Wednesday, September 24, 2008

An outside perspective with a little bit of damon...

Here's is what some other people are thinking.  These are all quotes...can you guess who said what...initials are in place to give you a hint and some have the full names...have fun.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.  TP

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one  TP

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.  AR

Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off  AR

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come  VH

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.  VH

Many great actions are committed in small struggles. VH

Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery.  BF

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. BF

 If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference  BF

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims  BF

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.  G.Steinem

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.  Aesop

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.  FDR

The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can.  John Gardner

The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.  MTwain

For years governments have been promising more than they can deliver, and delivering more than they can afford.  Paul Martin

I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education.  Thomas Jefferson

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.  Barbara Ehenreich

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.  Hermann Goering

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living? BM

The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people. - BM

I love what the United States Constitution stands for.  I believe that Vermont stands for freedom and individuality, a desire to do good and to work to achieve a standard of living that I desire.

I can no longer deny, no matter how hard I try, that there is something wrong in our United States and I cannot deny that the whiff of it, that is quickly turning to a stench, emanates from the seats and foundations of power in our country.

Conversely I see many in Vermont as hard working, dedicated, informed and concerned.  I see Vermont as different, if only for a little while longer, than the rest of our country.  I see Vermont as possibility - albeit fading possibility - of what we, as a United States, could be.  I see Vermont as an imperfect example, but an example none-the-less, of a citizen controlled government.

But even as I write the tide is going out, the people are losing control of their government.  There are other, less innocent forces at work and I have seen them creep and flood into our Green Mountains over the past decade or two. 

My fear is that if we, Vermonters, do not take hard and decisive steps to pull back the reigns of government to allow and encourage the people of our towns to have direct influence on their own lives as much as possible - we may lose the ability, all together, to ever have that influence again.

I don't have the answers to many of the specific problems that face us today because many of the specific problems that face us are such complex creations of government intervention that there can be no possible answer and in fact any attempt to solve the problems by the same process that created them (Government) is an attempt at insanity - I think it was Einstein who said it.

Today is not a time for blame, for suffering or despair - we have a great opportunity and all we need do is grasp it.  The good men and women working for our State and Country are not afraid of change or criticism and they need help.  I am going to help them, I am asking you to help me.

The vote is the single most powerful tool we have.  I have surprised myself by thinking it...but if your vote can place me in a position to ask questions, to voice our concern, to take action, to involve citizens, to educate children and to re-enforce the ideals of liberty, freedom and truth that, in my opinion, are the best of what Vermont can offer...your vote is truly powerful.

The ideas I have are not new.  I have included quotes from people through history that have been speaking of these things for centuries.  These quotes reflect a cross section of my beliefs, they are not democratic or republican, liberal or conservative...I think of them as the reflections of people through history who have had valuable and personal experience on the subject they are speaking or writing on.

I am running for State Representative, and I will continue from this point to run for whatever office is available and allows more access to more people, because I believe that the State of Vermont and the USA stand for Liberty, Freedom and Truth and because I don't see those things being represented by our current leadership.  I do not belong to a "party" or to an "ideology" unless one considers the Human Race to be either, and I never will.  I am a citizen of The Human Race, The United States and Vermont, in that order.  I offer you, the citizens of Bolton, Underhill and Jericho my efforts in the cause of everything that is written here and I promise you nothing but the consistency of my beliefs, the truth, my time and my dedication to enlisting every one of you to become more involved than you currently are in securing a life for our children that we can be proud of.  If this is enough for you I will actively accept the responsibility to represent this district.

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