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In memory of the valiant Xuna for Congress political campaign.

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As Orin Opperman once said (11/8/2002 email titled "Keep your chin up"):
bullet 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 "no party affiliation" candidate what you did is extraordinary, normally only close acquaintances and relatives vote for NPAs. 

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

bulletFor years to come, this website will remain -pretty much- the same way as it appeared in 2002.  No changes will be made whatsoever, other than this "front cover" page (HOME), and the last page -or "back cover"- with links to some of my other websites.  Time will tell whether there was substance in my positionings, or if instead I was just another charlatan.

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. 

bulletI have good memories of the political campaign. I will enjoy recalling those proud moments -when I was collecting signatures or campaigning- and fellow citizens reached out to me, eager to shake my hand. Many encouraged me not to give it up, to fight for justice and pluralism, and against all odds.   So I did!
bulletI take with me some sour memories as well.  Like that lady at the PUBLIX parking lot -Lighthouse Point- who said to me: "I would only help -put on the ballot- those political aspirants who speak English natively" (vernacularly).  Or the Harley Davidson's motorcyclist in a bar -at Hollywood Beach-who yelled at me: "Go to your Hispanic country of origin, and run for Congress over there". 

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:

  1. the Florida's Press Corps for not having labeled me anti-anything, 
  2. the Jewish Anti-Defamation League ( www.ADL.org ) for never bothering me.  After all I  espouse neither resentment nor hate towards any group, ethnic or religious.
  3. the Religious Right, who often do preemptive strikes to destroy the campaigns of capable candidates not espousing religious beliefs.  This Atheist has not felt any impact from them, if they did something ... missed my radar screen.

Excerpts from NEW TIMES   www.newtimesbpb.com 

Written by Award Winning Journalist BOB NORMAN in his article The Xuna Xone on October 3, 2002: 

bullet "You might not know Juan Xuna from Xanadu, but he should be your next congressman"
bullet"He panders to no one and serves as a tool for no special interests, which is one reason he stands a snowball's chance in Boynton Beach of winning"
bullet" So enter with me, if you dare, the Xuna Xone, where political decency lives and common sense and logic doom campaigns to obscurity"
bullet"He quit his job as a software executive in January to run for office and spent 75 days in parking lots and beaches gathering the 2165 signatures he needed to qualify as a candidate"
bullet" September 11, as he sees it, made it clear that we need to foster better relations in the Middle East, primarily by ending what he calls "total support" of Israel. He believes that, if there is ever to be peace in the region, Israel must become a true democracy -- rather than a theocratic state. OK, that alone will cause him big problems. You lose the Jewish vote, you suffer."
bullet"He's not coming from any religious slant, mind you. In fact, he's brave enough to openly run as an atheist (bye bye, Christians). He is calling to tighten immigration standards (liberals, farewell). And he's stumping to end the embargo on Castro (hasta la vista, Cubanos). He believes strongly in the development of alternative and renewable energy sources. He supports steep oil and gas taxes to discourage consumption and believes in extensive national conservation and energy policies to free us from our dependence on the Arabs, help the world toward a path of peace, and clean up the environment (so much for an endorsement from big business)."
bullet""Since we are unable to get peace in the Middle East, [Bush] is trying to distract Americans to show that we are doing something," Xuna says. "Saddam Hussein is a danger to society, but going into a war with Iraq is extremely dangerous -- not only to our soldiers but to a lot of people in the Middle East. We have to clean up our act in the Middle East and not jump into a war."
bullet"He's the only local politician out there making that stand. And that's why he has my vote in November. If you oppose this war, he should get yours too"
bullet newtimesbpb.com

 

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