Another George Besides Washington Who Was A Fan Of No Party Affiliation; George H.W. Bush

By Bruce Nathan PT

Time is going by very quickly so do not miss a moment of what can happen next. George Washington (1732-1799) knew our new founded country was unique as he professed unity as it could be a new time for a great group of people, now referred to as ‘Americans’, and that was only a short time ago. Our first president was able to capture this United States as he was commander and chief  during the first revolutionary war of the continental army. He led the Colonial Forces to victory over the British and became a national hero. George Washington was the only President to receive 100% of the electoral votes to become president and what might possibly be the most important part of our first president; NO PARTY AFFILIATION. No division of our country which was not only important to him but it became important to our next leader John Adams as well.

This coordinates very well with the passing of President George H. W. Bush (1924-2018) and his overall philosophy. The presidency has just lost the last regard for the high standard that position holds. The White House HAD a distinction and dedication to traditional American Values for the reason our first president and 41st president had fought for our country.

George H.W. Bush was the youngest pilot, 18 years old,  to fight in the Navy during World War II. He was in the Military as a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific theater when his squadron was attacked by Japanese anti-aircraft guns. Bush was forced to bail out of the plane over the ocean. According to the Navy’s records, Bush’s squadron was conducting a bombing mission on a Japanese installation on the island of Chi Chi Jima in the Pacific when they encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire. The engine on Bush’s plane was set ablaze, yet Bush managed to release his bombs and head back toward the aircraft carrier San Jacinto before bailing out over the water. Three other crew members perished in the attack. After floating on a raft for four hours, a submarine crew fished a safe but exhausted Bush out of the water.  His bravery in action earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross. The previous June, Bush had experienced a similar close call with death when he was forced to make a crash landing on water after a bombing run; a U.S. destroyer crew rescued him from the sea. After his harrowing experience near Chi Chi Jima, Bush returned to the San Jacinto and continued to pilot torpedo bombers in several successful missions. Over the course of 1944, while his squadron suffered a 300 percent casualty rate among its pilots, an undaunted Bush won three Air Medals as well as a Presidential Unit Citation. In total, Bush flew 58 combat missions during the war.

Can a true leader only be formed through our military and its ranks? Is it the military that holds the highest regard for non partisan as the goal is to protect our country? Would both Washington And Bush hold those questions up in front of our future leaders to have an opportunity to bring our country back to the highest of American Values?!

Fast Forward to George H.W. Bush Presidency (1989-1993) and how he has been the most Non Partisan Leader of our recent time. Some people might call Non Partisan in this day as ‘Diplomatic’. Diplomacy is supposed to be used with foreign leaders but in our divided Republican and Democrat parties throughout Washington, D.C. and in our country. We The People allow the media to divide the United States further and it is time to try to bring the values of our past presidents back to our political lives through the people of our State of Florida and our United States Of America.

One last thought in the real true nature of what Non partisan is all about. Here are the top ten values of either George Washington or George H.W. Bush. Can you tell which one was true to these beliefs?

1. He believed in his men:

Belief is a choice before it is an emotion. Believe in your children. Believe in your wife. Believe in your family.

2. He was a man of exemplary character:

Fact – it’s a lot easier to take direction from a general, a coach, a CEO, or a dad who also leads from the front in terms of moral character. We can all be that man.

3. He treated others with the utmost respect:

Washington or Bush treated the lowliest private with the dignity and respect he afforded a visiting dignitary from Philadelphia. How we treat service personnel, subordinates at work, people on the telephone, the guy at the garage, our family members, all impacts the effectiveness of our role as a leader.

4. He held his men accountable:

Along with respect came expectation. I believe in you… therefore I expect you to come through. Same thing at home. We demonstrate to our children that we believe in them, and that we respect them – but if there is no consistent response in terms of guidance and discipline, we will eventually lose our edge as leaders.

5. He loved his men:

If you care, it shows. If you don’t, then that shows too. People will do a lot for you if they love you. If you love them, then the sky is the limit. How secure is your family in the knowledge of your love for them?

6. He placed the welfare of his men ahead of his own:

It’s not just that Washington or Bush was willing to take a bullet – there’s no glory in vain bravado. No, what Washington or Bush demonstrated is why he was willing, and it wasn’t for his own glory, it was for the cause and for the welfare of those who looked up to him and trusted him.

7. He was personally invested in the cause:

Washington or Bush put his money where his mouth was. He personally invested in the cause, not only blood, sweat and tears but cold hard cash too. Those who look to us for leadership are always conscious of the priorities that guide us.

8. He did not waver from his guiding principles:

He was against tyranny, so he was not a tyrant. He valued freedom, so he extended it to others. He believed in the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence, and he lived as if they were worth his own life to secure. Does our family know how deeply we hold our faith and our values?

9. He was a man of deep faith who demonstrated that via his actions:

Washington or Bush advanced his belief in God by living a godly life. He was not the kind of leader who gave fine speeches and then returned to the comforts of his own tent or barracks. Washington or Bush was respected as a man of faith more for what he did than what he said.

10. He took his responsibilities seriously:

Washington or Bush did not want to come out of retirement and the life he enjoyed at his estate and then lead a new nation. What he wanted was peace and quiet. But, he also knew that the mark of a leader is to use the gifts you have and to use them for the betterment of the world through public service. He did not shirk from that, even though he was tempted.

Which George held these beliefs in the highest regard?

The reason we have now lost our last president as a True NPA / No Party Affiliate / Non Partisan is because both of these Presidents held our country and the people of this country in the highest regard. We all know what is here now. Who will be strong enough to step forward and change the status quo?

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NPA Becomes Major ‘Party’ in Florida; Not A Party, It Is The People

By Bruce Nathan (1st of a 4 part series in numbers by LOGIC)

A down to earth possibility is on its way and will potentially be here to stay and that is what the numbers say. Does this sound a little like Dr. Seuss? Well most NPA voters with a few Democrats and a few Republicans would rather vote for Dr. Seuss than who is thrown a the voter each election cycle. The rich and the powerful or the super elite put their Candidate in for election so that super power can have control of the government and the people suffer every time. It could be the Phosphate mines causing unknown amounts of cancer through the tracks and trails that the mining by-products run down from Polk County and south to the Bacterial poisoning via Lake Okeechobee from more ‘unknown’ corporate sources or deep well reconstituted water injection that mother Nature and Dr. Seuss would cry about if they had the ‘power’ given to them from the elite. No Party Affiliates see the BIG Picture that is why there was only 800,000 in 1995 and 2.2 Million in 2005 and now 3.5 Million in 2018 which is a short distance from the 4.5 Million Republicans and the 4.8 Million Democrats in Florida. Now more than ever our eyes are wide open. The Environmental Democrats have not seen any action from their party including US Senator Bill Nelson in over 25 years and many of them have lost faith in their party and their true environmental efforts. Republicans do believe in the need for clean water and have seen their party not doing a thing about it, especially under Gov. Rick Scott and US Senator Marco Rubio. The Party fighting and then the party in-fighting was never supposed to happen under the US Constitution.

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

-John Adams

If John Adams saw this coming, we the people can see with leadership under a NPA banner, our State and country can pull itself together.

And What About the Primaries? In Florida the Primaries belong to ‘the parties’. NPA voter is not allowed in their club. But if 2022 rolled in with 4.3 Million NPA and Republicans are 4.2 Million and Democrats are 4.5 Million; Isn’t the NPA part of the Majority. Would there be a reason to put the NPA in the primary or just eliminate the Primaries or the most logical choice with our standing statutes, ‘open Primaries’, which NPA has wanted for years or decades and would be minor changes in our state division of election statutes. Shall we talk about the election problems with our current system? To Be Continued….

No party? No more as voters shift toward Democratic Party

Colleen Branam of St. Petersburg was one of the 3.5 million voters in Florida with an independent streak. She was registered with no party affiliation, the fastest-growing segment of Florida’s electorate in recent years.

But when Branam realized that independents can’t vote in Florida’s closed primaries and her voice would be limited to November, she became a Democrat.

Asked why, the 60-year-old grandmother and former hospital secretary didn’t mince words. “I can’t stand Trump,” she said.

Tens of thousands of Florida voters have made the same change in recent months. What effect these party-switchers will have on the outcome will depend largely on turnout on Nov. 6, four weeks from Tuesday.

Upset with the president’s treatment of women, Branam became a Democrat on July 30, the last possible date she was able to vote in the Democratic primary. She was one of nearly 4,800 no-party voters to make the switch in Pinellas County, compared to 860 in the same time period in the last midterm election four years ago.

Branam says she will vote for Andrew Gillum for governor and likes his support for Medicare for all. She said her insurance ran out and she won’t qualify for Medicaid until January.

“I am uninsured right now, and that scares me,” Branam said. “I’ve never been uninsured in 60 years.”

She said she became disabled after 25 years at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and fears spending her savings on medical bills. “If anything happens to me, I have to pay all my doctor bills out of pocket, and I don’t think that’s right,” she said.

In a state with more than 13 million voters, the number of switchers is not huge, but Florida has a long history of close elections. Gov. Rick Scott won re-election in 2014 by a margin of less than 65,000 votes statewide.

In Hillsborough County, 6,297 no-party voters switched to the Democratic Party this year, compared to 1,404 in 2014.

In Osceola County, in the shadow of Disney World, home to an expanding Puerto Rican community, 3,181 former independents became Democrats compared to 349 four years ago. Totals are as of mid-September.

The trend is partially offset by other switching patterns. For example, 1,913 Osceola voters switched from Democrat to no party, 817 Democrats became Republicans and 588 Republicans became Democrats.

But in most places, the most common switch is from no party to Democrat, including 8,675 in Miami-Dade. Fewer than half as many no-party voters there became Republicans through mid-September (4,235).

Pasco, where President Trump remains popular, is not part of this trend. Through Sept. 18, 1,787 no-party voters became Democrats and 1,804 became Republicans.

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No-party voters are becoming Republicans, too, but there are fewer: 3,025 this year in Pinellas, 3,586 in Hillsborough and 1,064 in Osceola according to county data. The state does not track party-switchers in all 67 counties.

Republicans note that they have registered more voters in recent years and that the possible effects of the party switchers is overblown and largely a result of a crowded Democratic primary for governor where candidates recruited their own supporters.

“Sensible Floridians continue to #WalkAway from the radical policies of the Democrats,” said party chairman Blaise Ingoglia, who noted that 14 Florida counties have flipped from a plurality of Democrats to a plurality of Republicans in recent years.

Most of those are small rural counties. The only two that are significant in statewide elections are Polk and Volusia.

From 2014 through August of this year, Republicans gained 444,000 voters and Democrats gained 248,000.

Democratic strategists have complained for years that their party has not had a more aggressive and coherent voter registration program in years when no elections are held.

In Pensacola, Teniadé Broughton, 40, a historic preservationist, joined the Green Party because she didn’t like having an allegiance to a major party.

But she became a Democrat, saying she wanted to vote for Gillum in the primary. Like Gillum, she’s African-American and a graduate of Florida A&M University and said a local candidate convinced her to switch.

“I got tired of not being able to vote in primaries,” Broughton said.

In Sarasota, Garrett Murto, 24, switched from no-party to Democrat this summer after he was hired to manage the campaign of a Democratic candidate for county commissioner, even though he had no previous experience in politics.

“I felt like the Democratic Party was going in a new direction,  a fresh direction with new ideas that really aligns more with who I am,” said Murto, who got an anthropology degree in 2016 from New College in Sarasota.

Florida voters also switch between the two major parties, but those changes offset each other. For example, so far in Hillsborough this year, about 2,900 Democrats became Republicans and about 2,100 did the reverse.

Movement to open Florida’s primary-election system faces test

By Mark Harper

Posted Jan 31, 2018 at 8:10 PM Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 8:26 PM

 

With three letters, NPA, on his voter registration card, Steve Hough has only one way to have a say during Florida’s primary elections: Claim he’s a Republican or Democrat.

“I’ve always been an independent,” said Hough, a Panama City resident. “I can always go down to the Supervisor of Elections Office and check a box 29 days prior (to a primary), then after voting change it back. I don’t see the reason why we have to do this.”

More than 3 million Floridians did not participate in the primary elections of 2016 because they are part of the growing number of “no-party affiliation voters,” those who choose not to be associated with either of the two major parties. Where many states have opened up primary elections to voters like Hough, Florida’s remains closed.

An effort to change that passed a critical test last week and faces another Thursday.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a body of 37 appointees that meets once every 20 years to sift through proposed changes to the state’s guiding document, has committees sorting through hundreds of proposals.

One, Proposal 62, would ask voters in November whether they would like primaries to remain closed to those registered either as Republicans or Democrats, or to open the process in a way similar to how California and the state of Washington handle primaries: All candidates appear on a primary ballot that goes before all voters, with the top two finishers — regardless of party — ending up in the general election.

Proposed by Commissioner William Schifino, a Republican from Tampa, the “top-two open primary” concept passed the Ethics and Elections Committee last week by a 6-3 margin, giving hope to backers like Hough that the concept might actually fly. But it faces another vote Thursday before the General Provisions Committee before going to the full commission later this year.

Hough, whose involvement in the open-primary movement led last year to him taking over as director of Florida Fair and Open Primaries, a grassroots group, said nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition in support of the change, while many have testified and written letters of support as the commission has held hearings and meetings for much of the past year.

April Chick, a registered Democrat from Palm Coast, moved back to Florida, her home state, after living in California for about 15 years. She’s voted under the top-two system and believes it works better because it forces candidates to appeal to a wider group of voters and flies in the face of the polarization of the two parties.

 

“It just engages a lot more voters in the system … ” she said. “It brings a lot more participation and more diversity and competition, which is healthy for democracy.”

Florida’s primary in 2016 produced 24 percent voter turnout. Both Washington and California saw 35 percent that year.

One of the emerging issues in Florida is the rise of the NPA. In 1995, only about 10 percent of voters in Florida were unaffiliated with either of the two major parties. In 2018, that figure has grown to nearly 27 percent statewide, while it’s an even greater share, 30 percent, in Volusia County.

Young voters are far more unlikely than their parents and grandparents to register as Democrats or Republicans.

“If this commission does not address this issue now, where will we be in 20 years? How many millions of voters will be shut out of the process?” said Glenn Burhans Jr., a Tallahassee-based elections law attorney who testified in support of the change last week.

Just nine states still have closed primaries, he said.

But there remain doubts as to whether the proposal will make it to voters in November. “I’m not holding my breath,” Burhans said.

 

Count Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, among the skeptics.

“It’s a 1,000-percent bad idea,” Ledbetter said. “It’s the worst thing that could ever happen to the republic of the United States of America.”

Volusia County Democratic Party Chairwoman Jewel Dickson said her party simply prefers to select its own candidate.

Ledbetter added Florida’s two-party system is unlikely to change anytime soon.

“I don’t think it has a snowball’s chance in hell of passing,” he said. ”(If it does,) the Republican Party I guarantee will raise as much money as necessary to defeat it at the ballot box.”

Hough, though, argues that the proposal would allow political parties to recommend and endorse candidates before the primary, even with a notation on the ballot for voters.

“Our response is these are publicly funded primaries that lock out 3.4 million unaffiliated voters,” Hough said. But he acknowledges the proposal is “a radical change.”