In memory of the valiant Xuna for Congress political campaign.
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Orin Opperman once said (11/8/2002 email titled "Keep your chin up"):
The election is over! This independent Candidate received 1,762 votes in District 22 (Broward and Palm Beach Co.)
As Orin Opperman once said (11/8/2002 "Keep your chin up"): Dear Juan: I ran in 2000 as a Write-In Candidate in the 22nd District. Got one vote. That was tough as I had to travel eight hours round trip to campaign. The one vote meant a lot to me. I couldn't vote for myself as I didn't live in the 22nd District. I didn't want to put my money into the campaign, as I knew that I couldn't win. When the incumbent has a million bucks it is hard to win. As an NPA (no party affiliation) candidate what you did is extraordinary, normally only close acquaintances and relatives vote for them.
I tried to make the "Great State" greater, and so the Nation. Reached out as far as I could, and did stretched quite thin. Our democracy is not as perfect as youngsters are being told in school it is. We have a diverse society, yet, we espouse an entrenched two-party political system. For the campaigns of those non-party affiliated candidates (NPAs) be able to prosper is hardship. It is quite an unleveled/biased arena out there .
Just as you would do for any other capable candidate, please support NPAs when their ideas are worth your attention.
Indeed, there is a lot of bigotry in every country, and the American political system reflects that well. I read somewhere that 27% of Americans are foreign born, yet that group represents less than 3% of our Congress. Similarly, Hispanics might be 14% of the population and growing, yet they add up to less than 4% in Congress. Atheists and Agnostics perhaps 10% of the American society, but practically unseen in high offices. That is under representation!!!!.
I am in all of those three groups above, the negative bias you feel when campaigning is tremendous!
On the other hand, you have other groups that have THEIR own agenda to push and are over represented in Government. For instance, the Jewish ethnic group in America represents not quite 2% of the citizenry, but they score more than 6% of our Congressional seats. I hope not to offend many of my friends who happened to be in that group. The point I am trying to make here is that, the USA needs more fair representation. It is far from being Utopia, no question!
Fair to say that my old congressional district (FL 22, in Broward and Palm Beach counties) is a Jewish enclave in Florida. This ethnic group is very active in the USA -politically speaking- and they tend to select candidates who are of their faith. Many of whom, sad to say, are oblivious to the injustice being carried out against the minorities of the "Sacred Lands" (ironically, Arabs would soon become the demographic majority over there). Trying to make the Character of Israel a "Theocratic Jewish Society" would only represent those of their mainstream faith. That is undemocratic and unjust! Injustice breeds violence, and they are paying a very high prize -and all of us too- for a goal, which -no question in my mind- is doomed to failure at the long term, not matter what!
My thanks, and my salute to:
Excerpts from NEW TIMES www.newtimesbpb.com
Written by Award Winning Journalist BOB NORMAN in his article The Xuna Xone on October 3, 2002: