In September I left off 2016 Congressional candidates' Declarations and undertook Trump Tweet.
President-Elect Donald Trump campaigned hard at the close of his campaign that he would "drain the swamp" in Washington DC.
In his Contract with the American Voter, Trump committed to embark immediately on a plan for restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington. The Contract proposed six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC. These are:
★ FIRST, propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
★ SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).
★ THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
★ FOURTH, a five-year ban on White House and Congressional oﬃ cials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.
★ FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House oﬃcials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
★ SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
This blog will now shift to pushing for support in Alabama of the foregoing Trump initiative, including suport by the Alabama's legislative delegation in Washington, by other leaders in Alabama state and local government, and in its business, media and civic communities, and by Alabama citizens generally.
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.
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.htmlThere have been over 950 page views of this entry.