It’s Okay to Return a Gift

by Daniel Arthur J., December 25, 2013

You know, it was really nice to get a present – this healthcare. I tried it on, and I liked it, but it didn’t fit just right and some of the features were problematic. So, I’m taking it back, not for a refund, but to get something better.

Flowers along a stream in Pembrokeshire, October, 2013

Flowers along a stream in Pembrokeshire, October, 2013

Government really does not serve the people well by having power concentrated in the hands of a few, and it does not help to have a rigid system that ignores human needs and desires. Our democracy needs to evolve to empower the people, each and every individual of voting age, with real access to decision making, rule making and idea submission on a regular basis. These decisions and rules should be relatively concise with elected representatives charged with attempting to carry out the expressed wishes.

Is it possible to have a super-congress with every individual having a vote and an opportunity to submit ideas and debate them? Sure it is. We have the technology needed to do it, and the ability to verify results at any level. And, we can allow people of different cultures to participate how they feel best. A sometimes stifling and technocratic Robert’s Rules of Order approach is not necessary and/or could be modified. Idea submission and debate can be almost infinite, yet, it need not interfere with meeting deadlines. Eliminating the manipulation of decision making by special interests like the coke (on purpose) brother’s, corporations and others can happen, while still allowing them to lobby or try to influence people without creating unnecessary restrictions on freedom of speech.

And then, a more complex House of Representatives can operate as elected by the super-congress. People are basically giving proxy power to the House for working out legislation in detail, but I believe, though they are not part of the House process in general, that they should retain their own vote on any legislation or proxy it to their representative.

Yes, there would be many more parties with this process, not replacing the big two, but adding many more opportunities to bring about positive change to the nation. One thing that needs to change is trust. People need to trust their government at all levels. Involvement and more rapid problem solving where no one gets hurt will help to restore trust.

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Think about the ability to pay principal and how that can work.

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Get involved in your government today. Only you can make it better (for you and yours). And, vote β€œyes” on the Boeing contract. You can change your mind later . . .

Travels and Back and Next

by Daniel Arthur J., November 12, 2013

I went to visit places of my ancestors
The way there wasn’t as long as to here
The journey was pleasant if not a challenge
From the Emerald City to Hans-land

The people were busy and friendly
They were living their lives near the stones
With a good deal of peace and some prosperity
There is more to do of course

Bond Street Station, London, UK, October, 2013

Bond Street Station, London, UK, October, 2013

The Jelling memorial was tended well
I’m sure my ancestors could tell
My friend in Skive was like Steve
I learned so much for to ever leave

My introduction to the culture
Was more than I could take in
How many days before I would pack
I wish much more before saying tak

There is a sense of productivity
There is a sense of order
The countryside is large
There are many farms

The cities are bustling
There are cars, buses and trains
Bicycles are used most everywhere
I didn’t see many private planes

Some people were very friendly
Many saw me as a potential pain
Though the land seems peaceful
It will take much more time to fit in

I am from there
But I don’t belong
I belong there
But its not so easy

I transited to the land of castles
There were many there to see
Museums and archive were plenty
As people visit there to see

People were a bit more friendly
Things were a bit more busy
Castles seemed to be older
I could sense more the industry

It seemed a bit easier to see
Whatever I wanted in the city
I kept to the museums and trains
My room was a refuge for a few days

I traveled on to Carmarthenshire
Over further still to Pembrokeshire
I visited known ancestral places
With a guide studious of family

My feeling of belonging was much closer
It would take less to be accepted
Somehow having known family
Makes a place seem a bit warmer

I could feel a bit more of the history
I know that things weren’t perfect
People left to find something more
Going back is like that again

Castles provided local authority
Power there was wanted
People didn’t know that it would corrupt
More democracy was then desired

This place is a bit more cranky
But my fitting is a little easier
I know the feeling a bit better
It’s a long way to be home

Home is where you be
Be home, where is that?
It is where it is
It isn’t where it isn’t

It is nice to travel
It is nice to meet people
It is another to know
I’m the kind that likes to know

Working on the know
Getting on the go
I visit away from home
Home can be where it is

Maybe I have no home
Maybe I have many
I am back again
I’ll be back again
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Take care of yourself in all ways. I wish for you to have real success.

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The Race for You


View of Seattle from Washington State Convention Center, June, 2012

View of Seattle from Washington State Convention Center, June, 2012

Cory Booker is a fantastic speaker. In his self-proclaimed probationary speech given to the Washington State Democratic Convention on Friday the 1st of June, Cory scored big with the partisan crowd. Mayor Booker spent most of an hour entertaining, teaching and inspiring the Northwest crowd with his unique blend of observations, stories and beliefs.

There was little doubt that Barack Obama and the Democratic brain trust know that Cory is a tremendous asset on their political team. He tells you about his real life experiences in politics and how he has persevered through tough times with charisma as described by a recent NPR article. Through drama, reality and a wonderful sense of humor he lets you know that politics can truly be about making a difference in your community.

Newark, New Jersey is much the better for having Mayor Booker working hard to make a difference as he inspires and recognizes the residents to do the same. He takes no credit for the positive changes his administration has accomplished, but he explains in spectacular fashion how so many people do make a difference. He is a politician that works hard, makes mistakes like any of us, but finds a way to help his constituents to prosper – even in these hard times.

Just get out there and help right the wrongs with personal courage like his under appreciated hero Harriet Tubman. Celebrate diversity with compassionate accountability.

Daniel A. Jones, June 3, 2012