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Paul Clark For County Executive


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“Once you destroy History, all the money in the world cannot replace it.”

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I’m trying to put all your ideas together into one package. So, let me get this right… All you are asking is for, is a country where:

1) There is no universal healthcare.
2) Few entitlement programs.
3) Low Flat Tax System.
4) Faith based Government.
5) A deep reverence for God.
6) Extremely strict rules against abortion.
7) Marriage has already been strictly defined as between man and woman.
8) Homosexuality is a sin, and illegal.
9) Dress Codes are strictly enforced.
10) Tattoos, piercings, baggy pants, are banned.
11) Has the Death Penalty which they aren’t shy about using.
12) Strong private school system with religious focus.
13) Widespread dependency on oil and natural gas drilling.
14) Growing nuclear program
15) Nonexistent environmental nuisances
16) Culture that promotes family and stereotyped roles for men and women.

I’ve endeavored to put all your values on one page. I share your frustration because today, ever since 2008, it seems like America is moving further and further away from these values.

But you don’t have to be frustrated anymore. I have looked far and wide and have discovered a place already in existence that has those values in place, and more. If you sorely long for those values above, it is sincerely a place where you and your family would be very happy.

It is Iran.

You don’t have to pay me. I don’t need any commission. Just glad to help a fellow Delawarean out…. No problem.

Delaware Senator Chris Coons has a chance to do something good tomorrow.

Tomorrow with him there, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill S.285 by Senator Levin, of Michigan, to allow this man to say in this country.

Victor Sopuruchi Chukwueke has an amazing story to tell. And he loves to tell it to anyone who will listen.

Victor was a victim of tumors. In his homeland of Nigeria, he was told there was nothing that could be done. He continued anyway. A nun arranged for him to come to the US and work for a plastic surgeon and receive a free operation.

All accounts describe him as an uplifting speaker, one who causes us to look harshly at ourselves and ponder why we’ve let our minuscule traumas, set us back from our own dreams. Victor wants to be a surgeon. He is scheduled next year to begin medical school at Wayne State University.

That dream, once again is in jeopardy. For somewhere along the way, Victor didn’t file to continue his VISA. It expired, and he is an illegal alien. Michigan Senator Carl Levin put a request back in the 209th Congress, it wasn’t acted upon. He did it again on the 210th. And again in the 211th. And now in the 212th Congress.

Senate Bill 285 seeks to deem him to have been lawfully admitted to, and remained in, the United States, and shall be eligible for adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence under section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1255) upon filing an application for such adjustment of status.

This bill was filed, February 3, 2011. It has had 16 months, and 10 days of just sitting in that committee’s drawer… Delaware’s Senator will cast the pivotal vote tomorrow….

At his commencement address Victor said this….

“Things happen in life to all of us. What matters most is how we respond. We can get sad and give up. Or we can rise up and face the challenges. Over the past few years I was forced to make a decision: should I consider myself a victim and abandon my dream? Or should I work hard to reach my goals? If I had considered myself a victim, I would not be here today.”

“I say to you, strive to be all you can be in your life. My presence here today shows that anything is possible.”

America needs this positivity now, more than ever. Let’s hope some of the positivity sinks into at least those Senators blessed with hearing this amazing tale….

This one is a no-brainer… He must be reinstated……

Chris: don’t even think of shuffling out early after discussion of S-250 Justice for All Reauthorization Ac  in order to make the Law of the Sea Hearing, scheduled at the same time!!! 10:00 tomorrow.

Good luck today, Victor!

 


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So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

Brian Selander to those of you who don’t know, is a really good guy… I bet he wishes (like most dads), that he had more time to spend with his children….

It happens quickly. You get a call. You just sat down at the dinner table. It’s a Sunday, the only time you ever get to spend with your family, … and it’s a reporter who says: “Occupy Delaware just defied the state government and is staking a claim at that plaza beside the Federal Building in Wilmington. Do you want to go on record with any statement or comment, considering you have now been defied and all?”

You want to say, “I’m eating dinner with my family. Leave me alone, Ms Reporter!”… but you don’t.

Instead the words come out without you thinking as that delicious smell of food that you almost had in your mouth, becomes all you really care about, and that professional part of you that functions so much that it is automatic, takes over and says something like: “The state made a very reasonable offer with the use of state managed properties at Brandywine and Fletcher Brown park,” Selander said. “It was an offer that respected constitutional rights to be heard and assemble. They’ve chosen a different path.”

And it gets twisted like this: Brian Selander expressed dismay at the group’s decision to defy the state, for the second straight day, by choosing not to accept the Brandywine Park permit.

Thinking you made a neutral statement that says nothing but holds them off for a while, you exit and go back to your dinner.

You can be forgiven. I WOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME THING, primarily because I wouldn’t have had time to think about it first….

But thinking changes things, a lot.

This is not some ragtag group of protesters. These are former professionals, people currently employed or not, who are scared to death, that their country is going down the wrong path, fast. As much as you and Jack have been scrambling to bring jobs here to Delaware, YOU KNOW THEY ARE RIGHT!!

We ARE going down the wrong path, … and HAVE BEEN, ever since the 2000 elections! And the nuts who got elected from conservative districts in 2010, haven’t helped!

What you have underestimated, Brian, is the amount of resonance this movement has. They, are expressing the sentiments of a vast majority of humanity. Those human beings have looked for “hope” when “change” was promised… and not delivered. They looked with “promise”, when “throwing out the bums” was “delivered”, but things got worse. What you may not realize is that most Americans look at this Occupy Movement, and say, “finally, finally, someone is saying what we feel. Even better, someone is doing something about it! It may not be much, but at least, SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING!”

You, dear colleague, have the most unenviable task. In a way, you are in the exact same position as was King George’s governor of Massachusetts, attempting to put down the rebellious nature of its citizens…. If you remember history, you have only one time, ONE TIME, to get it right. Had the British immediately repealed the Stamp Act, and said, “thanks Colonies, for bringing it to our attention; you’re right, it was stupid of us to try that! Forgive us, we’ll do our best to act better in our future,” seriously, we’d be speaking Kings English right now. There would be no United States of America because there would not have been an American Revolution. In fact, as things continued to unravel in the colonies, the British did just that: repealed the Stamp Act. (Yep, it was too late.)

Instead, the initial reaction was a response to those catcalls from the insignificants on the sidelines: “are you letting them get away with it? Are you some kinda pussy or something” (To be perfectly clear, I am talking about real cats here). They felt they had to show who was in charge and they cracked down, killing 6 in a massacre, and then later, sneaking off to the arsenals of Lexington and Concord to confiscate their powder and arms….

Bad plan.

Today no one knows off the top of their head, the name of that governor of Massachusetts. But his actions, at his expense, planted the seed that grew into the greatest nation this planet has ever known.

Since you are a great guy, and have a family, and are in a very, very difficult position right now, I’m going to advise you how to work your way out of it… I could do it in an email, but I fully believe in public disclosure, for the simple reason that if I do it here, all know, and if the possibility rises that a flaw exists, someone is sure to point it out in public, and the action in question can be amended to cover that detail. Make sense?

Never give into bullies. The bullies here are NOT the “Occupy Movement.” They are Greg Lavelle and the 9/12 Patriots. How many Republicans are there in Delaware? You don’t need them. You do need the rest of us. So what I would do, is strategically take this approach.

“These people are citizens of this nation. They are protected by the U.S Constitution like everyone else. We are a fee based society. Sometimes, like the poll tax, those fees get in the way of pure democracy. Heaven forbid, that democracy could only exist, for those who could afford to pay a fee. In fact, the Stamp Act by the British, that event that triggered the American Revolution, was exactly that. A fee for a permit. Currently, the Occupy Movement is representing the revolutionary spirit that created this country. Likewise, they represent the moral equivalent of those who felt slavery, despite it’s being sanctioned by the Federal government, was intensely immoral, and an abomination. They too, like those who said it was wrong to have a second class citizenry, based solely upon the color of ones skin, even though that too, was approved and sanctioned by State governments around this nation.

For this reason, we are going to issue permits for this group. They have the same right as every citizen in America, to make their grievances known. When the wealthy lost an election, they had money to advertise, set up rallies, buy media spokespersons, pour unheard amounts of money into tiny local campaigns. But when the poor want to do the same, we say, sorry, you can’t because you don’t have cash…. and your checks come back stamped: insufficient funds.

One must wonder, if our current mayor, yes, that one who got his start during the Civil Rights movement right here in Wilmington, would be here today, if he, failed, yes, failed to lead a protest on some steps near here, because to do so, he would have first, had to pay a fee?

A fee/permit system is the surest method to silence the poor. Yet those who can’t afford it, were expressly given the same rights under the Constitution of the United States of America. They were given them, simply because, we were going to be a nation designed like no other, where each person, no matter his income, had the equal right to life, to liberty, and to their individual pursuit of happiness..

Like Philadelphia to the north of us, Baltimore to the south of us, New York to the northeast of us, we too will allow these citizens of the Occupy movement, to make their grievances known, in their own way. Their symbol of communication, is with tents. We ask, and have been given assurances, that they will respect every other citizen’s rights and property, in their pursuit of expressing their message.

We wish them luck with their endeavor.

Done.

Simple, short, to the point. Your second term is safe.

But, it couldn’t hurt to have the entire line of Democratic office holders, sail by Greg Lavelle, the GOP, and the 9/12 with gun-ports open, cannons fully loaded and primed, and unleash a fusilade of the like that has never before been seen, equating Greg Lavelle, the GOP, and the 9/12 Patriots with the likes of King George, Southern Plantation Owners, and Southern Whites who enforced segregation. That’s exactly what they are. Hanging on to power by impeding democracy; not celebrating it.

As I stepped out into the morning cold, I thought of you…. Wow, this is going to take one hell of a commitment….

This cold presents problems.

The first and primary problem, is staying warm… Any scout, boy or girl, knows camping is fun, in summer. But winter camping is only for those who “seriously” want that badge… One has to be extremely motivated.

There are laws against campfires within the confines of a city for good reason. Those laws are in place and attempting to fight them to maintain a protest, would undermine the cause for which that protest is being fought.

Moving the protest from out of the public eye, would to those only familiar with the history as represented by television, be analogous to failure… A protest needs to be seen to bring in new fuel…

Not. Necessarily. So.

I believe we should take a lesson from the American Revolution. Like today’s occupiers, they, the “real” American patriots, were fighting a token war against the most powerful military on the planet, against a majority of the wealth invested on the planet, and against centuries of ignorance that percolated to the top of intellectual thought across the planet…

And the only thing they had in their arsenal, was ideas.

Ideas, that people should be the ones controlling their own destiny. Ideas that people voting in their own self interests, would more than likely, steer the nation in the right direction, as opposed to the wrong one… Ideas that property mattered. If you took the “people’s money” than the “people” had the right to decide where it was spent….. Ideas that if you enacted all these principals, then everyone’s life would more likely be better off because of the less likely chance some faction would rise up and upset the apple cart.

And they had a handful of people, with which to back up those ideas…. But it was just a handful… And they were dedicated…

You of course have heard we won the war at the battle of Yorktown. We trapped the British, Cornwallis surrendered, and the armies went home…

But unless you studied the Revolution in detail, you probably are unaware that we lost the battles of Lexington and Concord. We lost the battle of Bunker (Breeds) Hill. We lost every battle fought for the control of New York City. We lost the battles of New Jersey. We lost the battles leading up to the Occupation of Philadelphia. We lost the South. Except for a few engagements, the British Army was free to wander around as it pleased… for the most part until the end.

In fact if you look at what we won, it was a paltry amount. We won Trenton and Princeton. We won Saratoga. We won a few clashes in western North Carolina, we won Yorktown.

But each win came just at a critical time. The Trenton/ Princeton campaign kept the army from disbanding when their original tours expired. The win at Saratoga convinced the French that signing on with us against their enemy, would be worth their expense. The battles in North Carolina harassed Cornwallis enough he decided to move to Virginia and in his haste, he allowed himself to be boxed in. The French did the rest.

The war probably ended because the British were engaged in a major war with France, and since America spoke English, it was kinda obvious to all but the Tory politicians, that we would evolve to become their longterm ally, except for the immediate problem that we were currently fighting them. The British withdrew from Savannah, from Charleston, from New York City on their own; we didn’t force them out…..

So the lesson to the occupiers, is: that you have to endure. You could set up winter camp in some field, miles from the action, as long as you were there… Of course with every cold snap, every foot of fallen snow, you should anticipate the trudge of camera men’s feet, as they came to see how Mother Nature was mistreating those who had a cause to fight for.

The fact that you don’t go away, becomes the prime weapon of choice. Since everyone knows you are there now, they don’t need it in their face, day to day… Comparison can be made to the cities of the Revolutionary War, where those citizens didn’t even feel the impact of having a war. Life went on as before.

But in the end we became the United States of America, not the American Commonwealth of Britain. WE did so because when it snowed, our feet bled in that snow. WE did so, because instead of being embrace with our families’ arms, we were camping in the woods with men. WE did so, because we simply refused to go away.

So as the winter comes, the Occupiers need a winter camp. The campaigns will come again in the summer to be sure. But the fact that each of you “stuck it out” and stayed all winter simply because America’s Wealth said “Fuck you! Middle Class!” and you thought that was wrong, will be for what all future generations will be giving praise….

My advice? Accept the reality of the current circumstances. It’s time to camp for the winter. But don’t give up… America is counting on you to make the historical change that will be necessary for the United States to fulfill the promise it’s Constitution made to “WE, The People.”

People trump corporations … at least in this nation, during this time period they do…..

That people so firmly believe that, so much they will endure arduous hardships to prove the intensity of their belief, in the end, is what matters.