When Big Time Politicians Line Up Against Regular People, the People Lose
So, Let’s send them home this time and never let them come back.
Two years ago, in the waning years of the heyday of Information Technology, I was a successful Assistant Professor in the Business Information Technology at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Additionally, I ran my own IT consulting practice. From my perspective, I was an average guy trying to make ends meet in a tough, competitive world, and because of hard work, for the most part I was successful.
In my personal life, like many I became concerned that our government had gotten out of touch with the people and our national officials were doing everything but representing the people. So, I decided to help out. My first venture was to run for Congress in 2010 because politicians had failed in their job of representing the people. There is no other explanation. They forgot that “We the People” run the country and the role of our representatives is to support and represent US.
It seems like most of us have gotten the infamous email attributed to Charley Reese. Reese picked this title for his piece:
"The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes."
Here is the beginning of the Reese email. After all these years, it is still thought provoking. The date of this is unknown but the US population at the time was about 70 million shy of today’s numbers so it has been out there for awhile:
“Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
“Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
“You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.
“One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country…
“It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.
“I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
“When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.”
There’s lots more of Charley Reese’s email on the Web and it is easy to find. Charley is spot on. Congress is the problem. So, the people are in control of one thing – elections. Let’s replace the scoundrels. That is our job and our duty.
The politically elite have had their way too long in this country and they have left many regular Americans stranded in their wake. At 62-years of age, I felt it was about time that I take a shot at making it better. As a virtual unknown, in 2010, I faced off against a thirteen-term incumbent, Paul Kanjorski. With no political experience, I found myself against the master politician. I chose to raise no money because I felt and still feel that willing Americans should not have to pay to represent their peers. Because I was a working stiff like most real Americans, are or once were before the economy went south, I was able to manage only nominal door-to-door campaigning.
When it was all over, everybody, friend and foe, tells me that I shocked the pundits and the politicos in Northeastern PA. They had expected a first time candidate for Congress to gain just 4% of the vote. Yet, when the dust settled, I had captured 17% of the Democratic vote in the primary election. Along with a third candidate, I share credit for limiting the incumbent to just 49% of the Primary vote. It was time after so many years, for this one-time congressman to go, and not come back.
In the general election, this Democratic incumbent, who had over-served in PA D11, was soundly defeated by Hazleton’s Lou Barletta 54.6% to 45.4%. The people of Northeastern PA had gained a major victory over established elitism and had dethroned a master of nepotism and cronyism. My father had taught me well. Vote for the person, not the party.
During the general election phase of the campaign, my efforts to assure that NEPA did not receive a repeat performance were on behalf of the Barletta campaign. I built a web site, helped write campaign material, and gave speeches as needed in my role as Coordinator for Democrats for Barletta. I supported Lou 100% in the general election. Check out www.dems4lou.com, a site I built for the Barletta campaign.
I learned a lot in this one run for office, and though my principles have not changed. I learned that in this political world as fashioned by corrpupt politicians, one must have a treasury with funding in order to compete. Obviously, this puts regular people at a major disadvantage. So, for my run for the US Senate beginning in October, I accepted campaign donations on my site. My message was the same but this time, I have a green DONATE button on the front page.
There is some humor in my results. Right before I accepted the advice of my campaign team and did not try to get the 2000 valid petition signatures to be on the US Senate ballot, I checked my receipts and donations in my Web account. I smiled as I saw I had received $55.00 in campaign contributions. I too think that is funny. It saw it was from two separate transactions. One was $50.00 and the other was $5.00.
Upon further inquiry, I realized the $5.00 gift was a test of the web donation system—to see if it would really work. It turns out that I had donated $5.00 from my card to the campaign. So in mid January, with little financing, and with 25% of the folks who helped me gain signatures last time in tough economic times, and with no money to help pay people for signatures since I am unemployed myself, my advisors reminded me that you have to know when to fold them.
Trying to get the media into the act to help me get better known throughout the state, I took some expert advice and I challenged Bob Casey to a debate. The media today unfortunately has no time to root for any candidate and they surely do not root for a little guy who has no advertising dollars to burn. I thought that my offer to debate was news. I sent out over 100 press releases.
Nobody carried the story. Do you think the press really helps the people who buy their papers or their advertisers? So, as what would be expected, the Unknown Senator’s advisors suggested that Bob Casey Jr. remain unknown about the debate. Perhaps he would pretend that he was unaware of an offer of debate from a fellow Pennsylvania Democrat? Perhaps he thought I would just go away?
Until some of my advisors spoke to me the other day about a write-in campaign, I had been on the sidelines for over a month. I am back and this time, I won’t need several thousand signatures. Anybody who is a Democrat can write my name when they vote in the primary election and it will count as a vote against Bob Casey Jr.
When you see Bob Casey next time he appears in public (you may have to wait a long time), ask him about why he never responded to me about the debate. But, then remember, he did not have to. He was not looking for what was fair. He surely was not looking to legitimatize my campaign by debating me. Casey was looking for a route to victory and if he had acknowledged me; he knew, that it would be disadvantageous for him.
Though debating would have been good for all the people and would have been fairer for me, it was not going to happen but I had to give it a shot anyway. There are few avenues for a regular person to run for US Senator. As expected by everybody to whom I spoke, the Unknown Senator from PA chose to ignore me as he chooses to ignore you and you and you, day in and day out in his dealings in the Senate.
In my congressional campaign, few thought I had a prayer. The Democratic leaders throughout the state completely ignored my congressional candidacy and they are doing the same again this time. They are solidly in line with the Unknown Senator from NEPA. It is up to we the people to send our one of the 545 perpetrators back home where he belongs and it is our duty to elect somebody who will represent the people of the state of Pennsylvania.
While running, I knew that the best chance I had was to convince the people that as a regular Joe, I still had a shot at defeating Senator Casey. Some say, after six years in office, Casey Jr. is the Unknown Senator as I have characterized him. If I can gain some publicity, and if more people think of the lack of effort on the part of our Senator, Pennsylvanians will be ahead. My friends joke that as little known as I am, Casey Jr. may even be more unknown than I am. In many ways, he is a beneficiary of his father’s good name.
So, my mission in my active campaign, and now again in the write-in campaign, was to convince the people of Pennsylvania that it was and still is about time that we had one of our own representing US, and not one of the political elite working for himself and his legacy. My father would have told me that like most regular people, the Kelly’s cannot afford legacy.
I am proud that in my run against the incumbent Congressman in 2010, I was backed by the tri-state (PA, NJ, DE) Independence Hall Tea Party. Now, in my run for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate, again I am fortunate to have received the endorsement of this prestigious TEA Party organization. Terri Adams the leader of the organization is a patriot for sure
Don Adams, the head of the TEA Party PAC from Philadelphia, is another real patriot. My sister and I and my best friend, Dennis Grimes, who managed my campaign while my real consigliore, Martin L. Devaney was recovering from cancer, saw Don Adams in action. He is the modern version of a colonial patriot.
We were all there in Philadelphia in October, 2011 to announce my Senatorial candidacy. Joe Vodvarka, remains as the only Senatorial Candidate from Pennsylvania on the PA ballot to oppose Robert P. Casey Jr. He told me when we were in Lebanon together at the 9-12 project meeting on Feb. 22, 2012 that he knows Don Adams is a true Patriot. Joe and I are very pleased that both of us have been able to claim endorsements in the past from this great group of patriots, though both of us are Democrats. As noted, I am launching a write-in campaign against Robert P. Casey Jr. whose time was not well spent for Pennsylvanians.
Though Progressive Marxist put all branches of the TEA Party down as fringe, TEA Party citizens represent the real thinking of America. The TEA Party movement is accused of being married to the Republican Party. But that's not true either. Both Joe Vodvarka and I are Democrats. TEA Parties do endorse mostly Republican candidates because most Democrats follow the progressive / Marxist policies as spewed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC.
The key attribute of TEA Party advocates is limited government—a philosophy first professed by Jeffersonian Democrats. Thomas Jefferson as many know is the founder of the Democratic Party and, he, like the TEA Party, believed in limited government. Shall we all say, “Amen!”
Adams put this out in his TEA Party press release: "Brian Kelly's conservative principles and his endorsement from the Independence Hall Tea Party Party PAC, helped him win a large number of votes in his 2010 primary challenge to Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski," said PAC Vice President for PA, Sean Carpenter. "Mr. Kanjorski was ultimately defeated by Congressman Lou Barletta after he had been weakened in the primary by Mr. Kelly," Carpenter said. "We would certainly like to see the underdog, Mr. Kelly, have a similar impact on the 2012 PA US Senate race—if not Mr. Kelly's outright defeat of Obama clone, Senator Bob Casey, in the Democratic primary."
Adams continued in his announcement: “In PA, Mr. Casey's favorables are well below 50%. President Obama's are even lower. Anything can happen--including a primary upset. The [Tea Party] PAC is endorsing Mr. Kelly in 2012 because of his principled views on issues that concern us. He supports a balanced budget amendment, tax reform, reducing the burden of federal regulations, and energy independence," Adams said. "Mr. Casey ran in 2006 as a pro-life conservative--and has since proven, in major votes on Obamacare to the failed stimulus bills to Planned Parenthood funding that he is neither conservative nor pro-life.”
I appreciate these words from Don Adams, who cares about making America whole again. As most Pennsylvanians and most Americans, I too have noticed that we need change more now than when we thought we needed change in 2008. The opportunity for guessing is over. We have to be right this time or we will be dead wrong.
What we do not need is the kind of change that exalts one man and attempts to silence a nation. I ask you to vote for the people in April and again in November, 2012. Vote out the proponents of big, intrusive, freedom-taking government. Vote in, a simple America-first RRR-plan and we will all be amazed to see all the politicians disappear overnight. Wouldn’t that be nice?