Endorsement Convention Convenes on 10/29 (Sat.)
Where Will the AsAm Bloc vote Go in 2016?
Since its inception, 80-20 has advocated "to REWARD politicians who share our concerns and to PUNISH those who don't." That is how the Irish, Polish, Italians, and Jewish have won their equal citizenship in America. That is why 80-20 holds an Endorsement Convention (EC).
Over the years, 80-20 has build up the size of the AsAm bloc vote. See below:
The bloc vote is a good inducement for presidential candidates to help us achieve equal opportunity. But it is not always 100% successful. For example, in the 2004 election, when John Kerry didn't share one of our major concerns, although he was better than his Republican opponent, 80-20 only endorsed him WITH RESERVATION.
As a result, Kerry won a majority of the AsAm vote but with a very small winning margin. He lost the presidential election.
Warning! A Similar Situation May Exist This Year
Sec. Clinton has answered our questionnaire. Trump has not. They both have hardly spent any time campaigning for the AsAm support. Hillary made 1 of her 397 speeches to an AsAm org. having already endorsed her. However, AsAms represent 4% of the voters. Some contend that Donald had done slightly better.
80-20 is trying to change that benign negligence of both candidates. We invited both to address 80-20's EC and humble themselves to ask for our support. Neither has responded positively yet. That is not satisfactory, although negotiations are still ongoing. 80-20 will stand up for you and adhere to the reward or punishment principle, depending on the outcome of the negotiations.
BTW, whom EC will endorse is strictly the decision of the the 33 Delegates, composed of 11 Democrats, 11 Independents and 11 Republicans. 80-20 has no authority over that decision, but some 80-20 Board Members are also
Delegates. We will express our views.
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Are You Satisfied With This Year's Presidential Election?
80-20 focuses to AsAm related issues only. So here I speak as an individual. I had hoped that both candidates will be statesmen like and would compete on the ground of who would be the better to
(1) unite the American people;
(2) stop or reduce the gridlock in Washington D.C.; and,
(3) start a few innovative, cost-effective and much needed long-term projects
to compensate for one of America's worst tendencies -- short term interests only.
None of the above happened. Instead, the two candidates stand deep in a cesspool of acrimonious accusations of improper personal behavior. They tear the American people further apart.
An election should be more than deciding a winner on election day.
We need to speak out to prevent the same type of campaigns from recurring 4 year hence.
America's future hinges on our speaking out NOW!
Comments will be most welcome. I want to know your thoughts.
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.
To know more about 80-20, view these videos :
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The CA primary is over. An EC is to decide whether to endorse Trump or Clinton.)
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM (Ignore the appeal for funds. SELF has succeeded.)