Thursday, August 25, 2016

Be an Alabamian who wants to know

Is our Congress corrupt?

This morning (August 25) on Fox & Friends, Senator Sessions strongly condemned contributions to The Clinton Foundation and the buying of access to American leaders. See below video


In the very first debate, Trump was brutally honest about the buying of access, and worse things, connected with campaign contributions Here's the video of that.



Senator Sessions and the rest of the Alabama legislative delegation in Washington should talk to Alabama voters about campaign contributions buying access to Congressional lawmakers and others in Washington, whether Congress is corrupted by the same, and, if so, what should Congress do to fix the corruption.

Are you an Alabamian who wants to know whether Congress is corrupt and whether anything can be done about it?

Step One
If you do want to know, a first step for you is to send tweets to Senators Sessions and Shelby and the Representative for your Congressional district (or even send tweets to all seven of Alabama's representatives in Congress).

You can send tweets by clicking on the below links. The tweet you send will have a link to this blog entry (Be an Alabamian who wants to know).  Also your tweet will contain, and show up under, the Twitter hashtags #FixCongressNow and #alpolitics.

Tweet here to Senator Sessions
Tweet here to Senator Shelby
Tweet here to Rep. Byrne
Tweet here to Rep. Roby
Tweet here to Rep. Rogers
Tweet here to Rep. Alderholt
Tweet here to Rep. Brooks
Tweet here to Rep. Palmer
Tweet here to Rep. Sewell

Step Two
It is doubtful you will get answers from Senators Sessions and Shelby and the Representative for your Congressional district by sending your tweets to them per the above. You need to get lots of your fellow Alabamians to be asking the same questions in way that registers in the Alabama social media. Here is how to do it:

You and other Alabamians send individual tweets to fellow Alabamians in your geographical area who are Twitter users.

First, you need the tweet message you are going to send, with a link to this webpage. I suggest a tweet such as:
I am an Alabamian who wants to know whether our Congress is corrupt. You should want to know too. http://al6thcongdist-ihaveuntiljan13.blogspot.com/2016/08/question-to-al-congresspersons-re.html 
Then you need to find follower lists of other Twitter accounts in your geographic location that have a lot of followers in the location. I am in the Jefferson County/Shelby County geographic area, and the below would be examples of good Twitter follower lists to use:
https://twitter.com/GreaterShelby/followers
https://twitter.com/OTMJ_Life/followers
https://twitter.com/HomewoodHigh/followers
https://twitter.com/TrussTribune/followers

In doing your tweeting, you are repetitively sending the same tweet message. This can be done efficiently. Get the tweet message on your mouse clipboard, go to the follower list  you are using for your tweeting, start with the first person on the list you want to tweet to, and do this:
1. Right click on person's Twitter name.
2. Choose "open in new tab"
3. Go to the new tab.
4. Click on the "Tweet to" button.
5. Paste the tweet message in the box.
6. Hit the "Tweet" button.
7. Close the tab, which takes you back to the list
8. Go on to next person, and repeat above steps.
You should be able to send 30 to 40 tweets in a half hour. Send as many tweets as you are willing to. Don't worry about any duplication that you think may arise.

The idea is for recipients of your tweets who click on the link in the tweet will come to this webpage and then join in and do their own tweeting to other Alabamians in their locale. The goal is to produce a pyramiding of tweets that reaches tens of thousands of Alabama voters.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rep. Palmer, about your town hall today

Rep. Palmer, our country is in a state of shock, or else despair, growing out of the Presidential election.

The talking heads on TV are talking endlessly about our anger and disgust for the political establishment and Washington DC, and this is gurgling over the sides of our cups.

The two Presidential nominees, we've been told, have the highest unfavorable ratings of Presidential nominees ever.

The Presidential general election went straight to the gutter within days of the presumptive nominees being determined, and it keeps getting worse.

Half the country would like a choice of other than Clinton or Trump, and there seems no way for them to get it.

The people feel hopelessness connected with the Presidential election.

With that malaise emanating from the highest political level, the voters may think to look to Congress to assuage them.

Congress, unfortunately, is part of the problem as well.

I don't know what priorities you are looking to address in your telephone town hall this evening.

You, as the Representative of the Alabama 6th Congressional district, ought to address your constituents about the huge political malaise in the country.

You, as a member of Congress, should talk with your Congressional colleagues and try to find out whether Congress can collectively address the American people about the situation.

The hopelessness is pretty bad, and I am not holding out much hope, but someone has to speak up.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Can Alabamians battle Alabama corruption?

Yesterday I was notified that, in Washington State, there has been launched a campaign for The Washington Government Accountability Act, Initiative 1464, being powered by more than 24,000 Washington Represent.Us members and a cross-partisan coalition called Integrity Washington. The law seeks to restore public trust in government by increasing transparency, giving voters a stronger voice, and strengthening enforcement. A summary and full text of the Act can be found through links at http://integritywashington.org/about/.

I was also notified about a campaign in South Dakota for The South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, Initiative 22, being championed by the bipartisan coalition Yes22.org and more than 1,000 Represent.Us members in South Dakota. The Act will prevent political bribery, improve transparency, and increase enforcement of South Dakota’s ethics laws. For a full copy of the proposed law, see http://yes22.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/south-dakota-government-accountability-and-anti-corruption-act1.pdf.

Does Alabama need an Alabama Government Accountability (and Anti-Corruption) Act? What can we Alabamians do to get the same?




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Current status

This blog dates to 2012.

The largest part of the blog documents my endeavor to run for Congress in the Alabama 6th Congressional district in 2014.

Since Nov. 5, 2014, I have been concentrating on national activities seeking to battle the corrupting influence of money in politics. This has been done via three other blogs, to wit, in chronological order, The Campaign Finance Reformers Blog (old)The Campaign Finance Reformers Blog (new); and 2016 Congressional candidates' Declarations.

For the past year, the 2016 Presidential race has sucked up almost all the nation's political attention.

While overwhelming attention is going to continue to be paid to the Presidential election, the Congressional elections will assume greater importance in voters' minds than they have had during the past 12 months.

The astounding political story of the Trump and Sanders Presidential candidacies has been attributed to a deep, widespread disgust and anger against the political establishment and against Washington DC. The country awaits how this is going to play out over the next six months in Clinton versus Trump for President (it now appearing virtually certain those will be the Democratic and Republican Presidential nominees).

Besides the country not knowing which candidate is going to win the Presidential election, the country does not know how the voter disgust and anger is going to be taken out against Congress in the Congressional elections.

My main interest has been Congress. The 2016 Congressional candidates' Declarations blog seeks to force Congress to confront, before Nov. 8, 2016, whether it is corrupt or not, and to pass reform (or not) for the voters to consider in November, and thereby make the 2016 elections a referendum on Congress.

Being an Alabama resident, this is deserving of being separately and specially carried on by me in Alabama. This blog will become more active again for that purpose. Information about activity that has been undertaken regarding Congressional races in Alabama has been previously compiled in the 2016 Congressional candidates' Declarations blog, and that information can be accessed by means of links listed in Districts and States with activity.


UPDATE 5/11/16
The 2016 Congressional candidates' Declarations citizen effort calls for mobilization of the citizenry to tweet in the effort. Whether anything will happen is dubious. All I know to do is try to lead by example.

The past couple of days I have been using https://twitter.com/RepMoBrooks/followers and https://twitter.com/USRepGaryPalmer/followers to send to fellow Alabamians this tweet:
So, what do we Alabamians now think about our AL legislative delegation in Wash. DC? http://al6thcongdist-ihaveuntiljan13.blogspot.com/2016/05/current-status.html
There have been over 950 page views of this entry.






So, Alabama

What do you think now?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What more proof do you need, Rep. Palmer?

Re:  Keystone pipeline

Dear Representative Palmer:

Everyone in our country needs energy.

Also, most everyone wants to protect the environment, for ourselves and for future generations.

Any person with intelligence knows there are trade offs to be made between energy and the environment.

The possible trade offs are varied and complex.

The country has been choosing among possible trade offs for decades, and there are many years in front of us for figuring out energy versus the environment.

Rep. Palmer, wouldn't you think that the American people should have a President and a Congress that recognize the reality of all of us having similar concerns in the trade offs between energy and the environment? Should not such President and Congress tell the American people they will consider the current situation and they will develop and put forth a consensus proposal of what they think the next step should be for the country?  Then, the American people, understanding that trade offs are necessary, can decide whether the proposal of the President and Congress is within rational boundaries for striking a balance between energy and the environment. There is a possibility of a massive reaction against the proposal as being grossly deficient and not being a rational balancing of energy and the environment. If, however, such a reaction does not happen, that should be grounds for a general acceptance of what has been done, the consensus proposal can be put in operation without shrieking hoohah, and the President, Congress and the country can turn their attention to other pressing matters.

Wouldn't you think that's what the American people should get from their President and Congress as regards energy and the environment?

But no, that is not what the American people get.

Instead, as an example that epitomizes what is wrong with Washington DC, the American people have been served up for seven years the inanity of how Congress, the President and the rest of the political class in Washington have dealt with the Keystone XL pipeline.

That long running inanity came back into the headlines this past week with the President's disapproval of the pipeline.

Such inanity, it can be predicted, is going to continue, it will play a role in the 2016 elections, and it will persist after election day next November.

I ask you, Rep. Palmer, why do the American people need to continue to put up with this inanity for more years to come?

What do you say?

Do you say I am incorrect in calling this performance inanity? Do you say this is our political system and our Federal government working the way they should work?

Or do you wish to point the finger at the Democrats for being the cause of inanity?

That is what you wanted to do in 2014.

Have you learned anything from your 11 months in Congress that causes you to view this matter any differently now?

Please tell your 6th Congressional district constituents about this.

Thank you.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Help Larry Lessig get 500 signatures in AL by Nov. 6th

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is running for President of the United States, in order to Fix Our Broken Democracy - First.  See Lessig2016.

He is running as a Democrat.

To get on the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary Ballot in Alabama, Professor Lessig needs to get signatures from 500 registered Alabama voters by November 6th. See Presidential Candidate Ballot Access Election 2016.

To sign the ballot access petition for Professor Lessig, you don't have to be a Democrat, and Republicans and independents may sign the petition.

Will you help Professor Lessig get his 500 signatures in Alabama by November 6th?

Please email me at rdshattuck@gmail.com or call me at (205) 967-5586 if you are willing to help out.

For your information, you can find the petition form and a Lessig2016 Brochure below at these links: