What Elections Are For

Elections aren’t about winning and losing. They’re not for candidates at all. Elections are for giving the voters a choice of peers to choose from so we can participate in running our society. Keep in mind that candidates are voters, too.

Some people quote complicated campaign theory about how to get elected and complain about third-party candidates stealing votes. Some even suggest that third parties should bow out and support ‘the big boys’. I am of the opinion that these people are rather lacking in ethics, don’t really believe in the democratic process, certainly don’t respect voters right to choose and may even feel voters aren’t intelligent enough to decide for themselves. That just might be me, though.

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Who I Represent

As an elected representative I would be duty-bound to represent everyone in my district. Not just those who voted for me. Not just those who agree with me. Not just the people I know or like or who agree with me… Everyone. Catholic, Mormon, Protestant, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Pagan, Buddhist, Atheist, Animist, Agnostic, practicing, non-practicing, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, voter, non-voter, professional, laborer, unemployed, underemployed, self-employed, artist, retired, students, adults, children…everyone, even those I haven’t listed.

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All Men…

“…All men are created equal…” you either believe this or you don’t, your actions will tell.

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Current Troubles

The economy, health care, insurance, jobs, crime, education, drugs, … no politician can solve all of our problems any more than the government has, although most promise to. All government can do, really, is mediate disputes (civil, criminal or business), manage and provide for public goods and services (such as schools, infrastructure, disaster relief, parks) and manage diplomatic relations between governmental entities. If they’re not doing that they generally just get in the way. OK, sometimes they get in the way even when they’re just doing their job! The point is, left to our own devices most people find solutions to our own problems just fine, thank you, as long as government stays out of our way. How many of us get to April 15th every year and think “man, what I could have done with that if I’d been able to keep it in the first place!” So, who can help you keep more? The BIG TWO haven’t succeeded so far, so let’s try an infusion of new blood. Throw some Libertarians, Independents or Greens at the State capital & DC. You could do it just for fun, to watch their faces in November. OMG!!! Not THEM! The BIG TWO are both concerned about their power base or they wouldn’t be fighting so hard to keep the two-party system, even if it means a Donkey loses to an Elephant or vice versa. People always fear the unknown. This Halloween let’s play a trick on the government and send new people in, the ones that have actually been working real jobs (or applying for them along with so many of you). Do you really think we’ll do worse than the career politicians? Don’t feel bad for them, I’m sure they’ll be able to get work as consultants, lobbyists, or other positions of influence. Just vote your conscience. It doesn’t matter if you vote for the winner or the loser, it matters that you vote for what you believe in. If more people did that we might see some real change. Could the other guys really do any worse than the ones that have been running the show so far? At least give us a chance to keep the BIG TWO honest and on their toes. And besides, if you vote for one of the candidates who doesn’t win you have more right to make your views known to them because you didn’t want them anyway! Vote outside the box, mix it up! Don’t vote blue or red, vote purple! Vote for one of the little guys and watch a few career politicians turn purple!

The Most Important Job

Ask most people what the most important job is and they might say Police, Doctor, Teacher…but a many often say Mother. If the most important job is raising good, ethical, intelligent, responsible children then why, as ‘just Moms’, do so many of us think we don’t qualify for other jobs? Jobs in service, sales, management, politics…yes, politics! Think about it. As Mothers we have to chauffeur, nurse, cook, clean and  manage financial/time/space/resource budgets. We put others first and somehow manage to pull off miracles, so why would anyone think someone who’s ‘just a mom’ wouldn’t make a fantastic elected official? We’ve proven  where our priorities are. Do you really want someone who will look to the future and make a better world for our children? Start electing Mommies! You know, I can think of a few Dads who would do a pretty good job, too. And while you’re voting, if you see me on the ballot…give me a chance to show you what I can do.

Left/Right…

I just heard someone say during an interview: “Left leg, right leg, same pair of pants…”. He’s right. We’ve been locked into the same dysfunctional systemic rut for too long, but there is an alternative. Maybe we should wear a kilt! OK, maybe ACTUALLY wearing a kilt wouldn’t be very fashionable, but you get the idea. Think outside the box, try something new and vote for old values, smaller government, individual liberties, personal responsibility.  Be American, vote for Liberty, vote Libertarian.

Terrorism vs Freedom

Terrorism isn’t about killing people. That’s just an occasional side effect. The purpose of terrorism is power and control through fear/terror. Same as rape, only on a larger scale. When the Patriot Act was enacted the terrorists won. When any restrictive legislation is passed as a reaction to a terrorist threat ‘for our protection’, the terrorists win. When anyone ceases to go about their daily business and puts bars on their minds and hearts, terrorists win. There hasn’t been a successful attack on the US since 9/11, but that’s not because of increased security (as if confiscating nail clippers made us safer!) or expanded surveillance (everybody blinks sometime and no system or person is perfect). We haven’t been attacked because enough of us demonstrated resistance to terrorists, starting with the plane that went down in Pennsylvania on 9/11 and continued with everyone who went to work, out to dinner, shopping, driving…we didn’t cower, we fought back any way we knew, mostly just by continuing our lives. I came home from work that night to my daughter making lists, warming dinner, watching the news and my son almost done cleaning the guns. We didn’t know what was next, but we were going to be ready. It’s our attitude that keeps us free, not our government’s policies.

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What Were You Thinking!?

First, let me say, I’m going to blame the kids. I’m not saying it’s their fault, just that I blame them. And I’m teasing, but it is connected. Four years ago before I ran for office the first time I found myself complaining about things that seemed very important at the time, but I was just moaning over cocktails. Someone who’s known me long enough to know how I raised my kids called me on it, threw a virtual mirror at me and said “What would your kids think?” Or “What have you always told your kids?” Or something of the kind. Anyway, they were right. You can’t raise your kids one way and then wimp out when it matters. I realized that in any elected position the candidates are drawn from the general population, not just professional politicians, or at least should be. I found the right office, asked for information, and the ladies behind the counter were extremely pleasant and more than willing to explain the process and the information in the packet they supplied to me free of charge (having been paid for by our tax dollars). That’s a good thing, by the way. One function of government is to be open and available to the people, all people. I went home, read it over, thought about it, and went to work and on with my life. Various issues came up over coffee later on that week. A lovely lady artist commented that I couldn’t run for anything, that I didn’t have any money and no one’s ever heard of me. Before I could open my mouth the folk singer behind me said “Oh, now you’ve done it! Don’t tell her she can’t do something, she’ll go and do it.” So there I was learning about running for office, figuring out how my party works (up till now I’ve just voted this way, now I really had to start attending meetings regularly) putting together a team, campaigning, press releases, working computers, all that jazz. I really came from behind very late in the game but I was still in the game and that’s what counts. I didn’t give up, and that should count for something. And about blaming the kids, if it weren’t for them and their friends I wouldn’t have some of the experience I’ve gained that made me opinionated enough to complain, find out how and then run and that friend wouldn’t have had the leverage to push, and I might not have cared about the future enough to try to make a change. My daughter Catherine was the first person to sign my petition. My son Sean signed as soon as he could. Even though I didn’t win I know my kids are proud that I tried. How often in life do you get an opportunity to find out that your kids believe in you? That alone made this worth the effort. Win or lose, I’ve already won.

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Open vs Underground

When something is out in the open it can be observed and controlled. Once something goes underground it ends up largely invisible to most, more dangerous and becomes more difficult to control. We learned this with prohibition 80 years ago, why haven’t we learned this with prostitution and drugs or any other thing we try to control?

Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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They’re Getting It!

Well, I knew all along there were a lot of people out there who are turned off by attack ads, mudslinging and dirty campaigns. How do I know this? Because I’m one of the voters who has felt this way (and voted accordingly) for a long time. During the last election I saw a commercial showing regular people criticizing politicians bickering and name-calling, admonishing them to grow up and deal with the issues. It was followed by a political attack ad. I thought that was pretty funny. I don’t see attack ads as productive. They have been very successful in the past, but I think people are starting to realize that a good press agent can spin almost anything into something sordid.

Most Moms tell their kids at some point “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. Voters are starting to realize that if a candidate has nothing good to say about themselves they’ll say something nasty about their opponent. So far this meant they usually won. We’ll see if enough voters have figured out what’s really behind this tactic and vote accordingly.

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Important Point

Chris Will and Carrie

Chris Will

I’m Chris Will and I’m running for state representative in AZ Legislative District 26. While I do want to win in this election and would greatly appreciate your vote, the most important point I want to make is that winning isn’t the point-participating is. Yes, participating is more important than winning. Part of the reason I ran for Sheriff of Maricopa County in 2008 was that I wanted to set an example and show that we can take part, have a voice and make a difference. Even if we don’t win we do make a difference just by trying. I always told my kids that you need to vote, and if there’s no one to vote for, run. An old friend called me on this point during a conversation when I was complaining about a law enforcement situation in our county and the choices on the ballot. Later a co-worker stated “You can’t run, you don’t have any money and nobody knows you!” The next day I was a candidate.

This is our government and if we don’t take part we are not only giving it away but paying a great price to have it taken from us bit by bit. How horrible the world is, how treacherous and dark, someone must make it safe for us…no matter the cost. Someone ought to… It’s nice to think that some stranger has our best interest at heart. Some stranger knows better than ourselves. Over and over we see the proof that they don’t. Fear sells. As long as we are too timid to take part in the government the government will continue to do what it does best: throw our money at problems through someone else (not me or you). Who benefits from this? Not me and usually not you.

Nothing will change until we take part. It isn’t a perfect system, but it’s our system. Besides, perfection is an ideal, something to strive for, not necessarily attainable. All we can do it try. The only way to fail is to not try. I’m a regular person, with all kinds of distractions, so if I can run for office so can most people. I ran for Sheriff of Maricopa county against Dan Saban and Joe Arpaio. I ran on the $500 exemption, so my budget was $500, entirely funded by myself. I’ll let you consider the pros and cons yourself. Mr. Saban’s budget was over $100,000. Mr. Arpaio’s Budget was over $500,000. Mr. Arpaio won. But I did get nearly 3% of the vote, in one of the biggest counties in the country, against maybe the most famous (arguably the most popular) sheriff in the country. I was working full-time, had 2 volunteers, 1 website and lots of distractions.

Go ahead, check it out for yourself, see what tit takes to run for office. What do you have to loose (or gain)? If I could get this far in that race just think how far anyone else could get in a less hotly contested race for a more ‘normal’ position! The Founding Fathers were farmers, craftsmen, merchants and such. They were ordinary people. Only when we look back to what ended up to be history do we realize that those became extraordinary people in extraordinary times. Our country was set up to be governed by ourselves— “Of the People, By the People and For the People.” If we don’t take part we risk allowing it to perish from this Earth. Be a patriot. Take part in the system, even if all you ever do is just vote for the person you really want to win, but if you feel strongly enough about something, stand up and run or help someone else run. We can all use a good workout once in a while.

If you think you might want to run for office you can start by checking out these sites:

http://www.azsos.gov/election/

http://maricopa.gov/SiteMapDetail.aspx?dept=54.1

Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm  Comments Off on Important Point  
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Impossible Dream

Man of La Mancha was on TV this morning. I had it on in the background while doing housework, in spite of knowing it’s eventual effect (that I would stop cleaning and start watching). If a candidate does not hold to these ideals and is not moved to tears by this film then they do not deserve your vote. If you want to hear the song, copy and paste this:

Upon further consideration, I do believe there is truth in this rant from another part of the film. Cervantes’ rant on sanity and madness, too much sanity may be madness, to see life as it is and not as it should be. To watch that copy and paste this:

“I come in a world of iron to make a world of gold.”  So many wonderful quotes. I’ve tried to find a way to comment or to put this in my own words, but there is no way to say it any better than it appears in the film.

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