The following op-ed is submitted by Alan Bellone, the Republican candidate running for Congress against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Green Party candidate Colin Beavan in the 8th Congressional District.

If you listen to the media and the news, you will hear that you do not have a choice in the upcoming election for the 8th Congressional District. This is entirely untrue. You do have a choice, and that choice is Alan Bellone.

I have lived in Brooklyn all my life. I have had the luxury of doing business in all areas of our expansive district; from Manhattan Beach to Howard Beach, from Bed-Stuy to Canarsie, from Starrett City to Clinton Hill. I have worked with people in almost every area within the district. I have watched areas go through good times and bad. Recently, I have noticed more difficult times for business owners and home owners. It’s time for a change for the better.

I worked in the corporate world for 20 years before venturing into my own business. I started as a help desk analyst and worked my way up to director of technology at a law firm. Because of the enormous responsibility that was placed in my hands, I had to quickly transform my attitude towards work. I adopted the strategy of getting my jobs done in the best and most efficient way possible.

Now, the question is “Why politics?” What makes me think that I can start in corporate politics, advance to owning my own business, and ultimately settle in Congress?

Our country is in trouble. We are headed in the entirely wrong direction. Unemployment has stayed above eight percent for 44 months. From 1948 to 2009 — the time in between the presidencies of Harry S. Truman and Barack Obama (11 presidents in total) — our country saw 39 months of unemployment over eight percent. Of the 45 months that President Obama has been in office, 44 of them saw unemployment rates higher than eight percent. One in six Americans is receiving food stamps. Twenty-three million Americans are at or below the poverty level. His policies are not working. We have an administration that was dealt a bad hand, but continues to play the wrong cards. Now, as the election date draws nearer, you, the people of the 8th Congressional District, must keep one thing in your minds at all times: a vote for Jeffries is a vote for Obama.

Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, as well as three other Americans, were tragically killed in an attack on our embassy. The murder of Americans in our foreign embassies is an attack on our country. Yet, our administration treats this as another day at the office. The president went to a fundraiser that night in Las Vegas. Three days later our Secretary of State was celebrating Ramadan with the Libyan ambassador. Foreign countries are expected to protect our ambassadors. We send billions of dollars to these countries to protect our interests, including our personnel. Not only did they fail, our administration failed. Are you upset about this as much as I am?

The protests in foreign countries against the United States are attributed to the lack of an international policy by our administration. The administration shows disregard for Israel, yet meets with the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. These “mixed signals” allow other radical nations to believe that the United States is an indecisive nation that can be effortlessly manipulated. To make matters worse, Iran is continuing its efforts to create nuclear weapons. We have stood idly by for too long.  Israel, our closest ally, is rallying their military to protect themselves from the Iranian threat and America is nowhere to be found.

It is time to include everyday citizen in the decision-making process. The people have not been infused with the politician ideology. It is time to give one of us the chance to change things for the better. Give me that chance, and I will not let you down.

A vote for Hakeem Jeffries is a vote for President Obama.

On February 2, 2009, President Obama said on The Today Show: “If I don’t have this turned around in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” Well, Mr. President, nothing has been turned around, and your three years are up.

Alan Bellone is the Republican candidate running for Congress against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in the 8th Congressional District.

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  • Anonymous

    The administration shows disregard for Israel, yet meets with the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Bitch please, everyone is already sucking israel’s dick.

    • doobieman

      It so happened that our Sec. of State Clinton has meet with many Israeli leaders, And Anonymous why don’t you suck your dick ,if you can find it.

  • levp

    “Israel, our closest ally, is rallying their military to protect themselves from the Iranian threat and America is nowhere to be found.”

    In other words, we need more of Bush’s foreign policy (remember Saddam’s WMD?).

    “the people of the 8th Congressional District, must keep one thing in your minds at all times: a vote for Jeffries is a vote for Obama.”

    Oh, believe me, I will.
    By the way, here’s another thing to keep in your minds at all times: a vote for Bellone is a vote for Romney/Ryan. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • subway stinker

    Ned, I am confused by the byline. It says “by Sheepshed Bites” but then it is written in the first person. Who really wrote this?

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      It is clearly stated at the bottom, but to prevent any further confusion I will also place it at the top.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Aside from the addition that Ned placed at the top it did state clearly that this is an op-ed piece.

  • Bugg

    Mr. Bellone is a good man, and I wish him well. This will be a difficult race for him.

  • doobieman

    No person has any information what the U. S. & Isreal are doing behind closed doors.When the party of NO, stops it’s attacks 0n women, contraception , abortion choices, gays rights, medicare, social security, medical marijuana, planned parenthood,unions, collective bargaining, not closing tax havens & loopholes,& increasing taxes on the very rich , most of them have accounts in other countries.while food , gas & water taxes are killing us. That’s why am voting for our president.

  • Andrew Kent

    Is this an opinion piece or an unpaid political ad? Has Mr. Jeffries been offered equal space?

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      We ran a profile on the Green candidate, Colin Beavan, a few weeks ago. Mr. Bellone asked to write an op-ed. I said yes. Mr. Jeffries was sent a questionnaire a few weeks ago for our primary guide. He did not respond. Mr. Beavan and Mr. Bellone both sought us out. If Mr. Jeffries reaches out to us, we will certainly allow him to write an op-ed, clearly marked as Alan’s was. We would also love to interview him.

  • Anon

    I find it despicable to use the death of Christopher Stevens for political gain, be it by Romney or Ballone. Thanks but no thanks, your op-ed has pretty much made me sure I won’t be voting for you.

    BTW, your campaign is a campaign against the Obama presidency and yet you offer nothing in your plans other than “defeating Obama.” Basically you’ve created two potential situations: either you feel that Romney has already been defeated, or that your presence in congress will be pointless if Romney wins.

    Good luck with that.

    • guest

      It’s great to hear you were on the fence, totally undecided as to whom your vote was going. Sure.

    • Alan Bellone

      Thank you for the good luck.
      It is quite obvious that you are voting for the President regardless of
      the points that I bring up. As for the
      ambassador, how then do I note the dysfunction in the administration if I can’t
      mention what happened? It was a
      despicable act. Do we then brush it
      under the rug because we shouldn’t talk about it? The administration lied to every American
      when they said the riots were caused by a video. The world knew it was terrorist attack. Why didn’t the administration know that? Later that week, Susan Rice went on talk
      shows explaining how the video was the cause of the riots. It was a lie.
      They knew it. But they wanted it
      pushed aside.

      As for plans, I will be using this and many other forums
      like this to send out my message. There
      are many things I would like to accomplish throughout the district. My opponent has a million dollars to play
      with. I don’t.

      I know I can’t change your mind, but if I can get you to
      understand that the country has problems and the President has had his chance
      to fix them and has failed, then at least I opened you up to that.

      Thank you for reading and thank you for your input.

      Sincerely,

      Alan Bellone

  • BrightonResident

    Yeah right, like we need another obstructonist in Congress who wants to take us back to the FAILED policies of the Bush/ Cheney era and get us into another war to support the military-industrial complex!

    • alan bellone

      Hi Brighton resident.

      Obstruction is not in my vocabulary. Maybe others of Congress believe in that, but
      I don’t. Many times throughout my career
      I have instituted policies that were not mine.
      What is the difference if a democrat, republican or independent has an
      idea that is worthy. It should then be
      instituted.

      The other war that you speak of was not of our doing. When Bush decided to go after Iraq and
      Hussein, 85% of the country was for it.
      We as a people wanted retribution.
      If we could Monday quarterback the last 12 years, there are many things
      we would do differently.

      I believe in working together to accomplish that common
      goal. I have no problem locking myself
      in a room with someone else until we agree on a policy that makes sense.

      Thank you for reading and I hope you can understand how I
      feel.

      Alan Bellone

      • levp

        You are right, a decisive majority in March 2003 was pro-war.
        But why?
        Remember Colin Powell, respected by all, telling UN General Assembly about Iraqi chemical weapons?
        Remember Condoleezza Rice, respected by many, talking about Saddam and the “mushroom cloud”?
        Remember Mr. Cheney (allegedly) feeding these stories to Judith Miller, respected by some, and then referring to the resulting NY Times story in his speech (nice trick, huh)?

        But, as President Bush famously tried to say, fool me once – shame on you; fool me twice – shame on me. We’ve been already fooled once.

        • alan bellone

          And to continue that point, we should not let our guard down
          against a maniacal leader who just may be crazy enough to ignite a nuclear
          bomb. So we need to let him know that we
          are serious about the sanctions that are in place. We have not been. Netanyahu has laid the groundwork, especially
          at the UN. There needs to be redlines in
          place. We need to be serious about the
          possibility that we will use force if necessary. If they don’t believe we will, all the
          threats are useless. I am not advocating
          war, and I believe it should be the last resort, but if you wait too long, it
          may be too late.
          In either case, I think having this conversation with people that I would hopefully represent is enlightening. If elected, this is something I would do throughout the district on a monthly basis.
          Thank you

          • Andy

            how do you feel about Israel that has enough nukes to wipe out the entire Middle East and more, and is not part to Non-proliferation treaty, and does not allow IAEA inspectors at all?

          • bagels

            Bill Clinton was interviewed on the weekend concerning his opinions on Iran….
            http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/world/meast/clinton-interview/index.html

            I’d like to know if the US has approached the other Mid east countries to see if they can also apply pressure on Iran to abandon the nuclear option.

          • Andy

            sorry, I fail to see the connection between your comment and my question. care to elaborate?

          • levp

            It is a stretch to say that we are letting our guard down when our military budget is equal to the total of the next 14 biggest military spenders:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            There are situations where the circumstances become so serious that there becomes little choice but to take a certain set of actions. I do not believe that members of either party would wait to respond to an obvious and imminent threat. Using this situation as a campaign issue is wasteful, we need to know how you and your opponents would respond differently to solve various problems which have the option of multiple solutions.

  • levp

    By the way, on the subject of a potential Iran war:
    Gates ran the Pentagon from 2006 to 2011 under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was the first defense secretary to serve under presidents of both parties.
    He was also the only career CIA officer in history to rise from entry-level employee to director of the agency. He was director from 1991 to 1993.

    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/10/exdefense-chief-says-hit-iran-would-be-disastrous