Citizen Uprising

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Citizens Party Conducting New Survey

The Citizens Party is conducting a month long survey to gather feedback from the public. The 36 question survey is designed to give the public the opportunity to impact the party platform, submit “Citizen Questions” that will be asked of our 2012 Presidential candidates and give general feedback about the party and website (VoteCitizens.Org).

You can take the 2011 Citizens Party Survey here.

 

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Campaign 2012, Citizens Party, General News, Opinion, Politics, VoteCitizens.Org | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Portsmouth Herald: Let’s end the political civil war

Opinion
February 07, 2010 2:00 AM
by Steven Borne

We should all agree that democracy is the best political option. However, our democracy, developed by our founding fathers, fought for by the colonists and preserved by generations of veterans, has lost its way.

To date, no blood has been shed in this political civil war, but it will take a massive effort to snap our nation out of this downward spiral and rejuvenate our great democracy.

Are you proud of our government and the partisan bickering over the past decade? Do you think our current government equals the greatness or potential of our nation? Are you comfortable with the monstrous national debt? Do you believe our government serves us or the money, when in 2008 more than $5.3 billion was spent on federal elections, the lobbying industry was more than $3.3 billion and earmarks totaled more than $18 billion? When will the fabric of our nation tear as the political extremes rip our nation apart in the escalating civil war for political power?

Are you enraged that in most industries technology brings better services, products and lower prices, but the cost of our health care continues to rise? Thanks to the Supreme Court, are you prepared for the onslaught of slanted influential marketing as industries, corporations and unions unleash millions to manipulate our representatives? Do you wonder how mangled congressional districts will get after the partisan redistricting that will follow the 2010 census?

What else about our current government and money driven political system makes your blood boil? Companies too big to fail, negative campaign tactics, corruption, Iraq, taxes, on and on it goes, you can add the next dozen. How long are you going to tolerate this? In 20 years, do you want to face your children, grandchildren or yourself with the knowledge that you just made excuses for not trying to end the suffering caused by this political civil war?

Some say work from within one of the two existing parties, but I doubt all of the money in New Hampshire would make much of a difference. So we need to do something else, such as create a new option for ourselves. In New Hampshire, the ruling parties require that a new political party collect an estimated 32,000 party nomination ballots (a 10-foot, 8-inch stack of paper) to yield the required number of validated signatures to have another option (political party) for all elected positions.

So we can either accept this challenge or continue to passively hope that polarized political parties will actually change on their own. We have a better chance, if we decide to change what we do and through conviction and personal commitment get an independent party on the New Hampshire ballot for 2010. Whether it is in Concord or Washington, a small, centralist, independent party can force a legislative body to focus on practical and common-ground solutions.

The New Hampshire chapter of the New American Independent Party (NAIP) is working to get on the New Hampshire ballot for 2010. Once on the ballot, active and engaged citizens can recruit representatives who would be dependent on grassroots support, not out-of-state money. NAIP candidates would be free to represent us, not compromised by other people’s money. They can build coalitions of Republicans and Democrats committed to getting the business of government accomplished in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Getting a new political party on the ballot in New Hampshire will make a loud and clear statement that can shake voters out of their apathy in the state and across the nation. However, we must work hard, smart and efficiently to quickly. Nomination ballots are available at www.newamericanindependent.com. Signing the petition does not change a voter’s party affiliation; it only states that they want a third option on the 2010 ballot.

You can be mad, upset and frustrated, but unless you get off the sidelines and get active, nothing much is going to change. We need help developing, organizing and implementing the ballot nomination signature process. We will need to present NAIP and our plan in every town, city, secondary school and group to educate, motivate and inspire our fellow citizens.

Once the ballot obstacle is cleared, we get to recruit individuals who have the skills and abilities to succeed when inserted smack in the middle of dueling political forces. To win, our representatives (state and federal), will be dependent on our grassroots network to counteract the flood of money that will pour into New Hampshire to keep the ruling parties in power. If in 2010 NAIP candidates capture at least 4.5 percent of a statewide race (governor or Senate), then we do not need to repeat the ballot petition process for 2012.

As the politically aware First in the Nation state, we have an opportunity we can either leverage or squander.The choice is up to us. So, if you choose to invest your time, unique skills and abilities to help rejuvenate our democracy, now is the time to step forward and contribute. Please visit the NAIP Web site or contact the N.H. party chair directly at nhd1naip@yahoo.com and let’s get to work to make America American again.

Steven Borne of Rye is the New Hampshire party chair for the New American Independent Party.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100207-OPINION-2070314

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Ballot Access, Campaign 2010, General News, Opinion, Steven Borne | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nashua Telegraph: New independent party holds key to our future

Sunday, January 24, 2010
By STEVEN BORNE

It is all my fault. Clearly, I have not done enough. If I had, then our current state of government would not be such a mess.

I am guilty of supporting our political party’s addiction to money. Maybe if I did more, our government would be more effective, our debt not so high and our economy not so stagnant.

Maybe we would not be getting nickeled and dimed out of our savings by “co-pays” and prescription costs if I took more responsibility for our health care costs. If I did more, maybe our representatives would actually fix the business of medicine instead of propagating the current flaws in our health care system.

The Republicans and Democrats are incredibly proficient at sucking huge sums of money out of businesses and individuals to fund their political war for power. As the power sways between goliaths, our country gets jerked to the left or right while our nation suffers. They continue to reach new lows as they demonstrate that the primary objective is to beat the other side.

I am sick of being a casualty of this ideological war, crushed by the stampede as the extremes rally their troops to fight their bitter enemies. This is not what America is supposed to be about; plus for what we pay in taxes, we deserve better.

I cannot fix either political party, but the flaws in our two-party system are now overwhelming. How much more can our nation endure? Unless we change first, do not expect the two party-system to make any significant changes.

Succeed or fail, we need to try to make America America again. We can do that by supporting an independent party.

I looked at the independent parties, and I am extremely motivated to find that I align with most positions of the New American Independent Party (or the Self Reliance Party in some states).

I will be writing editorials, giving local presentations – the next one is Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library – e-mailing everyone I know, instigating discussions and supporting New Hampshire candidates soon. Please let me know about coordinating a presentation in your city or town.

Are you going to continue to be a bystander or a pawn of the two-party system and watch our nation deteriorate? If so, please don’t complain about what is happening to our nation.

If you choose to be part of the solution, now is the time for us to get to work.

Visit newamericanindependent party.com or contact me directly and we can figure out how you can begin to help.

Democracy needs your commitment, time and unique skills – not your money.

Steven Borne, of Rye, is the New Hampshire District 1 lead for the New American Independent Party. He can be reached at nhd1naip@yahoo.com

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/perspectives/559113-263/new-independent-party-holds-key-to-our.html

January 27, 2010 Posted by | General News, Interviews, NAIP Media Events, Opinion | , , , | Leave a comment