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26  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 30, 2013, 02:34:14 am

OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT (April 30, 2013)

As we move closer to the elections for the Mideast Assembly this May, I'd like to do a few things that any good and honest politician might do. I'd first like to wish everyone luck in the upcoming elections - both my opponents and my colleagues. This has been a very fun and enjoyable experience on Atlas, and I've conversed with a lot of people I would not have even seen or heard from other wise. I'd also like to remind everyone of my presence and existence by bumping this thread, of course. In recent days, things have become far less cynical on a number issues.

Most notably: the Mideast budget amendment crisis. I'm happy to report that following two votes on this issue, I've become fairly satisfied with the situation. I believe that the amendment that has most recently been passed is a fine addition to the Mideast constitution. Hopefully, it will settle this matter for quite some time.

Finally, I've been notified by some that a debate might be held between the Assembly hopefuls, including myself, my opponents, and my colleagues. I would be happy to attend such a debate, in order to both provide the people with a venue for the varying beliefs of the candidates, and to meet with the candidates themselves to discuss the issues.
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Elections if Kennedy Lives on: April 29, 2013, 09:15:31 pm
Rockefeller would never be on the ticket with Goldwater under any circumstances.
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should drug users be put in jail? on: April 27, 2013, 11:06:53 pm
God no. Addiction is an issue of mental health, not criminal justice.
29  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TNF for Mideast Assembly on: April 25, 2013, 10:07:36 pm
As a fellow friend from AH.com, I wish you the best of luck!

You're on ah.com?

Yeah. Under the same username as here.
30  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TNF for Mideast Assembly on: April 25, 2013, 08:51:19 pm
As a fellow friend from AH.com, I wish you the best of luck!
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who has NO chance? on: April 23, 2013, 10:38:01 pm
GOP: Santorum, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, everyone in the tea party caucus, Steve King, Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn etc., Palin, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Rob Portman, Ben Carson, Herman Cain and I'm tempted to say Chris Cristie as well.

Dems: Napolitano, Biden, Mike Beebe, Elizabeth Warren, Jerry Brown, Bill Richardson, Howard Dean, Kerry, Villagarosia, Wasserman-Schultz.

Man, who does that even leave as possibilities? Like three people?
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: How long until Florida and Texas go solidly Democratic? on: April 20, 2013, 11:38:10 pm
Never - The GOP will begin to become competitive with Hispanics before Florida (a swing state) and Texas (a solidly Republican state) are solidly Democratic.
33  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who has NO chance? on: April 20, 2013, 11:35:21 pm
I bet one of the actual eventual nominees has been mentioned in this thread.
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2013 Federal Election: At-large Senate on: April 19, 2013, 06:23:58 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE

[ 7 ] Alfred F. Jones of Puerto Rico
Labor Party

[ 4 ] HagridoftheDeep of South Carolina
Federalist Party

[ 2 ] Kalwejt of Vermont
Liberal Party

[ 1 ] Matt from VT of Massachusetts
Federalist Party

[ 6 ] MaxQue of Colorado
Labor Party

[ 5 ] Mr. X of Ohio
Independent

[ 3 ] Napoleon of Connecticut
Liberal Party

[ 8 ] Poirot of New York
Independent

[  ] Write-in:______________________________


[  ] None of the above
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Much Better Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 19, 2013, 05:06:44 am
Aye
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Fix to the Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 12, 2013, 08:26:07 pm
Nay
37  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Voting on Endorsements] on: April 12, 2013, 08:24:44 pm

Napoleon (Liberal-SC)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

Alfred F. Jones (Labor-PR)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

HagridOfTheDeep (Federalist-SC)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

Kalwejt (Liberal-VT)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
38  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Miles for Assembly Campaign Thread on: April 11, 2013, 09:17:18 pm
Thanks for the kind words, and I wish you luck as well. Smiley
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 11, 2013, 03:41:08 pm
OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON THE ISSUES (April 11, 2013)

      The campaign for Mideast Assembly is beginning to kick into high gear, and it's time I begun to state clearly my positions on the issues. I am a member of the Light Party, and you will undoubtedly notice similarities between my beliefs, other Light Party members, and indeed the official platform of the party. However, I can assure you that you'll definitely find differences between my beliefs and the Light Party's beliefs no one political institution is going to completely represent any one person's belief.
      
      CIVIL LIBERTIES & SOCIAL POLICY: As previously mentioned by my campaign, one of my primary goals as an active politician is the preservation of civil liberties when at all possible. I support social progress on a grand scale, and I intend to keep the Mideast's reputation of being socially inclusive. I am one for justice, and equality. I believe that LGBT Atlasians (such as myself) deserve the same rights and privileges as any other citizen. However, on some issues, I must admit neutrality, simply because some issues are just too divisive and 'hot-button' to be worth pursuing. Specifically, gun control, and abortion. Broadly speaking I support very low-level gun control, and wish for abortion to be remain status quo, but these issues are largely not worth the high levels of emotion involved. I believe that freedom is the of the utmost importance to every citizen. Freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and so on. While I may in fact be a proponent of secular government, this is entirely for the purpose of protecting the religious beliefs of all citizens.

      ECONOMICS: My economic policy is one of pragmatism. As the most recent chapter in the nightmare that is the Mideast Assembly's attempts to pass a balanced budget amendment indicates to us clearly, we cannot allow ourselves to get hung up on the exact numbers when it comes to economics. The past several bills have been largely the same, with mere numerical differences. Currently, I support Governor Tmth's compromise or, in the case that his will not go through, I would support my fellow Assembly candidate and Light Party member a Person's proposal. If worse should come to worse, I would attempt to work with the members of the Assembly in order to pass some sort of reasonable compromise. In addition, the infrastructure of the Mideast, and much of the nation, has fallen into a state of heightened disrepair. We cannot allow this to continue. In the Mideast Assembly, I will offer solutions, and work with my fellow assembly, to correct to Mideast's infrastructure and upgrade it into something that all citizens will be proud of, and something that all citizens will feel safe using. High speed rail, reconstruction and revitalization of our highways, roads, and bridges, and preservation of the still standing and pristine pieces of infrastructure we still have.

      EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY: Education is, perhaps, the most important thing to me after the protection of liberty. It is no secret that our education system, both nationally and regionally, has fallen behind. I intend to help rectify this. The first thing to understand is that our system of standardized testing is hampering the job of teachers the job of educating our students. High schools, both nationally and in the Mideast, must be revitalized. There is a reason while college degrees are now worth so much more, and while high school diplomas have become worth so much less. It is because our high schools are falling behind, and moving in the wrong direction. Our education system cannot be simply fixed by an assemblyman from the Mideast. It will require many more people than just one man. We need to break the barrier. We require a new entire education motto. The 'taught to test' education system that has developed in our nation and in our region is not the right direction. We are running on the industrial education system, and we're well into the digital age. Times must change. While one national curriculum is a good step, a standardized test based on it is not. Communities require more administrative jurisdiction over their school districts. Teachers require more jurisdiction over their classrooms and their curriculums in general. And, I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to integrate the new technology of this new era into our classrooms.

But what I can most stress perhaps above all else is the need for pragmatism. The need for the ability of our legislators to compromise. The recent balanced budget amendment nightmare has shown us that time and time again.

Odysseus - Mideast Assembly - May '13: Progressive ideals, Pragmatic solutions!
40  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Vote Period] on: April 10, 2013, 03:07:57 am
CHAIR

[X] Scott
[] Write-in:___________
[] Abstain

VICE CHAIR

[X] Benconstine
[] Write-in:___________
[] Abstain

PLATFORM - On Adoption
Part I
Part II

[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Platform & Leadership Declaration Period] on: April 08, 2013, 02:06:04 pm
I would like to step in briefly and express my support of Scott for Chair. Smiley
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's PM score on: April 08, 2013, 02:41:27 am
Econ a little too left for me, but otherwise great.
43  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 07, 2013, 08:00:20 pm
Formally announcing that I have returned from my vacation, and also bumping this thread. Smiley
44  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Drafting Platform] on: April 07, 2013, 04:59:03 pm
My changes to "Freedom of Speech & Religious Expression" and "Civil Liberties" have not been reflected in the official platform, despite having been approved.
45  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Drafting Platform] on: April 06, 2013, 10:23:58 pm
Civil Liberties
The Light Party stands firmly on the side of civil liberties and views them as fundamental to Atlasia remaining Atlasia. Individual liberties, such as the rights to free speech and association, must be kept paramount. Government must stay out of the private lives of individuals. This is also true for private institutions, such as internet service providers. ISPs, or any other private organization, will not be allowed to monitor customers in any way. Although some revocations of our rights have come in the name of national security, we can remain safe while maintaining due process and the rule of law. Federal investigations must operate under judicial oversight and must provide probable cause before executing searches. Only high-risk individuals should be subject to invasive security procedures, but a legal warrant must still be obtained. Habeas corpus must be respected and individuals must be charged with a crime or released.
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Human Rights
Lightists believe that Atlasia has forever shined as a beacon of freedom, and so it must remain.  We believe that speech shall only be regulated to protect the rights, privacy, and security of all citizens.  We also believe that the freedom to practice one's religion or to abstain from any religious activity is a fundamental right. The Light Party believes that religion is a private matter, and that the only way to ensure religious freedom is to ensure the continued separation of church and state. As such, all school students should be allowed to pray in accordance with their religious beliefs. The Light Party also stands firm that peaceful protest and assembly against the government is of the utmost importance, and provides a voice for the opposition in many government debates.

Copyright Law
The Light Party believes that copyright law's recent history of being a tool of censorship is unfair to many citizens. We believe that copyrighted materials can be used fairly by the public, and works containing segments of copyrighted material are perfectly legal as long as the original producers are cited. Full versions of copyrighted works uploaded to the internet for download or viewing will be considered illegal, however. Companies or individuals who are found to be repeatedly abusing copyright claims may be subject to a severe fine.
46  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2013 At-large Senate Special Election on: April 04, 2013, 11:19:38 pm
1. Matt from VT
2. bore
47  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys: North Korea on: April 04, 2013, 01:58:46 am
We should not be so bold and rash as to respond so hastily to the regular sabre-rattling from North Korea. Kim Jong-un is establishing his power in the DPRK, nothing more. We should not make the first blow against the North Korean regime. We are defenders. When North Korea begins an invasion of South Korea itself, then we will respond to our allies and enter the war and swiftly bring an end to any hypothetical conflict. But, we must remember that this conflict is indeed hypothetical, and we should not create any conflicts and loss of life that need not happen.

Conflict must be necessary, not willy-nilly.
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Party Change Announcement) on: April 04, 2013, 01:39:03 am
Will be away for war for 20 years as soon as you are elected ?

Don't worry, I have no intentions of getting "lost" for 20 years like my name sake.


OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT: I have decided to return from my absence due to vacation in order to make a response to some recent developments.

I have decided to join Governor Scott's excellent new party, The Light Party. My campaign is based on the support of one party, and I merely change my party affiliation because I have hope that the Light Party can be a successful party, and one better structured to suit the people's needs than the Liberal Party has been as of late. I will still seek the support of anyone willing to support me, and any of my former colleagues in Liberal can still support me - I speak for my own values, and not the one that some political group tells me to approve of.

I also will, like some of my other Mideast Parties, refrain from personal message box spamming in order to win votes. I believe this tactic is unbecoming of someone running for elected office, and I'd rather not annoy the people of Atlasia by filling their PM boxes to the brim with my words.

Thank you -

Odysseus. Smiley
49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 04, 2013, 01:32:06 am
Odysseus
Light Party
Virginia
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party on: April 04, 2013, 01:30:52 am
This is exactly what I've been looking for! The failures of the Liberal Party have been made apparent, and it's time for a change. Despite my current affiliation with the Liberal Party, I will be be joining this new "Light Party". I realize I am currently in the running for Mideast Assembly, but my run for Assembly is not for party, but rather for both myself and the people of the Mideast.

If the Light Party will have me, I'll be glad to be a part of it! Cheesy
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