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Peters for Iowa State Senate

I don't mean this as an opening thread for a discussion of politics, which is not the point of this site, so please respect Chris Martenson's wishes by not doing so! Rather, this is just a brief update on what I've been doing, and to explain why I have been fairly inactive on this site lately, for anyone who is interested.

I'm running for a State Senate seat here in Iowa. I'm running as a Libertarian against an incumbent Democrat in a fairly liberal district, so I don't expect to win. Instead, I am hoping to use my candidacy as a platform from which to discuss issues related to economics and politics. Thus far, it has been an interesting experience, and I've barely started. We'll see how it goes from here!

For those interested in learning more, my campaign website is peters4iowa2010.com, or for those on Facebook, my campaign can also be followed there, at Peters for Iowa Senate District 15. Also, I should mention that this is not a solicitation for campaign donations, and I am not currently accepting donations, so don't feel obliged to offer!

This site has been, and remains, a very important resource for me. I'll still be lurking, and posting periodically; and, if anyone desires my input on a medical matter or healthcare policy issue, please feel free to send me an IM. I expect to be back more regularly in November, unless, miraculously, I actually win!

Thanks for reading; now back to your regularly scheduled browsing....

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I hope you win. Every state needs a Ron Paul. You, Schiff and those like you guys will do great! And by the way, this really underscores the fine community that Chris built.

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I wish I could be there to vote for you. I admire your effort!

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Wow!  Congrats and I wish you the best of luck!  Wish I had experience in that field that I could send on!  May want to chat with Strabes, as he was thinking of doing the same thing some time back.

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Very cool.  I checked out your web page and I would have to say I agree 100% with everything you say.  The only thing I don't like is that you admit that you don't think you can win.  Even if this is true, I think stating this openly could hurt your ability to be taken serious by the mainstream candidates and give them an excuse not to debate you on the issues.

I truly admire what you are trying to do.  Keep us informed how things go.  Good luck.

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Hot diggity!  Good for you, doc!  Best of luck!

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Chris - excellent news!  However, you can't say that you can't win. As I keep telling everyone, if ever there was a year to get incumbents out and get some outsiders who will shake things up, this is the year.

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Hey, don't be too surprised if you end up winning the seat.  There's a very good possibility of some major economic and political upheaval this year before the elections, and you may find more people paying attention to third-party and independent candidates like yourself than you think.  Iceland and their mayoral election in Reykjavik are prime examples....

Good luck!

- Nick

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Congratulations to you and to the people of Iowa! Our country needs more 'citizen legislators'. But as others have noted, you should be more confident. Not just as part of your public persona, but also because I think you have a greater chance than you give yourself credit for. People all over the country are tired of "politics as usual" and hunger for true representation. I think a true public servant would prevail against the Machine. If your constituency can't recognize that, then you wouldn't want to waste your time on them anyway. I wish you the best.

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Good luck Chris. 

Just don't be too disappointed when you actually win.  As the fast dogs know, bumpers are more attractive than tasty.

Laughing

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Congratulations on this courageous move to get involved in government.  Your strong state sovereignty stance is very welcome as I agree, problems instead of solutions are coming out of Washington D.C.  Hopefully you will explore taking back Iowa's sovereignty by chartering a state bank like North Dakota or better yet, in the model of Minnesota's gubernatorial candidate Leslie Davis.

Iowa, like most states, faces stiff economic challenges as choices must be made between cutting services and expenses and raising taxes and unemployment.  New ways need to be found for the states to bridge the shortfalls.

Best of luck,

Larry 

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Doc Peters,

Best of luck to you!
I can't think of too many people I hold in such high regard - I hope you get the opportunity to put some bandages on the hurtin' U.S. political system.

Cheers!

Aaron

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Chris,

Checked out your website and back your efforts.  I am originally from Amana and graduated from the University of Iowa.  Lots of ties here.  Born at St Lukes in CR and had a niece work at Mercy hospital in IC.  Attended college with Doug Gross, who ran for govener a few years ago. 

Not familiar with the 15th district, but I applaud your effortts.

 

Nate

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Thanks for the comments and outpouring of support; they are very much appreciated!

LogansRun, I have been in touch with Strabes, to include responding to an email just a moment ago. I'll keep urging him to run, but in the end, I think we are both trying to do the same thing, just via different means.

In fact, I view what I am doing as nothing different from what most on this site are doing, which is trying to enlighten those around us.

And, this is the primary reason for downplaying my chances of winning. The argument here recognizes that third party candidates traditionally have a very low likelihood of winning, and recognizing this fact, that one is more likely to be taken seriously on issues raised (sometimes radical issues) if one seems to have a realistic understanding of winning the race. In other words, the message is what is important, not the messenger. This was not my own idea, but advice I heard from several sources I trust, and it makes sense to me.

That said, if this thing grows, I will certainly step forward and raise my banner higher. For now, though, it seems appropriate to keep expectations low, and keep the focus on the issues. Think of this, and countless other causes and campaigns nationwide, as a modern day "Common Sense" prior to the revolution (for the moderators: not an armed insurrection, but a lawful changing of the guard).

Just don't be too disappointed when you actually win.  As the fast dogs know, bumpers are more attractive than tasty.

Chris, this is one of the things I worry about! What do I do if I actually win? Well, do my best, obviously, and honor my personal commitment to my own term-limit. But, damn, I really don't think I want this job! I think I could do well in it, and hopefully make some meaningful difference, but I'd much rather be sipping a coffee and reading a book on the front porch...

Aaron, I'll be playing up the whole doctor-healing-nation angle. It does seem odd that so many physicians feel compelled to enter politics these days. Ron Paul has been fighting for a while, of course, but his son, Rand is running, too, as I'm certain everyone here knows. A friend of mine, a medical student at UI, is running for the State House seat in my district. There are many others nationwide, as well.

By the way, the VW bus, now re-named the Liberty Bus, will be a prominent prop in my campaign, also.

Nate, District 15 encompasses a small part of Iowa City, all of Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffen, Solon, Mount Pleasant, etc.

This is a great community; the best online group I have found, by far! There are so many bright, articulate and energetic people in one place; and I agree that this is an incredible testament to Chris' work and influence, as Davos mentioned.

If anyone would be willing to help me on certain projects as needed, I would certainly welcome the assistance. What I imagine would be helping me to research certain topics, etc. At this time, I imagine that my primary foci will be state sovereignty and healthcare reform, but there are other areas in which I am interested. Suggestions are always welcome!

Chris

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Christian. Although not your intent, please send me a link as to where I can donate to your campaign. You didn't solicit, I asked. Thanks. 

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Best of luck Doc,

I'd go after the angle of how both the Democratic and Republican parties have failed to serve the citizens they represent.  Among many people that I speak with, there seems to be a general consensus that we need a good, viable third party that serves the interests of the people, not the politicians.  Go for it and go to win!

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Hi Doc,

Congrats on this giant step. If I can help with some Youtube multi-media projects please don't hesitate to ask.

Good luck....Jeff

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Morpheus, I appreciate the donation offer, but I am not accepting donations at this time. I don't mean to demean my efforts, but it is only a run for state senate in a small midwest state. I'm certain that you can find better uses for your resources! Also, I just set up my campaign committee and bank account, today. In the near future, I'll likely enable a link for donations via PayPal on my website. I won't announce that here, as I really don't want to do that here, but if you're insistent, and can't find better uses for any pennies laying around, check back at my campaign website.

AO, that is exactly the tack I have been taking. I do indeed believe that we have a "two-party" system in name only, it is really one party, with different branding for different consumers. Interestingly, the most vehement attack, really the only attack, I have received thus far, was on this very issue, from someone on the right-libertarian spectrum (I won't mention names or publication). This person insisted that all Democrats were vile, socialist scum, or something along those lines, whereas only Republicans could be trusted, etc. We had a series of back-and-forth discussions via email and online posts, but I think I finally smoothed those ruffled feathers. In the end, I think he and his group will be useful allies, and it was a very good learning experience for me, especially so early in the process.

Jeff, I have already thought of you with regard to media projects, but didn't want to ask for help. At the moment, I don't really have anything specific in mind, but I have no doubt that such an effort would be a valuable contribution. Thank you for offering, and if you have any particular ideas, let me know!

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The latest post on my political website, to include an appreciative nod to Chris Martenson (and, by extension, to all of you here), and a link to the Crash Course:

http://peters4iowa2010.com/debt-our-gravest-threat-and-our-greatest-mora...

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ccpetersmd wrote:

The latest post on my political website, to include an appreciative nod to Chris Martenson (and, by extension, to all of you here), and a link to the Crash Course:

http://peters4iowa2010.com/debt-our-gravest-threat-and-our-greatest-mora...

Great piece Doc!

Now if we could just convert it to a youtube video Surprised

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Good luck on the campaign.  Are there bumper stickers yet?

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Rock on, Doc!!!

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Hi Chris...

Excellent.  Consider adding a graph on Education.  The rate of spending is well above the inflation rate past 20+ years.  Graphs I've seen also tend toward exponential growth. 

This is another major key data point on a major segment of government.  Further highlighting the unsustainable growth in debt. 

The article is a good first step.

 

Nichoman

 

 

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Thanks for the positive comments! I need to work on solutions, next. Other planned posts are government as threat of force, government as a monopoly, state sovereignty, possibly a brief history of political parties in the U.S. If anyone has any other suggestions, I would be happy to receive them!

No bumper stickers. I do have a brochure, and am working on door-hangers. My brochure can be found on my website, at the following link:

http://peters4iowa2010.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Brochure.pdf

I added a graph on Education spending; thanks for the suggestion!

Chris

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Bumper sticker

"LIVE FREE VOTE FOR ME"

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Chris,

A little twisted something from my vault ... Wink...

I think you've come up with a wonderful plan to reach a great many people, and quickly. Being in the UK, you'd have my vote, if only that I could!

Best of Luck,

~ VF ~

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I wish you all the best Chris .. and have absolutely no doubt you will be a ..

"SUPER-SENATOR"

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Oh, good Lord, Tom (Don?), that is too funny! My kids got a huge kick out of that!

What makes it especially funny is that several years ago, our entire family dressed up as superheroes for Halloween. I was Clark Kent, to include glasses and an unbuttoned shirt showing the "S". We also had Supergirl, Superboy, Batman and Flash. I'll see if can find it and post it.

I don't expect I'll win this race, but if I do, will I really have to dress up like that?

Ah, here it is:

Paul, that is a great video! I wish I could speak that quickly!

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CcPetersmd,

How would you plan on dealing with the debt issue if you are elected?

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Oh, good Lord, Tom (Don?), that is too funny! My kids got a huge kick out of that!

I don't expect I'll win this race, but if I do, will I really have to dress up like that?

It's Tom Chris & yes you will definitely have to dress up either like that or as Clark ..

WOW .. I just noticed something Chris, with the glasses, you're starting to look like ...

 

OLBERMANN !!!

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Tom, you crack me up! The "Don?" reference was to your note at the end of your post. Didn't you go by another nom-de-plume, with "Don" in it, presumedly retired last year? In any case, I love the artwork, and will have to share with my boys. Truth be told, though, today I feel more like I've been exposed to a hefty dose of kryptonite! This campaigning is kind of fun, but emotionally draining.

Thomas, as a State Senator (in the unlikely event I were even elected), my ability to impact the federal debt is nominal. That said, I think there are things that we can do in Iowa to insulate ourselves from some of the effects of this debt. I like the idea of a state-owned bank like the one that exists in North Dakota. I am still enticed by your (well, not yours, but I learned about it from you) idea of state money creation based upon infrastructure needs, but admit that I am still trying to wrap my head around that one. I like the idea of local or state-wide currencies. I am very much in the favor of the concept of nullification of federal laws. Until 1983, there was an exemption that allowed local municipalities to opt-out of the Social Security system and devise their own solutions. A similar idea, on a community or state-wide basis, to replace current federal legislation for Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid would seem worthy of investigation. I would promote the idea of "localism", investing in, and purchasing goods and services from, locally owned businesses. I firmly believe that we need to decrease our Defense and State spending overseas, but that would obviously be beyond my scope of jurisdiction as a State Senator. At the level of political infrastructure, I also believe that term limits are essential, and that we need to restore the concept of citizen legislators, as envisioned by this country's founders, rather than the professional class of politicians we currently "enjoy".

Those are the thoughts that come immediately to mind. I'd be happy to hear of any other proposals!

My primary goal here is raise awareness of problems and hopefully engage a discussion regarding possible solutions. I do not pretend to know the answers, and the challenges do seem daunting. I'm trying to do what CM and so many others here are trying to do, to raise awareness to reach an undefined "critical mass" so that true change can be realized. That is the sum total of what my campaign is about. For me, the optimal result would be to win 49% of the vote; enough to make a statement, not enough to actually get the job!

Chris

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