FREEDOM, IN –
I’ve actually been asked questions like, “Why don’t you raise 10 million dollars so that…” or “Why don’t you get in all the newscasts and newspapers so that…”
For too long we’ve pretended that elections are about candidates and their financiers, when that has never been true. Elections are now and have always been about voters. That’s the whole point of a democratic process, isn’t it? In this democratic republic the politicians we choose reflect us. All of our problems are of our choosing. …Repeatedly. We really should stop denying our role in government – and of course quit all the whining about term limits and “the influence of money in politics” when only we are responsible for a 98% incumbent reelection rate and multimilliondollar campaigns…
So furthering this spirit of blunt truth, I’ll confess that while I am the only constitutional, liberty and justice candidate on the 2008 gubernatorial ballot, I know I may not reflect who Americans are these days. We’re certainly not the self-disciplined and self-reliant Americans we used to be.
In fact many of us say we want a Real Leader, that is, someone who’ll authoritatively rule our lives, liberties and property. If you are such a person, I suggest you vote for Mitch Daniels. He really is the best leader Indiana has had in quite a while. Without any perceptible ideology or partisan loyalty, and certainly without any constitutional restraints, he very effectively does what he thinks is best with your rights, money and property.
If I were elected, I would govern government, not citizens; as that is what our constitutions and traditions demand.
So if you need to be governed, I recommend you vote for Governor Daniels, not me. I would stick rigidly to the constitutions of Indiana and the USA, which limit politicians, not you. That’s just who I am and what I’d do. If that’s not what you want, vote for somebody else.
If you identify yourself as a Democrat, and want to be told what to do by a Democrat, then Jill Long Thompson is an intelligent, personable, qualified choice. She’s far more fixed to an ideology than is Daniels, and far more likely to employ partisan Democrat politics and policy. But we voters have chosen partisan politics for the last hundred years. So if you’re a team-jacket-wearing Democat, you really should vote for her, not me.
Of course, in 2008 there will likely be two “independent candidates;” one who voted with Governor Daniels on most things, and another one with whom I actually agree on many things. If you dislike the entrenched political parties as much as I do, but still need a politician to direct your money, morality, environmental concerns and so on, then one of these fine men (and I mean that) should get your vote.
If you are an adult who wants to run your own life, however, and want politicians on a leash at last, I am demonstrably the only choice. If you want liberties under law, I’m it in 2008. If you want businesses (not politicians) to do business; if you want doctors (not politicians) to do medicine; if you want the feds to stay on their side of the fence; if you want, in short, what made this nation the greatest for generations, then I am the only reasonable choice.
Let’s not fool ourselves any longer about our collective role in government. We really do get exactly what we vote for. So make sure you’re saying what you want to say with your vote. Don’t assume this freedom will last forever…