THE PLANKS 

Lets take a walk together, Nashville. While I’m sure for many the hope of a long walk off a short pier may be their approach to outsiders getting involved in the political discourse, for others the hope of a more representative democratic municipal body politic with the occasional industrial disease to slough off could be the cure. So, Lets get more than skin-deep and mind the head. While the focus of other candidacies may be the tired old cliches of schools and sidewalks, I want to hit the boardwalk and go for broke. Lets Walk that Plank together and take a small stride toward getting wet in the waters of honest exchange waged for people, not in spite of them. Sure, we can look at a latitudinal shift but we can also go longitudinal: Changes in Attitudes, Changes in Platitudes., even when its against the grain.

Social Studies

Decriminalization of Drug Use: Marijuana, Mushrooms, Micro-dosing and more

Decriminalization of Prostitution/Sex Work

Replace ‘Broken Window’ Policing with civil enforcement options

Cost-shearing

End Corporate Welfare

Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities/Development Taxes

Participatory Budgeting

End Money Bail


Teach ‘em Well

Universal Pre-K

Human Capital, Infrastructure improvements

‘Safe Spaces’ programs


Money Talks

Maximum Wage (50:1 - exec:average wage)

Minimum Wage (Fight for 15 and then some)


Voting Rites

IRV/Ranked Choice

Approval Voting

Negative Voting

“None of the Above” options

Extend Municipal Voting Rights to 16 & 17 year olds

Same-Day Voter Registration for Municipal Elections


Transportation

Free Public Transport

Traffic Calming: from the traditional to the outlandish. Art in the Streets Public Arts initiatives, combined with low-cost measures, such as re-striping, bollards, etc

Complete Streets Programs

Street Closures (Perm & Temp): A Post-car Future made Present. From Reclaim the Streets to Open Streets the precedent is there.

BRT: Bus Rapid Transit


Money Walks

Money-Free Campaigns

‘Clean Elections’ initiatives: Constituent-only contributions. Limit the size and source of contributions.

Municipal Level Campaign Finance Reform: Public Financing, Democracy Vouchers.

Damn the Money: “Don’t do it for the money. Do it and Be Damned to the Money.”


THE CROSS-GRAIN PLANKS

Reduce Political Recidivism Rates

Expand the application of Term Limits. End Board-Bouncing, also called “board-hopping”, to allow more citizens the opportunity to provide input and thereby producing more representative outputs. We can increase transparency in appointments. and help democratize the decision-making process while also helping some of our neighbors battling political power addictions get the help they need. Through a Voters of Valor program, we can help improve local democratic processes and treat a rampant corrupting influence, by prioritizing a focus on structural improvements that confine political recidivism rates and bail out our municipal democracy.

Tuning Construction Equipment

In a world where everything is beeping, in a town where they’re even building while we’re sleeping, we can find a little harmony through a program to get construction site back-up signals tuned. With the recent declines in home piano-ownership and the resulting decline in piano-tuners as we switch to a digital world, we can employ musically pitched neighbors, reduce backover casualties, and send a reverse signal that Music City means business. Recent studies have shown that back-up signals are often dangerously tuned out by those on site: even white noise machines provide a safer indication. I think we can go one better and head for the middle ground: middle C. By dropping a little C4 on the local construction sites, we can then build a C major that will make for more pleasant environs as we attempt to harmonize our rapid growth with the quality of life issues often tuned out of the process.

No-Bro Broadway Nights

Let’s shut it down downtown townies! Once a month, we can scoot our boots over a toxically masculine boogie and open the streets, bars, cafes, and arcades to women-only, including trans, non-binary of course. With the recent attention given to a male-dominated major station radio play, we can bend the curve of history in a rectifying manner, by highlighting the female singers, songwriters, and fans that feel left out of the bro-country crowd, because its not even representative of our scene or our town. Likewise, I’d like to see this directive applied to Metro employees working the night, and would extend encouragement to local hosts (bars, cafes, etc) to employ women-only on this night as well. This proposal has successful international precedent.

Mandatory General Logic classes

While I would like to see this proposal include professionals in the “argument” industries (press, politics, publishing, pub-crawlers), as the chief Metro employee, I believe it a good exercise to practice first in our schools. The classes would be required in MNPS high schools and available through MNPS Community Education classes. So many undergraduate programs in PoliSci, Creative Writing, and Journalism include education in style and presentation of the argumentative essay, without any background in WHAT makes a good argument. During my previous run for Mayor in 2018 and in its wake, I suffered numerous slings of logical fallacies (whose authors actually believed they were engaging in an honest exchange) and errant arrows of intentional misrepresentation. While we are allowed to disagree, can we at least do it informed by thousands of years of established procedure?

Notable fallacies include: Ad Hominem, Appeals to Authority, Appeals to Emotion, and Strawman among the most prevalent. These fallacies (among many others) committed by journalists, lawyers, and politicians corrupt the conversation under the influence of bad approach and are most taxing to receive. General Logic classes offered in Metro High Schools as well as through MNPS Community Education programs should emphasize the ambiguities and pitfalls of ordinary usage and selected issues in inductive logic and scientific method.

Vehicle Emissions Test sites Re-tooled

Before I get a bunch of non-compliant hot air exhausting this proposal, I’d like to convert that energy into a catalyst to explain that I am that guy that you see at Kroger stuffing his plastic bags into the recycling bin that most other people think is a trash can. I recycle all the wine bottles that my kids’ wino parents empty out, and I even collect my used batteries for proper disposal. I’m that wierdo carpenter on the commercial site boxing up all the cardboard for proper collection because I care: even if it seems futile, I’m feudal about proper environmental protections.

However, I believe we can all breathe a little easier under the following proposal. Personally, I would pay double the current rate NOT to sit in line for any vehicle under 20 years of age. For the older vehicles, the emissions test site would remain open and required. Violation of emissions tests for newer vehicles have been linked to systematic cheating by car manufacturers not the individual owners. These software overrides allow newer vehicles that should fail the tests to outsmart it at no fault or intent of the owner. With this opt-in proposal, we can raise more revenue for air quality programs, public health initiatives, and save time (which equals money for hourly wage workers) and even provide extra revenue to pursue environmentally detrimental corporate cheating.

Continuous Learning Credits for Elected & Appointed officials

Civics, Political Science, Logic (see above), Public Health, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and since I’m biased Philosophy will all be available for local officials to receive the required Continuous Learning Credits, also called Continuing Education Units. It would be graded on a Pass/Fail approach, where unexcused absences and frequent tardiness will be penalized. With the sum total of all human knowledge available in the palm of our hands, it makes no sense not to enter it into the heads of those making decisions.

Please send along any further constructive suggestions for the edification of those building our systems.

THE END-GRAIN

Campaign Reform Apprenticeship Program

There’s a new way. Others are out there. We can find each other and share the information we are collecting. Our hive mentality buzzing onto their stage but ready to gather, share, disseminate, and pollinate. What are the mechanisms used to determine legitimacy? When do they exclude when they could include? and How do they determine their criteria? Its a dirty job, so why not lend and extend an extra hand and insert ourselves by asserting ourselves. Running a campaign can be quite the pain in the blown raspberry. so why not share the gains?

This project started with one man’s infesto but it represents so much more- the ability to learn from mistakes and share those lessons learned… and share some of the dirty work. After the saddening de-pressing of the mayoral campaign of 2018, the hands were dirty, but its time to stay clean on the facts and utilize a millenia-old tradition of apprenticeship in order to right the ship and write the chit.

Starting with the campaign for Mayor of Nashville in 2019, excreted from the Mayoral campaign of 2018, the CHIT show will include an educational component, allowing the next generation to assist in the tasks and see the hucksters in the muck-masks- the back of (out)house, the backstage with the trap door, the back door with the stage trap, and maybe even meet the mask-makers in costume and wardrobe. With the grit comes the chit, and sometimes you have to hold your nose to get thru the campaign hot-air, so why not share the experience.

Meet Jacob Corenflos, the 2019 Campaign Manager along for the dirty ride and trying to stay clean, on his personal Instagram page HERE.

The Runs For It City

How-To Video Series: The CHIT Show Tutorial Project

As part of the educational component, we plan to chronicle the journey on the campaign trail and clarify the process by demystifying the procedures in place, not just at the municipal level but also the interaction with state law. Many of these procedures range from book-making form-filling data entry to human engagement social skills. Who will reach out for contact from the press and government? What will be the nature of these contacts? When are deadlines for turning in the home-work? Why continue to explain your policies if critics dismiss with bias and prejudice? How can unconventional candidates impact the process or be impacted by it?

Please follow us on YouTube where we will host a series of short How-To videos, explaining the process and our experiences along the away.

Walk along with us HERE on our YouTube channel.

Expelling Exclusionary End-Runs

Lets wipe it clean. Engagement with critics about the nature of outsider and unconventional candidates should elucidate the back-and-forth. Defend your right to engage the political process, as well as to engage in the political process . Critics from both right, left, lib and everywhere in between will attempt to delegitimize and should be engaged themselves in order to clean properly. An unconventional candidate will often be just as quickly censored by liberal or ‘progressive’ outlets looking for hot takes as conservative outlets with inconsistent editorializing. One must be prepared to engage with critics as well as the political machine they claim to be separate from. When the pundits pushing “inclusion” exercise their ability for “exclusion” through inconsistent criteria, its critical to go in deep on their democratic end-run. There’s a better world that is more consistently inclusive and you have the right to pull up a seat at the table, even when they’re not that welcoming. #GetinTheRing #StayClean