"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao-tzu
After a three year break, I have decided to leave the sidelines and enter into the political
waters again. Why? Good question. After reading that over 65% of political races are
uncontested, I felt I had to do more than complain, and actually get involved and do
something to stop this trend.
It seems we have ceded power to a ruling elite that does not put the interests of the
country, or its citizens, first. Once elected, or becoming the ruling majority, the focus
becomes one of retaining power, not for the betterment of the country, but to increase
their own reach, wealth, and status.
If you believe that the constant rotation of Democratic and Republican power in Washington,
or state capitols, has made us a better, stronger, unified nation; I'm not the guy for you. I have
run, and won, races as both a Republican and Democrat, not a fact that I am proud of, but
there it is.
I have found that regardless of the party, the inner workings and thinking is basically the same,
"Divide and conquer." Keep the public at odds, use controversial issues to further separate
us, and at all costs, don't solve problems, create more. Any problem that is fixed, is a potential
fundraising opportunity lost. Our elected officials surround themselves with a wall of aids
and experts, shielding themselves from the very public they are to serve.
The powerful have access to politicians 24/7; the powerless every election cycle, when they
are needed to launder corporate money, and dutifully pull the appropriate party instructed
Granted there are times it seems hopeless, but I have fought my share of battles for lost causes.
So, once again, I consider starting the process of trying to collect signatures for a run for office.
… Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew. (56–64)
(Ulysses: Alfred, Lord Tennyson)