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CFAR Candidates: The Real Deal

Yes, there’s hope in the midst of the mass of toxic sludge clogging our electoral machinery. Along comes the grass-roots voter-based initiative called CFAR, Contract For American Renewal. It takes the guesswork out of voting by exposing the phonies and frauds. The CFAR is a populist uprising targeting the November 2018 election, introducing honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability back into the electoral process. Continue reading

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A Cure For Mad Trump Disease

Mad Trump Disease has not just infected the Oval Office. It’s running rampant through the media and most of the political establishment. Insanity is the new normal. I don’t want to blow the ending of this article, so I’ll just say this: When the inmates have taken over the institution, it’s still the person with the keys who decides who locks the doors at night. Continue reading

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My Elevator Pitch for the CFAR Strategy

Does an “elevator pitch” actually have to take place in an elevator? I didn’t take any chances. Continue reading

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Activist Tutorial: Introducing the CFAR to a Populist-Progressive Candidate

This article and video tutorial explains how activists should present the CFAR (Contract For American Renewal candidate contract) to populist-progressive candidates running for Congress in November 2018. Continue reading

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The CFAR National Electoral Strategy

This particular article and accompanying video reaches out to everyone who is running as a populist-progressive in the November 2018 election, an attempt to persuade them that the candidate contracts represent a powerful, decisive method for defeating centrist neoliberal establishment opponents and winning the election. Continue reading

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Benten Shrine Ceremony

This past weekend was our annual Benten Shrine ceremony. The whole celebration took about an hour. Lots of smiles, good will, warm feelings. Life in Japan is still full of wonder for me. What a fascinating country! Continue reading

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Candidate Contracts: Why Populist Candidates Will Want to Sign the Contract

This article is meant to clear any misconceptions and dispel related fears about the candidate contract strategy. I will be addressing the populist-progressive candidates themselves — the only ones worthy of the strategy, the only ones worthy in my opinion of holding public office. Continue reading

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Candidate Contracts: Weaponizing Populist Electoral Campaigns

A short time ago, I characterized the practical intent, the rubber-hits-the-road goal of the candidate contract strategy in these words: “The purpose of the candidate contract strategy is to get the good guys elected and throw the bad guys out of office.” That sums it up as succinctly as I know how. Of course, if it works, it will have far-reaching implications in terms of restoring representative democracy and establishing new higher standards for electoral integrity. But first things first. Let’s put it to work! Here’s how. Continue reading

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Candidate Contracts: A Democratic Renewal

Here is a video and text explaining how candidate contracts take the guesswork out of voting and set a whole, new standard for electoral integrity in our country. Continue reading

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No Contract No Vote

Our democracy is in the middle of an existential crisis. That hardly suggests we should turn to those who have been participating in, have often been instrumental in engineering the mess, to see what their latest bright ideas are. In fact, it demands some fresh blood, some fresh thinking, some fresh ideas! Thus we need to clean house in Washington DC. On the critical issues of our time, candidate contracts take the guesswork out of voting. We’ll know exactly who gets to stay and who must go. Thus the time is right for this powerful new standard for informed voter choice. Unless you have a better idea . . . Continue reading

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