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Guest Editorial: Jesse Holland US Senate Candidate from Nevada

Back in July Risk Rap posted a blog on Fundamentalist Politics in Nevada.  Jesse Holland an Independent US Senatorial Candidate responded to the blog post with an outline of his platform.  I then asked Mr. Holland a series of questions about his political platform and his responses are included in the thread of the blog comments.  Given the heightened national profile of the recent debate between Democratic incumbent Harry Reid and Tea Party backed GOP challenger Sharron Angle, and the exclusion of any participation by independent candidates I asked Mr. Holland if he would be interested in writing a guest blog post on the debate.  He agreed.

The exclusion of independent candidates from participation in debates and the denial of free and equal access to media helps prop up the two party system and its stranglehold on government administration and legislative institutions. The growing paralysis of government is due in part to the extreme partisanship practiced by the ruling Democratic and Republican Parties. This Risk Rap post by Mr. Holland is an attempt to redress independent candidates denial of access to media. More on Mr. Holland’s positions can be found on his website, Holland for Senate.

Risk Rap does not endorse or agree with Mr. Holland’s positions concerning the issues confronting America.  We do however, wholeheartedly endorse his right to speak  and his right to be heard.  Risk Rap welcomes Guest Editorialist, Mr. Jesse Holland, Independent Candidate for US Senate from the State of Nevada. The following is Mr. Holland’s response.

The debate was a comical skit about ‘he said and she said.’ It saddens me greatly that viable candidates are left without media support. The media is intentionally limiting our choices and silencing our voices. The media has chosen your options and we, the People, will be left without truthful representation if either party candidate wins. Can not people look behind the curtain and see it is all about money? Representation can not be offered by he/she who spends most. The track record is your proof. If signs, TV appearances and advertisements give truthful representation, then why are People unhappy? Why can not citizens step outside this foolishness?

It is hard for either chosen media candidate, to obliviously explain why their opinion is better then the will of the State and the citizens therein. That was the failure of this debate. The debate was a series of skirted responses that demonstrate the failure in our country. Honesty was absent in candidate responses and was swapped for absurdity and placating replies. Why?

The role of a Senator is to support the best interests of the State and the citizens therein. My interest as a candidate will not change after elected as Senator. It is heartbreaking and immoral to constantly watch elected representation miss-represent the people and the State of Nevada. I enjoy the freedoms our country provides as any other citizen. Our collective voice should be adequate to push our suggestions forward and enact laws in our government. Representation needs to be just that; representation, outside any influence or gain. I am running to give voters an honest and viable choice by offering my services as an independent candidate this November. I am running to give us, the people, a realistic meaning and cause.

Our government has been hijacked by a two party system. It is truly our government. Our government has robbed our future generations and replaced current funds with IOUs.

We must return the position of the United States Senator to that required by law. Above the personal opinions of any representative is the duty and obligation to represent the State of Nevada and the citizens therein. What happened to oaths? We have accepted a rogue system far too long. What an idea; a representative that actually represents.

We must strengthen and assert our legal necessity to follow and adhere to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Nevada. Stop allowing either party to tinker with our soundness as a nation.

I, Jesse Holland, am a conventional man who could no longer stand in the background and wait for a party to stand honestly for the people and the State of Nevada. Our Republic was designed to merge the will of the people with the will of the states. We, the people, through our representation, decide what legislation is valued and then move these proposals up the chain. I have always spent less than I earn. I do not receive union or out-of-state monies. I owe only the people my favor. I am Jesse Holland. I am the best candidate money can’t buy.

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October 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fundamentalist Politics in Nevada

Political operatives  circulate this photo in an attempt to taint the reputation of candidates running  for office in highly contested elections.  It has surfaced again in the Nevada Senate  election  campaign of Harry Reid and Sharron Angle.

I recently received an e-mail with this lovely image. The e-mail states that this is a photo that captures the 1889 public execution of Remus Reid for horse stealing and other crimes in the Montana  Territory Prison.  Remus is an ancestor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Mr. Reid is running for reelection and is locked in a campaign battle with Teabagger darling Republican Sharron Angle.

The e-mail stated that a professional genealogy researcher (read: political hack) discovered this photo and asked Harry Reid if he cared to comment on it.  Mr. Reid’s reply maddened the author of the e-mail, stating that Mr. Reid’s reply is a typical example of his Bull Shit.  To quote the e-mail on this disingenuous genealogical inquiry:

“Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

“Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

NOW THAT’s how it’s done, Folks! That’s real POLITICAL SPIN, or typical Reid “BS”

The real BS of this story comes from Sharron Angle and her political propagandists.  This Teabagging wind bag asserts that she has been anointed by God to save Nevada and the Union from socialists, liberals and terror loving anti-Americans (read democrats).  God officially came out for Ms. Angle’s candidacy a few weeks ago.  Not surprising since Jesus Christ has been the unofficial head of the GOP since at least the Reagan Administration.  The breaking news of God’s endorsement of Sharron Angle was scooped by that hard hitting team of journalists at the 700 Club.  You can see the story here:

Interesting this deeply Christian women says nothing about repealing gambling or legalized prostitution in her state or ending the wars but will make it her first order of business if elected to repeal the health care bill that extends coverage to all citizens.  Curious that God would direct this deeply religious woman to deny health care to the poor and give a free pass to the wealthy riding their camels through the golden eye of the needle.  Somehow I don’t think Ms. Angle’s positions are something that Jesus would support.

To make a point of righteous indignation, we get Ms. Angle circulating photos of a public hanging of Mr. Reid’s ancestor.  I don’t believe Jesus would approve of this either but Ms. Angle no doubt knows a side of Jesus Christ I have yet to discover.  So Mr. Reid responds with some amusing political satire to the inanities of Rovian inspired Teabagger politics and the point becomes the political spin of Mr. Reid.

I imagine Ms. Angle is trying to hold Mr. Reid accountable for the crimes of a distant ancestor that was dead before he was born.  Theologically this is not very Christian of Ms. Angle.  According to Jesus everyone is responsible for their own salvation.  The sins of my father and great great uncles may be visited upon me but I am not responsible nor accountable for those sins.  Christianity teaches people are active agents in their own salvation.  Ms. Angle should go back to Sunday School.  There are loop holes to this belief.  According to Pat Robertson, the CEO of the 700 Club, the only exception to this New Testament precept is if you are Haitian and your ancestors made a pact with the devil to rid Haiti of French colonial rule.  But as far as we know Mr. Reid is not Haitian (though at press time we understand that Rush Limbaugh is reviewing Reid’s birth certificates) and so would not fall under this rule of being guilty for your ancestors sins.

This e-mail campaign is typical reactionary Rovian electoral tactics.   It is born from the same virulent partisan attacks of Andrew Breitbart that demonstrates no allegiance to truth and less to the guidance of any moral compass in journalistic pursuit.  Again in my estimation a most Un-Christian practice.  Attack an opponent to raise an emotional response using lies and racist symbolism are Tea Party practices that is rife throughout the movement of these little neo-fascist Christian Falangists.

The less said about issues and substantive programs to address the deep rooted problems of our country the better for the Teabaggers and the GOP.  The Party of No got their Brown Shirt Shock Troops motivated around no taxes, no social welfare, more guns and prayers.  It is the sycophantic mantra for a white middle class movement that patronizes class distress and offers no solutions to their pressing economic and cultural constriction.  Nothing about issues. All about raising an emotional response with cliche, platitudes and negative symbolism.

Many of the original western settlers had a hand in the violent displacement that stole land from the Native Americans.  Did Ms. Angle’s ancestors occupy Native American land as they colonized the West?  Did Ms. Angle’s ancestors rightly compensate Native American’s for their land when they took control of the hood?  If Remus Reid horse stealing ways is a valid campaign issue perhaps we should examine the genealogical lines of other westerners to determine how they got control of the land that they currently occupy.

One last point about the e-mail that I found curious was that “Politically” was misspelled in the subject line.  The subject line read: Politicaly correct? I wonder if the ignorance born from people who quote words like “refudiate” are seen as badges of honor.  These badges (kind of like Rush Limbaugh’s imaginary medals of honor that adorn his puffed up chest) are worn only by True American’s who hate pin headed liberal intellectuals who know how or care enough about the quality and “correctness” (there’s that word again) of communication to use a spell checker.  Correctness, accuracy, truth and morals means little to the authors of these e-mails and the Andrew Brietbarts of the world.  Its all about the preservation of their cosmology that protects the fundamental truths of political party, social class an eroding culture of privilege and  a warped theology.

Who ever is sending this stuff out, Joseph Goebbels would be proud of you. Keep repeating the Big Lie. Pretty soon you’ll begin to believe it yourself and swear its true.

My response  to this dangerous nonsense:

Kristallnacht in America

Il Duce’s Ghost

American Evita

You Tube Video: Paul Robeson, Ballad of Joe Hill

Risk: culture, politics, religion, truth

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Christianity, culture, democracy, democrats, elections, faith, republicans, Tea Party | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments