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An Open Statement to South Carolina’s Nine Presidential Electors

  Presented at the Democracy Spring and Electoral College Petition “Stop Trump / Defend Democracy” Event at the South Carolina State House on December 19, 2016   To the Esteemed Electoral College Members of the State of South Carolina:   —South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore —Brenda Bedenbaugh —Bill Conley —Moye Graham —Terry Hardesty —Glenn McCall —Jerry Rovner —Shery Lanford Smith —Jim Ulmer   I address you with all due respect and formality, as you are presented with an extraordinary responsibility at a point in history that will be judged invariably for centuries to come. I am convinced that the Fate of our Republic rests in your individual and collective determination.   On December 19, should you select the name Donald Trump as our next President, everything you hold dear about the Institution of the United States of America, the generations-long desire by all concerned citizens to Perfect our Union, will, with certainty, come to a grinding halt.   A Trump Administration will plunge our nation into an abject decline—and will threaten centuries of effort to build…

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There’s a Better Way: Infrastructure Investment Paves the Way for Prosperity

  This time last year, the rain fell. And fell. And fell.   The floodgates burst, and South Carolina found itself facing an historic 1,000-Year Flood catastrophe—and the consequences of a decade-plus of Infrastructure neglect under Congressman Joe Wilson.   The world watched, as many parts of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District became flood-ravaged lakes following breaches to dam after dam.   According to the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, 17 of 51 statewide dam failures occurred in SC District 2.   17 of 51. With a .333 batting average, you could win a Major League Baseball batting trophy.   Instead, South Carolina’s Infrastructure should be sent to the minors. The stark reality is that one-third of these dam failures occurred in Congressman Wilson’s own District backyard—on his watch. An unchecked watch that has lasted 7 terms and 15 years.   During the past decade of that tenure, Congressman Wilson voted against the Water Resources Development Act, which provided funding for specific South Carolina projects to prevent “flood damage reduction.”…

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There’s a Better Way: We Sing the Body Rainbow!

  A speech presented at the 2016 Famously Hot South Carolina Pride festival during Arik Bjorn’s 2016 campaign for U.S. Congress.   Our nation’s great poet once proclaimed: “I sing the body electric!”   I am confident that my fellow-bearded Walt Whitman would join me today in exclaiming, “We sing the body rainbow!”   The baton of hate and bigotry can easily be passed from one generation to the next. Here is the tale of how I dropped that baton, with the help of others, to become an unabashed Ally.   When I was a teenager, my father sat me down on the couch one day and strongly discouraged my sprouting desire to attend college. No, “strongly discouraged” isn’t quite right—“forbade” is more apt.   He said that studying philosophy was wrong because men like Plato and Aristotle were just a bunch of “bundles of sticks.” Only, he didn’t say “bundles of sticks.” He used a far more vulgar term, with which I will not defile this stage.   As the LGBTQ community and its Allies know full well, hate and bigotry wallow in the muck and mire of ignorance.   In the aftermath of…

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Fight Trump and Joe “You Lie!” Wilson While You Still Have Time

  When South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison spoke at this year’s historic 140th Galivants Ferry Stump—the oldest and most famous Democratic Party stump event in the United States—he went to the political woodshed for a quote that could not be a clearer sign of the times to all Democrats from sea to shining sea.   Chair Harrison is a man of pointed intellect. He would only invoke the words of Nazi concentration camp survivor Martin Niemöller with considerable intention:   First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.   The moment I heard Chair Harrison utter Niemöller’s words, my December 2015 “Open Letter” about Donald Trump came to mind. My article was written on the heels of Trump’s racist remarks delivered from a retired aircraft carrier in South Carolina. During his address, Trump infamously called…

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There’s a Better Way: Remarks to the 2016 South Carolina Democratic Party Convention

  Good afternoon. My name is Arik Bjorn.   When you find yourself preaching to the choir, sometimes you just have to sing your heart out. Let’s belt a bit, shall we?   When the dust of Campaign 2016 settles, I will be your next U.S. Congressman for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District.   I have been told multiple times that my campaign—which to my mind is our campaign—must be herculean to succeed. Truly, it is David versus Goliath.   People often forget that, with his slingshot, David was not a disadvantaged warrior. He was in fact an expert positioned to win. As such, the stones in my pouch are the true principles of the Democratic Party—the building blocks of Civilization.   With these stones, I am positioned to win. We all are positioned to win. For these stones have always felled giants and barbarians when thrown with precision and force. In the coming weeks, I will not hesitate to sling these stones. Philistines, take heed.   I am the only real Democrat running for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. As many of you know, my JUNE 14 PRIMARY opponent ran as a Tea…

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There’s a Better Way: The Nightmare of a Trump-Cruz-Wilson Regime

  November 9, 2016.   Good morning! You better sit down. Here, have a bagel. Need cream cheese? I’ve got a strong pot of coffee brewing. Trust me, you’ll want it black today.   Yep, that’s the morning paper. Last night’s General Election wasn’t a dream. It was a nightmare-come-true.   You have indeed awakened to an American Regime.   Donald Trump is Tyrant-Elect. Charlatan Ted Cruz is the de facto leader of the U.S. Senate. And Joe “You Lie!” Wilson continues his stagnant career in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Trump legislative henchman. . …   Fellow citizens, the frog is boiling in the pot. This stark political reality is mere months from happening.   Our Republican opponents know we’re worn out from the Presidential primaries. They know there’s a full calendar of cultural and athletic events waiting to distract us: March Madness, a summer of superhero blockbusters, then back to the gridiron in the Fall.   They just need us to fall asleep at the Election Wheel these next few months…   THEN BAM!   We’ll awaken to a Bombastic Billionaire in the White House, plus a…

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There’s a Better Way: The Fresh Air of Good Government

  A Brief Presentation to the Lexington County Democratic Party Executive Committee   Neighbors, I invite you to take a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale.   How did it feel? I don’t know about you, but I feel refreshed. Almost the entire day, I breathed the air of Good Government, in a public library.   This evening, again, I breathe the air of Good Government. This time in a meeting room in a public library in your fair county of Lexington—heart of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. Nearly half of our District’s population resides within your borders.   Government is Good. Government is “We the People.” We are Government.   And when Government does its job—to link and protect individuals, communities, and industry—Government is a powerful, positive force.   Speaking of which: Public libraries are Government Diadems. Civic Jewels.   No one believed this more than a man named Ike. You may have heard of him. He was a 5-star General. He once wrote:   The libraries of America are and must ever remain the home of the free, inquiring minds.   He penned…

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There’s a Better Way: I’m Running for Congress in South Carolina

  “There’s a Better Way”   A Daughter’s View   Like every parent, I love my child beyond words. I want my young daughter to have the best opportunities in a peaceful, industrious world. I am running to represent the Second Congressional District of South Carolina because I am confident that our District can emerge from “Status Quo” Joe stagnation and work to create a better, more prosperous way for all.   This “all” includes you. It includes my daughter and your precious loved ones as well. In fact, it’s a “peoples everywhere” kind of all, in the tradition of Dr. King.   Several times a year, my daughter and I sit on the top steps of the South Carolina State House. We eat a picnic of crackers and cheese, apple slices, and grandma’s world-class chocolate chip cookies. We admire the view of the State House grounds. We discuss the meaning of history and symbols, and how “We the People” govern ourselves.   I have managed billion-dollar state programs, presented to governors and senators, shepherded legislation, and written speeches for numerous business and political leaders. But nothing has helped…

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“There’s a Better Way.” Bjorn for U.S. Congress.

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Show Up the Fourteenth Century

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