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AL-SENATE William Barnes Explains How Richard Shelby Turned His Back on Alabama Citizens

by: countrycat

Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 17:12:09 PM CDT

Heads up, Alabama Democrats!  We have a candidate for Senate - William Barnes - who's not afraid to challenge the Big Dick himself and speak the truth about Senator Richard Shelby - that he's forgotten the people of Alabama and is a tool of big business.William Barnes, Democratic candidate for Alabama Senate

LIA interviewed Barnes earlier this month and he graciously gave us over an hour of his time.  We'll be posting individual videos and transcripts over the next few weeks.

In this segment, I asked him why he's running against Shelby and about the financial reform bill.

"Shelby has $12-$13 million in his warchest and I questioned that.  How did a Senator from Alabama raise such a large warchest? 

For our Democracy's continuance, we depend on citizens stepping forward, running for office and serving the public.

And I found out while researching Senator Shelby's background - and following the money - I don't think that Senator Shelby is seriously connected with the citizen of Alabama.

He's representing big business. And that's what brings me to the race today."

Video (about 4 minutes) is on the flip along with Barnes' discussion of financial reform and even more about Shelby's true loyalties.

countrycat :: AL-SENATE William Barnes Explains How Richard Shelby Turned His Back on Alabama Citizens

Do you  support the Financial Reform & Consumer Protection bill?

"I favor the bill.  because we had protections in place going back as far as the 1930's that prohibit a lot of foreign investments in our country, prohibited banks from going in other areas of business other than banking - into insurance, for example.

What we had the last 24 years or so was a relaxation - deregulation - of that and it's what's brought us to where we're at economically.  Those rules and regulations in the 1930's were put there to help prevent what has happened with business becoming "too big to fail" as we've termed it.

It's time we went back and re-evaluated that and put back into place those rules and regulations that prevent big business from taking over the lives of our citizens."

Shelby's the ranking member on that committee now...

"Yes he is.  And he was the chair of the banking and finance committee when this deregulation took place."

People tend to forget that Shelby was chair of the intelligence committee before 9-11 and chair/ranking member of banking and finance before the financial meltdown.  What has Shelby been doing?

"He's been representing big business and not the people of Alabama and it's time the people of Alabama stepped forward and stopped that type of representation.  

Now, I'm not anti-business candidate.  Business is a vital part of our existence but we have to remember that it's the people who make the businesses, not the businesses who make the people."

Preach it, Brother Barnes!  You have to wonder why the ADP doesn't seem excited about this man stepping up to take the fight to Shelby.

Well, we should be even if they aren't.  Barnes needs your volunteer support, your financial support, and your enthusiasm.  Tell your friends, sign up for his Facebook page and invite your friends to join you. 

Shelby has had a free ride long enough and it's time Alabama got some real representation in the Senate.


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That's the way you do it! (3.75 / 4)

 Shelby keeps running out of bounds, but he is still awarded the touchdowns. I'm glad to see someone is finally blowing the whistle. Good for Barnes! Maybe he will get more in the ADP to take notice and join this crucial battle. We can't afford to be sold out anymore.



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Wait until I get some more of these posts up. (4.00 / 2)
I was really impressed by Barnes.  He seems to be in to win and I'm prepared to help any way I can!

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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where campaign cash comes from (4.00 / 3)
the state democratic party is a two bit player in financing senatoe campaigns. the big knocker is the senate democratic campaign committee. and it's as cold blooded as an eel. identification of other big players for democrats are available just by going to computer,  review any major democratic incumbent up for reelection, and checking out where his or her money comes from. the system is totally inefficient both for the senate and the house. every election ends up with a democrat or more than one democrat who could probably have won had one of the big knockers had had enough sense to send campaign finaNCING THEIR WAY. but it's the big knockers' money.

the dscc has disappointed me so many times (4.00 / 3)

that I've quit giving.

However, the state party CAN help raise the profile of federal candidates, encourage donors to give, and do all sorts of things to boost a candidacy short of actually contributing state party money.

I know they're just getting organized for the fall campaign and are really focused on the legislature.  But let's not forget that we have federal races in play as well.

AND every dollar that the "Big Dick" is forced to spend on his own campaign is a dollar he can't give to help other Republicans.  So it makes sense for Democrats to contest every seat they can.  Howard Dean knew what he was talking about with his 50-state strategy.

Without his candidates, we wouldn't have won a majority in 2006.  Unfortunately, the national Democrats seem to be back in the old model now and I think it's going to hurt the party this cycle and long term.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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Not bad at all... (4.00 / 1)

Though I don't know that (considering the current atmosphere toward negative campaigning) coming out swinging at Shelby was entirely the best way to do this.  Of course, I'd have put it in there somewhere eventually, but I think he really needs to start by just getting his name out there first and information about him.

And yes, I'd bring up Shelby's contributions from banks and investment firms and insurers.  That's pretty easy to find information on maplight.org that's pretty darn damning in and of itself.  It shouldn't take much to point to those banks that received bailouts (which even the folks in Alabama hate), show Shelby's vote on regulating them, and then point to his contributions.

All that being said...  Great talking points from his campaign.  If he does decide to be a single issue candidate, the banking issue is an excellent one to run on, but beef him up a bit.  Get him deep into some statistics showing that giving these businesses money doesn't create jobs and so forth.  Prep him and make him ready to answer those typical GOP talking points.  I don't want to see him watered down at all.

Just get this guy out there! People-- particularly independent voters-- need to know that...

1. Shelby is running for reelection.

2. Shelby is opposed.

3. Who the heck is running against Shelby? 

Frankly, I'd like to be sick of hearing his name by November.  Get this man some attention!

One thing that I have seen that I liked that I think would be great for him is to get out and do something like what Al Franken did during the HCR thing.  Do this:

oh, he's more than one issue! (0.00 / 0)

I covered financial reform in the first video because, well, it was the first in the hour-long interview and easier to edit that way.  :-)

There are good segments where he's talking about his background, about immigration, the economy, and more.

Now that the horrific heat has slowed the garden down some (we only got 5.5 pounds of tomatoes this morning), I'll be able to edit some clips and get them up!

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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Forgot to add... (4.00 / 1)
Do you think there's any way that maybe he could get himself an interview on one of the big three news networks.  Morning Joe might be a good mix-- with a conservative host on a liberal network-- and get him some decent coverage.  Just make sure that he's very well prepared.

Barnes Getting Noticed (4.00 / 1)
I read on his facebook that on 07/23/10 he's on CBS42-Brimingham, www.examiner.com interviewed and posted a headliner. The only way msnbc will interview Barnes is if enough people in our state show interest in it. Maybe if everyone sent an email to countdown@msnbc.com and/or maybe told the David and Goliath scenario, they might talk about it.  Literally, listened to a weird rattle in his pocket one day and I said what's that noise. He pulled out small change and two stones. He said he has carried them in his pocket since the day someone said to him, who will fight the financial giant? If anyone ever sees him at a public event, just ask about it. The paper read last month he didn't stand a chance because of polls and viability. I suggest we all send emails to his website suggesting ways to help or get the word out. info@williamgbarnes.com

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William Barnes is a breath of fresh air (4.00 / 1)


Remember, it's people that make the business, not business that makes people.

That is something to campaign positively on right there! That's the morality we need more of in the U.S. Senate.

I noticed he has an Actblue account set up.  Something that we could do for him would be a diary over at Kos, to give him some national exposure to people who would be glad to donate to get rid of Shelby.  It should probably go up no sooner than Monday or so since Netroots Nation is going on right now.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams



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