1776: American Colonies of King George III.
2000: American Monarchy of King George II? History repeats itself?
Will we allow the ascension of a King George III to the American throne in the 21st Century?
Will we allow a Queen Hillary or a Queen Chelsea? Do we have a Bipartisan Civil Monarchy?
Common Sense II Political Reforms
. . . is dedicated to promoting government "of, by and for" all of the people of the United States through the spread of common sense ideas for political reform.The Overdue Voter Revolution was my jumping off place in 1996 to attempt a personal evaluation of what was wrong with the two-party political system. Common Sense led me to the conclusion that absolute control of politics from the top-down by the DNC and RNC, a national political dictatorship, was the problem. I call that dictatorship the monopoly two-party system. My dream is to restore the promise of liberty and a democratic republic to our people through public awareness and widespread civic participation in non-partisan politics. We need to rewrite civil law to make "public service" the only possible benefit that can be had from holding public office. I invite you to pursue the dream of self-government promised in the Declaration of Independence and made sustainable by the provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The only guarantee Freedom has is our political participation. (Strategy)
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Common Sense II
The Overdue Voter Revolution
A Non-Partisan Indictment of the DNC & RNC
Copyright @ 1997-2013 by Richard L. Stevenson
the pamphlet online (Preview)
Links to a Reformed Political World(Strategy)
(Today's Politics) A Study Hall
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(Americans Speak) Grassroots Waves of Grain
The original purpose of these web pages in 1997 was to introduce needed common sense ideas into our political process. The "voter revolution pamphlet" contains a few good ideas that support the pledge below. We need to change the way we vote, because we need new political leaders free of party control. The pledge and good ideas alone, without creative political participation, cannot establish a new political reality that honors liberty and justice for all in a more democratic republic. The pledge and pamphlet make us aware of "something wrong here" in our politics. After recognition of a problem, solutions become possible.
We need an intentional political mass movement: (Strategy)
Non-Partisan Voter Pledge
I,________________Please Print________________ , the undersigned citizen of the United States of America, pledge before my fellow citizens to legally register and vote in all local, state, and national elections for the rest of my life. I consider the bipartisan power struggle between Democrats (DNC) and Republicans (RNC) a threat to the freedoms gained by the Declaration of Independence and later defined in the Bill of Rights under the Constitution of the United States of America. Special interest money donations to the DNC & RNC two-party monopoly rob our citizens of equal political representation within legislative bodies and executive branches at all levels of government. I must withdraw wholehearted support from any bipartisan candidate of the monopoly Democratic and Republican parties. I pledge to support qualified non-partisan and minor party candidates in order to elect public servants who will represent every individual living citizen at the local, state and national levels.
My legal residence, Address________________________________________________ , City _________________________ , State ______________________ , qualifies me to vote in precinct # _______________ , in __________________________ (City, Village, or Township) in the State of ____________________________ .
My pledge signed this__________ day of ______________________ , _____________ , at (City) _____________________ , (State) _____________________ .
We need new political leaders free of party control. We need to circulate ballot access petitions to put more independent non-partisan and minor party candidates on every ballot. Read the pledge. Be active as a ballot access petition circulator and Election Day participant. Join the non-partisan ballot access movement to establish a more democratic republic. Vote for candidates not owned by any political party or any other powerful special interest. We still have a democratic republic, if we can keep it. Freedom is participation in power. (Top of Page) (Strategy)
If you see merit in seeking a new political reality beyond the monopoly two-party system, ask your friends and family to visit these web pages so they can help create that new reality. If you want this conversation in our political life, read these pages and share your new insights. Email worthwhile files and page links to others. Talk to the 80% non-partisan voter majority that surrounds your daily life. To have more ballot choices we need to circulate ballot access petitions for all non-partisan and minor party candidates. We can elect candidates we petition to put on the ballot. The non-partisan ballot access movement must win elections to take power away from the undemocratic career incumbent two-party system. — RICH STEVENSON
Political Tools ~ Your Voice?
Common Sense IIis a name reverently borrowed from Thomas Paine, who published the original Common Sense pamphlet in January 1776. He came to the colonies less than two years before Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. His Common Sense pamphlet played a large part in convincing the colonists of a need to separate from the British Crown. He believed in the "natural rights" of man, and was a professed "atheist." He may have been influenced in his religious beliefs by a need to rebel against kings who claimed to "rule by divine right." I believe he is the father of our political way of life. He is one man who made the "bill of rights" palatable to the society of his time. I owe him my freedom of religion and of speech. He is my all-time favorite revolutionary hero. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were not "atheists." However, they were proud to be deists. As deists, they believed in "God," but rejected revelation and the supernatural doctrines of Christianity. We also owe them for favoring the separation of Church and State. Many of the colonists fled Europe to escape various tyrannical State Churches, religious persecution, and rule under the divine rights of Kings. A Republic ruled by civil law, not by the moralist tyranny of divine inspiration or authority, is our founders' greatest gift to humankind. The freedom of every citizen to determine his/her own philosophical, religious Truth is the greatest gift of our founding fathers to our citizens. The creativity allowed by our melting pot of intellectual freedom has produced abundant invention and great wealth for our republic.
My writing is appropriate for the political challenges of our time. (Strategy)
Richard L. Stevenson in 1997 (Top of Page)
Email: cs2 at cs2pr.us
Open Letter to Ohio District One Voters and Others:
Iam a lifelong non-partisan independent voter and moderate political activist who was an active Reform Party leader. I was a delegate to the 1997, 1998, 1999, and "Real" 2000 Reform Party conventions. In 2000 at Long Beach, CA, John Hagelin/Nat Goldhaber were nominated as presidential candidates. I was also a delegate to the 2000 Natural Law Party/Reform Party Coalition Convention in Washington DC where John Hagelin/Nat Goldhaber were confirmed as coalition candidates for both parties. The national Reform Party campaign funds, $12.5 million dollars, were stolen in court through the misdeeds of Pat Buchanan and some top leaders in the Republican controlled Reform Party. Many Reform Party members lost their party, myself included. Pat Buchanan, a Republican double agent, radicalized and split my Ohio Reform Party. (Strategy)
I was elected to the Central Committee of the Reform Party of Ohio from Congressional District One in 1998. I served on the Central committee from 1998 to 2000. By 2000 the party was divided in half by conflicts over social issues. I chose to leave the extremist Ohio Reform Party after 2000. There was no place for a moderate there.
Public service: I was on your ballot for Ohio District One Representative to the U.S. Congress on November 7, 2000 as a Natural Law Party candidate. I did not get enough signatures to get on the ballot in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 as a non-partisan independent. The Republican incumbent and a Democrat were the only candidates on the OH One ballot in those four Election Years. The bipartisan monopoly won all four years. I was on your ballot in 2004 and 2008 as a Write-In, but not in 2006. The 2006 write-in deadline was changed by OH HB3, effective late in the year, June 1, 2006. The bipartisan monopoly tricked non-partisan candidates and my campaign again. My 2008 campaign played a minor role in defeating the seven term Career Incumbent. All of my speeches and debate appearances talked of the need to defeat Career Incumbent public office holders.
2010: My 2010 campaign for Congress OH 1 was begun in December 2008 with updated web pages and campaign materials. Election day was November 02, 2010. Web pages:Citizens for Stevenson. My name appeared on all OH 1 Congressional General Election ballots as the endorsed Green Party candidate in November 2010. We non-partisans were on the ballot in 2010. Again, at last. With very little money to campaign, we got nearly 2,000 votes anyway. Libertarian, Jim Berns, got nearly 3,000 votes on very little money also.
Rich campaigned with the same non-partisan values and issues. When elected, he will be a populist statesman lobbying for the non-partisan individual interests of all citizens. Rich's 2010 Green Party candidate ballot access petition was completed and submitted on February 17, 2010 with more than the 25 required valid petition signatures needed for minor party Congressional candidates. The Green Party had Ohio ballot access for the first time in history. Voters were able to request a Green Party ballot at the May 4, 2010 Primary Election. Thank you for your Green Party primary votes. Thanks to everyone for your November General Election vote for Stevenson.
2012: The 2012 THRO pages http://cs2pr.us/THRO were published on February 14, 2011 to announce Rich's intention to be on the ballot on November 06, 2012. Congress OH1 campaign web pages were also updated to the new election year. Rich will be on the November ballot for Congress OH1 in 2012. Stay tuned, http://cs2pr.us/Rich. More updates soon. "Waste" your vote on Rich. Non-partisan voters can win in November 2012. Stevenson got over 6,000 votes and Jim Berns got over 9,000 votes in 2012, over three times the number of votes in 2010. Again with very little money spent. A non-partisan will win the OH 1 Congressional seat in the very near future. I am sure of it.
2014: I will be 72 years of age in January 2014. I will not likely be a candidate that year. I am looking for a very good candidate to win the next OH1 election in 2014. I will be available as a campaign manager for that candidate.
Election of the President: I supported Ralph Nader in 2000, 2004 and 2008, as the only cohesive non-partisan independent voice in the Presidential elections. His message, vastly unheard, was one of unity of the non-partisan independent masses. I have been an Ohio Green Party member and Central Committee participant since 2002. Non-partisan for over fifty years!
President Barack Obama may or may not make any noticeable change during his years served as President. I stand ready to applaud any success he may have in solving our nation's problems. I will not support a "D" for re-election.
Open Presidential Debates: I am personally committed to vote for any qualified non-partisan or minor party candidate I find on my ballot. Presidential debates with Ralph Nader and other ballot qualified candidates in every Presidential debate in 2004 and 2008, would have given voters a realistic discussion of the real issues and a means to consider a vote for one of several less well known ballot qualified candidates. With open debates we could have had a competitive election between more than two candidates. We may have elected a person of greater integrity, someone like Ralph Nader, to become our non-partisan President in January 2009! Someone not influenced (bought) by special interests! We had another chance in 2012. And will again in 2016. We can do it.
Instant Runoff Voting: Everyone could have voted for their first choice if Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) had been used in the year 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections. With IRV there would be no "spoiler" candidate. The winner must always get a "majority" of votes cast in the final instant runoff. We all would have been able to cast a preferential vote on every candidate in the election to elect the new President. In the IRV system, all of your votes (yes, that is plural) would have meaning. Unfortunately, we all had just one vote for President in the uncertain elections of 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. The two monopoly parties won. We lost.
(Top of Page) (Strategy)
I am very disappointed that King George II was "selected" to the Presidency, twice. I oppose monarchy and hereditary rule in our democratic republic. The Presidency was purchased like a dollar store trinket. Sadly, the same statement would apply if Gore or Kerry had become President. The Obama election merits the same statement. A partisan Supreme Court broke the line of Presidential succession in 2000 for the first time in U.S. history. The system remains broken at this point in our history. Historically, our elections have always been fixed by corrupt "legal" bribes and gerrymandering.
The re-selection of Bush was beyond rational contemplation. It seems to me that Bush would not have been "selected" President in 2000 if his brother had not been Governor of Florida. The coincidence is too great to avoid intense historical inquiry. More bipartisan election tampering took place in 2004, with Ohio becoming 2004's Florida. The "selection" seemed to be fixed by the Republican Secretary of State, who was also George Bush's Ohio Campaign Manager. That was a huge conflict of interest that should have precluded him from involvement in the Bush campaign.
Clean Elections: Fixing elections threatens to become an increasingly blatant bipartisan habit. Polarization grows. Support of extreme values divided voters to help select Bush, in a very hate-based values war. Each half of the electorate has been taught to disrespect the deeply held values of the other half. The negatives muddy a steep slope slipping slowly toward eventual intolerance, confrontation, and violence. Free speech and tolerance are being challenged to a duel. Bush policy and the religious right nudged our republic slowly toward the possibility of a religious Civil War. We still look more and more like Northern Ireland and warring ethnic factions in divided Yugoslavia. We must get back to reason and law to stabilize our political process. (Top of Page)(Strategy)
To gain representation for non-partisan citizens we must avoid election of Democrats or Republicans. Both parties are destructively bipartisan, as seen in the legal battle over the Presidency in Florida and Ohio. Both parties are a part of the over 200-year-old entrenched monopoly two-party system. Some would correctly say "dictatorship." Both parties rob our citizens of access and representation within legislative bodies and executive branches of government throughout the United States. Non-partisans like you and me need to control our democratic republic to reform our political system. We must do more than just vote. We must elect non-partisan candidates to public office.
About 85% of registered voters are non-partisan, including some minor party voters — as in District One. Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota, won his office as mayor (75% of the vote) and his office as governor by attracting more registered and unregistered voters to the polls. Jesse won the Governor's election with 37% of the vote. The 65% voter turnout was 20% higher than any other election in the country in 1998. Forty-one percent (41%) of Jesse Ventura's votes were from new voters, registered on Election Day. Non-partisan independents are at least 74% of 115,000,000 registered voters nationwide. In addition, another 100,000,000 age eligible non-partisan independents are not registered to vote. Altogether, there are roughly 175,000,000 (77%) non-partisan independents who are age-eligible and could elect non-partisan and minor party candidates, leaving roughly 40,000,000 (23%) age-eligible bipartisan "majority party likely voters" to win elections. Obviously non-partisan votes can win every election.
Non-partisan and minor party candidates are likely to win any election with a 65% or more voter turnout. Most elections have a turnout of far below 50% of registered voters (115,000,000 U.S. total) and 0% of unregistered age-eligible voters (100,000,000 U.S. total). Participation in elections by over 65% of age-eligible voters can elect new non-partisan leaders 100% of the time in every election. Yes, we can.
Education: Non-partisan voters can easily put any candidate they choose into every public office in our republic. One problem is education to let non-partisans know that their votes already determine the winner in every election. All elections. Together, we have a reason to become politically active. We can elect non-partisan and minor party candidates to public office in every election.
The second problem is highly restrictive ballot access laws that exist at some level in all fifty states. To easily elect non-partisan leaders, we can increase voter turnout and voter registration. Everyone can learn to circulate ballot access petitions, to become politically active. Moreover, we can find reasonably good non-partisan and minor party candidates to stand for the numerous public offices we need to win. Our ballot access petitions can put more candidates on every ballot.
The Power of One Vote: The American people must be educated to discover the extreme lack of popular support for the Democratic and Republican parties. Both parties are well financed by special interests and they make a lot of noise on TV and Radio. The power of the parties is zero in the quiet of the voting booth. Each citizen has the power of one vote. We must all learn to use the power of our single vote to gain representation in OH District One and in districts all over our republic. Your single vote is the key to the power you share with other citizens — the 99% without equal representation. (Pledge)
There are no major parties in our republic. We have two dominant minor parties. The two dominant parties are bullies with bragging rights. Each voter can fire the bullies. Each voter can have real friends in high places. Those friends are non-partisan independent or minor party candidates from our communities. Elect those people-friendly candidates to have a voice in your governments — local, state and national. Be a polling place participant on Election Days.
Winning 10% to 40% of all public offices all over our republic by qualified non-partisan independent and minor party candidates can be done. To be free of the destructive bipartisan power struggle between the DNC & RNC and to connect government back to our people, it must be done. (Strategy)(One Vote)
We can take our political process back from special interests that have purchased power over our governments from the DNC and the RNC, the Democrats and Republicans. Vote to elect self term-limited, non-career non-partisan candidates to public office. Use your one vote. (Pledge)
Solutions to many of our persistent problems can be accomplished by scaling down big money corruption in our political process. To move toward representative government we must eliminate soft money and PAC money from all political campaigns. We can have a more democratic republic.
Non-Partisan Clean Politics Strategy: We can elect non-partisan independents, 44 in the U.S. House and 10 in the U.S. Senate = 10%, to end bipartisan majority control of Congress. Bipartisan warfare to get majority control of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate would end immediately. Without a legislative majority, incumbent Democrats and Republicans would have to work with non-partisan and minor party office holders to legislate to solve our long term national problems in the light of day. Real solutions have been blocked for decades by the corrupt special interest influence of money on all Congressional legislation. Legislation bought by special interest lobbyists is a prominent long term feature of the corrupt Career Incumbent Washington Culture maintained by the bipartisan two-party system. Bipartisan incumbent crimes have been well hidden from public view for many decades.(Strategy) (Change) (Template) (One Vote) (Pledge) (Top of Page)
With your participation, our independent non-partisan SUPER MAJORITY can show the world. We can elect public servants we choose who will represent the economic interests shared by 99% of our citizens. Clean elections!
To preserve freedom and our democratic republic we must elect new people to public office to replace bipartisan incumbents owned by the 1%, as often as possible, and with as many newly elected private citizens as possible.
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When elected, Rich will work night and day for a more democratic republic. Elect "RICH." You win. We all win. Rich will be on your ballot for OH District One Representative to the U.S. Congress on November 06, 2012. Your non-partisan voice will be heard in the U.S. Congress. (Top of Page) (Strategy)
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You have a non-partisan choice and a good reason to vote. I pledge to be self term-limited to two terms — four years. I will vote for your interests, our common good.
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Common Sense II — Part II
Sub-titles tentative; beyond the first draft:
The Brainwashed Citizen Awakes
Downsizing to Democracy and Civility
© 2001 by Richard L. Stevenson, a pamphlet