We all know where all the “money in politics” comes from and who it goes to. That’s not my problem (sadly).
We all know that voters ask for term limits and then vote for incumbents 98% of the time. But that’s not my problem either.
We all know, really, if we’d only think about it, that elections aren’t so much about candidates, money or issues at all. Elections are about voters. It’s their one day to rule. It’s their day to be heard. And the days leading up to Election Day are the only days, sadly, when voters are listening.
And we all know that voters require the imprimatur of legitimacy, and whatever information presented (though increasingly distrusted), through the major media.
In short, elections are about voters, their sources of information, and their choices.
Elections can be a peaceful revolution; or more commonly, an acquiescence to the ever-devolving “status quo.” Success or failure of our culture depends entirely upon the quality of information upon which voters make their decisions.
Let me tell you my problem: Voters have been blindfolded, hoodwinked, lead around with a red herring and then duped. Voters could, in a single election cycle, end the corruption of money, the entrenchement of power, and the abuse of their lives, property and rights if only they had the information necessary to do so.
The problem is that they don’t ever get this information. Instead, they are told that their only choice is the corruption of money, the entrenchment of power, and the continued abuse of their lives, property and rights.
As applied to the gubernatorial race, here’s how it works:
When the “incumbent” (the putative owner of the Governor’s office) has an issue statement, the media call Jill Long Thompson for her view. When Jill’s got an issue, they ask Mitch for his take on it. Generally, all the answers are about the same with about 10% difference in numbers at most. Nobody in the media questions whether their words are true or whether their plans will work (they certainly haven’t worked yet). Media report the “He said, She said” and nothing more.
This isn’t entertaining, it’s not informative, and it’s certainly not right. Particularly when the sole alternative view is completely missing.
I’m the only candidate with substantially different answers and positions. I’m the only constitutional candidate! And I’m on the ballot.
I’ve had too many issue statements and press conferences with zero coverage. This media blackout is flat wrong and there is nothing that I personally can do about it. I don’t have a voice without the aforementioned “money in politics” or media coverage.
So I’m asking you for a favor. Could y’all please write letters and make phone calls to your local media folks to ask them to include me?
I don’t care what they write. I’ll take overt insults as an improvement.
I’d be delighted if they’d call me a loser, a vote stealer, a wasted vote, a libertine, a terrorist…whatever. But they should say SOMETHING about the one true alternative on the ballot!
Don’t ya think?