A new America is on the horizon. The Kodel Party needs you and your sphere of influence to effect real change for working class Americans and our country as a whole. You cannot be complacent in this effort. Please step up and help us create a new party for a new America! A presidential campaign does not have to cost (waste) $100 million. That money is better spent on our citizens and programs. I garnered presidential votes in 2012 without spending a dime. It's not easy, but doable. For 2016, I am writing to most newspaper editors asking for them to profile our movement. So let's make some news...I am using social media (Twitter: @KodelParty) to draw attention to this fresh, new political party which truly represents you, your children and their children. I don't want to simply shift the paradigm, I want to break the mold and reinvent the way this country behaves.
Edward Snowden is taking the heat for divulging the sneaky practices our government is engaged in. He fed the Press the ugly transgressions. He did not sell America's secrets. Instead of calling him a traitor, how about assessing the blame squarely where it belongs--on those agencies who actually devised and implemented those practices which are so far outside the scope of our Constitution. Where's the outrage? Those in government are of course deflecting the outrage away from themselves. How much courage do you think it took our founding fathers to put their lives on the line and meet in secrecy to form a better government? Yes, American spy agencies have been embarrassed, humiliated even with foreign leaders. The pure design of our three branches of government is precisely for these checks and balances. Our federal government works for US! Somehow that message is lost on them. Let's change that.
Anyone who rocks the status quo is going to meet with resistance. There are very powerful and dangerous people behind the scenes, make no mistake about that. They do not like it when someone shines a light. Bottom line: American people deserve to be represented by leaders with extreme integrity and true leadership. I will support any and all agencies charged with protecting our citizens and homeland. You never win if you play by the rules and your terrorists don't. You hear it all the time, this is not who we are. Maybe we ought to be saying, this is not who we were. It's a damn dangerous world because of differing ideologies. I will not hamstring those who must collect data and implement first strikes. While I truly want to end aggression I also want to stop funding foreign regimes. I'd rather put that money to work on our forces.
Career politicians have lost their focus in managing our country. They just don't get it. They are very good at building roadblocks and over regulating. They stifle businesses; default to taxes as the sole means to raise money for the country; they are not innovating anymore; they jockey and position their agendas based on egos and power. Collectively they plod along lacking any leadership whatsoever. American citizens have lost their faith in them. As a nation, we've lost the respect of the world.
The time has come for extraordinarily average Americans to step up and take their rightful place in all seats of government. As the majority we need policies rooted in common sense. It's really that simple. We need to fire our elected officials at all levels of federal government. We need a new team. Team Kodel. We have so many decent, hardworking Americans with outstanding families who deserve a life of peace and prosperity, fun and joy. Our federal government must never lose sight of this.
This is my vision for America the Beautiful. Are you content with how our federal government conducts business; represents its citizens; wastes money (See Wastebook page); neglects issues facing most Americans; uses taxpayers' money (your money) to advance agendas and support foreign regimes, or otherwise misbehaves, individually, and as a collective body of Senators and Congressmen? You get that you are empowered to fix this right? Use Your Election Pencil!
Vote out this tired representation and fill those seats with Kodel Party ideals. Our Congress has been running our country into the ground and nearly over cliffs for decades and look where we are! In decay, teetering on collapse, world police, terrorism threats on the rise (because of our national policies to inject the USA in ever country that benefits U.S., the middle class is devolving; the lower class is growing social services budgets. China is a major (primary) U.S. stakeholder; aid to foreign regimes are increasing and never ending. We simply can't continue to spend billions (if not trillions) of US tax dollars on other countries. This is NOT in our best interest. Perhaps its time to change the culture of who actually represents America the Beautiful. People like me, like you.
Let's start with a clean slate and create the nation we want.
I have a vision for America. One I'd like to share. One I'd like to implement. One that improves every American's life; every city, every business, including Wall Street. One that limits 'unnecessary' regulations and lifts the burdens on businesses, bringing U.S. companies back home, creating jobs, and giving everyone full benefit of their hard work and innovation by permitting them to keep all of their money. (No taxes.)
I will end ALL TAXES! I will create an economic engine that will sustain the U.S. for centuries. I will end sending trillions of dollars overseas. I will bring back American companies and get you a job. Tax revenue is NOT effectively managed ergo waste.
Governments need to be smarter--more innovative--and stop taxing their citizens to resolve their debt issues. Government can and must do it better. It's called LEADERSHIP. We can break the mold. (See Brainstorming page.)
The Kodel Party will create new funding paradigms for governments, citizens, social services programs, the arts, infrastructure projects, education, healthcare, etc., by being wholly responsible to Americans. How are we different? We want to build this party from the ground up using citizens not politicians. We want to stand up and knock down all the roadblocks keeping America the Beautiful from being realized. So what's a regular citizen like me to do? I created this website. Using the pages here, I expose my vision for a new America, expressing personal opinions and offering innovative ideas and solutions, hoping to generate interest for a true common sense platform thereby creating a new credible political party.
HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY!
Who do I think I am trying to draw up a new blueprint for America? What are my qualifications? When asked, "Why are you doing this?" I respond with, "Why aren't you?" Slightly ambitious or a fool's errant? Having received write-in votes in the 2012 presidential election inspires me. I have not formally filed for a minority party status as this endeavor is exploratory in nature. I certainly can't do this alone. But if enough people share my views, opinions, vision, then Team Kodel will make the Kodel Party official. Despite these great odds, I am fortunate to live in a country where expressing my views is possible. Attracting like-minded people strengthens my resolve and improves my odds on many levels to affect real change in the country I love.
I believe my greatest challenge is voter apathy. Governing is slow and boring. It's a long, drawn-out process which yields few meaningful outcomes for the average American. The government should not be a barrier to its citizens or businesses. It's not, or shouldn't be, U.S. against them. I need your help. I want your help.
As you read my meanderings (not ramblings, but rather thoughtful expressions) throughout this site, if you feel drawn to my vision, a link to our like-mindedness, then we shall surely indeed create a synergy which propels The Kodel Party into a driving force in American Politics. Consider yourself a Founding Member.
Small businesses and corporate America are highly over-regulated, some would say strangled. The IRS code extends beyond 17,000 pages alone. How stupid is that. The tax code strung together can reach Mars! The Affordable Healthcare act is likely going to cripple businesses, pun intended, as written. Relatively few people are ever called to government service let alone engage in the process. Most communities are lucky if they have a 50% voter turnout on any given election. The Kodel Party aims to improve that. When people feel they matter, they will step up. When people feel they have a voice, they will vote. Everyone wants to be heard... At some point, we have all been disappointed with some level of government. For a variety of reasons, many have been pushed to the point of apathy. How do we spark interest or engage voters, or put forth new ideas? Creating a new politically party isn't insurmountable. So how do we overcome voter apathy? How do we, as a new party, inspire voters?
First, I think we have to build a workable platform that makes sense. One inclusive of more Americans in all areas of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am wholly responsible for creating this website and brainstorming my own ideas for others to either embrace, refine, or discard. I certainly didn't get it all right and I do and can change my mind on issues if enlightened. I encourage you to help me create the Kodel Party. "I like doing the impossible." Walt Disney (I met Mr. Disney when I was 5 & I write about it in my children's books.) I also met RFK when I was in high school and got his autograph just prior to his assassination.
Somewhere along the way America got lost. Our stewards have been sidetracked by special interests groups, hidden agendas, corruption, misinterpretations and blurred lines of the very ideas of freedom and democracy. We have strayed so far away from our founding premise, ideals, values and goals it's time to focus on a clearer direction and vision for America. As we evolve as a nation over the next 250 years, it's good to be insightful, flexible and progressive. Not every decision our government makes is practical and has obvious distractions and dissidents. That shouldn't stop us. If not now, when?
As the founding architect of the Kodel Party, I am nothing more than a placeholder. This has less to do with me and everything to do with you, your children, family, friends, and perhaps most importantly, your legacy as a founding member of a new political party. How exciting is that? Help me reinvent, reshape and energize America as a true model of leadership, integrity and innovation for centuries to come. Overcoming the political machine isn't easy, but technology is advancing the conversation as never before and accelerating change as never before. Tapping into social media can effectively change the world.
Much of America is broken. At the very least, we need to stop letting others decide for US. It's time we step up and take responsibility ourselves. My ambition is not to actually become your leader. I'm not an idiot! I am only planting the seeds of change. I may not be qualified but some of my ideas could be. I am using this platform to see if I can generate a legitimate, centralized social outcry of discontentment. My initial goal is to collectively foster a grassroots movement to give middle class Americans a real voice in government. My ultimate goal of course, is having my face on the new $15 bill.
If my vision is also your vision, please engage. This will force change by default by creating a more effective, more efficient working party, hence, government, because we the people did more than vote for incumbents or the status quo, we actually stood-up and took back our country. It's my thesis that frustration is the catalyst to change. A collective frustration can create a new credible party which actually represents the working class, improving life for every day Americans and their families.
Imagine if the Kodel Party gained millions of followers on Twitter; millions of "likes" on Facebook; and millions of votes. Those in Washington DC and I dare say, the world, would then have to listen. Being taken seriously must be earned by being credible, brave, bold and innovative. One voice will never capture the ears of leadership or the wings of change. So please review 'our' party's platform and vision for a better America and help us regain our country.
Invest a little time to change the world.
Truth be told, I'd prefer being known as the (behind the scenes) architect of a new political party rather than the actual leader of the party. (I'm actually quite shy and would only stumble, stammer and mumble incoherently in front of microphones, let alone television cameras.) I am MUCH BETTER behind the scenes penning my ideas on paper, just like Thomas Jefferson. Besides, a term or two in office only lasts a moment, whereas an idea, a vision, can last beyond many lifetimes, affecting untold generations of souls, more than can be imagined. This is the essence of changing the stars...
I too have a dream. I believe in America and its core goodness to help one another and mankind. I believe in a strong America. The American spirit is alive, it just needs to blossom again. I believe giving people of this country a true voice and the true decision making responsibilities and abilities to control their lives will accomplish this. I believe in my vision which represents a new America where real people live, work, play and prosper.
Accelerate our efforts. Use Social Media and Networking loudly.