The Universal, Non Partisan, Candidate Survey
And Values Voter Education Guide.
Old Glory

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Dear Honorable Candidate _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
       Thank you for your candidacy and your willingness to serve the public which includes our own families.  I am a local citizen who found this Voter Education Guide online; neprimer.com/ePress/articles/2008/RAC-CandidatesQu.pdf ) ( html ) (The URL's are case sensitive.)  I would like you to answer it so that I can share all of the candidates' answers with all of my neighbors and those who are in my email address book.
        Please note the title says that it is "Universal" because it addresses the heart of our governance which is the essence of our community "Values".  It is "Non Partisan" so that it is unencumbered with any special interests or party platforms.  Therefore your answers will "Educate" us about what you believe about your own: money, children, family, community, Constitution(s) and God which will help us anticipate your decisions and actions that affect your own descendants if elected to office.
       I think one of the reasons for low voter turn out is the lack of good, unbiased information about the candidates.  It is hoped that this "Survey-Guide" will inspire my email friends to be "Educated" and to go to the polls and vote intelligently.  All voters look for candidates who will represent their views in offices of importance and authority.  A lot of candidates will walk, talk and advertise extensively over the campaign trail, but one easily overlooked way to win my vote is to answer this "Survey-Guide" letter.  You can impress me with: truth, accuracy, consistency and Constitutional priorities; which will unify like minded independents, partisans, conservatives, patriots, statesmen, and values voters into a effective group sufficient for your success!  Not returning the survey is usually interpreted as an attempt to keep your own district voters from knowing your position on these important issues.
       This "Survey-Guide" does not endorse candidates.  It is designed as a  free advertisement service in the form of an "Email Report"  for all of the candidates to educate their own district voters about the key issues.  The format for an "Email Report", which advertises all of the candidates' responses, will be condensed.  It will list each candidate on a single line followed by the quantity of answers such as the total number of "A's", "D's", "U's" and the first 4 (Y/N) answers.  If the candidate does not return the "Survey-Guide" then a single "DNR" (Did Not Respond) or "FTR" (Failed To Respond) comment will follow their name.  At the bottom of the  "Email Report" are 2 viewer suggestions:  1.) is to forward (Fwd:) the "Email Report" to their fellow district voters, friends, neighbors and co-workers; and, 2.) print and distribute it.  Both with a link to follow to this "Survey-Guide" so that they can read the questions for themselves.  Here is an example: "Email Report": neprimer.com/ePress/articles/2008/SampleEmailRept.html , and here: neprimer.com/ePress/articles/2010/PinellasCountySchoolBoardCandidateSurvey.html .
       I plan to print _ _   _ _ _ ± hard copy "Email Reports" for local distribution; and,  I have _ _ _  _ _ ± local voter email addresses who will be asked to forward the "Email Report" to their email list; and who might also print and distribute it next door & at work.  I will post it on the internet and email the link to it.
Candidate Instructions:
1.  "In-The-Mail Due Date". _________________________ .   If a date is entered, please mail no later than that date (earlier is better).   If the blank is empty please calculate your last day to mail by adding ____ (10?) days to your date of receipt of this Questionnaire.  (The Return Date is important.  If you do not answer in time, the free email advertisement will show a  FTR or DNR  next to your name.)
2.  Please see PAGE 2 of 2.  (This is the only page that needs to be answered, signed, dated and returned.)
3.  Please respond to each item with one of these letters:   AAgree ; DDisagree ;  U = Undecided.  ( It is better to respond with U = Undecided, than to not respond at all.)
4.  Candidate's Signature and Date on the bottom of PAGE 2.  (The integrity  of the "Email Report"  rests on the return of  PAGE 2 from each candidate with their signature which is your approval and our authorization for publication.)
5.  Please return  PAGE 2 no later than the "In-The-Mail Due Date"  in the Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) or enclose an excuse, note or rejection letter.  Thanks...
6.  Please answer according to the statement's truth or accuracy rather than it's legality since some of the items might be currently unlawful or unconstitutional!
       It is most important that virtuous candidates bring their values & integrity into public offices for the preservation of our Constitutional Republic.  If you have questions, call me or email me.
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The Universal, Non Partisan, Candidate Survey And Voter Education Guide.
Table(s) of Principles from "The 5000 Year Leap, Principles of Freedom 101" by W. Cleon Skousen,
 [ courtesy of: National Center for Constitutional Studies, NCCS.net  ©1991, 2007 
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Table source: neprimer.com/ePress/articles/2008/5000YearLeapFreedom101.html   Times font are edits by ed.]
  1. ___ The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
  2. ___ A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
  3. ___ The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
  4. ___ Without
 
The Christian religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained. 
  5. ___ All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.
  6. ___ All men are created equal.
  7. ___ The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
  8. ___ Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
  9. ___ To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.
10. ___ The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
11. ___ The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
12. ___ The United States of America shall be a republic.
13. ___ A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.
14. ___ Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure
15. ___ The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
16. ___ The government should be separated into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
17. ___ A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
18. ___ The Unalienable Rights from the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written constitution.
19. ___ Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.
20. ___ Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
21. ___ Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
22. ___ A free people should be governed by law and not the whims of men.
23. ___ A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
24. ___ A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
25. ___ "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations: entangling alliances with none."
26. ___ The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
27. ___ The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.
28. ___ The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.
 The Five "Fundamental  Judeo-Christian  Points To Be Taught in Schools." [ pgs. 77, 78 ]-
  1. ___ There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship him.
  2. ___ The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
  3. ___ The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
  4. ___ All mankind live beyond this life.
  5. ___ In the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.
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  Some of The Unalienable (Human)  Rights. [pg. 125 ]  
   1. ___ The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
   2. ___ The right to self government.
   3. ___ The right to bear arms for self defense.
   4. ___ The right to own, develop, and dispose of property.
   5. ___ The right to make personal choices.
   6. ___ The right of free conscience.
   7. ___ The right to choose a profession.
   8. ___ The right to choose a mate.
   9. ___ The right to beget one's kind.
 10. ___ The right to assemble.
 11. ___ The right to petition.
 12. ___ The right to free speech.
 13. ___ The right to a free press.
 14. ___ The right to enjoy the fruits of one's labor.
 15. ___ The right to improve one's position through barter and sale.
 16. ___ The right to contrive and invent.
 17. ___ The right to explore the natural resources of the earth.
 18. ___ The right to privacy.
 19. ___ The right to provide personal security.
 20. ___ The right to provide nature's necessities - air, food, water, clothing, and shelter.
 21. ___ The right to a fair trial.
 22. ___ The right of free association.
 23. ___ The right to contract.

 24. ____ The right to just restitution.          
 25. ____ The right to secure borders.
 26. ____ The right to a secret ballot.             
 Please answer as to the statement's truth or accuracy rather than it's legality since some of the statements might be currently unlawful.
  Please answer Yes/No at the end of the following statements.  I understand the legacy and consequences of my actions in public service because I have: 1) children (Y/N) ___ .  2) grandchildren (Y/N) ___ .  3) other local family (Y/N) ___ .  4)  an active faith (Y/N) ___ .  5) my local faith organization name is: _________________________________
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 Candidate signature: __________________________________ ________   Date:  ______ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
 Print name: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _  Public Office (seat, title):  _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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Email address: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _    Phone:  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
If you provided an email address above, do you want to receive an "Email Report"?   (Yes/No)  _ _ _ _ _ _  
   Cell: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
• NOT COPYRIGHTED   FREE copies online: neprimer.com/ePress/articles/2008/RAC-CandidatesQu.pdf
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 PAGE 3.  "Sender's Instructions, Notes and Credits." [Do not send this lower page to the candidate. Print cadidate's pages here: PDF ]
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The Universal, Non Partisan, Candidate Survey And Values Voter Education Guide Outline:

   PAGE 1  Cover Letter Table of Contents.
        Salutation, Introduction and "Thank you".
        Definitions of "Universal, Non Partisan, Candidate Survey and Voter Ed. Guide"
        Purposes of The Survey-Guide: non partisan, publication for voter education.
        Potential distribution of the "Email Report", it's style  and format.
            Candidate's Instructions.

    PAGE 2  Candidate's Table of Questions.
        Questionnaire with signature and date. - Candidate should return original PAGE 2 of 2 to sender's address on PAGE 1.
         Request Answers as to "truth or accuracy" since the Candidate's decisions effect their own children and grand children and your families liberties.

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Assembly Instructions for making a printer or email
MASTER document:  (Print or create Master paper copy or use this PDF  file.)
    Printer Master:  (Based on FireFox browser's Printer Setup and Print Preview features.)  Manipulate margins (0.4") and Custom reduction settings (95%) to get page breaks between pages 1-2 and 2-3.  Then just print pages 1 and 2 (to laser, inkjet or PDF printers).  Check to make sure all info is on it's rightful page.  Fill in your "Sender's info" and make your Master and copies for each candidate.  Fill in each Candidate's name and due dates and mail them out.
    Email Master.  Print page "1 of 1" then page "2 of 2".  Use 2 instances of FireFox - 1 for each page.  Use PrimoPDF to "Append" page 2 to page 1.  Or use free pdf995 "software printer" to print the Printer Master above directly to PDF file format.
 
Sender  Instructions:
    1.  To get all of your candidate's contact information, call or browse to the Clerk of the government entity whose offices are up for election (Pinellas, FL's is Supervisor of Elections).  Call or browse again just before mailing to confirm that you have all of the candidates names; and to eliminate any recent withdrawals.
    2.  Make sure you have sufficient time to print, mail and receive results before election day.  If you have multiple candidates in multiple races figure on 1 hour per candidate to compose, format, edit and send the combined results.  (Say: 4 days USPS delivery + 10± days response time + 4 days USPS mail delivery + 2 days to compose and send your Email Report = 20 calender days.) 
    3.  Get the PDF file off of the internet for easy formatted printing. (Print a sample to fill in as you follow the directions.)
    4.  Print PAGES 1 & 2 for each candidate or see Option 2 below.  Fill in your contact info. (or/and apply your mailing label) on PAGE 1 which is your cover letter.
    5.  Include a Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) for accuracy and for your candidate's convenience.
    6.  Send PAGEs 1 & 2 (the Cover letter with instructions and the Questionnaire) and the SASE.  (Depending on expected level of cooperation select a delivery method below.)    (Check the current USPS charges at:  http://usps.gov )
            • USPS Certified, Return Receipt (signature) to all candidates.  $5.54 per candidate for 1 oz. letter.  (Proof that they received the Questionnaire by the return of card with the authorized persons signature.)
            • USPS Certified, to all candidates.  $3.24 per candidate for 1 oz. letter.  (Proof that they received the Questionnaire by certified mail with return of card. (They have to sign for it but the signature is not returned to you.)
            •  USPS First Class Mail, to all candidates.  $0.44 per candidate for 1 oz. letter. (Unverified assurance of delivery - based only on the delivery reputation of USPS.)
            • USPS Certificate of Mailing
 (PS Form 3817, April 2007 PSN 7530-02-000-9065), to all candidates.  $1.54 per candidate for 1 oz. letter OR  $0.86 per candidate address for a Book Certificate(PS 3877).  $0.86 = $0.44 (stamp) + $0.42 certification.  (This receipt shows proof of mailing and can be purchased only at the time of mailing. Regular: $1.15 each or $0.42 each if 3 addresses or more in a mailing book/sheet. i.e. sheets of paper with addresses of letters sent - min. of 3 addresses per sheet, maximum of 11 addresses per sheet.)
    7.  Be cautious to give all of the candidates the same 10± days time to respond back to you so that you have time to compose and email the results.  (It is important to keep the survey Non Partisan, unbiased and equally administered; so always include all of the candidates results for each office in your email reports i.e. free internet advertisement.
    8.  To increase candidate competition calculate a Check Up Date.  Choose one of either Method A or B below.
        A.  If you specified a "In-The-Mail Due Date" on PAGE 1, Item 1, then use a Check Up Date of 1 or 2 days prior.  Or
        B.  if you let the candidate calculate his "In-The-Mail Due Date" from the letter's receipt date, then reason this way.  The good candidates will respond in their first week (4 days USPS + 5 + 4 USPS =) 13th day after mailing.  The 9th day from your mailing date marks the midpoint of the candidate's 10 day response time (4 USPS + 5 = 9 days).  They only have 5 days left.  Consider a Check Up Date on the 12th or 13th day after your mailing date to both call and email the candidate and check up on the status of your Questionnaire.  Remind them they only have 1 or 2 days left to get it in the mail.  
        C.  In your Check Up Date calls and emails, be prepared to give/email them a link to the online PDF copy of the survey in case they misplaced it or lost it.
    9. Keep all of the candidates hard copy responses on file for several months after their PRIMARY campaign ends.  If you do The Survey Guide for the important Primary Election "Email Report", the results will still apply for the following General Election "Email Report".  If you like providing this information for your email friends, keep the hard copy for the next election cycle (2 years).  They are likely to rerun and you can compare responses. 

Options:
    1.  Write your own cover letter with instructions, then just print PAGE 2 of 2 from the Pg 2 PDF file.  Include your SASE.
    2.  Rather than printing on your printer, go to your favorite print shop.  Give them the URL to the Non Copyrighted, 2 page PDF file ( http://neprimer.com/ePress/articles/2008/RAC-CandidatesQu.pdf )(case sensitive) and tell them how many you want printed. (Recommend black ink, double sided printing. Costs about $0.10 a side.)
    3.  Insert a little note describing your emailing and printing and distribution plans to justify your hard copy voter guide estimate.  For example, you might include some of your rotary club, local crime watch group, church or synagogue; however, there is no reason to include or distribute to organizations where most of the members are not residents of the candidates' district.  To estimate a distribution quantity for the hard copy voter guide, figure about 25-40% of members expected at the meeting just prior to the election.  


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