Official Results in California voting on Prop 14
Yes 2,121,874 votes = 54.2%
No 1,799,712 votes = 45.8%
The NAIP strongly opposed Prop 14
By Larry Mendte
The Philly Post
An angry electorate is shaking things up across the country. Fed up with an ever growing government that cannot control its own spending, voters are ignoring the endorsements of political leaders, pundits and parties and choosing candidates who promise to change business as usual in Washington. Read entire article.
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 email@example.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.
By Alexis Macarchuk
January 26, 2010 2:00 AM
PORTSMOUTH — Steven Borne, New Hampshire District 1 leader of the New American Independent Party, is working hard to get an independent party on the ballot in 2010.
Borne will give his second 20-minute presentation in a week outlining the beliefs and goals of the New American Independent Party at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Levenson Room of Portsmouth Public Library. A discussion group about organizing grass-roots activities will follow.
The New American Independent Party is trying to be established as a political party in New Hampshire for both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
“We are a mix of independents, Republicans and Democrats who want a cost-effective government where candidates aren’t addicted to money,” Borne said.
The party was started in Pennsylvania in 2004, but according to Borne, it is still rather small. “I’m trying to get people involved. This is the beginning,” he said.
Borne has written letters to the editors of local papers and is raising awareness about what the public can do to advance his cause. He said the party’s focus is on civil discourse, campaign finance reform and the separation of candidates and politicians from special interest groups and lobbyists.
Andrew Smith, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, said it is very difficult for third-party candidates to get off the ground. According to Smith, Democrats and Republicans keep competition out by enacting laws that exclude third parties, making it hard to get them on the ballot.
On third-party politics becoming viable Smith said, “It’s happened once in 240 years of American history, so I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
The best way for disaffected people to make a change is within a major political party, he said.
Borne is looking for support and 32,000 signatures to get the New American Independent Party on the ballot.
“They don’t make it easy on purpose,” he said. “It’s an uphill struggle.”
According to Borne, the party’s goal is not to be a majority, but rather to have a presence in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Borne believes discussion and debate are missing from America, and would like to get people excited Wednesday night.
“We can’t just pay taxes and complain. We need to do something,” Borne said.
His current focus is on spreading the word about the New American Independent Party to state residents.
“I have no control about what happens in America,” he said, “But we have control over what happens in New Hampshire.”
Borne’s presentation is available online at http://www.newamericanindependent.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming NAIP Presentation & Information Session in New Hampshire
January 27, 2010
Portsmouth Public Library
Presentation by Steven Borne, NH District #1 Leader
There are many good arguments to be made by those who support legislated term limits for Congress persons, and even Judges. Judge’s term limits are a whole other ball of wax from Congressional, and will be left for another time. Let’s cut to the chase on the Term Limits issue for Congress.
There are two facts about Congressional term limits which its supporters don’t address and can’t get past.
First is the simple fact that Congress would have to legislate their own term limits. There may be a handful of persons in Congress, who pay lip service to the notion, but, I know of none who can convince me they would vote for it, if their vote was to be the deciding vote.
Second, to ask a political party to adopt term limits will, in all likelihood, lead to their own elected party members turning against their Party on this issue, using the same argument the Democratic and Republican Parties use very convincingly. That argument is: A party can’t represent its voting membership if it is voting its own elected officials out of offices for the sake ofterm limits. A good politician is hard to find, and it makes no sense to boot a rare good one out on general principle. Term limits are to a political party what a gun is to a suicidal person: self-defeating.
To elaborate, legislated term limits are a poor substitute for the original intent of the public’s vote referred to as universal suffrage. Our Colonialists overthrew a King whose reign relied on bloodline and was for life. Many of our founders understood that those in power will elect to keep themselves in power, in perpetuity, thus negating the very idea of a vote for the purposes of “re-election”. Our founders understood that the power of the vote was in its ability to REMOVE figures from power when the voters deemed such action warranted. No vote was needed to keep King George in power over the Colonies.
Term Limits, if they are to mean anything, must spring from the evaluation of the voters of their representative and voting accordingly. Anything less than this original intent and design of the vote, is a very poor substitute. And that is precisely, what legislated Term Limits are, a poor substitute for voters taking the responsibility for the outcome of Congress with their elected representatives in it.
The logic is inescapable. If voters don’t like the results of Congress, it means one of three things about their own elected representative. Either their Congress person is a proponent of the actions of Congress which the voter disapproves of, or, their representative is ineffective in changing the Congress. In either case, if voters disapprove of Congressional results, they have an obligation to exercise their vote to remove their representative who is either part of the problem, or ineffective in correcting it.
A political party which is considering adoption of Term Limits into its platform, as the New American Independent Party is, would do better to consider ways of influencing their followers and other voters to hold their representatives accountable on election day, rather than seek legislated term limits, which would force out those representatives, which voters highly approve of, along with those they don’t.
There is no substitute for voter responsibility or, the ability to respond appropriately, on election days. Democracy depends directly upon an informed electorate capable and willing to replace their own representatives when the results of their government disappoint.
This is, of course, only one person’s position and arguments on the term limits’ issue. The decision of the NAIP leadership to engage their members and followers on this issue is a wise and reasoned course. The Party must reflect the best interests of its followers, but, also the nation. A Party that acquires power in government, must lead for the benefit of all, not just its supporters. This is not a simple issue topic. I commend NAIP for engaging its supporters on the topic before deciding whether legally mandated term limits will, in fact, be in the best interest of its supporters and our nation.