you think a revolution will require violence?

LK: Not my revolution. As I’ve said many times ‘Transformation is the key and peacemaking is the heart of today’s revolution.’

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Californians Call for Grand Jury Investigation of the Primary

“It was like a stab to the heart,” said Donna Tarr, “to see the presidential vote being crossed out.” Tarr is one of the citizen observers who watched as a Los Angeles county worker remade a “snagged” Democrat ballot onto a fresh, clean No Party Preference ballot, effectively wiping out their presidential vote. (To find out what happened, see this story.)

Problems like these raise serious question as to whether the vote in California has been counted correctly. is taking declarations from Californians, to show a jury of their peers the various ways in which voters were disenfranchised.

“A Civil Grand Jury is a lot faster than a lawsuit,” said Kelly Mordecai of “We hope their investigation and immediate report or presentment will call for a more uniform, more reliable voting process, proper training of poll workers, and no tampering with people’s registration.”

To start a Civil Grand Jury investigation, voters may file a complaint with their county. Both the complaints and WatchtheVoteUSA’s declarations will present the details of an election gone horribly wrong.

Independent Voters Disenfranchised in a Myriad of Ways

Independent voters may have been disenfranchised during the June 7th primary because of unusual rules that don’t apply to voters who register under a party. Independents, falling under the category of No Party Preference (NPP), needed to use special “crossover” ballots in certain California counties – Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego being among them – to vote for president.

crossover ballotThe No Party Preference Postcard Fiasco

A number of hurdles must be overcome for an independent to cast his/her precious vote for president, especially when voting by mail. The California Secretary of State sends out a postcard to No Party Preference voters, requiring a response. Their website states, “Voters with no party preference who vote by mail were sent a post-card from their county elections office asking if the voter would like to receive a ballot with presidential candidates from the Democratic Party, American Independent Party, or Libertarian Party. Voters who did not return this post card will receive a non-partisan ballot without presidential candidates.”

But if residents missed that little postcard or didn’t return it in time, they may have lost their presidential vote. According to Kim Alexander, director of the California Voter Foundation, there are 2.2 million NPP voters who vote by mail and 85% of them did not return the postcards they were sent to request a crossover ballot. Therefore, Alexander estimates that 1,870,000 voters were given ballots without presidential candidates. “Some voters don’t realize they are vote-by-mail voters in the first place and aren’t aware they were sent a ballot. Or they waited until Election Day to open their ballot and only then realized that they have no presidential candidates on their ballot and don’t fully understand what options they have to get a replacement ballot at their polling place.”

Election Problems: Voters Disenfranchised by Incorrect Party, Write-in Voting, Party Flips, Surprise Vote-by-Mail and Voter Purges

  1. Incorrect Party: If independent voters mistakenly registered for the American Independent Party, they wouldn’t find Bernie, Hillary, or Donald on their ballot. Only American Independent Party candidates were listed. The platform of the AIP supports religion in schools and anti-abortion measures, but the name of the party implies “independent”.
  1. Write-in Voting: Voters who don’t find candidates listed on their ballot may mistakenly think that a write-in vote will count. Write-in votes are only valid for qualified write-in candidates. Voting for “Mickey Mouse” might seem like a reasonable way to protest the election, however, Mickey won’t get the publicity he deserves because the counties don’t specify who received write-in votes, especially if the votes were thrown out.
  1. Party Flip: A Democrat mysteriously becomes Republican and can’t vote in the primary. An estimated 1,400 to 1,600 voters received the wrong party’s VBM ballot in San Francisco.
  1. Online registration automatically becomes VBM: When registering to vote online, some voters experienced the form defaulting to “vote by mail” unless they unchecked that box. Surprise! A VBM ballot must be surrendered at the polls for the walk-in voter to avoid receiving a provisional ballot.
  1. Registration Forms: New voters often find out, too late, that their paper registration didn’t “take” at the county for a variety of reasons. Donna Tarr and others who helped people register to vote, were required to mail the form to the county within 3 working days. Incomplete information is enough to halt the registration process. This disproportionately affected young and/or first-time voters. Tarr said, “One of the slides during the training session for Los Angeles volunteers shows that in 2015, of all the registrations received, 112,072 forms were snagged. 33,287 were simply missing a date in the signature box, or their signatures couldn’t be matched with DMV records.” The voter registration forms are poorly designed, Tarr said.

confusing registration formPoll Workers Disenfranchised Voters With Wrong/Misleading Information

Incompetent and spotty training of poll workers made it questionable whether voters would receive the proper ballot in person. In the recent documentary Uncounted by Michelle Antoinette Boley and Taylor Gill, trainee Sara Watts of Sun Valley said, “I originally just applied to be a poll worker. They insisted that the inspectors were seasoned people so if we had any problems, the inspector would be there to help us out, and then six days before [the election], I get a call to be the inspector, with absolutely no additional training.”

If a voter didn’t know to ask for a special crossover ballot, they couldn’t expect a tutorial at the polls. The official election officer training manual states, “Processing a Crossover Voter: A No Party Preference voter will need to request a crossover ballot from the Roster Index Officer. (Do not offer them a crossover ballot if they do not ask.)

If the poll worker didn’t have the voter’s name on the roster, if their party affiliation didn’t match their ballot, if an independent showed up without their vote by mail ballot and the envelope it came with, or if anything was amiss, the poll worker gave out provisional ballots. Provisionals are the stepchild ballot; they must mesh with the county’s records, or they will be thrown out. The fact that people experienced mis-matched parties and faulty registration means their votes won’t count.

Voter Suppression Tactics

Volunteer election observer Don Ford alleges that provisional ballots and crossover ballots are a form of suppression. “I worked with several poll watchers in different polling locations (in Los Angeles),” said Ford. “There is something we’ve never seen before happen. First off, we had people who disappeared with all the ballots (before election day). People took the ballots home and they just didn’t show up to work. That forced people on provisionals right away because that was all they could get to that location.”

Electronic Machine Counting of Paper Ballots is Still Electronic

Sarah Spangler, retired American Government teacher, said, “For more than 10 years, election integrity activists, computer professionals and attorneys who are experts in constitutional and election law, have been doing research that reveals data from each election, exposing the vast underbelly of corruption made possible by computerized electronic elections that allow few people to easily use the system to get the results they desire without detection or accountability.”

A grand jury investigation into the problem of electronic voting machines and vote counters may prove invaluable. Through declarations such as those collected by, citizens who distrust electronic-ballot-counting-machines can convince a grand jury to report the need to implement a system that inspires confidence. Mimi Kennedy, actor and activist for election integrity said we need “a one-person/one-vote paper ballot, verifiable by the voter before casting and verifiable by the public in anonymous aggregate results by hand-counting ballots to check accuracy against any other means of tabulation.”

A Grand Jury Investigation Into the Role of the Press

The media’s influence before, during, and after the election would perpetrate a fraud on the American public. The Associated Press called California’s election the day before, giving voters the impression that there was no need to waste a visit to the polls. The day of the primary, the press announced Hillary Clinton the winner without certifiable election results. And California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla remained silent even though the County Registrars established that too many vote-by-mail and provisional ballots were still uncounted to be certain of the outcome. These tactics by the media are propaganda at its finest, to the detriment of the democratic process.

Voters who have suffered any of the above issues are urged to make their problems known to The group seeks to start a Civil Grand Jury investigation as soon as possible. To file a California Voter Declaration, visit

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Snagged Votes in Los Angeles

crossover ballotJulie Tyler, an election observer who volunteered to make sure our democracy is on a good footing, went to the LA County Registrar’s office on June 20 in Norwalk, California.

All vote-count observers are given an escorted tour of the ballot counting facilities, but this was Tyler’s fifth visit to Norwalk. She had seen the provisional ballots removed from large fluorescent green envelopes to sit in piles of pink envelopes, each holding one ballot. By her fifth visit, there were many such provisionals placed in a box of “snagged” ballots. They would receive special “deprocessing.”

“I was interested in understanding why the provisional envelopes were ending up in the ‘snagged’ box,” said Tyler. “As the rest of my small group exited the room with our escort, I noticed on the top of the pile in one box an envelope from a No Party Preference (NPP) voter, who had stated in the affidavit section, ‘Democrat’ and who was given a Democratic ballot.”

In California, people who identify as ‘independent’ register as No Party Preference, however, they are allowed to vote for president using a special Democratic, American Independent Party, or Libertarian crossover ballot in counties which opted to use crossover ballots. Different counties used different methods to prevent NPP voters from voting in the Democratic County Central Committee elections, while still voting Democratic in the Presidential Primary.

Voter Not FoundTyler asked the supervisor, Tim, how these ballots would be reprocessed. “He said the ballot needed to be remade into an NPP ballot. I said, ‘but that would mean there would be no section for the presidential race.’ He said, ‘Correct.’ I said, so you mean it will be canceled? He said, ‘Yes.'”

Tyler persisted. “I asked him to pull out another ballot randomly from the box. In the span of 60 seconds, I saw three provisional envelopes suffering the same fate. I confirmed with him that these non-partisan voters and their ballots were being remade into NPP ballots in the remake room.”

Tyler and three other observers entered the remake room. “We all stood behind one of the clerks in front of her computer. She showed us how she scans the NPP ballot into a computer, canceling out the offices/races for which the NPP voter may not vote, then manually with a green pencil, marking an ‘X’ in the corresponding boxes.” Thus, independent voters without a special crossover ballot were having their votes for president thrown out.

Tyler asked, “which ballot would have been correct [so that NPP voters could cast a vote for president]? What does it look like? Please show it to me.”

Tim showed her an example crossover ballot. But the non-crossover Democratic ballots placed in provisional envelopes had all the information necessary to count their vote for president. Tyler said, “the intention of the voter is clear. It is written on the outside of the provisional envelope in the form of an affidavit.” The observers all had the same concern. “Why is this voter’s presidential vote being thrown out?” Tyler asked. “Tim really had no explanation, and at that point we all said we needed to talk to his supervisor right away.”

Aaron Nevarez, Executive Assistant of the County Clerk, who reports to Dean Logan, Registrar/Recorder, came to meet them. For a half an hour they discussed the issue. The observers requested a halt to the reprocessing of provisional ballots. They asked exactly how many had been reprocessed and what caused them to have Democratic ballots? Did they run out of the crossover ballots at the precincts? Were the poll workers uninformed, and simply gave out the wrong ballot?

Tyler said, “Nevarez said they needed to ‘understand the scope of it and would not be halting the process just then.’ He then agreed to go make inquiries and get back to us with a response.”

About an hour later, Nevarez returned saying that he had news that would please the observers. “He said they would no longer be remaking the Dem ballots as NPP, but rather crossover Dem, and that they would gather all of them which fit that criteria and put specific clerks on that task.” But how many provisionals had been reprocessed already, and would they start over? Tyler reported, “Nevarez said, out of 4,000 provisionals we have counted thus far, 25% fit the same criteria. More importantly, we asked if they would go back, retrieve the ballots that had already been reprocessed and retroactively remake them the proper way. He replied yes. He said they were going to compile all of those particular ballots, put specific clerks on them to process them.” Who had made this decision? Nevarez said Dean Logan.

The election observers wanted a guarantee that Dean Logan would take the matter all the way up to Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Los Angeles is just one of 58 counties in California, and it was unknown how many of them used crossover ballots.

“We wanted something in writing from LA County to cite when we requested other counties process this particular ballot,” Tyler said. “He told us to call Secretary Padilla’s office and make a request. An observer named Donna Tarr submitted something in writing on the spot.”

Volunteer observers held a conference call with every team lead state-wide to watch for these ballots, to make sure they would be counted correctly. But San Francisco certified their tallies shortly after volunteers learned about the problem, and SF vote observers had experienced thwarted efforts to observe closely enough to catch it even if they were able to figure out NPP voters were being deprived of their vote for president.

Tyler tried to get more information from Mark, Ted, and Nick at the county registrar’s office. Others tried reaching Alex Padilla, whether through their state senator such as Ben Allen, or through Dean Logan’s office, trying to gain assurance that votes were counted. Tyler specifically expressed concern with vote by mail (VBM) ballots being returned with hand-written presidential candidates on their ballots. Again, in each case, the voter’s intent was clear. When Aaron Nevarez agreed that “this issue falls under the category of voter intent” he was referring to the Democratic ballots, not every instance in which voters would show their preference for a candidate. Write-ins for Bernie Sanders on a Green Party ticket or write-ins for Bernie Sanders on an American Independent Party ballot would be wasted votes, according to the registrar’s office. Voter intent be damned in those cases.

Tyler said, “If I were an NPP voter whose presidential vote was thrown out for any reason, I would be furious.”

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You may notice Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente this coming Tuesday because he’s on the ballot in 40 states and 6 territories. A millionaire businessman and entrepreneur for 41 years, he has been in the company of Ronald Reagan during his governorship, and before, during, and after he was President.

JF: Why are you running for President of the United States?

RD: Because John Kennedy is not running, Ronald Reagan is not running, Martin Luther King is not running, or anybody I think would make a big difference. If I saw someone that I believe could do a good job, I would have stayed home and watched the race from outside.

JF: I understand you wanting to pull on the heartstrings of those who loved Reagan.

RD: When he was President, I actually voted for him.

JF: There’s an unlined landfill called West Lake Landfill near St. Louis and the Mississippi River shown to contain radioactive waste. It’s also an EPA Superfund cleanup site, but it hasn’t been funded, like a lot of these cleanup sites. Recently, it’s come under scrutiny because there’s a smoldering fire caused by methane leaking. If this continues unabated, it will burn into the adjacent nuclear waste dump. The fumes from that radioactive waste goes into the air where it’s blown around, and people are breathing it. What would you do about that?

RD: This is just one of many cases. A problem with landfills is most of them were created 40 to 50 years ago, without the current technology. Today, you’re required to have liners so the ground water isn’t contaminated. Today, there’s landfill companies who are not closing their sites even though they are 99% full or 99.9% full. Landfill companies have the responsibility to close the landfill. The government has to tell these landfill companies, “you’ve been at 99% capacity for the last 10 years, as far as I’m concerned, you’re closed and you’d better use the funds within your company to close the landfill.” Somebody profited; I don’t know about this landfill [West Lake] specifically, if it’s owned by Waste Management or who it’s owned by. It should not be the taxpayers’ responsibility. It should be the people who profited from that landfill. If it is a municipal landfill, then it should be that government’s responsibility. Now let’s talk about what you need to do today. In San Diego, we have fires almost once every three years because there’s so much dry area. Every fire creates an environmental nightmare. All the fire departments come in as normally happens when we have Santa Ana winds. If you happen to have this emergency right now, you have to put the people first. What is the technology you need to put out that fire? Second, you need to make sure that one snowball does not become bigger. If the snowball becomes bigger, you have a catastrophe. No different than what happened in the Gulf of Mexico or with Exxon Valdez off the coast of Alaska. I just heard [about West Lake Landfill] for the first time. Either the city, the town, the state, or the federal government, somebody needs to jump on this.

JF: A lot of these things don’t get the national attention they deserve. If or when this fire reaches the radioactive waste, it could be like a Chernobyl or Fukushima.

RD: They have not come up with a huge landfill for radioactive waste. And it’s something that’s been passed on for the last 30, 40 years. There are solutions, but some people are not creative enough or didn’t want to tackle it. Most bureaucrats and politicians do not want to tackle hard issues. They’re afraid to tackle them. They like to pass the buck to the next set of politicians or to the next generation.

JF: What three things would you do first as POTUS?

RD: I came up with a four-prong commitment. The first one is: we need to create jobs, jobs, and more jobs. One of my goals is to create 4 million new jobs per year, and assuming I get reelected, I would have created 32 million new jobs in an 8-year period. The only way we’re going to solve many of the problems of the past and solve the problems into the future, is to pull ourselves out of this economic nightmare. And the way to do it is to generate jobs, 32 million jobs.

JF: So what is your economic policy?

RD: All my life, I have worked with employees that I have to motivate, and the way to motivate them is by paying them commission. If you want to tax the rich, the super rich, what they’re going to do is not work. What they’re going to do is move their assets to a different country. You need to create new jobs, you need to create promotions, and you need to make sure we’re all in the same boat. What do I mean by the same boat? Every time I’ve tried to create jobs, jobs, and more jobs, which is basically my expertise, I’ve always had bureaucrats trying to do everything they can to stop me. It was amazing that, here I said, “look, I am creating jobs, I’m creating opportunities, and why do I have people in the city of San Diego doing everything they can to stop me?” Then the state of California comes in. And then when I think everything is fine, the people from the federal government try to stop me. Somehow, no one understands. Jobs are good for this country. Jobs pay the taxes, and jobs pay the deficit. You asked me three things. First, let the world know that we’re here to assist them in creating jobs. That the government is here to assist, not to deter. My first thing is job creation.

My second thing is to create 100 city parks, i.e. Balboa Park,  Central Park in NY, Hyde Park in London. I want to create a hundred new parks within the cities. Not the Grand Canyon, which is perfect. Parks can become the lungs of our city. They are where our youths can go and play basketball, football, soccer, tennis, the whole ball of wax. They are playing sports. A new generation of athletes versus the new generation of social media who spend all their time with their iPhones. I would like to create these parks at no cost to the taxpayers. No cost whatsoever. Basically, we would front-load it so the citizens are motivated to make these things happen. My proposition would not cost one dollar to the taxpayer. It would create economic growth, economic opportunity, it would create millions of jobs. That would be my second prong.

My third plank. We have a huge homeless problem. All over America. It’s not just San Diego, Los Angeles. I don’t care where you go, we have a homeless problem. Everybody ignores the homeless. My goal is to get at least 50% of the homeless off the streets. Those people are able-bodied adults, they’re smart, they’re individuals, and they have to be given a second, third, fourth opportunity to become productive members of society. No politicians want to talk about it. No state wants to talk about it, everybody just ignores it. But in the meantime, you see them sleeping on the streets, you see them sleeping downtown San Diego, you see them sleeping in downtown San Francisco. Imagine the most powerful and the wealthiest country in the world, and we cannot have a program to make those members of our society productive.

Last but not least, is to treat the 12 million undocumented persons, who, with their families, make up a grand total between 24 million and 30 million people as assets and not liabilities. [Let’s] allow them to work, to pay taxes. I need those people to work because they clearly do jobs that most people do not want to do. Who’s going to pick the grapes, who’s going to pick tomatoes, who’s going to pick up our garbage? Who’s going to do the kitchens, who’s going to work in McDonald’s? So the most difficult thing I need to do is pass a logical, smart immigration policy. I believe, with the current Congress and the current Senate, that the Democrats are going to blame the Republicans, the Republicans are going to blame the Democrats, and nothing’s going to get done. I think we need to take it to the people. We the people need to start making decisions, not the people in Washington. They’ve been there for four, five terms, six terms, eight terms. And they get absolutely nothing done.

JF: You want to take the homeless off the street, put them back to work. What do you think of the implementation in Utah of giving homeless people places to live, and then they find gainful employment? Because sometimes you can’t get a job unless you have an address.

RD: There’s a lot of people who are very, very smart. I do not believe that I have all the ideas and I have a corner on that market. I have these ideas that I would basically do different. My idea would be to create communities where these people can own a McDonald’s franchise, a Jack in the Box franchise, a dry cleaners. Create communities. Try to locate the right property, take a piece of land somewhere in several states, i.e. 50 square miles, and basically create a brand new community, create infrastructure. That’s one of my specialties. Create communities, create industrial parks, create infrastructure. And you basically say to these people, would you like to own a 7 Eleven, would you like to own the dry cleaners? And you could create jobs, just building a city of maybe 5 to 10 thousand people. You can duplicate this in maybe 10 places across America. You allow these people to live in these communities and not only have a home, but own a business. I have actually talked to some homeless on the streets. These people are smart. It’s a matter of freedom and opportunity.

JF: What would be the funding mechanism for giving them some ownership like that?

RD: First of all, the U.S. government owns land all over the United States. You need to find a place that is not freezing in the winter. Find a property somewhere between California and Texas. A place that happens to have the right ingredients: weather, water, environment. I am positive that every property owner in San Francisco and every property owner in San Diego and everybody in the different counties would be more than happy to pay for this effort to solve the homeless problem once and for all. Today, all those homeless are going to Father Joe and to all these shelters with all these different rules and it’s costing a fortune to take care of this issue. We’re not empowering them to work. Some of them even refuse to go to the shelter to sleep, or when they arrive, it’s too full. And they have their blankets, and they sleep in the entrance of a building in San Francisco. I’m positive you’ve seen them all over the place.

JF: If they’re going through substance abuse you would have to address those things first.

RD: If they have substance abuse, that becomes a different issue. But we’re starting from scratch. My objective is to have 50% of the homeless off the streets. Now eventually, I would like to get 100% off the streets. Everybody tries to tackle the problem, they’re trying to tackle the whole problem. Let’s say we start a program and we’re successful in eliminating 50% of the homeless! Let’s help the people who want to get helped. And then we can deal with the 60% and the 80% and with 100%.

JF: Let’s assume we’ve gone through the primary and you’re not the nominee for the Democratic Party. How would you attain ballot access and in how many states?

RD: Let’s talk about the Democratic Party. There are currently a total of 50 states and 6 territories. I was able to qualify in 46 of them. It was a long, tough road to go there. It started first with Alabama, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Arizona, every one of them were more complicated. Like Georgia has basically an old boys’ network. Florida is even worse. The states where I did not qualify, it’s because they do not have a rule like Michigan. Michigan, in 1972, passed a law that basically you can either get on the ballot by the Secretary of State or by the Democratic or the Republican Party or by petition from the people. That’s how I was able to get on the ballot in Michigan. By petition. That’s how I managed to make it in most of the states, with the exception of California where Secretary Padilla recognized me as a legitimate candidate. Of course, there are other states that are very logical, like New Hampshire and Texas. Very logical. Alabama has a reasonable requirement. It’s the same for everybody: 500 signatures on a petition. Ohio has the same requirement for everybody: 1,000 on a petition. So every state has different rules. And I was able to qualify for 46 different ballots. Your question is: what happens between now and July 25th, what happens at the Convention? Normally my strategy is – I don’t like to cross bridges until those bridges are in front of me. Right now, I am hoping that June 7th, I hope that they will give me the votes that I earn. The votes that were hard-placed by hard-working Californians. Versus stealing them. I’ve been treated very unfairly by the system, the way they’ve been stealing my votes since I started from Iowa all the way to the last election which was Kentucky.

JF: I wanted to look at your Facebook posting of a video watching your votes get stolen.

RD: On my Facebook page, there’s a video about 9 minutes long that talks about our democracy and in there it will show you that in New Hampshire, at 40% of precincts reporting, I was coming in third with 851 votes. With 851 votes, I was beating O’Malley three-to-one. Then at 50% of the precincts counted, I went from 851 votes to 54 votes. I lost close to 800 votes at a time when I should have had at least a 20% increment. I should have been close to 1,200. I went from 1,200 to 54. If you follow that number to its conclusion, if at 50% I had 1,200, I should have finished NH with approximately 2,400 votes, and I ended up NH with only 95 votes. The votes that were stolen in NH are purely mathematical. It’s from 2,400 to 95. So I got 2,305 votes stolen. That would have given me momentum, that would have put me at a solid third place, that would have put me four times higher than O’Malley. I would have gotten more votes than every single one that was in the race with the exception of the top two front-runners on both Republicans and Democrats. From there on, I would have defeated every single Democrat. I would have beaten 25 Democrats.

JF: Why didn’t you qualify for the debates?

RD: The debates are by invitation and invitation only. And that’s done by the parties. The Republican Party took up a position that they invited anybody and that’s why they had 18 people. The Democratic Party decided to invite only 3 people. That was O’Malley, Hillary and Sanders.

JF: Do you know why they ignored you?

RD: I believe because of fear. They could not say that I was a brand new Democrat because I was a Delegate-at-large at the NY Convention in 1992. They could not say that I was not successful, because I’m a successful business person. They could not say that there was something wrong with me, because they checked my record. And they basically knew that if I got momentum, I was going to get the majority of the Hispanic, African American, and other minorities and that would not be good for Hillary. So Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “Wow, we need to make sure that this person gets no momentum, so let’s ignore him.” And she figured that basically after two, three races, if I got no traction, that I would pack my bags and leave. She forgot to do a little more research about me. She would find out that I had persevered against the City of San Diego for 29 years to win a 25 million dollar settlement that was paid by the City’s insurance company AIG. Another 25 million went toward improvements to the City of San Diego.

Rocky posted a video at Facebook asking Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign that quickly received more than 460,000 views.

For voters who are disenchanted by the current choices, perhaps Mr. De La Fuente fills a need. As Rocky says “it’s not going to be over until the American people decide who they would like to lead the nation and the world on November 8th.”

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A Small Step from Bernie to Cherney

Darryl Cherney, filmmaker and activist who fought the destruction of the redwood forests, is running for POTUS as a Green Party candidate. He sat in the passenger side of a moving car when Judi Bari, his activist cohort, and he fell victim to an explosion by an as-yet-unknown bomber in 1990.

JF: What is your background in politics?

DC: I’ve engaged in traditional politics on various levels. I ran for Congress in 1988 in the Democratic Primary, I’ve held a hospital board position between 2006 and 2010, which is a public office. I’ve campaigned, I’ve managed campaigns. I’ve also done tree sits and bulldozer blockades. I’ve organized about 300 rallies, I’ve written at least as many press releases. I’ve done certainly well over 1,000 interviews with the media over the years and I’m in about three dozen books.

JF: Why are you running for President?

DC: The world is really coming to an end. The ice caps are just in a horrific state of disrepair and melting. We don’t even talk about the ozone layer anymore. Toxics are everywhere, birth defects are showing up, the extinction in animals is beyond epidemic… it’s endemic to just about every cell of every body of every creature on planet earth. So we’re in trouble, and I felt I could bring something to the table in terms of my deep ecological perspective, my Earth First! perspective. I looked at videos of Jill Stein (the presumptive Green party candidate) and I felt that Jill could use a little energy boost from loyal opposition, some friendly competition. I think that she’s a little too politically correct and I’m not politically correct. I’m a motor mouth; I don’t work from pre-written speeches. The Green party needed a little bit more of a radical, somebody bringing the Green back in the Green from a deep ecological perspective.

As part of his exploratory process prior to his run for the presidency, Cherney read books.

DC: I took about three to four months to read a bunch of books. I read History of the World by John Roberts, books on China, Russia, economics, studied maps, I read One Country by Ali Abunimah on a one-nation solution for Israel/Palestine, read Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. It was the greatest education, and I’m not finished, of really setting up a world history, since having my daughter. I’m a single parent. I’m 60 years old and I have a 4-year old. I always thought I was going to have a kid, just like I thought I was going to run for President. Having a kid has completely expanded my horizons.

JF: What three things would you do first as POTUS?

DC: My first act as POTUS will be to pardon and free Leonard Peltier, American Indian movement activist. It’s a symbolic act, but it makes it very clear. Who’s in favor of keeping Leonary Peltier in jail? Who did a picket line around Bill Clinton’s White House when he was considering pardoning Leonard Peltier? The FBI. I will issue clemency or pardons for Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and all non-violent cannabis prisoners on the federal level. I want to get all the non-violent people of victimless crimes out of prison.

As a lonely Green in a sea of Democrats and Republicans, your ability to act on the executive level is going to be pretty heady for a Green party President.

Second act is to cover the White House in solar panels and to start renovation of all federal buildings to get them all switched over to solar power. This will jump-start the solar industry, give it a big boost right here in this country as well as globally. It will be a statement in terms of combating global climate change. It can bring down the price of solar panels even more by federal government contracting them out. It will create jobs. It will free people from fossil fuels. It will be a liberation. You want to talk about revolution? I’m not into revolution. I’m into evolution. It will be an evolution and a liberation from the oil companies.

Third, I’d expand the White House garden, start growing a lot of food. Goddess bless Michelle Obama for having an organic garden outside the White House, but we need to go beyond that. We need to start a food bank at the White House, we need to teach people how to put gardens in front of their homes. You know, a lot of zoning ordinances and neighborhood rules prevent people from actually having a garden on their lawn. We need to start stripping away those antiquated ordinances, starting at the White House. We’re talking about the White House as a bully pulpit. Start to teach the country how to feed ourselves. This will combat obesity. We have a national security crisis with 1/3 of American citizens ineligible to join the military because of their weight. We need to get people eating healthier; just gardening itself is good for the soul and will change the dynamic of neighborhoods, when we start feeding ourselves.

JF: Do you grow your own food?

DC: I do. I don’t grow all of it, but I grow some of it. I have a garden. I have chickens also.

JF: How are you publicizing your campaign?

DC: That is probably the biggest question of all. If you go back to 2012 when I released my movie (Who Bombed Judi Bari?), I was a press release factory. I was given a humorous “Media Slut of the Year” award by Earth First! in 1990. My whole philosophy was: my name is going to be on the California ballot. I’m going to as many caucuses and conventions as possible in terms of my name being up for grabs in the Green Party around the United States. Jill Stein’s the presumptive nominee. I consider myself the understudy. If God forbid anything were to happen to Jill Stein or she’s not able to run, I will be there, waiting in the wings, as a very qualified and eligible candidate to fill in for her. In the meantime, I’ve learned how to run for President, so if I choose to do it in 2020, I could do it in a much more intensive way, involving the raising of well over a million dollars for the Green Party. A million dollars is a lot of money to raise. I’ve done it. I’ve raised quite a few million over the years; I know what it takes. We did the Daisy tribute ad. (An update of the 1964 Tony Schwartz Daisy Ad.) Activists don’t understand advertising because, until the age of the Internet, our side hasn’t had the money to do the advertising. I call myself and continue to be the “Zen Candidate.” I put my positions out there, I have a website. It’s just a small step from Bernie to Cherney.

JF: You know that Jill Stein put out there that she wants Bernie as her running mate. Did you see that? (Jill Stein did not ask Bernie to be her VP. Instead, she asked for cooperation on political revolution and real democracy in this open letter.) Your thoughts?

DC: In politics, things are seldom what they seem. Despite the Green Party’s declaration that we’re different, in many ways, we’re not. When I saw that I thought, Jill Stein’s not trying to get Bernie Sanders as a running mate. Jill Stein’s trying to get in the news to attract Bernie Sanders supporters. You know what? It’s a good idea. As PT Barnum said, the only bad publicity is no publicity. Bernie Sanders would not be Jill Stein’s Vice President. That’s not going to happen. Those guys are the major leagues and we’re the minor leagues. It would be naive, it would be delusional, to think that Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein would form a ticket. However, calling attention to it, I think, is smart.

JF: Bernie Sanders would give a robust chance to a third party.

DC: I hear that. I hear that. That would be true if it were realistic. I just don’t see Bernie Sanders or any Democrat, for that matter, challenging (the major parties). However, I don’t think Hillary Clinton will be the nominee. That doesn’t mean Bernie Sanders will be the nominee. I just don’t see Hillary Clinton being the nominee. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both have good chances, better than usual chances, of not making it to the finish line in July. Too many skeletons in the closet. The two front runners are both under federal investigation, Trump for his taxes, Hillary for her emails. They’re both extremely unpopular and I don’t assume anything this election cycle.

Talking about Sanders not being the nominee. If Clinton’s indicted and if the Goldman Sachs speeches come out, the superdelegates would switch, you’ll see it. Sanders losing and become someone else’s running mate, it doesn’t feel like real politics to me. If he (runs for President as a third party and) loses, he’s never going to get a damn thing through the United States Senate again, he’ll become a pariah if he puts Donald Trump into office, if that’s who the nominee is. There’s too many down sides and not enough upside. Most likely, he would put the Republican in office. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, I’m just saying I don’t think Sanders wants to be known as “that guy”.

JF: You didn’t think Hillary would be nominated. Why is that?

DC: She’s seriously damaged goods. She’s got a trail of scandals she drags around wherever she goes, and she’s got current scandals that are hounding her. Most of us are not privy to what really goes on inside the world of the National Security Agency or, for that matter, the White House or even the Congress. It does seem clear that the shoe could drop. Let me ask you a rhetorical question: if Hillary Clinton is indicted, what will happen to her nomination? Neither of us can say for sure what would happen, but we know the superdelegates would change. We know that she could potentially drop out. If somebody manages to hack in and let loose one of those Goldman Sachs speeches, that could create a downfall for her too. Right now, the polls are calling her even with Donald Trump. Neck and neck. Not excusable. That’s just a bad, bad place for her to be. There’s a lot of harbingers that could indicate that she might not make it to the nomination finish line.

JF: Do you think that Bernie will be the nominee?

DC: I don’t necessarily know that that would be the case.

JF: Well, who else could it be?

DC: My personal thoughts are Joe Biden versus Paul Ryan. The two white guys. I read a lot, and I’m by far, not the only person who recognizes that this is a political year where all bets are off. I don’t see Hillary Clinton as the nominee. I just don’t see it. She’s such a … I’ll tell you what I think of her. I think she’s a total phony, I think she’s corrupt, I think she’s war monger, I don’t think she is, I know she is. Look at Debbie Wasserman Schultz all of the sudden: Bernie Sanders calls for her to quit, and one day later, her neck’s on the potential chopping block. What a crazy election cycle!

JF: Interesting but scary.

DC: It’s an “end times”. It’s an end times election cycle. Around the birth of Christ, there were all these guys carrying around little signs, “the end is near.” Well, geological speaking, and Earth’s First!-ers think geologically, if you were saying the end is near 2,000 years ago, you’d be right! Because 2,000 years is nothing in the history of the earth. Well, here we are, with ice caps melting, the ozone layer crumbling, toxics everywhere, ebola or zika or whatever the heck it is, or autism, not to mention war war war war and more war, torture and killing, and all this stuff going on everywhere, the United States potentially on the brink of a civil war, people being harassed. I was attacked by a Donald Trump supporter in a Chinese restaurant who had no idea who I was. He didn’t know I was running for President, he didn’t know me at all. But he could tell that I wasn’t the kind of person he wanted sitting near him, and he told me to change tables.

JF: Are you serious?

DC: I am very serious.

JF: What, because he could hear your conversation?

DC: No. He didn’t like the way I looked. I came in with my 4-year-old daughter and he said “could you please sit at a different table?” I said, “actually, my girl likes to look at the fish,” it was the fish tank table. I had another young woman with me who was helping out. I can’t say we looked like hippies, but we didn’t look like rednecks either. This guy was a fire plug. Broad shoulders, red face, drunk, he started talking about how claustrophobic he was; he started cursing out California, which told me he was a tourist. And then he starts chanting for Trump. He thinks that chanting for Trump is going to upset me, which it is not. That’s how I knew he was a Trump supporter. If I had said anything back, he would have hit me. No if, ands, or buts about it. Just going down to have some Chinese food. That was Garberville, California, population fifteen hundred.

We’re living in a time … I’m hearing Bernie supporters are being harassed by Trump supporters on the street. I was just watching Bernie supporters and Hillary supporters shouting each other down. Regardless of what claims of violence there was, there was certainly a lot of yelling. We’re watching the Democratic Party having fears of violence as well as the Republican convention. When did this ever happen? This is a sign of a great upheaval.

My goddaughter is doing a report on the 60’s and said, “a lot of young people wish they lived in the 60’s, or wish it would happen again.” I said, “When great upheavals happen, when another great rise in consciousness happens, it’s not going to look like the 60’s. It’s not going to be people wearing long hair, the Beatles, singing songs. It may or may not be music driven. It might be something like this election! This election might be your version of the 60’s. It might be the complete upheaval of the United States. It might be a complete shift in consciousness, whether it’s the consciousness of polarization, or how much racist bigotry there is in this country, or it might be Sanders is elected and he becomes the first almost-socialist President of the United States. But whatever’s going to happen, this cat is out of the bag, you’re watching the new version of the 60’s. It’s simply the changing of the guard. That’s what we’re experiencing, in my opinion.

JF: It’s exciting and scary.

DC: Just stick with climate change. There’s so many problems, whether it’s police brutality or wars or climate change, these things… If you go to Darryl’s 20 rules of activism, one of Darryl’s 20 rules of activism is the environment is the wild card. And that’s a triple entendre. What I mean by that is: human beings are pretty much the same, you and I are the same since we’ve climbed out of the trees. We’re still throwing feces at each other. What is different is the earth we stand on. Everything else remains the same: in the way we treat each other, the way we see the world, but all of the sudden the ground under it is not as stable anymore, so it’s a wild card. We must have a change in consciousness, we cannot continue to treat the earth and each other the way we have for the last 6,000 years of recorded history.

JF: Let’s say it’s October 2016 and the derivatives bubble finally bursts. Wall Street is crying “if you don’t bail out the big banks, the whole financial system is going to collapse!” You’re the President. What do you do?

DC: One of the interesting things about economics, (the book I am reading at the moment says), most Presidents don’t have a clue about how the economy works. Economists argue with each other so much, I’m not sure they understand it. I’d let the banks collapse. They gotta collapse, they gotta go. You’re basically telling me that the people who got us into this mess, the big banks, are about to die. And I’d say “good riddance.” Because what do we do? We just give more money to the big banks and then they go ahead and waste the money again.

I was involved as an activist with the savings and loan scandals back in the ’80’s because the S&L scandals are part of the reason the redwoods got taken over. I watched the redwoods fall because of the banks and those scandals. A bank was looted so that money could be laundered to facilitate the take over of Pacific Lumber Company. United Savings Association of Texas owned by MAXXAM working in conjunction with Michael Milken directly are responsible for the redwoods falling. But it’s not so simple. It’s not simply, “we’ll just let them fail.” There has to be a solution. There has to a catch-all. Having national banks, having local credit unions creating safety nets. And understanding how the flow of money works is essential to making good decisions. Yes, if the banks are going to fail, theoretically, in a capitalistic system, if a company goes under, they go under. And I think a lot of people would have like to have seen the banks go down. I don’t think that we’re really any better off than we were at the end of 2008 just before Obama took office. In fact, I think we’re worse. What I’m seeing on the streets of America, are a whole ton of drug-addicted youth, mostly male, wandering the streets, ripping people off, addicted to meth-amphetamine, and heroin as well, no hope, no education, broken homes, in large part a result of our economy. We’ve created a hopeless society. Letting those banks fail, actually, would give people a measure of hope. Yeah! The bad guys gotta go.

JF: But things will get worse before they get better when the ramifications of that resound around the world. There’s no simple fix. We’re going to have to go through a depression, if you will.

DC: No matter how you slice it, we have difficult decisions to make. But I think the most difficult decisions we’re going to make revolve around climate change. Because we have to re-tool our society. For starters, we can re-do what money means. Why don’t we change the name of the dollar to the “hour”. We don’t have one dollar, we have one hour. Then all of a sudden, the connection between money and labor becomes a little more clear. Money separates us from our labor. It allows somebody to make ten thousand times more than we do. It creates a situation where we have to work two weeks to see the doctor for 30 minutes. We have a situation where things are pretty bad already. You’re right; things might get worse, but they’re already getting worse, quickly. We need bold radical changes, and letting the banks fail; we should bring back a lot of the regulations that have gone by the wayside where banks can’t gamble anymore.

The earth is on the brink of being able to support us. Those are the questions. You asked me a question, but great wisdom lies in the questions, not the answers. To me, the question should be: the sea levels all the sudden have risen three feet. Portions of Manhattan and all the eastern seaboard and all the major cities of the world are under water. What do you do? That’s the kind of question that I hope we don’t have to answer, but those are the kind of questions I think are confronting us. We certainly see them with tornadoes and hurricanes and things of that nature.

JF: What if California goes through another 4 years of drought during your presidency? What if the Central Valley dries up and no longer provides us with almonds and pomegranates and fresh fruit from the trees that used to live there, because they’re dead? What would you do in a case like that? You could predict that California is going to run out of water for agriculture in the next 4 years; what do you do to prevent or take care of that issue?

DC: There’s actually really easy answers to some of this. For starters, water collection during the rainy season. We don’t collect our water; Los Angeles allows all of its monsoon rains to go into the LA River and out to the ocean. And this is not just LA-specific. I saw a documentary that said during three or four days of rain, LA could collect more water than it would need to provide for the entire city for the rest of the year. Water storage is essential.

If we want to talk water for a minute, let’s talk about conservation. Because really, as an Earth First-er, I’m a conservative and I really have a hard time with the language when people say they are conservatives, but they’re really quite liberal with the environment. What do you do? First, you start building storage tanks, little ones — 2,500 gallon, 5,000 gallon water tanks. 25 thousand gallons, million gallons, you start putting them everywhere. You start collecting that water during the rainy season because it still rains during the winter. It does. In fact, we just had a torrential rain up north where we are. A lot. Like really a lot. You store it.

Then you start talking about conserving, using less. You don’t have to flush when you pee. Each person saving 3, 4, 5 gallons a day just not flushing when they pee. You start encouraging people to grow their own food, and you stop having major agriculture sending massive streams of water into the hot sun, evaporating before it hits the ground when it waters their crops in Central Valley. There’s so many ways. Get rid of golf courses. Sorry, golf is gone. No more golf. So many ways that we conserve water. And fracking, of course, being colossal. We’re destroying our groundwater systems with fracking. So conservation right off the bat, and use of electricity, because all these power plants require water to cool them off. Solar doesn’t require water to cool it off. Use less electricity, less water, storing water during the rainy times, and you’ve probably solved most of your problems right there, and you haven’t even done anything all that innovative. Just expanding what we already do, except perhaps exponentially.

JF: You’re talking about things that none of the other candidates even talk about. And yet, water is our sustenance, we could not live without it.

DC: Yes, I call that a state of national emergency. In my platform, it’s in the top 6 or 7 items. That’s why I’m running for President, because I can bring things to the discussion that the other candidates aren’t bringing. This is not going to be my big self-promotion year. I’ve watched Jill Stein and other candidates in the Green Party using my lines, and that’s good, that’s one of the reasons you run — to influence the other candidates, and maybe even help them along.

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Trump, Hillary Haters Take a Hard Look at the Constitution Party

DarrylCastleSpeaking in a deep southern drawl from Memphis, TN, Darryll Castle, Presidential nominee for the Constitution Party answered my questions:

JF: Why are you running for POTUS?

DC: I was the Constitution Party’s nominee; the party wanted me. That’s the obvious reason. But personally, I think that if the country could elect someone like me, the rule of law might possibly be restored. The rule of law is in serious jeopardy. I don’t think it’s deceased yet; it’s very important to me. It is the focal point of what I’m trying to do.

JF: What three things would you do first as POTUS?

DC: First, I would start the process of withdrawing the United States from the United Nations and NATO and explain to the American people why I wanted to do that. (He explains later in this interview.) Number two, withdraw the U.S. from the Federal Reserve or repeal the Federal Reserve Act, which of course Congress would have to do. I’d explain to the American people why that was necessary. And third, start the process of trying to do something about the debt that the country faces so that it would no longer be obligated to its creditors, because I want the country to be free and independent again.

JF: How are you publicizing your campaign?

DC: Just Monday, my campaign sent out 800,000 press releases to news organizations around the country. Of course, we have a website, Internet publicity, things of that nature. But word has gotten around about me on the conservative side of politics and that’s where my party is. People who know about us, know about me. The question becomes publicity on the other side. That’s where the press releases and more interviews like this one comes in. I did an interview with the Washington Journal with C SPAN a couple of weeks ago that was well-received.

DC: Since the Indiana primary, we have had many, many people contact us, offering to volunteer and telling us they would support us.

JF: How many states are you on the ballot?

DC: Right now, I believe that it’s 19. We’re working to get ballot access on the others. Frankly, unless we get some help, there are going to be some states we do not have ballot access in except as a write-in candidate. But we do believe we will have ballot access in enough states to theoretically win the election. In other words, we could generate more than 270 electoral votes if we carried all those states.

JF: How many states have you filed your letter of intent as a write-in?

DC: Texas, I know for sure, and the others we’re working on. There are people doing that for me, so I can’t honestly answer your question and be accurate. There are people who are in charge of doing that and I know they’re working on it.

JF: What is your international experience?

DC: I’m a former Marine officer. I was pretty international in those days. I have the advantage of never having held political office before. I’m not a professional politician, but I have studied foreign policy and talked about it, and it’s one of my interests. I have traveled extensively. 18 years ago, I started a foundation in Bucharest, Romania to minister to homeless gypsy children and it’s grown into Mia’s Children Foundation. We founded that and we still maintain it.

JF: Do you know about the Trans Pacific Partnership?

DC: Yes I do. I’m very much opposed to it. I’m not necessarily opposed to free trade. I don’t think the TPP is about free trade. I really don’t see any need to turn the trade sovereignty, the authority of the United States over to foreign corporations. I don’t like the idea of giving international corporations, never mind foreign governments, them too, but foreign corporations, the right to sue the United States and demand that it change its trade policy. I want the United States to be a free and independent country. If we want to negotiate a deal with Mexico for example that says: you let us ship our goods to Mexico without import duties and we’ll do the same for you, I have no problem with that. But that’s not what the TPP is about so I’m dead set against it.

JF: You realize that the Investor State Dispute Settlement process is also part of NAFTA; would you repeal NAFTA?

DC: I do realize that, yes. Yes I would repeal NAFTA.

JF: You said you would withdraw from the U.N. and NATO. Please explain why.

DC: When NATO was formed, it has 28 members, the United States was one of those members. When it was formed, I would think there was probably some use for it. We were probably very concerned that Soviet tanks would come rolling across the German frontier at any minute and it was something that was supposed to prevent that. We had just come out of World War II and we encountered a new enemy and that’s really not the case anymore. The United States kind of entered into a deal with those other 27 countries, and that is, you won’t have to provide your own defense, we’ll do that for you. In return, you can use your entire GDP to advance your economies and fund your welfare states. And the United States can’t afford it anymore. It’s becoming a little too belligerent. Promises were made between President Reagan and President Gorbechev that NATO would not advance to the edge of the Soviet Union or the old Soviet Union, if the wall would come down. Then the European Union would not swallow up those states and NATO would not be right at the edge of Russia. Unfortunately, those promises were not kept. So I think that organization has outlived its usefulness and does more harm than good. As far as the U.N. goes, as I stated earlier, I want the United States to be a free and independent country, able to make its own decisions in the world. I don’t want it to be isolated, that’s usually the charge you get when you talk about things like this. But [the U.N.] is the center of many of things in the world that I don’t like. It’s the center of depopulation and it’s the center of the destruction of sovereignty of nations. It’s the center of this new global world that we seem to be building. For example, Mr. Trump says he wants to build a wall on the southern border supposedly to prevent immigrants from entering the United States illegally, but the same time he’s talking about that, the United States government is building a digital wall, an electronic wall around the entire world so that it can observe every human being on earth, 24/7, no matter where they go. I would like to start the process of taking that whole system apart.

JF: That would be quite a task.

DC: It would, but what better task for the President of the United States to engage himself in?

JF: What is your energy policy?

DC: I think that the United States should start trying desperately to produce its own energy. We’re doing that to some extent. We say we’re not going to, we don’t want to develop our own energy. We don’t like fracking and we don’t like the Keystone pipeline but we don’t mind doing it in other countries. In other words, if we buy our energy from Saudi Arabia, we don’t really care what happens to their environment. It’s kind of a silly argument to me; it’s something that has to be done. It causes a lot of violence in the world when we don’t produce our own energy because we have to humble ourselves. Saudi Arabia, one of the most oppressive regimes in the world according to our friends at the U.N., they beheaded 150 people last year, we have to go to those people and do deals with them as the President just did when he flew over there when they were all upset about the 28 missing pages from the 9/11 Commission Report. He told them that we would guarantee their security, them and the other Gulf monarchies. I’m completely flabbergasted and opposed to that sort of thing, and if we produced our own energy, we wouldn’t have to do it.

JF: What type of energy would you be going after; what sources?

DC: We could produce our own oil, and what we can’t produce, we can buy from friendly countries like Canada. And if there’s green energy available to be produced, I mean, there’s technologies out there that I don’t have the technical experience to understand. I think there’s new technologies. I would start with trying to develop our own petroleum energy and see where that took me.

JF: What would you do if or when the derivatives bubble burst?

DC: That’s a good question. It sounds kind of terrible, but probably nothing. In other words, I think what we did in 2008 was a horrible mistake. What we got out of it was 20 trillion dollars in debt. My philosophy, my set of principles is: let failing companies fail. There’s no such thing as “too big to fail”. Let them fail; that’s creative destruction. Newer faster banks will come along, younger banks. And they’ll stop doing this. As a result, the system is flushed, cleaned out. If you don’t do that, if you keep doubling down and compounding the debt and giving these people a license to say “look, this is a pretty good business you’re in because if you get to make a profit, you keep it, but if you don’t, the taxpayers will come along and bail you out.” That needs to stop and these companies need to start operating on a real, genuine free market system where there’s no one there to catch them when they fall.

JF: Do you think the derivatives market should be regulated again?

DC: Yes. I think there are far too many regulations and some of them should be stripped away from American business so that they can hire people again, but at this point, I don’t see any way to avoid regulating it, yes.

JF: That’s why it’s getting out of hand; there’s absolutely no oversight.

DC: That, plus the fact that we’re there with taxpayer money to catch them when they implode.

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Hip Hop Artist Runs for POTUS

Robert OrnelasPowerful and fit like a boxer, 43-year-old Hispanic/Native American Presidential candidate Robert Ornelas uses music to rap with students in the ‘hood. “I’m working with a program called PACE (Promoting Academics through Creative Expression) and we go into every single LA Unified School District school to promote academics through the art of hip hop. I encourage kids of all ages to stay in school, go to college, start a business, buy homes.”

Ornelas and his group, the “SOG (Sons Of God) Crew” from Anaheim releases their fourth album, Fighting for Love on May 20. “The whole concept is that we’re fighting for love, for the ones we love: our family, our community, our neighbors. My sphere of influence is the whole country right now.”

JF: How would you sum up your message?

RO: It’s a message of hope. The styles of music are relevant. It’s dance music, reggae, inspired from Long Beach in the ’70’s, ’80’s. We’ve taken five years to produce this awesome album. Some of the best people in the industry engineered it; some very top people put their hand on this. Each song has a message. We have a song called ‘All Together Now’ which advocates against domestic violence abuse. We have a song called ‘California’ that advocates the Constitution of California.”

Ornelas has been to some of the toughest schools in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

RO: I’m working with (LA Mayor) Eric Garcetti, and a gentleman by the name of Thomas Heck (of who started a program called Summer Nightlights. We’d go into the worst communities in Los Angeles with violence high, where law enforcement needed some form of mediation and I would do the music. I would do a combination of morality, community, encouragement of hope, introducing Eric Garcetti and his team. The results were that homicides and all the gang violence went down a lot this last summer. I got involved because for years I’ve been helping out the LA Sheriff’s department, when Lee Baca was the sheriff. I’ve helped out the San Diego Police Department. I’ve been blessed to help the chief of police in Santa Paula because of the murders that have been taking place there. Years ago I helped the streets of westside Chicago where the murders were really high. Southside Chicago. I’m involved in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Harlem. So basically, it started from gospel hip hop, and it ended up advocacy, helping out communities that don’t know what to do.

JF: What is your international experience?

RO: Mexico. I was a missionary to the prisons of Mexico for a long time. I worked with the government because I had to work with the churches. In Mexico, the churches work with the rehabilitation centers that are connected with the government. I had access to some of the worst prisons in Tijuana. I went to a prison called Hongos Prison. The craziest one that’s world known is a prison in Tijuana called La Mesa Prison. My wife and I, we probably went in there in 2000, and we learned the hard way how their system runs. When you go in, you’re just thrown into the population and they start trying to take your watch off your wrist. The mob runs all over you, around you. It was culture shock. But the results from it: I’ve seen thousands of people receive Christ as their personal Lord and savior. I’ve seen people change their lives. That was one of my first training grounds, the ugliest, where a lot people don’t want to go. Westside Chicago is like that. They’re just kidnapping young girls when they’re walking home from school and they’re raping them. I go where the gang war is the craziest. I go and do prayer visuals. When somebody gets killed here in LA, and when the gang wants to retaliate, I talk to the community before that happens.

JF: About the drug war; what do you do with the Mexican border drug war? If you were POTUS, what would you do?

RO: (Big sigh.) If I were POTUS, I would allow them to do their job.

JF: Allow who?

RO: Those that are protecting the border. The border patrol. Let them do their job. That’s why the taxpayers are paying them.

JF: What about the tens of thousands of people who’ve died at the hands of drug lords and cartels?

RO: Ugh. Yeah, we’d have to build a wall. We have to protect our children.

JF: You really believe in building a wall?

RO: I know you’re talking about Mexico, but I’ve worked near Canada, there’s a lot of people coming in from Canada. I’ve worked in Alaska, a lot of people coming from Russia. But we have to do something because children are dying. We have the issue of drugs, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that we have issues arising from issues. We’ve been saying for years, we need to fight this drug war.”

Ornelas runs under the same American Independent Party (AIP) as Wiley Drake, a Southern Baptist. He’s known Drake since they met at the homeless shelter on Drake’s church parking lot in Buena Park, California, some 30 years ago.

JF: Do you feel, like Wiley Drake does, that there’s a problem with homosexuals?

RO: (Long pause.) What would that be though? In general?

JF: Well, he calls them sodomites, so I just wanted to know where you stood on that.

RO: I have no comment on that. I have my religious convictions, but at the same time, I’m a realist. I love all people. My wife and I, we love everybody. I’m strong on marriage. As far as the gay/lesbian community, I don’t have a problem with anybody.

JF: It was really clear that he disapproved of that. So much so, that… If you can’t hold a place in your heart for everyone, it’s going to be really hard to run for President.

RO: I agree. There’s a word that stands out, and it’s “posterity.” That’s what balances me out. That word, posterity, meaning all future generations of all people in our country. I have all posterity in mind. I am a Bishop, I’ve been an ordained Evangelist. I love the word of God, I have convictions in my heart. I love the United States, I love the citizens, I love the sovereignty that each person has. I’m rooting for the citizens of the United States of America. I’m here to pull people up and inspire them. At the same time I’m willing to talk to people and encourage them, and even to talk to them and debate back and forth why I have the convictions I do. We all live here, we have different cultures, different nationalities, different styles, rich and poor, middle class. I was raised with African Americans, I am Mexican American with Native American descent. My great grandmother was from the Cocopah Nation out of the Yuma Arizona area. So being raised in a community where you have white, Hispanic, African Americans, Russians, and then in the 80’s growing up, the Cambodians came in. We lived near homosexual bars and nightclubs in Long Beach, raised off Anaheim and Orizaba. The gang members, the homosexuals, it doesn’t bother me.

JF: How did you get involved in the American Independent Party?

RO: In 2012, I was selected by the delegates of the AIP to be a VP candidate for my presidential running mate, Thomas Hoefling out of Iowa. Being that I was a third party, independent, grass roots candidate, I went to my marketing guy from the music industry and I had him market my campaign and so it’s been very unorthodox, but we’re getting a lot of results from the social media because it’s like we’re going fishing and we’re catching a lot of fish that we don’t even expect. Networks, different movements, different cultures, I mean it really does help. For years, I’ve worked with the Korean movement the Chinese movements, I’ve helped out a lot with the Pilipino pro tem mayors, fundraising for the Philippines. I’m just scratching the surface of what we do.

When I ran for VP, because I was the first Latino in the history of the United States of America, and the second Native Indian to do that, a lot of people started looking my direction. I was invited everywhere. I was seen literally everywhere with everybody. All I know right now is to go into these schools and tell them stay in school until I’m commissioned…”

Ornelas would like to give the kids in high schools the tools to make a difference. When I suggested that they don’t need to be voting age to call their Congressman, he said,

RO: It’s funny you said that because for years, because I’m involved in the hip hop community, the students in Los Angeles could only identify me according to their gang or according to their street. That’s how the kids in the culture would talk. They’d ask, ‘where are you from; who are you affiliated with?’ so that they could grasp and understand you to see where you’re coming from. That’s how they would identify. Not today. Because I’m coming to the school as a Presidential candidate, they’re not asking me those questions. They’re asking me, ‘Do you know Bernie?’ I’m talking about the Mexican-American kids or the Hispanic kids. They are interested. But because of the [rules of] education, they’re not permitted to talk politics. So now you have kids that most of their art’s been taken away, so they don’t even know how to express themselves. They’re trying to transition to express themselves using the popular culture of politics and they don’t have an outlet for that.

JH: What are the top three things you would do as POTUS once you entered office?

RO: I would review executive orders from Barack Obama to see if any of them are taking freedoms away from our country. And if they are, we need to remove them, obviously. The second I become POTUS, I would revoke several of the executive orders issued by Barack Obama that don’t make sense. President Barack Obama is a smart man. I love President Obama. Actually, we’re both adopted by the Crow Indians near Billings, Montana. The reservation is called Crow Agency. I was paraded around the whole tribe with my war bonnet and my jewelry. So when it comes to Native American culture, Barack Obama is considered a relative of mine. But at the same time, if the executive orders make sense, then they make sense. For example, if our Second Amendment is being attacked because of political reasons, then those will be some of the executive orders that I’ll be looking into.

The second thing is: education needs to be revamped. I visit schools across the country, the Hawaiian Islands, Native schools, boarding schools, west and south side Chicago.

JF: When you say it needs to be revamped, the states really handle education, at least undergraduate. Are you talking about Common Core? Because when you’re on the federal level, you not going to be dealing with how the states run the schools.

RO: I would use all my influence to promote a campaign that would influence kids to want to stay in school. I watched Common Core come in; it was a team effort, but at the same time, what’s the efficiency testing? 30%? Way below. I’m in favor of education, schools, junior colleges, universities, trade schools, but at the same time, education with the family: dinner table, mentoring and ministry, the common, the simplicity, just the fundamentals of character. The United States is in a dropout crisis right now. The effect on students, families, communities; it’s affecting the economy. These kids are less likely to find a job, earn a living.

JF: Trade agreements have as much to do with why kids are not getting good jobs, as is education. It’s a bottom-up, top-down thing. Trade agreements undermine the worker’s ability to find decent employment. It’s a race to the bottom with these trade agreements because companies that have had good jobs have left. They’ve taken 33¢ an hour laborer over a $10 an hour laborer here. And why wouldn’t they; they can make it cheaper and ship it back to us cheaper than we can do it here. So it really starts with these trade agreements. If we don’t get trade under control, if we don’t get rid of NAFTA… If you believe “Charity begins at home,” you would not agree with these treaties.

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J.R. Myers Talks About Russian Invasion

JR MeyersJohn Richard (J.R.) Myers lives in Alaska and works as a behavioral health professional. He’s on the ballot as a candidate for the American Independent Party in the California June 7th primary and as a write-in for the Independent Party of Oregon for President of the United States. He’s exploring write-in ballot access for 10 states. Failing to achieve the Constitution Party’s nomination in Salt Lake City last month, he continues with his candidacy because he has a message that they aren’t necessarily supporting.

JF: Tell me what your message is.

JRM: In general, I do support a return to our Judeo-Christian values and the rule of law based upon our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. In particular, I oppose unauthorized wars which are usurping Congress’s authority by the executive and damaging a lot of our relationships around the world. As part of the ongoing wars, I would also include the war on drugs, which I believe has created a prison industrial complex that is a self-sustaining entity that is destroying lives, and families and communities around the nation. It’s certainly a threat to our Constitution. It’s a war against our liberties, basically. As all the unauthorized wars are, war is against human rights and individual dignity and liberty. I oppose those things vehemently, which would not necessarily be supported by the National Constitution Party, at least the end of the war on drugs. I’m not a prohibitionist. I think that alcohol required a limit to the Constitution for prohibition, then so too any other substances. I believe that substance use is a right reserved unto the people and to the states. That’s a big difference there.

JF: What is your day job?

JRM: I work for the sovereign nation of the Kenaitze Tribe. I’m a behavioral health consultant. I’m a licensed professional counselor supervisor. I have a Master of Professional Counseling as well as a Master of Human Services and a Bachelor of Science and Liberal Arts, cum laude. I’m also in the process of being grandfathered under the Master of Addiction Counseling. I serve the native people in the area. I help to meet their behavioral health needs.

JF: Do you consider yourself an evangelist?

JRM: I wouldn’t consider myself a traditional evangelist as far as evangelical type. But I do believe in the word of God and the Bible, and so I’m not afraid to talk about my beliefs with people. I think if I share my beliefs, yeah, you could say that I would be an evangelist in that respect. But I’m not a merciless proselytizer, let’s put it that way.

JF: Why are you running for POTUS?

JRM: I think our system was set up for average working citizens to participate. It was never meant to be a permanent professional political class of elites that didn’t have any other connections. Some of these people have never worked outside of politics. I think it’s important for average citizen to be involved at all levels and to learn the system and to express themselves and the reality of their daily lives. I think any citizen that’s qualified Constitutionally should feel free to run for president or any other office, and I would encourage others to do so. It’s important that we all get out there and speak out. It’s important that we inform the public debate through our participation and through our different perspectives and viewpoints and experiences. Being in Alaska, it’s even more important to participate because Alaska is so often marginalized because of our distance from the rest of the country. I think that with Internet, social media, and that kind of thing, the distance is becoming more and more irrelevant. I’m running to show that the average person can do it. I feel it’s a turning point in our nation; I think we’re seeing a sea change in the political alignments.

JF: What is your international experience?

JRM: I’ve traveled to Mexico and Canada!

JF: (Laughing)

JRM: More seriously, we border Russia and we’re concerned up here. Last summer, the Russian and Chinese naval fleets had joint military exercises for the first time in the Bering Sea crossing Alaskan waters. A very threatening maneuver. We need to be realistic about who our neighbors are and we need to have strong defenses and we need to support our allies in the world and we need to be wary of our enemies and not the other way around.

JF: Why do you feel threatened when they put ships through?

JRM: Because it was a joint military exercise and who else would it be directed against than the Bering Sea?

JF: But does it have to be against anyone?

JRM: It was a joint military exercise.

JF: I just don’t get it; why that has to be an act of aggression.

JRM: Maybe another part of the picture you’re not aware of is that there’s several arctic islands that have been ceded back to Russia that were Alaskan territory. Russia has been fortifying military installations on those islands in the last few years. Russia is engaged in a very aggressive military and economic expansion, staking claim to vast areas of the Arctic now in a very aggressive move. It’s all part of that.

JF: How did that happen? Did we take our eye of the ball? What happened?

JRM: I don’t think it’s been formally ratified by the Senate yet, but basically in essence, they just returned Wrangell Island and five other islands in the Arctic that have been part of Alaska since the 1800’s, and they have ceded them back to Russia.

JF: Let’s say you’re sitting down with Putin. What would you say?

JRM: We need to respect Alaskan sovereign territory and we will respect Russian sovereign territory and we have actually great mutual interests and we should be friends, our nations should be in a friendly stance, not in an adversarial stance, and we need to work out our differences.

JF: Is it possible that you could partner with Russia on a climate change initiative?

JRM: I think we should partner with Russia and other nations with similar interests wherever we can: environmentally, militarily. It’s in our best interests to cooperate, not be adversarial when possible, with other nations around the world, but we do have to maintain our defense. Strong defense.

JF: Let’s assume, for a moment, that we all live on the same earth, and that the earth is our spaceship. (Laughs) And the spaceship is in trouble. The seas are rising, the amount of arable land is decreasing because we have severe floods and severe droughts now…

JRM: Right.

JF: We are either do or die situation on the spaceship. Do you think that maybe we could work with the Russians?

JRM: Well, I would hope we could work with the Russians. And yes, we do need to be good stewards of the planet, because it’s all we have, that’s for sure. It’s important, yes.

JF: Do you think Obama has spoken enough in person with Putin, I mean he really hasn’t done it at all, right?

JRM: No, I think that Obama has engaged in quite an adversarial stance with Putin.

JF: And maybe if we talked to him, we’d get to understand…

JRM: Get better results if we actually communicated?

JF: Yeah! (Laughing)

JRM: Fancy that.

JF: As a counselor, I understand the value of communication and of listening. Being in Alaska, we have a strong history of Russian influence, and we still have Russian speakers today. I have no innate animosity towards Russia whatsoever. They could be, and have been, great allies in the past… One of my campaign things is that the American presidency should not rightly be seen as an imperial office. Presidency, in fact, is too powerful and needs to be diminished in its power and needs to be rebalanced with the Congress. The Congress needs to reassert itself.

JF: What three things would you focus on as POTUS?

JRM: On my first day in office, I would begin the review of the Presidential executive orders and start to rescind those orders that I believe are extra-Constitutional which I believe would be the bulk of them, since the President has been legislating through executive orders which is not proper. I would try to rebalance the powers with Congress, put pressure on the Congress to assert their prerogative in budgetary and military matters. I would also re-size government and downsize, decentralize the federal government and start to return many of the federal activities to the state governments and because the federal government is strictly prohibited from engaging in all but a handful of activities, which would be national defense, Post Office, that kind of thing. Most of the powers, Constitutionally should be delegated to the states or to the people themselves. I do believe in a de-centralization of powers to the states and local levels. As I said before, it’s imperative that the average citizen become involved at all levels and I think that is part of that process. I think we need to re-engage the public and break this public apathy. Part of that is campaign finance reform and Citizens United was terrible mistake which has flooded our system with corporate money, which I think is a corrupting influence. I don’t believe corporations are people. I would seek to challenge the idea that corporations are people and that the expenditure of corporate funds equates to free speech, which I do not believe. Thirdly, life: we must protect life throughout the whole spectrum from conception through natural death. That means opposing assisted suicide and that sort of thing as well. For instance, the extra Constitutional drone strikes that Obama has claimed the right to execute American citizens that he deems to be enemy combatants. That’s totally unlawful.

JF: It’s murder.

JRM: It’s murder, yes.

JF: What would you do with a Congress that cockblocks you? Let’s just say, ’cause you’re a counselor, you can relate to this: they’re passive aggressive, right?

JRM: Right, yes.

JF: How do you handle that?

JRM: The president has the bully pulpit. I think that’s an effective tool that the President does have, that national forum. If someone such as myself were to ever be elected President, it would reflect a sea change in the political climate, and I would think that there would be several congressmen and women who would be swept into the Congress at the same time, so there would be allies in the Congress. I think they have to be held accountable in a relentless manner and the President is the only one who can really do it. And just keep on it, that they have a responsibility, they have a duty, it’s incumbent, it’s their Constitutional authority. They’re the only ones who can do certain things and they must do it or not. If they choose not to, then no action is to be taken through executive fiat.

JF: That’s what Obama is doing. His back is against the wall and so he’s decided to use his executive powers to…

JRM: Right, and I think that’s wrong. The President needs to refrain from that and the President needs to continue to put pressure on Congress to act. I know it’s not easy, but that’s the way the system is supposed to work.

JF: It sounds to me like you’re recommending that he do it in a more public way, but don’t forget, he, as well as Congress, is under pressure from these corporations to not say what’s going on.

JRM: That’s true, that’s why we need new candidates, new officials elected.

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