Why I'm Running
As I have talked to people about running as a third-party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, the question keeps being asked: why? Why run as a third-party? Surely I understand what this would do to either of the two major party candidates in my district? Don’t I understand just what a useless endeavor this is? Nobody, and they make sure I understand, that nobody wins as a third-party candidate. Why would I possibly undertake such a quixotic move?
Let me first explain my basic view on this moment in political history. I have been engaged in politics since my earliest days. Indeed, my first political campaigning occurred while I was still in my baby buggy. I closely followed politics in both elementary and middle school and became actively involved in high school, when I began campaigning for candidates on the national, state, and local levels. I didn’t agree with every stance of every candidate I supported, and I could openly state that, and that was acceptable. I loved the energy of the political world. In about 2006 I noticed a distinct change occurring. Dare I say that a chill seemed to descend upon those who dissented from party orthodoxy – from either party. As a Republican, I was mocked those across the aisle for their high-handed actions, until I noticed the same thing happening on my side. Talk radio seemed to set the standard, stir up the base, and demand absolute purity in political action. There was no room for pragmatic compromise, compassion, or even reality. That worried me. As time progressed I noticed that trend, on both sides, became more and more intensified. Pro-life Democrats were cast aside. The head of the Republic National Committee said that any candidate that did not give complete fealty to Donald Trump would not receive any party support. It was all about winning for one’s team, not about winning for the American people.
So I began looking at why; why was this happening? I found a never-ending thirst for power and money to be seemingly at the root of it. That didn’t seem very good. And I discovered that most people I talked to weren’t happy with the way things were going in Washington. Not happy at all.
Working within the parties isn’t going to work. The two political parties have too much power and have rigged the system. They aren’t interested in looking at term limits and limiting special interest spending and real solutions to America’s problems. They are more concerned about winning elections and maintaining power. That’s a pretty harsh assessment, but true. But how can we possibly break through that stranglehold?
Back in the 18th and 19th Centuries there was something in the military known as a “forlorn hope.” This was a group of soldiers who were tasked with being the first to run up the hill or go against the enemy. They seldom survived, but they breached the opposing forces and allowed their army to get in and hopefully win. Not all those in the forlorn hope groups died; many actually survived. But it was fraught with risk. We have seen many individuals race against the opposition in a forlorn hope style attack in recent elections. They are making progress. Someone has to do this. Someone has to fight to break the unhealthy, unproductive, and unconstitutional hold that the current two parties have on the body politic. I am willing, and proud, to be part of that movement.
That is why I am interested in running. I believe that we have strayed far from the ideal of what this country was founded on. We need to restore civility to our discourse and find ways to get America working again for the people. That can only be accomplished as we look outside of the current box and use innovative ideas without the machinations of the bosses of the current political system.