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We need to replace every career politician with a Citizen Candidate.

A Citizen Candidate would have to agree:

1. to serve one term.

2. accept the local average wage

3.  take no other income

4. be subject to an automatic recall agreement for any constitutional violation.


I think it would be great to have an "exclusion" party allowable on all ballots. It could be called NOTA (None Of The Above).

Then we could vet citizen candidates that agree to serve a short term at local average wage as their ONLY income.

We need to change the voter mindset to replace every politician at every election.

Surely we can find 1/2 plus one candidates for every State and Federal House and Senate office. All the above would cure most of the governance criminality we have today.

With today's technology there's no reason political offices require the elected to have to travel away from their area of representation. That way the constituents could easily view and visit them. I'll bet the cable companies would be happy to provide CSPAN-like coverage to every locale.

Just think of the better access, transparency and accountability aspects as well as the government operating cost savings.

Plus, it would kick the lobbyists in the butt. K-Street would not be affordable to put their offices in every voting district.

As a bare minimum we should prohibit past office holders from ever becoming a lobbyist.


The most important political entity is the VOTER and we need a voter mindset change.


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How about this idea? The most numerous and popular TV shows seem to be the many variants of talent shows.

Why not have a political debate format? For example, imagine something like the Voice with a cross section of the most popular pundits wearing blinders and earphones that disguise the speakers' voices.

Each prospective candidate then presents his/her case for being on the nationwide election ballots. The 'judges' then compete to be 'mentors' of the proponents they like the most and the candidates choose which 'coach' they want to work with.

Then, the public, via phone polls, Twitter, texting, et al 'vote' for their favorites and at the finale the winners get their name on all the ballots regardless of their party affiliation.

Maybe, just maybe, the public would become engaged in the process and we would have genuine choices, not paid for with back room deals.

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Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man…
At 5, he began studying under his cousin's tutor.

At 9, he studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, he studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, he entered the College of William and Mary. He could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.

At 19, he studied Law for 5 years, starting under George Wythe.

At 23, he started his own law practice.

At 25, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, he wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America”, and retired from his law practice.

At 32, he was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, he wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, he took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, he was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, he served in Congress for two years.

At 41, he was the American Minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, he served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, he served as Vice President and was elected President of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, he was elected the third President of the United States.

At 60, he obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation's size.

At 61, he was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, he retired to Monticello.

At 80, he helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, he almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, he died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson was wise because he studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws, and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today.

John F. Kennedy once held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House… with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."