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“Vote for America’s Mental Health in 2012”


Website Link

This page on the Mental Health America or more commonly known as MHA website offers a variety of information geared towards the mental health community explaining things like voter id and other voting related topics.  It’s a great starting point for folks who either have never voted or maybe voted, but want to learn a little more before they vote again.


American Independant Party Values

  Here’s info on the values held by the American Independant Party taken word for word from a California website.  A link to the originating website is at the end of the post.  I don’t consider this to be a comprehensive statement on what defines the values of the independant party, but I do feel it is a starting point.


The American Independent Party is the party of ordered liberty in a nation under God. We believe in strict adherence to written law. We believe the Constitution is the contract America has with itself. Its willful distortion has led to the violation of our Tenth-Amendment-guaranteed right to limited government—which inevitably requires oppressive taxation. Its application will lift that burden.

Freed from the lawless oppression of Liberal rule we may then compassionately and justly use our energy and ingenuity to provide for ourselves and our families. We will then establish truly free and responsible enterprise and reassert the basic human right to property.

We believe in protecting all human life however weak, defenseless, or disheartened; endorse the family as the essential bulwark of liberty, compassion, responsibility, and industry; and declare the family’s right and responsibility to nurture, discipline, and educate their children.

We assert the absolute, concurrent Second-Amendment-guaranteed right of individuals to self-defense coupled with a strong common defense, a common defense which requires a national sovereignty not damaged by imprudent treaties. We oppose all illegal immigration. We support secure borders and immigration policies that invite the best of the world to join us in freedom.

Voter Information Guide.

Republican Party Values

  The following info was pulled from a California state website, but it seems to sum up what the Republican Party holds as values.  I modified the text so it would be broader and not specific to California, otherwise the text remains in its original language.  I don’t feel this is a comprehensive list of what the Republican Party stands for, but it is a starting point.


  The Republican Party is committed to improving our quality of life. We’re working to achieve this by creating jobs, improving schools, keeping communities safe, and improving health care and environment.

Top Priorities:

Promoting an economy that creates new job opportunitiess

Improving education and health care systems to improve our quality of life

Protecting taxpayers by limiting taxes and forcing government to live within its means

Voter Information Guide.

New Page

I’ve started working on a new page for the blog entitled “Voting” it can be found by clicking on Voting in the list of pages to the right or at the top of the page, in addition to clicking here.

I have a very basic barebones kind of understanding of what it means to vote in regards to knowing what the various parties stand on in terms of core values/principles.  I’m working with Rachel Freund of PMHCA who is spearheading a push to encourage more Consumers in PA to get involved in thew political process, and above all, get out there and vote so our voice can be heard in the political realm.  As I learn more from both my own research, and from what I learn through Rachel and her efforts, I will be sharing those things here in this blog.  I have been doing some activist type things in trying to encourage representatives to vote for  hb1448 and hb 2253, or to have folks thank them for their support if they are already supporting them.  I’ve also been encouraging folks to get out and vote, and as I began encouraging others, I discovered there is a lot more to voting then casting a vote, there is research needed to understand what candidates and their parties stand for, there is a whole language that I hear in the media, but really don’t understand, and above all, there is the idea that I need to do what I ask others to do.  So, While I learn and walk the talk, I hope others will benefit from my posts I will be doin here about voting or political language. and stances.

Please visit the page entitled “Voting” to see what links I’ve dugup or in some cases have received from Rachel Freund of PMHCA.

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