US Congressional Representative Barney Frank Not To Seek Reelection

(  Barney Frank is probably the perfect example of why the United States needs term limits on politicians in the US Senate and the House of Representatives. Mr. Frank has been in Washington DC since 1980.  If someone has been doing something for 31 years in government, there is a good chance that their perspective can get skewed.

It is a good day for the United States of America.  Term limits please.  It could be good to start with 8 years.

Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire endorses Newt Gingrich

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has picked up the endorsement of the highly influential Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire, a boost for the 2012 Republican presidential candidate.  Check out the article here. The article says,

This newspaper endorses Newt Gingrich in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

America is at a crucial crossroads. It is not going to be enough to merely replace Barack Obama next year. We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing.

He did so with the Contract with America. He did it in bringing in the first Republican House in 40 years and by forging balanced budgets and even a surplus despite the political challenge of dealing with a Democratic President. A lot of candidates say they’re going to improve Washington. Newt Gingrich has actually done that, and in this race he offers the best shot of doing it again.

It is excellent to see people are getting a chance to thoroughly vet these Republican candidates.  Mr. Gingrich has been through a lot, and although not perfect, seems to be willing to admit his mistakes.  We need experience in the Whitehouse as we know what inexperience in government can do to the nation.


Who are the truly viable candidates for the Republicans candidate for US President in 2012?

(  The answer is very clear.  For any candidate of substance, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are the two that will be left standing.  That is barring any ‘skeletons in the closet’ that the media can dig up and use against them.

What about the others?  

  • Rick Perry has got a serious image issue after multiple mistakes on national television.
  • Michelle Back is running like a lone sheep on an empty field with no one nearby.
  • Herman Cain has just not got the depth of experience nor the international exposure that can keep him competitive.
  • Ron Paul has a cult-like following among Americans with an isolationist inclination but unfortunately that will probably keep him from the mainstream.
  • Rick Santorum is one we’re not even sure why he is still running.

What do you think?

It Is Time For Michelle Bachmann To Step Out Of The Race For US President for the Republicans

Yes, we’ve all winced as we’ve watched Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann respond to questions during the debates.  We’re sure she is probably a brilliant person, great representative of her district, distinct lawyer and just an all around great person.  However, at the Washington DC debate where she introduced herself with a happy thanksgiving, was the last sign for a couple of us at Bright Citizen that she was just not ‘very presidential’.

She has no following, is not a proven leader, and frankly has not done well at the polls.  Just as we suggested for her fellow Minnesontian Tim Pawlenty, it is time for her to drop out of the race for the Republican candidate for the US presidential race against Barak Obama.

Tim Pawlenty seemed to take cue with low polls but interestingly enough when you’re down it seems you tend to attack others.  Now Bachmann is doing the same thing as Newt Gingrich’s experience has begun to shine in Republican debates.  Apparently she is looking for ways to attack the front runners.  Digging up 8 year old letters and re-interpreting them is not productive to the selection process.

It is clear the Michelle Bachmann has not got the support to be elected.  It is time for her to bow out so that the strong candidates can focus on replacing the current US president if that is what they are going to do.

For the next candidate that can’t make it, our guess is despite having lots of campaign cash, Rick Perry will be heading back to focus on the affairs of Texas.  A great guy with a real job creation record, but communication skills are a must to compete on the national scale.  He may make it to the convention, but he has no chance of getting the nomination.

We hope Michelle Bachmann exits the stage soon, but based on what we’ve seen of Perry, he probably will be a small distraction until he gets the boot.

Happy Thanksgiving From Bright

Clearly Thanksgiving has been a wonderfully influential holiday in the US to other countries around the world.  Canada got into the act of setting aside a day to celebrate thankfulness to God for the life in our bodies and the love in our families.  Even the Japanese have a day of thanksgiving.

At we are pleased to wish you the best Thanksgiving ever.  Enjoy your family and friends and thank God for His answers to prayer as we engage the Creator of the Universe, Almighty God.

Happy Thanksgiving!

US President Obama Drops God From Thanksgiving Celebrations

Probably the most Jesus Christ related holiday besides Christmas in the US is Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is known as the day when the majority of Americans give thanks to God Almighty for the nation we have and the families we love.

Although US president’s have varied in their levels of commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, many citizens since 2008 have noted have Barak Obama has not only shown any lack of commitment (as noted in  “Is Barak Obama A Committed Christian?”) but has many actions that are anti-Christ.  Are the citizens beginning to see a pattern?  You can decide for yourself.

Here are the excerpts from his Thanksgiving Day talk.

Remarks of President Barack Obama

Weekly Address

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The White House


From my family to yours, I’d like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Like millions of Americans, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will spend the day eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are.

As Americans, each of us has our own list of things and people to be thankful for.  But there are some blessings we all share.

We’re especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas. To all the service members eating Thanksgiving dinner far from your families: the American people are thinking of you today.  And when you come home, we intend to make sure that we serve you as well as you’re serving America.

We’re also grateful for the Americans who are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters, making sure their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. This sense of mutual responsibility – the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always been a part of what makes our country special. And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.

The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of community during a time of great hardship, and we have followed that example ever since. Even when the fate of our union was far from certain – during a Civil War, two World Wars, a Great Depression – Americans drew strength from each other. They had faith that tomorrow would be better than today.

We’re grateful that they did. As we gather around the table, we pause to remember the pilgrims, pioneers, and patriots who helped make this country what it is. They faced impossible odds, and yet somehow, they persevered. Today, it’s our turn.

I know that for many of you, this Thanksgiving is more difficult than most. But no matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny. The problems we face didn’t develop overnight, and we won’t solve them overnight. But we will solve them. All it takes is for each of us to do our part.

With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible. But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country.

If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other, and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.

So today, I’m thankful to serve as your President and Commander-and-Chief. I’m thankful that my daughters get to grow up in this great country of ours. And I’m thankful for the chance to do my part, as together, we make tomorrow better than today.

Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Years of mismanagement has bankrupted the US government

Many Americans are frustrated with the rate of entitlement spending by novice us president barak Obama. The United States is heading towards bankruptcy after years of governing beyond its means. Will Obama provide leadership? Will congressional interests work for the citizens?

The Biased Media Attack On Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich Begins

(  We all knew it would happen.  Whomever doesn’t tow the CNN, MSNBC line must be a radical and cannot be mainstream.  Unfortunately, ‘mainstream’ to the biased media means generally people who don’t believe in the traditional family, are pro-life, and believe that work is something you do well and you will grow financially and academically.

Now that Mr. Herman Cain has lost the lead in the polls due to the dubious sexual harassment accusations it seems the media attack has changed.  Jack Abramoff fired one of the early shots by calling Newt Gingrich a dirty politician in his piece on Reuters entitled, All Of Washington Swims In Newt’s Swap.  Aren’t we fed up with name calling and willing to give someone a chance?  Anyone who has ever run a business will realize 1m USD is not much to talk about.  People need to earn a living and most people will accept whatever a company pays them for their work.  Why don’t we ask the people who requested the service about it rather than assuming it was illegal or dirty?

Furthermore, Americans don’t need witch hungering mentality like Mr. Abramoff’s article is attempting to do, attacking someone because they were somehow in office.  Could he is prejudiced against Mr. Gingrich or the ideals he stands for?

Of course, lobbyists and interest groups in Washington are corrupt and should be banned.  A recent interview of a lobbyist by Mike Huckabee sheds some bright lights on how easy it is for these people to go over the line of honesty.  Clearly, this is something that needs attention in the nation’s capital.  When you dig down, you find that Jack Abramoff was the guy who went to prison.

Just because there is corruption in Washington, does that anyone who has served in Washington or worked for the government is corrupt until death?  We think not.  The best engineer to fix a system is a person who understand how it works.  Rather than trying to beat up someone because citizens’ interest in the polls are rising, let’s ask more questions and get a good understanding of what they would do when they were in office.

Clearly many business professionals regret the lack of not getting to better know our current president and some members of congress before they were put into office.  People are getting smarter as we see the rise of the Tea Party movement in the country forcing politicians as well as the people who support them to be more transparent.

As for Mr. Gingrich, let him debate, let him compete for the job.  Competition is what brings growth.

Will President Barak Obama Use Super Committee Failure As An Excuse?

(  With the upcoming self-imposed deadline for the super committee coming up.  Whitehouse press secretary Jay Carney today has begun criticizing Republicans for the inability of both parties to come to agreement on deficit cuts before Congress’ self-imposed automatic budget cuts take effect indiscriminately hacking budgets of US government agencies and services.

Flamboyant talk show host, Rush Limbaugh says the purpose of the Super Committee for Obama and Democrats was to change the discussion for deficit reduction to tax increases.  Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stated in debates early in 2011 that the Super Committee was a waste of time and destined for failure.

President Barak Obama started campaigning in 4 April 2011 for reelection to office.  This brings concern for those who want to have him focused on representing the people of the United States, not running for office.  As President Obama does not have a successful record to run on with high unemployment and business fearful of more indiscriminate laws unwilling to invest too much in the US, many are concerned that Obama’s only chance is to belittle the competition and talk about their inability to get things done.

Today’s apparent failure of the super committee could play right in to Obama’s plan to run a negative campaign to try to stay in office.  We hope not.  There is a possibility is that he may use the Supercommittee results as an excuse to continue his unilateral use of rule by Presidential executive order to push his political agenda.

We hope the next presidential election will focus on candidates promoting the merits of their work and why the candidate should be elected.

Some democrats have suggested that Obama should be revetted through a presidential primary as the republicans have been doing since the beginning of the GOP debates on 5 May 2011.

Making Friends And Influencing People Through Effective Email and Digital Communications

( Communicating well is very important.  It can mean the difference between peace and war (sometimes even at the office), and in some cases life and death.  In business, life, and politics, email, social media, and other forms of digital communication are essential to getting out your message.

A great post on the Decker blog entitled Refreshing Your Email Manners talks about communicating effectively via email.  A quick summary from Bright Citizen’s perspective would be-

-Put a descriptive subject in the subject line of an email that gets to the point

-Keep your email direct and to the point

-Avoid abusing punctuation such as multiple ???, !!!, and so forth

-Reply to the sender.  Only reply all as absolutely necessary.

There is a lot more we can say about this, however we hope this will get you thinking.