Thursday, November 10, 2016

Why Hillary and the Corporate Cabal Lost - And Solving Problems Using Freedom

Hillary did not lose because Trump out-thought her, out-spent her, or held more power.  She did not lose because she is a woman. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton had all the cards normally available in the game of politics; more money, more experience, and a far larger and experienced campaign team.  But she was playing against a tide which has been building far longer than anyone realizes. 

Donald Trump’s victory was a rejection of the corporate elite which has controlled America since the Revolution.   Control by an elite, instead of governance by the people, has always been the issue.

You do not know about the first attempt by ordinary Americans to affirm the intent of the Declaration of Independence, including their natural rights, so eloquently enumerated by Thomas Jefferson.  The truth on this was buried by men, many of whom we have revered as Founders.  Probably none of us can view these facts without an emotional reaction.  I could not.

I read Dr. Richards’ book once.  Then again and a third time.  Richards lives in the area where the Rebellion took place. He was uninterested in a subject he believed had been worked to death.  As a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, he was in a position to know.  Now, he admits he was wrong.  Running across 4,000 names of Shaysites in a footnote he changed his mind. With the help of town archivists and historians the real story emerged.  

A dispassionate examination of their actions provides insights which should not be overlooked and remain relevant today. 

The event of 1786 took place before a U. S. Constitution was considered and was a direct response by the elite to the protest by the people against the issues which were shredding their finances through unjust laws and a consistent refusal to address the grievances of soldiers who had honorably served in the Revolution.  The U. S. Constitution was reaction to an uprising of ordinary people which then established our present Federal government.

Not surprisingly, the successful establishment of federalized governance established a far more entrenched and powerful hierarchy, though it would be many years before this was obvious to most Americans.  The establishment of hierarchy into the system of government was an originating purpose of bicameral legislatures, which perpetuate hierarchy, and today’s Constitution.
It started in Massachusetts.   

The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 installed a bicameral legislature over objections from towns in the West, who were excluded from voting because travel from the West was impossible.  No member from the West had been included in the committee which wrote the draft for the Commonwealth’s constitution.  The vote was held during a winter so severe Boston Harbor had frozen over.  No travel was possible.

This Constitution created the conditions which resulted in the Shays Rebellion six years later.

The events of 1786 remain shrouded in disinformation, exactly as we still experience today from the same elite as well as the Main Stream Media.    
In 1786 thousands of former Revolutionary soldiers, many decorated for their service, took up arms in response to the confiscatory actions of the government most of them had risked their lives to create.

Beginning in Massachusetts, former soldiers and citizens began closing the courts because of the injustices being visited on them and their fellow citizens by the established elite who ignored the right of ordinary citizens to participate in the governing of Massachusetts. 

The belief all people would have equal voices was the pivotal reason participation in the Revolution had been nearly universal.  Elite families participated in the Revolution but were far fewer in numbers.  The war could not have been won without the people.

The elite was made up of wealthy individuals and speculators who profited by a practice, which by design, impacted only those with more limited financial means.

Notes for Consolidating State Debt were issued to former soldiers to be honored in the future during the war.  These were accepted in good faith by these same men. 

After the close of the war  soldiers who received Notes could not even use them to pay their taxes to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which had issued them.

The bicameral General Court for Massachusetts was then writing laws which made it impossible for some of these men, now farming and struggling to feed their families, to keep their property. Bicameral legislatures weighed to the benefit of the elite, in this case, speculators.   

Facing the loss of property and bankruptcy, veterans were forced to sell these notes at a tenth their face value. Those purchasing them were friends and relations of the elite ensuring these notes could not be otherwise used. 

It was wrong – and the ordinary people of Massachusetts objected, asking these wrongs be amended in many pleas over a period of years.  But these civil attempts to obtain justice were ignored.  The needed changes to the Massachusetts Constitution, voted into law in 1780, were not made.

The assembly for the vote was held in Boston, far from the homes of most ordinary citizens.  The Assembly was scheduled for winter.  That winter had been so severe few towns in the West could make their way through the snow to vote.

The word, “Regulator,” then referred to an ordinary citizen who joined with others to correct the wrongful actions of their government.  Action by Regulators had taken place before the Revolution.  Now, they had the authorization of America’s founding mission statement to support them.
Quoting the Declaration of Independence, men took up arms and closed the courts, which they had done prior to the Revolution for the same reasons. A minority of these men were struggling farmers, most of were veterans and respected members of their communities.  Many were more well-to-do.

Calling themselves Regulators, meaning they, the people were empowered and required to regulate their government, were numbered in the thousands.  They were opposed by the elite who were profiting from the sale of the notes owed to ordinary people by this same government who had intentionally made it impossible for their voices to be heard and their votes counted. 

The elite asserted the need of government to remain in their hands, acting to make this fact.

The ideas of freedom which took us to war in 1775 at Lexington Concord remain with us.  For the last 242 years we have been controlled and manipulated by new generations of the same corporate elite who controlled us then.  The individuals have changed, but not their business plan. 

 Hillary was their choice.  The elite believed we would vote for a woman as a symbol as we had for Obama as a black American.  Both Hillary and Obama were corporate placements.

Voting for Trump the people were delivering a message -  NO to the continuing control of a corporate elite.  This is not to say Trump or his supporters understood this, but it is true.  The surges in popular support for Ross Perot in 1992, Ron Paul in 2008, and Bernie Sanders during this election cycle confirm the steadily increasing anger of ordinary people to government by a self-serving elite.   

Americans are hungry to fulfill their intended role for self-governance denied to them for so long.  America was intended to be an exemplar to the world for equality.  It still can be.

Will Trump now listen and let the people assume governance of their lives and communities?  If he fails to do so the people will soon have recourse to the tools for dialog and consensus technology has made possible.  

Despite the efforts of both the Republican and Democratic Parties, these exist.
Violence did not work. Politics does not work. But together Americans can build a path to a future where all of us are free. 

The elite believed they were uniquely qualified to decide the destiny of others.  They were wrong.  Each of us must be able to do this for ourselves. And we can.
Contrary to the elites the ability to find solutions is wide-spread in human-kind. In California a teacher for Linked Learning found that no matter where he taught, the ghetto, challenged areas, or to solidly middle class students when given the opportunity kids could solve problems, some of these resulting in patents for problems long unsolved by experts.

We can do it ourselves.   We can return America to the vision which captured respect around the world, solving our own problems. 

Today, people are dying for corporate profits in wars; On the streets after they return from war, Vets are dying, homeless and alone. Families, individuals from all races, viewpoints, and backgrounds, are finding themselves financially shredded and thrown away. And all of us are watching it cost more to just live every day. 

We will provide solutions, real solutions which have been tested and are known to work.

One of these is Percentages As You Earn.  This is an alternative form of financing major purchases, for instance student loans and mortgages.  Ask Bill Clinton about it.  He had a PAYE loan as a student and was proud to announce he was the first in his class to pay it off three years after graduating from Yale Law School.

Jack Kemp found out about PAYE loans and used them to help low-income families buy the homes held by HUD during his tenure there.  Not one foreclosure took place when tens of thousands of homes were purchased by low income families.  (Website coming)

These are the kind of solutions Hillary knew existed but did not want you to have.  Hillary knew about Percentages As You Earn in 1993.  She preferred mortgages which provided more corporate profits and the potential for foreclosures when people ran into financial problems. 

Haunted by a student loan?  A PAYE loan can fix the problem, providing stability and a road to prosperity.  All our problems have solutions, we just need to identify them.  Solutions to health care, student loans, and homelessness already exist.  

Health Care – Mutual Insurance and a Portal to Health that let’s you see what works and get it for yourself.  You decide, and improving your health is part of the program.  

Student Loans – Refinance with Percentages As You Earn (PAYE)

Homelessness – Use the model begin in Utah in 2005.  First, provide homes.  Today the problem of homelessness in Utah has shrunk over 90%.  And the innovations are not over.  We can do more. 

We provide the meeting place and ideas.  You improve these or identify better ones. 

At Hi TV Networks we are working to put the tools for prosperity, justice, and individual rights directly into your hands. 

The solutions are out there.  The problem has been with making them available.  Join us to be part of the solutions using as our tools television, dialog, and our inherent ingenuity.  Together, we can change our world.  
America was intended to be a union of states where the people govern themselves and our rights are affirmed and protected.  We and our families can have that future, if you choose it. 

Read Shays Rebellion by Leonard L. Richards. Professor Richards was surprised when he finally did the research to see the story he thought he knew well was created to hide the truth about this rising of the people in protection of their rights.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What the Right Candidate for President Will Do - Action, not Talk


        The suggested plan at the end of this explanation was written long after Governors Johnson and Weld were nominated as our Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates for the Office of President. This is what I, personally and only for myself, would like to see happen now.

Change How the Libertarian Party is Viewed

       I'm not running for president. I did that once at the suggestion of my Editor and found it to be a less than fulfilling experience. However, I do want Gary and Bill to adopt this plan as a lead for their campaign. This election provides more potential for change than anyone has ever seen. Therefore, it is not an opportunity to be wasted.

       Since nothing we have done heretofore has worked trying another approach could have merit, especially since the first part of the Plan includes some proof these approaches are already working.

       Objectively, Gary and Bill are now positioned as 'spoiler' candidates. This always comes up when they are interviewed. Launching this plan will change the questions asked. And while it is true the GOP is in trouble and melting, down just like the Wicked Witch of the East, that does not move us toward freedom. A NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE form of support or interest only puts us in the present paradigm as having the potential to 'screw things up,' for the real candidates.

       We need to represent a real choice, a better way, a solution to the problems our nation and the world now face.

      Voting for Gary and Bill must become an affirmative statement which positions the LP as equally representing the real natural and God-given rights of all Americans, supporting local governance and justice for all of us. I want the world to see what freedom, free markets, and the good conscience of people can accomplish. 

      Over the last 40 years the LP has became an adjunct for the GOP, thanks in large part to folks like the Kochs. That was always wrong. America faces a problem which is harming all of us.

     The problem is that our nation and our very lives have long since been hijacked by a corporate elite (I call this Greedville) . Most of us, from all perspectives, now realize this but not what to do about it that can work.

The Solution

      Extracting ourselves from the grid of Greedville is critical to any hope for freedom. We are mice in the cage with a python who will eventually get around to us. Stalling is not a strategy.

      Each time one of us puts our hard-earned money into their pockets it impacts their profits and their power. Tiny, incremental amounts of power and money can mount up. That is why they use laws and regulations to stop us from making those No-Profit-For-Them choices. We can change this if we come together across the chasm which now divides us behind the common goals laid out in the Plan.

     Death and destruction cannot build a new future. This only allows those without power to make a statement as they die for their principles. I understand and respect the acts of so many who have done this through history. We need to use the power of commerce and freedom, enforcing our right to choose what we will pay for and what we will leave on the shelf.

     We can begin the Third American Revolution, the one which reaches the goal.

     This time we need an affirmative offensive, one which is non-violent and brings Americans together.

     The mission was, and remains, most eloquently, enunciated here.

     IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Extracting Ourselves from the Greedville Grid

      I suggest we throw out Greedville by extracting our selves from the big, sucking money machine they have built to bleed us dry. This, we can accomplish because the intermediate goals are things to which all Americans are already committed.
      Let me share with you how the Second American Revolution, the one you never heard about, ended. Then, and now, the problem was an elite.

The Real Story of Shays Rebellion

      In 1786 Americans rose up in response to the confiscatory actions of the government most of them had risked their lives to create. In Massachusetts former soldiers and citizens began closing the courts because of the injustices being visited on them and their fellow citizens by a corporate elite, most of them speculators who profited as they bought up the Notes for Consolidating State Debt issued to former soldiers to be honored in the future. The bicameral General Court for Massachusetts was then writing laws which made it impossible for some of these men, now farming and struggling to feed their families, to keep their property. The Notes could not be used, even to pay taxes. Most were sold at a tenth their face value so these honest, hard-working people could survive.
      It was wrong – and the many pleas over a period of years did not move those in power to change what they had created when the Massachusetts Constitution was voted on in 1780. That winter had been so severe few towns in the West could make their way through the snow to vote.
      So citing the Declaration, men took up arms, closed the courts, which they had done prior to the Revolution for the same reasons. A minority of these men where struggling farmers, most of whom had served. But many were more well-to-do, respected Veterans, decorated for bravery, who returned home to continue their lives as leading citizens in their communities. The Regulators, which is what these rebels called themselves, were numbered in the thousands.
       Read Shays Rebellion by Leonard L. Richards. Professor Richards was surprised when he finally did the research to see the story he thought he knew well was created to hide the truth about this rising of the people in protection of their rights.
The People lost, some fled, but most of then conceded and returned to live out their lives.

The Third American Revolution
       Violence did not work. Politics does not work. But together Americans can build a path to a future where all of us are free by removing ourselves from the Grid of Greedville. This way, we focus our energies on one set of goals, removing the barriers which Greedville will place in our path. I'm not telling you this will be fast, or easy. I'm not even telling you people will not die. They are dying now, for corporate profits in wars; On the streets after they return from war, Vets are dying, homeless and alone. Families, individuals from all races, viewpoints, and backgrounds, are finding themselves financially shredded and thrown away. And all of us are watching it cost more to just live and facing problems when we try to exit the Grid.
      One instance of this is allowing electric companies to continue charging us when we go off the grid. We, the People, must be free to choose.
      This is why I wrote the plan. I want our candidates, two former governors from Blue states, to run on issues of substance which unite us as one, leading the way to freedom. Their credentials are the best we could have for this purpose.
      And I also say, ”let the Nazis, and anyone else, bake their own cakes,” if the baker declines.

For Liberty, Justice and Rights for Each of Us,

Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
Rebooting Libertarianism

What the right candidate for President will propose and do for Americans

One of the systemic problems with government programs for everything is that they are not tested and proved to work in advance. Our approach uses tested technologies and approaches which are in use widely and are proven to work well as a starting point. Our proposals solve problems created by government and the corporations which have been using government to augment their profits since at least 1913. 
There is no reason a presidential campaign needs to limit itself to using government to solve problems. It is better to remove government where it is preventing problems from being solved. For all of the problems we could identify government failed to ensure the problem, for instance, holding oil companies accountable for pollution which causes health problems, death, and impacts the air, water and land which is the property of real people. 
The solution is a legal system which delivers justice at a cost ordinary people can afford to pay. Electing a president who would take this approach is a candidate real Conservatives (now without a political home), Libertarians, and Liberals can all support.

None of our proposals are speculative. All point to proof the concept works. Carrying them out depends on election a president who will commit to doing the job and people who will support this work, ignoring traditional politics. It ever America was ready for this, now is the time.

Lowering the Cost of Social Services – Healing Lives

Proof of Concept
Housing First in Utah began to solve a problem and at the same time reduce costs for social services, which were increasing. The record of costs for homeless individuals and families was rising but the cost to the state for these same populations when they were provided with a place to live appeared to drop.
A program to test these figures was carried out and this proved to cut the cost for services then provided by about 30%. This resulted in a move to provide housing first, before other services were provided. This has proven to work. The State of Utah The program is being used in other states, counties, cities and towns across the country. In Utah, the number of chronically homeless has dropped 91% in the last ten years. 
Non-profits have come into spread the concept, for instance Pathways to Housing.
People provided with a place to live become productive, they find jobs, open businesses, and become active in their communities helping others. This is the working program which provides homes to the homeless and lowers the cost to government. It is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Our proposal begins with this proven model.

Why are so many people being marginalized and homeless?
Everyday more of our fellow Americans are being made homeless or financially marginalized through the failure of government to hold corporations accountable. Regulations have not worked. Instead of adding public employees and complexity government should have fixed our system of justice.
For Libertarians, this is the transitional step which removes the justification for growing government. It is a 'get back to the basics' approach for Liberty.
Americans from all professions and backgrounds who have been financially destroyed by the criminal behavior of the financial industry and the mortgage meltdown are suffering along with everyone else, including retirees and disabled people who lost their savings and are now destitute. Veterans are left homeless because they cannot function, returning from the wars started to benefit the Multi-National Corporations. Wars should not be fought so oil companies can gain access to property belonging to people in other countries.

 Financial loss, loss of your home, loss of your standing with people who at first pity you then reject you as a 'loser' causes shock and emotional trauma, resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans suffer from this and also Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), both of which make normal functioning difficult or impossible.

The reason for this leads us to another area for simultaneously healing lives and saving money.

Proof of Concept
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are problems now associated with returning Veterans which make normal functioning for those impacted from their service impossible. Homeless Veterans are now dying on the streets at a rate of two a day while technologies exist which can heal the brain and make return to normal life successful.
Neurofeedback has worked over a wide range of individuals plagued by problems including PTSD, ADHD, alcohol and drug addiction, among other conditions. It is inexpensive and technologies for treating the problem are growing more common. One example of a provider whose is at the edge of the industry is NeurOptimal. Dr. Janet McCulluch, therapist who has used the technology successfully and lowered the number of people on welfare in Kingston through her Clinic, Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback. 75% of those treated return to normal functioning.
The use of alcohol and drugs has been deemed to be a form of self-medication which helps the individual cope with post traumatic impact in their lives.
Treatment using the NeurOptimal unit, which looks like a lap top, is simple and can be completed in three months with three sessions of 35 minutes a week. Therapists, referred to as Trainers by NeurOptimal, can be trained in a short period of time and do not need a professional background. The unit costs around $10,000. No drugs are used for treatment.
Many effective therapies for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are also available and treat multiple conditions. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), is one of the most effective among these and is now moving into wide-spread usage. Dr. Paul Harch pioneered the use of this therapy and has used it successfully to treat 70 different cerebral disorders, including stroke, dementia, autism and traumatic brain injury.  No drugs are used in therapy.
For some reason pharmaceutical companies are very resistant to the use of Neurofeedback and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Who Pays for This?
The need for housing for the victims of greed is large and growing. The housing we propose for the marginalized, homeless, and others in need costs less than any traditional housing and is much faster to construct. It is also sustainable and we have designed it to be off the grids.
Providing working therapies for those rendered incapable of working saves money, heals lives, and will move Americans from needing help to caring for themselves, reuniting families, and helping others in their communities. Instituting the use of these technologies saves money by accomplishing these goals. But the costs extracted from all Americans can be repaid by holding those corporations who caused the problems and those who prevented the use of these technologies, accountable.
An incoming president can order the Department of Justice to investigate the activities of the banks and mortgage companies which caused the wide-spread financial instability which stole the savings of so many. An incoming president can ensure Veterans receive compensation, perhaps one of the homes which will take them off the grid, and treatment for their neurological problems, PTSD and or TBI.

Right now, all of us are paying for the massive transfer of wealth carried out by the financial institutions and banks. We are paying through the mounting depression America is experiencing, the inflation of our money, and more. We are also paying for social services which cannot keep up with the demand for housing for these victims of corporate greed and government incompetence.

First, we need to provide housing for the victims instead of letting them die. Then, the incoming president can prosecute those responsible. Restitution to victims and compensation to government for the costs of housing must be included in the judgment. No bank or corporation is too big to fail and many question the efficacy of the Federal Reserve System. Local banks, responsible to their members or depositors worked far better.
The cost of providing quality housing need not be excessive. Using our suggested technologies and materials completely sustainable homes of 2,500 square feet can be built for around $40.000 each. The cost will be paid by the banks are part of their ordered restitution.
Materials which cost less are generally viewed as inferior. But this is not necessarily the case. Through innovations which came about in the late 1970s the world, except the United States, is using Green Concretes which are stronger, much more durable and lasting and resist natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. Those in use in Europe are much more expensive than what is available within the US now. These innovations have produced formulas which lower the cost of building, especially when used with technological innovations which reduce the time required for construction to days or a week instead of months.
This is a transitional program during which infrastructure deemed useful would also be repaired using these materials now available at a far lower cost than projected, which, in the trillions, is unaffordable.

At the end of four years America will have less government. Then, it will be more like a government which is doing the job Americans want done. 

NOTE:  The specific material mentioned here is now being patented and the business plan will be read by qualified investors this coming week.  


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Anonymous Comments - Melinda Responds to comment

 This was a comment on a post but I thought since Anonymous went to so much trouble we should promote it to Post.  Ta Da!

Anonymous said:  I can tell from your "history" that you are not actually familiar with a lot of the inside details you are reporting here. For example, I had plenty of copies of the Clark White papers which were available at state LP conventions that I attended. I witnessed a lot of the Kochs, Crane machine, Cato, the firing of Eric O'Keefe and hiring of Honey Lanham (I was physically there in DC when Eric left and still physically there in the office when she took over).

The main focus of the LP DC office in 1980-83 was local activism, which was promoted with training seminars for local volunteers, funding, literature, lists of members and donors including big money names in several state and numerous LP groups I help set up personally. After the Clark campaign, the LP office was working hard to set up LP groups and to support local activists.

Honey and Alicia nearly destroyed the LP through total incompetence, from the disasterous management of the office by Honey and the corrupt and nearly fatal move of the office to Honey's home town in Huston TX. Cato and Ed Crane were already in DC long before this event. Cato moved to DC in 1981, Eric was fired in the spring of 1983.

The Bergland campaign actually refused to work with anyone they thought had been part of the Crane machine and failed on several ballot drives as a result, when a phone call to me would have saved them - they refused to talk to me (although they did let me send a team to get New Jersey on the ballot at the last minute, which we did), but I could have saved several other state ballot drives had they allowed me to help - and I offered repeatedly to help for free. I also helped set up a private fundraiser and raised funds to run the horrible Bergland TV spots - they were always willing to take money.)

Howie Rich donated millions of dollars of his money to the Libertarian movement, he did not profit from it, he took nothing for himself. Ron Paul has used the freedom movement as his bank account, more so than Harry Browne, although these were voluntary transactions by consenting adults, unlike the Scam in the DC office run by con artist Perry Willis and promoted by another con man, David Bergland.

The last time I saw Bill Hunscher and Roger MacBride, they were still interested and open to participating in the LP, we were at a Libertarian Party summer picnic together in 1991 where Roger spoke. 

Melinda Responds: Because you did not give your name you can't honestly claim to speak from first hand experience, Anon.  That said, I will respond.

What happened in DC is irrelevant. It was right under Crane's nose and control. He could also pik which girls to invite into internships and other uses.  

You did not mention the kind of 'training' supplied. Local activism is less political training and more skills for listening and cooperating to solve real problems. It is not glamorous, just needful. My own activism grew out to other causes, most of these were positioned as 'Liberal' as soon as I realized how little the issues which mattered to me the most were accepted as relevant to Libertarianism.

Real activism builds a foundation for local cooperation. I worked with battered women, on the issue of no-fault marriage, with children who were being failed by public schools, I answered the phone for Right-to-Life until they began using legislation to limit choice. I was also active for the ERA, and then in the Peace Movement, which is very different from Anti-War, rest assured.

When I left the LP I joined the Republican Party and became active in the National Federation of Republican Women. Now, that was a change, and a welcome one. I met not one person I could not trust.

I requested copies of the White Papers on several occasions from Chris Hocker at National. I was always promised they would be sent. They never were. I did not assume this was aimed at me personally, but incompetence is no more comforting as an excuse. I did not normally attend state conventions except California. All those kids, you know. Lots of Birthday Parties, cup cakes for school, driving them to lessons, being a Brownie Mom, and doing various newsletters on which they helped out. They were collating before they could read, rest assured.

I also taught Natural Childbirth and gave La Leche instruction. You will be interested to know none of these things are considered matters of choice by every Libertarian, with minor exceptions, I knew. But I later learned having children and being active was scandalous. This struck me as bizarre in a movement which also harbored Ed Crane, but so it was.

Let's remember the lack of cooperation Eric O'Keefe provided to Alicia when she was National Chairman. Let's remember the lies on sharing inquiries, the disinformation standard in Los Angeles on the size of the organization and the number of successful events we put on there, entirely locally funded. (No Koch Money, not a cent) I do not know what you were doing in DC. I focused local but noticed what could not be over looked.

And when people I trust relay stories to me which fit with what I know, I accept them as true until they are proved to be otherwise. I've heard assertions from you but no proof.

Eric O'Keefe was removed because the phone records showed he was not returning Alicia's calls but spending hours on the phone with Crane. But it was clear no one in your group voluntarily cooperated with activists unless they thought those activists were funneling information and resources into the control of the Crane Machine.

Alicia was very well liked and she was honest. Was she perfect? No. Who is? But I do know how she struggled and how frustrated she was with the lack of cooperation from the National Office. Not following her directives was dishonest. Eric was a paid employee, not the CEO. She had every right to fire him.

Crane is dishonest and grasping. A =A. It is so, he wanted money and he got it.

Real freedom grows locally, from every place and part. It must blossom through renewed power within the individual. That is still my goal.

It was watching the whole thing grind down to greed, deceit and manipulation that pushed me into other activism. Those were both fruitful and satisfying. It was also a learning experience which proved to be enormously valuable when Dad asked me take over the work on my Grandfather's legacy.

I was astonished to realize the values and goals Grandfather lived for were my own. He worked to change minds by showing them our connection to life through photography. His inventions extended human vision. It was working when they burned his studio in 1927. He spent the rest of his life burdened with debt. His brother-in-law, who could not face the struggle committed suicide.

I certainly learned a lot about the lack on conscience and corporate greed.

When did I defend the Berglandista? In fact, I criticized them for their nepotism and dishonesty in fundraising even at the time. But the Internet did not exist then. Isn't it nice we have it now? How much money did you raise?  FEC reports?  If you had asked me I would have told you not to bother. 

Where conversion of political resources, or incompetence, is noticed there should be correction. I did not participate after I saw what was happening.

And if it was not clear Crane would have, again, been in charge of the Ravenal campaign I might have supported Ravenal. I knew Bergland was not an appropriate candidate from the word GO. Neither was Marrou, or Ron Paul, for that matter. I like Ron but he lacked organizational skills and judgement. One of his fired employees, who brought his pot onto the plane when he was flying with Ron, Eric Rittberger Dondaro, should have been fired earlier. But the Crane-Howie Machine hired him immediately to collect signatures. And how about the Endless Book Tour of Harry Brow,n or whats his name, or Bob Barr?

I got to know Hunscher pretty well when he was living in Maine, toward the end of his life. He never mentioned meetings of the kind you related. That is not to say he and Roger did not consider cooperating with the CMachine, just that he did not mention it. But if no action came of those meetings or discussions there would be little reason for him to say anything about them.

Hunscher told me quite a bit about Roger I either did not know or only suspected. None of it shocked me.

Tomorrow is June 1st. We have a short time to change the direction of our world.

How does straight down the middle to the White House sound to you? But for that to happen the LP must move firmly Left with working solutions to the agonizing problems now confronting us. That course changes the paradigm, shattering what people have accepted. It is possible, the sort of odds Revolutionaries faced during the Shays Rebellion. We could lose, but this time it is worth trying.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hillary and Trump Receive National LP Liberty Outreach Award

Proposed by Rachel Mills of North Carolina during the National Convention just before Gary Johnson won the nomination with over 55% on the second ballot.   Never has an award been more deserved. 

 Wording for Resolution:  
“RESOLVED: For jointly guaranteeing an unprecedented wave of interest in political alternatives, for arguably doing more to disentangle voters from deeply held long-standing political loyalties than we ever could on our own, for opening minds to seek out new ideas of governance, the Libertarian Party awards jointly Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton a Liberty Outreach Award.”

From:  C-Span 
Video and text.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

They Gamble With Our Lives

Bill Gates Meets Warren Buffett

"The Gambler"
Advice to a Younger Player, 1991
With thanks and apologies to Kenny Rogers – Melinda Pillsbury-Foster 

Bill and Warren meet for the first time.
On a warm summer's evening
On a plane bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler
We were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin'
Out the window at the vastness
The boredom overtook us, he began to speak

He said, "Son, I've made a life
Out of readin' people's faces
Knowin' what the deals were
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don't mind me sayin'
I can see you've lost your way here
For a taste of your whiskey
I'll give you some advice"

So I handed him my bottle
And he drank down my last swallow
Then he bummed my last cigar
And asked me for a light


And the air got deathly quiet
And his face lost all expression
He said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to own 'em
Know how to shut em'up
Know who to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the your deal is done
You've got to know how to buy 'em
To compromise them
When the temperatures' risen'
Call in your marks
You'll see fear on their faces
They'll know what they place is
You'll keep the profits
And they'll seal it down tight.
Little Logan needs a respirator because of information concealed from his grandma about the danger of fumes.
You stall all the losers
You send in some bruisers
You sell them on promises
You'll never keep
They'll wait while they're dying,
Complaining and crying
But no one will hear them
As they die in their sleep.

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to sell off
And knowin' what to keep
'Cause every deal's a winner
And every deal's a loser
And the best that you can hope for
Is to die in your sleep

And when he finished speakin'
He turned back toward the window
Crushed out my last cigar
And faded off to sleep
And somewhere in the darkness
The gambler he broke even
And in his final words
I found the deal that I would keep 

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to own 'em
Know how to shut em'up
Know who to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the your deal is done
Box Cars, Bill, buy the Box Cars

You've got to know how to hold 'em
(How to hold 'em)
Know when to own 'em
(When to own 'em)
Know when to buy them off
Know when to lie
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the deal is done

And when you do it right, there is no gamble.

The Giving Pledge: Billionaires Promise to Donate at Least Half Their Fortunes to Charity


At the urging of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, forty of the world's richest families have promised to give at least half of their fortunes to philanthropy. 
By taking the "Giving Pledge," the forty families or individuals, most of whom are billionaires, are promising a collective sum of at least $125 billion to charitable causes, based on Forbes' current estimates of their net worth and other data sources. MORE?
How much more of this self-congratulatory outrage can we take?

Honorable people pay their debts and honorable businesspeople take responsibility for ALL the damage they do to others, even if they are ordinary people not pre-signed with legal counsel.  
It is part of the Greedville Business Plan to steal and then give to those who will then support the theft because they benefited.  

Instead, let's enforce accountability for everyone, starting with Charles and David Koch and then moving on to Bill and Warren. To make this work we need to watch every single member of Congress closer than their personal proctologists. 


A Legislative Proposal for Congress

Minimize the Impact of Toxic Events
Healing the Hazards 
A Legislative Proposal for Congress

Minimize the Impact of Toxic Events
Healing the Hazards 
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This is a Point Purple Issue, where all of us meet.   Right, Left and Independent, all Americans should agree on our desperate need for transparency and accountability. 

What did a real conservative say about the environment and free enterprise?

- “While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am
an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free
environment.” ~Barry Goldwater