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The Kodel Party has a vision for our country, you and your family.
Candidate's Message

This is the path you will want to follow for truer middle class representation. We need you. The country needs you. The future needs you.  #WinUSBack

We are dedicated to improving our communities by creating an environment of hope, action and unity as never seen before in American politics. We promise to work tirelessly to improve conditions in our nation, one neighborhood at a time, and affect positive changes in the world around us, without war, aggression, nonsense, or wasting your money on pet projects or funding other nations. 

We affirm the importance of working together to find real solutions. Meaningful solutions for you & your family today, not ten years from now. Please take your time in reviewing every page of our platform. We do not have all the answers but we do have some. We will need your help in better defining the country we all want & deserve.

K-Party citizens will operate lawfully and respectfully in all matters, at all times--that's how you build credibility and favor. We will not profit from our endeavors. We believe in fairness for all. We will not waiver in our conviction to create a better nation for all citizens, especially our children, and their children...

Signed this 1st day of January, 2012

Steve William Laible, MBA
Presidential Candidate (K-OR)

Captain, USAF (Ret.)

Founding Architect 
The Kodel Party

We are now 'directly' responsible for America’s survival.

The Kodel Party relies on the social universe with like-minds talking & sharing about our vision adding to the momentum thereby propelling and positioning us as a force in 2020 with truer middle-class representation throughout all legislatures, the Senate/Congress/White House..our tipping point can come as early as overnight!.

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This is the people's party. If inspired & encouraged, please step-up and join us. How? Use your election pencil. Organize. Fill those ballot boxes and seats in Congress. #FlashMobVote November gets the ball rolling for Steve William Laible (D-OR), Congress, 2nd District for America the Beautiful. Be sure to spell my name correctly.

I began by self-funding my own campaign  using proceeds from sales of my children's bedtime storybooks, eBooks, & Audiobooks, my monthly social security checks and my Air Force pension. I can only do so much that's why I'm depending on you. This has the makings of a true American success story.  I do have passion & a vision for America the Beautiful. Being the founding architect of a new political party gives me great pride. Whether any of my ideas are accepted is a whole 'nuther matter.

I suppose you could consider this website as my rather elaborate blog. It will certainly give you an idea of who I am and what I believe. I do jest from time to time as a way of holding your interest, ergo the insertion of toons from my former published comic strip.

I've also added images to better illustrate, highlight or enhance the material I've written. Speaking of which, I take full responsibility for everything you see written here. Though I am not opposed to editing some of my initial thoughts at a later date.

How I write is to just be free flowing with my ideas without being too thoughtful or deliberate or assessing every consequence or unintended consequence. I most certainly didn't get all right. I also don't want to present polished, edited position papers.

I welcome your thoughts or ideas. If I use your suggestion, I will give you credit. Otherwise, I am the sole author and creator of this website. Such as it is...

The birth of a new middle class political party isn't easy but someone needs to step up. Especially given the two major party candidates being forced down our throats. I hope people understand, this is not a foregone conclusion.  We have less than 5 months to make a difference.  Using the Social Universe, our tipping point can come as early as overnight.  So I guess I'm saying, tongue & cheek, we still have a chance. I actually began this endeavor in 2012 and won some write-in votes for president, then in 2016 I doubled my efforts and tripled my presidential vottes. ((ha))

I'm much more comfortable working in the background and being the placeholder for The Kodel Party until someone who is truly qualified can step up. Remember though, this is a new political party where you can run for all manner of offices at the city, state & federal level. I wanted to begin at the top during the 2012 presidential campaign to gain as much exposure as possible. Who knew the 2016 campaign would provide an even greater opportunity.

I am hopeful some of my hashtags will generate a buzz and turnout at the polls: #SaveTheDate  #SweepDC  #FlashMobVote  #CrashTheUniverse  #KodelParty  

I can't help but believe, there are more people who believe as I do. 

If this is a correct assumption, we can do this. My goal is to generate a wave of support so we can actually create a clean, honest, hard-working, middle class American political party with a platform that not only addresses our issues but also provides a vision for America the Beautiful.

The Kodel Party can give us truer middle class representation throughout government but especially in the Congress and White  House.  For the life of me, I have no idea why we continue anointing billionaires & millionaires as our rulers, let alone bullies & socialists. In the meantime, I would appreciate your Write-in Vote & engagement on social media. Together, with a little grace, we can make this world a better place.

I'd appreciate your support in votes not dollars. Please encourage family and friends to review this website ( to see if they can find something they can identify or relate with and believe in. My job here is to inspire you and them. If I can't do that, I have no business wasting your time.  Kindly take to Social Media. Read. Rally. Tweet. Pin. Friend. Post. Share. Engage. Re-Tweet. Favor. Step-up. Organize. Thanks.

We must set ourselves apart and rise above the status quo.  It ought not cost $100M+ to run for Congress let alone president. We can ill-afford to waste hundreds of millions of dollars on "campaigns." It's just so absurd. Fiscal responsibility begins here and now.

Staffers, administrators, advisers, legal counsel, managers, financial officers, media reps, speech writers, etc., are all welcomed and encouraged to join our ranks.

Become a Founding Brother, Sister, Mother and Father and the new voice of America. Become relevant again!

This is a grassroots effort using social media networking, conversations, and the power of the middle-class exercising their right to be heard, once and for all, but more importantly, being represented by one of their own.


We can no longer "hope" things will  improve. We must get involved. We can't 'hope' our way that HRC or DJT will or won't win. It is exactly because of these two candidates where their disapproval polls have them at nearly 80%. That's just striking. I would love to have your throw-away vote. I want to be the reason you turn out. Please bring a friend. Talk our platform up. We have 69 days until election day. Let's make ever minute count. Read. Rally. Share. Post. Pin. Write. SHOUT LOUDLY!  Let's:

#SweepDC #FlashMobVote #WinUSBack #WriteInKodelVote #CrashTheUniverse

#SteveWilliamLaible #KodelParty and hashes like that...we can celebrate later with our own party on the White House lawn. Heck, we might as well make it a sleepover.

We  have yet to file for party designation/classification with the Oregon Secretary of State Election Commission or collect one signature. If you can help with our campaign in any capacity, let us hear from you today. Step up and be counted. Because, quite frankly, I'm just the 'architect' of this new party writing the entire platform message.  

I could sure use plenty of help with the rest of it...thanks.


The best thing you can do for your country (and yourself) is to vote for only Kodel Party candidates at all levels of government. We need your vote on every ballot in every state. (Primaries & the General Election)  Ride the wave.

If you didn't know, the Electoral College was a compromise by our Founding Fathers where neither the Congress nor the populate vote could elect our presidents. Still, or election season is far too long and they way it's structured, elections are oftentimes settled before all states or citizens vote. Every State matters. Every vote matters. Every person matters. Let's show Washington (and the World) how elections ought to be run in a true and pure democratic nation of the people, for the people, and by the people! 

The Kodel Party  (also known as) The $30k Party or the K-Party. Founded on the principles of America First & Common Sense we intend to bring the middle-class front and center in the national debate. It's about time we started electing truer middle class representation. You will become the most integral force behind the Kodel Party. This is the party of the real people, by the real people and for the real people.


There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way.
                                                Christopher Morley  
(American Writer)


Elect our K-Party candidate as President of the United States, then fill Congress with K-Party members, such as yourself, using massive social networking campaigns & write-in votes when not listed on ballots. We must unite as one body and use Write-in votes as the best alternative because we are hugely underfunded. Besides, wasting $200 million on a campaign would make us no better than "them." 

We are the “New Normal” ready to step-up and save our nation...walk with me. What do you get when you fill Congress with politicians and lawyers? Answer: Desecration of our founding fathers' ideals. Modern Day Politicians do not belong in DC, we do. Regular, normal, working class people.

Grow U.S. Economy in massive dynamic ways while refocusing and shrinking the federal government by 2/3. Return powers and responsibilities of government back to all 50 states. Refresh government with common sense; seek true peace by ending world domination and police actions; and finally, regain control of our democracy, presence in the world, borders,  spending and wasteful ways, by putting America back in the hands of the (team) of people (not politicians). This is our true destiny.

America is broke. Inner cities and rural areas are broken.  Families are struggling daily. Healthcare and education are crippling US. National policies funding foreign governments (regimes, weapons, infrastructure, payola) using your tax dollars is bad policy and is the primary cause and effect of our demise. America decays while other nations we support remain hostile toward US. Let's fix this.  We are committed to improving the lives of every citizen. 

Alone, we accomplish nothing, remaining mired in bureaucracy, debt and a more tragic world. Collectively, we change the course of our nation! The direction, hearts and minds of the enlivened American spirit will give birth to a new nation, the one intended by our forefathers. I have a better vision.  We will build a more effective, efficient, safer nation for ourselves, our children and their children's children.  Our volunteer base is growing as citizens are finding their voices with a renewed sense of excitement, dignity & empowerment.

The Kodel Party platform will put 50 million Americans back to work.

In addition, all businesses, hospitals, employed  workers, homeowners, renters, and families, will benefit from our initiatives and innovations. Each will be free of tax burdens & have more control of this permanent daily disposable income. You will be the engine that fuels this economy bringing it back from the brink...

Our platform provides several alternatives to taxes which will provide continuing income streams to fully fund and sustain all State and Federal agencies.

Children as young as ten will be permitted to earn their own money, if parents choose to support this initiative. States will create these programs with parents. Whether it is picking strawberries, raking leaves, washing cars, dishes, or participation in "shadow" programs, etc., children will have the great opportunity to excel, build self-confidence, etc.  Kids will learn to save and spend. 

A National Transactional Surcharge (NTS) will begin funding their retirement, which the Kodel Party is lowering to age 59.  Wages and hours for minors will be regulated by individual states. Children will learn the value of a dollar earned from their efforts at an early age. Children are eager to earn their own money. It builds character, a strong work ethic, pride, and a deep sense of responsibility.  (It prepares them for life!)

We must begin teaching students (middle school and above) not only how to budget or balance a checkbook but how to interpret and improve their FICO scores once they begin using credit!!!

[This work ethic, was instilled in our K-Party presidential candidate, at age 10. It has served him well.]  It will serve your children well in equal measure.

When a population is gainfully employed it requires little or no social services. The burden to fund these services & assistance programs is lifted off the backs of taxpayers and governments alike.  While there will always be those who are unwilling to work, by choice, the hand-outs will stop. 

Not over night and not without providing you with real education and real opportunities. There is a shift coming with this administration that we hope you will support. 


Our nation in collapse—in deep decay. 

Every dime sent /spent abroad is a dime not spent on improving, maintaining or otherwise creating a better America. 

How did we get so lost?  A broken country helps no one.  

Infrastructure is more than roads and bridges.

Every community can benefit from dozens, if not hundreds,

of improvement projects and programs including power grids,

parks, water treatment plants, sports complexes, 

upgrading cast iron lead leaching water/sewer lines, etc.

When your government sends your tax dollars overseas

decade after decade

propping up foreign regimes and dictators,

funding ongoing war efforts, of course, there's nothing left!  

A Kodel Administration  will do whatever it takes

to bring back neighborhoods, cities, towns, and states. 
Making them vibrant again will be our mandate.  
Citizens demand it.

Children deserve it!

Where will the money come from you ask? 
Not taxes!

Keeping U.S. dollars in this country is how.
Americans will roll up their collective sleeves 
and pitch in as never before.
Every dollar they spend on their own lives, will fund this country.

There will be no end to the community barn-raisings happening all across this country once the K-Party policies are in place.

The cow is out of the barn now. Cast your vote with a pitchfork!


A fully engaged & employed society, will generate & sustain a thriving economy to preserve family values; real estate values; educational values, and ease the financial hardships on every single American. This is the very essence of life, liberty &

the pursuit of happiness as I understand it... 

Americans are proud, hard-working, self-reliant pioneers. They want to work. They want to provide for their families. Americans are generous. The American spirit lives.

Government must now step aside. With your support, we will make this possible. To accomplish this, we shall unite now and act now to end the decay and despair, hopelessness and eventual ruin of us and the U. S.

THE KODEL PARTY (K) - Working Draft Agenda/Platform

(See Brainstorming Page on the Economy page - 1st 'Read More' box on Homepage.)

A.  Put America First to better serve our citizens making us even stronger as a nation.
B.  Common Sense Must Prevail in all matters foreign & domestic
C.  Implement new U. S. Treasury funding paradigm
D.  Abolish all taxes for citizens & businesses (probably should have led with this)
E.  Implement a National Transactional Surcharge (NTS) to replace taxes
F.  Redefine IRS mission (Collect revenue from States not Citizens)
G.  Redirect IRS to collect a National Transaction Surcharge from all 50 States
H.  Bring U. S. Corporations, now overseas, home again
I.  Reset all mortgage rates and lower principle for every homeowner 
J.  Create "SPIRIT BONDS" to help fund U. S. Treasury
K.  Establish National Rewards Credit Card to replace Social Security
L.  Your Idea Here:
M.  Establish National Lottery to help fund U. S. Treasury; NASA; Disaster Relief
N.  Wall Street to take major role in funding U. S. Treasury
O.  America's Beacon: End Aggression. Leadership by Example
P.  Your Idea Here:
Q.  Become a Nation of Innovation
R.  Re-lick the United States Postal Service
S.  Reset Student Loan Balances to 7% of balance
T.  FREE TUITION for all State Universities and Colleges through law/med school
U.  Free Medical School for all medical/dental students 
V.  Develop National Educational Community Payback Programs (NED)
W.  Your Idea Here: 
X. Create Mortgage IRA (MIRA)  +  Create Rental IRA (RIRA)
Y. Lower all mortgages on commercial properties 
Z. Your Idea Here:


Economic Terrorism threatens America.  Congress is wholly out of touch with mainstream Americans, as is Wall Street. Both would benefit from a direct challenge of a third party candidate which “truly” represents the middle-class.  

We are the 30k Party. Let's STOP Pay to play. Congress has a major conflict of interest. Reelections are weighted too greatly on lobbyist & spending. Pork, earmarks & greed put our national security at grave risk; our economy in collapse; and our standard of living in peril. A critical ideology shift and empowerment of new K-Party leadership is required. Imperative & timely implementation of the (30k) party is now launched… 1.15.12 


This nation was built on vision. It was designed and implemented with you in mind. The Bill of Rights, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Articles & Amendments, serve as the baseline authority on how to best govern Americans, conduct business & foreign affairs, & protect the people of this sovereign nation.

Many Congresses have turned their backs on these documents, both in spirit and deed. Their oaths have been breached. To gain favor, recognition and credibility, any revolutionary act must do so with responsibility to effect real and lasting change. Our forefathers had this responsibility and vision. 

Our current leaders miss the mark by a mile.

A basic management principle: Span of Control. Congress and the entire federal government have grown much too large and is much too ineffective. Our cities are rotting with decay while Congress continues sending trillions (over the decades) to foreign regimes. Imagine how America would be had your hard earned tax dollars stayed home. With a smaller federal government, 2/3 less, more is possible with this nation. When dollars remain here, we can build, educate, train, feed, prepare and serve our citizens better. We certainly can't continue as we have. Elections are the tipping points in our history where we correct the direction of our country.

This year, 2016, is just such an opportunity.   

What our forefathers so bravely crafted, Congress and many White Houses before have long ago traded away. These being, our basic, founding principles. These founding principles are no longer being applied to modern times.

They must be protected from self-serving lobbying agendas. 

Whatever "Occupy" voices are now being echoed are just as quickly being choked out.  How you demonstrate your dissension and serve your protest is what matters.

The undercurrent of civil unrest is at hand. The middle-class is quickly becoming the underclass. Class warfare is on the precipice of an all out battle. 

Civil War I, Civil War II 

Better for calmer heads to prevail with thoughtful solutions and

reasoned minds over bloodshed & anarchy. 

It’s truly time to restore America to all her greatness. Let the people stand now and be heard. Raise your hand. Speak. Let the people speak loudly and convincingly. Let other people hear you! Vote. Vote. Vote. You must...

The disapproval rating of Congress is around 93%.
Can you imagine? You wouldn't tolerate that in our teachers, doctors, builders, so why do we allow this in OUR government?  Why do we continue voting incompetence into office for another term?  It isn’t going to improve without drastic, thoughtful leadership and innovation. The majority is us, you and I. The working-class, 30k party. We hold the power.

We are now “directly” responsible for America’s survival. 
Please join me today.  VOTE!  Elect Kodel Party Candidates in all seats of power.

The arts must begin to flourish in this country again. Children and young adults, put aside those consoles and joysticks and engage in the world at hand. Create.

Every child, or so it seems, has become an isolationist. Certainly there are those who endeavor, but I fear the masses do not.  Every child should be encouraged to sing, dance, paint, write and perform to the music of their souls.

This is not a government function necessarily, charged with funding the arts, but must support it in every possible fashion. States must begin to encourage the arts with real passion and vigor.  

A stimulated and prosperous nation will regain their appreciation in the arts, sharing it with each other. Once the burdens of past recessions have finally lifted, once and for all, we shall all have time to smell the flower.  

Every home should be lit with art and music and sculptures, and horns and drums and bands. Let every theater dance and perform again. We need poets and screenwriters and painters and impressionists and bounds of other talent. A country is only as rich as their love and appreciation of the arts.

Let the American people clamor for this amazing expression of freedom.

​                            INNOVATION  RE-IMAGINED


is the driving force behind our very existence as American pioneers and must be encouraged to flourish in all areas of this wonderful country.

We need real leadership short on bickering, blah, blah speeches, or playing to a particular audience. The Kodel Party will take the lead in both leadership &

BIG IDEAS. It's just how we roll...

The federal government must be reduced in nature, force and scope (span of control).  States will assume the primary responsibility for their domains under our administration.  We recognize there are haters and distractors of a Capitalist society. It's time for those people to leave. Capitalism: an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for a profit. This is who we are, as a nation. Live within our world, or move to a more welcoming country that better meets your ideals for existence on the planet. We'll buy your one-way ticket. 

We need to operate as a business, out in the open, without shame, without interference or over regulation. Government has shown its willingness to bail out those too big to fail banks. State and federal government must partner with, not parent, citizens and businesses. The U.S. Government is not a money tree. That would make us the fertilizer. We are not the fertilizer. We are the fruits of our labors.  Wall Street and Main Street must do more than co-exist.  
They must work together to improve America from their cul-de-sac(s) to alleyways. 

This is the "NEW NORMAL."

THE KODEL PARTY (aka) The $30K Party

will engage & encourage youth, the lower & middle classes to realize the only way to take back America from those stodgy bureaucrats is to vote. That's your power! Take it back. We want every single person that reads this, to register to vote. Encourage others. Make this your personal mission in life. Under party affiliation, write:

The Kodel Party. Then for each election until we appear on ballots,

"write-in" the name of  only Kodel Party candidates.

As we gain more awareness & acceptance our influence will grow. Help us reboot this country into what you think it should be. Whether you are a liberal, capitalist,  socialist, green party, minimalists, conservative,  independent, we want your ideas for America the Beautiful.  We want to build the best nation possible taking into account all the voices which make this smart, diverse, country as great as she is--America the Beautiful.

Here's one example of where we want to go when we speak of empowering you to take control of all your money: Would you rather pay taxes or help raise money for a worthy cause by attending or donating to a concert, e.g., (Farm-Aid)? Celebrity Telethons, can raise hundreds of millions of dollars in one day.  Star power can raise more money for more causes than any other government or private segment on the globe. We must fully explore this goodwill initiative.

STAR POWER is just one of the alternative funding sources for this nation.

​                              (Smiles are another!)

BIG PROJECTS  - Also See Brainstorming Item #10
Jobs are created through innovation. We used to lead the world implementing ideas. We need big projects to live up to America the Beautiful. We get so distracted with wars, conflicts and our incessant need to dominate the world through back-channel politics and funding (propping up) foreign regimes wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars and flexing our will and might through aggression. Is it any wonder then why the world is so complicated and so dangerous? Cultures are pushing back.

Capturing and storing lightning energy is possible

and practical as an innovative initiative.

Imagine how much more we could accomplish if we fund more creative endeavors, projects, dreams and stop funding wars in other countries. The Kodel Party is going to re- purpose our nation's mission and do more inspiring and leading by example. The Kodel Party White Houseis going to reignite innovation as never seen before in modern times utilizing the collective brain trust of our nation's minds and those around the world. It has to be MORE than catching moonbeams or fireflies in a jar.   A beautiful,  natural,  national treasure,  aqueduct system is another big idea we have and will implement.  It will put thousands of people to work, from engineers & environmentalist, surveyors & heavy equipment operators, to cement haulers & spreaders, farmers and ranchers and so, so much more. We'd LOVE to hear your ideas too. Are you with me? Until we can get on ballots, we need your Write-in Vote: Steve William Laible. Thank you.  



Energy Secretary Chu once said how he made the final decisions on a half-billion-dollar "loan" to a California solar company that later went bankrupt. Chu tells a House panel under oath that he made all decisions involving the company known as Solyndra, and says he made those judgments with the best interests of the "taxpayer" in mind. Chu tells lawmakers, quote: "I want to be clear: Over the course of Solyndra's loan guarantee, I did not make any decisions based on "political" considerations." [under oath]

The Kodel Party Administration won't make this mistake because we won't fund speculations or corporate America--ever!  That's why we have Wall Street.  Period! As far as developing energy, it's full steam ahead. [Pun intended.]       This nation must act now and stop

the nonsensical conversation inaction​.

Utilizing all of America's rich soil can mean putting an end to  world hunger, now and forever.  Supporting the unsung heroes, the hard-working farmers and ranchers will be a top priority of the Kodel Administration. We will capture rain water and flood waters diverting them to a major infrastructure initiative. We will build a modern, highly efficient, innovative  aqueduct system throughout  our nation's farmlands & ranches ending droughts forever. This is what American leadership looks like. Please vote for  Steve William Laible (Write-in)


Water is life

Beyond employment, these national infrastructure accomplishments give our nation more than busy work. It saves farms and lives. We will capture water (which is lost to the sea) from rain, mountains, snow, and beneath the ground. Water will flow from this great nation to every farmland and every acre this country has available. Never again will we live in drought or floods. There is a hungry world out there including our own communities of starving children & families needing America’s pioneering spirit, innovations and grace..

Under the K-Party, commerce & innovators will receive every opportunity to excel. Government will not fund these great projects. 

Its citizens will through innovate ways.

It's time to kick-start this country...

From the Middle Class UP!
It's time to harness our Brain Trust... 


Be braver still and run for an elected

office as a Kodel Party candidate!

For  America the Beautiful



​​2012 Candidate's Message

Historical Archive

A new America is on the horizon. The Kodel Party needs you and your sphere of influence to effect real change for working class Americans and our country as a whole. You cannot be complacent in this effort. Please step up and help us create a new party for a new America! A presidential campaign does not have to cost (waste) $100 million. That money is better spent on our citizens and programs. I garnered presidential votes in 2012 without spending a dime. It's not easy, but doable. For 2016, I am writing to most newspaper editors asking for them to profile our movement. So let's make some news...I am using social media (Twitter: @KodelParty) to draw attention to this fresh, new political party which truly represents you, your children and their children. I don't want to simply shift the paradigm, I want to break the mold and reinvent the way this country behaves.

Edward Snowden is taking the heat for divulging the sneaky practices our government is engaged in. He fed the Press the ugly transgressions. He did not sell America's secrets. Instead of calling him a traitor, how about assessing the blame squarely where it belongs--on those agencies who actually devised and implemented those practices which are so far outside the scope of our Constitution. Where's the outrage? Those in government are of course deflecting the outrage away from themselves. How much courage do you think it took our founding fathers to put their lives on the line and meet in secrecy to form a better government?  Yes, American spy agencies have been embarrassed, humiliated even with foreign leaders. The pure design of our three branches of government is precisely for these checks and balances. Our federal government works for US!  Somehow that message is lost on them. Let's change that. 

Anyone who rocks the status quo is going to meet with resistance.  There are very powerful and dangerous people behind the scenes, make no mistake about that. They do not like it when someone shines a light. Bottom line:     American people deserve to be represented by leaders with extreme integrity and true leadership.  I will support any and all agencies charged with protecting our citizens and homeland. You never win if  you play by the rules and your terrorists don't. You hear it all the time, this is not who we are. Maybe we ought to be saying, this is not who we were. It's a damn dangerous world because of differing ideologies. I will not hamstring those who must collect data and implement first strikes. While I truly want to end aggression I also want to stop funding foreign regimes. I'd rather put that money to work on our forces.

Career politicians have lost their focus in managing our country. They just don't get it. They are very good at building roadblocks and over regulating.  They stifle businesses; default to taxes as the sole means to raise money for the country; they are not innovating anymore; they jockey and position their agendas based on egos and power.  Collectively they plod along lacking any leadership whatsoever. American citizens have lost their faith in them.  As a nation, we've lost the respect of the world. 

The time has come for extraordinarily average Americans to step up and take their rightful place in all seats of government. As the majority we need policies rooted in common sense. It's really that simple.  We need to fire our elected officials at all levels of federal government.  We need a new team. Team Kodel. We have so many decent, hardworking Americans with outstanding families who deserve a life of peace and prosperity, fun and joy. Our federal government must never lose sight of this.

This is my vision for America the Beautiful.  Are you content with how our federal government conducts business; represents its citizens; wastes money (See Wastebook page); neglects issues facing most Americans; uses taxpayers' money (your money) to advance agendas and support foreign regimes, or otherwise misbehaves, individually, and as a collective body of Senators and Congressmen? You get that you are empowered to fix this right?  Use Your Election Pencil!

Vote out this tired representation and fill those seats with Kodel Party ideals. Our Congress has been running our country into the ground and nearly over cliffs for decades and look where we are! In decay, teetering on collapse, world police, terrorism threats on the rise (because of our national policies to inject the USA in ever country that benefits U.S., the middle class is devolving; the lower class is growing social services budgets. China is a major (primary) U.S. stakeholder; aid to foreign regimes are increasing and never ending. We simply can't continue to spend billions (if not trillions) of US tax dollars on other countries. This is NOT in our best interest. Perhaps its time to change the culture of who actually represents America the Beautiful. People like me, like you.

Let's start with a clean slate and create the nation we want.

I have a vision for America. One I'd like to share. One I'd like to implement. One that improves every American's life; every city, every business, including Wall Street. One that limits 'unnecessary' regulations and lifts the burdens on businesses, bringing U.S. companies back home, creating jobs, and giving everyone full benefit of their hard work and innovation by permitting them to keep all of their money.  (No taxes.)

I will end ALL TAXES!  I will create an economic engine that will sustain the U.S. for centuries. I will end sending trillions of dollars overseas. I will bring back American companies and get you a job. Tax revenue is NOT effectively managed ergo waste. 
Governments need to be smarter--more innovative--and stop taxing their citizens to resolve their debt issues. Government can and must do it better. It's called LEADERSHIP.  We can break the mold.  (See Brainstorming page.)

The Kodel Party will create new funding paradigms for governments, citizens, social services programs, the arts, infrastructure projects, education, healthcare, etc., by being wholly responsible to Americans. How are we different? We want to build this party from the ground up using citizens not politicians. We want to stand up and knock down all the roadblocks keeping America the Beautiful from being realized. So what's a regular citizen like me to do? I created this website. Using the pages here, I expose my vision for a new America, expressing personal opinions and offering innovative ideas and solutions, hoping to generate interest for a true common sense platform thereby creating a new credible political party.


Who do I think I am trying to draw up a new blueprint for America?  What are my qualifications? When asked, "Why are you doing this?" I respond with, "Why aren't you?"   Slightly ambitious or a fool's errant? Having received write-in votes in the 2012 presidential election inspires me. I have not formally filed for a minority party status as this endeavor is exploratory in nature. I certainly can't do this alone. But if enough people share my views, opinions, vision, then Team Kodel will make the Kodel Party official.  Despite these great odds, I am fortunate to live in a country where expressing my views is possible. Attracting like-minded people strengthens my resolve and improves my odds on many levels to affect real change in the country I love. 

I believe my greatest challenge is voter apathy. Governing is slow and boring. It's a long, drawn-out process which yields few meaningful outcomes for the average American. The government should not be a barrier to its citizens or businesses. It's not, or shouldn't be, U.S. against them.   I need your help. I want your help.

As you read my meanderings (not ramblings, but rather thoughtful expressions) throughout this site, if you feel drawn to my vision, a link to our like-mindedness, then we shall surely indeed create a synergy which propels The Kodel Party into a driving force in American Politics. Consider yourself a Founding Member.

Small businesses and corporate America are highly over-regulated, some would say strangled. The IRS code extends beyond 17,000 pages alone. How stupid is that. The tax code strung together can reach Mars! The Affordable Healthcare act is likely going to cripple businesses, pun intended, as written. Relatively few people are ever called to government service let alone engage in the process. Most communities are lucky if they have a 50% voter turnout on any given election. The Kodel Party aims to improve that. When people feel they matter, they will step up. When people feel they have a voice, they will vote. Everyone wants to be heard... At some point, we have all been disappointed with some level of government. For a variety of reasons, many have been pushed to the point of apathy. How do we spark interest or engage voters, or put forth new ideas? Creating a new politically party isn't insurmountable. So how do we overcome voter apathy? How do we, as a new party, inspire voters? 

First, I think we have to build a workable platform that makes sense. One inclusive of more Americans in all areas of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am wholly responsible for creating this website and brainstorming my own ideas for others to either embrace, refine, or discard. I certainly didn't get it all right and I do and can change my mind on issues if enlightened. I encourage you to help me create the Kodel Party.  "I like doing the impossible."   Walt Disney (I met Mr. Disney when I was 5 & I  write about it in my children's books.)  I also met RFK when I was in high school and got his autograph just prior to his assassination. 

Somewhere along the way America got lost. Our stewards have been sidetracked by special interests groups, hidden agendas, corruption, misinterpretations and blurred lines of the very ideas of freedom and democracy. We have strayed so far away from our founding premise, ideals, values and goals it's time to focus on a clearer direction and vision for America. As we evolve as a nation over the next 250 years, it's good to be insightful, flexible and progressive. Not every decision our government makes is practical and has obvious distractions and dissidents. That shouldn't stop us.  If not now, when?

As the founding architect of the Kodel Party, I am nothing more than a placeholder. This has less to do with me and everything to do with you, your children, family, friends, and perhaps most importantly, your legacy as a founding member of a new political party. How exciting is that? Help me reinvent, reshape and energize America as a true model of leadership, integrity and innovation for centuries to come.  Overcoming the political machine isn't easy, but technology is advancing the conversation as never before and accelerating change as never before.  Tapping into social media can effectively change the world.  

Much of America is broken. At the very least, we need to stop letting others decide for US.  It's time we step up and take responsibility ourselves. My ambition is not to actually become your leader. I'm not an idiot!  I am only planting the seeds of change. I may not be qualified but some of my ideas could be. I am using this platform to see if I can generate a legitimate, centralized social outcry of discontentment.  My initial goal is to collectively foster a grassroots movement to give middle class Americans a real voice in government. My ultimate goal of course, is having my face on the new $15 bill. 

If my vision is also your vision, please engage. This will force change by default by creating a more effective, more efficient working party, hence, government, because we the people did more than vote for incumbents or the status quo, we actually stood-up and took back our country.  It's my thesis that frustration is the catalyst to change. A collective frustration can create a new credible party which actually represents the working class, improving life for every day Americans and their families.   

Imagine if the Kodel Party gained millions of followers on Twitter; millions of "likes" on Facebook; and millions of votes. Those in Washington DC and I dare say, the world, would then have to listen.  Being taken seriously must be earned by being credible, brave, bold and innovative. One voice will never capture the ears of leadership or the wings of change. So please review 'our' party's platform and vision for a better America and help us regain our country. 
Invest a little time to change the world.

Truth be told, I'd prefer being known as the (behind the scenes) architect of a new political party rather than the actual leader of the party. (I'm actually quite shy and would only stumble, stammer and mumble incoherently in front of microphones, let alone television cameras.) I am MUCH BETTER behind the scenes penning my ideas on paper, just like Thomas Jefferson.  Besides, a term or two in office only lasts a moment, whereas an idea, a vision, can last beyond many lifetimes, affecting untold generations of souls, more than can be imagined. This is the essence of changing the stars...

I too have a dream. I believe in America and its core goodness to help one another and mankind. I believe in a strong America. The American spirit is alive, it just needs to blossom again. I believe giving people of this country a true voice and the true decision making responsibilities and abilities to control their lives will accomplish this. I believe in my vision which represents a new America where real people live, work, play and prosper.

Accelerate our efforts. Use Social Media and Networking loudly.

First Draft Cartoons
Stevie Tenderheart published comic strip

First Draft Cartoons
Stevie Tenderheart published comic strip

First Draft Cartoons
Stevie Tenderheart published comic strip


Write-in dark horse Candidate  

2nd Congressional District

to replace GOP incumbent

Greg Walden 

America the Beautiful


The Kodel Party

RESTORING THE HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS true AMERICAN core VALUES through genuine innovation, integrity & leadership.