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Political Primer: Average Joe's Takeaways from A Congressional Run

I am richer from meeting the people, hearing their thoughts, sharing and comparing ideas.

Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of John Webb's series about his run for Congress. Part 1 is "An Average Joe Runs For Congress,"  and Part 2 is "Average Joe's Notes From the Campaign Trail."

People ask if there is another run in my future.  I never know how to answer the question.  I still have a desire to improve the system we have.  I still have concerns about the political process.  On the other hand, there must be better candidates out there I can support.  For now, I’m keeping my powder dry, but if I were a betting man, I would bet against another run for office. Here are my takeaways, from my run for Congress.

It was a great experience.  My life in the insurance business is one where I am out, a lot, meeting people and asking for their business.  It has always been
uplifting for me to take part in “cold calling.”  Cold calling is walking into a business, introducing myself and asking them to buy insurance.  Some people would find it hard, but I love to meet the people and hear their stories. 
Business people are interesting and so dedicated.  Politics is the same process on
steroids.  Some nights I would get home late and be unable to sleep.  I would be
excited about a story some person had told me. I will miss the campaigning or, more accurately, the life stories from new friends.

I hate that it is all about money.  I really believe if I had the same money as  John Campbell or Suhkee Kang I would have been a Congressman.  I am not in favor of public funding of campaigns.  So the system we have is the system we use.  If someone is planning to run because they want to change the system, understand you will need a lot of money.  In a way, this is a screening.  If my ideas had been so superior, I would have been able to raise the money.  So while I hate this system, I accept it and encourage people to understand how it works before getting started.  I also encourage citizens who find someone with outstanding ideas, and a willingness to run, to financially stand behind them.  Then we all get a chance to see what you’ve found. 

This was a chance for me to review my relationship with the Republican Party.  A few weeks ago, in the FLASH REPORT, a blogger made the comment that the Republican Party should split into two groups.  He wanted to start a Liberal Republican Party to attract Hispanics and Asians who are becoming the majority in California.  I encourage this thought process.  

I find my Republican Party is leaving me.  You see, I am a Conservative first and a Republican second.  My ideas of less government and more Capitalism are not shared with many in the Establishment Republican Party.  I feel like Ronald Reagan who said he did not leave his party, it left him.  He was talking about the Democrats, but the idea is the same.  I don’t think a third party has much of a chance in National Politics.  So, in the coming years, I will be writing and pushing for a showdown in the Republican Party.  You cannot convince me the Republican Party will attract Hispanic and Asian voters by becoming a “me too party” to the Democrats.  People who immigrated to this country have seen Socialism, Communism, and dictators up close and have a deep understanding of why they fled that form of government.  

I ran because I believe the answer is Capitalism, smaller government and less government interference in my life.  Deep in their hearts recent immigrants, Asian and Hispanic, know they don’t want to be a part of changing this country into the countries they left.  By running for public office, this divide within the Republican Party became clearer to me.

This campaign convinced me people are fed up with the way we run our government.   There is a lack of trust.  You hear the Democrats talking about “The Rich.”  You hear the Republicans talking about “The Public Unions.”  What you don’t hear is people talking about how we can make America stronger, more
competitive and more attractive. 

But when you start at the grassroots level, I found this conversation taking place all the time.  Union members understand without a better economy they will not have their benefits, regardless of the contract. A good example is Hostess, where everybody lost.   

Republicans understand the necessity of private sector workers joining together to form unions to protect themselves from big business. This is a conversation that can take place between both camps with both sides winning.  The people I met believed this and wanted a government that believed it.  They were fun conversations.

My final thought was in last week’s blog. I had a great time.  I am richer from meeting the people, hearing their thoughts, sharing and comparing ideas. 

I am sorry I did not listen to Bev Nestande, 30 years ago, and start out at the city level.  I have a huge interest in water and how the distribution works in Southern California.  I wish I had acted years ago, and used my imagination, to work on the problems we are having with water shortages.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the same trap. 

I am on this blog every week and hear the passion in the arguments on both sides.  I encourage you to take part, act on your impulse to help, use your imagination to make a difference.  You will be pleased regardless of the personal outcome. 

You will be able to say, I was part of the process.  You will have new insights.  Most of all, you will have been part of the greatest of all processes; the process of Democracy and the American experience.

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Andromeda December 06, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Well, thank you for your well-thought out communication, Mr. Webb. You seem like a very level headed man and we need level-headed men in this old society of ours. But please, I ask you not to compromise values to acclimate with current trends in America. All a man really has is his character and values. And once those are compromised he is never the same man. Bowing to demands to support comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty) when all of us know it's really nothing more than rewarding criminals when millions of law-abiding immigrants await their turn across the oceans to come to America the LEGAL way is very unamerican and should be denounced. Please, let's not compromise common sense and decent home grown American values under political pressure. Submission is not the answer. All good Americans defend what their consciences and values demand, not what a bunch of pseudo-republican (RINO) hand-wringers say is necessary to save a political party. IMO elections have pretty much become a farce, Mr. Webb. John Campbell refused to even debate his opponents (apparently to include yourself) during the last elections season, just like he has done for multiple elections seasons in the past. How unamerican is that? Yet he won by another landslide. heh. Don't the electorate deserve to listen to the candidates debate the many critical issues we face in America, Mr. Webb. I know yoy omitted giving me an answer to this question under past blogs. Let's face the truth.
John Webb December 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
A person contacted me last week with a suggestion for future elections. Her idea went along the idea of forced debates, presented on NPR or CSPAN where each candidate would be in a soundproof room. The same question would be asked of each candidate and they would answer without knowing what the other candidate said. I like the idea of every candidate putting forth their beliefs and not just reacting to what someone else said. Probably could not happen because incumbents would hate it. So yes, I support debates. Also a quick note, in about 1938 England was expecting an attack any day by the Germans. They wanted to arm their citizens but only had about half the guns they needed. Every time a family member left home for the day, they were not sure they would see their loved ones again. Looking back at that moment in history, we are still okay and there is time to save this country.
Andromeda December 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Well thank you for your response, Mr. Webb. And thank you for emphasizing the importance of political debates so that we citizens have all the information we need in order to make intelligent choices in the voting booth. Political parties should demand that their incumbents debate the competition. That is as American as apple pie. For a high ranking politician (whoever it may be - Feinstein, Campbell, pick a name) to repeatedly fail to stand before the public with his competitor candidates and present his positions on matters that are critical to the future of this nation is IMO cowardice and unamerican. And, oh yes. I fully agree with your stance on 2nd amendment rights and vigorously oppose hand-wringing liberal sportscasters who want all cats declawed by law and then send out into the darkness of night to fend off the alley cats who ignored and defied the declawing law. We don't have to worry about the Germans tho, Mr. Webb. We have another army of invaders who have saturated California and America, thus stealing jobs and resources from our underclass who then must go on public assistance to survive. In fact, we spent over $20B last year in California alone to provide free education, health care, welfare and incarcerations for this invading army. Yet many from your own Grand Ol Party claim that we must join arms with the invaders and welcome them into our neighborhoods. Preposterous. PLEASE don't compromise your values, sir!
fact checker December 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
It's really too bad that you can't express your own views without the use of histrionics. Both parties are in favor of capitalism. Both parties are in favor of helping the helpless. No one wants programs like Medicare and Social Security to go away because everyone benefits from them eventually. You insist on vilifying anyone who disagrees with you. You insist onlabeling people and letting any conversation end there. You call someone a liberal and conclude that you don't need to have a conversation. Your ideas are losing credibility with voters because you insist they are the only answer. You find any other view than yours to be anti American. This is not how our democracy was formed and it is not how it functions today.
Andromeda December 08, 2012 at 02:09 AM
"Both parties are in favor of capitalism" Baloney. The liberals are in favor of full-blown socialism. They want all the money thrown into one great big pot - then they should be able to decide how it's distributed - mainly to the ones who vote for liberal politicians. What they don't realize is that they are murdering the goose that lays the golden eggs. And once that goose is gone the liberals own goose is cooked. Well-done to be quite candid. And many so called conservative Republicans are crony capitalists who believe that we should not only not punish Wall Street criminals - but that we should reward them with other people's money (taxpayer money) for committing heinous acts of financial fraud that brought the entire economy down. And they you have phonies like Obama who takes either side depending upon which way the wind blows on a particular day. He takes money from the Wall Street criminals hand over fist and refused to hold even one accountable for the attrocities they committed against everyday Americans trying to keep their heads above financial waters. Jon Corzine is a perfect example. As you know, Corzine blew up MF Global as the CEO. Over a $BILLION$ in alleged secured customer accounts mysterious disappeared. heh. And Obama has a love relationship with him since Corzine was one of his biggest campaign fund raisers. So don't lecture me, son. I wasn't born yesterday.
fact checker December 08, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Andromeda your mind is completely closed. And you are incorrect. Liberals are no more synonymous with socialism than conservatives are with fascism.
Andromeda December 08, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Fact Checker, obviously you don't even know what 'fascism' is. Fascism is nothing more than the merger of corporate and state powers. You know, like what we see with ObamaCare - when average americans are forced to buy a product from a private corporation and if they don't the IRS moves in and hits them with a big government fine. Who does that benefit? The government and the corporations that work together to dismantle the productive middle class. And who was behind ObamaCare. Your liberal President and his liberal democrat cronies who line congress. So get your facts straight, fact checker.

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