I do want to spend today and tomorrow talking of the court challenge of this primary election so people understand the extent of corruption in the system and to encourage more people to run for office with the idea of challenging this process if it continues to operate illegally. Movement of operations and oversight from public institutions to private non-profits often funded by the rich and corporations sets the stage for these abuses in the system. If private media becomes the only source of election coverage......if public media is allowed to skirt FCC and IRS election laws.....if the state does not provide rigorous outlets for political discussion in communities across the state to assure the opportunity for citizens to be informed and intelligent when going to cast a ballot-----
THEN YOU DO NOT HAVE A FUNCTIONING ELECTION PROCESS----AND MARYLAND RECEIVES A GREAT BIG 'F'.
My task in this case will be to prove there were violations so severe as to change the results of this primary election. This will be easily done. I must prove I was a viable and legal candidate and since Supreme Court rulings in the past use terms like 'cannot exclude because of platform' and 'can select candidates with strong public support' that the exclusion from election venues occurred as a consequence of my platform. I have proven through the polling debacle the claim of 'strong public support' was not there. I contend that 501c3s have the obligation of participating in ways that do not damage a candidate's campaign so none of the above should matter. It is obvious if a candidate is left out of major venues.....damage is done. It is obvious if exclusion from smaller local events occurs to a great degree.....damage is done. The targeting of Prince George's County and Baltimore City for the greatest of election violations is not only a civil rights issue but targets a population that would most readily embrace the issues encompassed in my platform and this is willful and deliberate. I do not believe I should have to prove platform is the issue as 'damage' should prevent exclusion, but I will focus on the issue of platform because of the previous Supreme Court rulings regarding the FCC election laws and media participation---the largest factor in electioneering.
The Maryland Democratic Party has for a few decades been controlled by Clinton neo-liberals. O'Malley is a neo-liberal politician who controls much of the Maryland democratic apparatus and as governor appoints the people to head agencies like the Maryland Board of Elections, Maryland public universities, and Maryland Public Television. I go further to contend that since the politicians in Baltimore work for the Baltimore Development Corporation and Johns Hopkins which write all of the city's public policy-----and the fact that they are both the most neo-conservative of institutions----the Baltimore democratic committee are largely neo-conservatives. Anyway you look at the Maryland Democratic Party today it is 'neo'. What does 'neo' mean? The conservatives of the republican party will say that neo-cons are not republicans----hence the term RINO just as labor and justice of the democratic party will say that neo-liberals are not democrats-----hence the term DINO. Both neo-conservatives and neo-liberals embrace global markets, global corporate control of the economy and government, and what they call free market although everyone knows what we have today is not free market. The republican and democratic platforms both are tied to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights albeit with different interpretations. We are guaranteed rights as citizens to legislate....we are guaranteed rights to equal protection under Rule of Law. We are guaranteed protection under the Bill of Rights. The republican and democratic platforms are built with these rights central to the party. Republicans differ from democrats in wanting free enterprise -----which we do not have now---- while democrats want regulations enforced that enforce labor and justice laws and public institutions to protect civil rights and liberties.
NEO-CONS AND NEO-LIBERALS DO NOT WANT ANY OF THIS. THEY WORK STRICTLY TO MAXIMIZE CORPORATE PROFITS AND TO HAND CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY AND GOVERNMENT TO CORPORATIONS. THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT EITHER PARTY PLATFORM STATES. NEO-CONS ARE NOT REPUBLICANS AND NEO-LIBERALS ARE NOT DEMOCRATS YET THEY HAVE GAINED CONTROL OF BOTH PARTIES AND ARE MOVING THE US TOWARDS THIS STRUCTURE OUTLINED IN THE TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT.
This is what I mean when I identify 'platform' as the reason for my exclusion from the democratic party primary events in the Maryland race for governor. Yet, it happens at all levels of political races. Neo-liberals controlling the democratic party today are willfully and deliberately excluding candidates that have this labor and justice platform. Republican voters are feeling the same exclusion hence the large number of 'unaffiliated' and the extremely low voter turnout. It is not lack of interest----it is apathy caused by chronic and systemic election fraud.
Below we see the contradiction in philosophy-------one wants to dismantle all of the public structures that provide oversight and accountability and public justice. It wants to privatize all that is public to send all the power of public policy and enforcement of that policy to corporations-----
THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM.
No matter how many times a candidate says they support public justice, or strong public education, or strong public health care.....when they are neo-liberals working to deregulate and consolidate all industries to a global corporate they have no intention of protecting these issues. Throwing these progressive bones is what media labels a progressive candidate. As you can see Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur all support public private partnerships, Wall Street development and financial instruments of leverage and credit that have mortgaged the future of Maryland. They all support dismantling the public sector, none speak of the ranking of Maryland at the bottom nationally for fraud, corruption, and lack of transparency, and they never mention Trans Pacific Trade Pact TPP ----the very policy towards which all legislation in Maryland works because of neo-conservative/neo-liberal control of politics.
THIS CLEARLY DELINEATES BETWEEN ISSUES WITHIN A PLATFORM AND CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THOSE ESPOUSING A LABOR AND JUSTICE PLATFORM ARE COMPLETELY CENSURED IN MEDIA AND LARGE 501C3 VENUES. IT IS THE PLATFORM THAT DRIVES THIS EXCLUSION.
Neoliberalism is a form of economic liberalism, which advocates support for great economic liberalization, free trade, open markets, privatization, deregulation, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy.
National Democratic Platform
- Moving America Forward
- Rebuilding Middle Class Security
- America Works When Everyone Plays by the Same Rules
- Greater Together
- Stronger in the World, Safer and More Secure At Home
- Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq
- Disrupting, Dismantling, and Defeating Al-Qaeda
- Responsibly Ending the War in Afghanistan
- Preventing the Spread and Use of Nuclear Weapons
- Countering Emerging Threats
- Strengthening Alliances, Expanding Partnerships, and Reinvigorating International Institutions
- Promoting Global Prosperity and Development
- Maintaining the Strongest Military in the World
- Advancing Universal Values
Read Heather's plan to use innovative financing options
Read Heather's plan to facilitate greater commercialization of academic research.
Read Heather's plan to fund much-needed infrastructure projects across the state
Read Heather's plan to Streamline Our Regulatory System
Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, released the five-point plan on Tuesday.
At the top of the list is using innovative financing to pay for infrastructure. Brown led an effort to better define public-private partnerships in the state last year.
Using a P3 for a transit project of this size is rare.
The four candidates expressed support for the decision to seek a public-private partnership (P3) to build the Purple Line
Please look at what these politicians say and how these progressive issues fit in with the larger visions of economic and business models and you will see-----giving more and more of our public sector control to corporations and tying the state to ever larger amounts of global corporate investment in lieu of collecting corporate taxes and giving corporate subsidy-----prohibits the interjection of these progressive issues. This is why time and again we elect these neo-liberals running as progressives and watch as they ignore all those progressive promises. NEO-LIBERALISM CANNOT BE PROGRESSIVE----IT IS REGRESSIVE.
The Maryland Assembly passed the most private and profit-driven health system in the nation; Baltimore has one of the most privatizing and tiered K-12 reform in the nation that will serve as a platform to expand across Maryland and the Maryland Assembly passed these laws to allow this. Maryland and Baltimore are at the bottom for fraud and corruption that is killing the middle/working class----and that is not what a democrat would allow---it is a neo-liberal policy of profiting any way possible. So, we know Maryland has a political system controlled by neo-liberals and neo-cons and this is why it is the candidates on the democratic primary side that always see exclusion from the election process. It is strictly based on platform of rebuilding oversight and accountability of corporations and government and holding global corporations at bay and building a domestic economy fueled primarily on small and regional businesses.
The State of Maryland allows contract awards to go to national and global corporations that then subcontract to Maryland businesses and force bids so low as to put Maryland small businesses out of business. This process exists at state and local levels. So, how are you advocating for small business development when you work within this contracting dynamic? The objective of global corporations is to take all consumer market share and eliminate small and regional businesses. Do you hear anyone in the democratic race shouting that this is the problem of losing businesses in Maryland? That is how you know you are dealing with neo-cons and neo-conservatives.
IT'S A HOSTILE TAX AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CREATING HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND A STAGNANT ECONOMY SAY NEO-LIBERALS! NO, IT IS GLOBAL CORPORATE CONTROL OF OUR ECONOMY AND THE FACT THAT THEY ARE PUTTING ALL SMALL AND REGIONAL BUSINESSES OUT OF BUSINESS.
BELOW YOU SEE WHERE NEO-LIBERALISM HAS TAKEN THE MARYLAND ECONOMY AND THE SOLUTIONS OFFERED BY CANDIDATES LIKE MYSELF. THE POLICY STANCES ARE AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM----ERGO----THE REASON FOR EXCLUDING MY PLATFORM FROM THIS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND.
1. Living Indicators. The use of financial indicators like gross domestic product (GDP) and the Dow Jones average to assess the performance of the economy gives priority to false values. We currently see just how invalid these financial measures are: GDP grows, but jobs don’t. The Dow Jones climbs, but wages are stagnant and foreclosures continue. Neither is a valid measure of the kind of economic performance we need.
Replace financial indicators like GDP with indicators of human- and natural-systems health as the basis for evaluating economic performance. The Bhutan experiment with a happiness index is an excellent start.
2. A Real Wealth Money System. Wall Street control of the creation and allocation of money concentrates the power to set national priorities in institutions that recognize no interest beyond their own profits. As we become ever more dependent on money to meet our basic daily needs, this control becomes ever more complete—and more destructive of all that we truly value.
Decentralize and democratize the money system so that it redirects the flow of money away from Wall Street speculators to productive Main Street businesses. We once had a system of community banks, mutual savings and loans and credit unions that were locally rooted and served local needs. But that system has been largely dismantled and transformed into too-big-to-fail Wall Street mega-banks that suck wealth out of communities and depend on government subsidies and protections. There is nothing esoteric about the banking system we must create. It looks a great deal like the system we had before the start of banking deregulation in the 1970s.
3. Equitable Distribution. Wall Street political influence has produced trade, fiscal, workplace and social policies that create ever more extreme inequality by suppressing wages and eroding protections, services and safety nets for those who do productive work to increase profits for the owning class. Aren’t we glad politicians restored tax breaks for the very rich so they could continue to inflate their claims against the real wealth of the rest of us?
Implement fiscal, workplace and social policies that distribute income and ownership equitably. Equitable societies are healthier, happier, more democratic and avoid the excesses of extravagance and desperation.
4. Living Enterprises with Living Owners. An ideology of market fundamentalism has embedded a belief in public culture that the sole purpose and responsibility of a business enterprise is to maximize financial returns to its owners. This belief, combined with a system of absentee ownership and instantaneous trading of corporate shares, encourages short-term over long-term thinking and strips corporate decision making of concern for social and environmental consequences.
Recognize the primary purpose of any enterprise is to serve the needs of a living community. Favor living enterprises with living, locally rooted owners who have a direct stake in the social and environmental consequences of the firm’s management decisions—people who are looking not for maximum financial return, but for a living return that includes a healthy community and natural environment. This means favoring cooperative, worker- and community-owned enterprises and discouraging the speculative public trading of corporate shares.
5. Real Markets/Real Democracy. The institution of the global corporation is designed to facilitate the creation of global-scale, legally-protected concentrations of economic and political power dedicated to extracting social, environmental and governmental subsidies to advance the exclusive and narrow private interests of financial elites beyond public accountability. This violates the principle of shared and distributed power foundational to democracy and a market economy.
Create real rule-based markets and democracy by breaking up concentrations of corporate power, barring corporations from competing with human beings for political power and implementing rules and incentives that support cost internalization.
6. Local Living Economies. Fragmented local economies dependent on global corporations for jobs and basic goods and services leave people and nature captive to the financial interests of distant institutions that have no concern for their well-being or accountability to their interests.
Pursue local economic development programs that build diversified, self-reliant, energy efficient, democratically self-organizing local economies comprised of locally-owned living enterprises devoted to serving local needs.
7. Supportive Global Rules. Global rules put forward by institutions like the WTO that are largely captive to corporate interests circumvent institutions of democracy to support the other six Old Economy dysfunctions.
Restructure global rules and institutions to honor and serve life values and local control.
Leadership in framing and popularizing a vision for a New Economy must come from We the People. We are the one’s we’re waiting for.