by Marc Perkel
The Man with the Vision Thing
There are few people in this world who have "The Vision Thing". I am one of them. I am not someone who regroups old ideas into new packages and adds a few slogans like "family values" and tries to pass it off a visionary. I'm a leader and I come up with fresh courageous ideas that are well thought out and make sense. Right now the only person in the Democratic Party who has vision is President Clinton, and the Republicans haven't had a visionary since Barry Goldwater, who's views are similar to Clinton's.
What makes my platform so interesting? Maybe it's interesting because of who's scared of my ideas. The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party says of Marc Perkel in an Associated Press interview, "He's clearly out of the mainstream of Democratic Politics. My greatest concern is that the kinds of things that are on his web site. We don't want people to confuse what he's saying as party politics or the party's positions."
Joe Carmichael is a friend of mine and I understand why he says what he says, however, he has not called me to discuss my views and he really doesn't know where I stand. He also underestimates my political savvy and my ability to affect, improve, and to put the Democratic Party back on course to retaking the House and the Senate. Joe is a conservative party insider and I am not an insider. The Democratic Party will probably never tell me where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. I am a wildcard and I therefore make people nervous. So the party's reaction to me is understandable. If I were a Republican, I would scare them even more.
Joe Carmichael is a lawyer and although he's an honest lawyer, he is a member of the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Bar is not in favor of enforcing ethical standards on attorneys. As to his comment that not running any candidate is better than Marc Perkel, I would point out that if the Missouri Courts enforced their own ethics standards, I wouldn't be running for office. So if the Missouri Bar is offended by my candidacy, I would point out that I would not be running if not for The Law Firm of Wear and Sharp. Any pain that Missouri lawyers and judges are experiancing because I am running for Congress can be directly attributed to this law firm. When the Supreme Court of Missouri allows crooked lawyers and incompetent judges to flourish, people like me are going to run for office. I'd rather be programming computers, but I can't allow the courts to undermine the Constitution of the United States and to turn the justice system into a criminal organization to be used as a tool for crooked lawyers to rip off the public. So Joe, I say to you as a friend and a fellow Democrat, let's join together and bring ethics back to the courts and enforce the Rules of Professional Conduct. Then if the Democratic Party doesn't want to run a candidate for Congress, I won't stand in the way.
Although Joe has stated what the Democrats don't stand for, no Democrat has stood up to be the voice of the Democratic Party. President Clinton took the Democratic Party in a new direction, towards reforming welfare and personal responsibility for carrying your own weight. He cut government programs and reduced government spending. He, with the help of the Republicans, passed GATT and NAFTA opening up the world for free trade. Clinton put Democrats back on the political map.
I think Democrats can win this year by identifying with people who are being hassled by the law, the government, and the courts. It's not just criminals anymore, it's everyone. The Government is coming down on honest hard working people and hounding them to death. That's what they're doing to President Clinton and 3 out of 4 voters want it to end. People don't like what's happening to the President and they don't like what's happening to their friends and neighbors. People don't like the fact that it looks like the Government is becoming more intrusive into the personal life of private citizens. At the risk of being accused of ripping off the ideas of the Libertarian party, I think that the public wants the Government out of their lives and that it would be smart for the Democratic Party to identify with the voters on the issues of privacy and the right to be left alone be Uncle Sam.
The public wants the Clinton persecution to stop but the Republicans refuse to do that. They are trying to destroy the President we elected and they don't like it. A majority of Republican voters want the Starr persecution to end. But the Republicans are not going to give the voters what they want. They are trying to win through persecution what they failed to achieve at the ballot box. The only way that the voters are going to get what they want is to vote the Republicans out and let the Democrats shut down the witch hunt. Maybe if we get in power we can investigate illegal funding of Republican elections. Wouldn't that be interesting.
So, it's my belief that the Democrats can take back the Congress this year, but only if they are smart enough. And what smart enough means is addressing the issues that are important to the public. That is what I have outlined here. As someone with a 150+ IQ it is obvious to me what needs to be done. I just hope the rest of my party figures out that I am right about this and it's time for the party to "have the balls" to do what needs to be done. We can't go into the 21st century as the party of Liberals, Lawyers, and Labor.
In 1994 the Democratic Party distanced themselves from Clinton and the Democratic voters were offended. It turned out that Democrats liked Clinton and not the Democratic Congress and Democrats stayed home and now we have the party of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in control of both houses. Now that President Clinton has been caught with his pants down with Monica, the Democrats can't figure out what to do. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have their political fingers in the wind looking for a direction. The Democratic Party, without Clinton, does not have a vision or a direction. The void is huge and the silence is deafening.
Thus I, Marc Perkel, Democratic Candidate for Congress now speaks from the void to give the party direction. Any other Democrat is free to refute my positions and my vision for the party. But if you don't like the Perkel Plan, put one forward of your own. I also invite candidates from other parties to review and adopt these positions. If an idea is a good idea, it's a good idea for Republican and Democrats alike. That's a radical idea, isn't it?
The Perkel Plan
Of all the candidates who have ever run for office, no one has published on the internet as many views as I have. You can go to my main index to get detailed information of my writings. Here I will lay out the issues briefly so as to send a short and sweet message as to the issues of the Democratic Party.
In any advanced society a family must be secure from those who prey upon them. Lawyers who are ethicly compromized are allowed to use the justice system as a tool to destroy families and consume them. We citizens are not food for crooked lawyers and the Democratic Party will not continue to tolerate judicial policies that protect lawyers who lie cheat and steal at the expense of the public. The divorce rate is over 50% in a lage part because of the huge profits in tearing families apart. We Democrats feel the time has come to tell the family courts that they are here to serve the people and not to assist in legalized theft by crooked lawyers.
Not everything that is "bad" can be eliminated or reduced by making it illegal and putting people in jail. If the Government, for example, wants to reduce prostitution, then they will have better success by spending the money they presently spend on jails and law enforcenent on drug rehabilition, day care, and job training. That would leave prostitution to those women who are doing it because they want to, not because they have to. And what consenting adults do is none of the Government's business.
Likewise, drug addiction is a medical problem that requires a medical solution. Decriminalizing drugs doesn't mean that you'll be able to buy Cocain at Get n' Go. It means that a doctor can perscribe Cocaine to a drug addict in connection with a drug treatment program. A Cocaine addict would then be able to live like someone who was hooked on Valium or Alcohol.
Decriminalizing drugs does not send the message that drug addiction is OK. It sends the message that we as a society are committed to treating medical conditions and getting people back into society as normal tax paying members of society. Instead of telling kids that if you do drugs you are going to jail, we are telling kids that if you do drugs you are going to the hospital. Kids are more afraid of going to the hospital going to jail.
As Democrats we realize that jail is not the solution for every problem and that we have to abandon our desire for vengence and look towards solutions to the problems of society that actually work. In fact, the concept of solutions that actually works has to be the cornerstone of any legislation that is written. We as Democrats realize that we are not going to solve poverty by persecuting the poor and unfortunate and putting people in jail because they are down on thier luck. Democrats are the party of people who have a heart as opposed to thos who don't have a heart, Democrats feel your pain as opposed to those who don't feel your pain, and Democrats put morality over moralizing. We Democrats believe in solutions instead of judgement.
Because of self regulation, the judicial system has become a den of thieves for crooked lawyers and crooked judges who view the public as prey. The courts have lost the ability to enforce their own rules upon themselves and the rules of professional conduct are there only to create the illusion of ethical standards. The Democratic Party therefore declares that self regulation of the judicial system must end and that the Rules of Professional Conduct are to be strictly enforced. We Democrats believe that the rights of the people come before the profits of lawyers and that the courts are to serve the needs of the people rather than the self interests of the Bar.
The courts are so arrogant that a county judge has more immunity that the President of the United States. I'm sure a county judge feels he's more important than the President, but I don't. The United State Supreme Court received over 7000 cases this year. My case was one of them. They only heard 33 cases. Are we to believe that out of 7000 cases filed that only 33 cases have merit? The United States Supreme Court has decided on its own that it is no longer going to do the people's work nor hear the people's cases. We Democrats say to the Supreme Court, this is Treason to the Constitution to only hear 33 cases. You work for us. Do your job!
We the voting electorate of the United States twice elected Clinton knowing that he had affairs. That is our choice as voters. It's not that we like his sexual choices, it's that we consider saving the country a billion dollars a day more important. America has made it's choice as President. If the Republicans think that family values are important then they should have run a candidate who didn't have a history of cheating on his wife. But the Republican Party chose Bob Dole who ran off and abandoned his family. Our President isn't perfect, but he's still married to the same woman. The point is that Ken Starr is not a special prosecutor, he's a special persecutor, and he's trying to undermine the constitution of the United States and thwart the will of the voters. This is a democracy. Get used to it.
Ken Starr is a judicial insider and therefore can break the rule of law with impunity. The Courts let him leak grand jury testimony in violation of federal law. Starr can simultaneously represent Big Tobacco and work for the government to persecute the enemies of the nicotine cartel. Ken Starr is doing to the Constitution what Clinton did to Monica Lewinski. It just shows what sorry state the courts are in.
I say therefore to the voting public, if you want two more years of Ken Starr then leave the Republicans in power. If you want this to come to an end and you think enough is enough and want the Congress to do their job and run the country, then return the Congress back to the control of the Democratic Party and we'll do the people's business.
Now the budget is balanced and we have a surplus. Times are good, and when there's extra money, there's only one responsible thing to do, and that's pay down the national debt. We supported the tax increases so that we could get to this point and we are going to feel cheated if we don't shore up social security and pay off the debt. After we pay off the debt, then and only then should we cut taxes or raise spending.
We don't like taxes any more than anyone else but if we don't pay off the debt we'll be paying a lot more taxes in the long run. A big tax cut now is very short sighted and it's what got us into trouble in the 1980s. We can aford to be irresponsible just because it's an election year. We Democrats say pay the debt off first, then cut taxes.
We Democrats understand that no one is perfect and that we all have made mistakes. We do not support the idea that husbands should cheat on their wives. However, we recognize that no one is without sin and those presidents who have had affairs, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, were just as good as president as those who didn't have affairs, Truman, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. Our thoughts are with the Clinton's in their hour of despair and it is our hope that the preservation of your marriage and your family sets an example for families staying together and forgiveness will balance the karmic debt of your indiscretions.
It is not presumptous for me to speak on behalf of all Democrats because I feel that some one has to. Any Democrat who doesn't identify with this platform can call me names and distance themselves from me and my ideas. If you feel I'm wrong then say so. I also invite the Republicans and the Libertarians to embrace these principles and I call on the electorate to speak out. I am a person who believes in reality, the way it really is. We as citizens complain when politicians lie to the public. However, we seem to expect politicians to lie to us. We elect the persons who tell us what we want to hear, so that's what they do. I'm telling it to you the way it is.