FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
If you're an analyst, why would you want to do this?
The simple answer is "because I'm tired of it". Like so many of the people that I have talked to, I am tired of -- year after year, cycle after political cycle -- trying to get excited over the lesser of 'who cares?' I'm tired of trying to find a political candidate who can speak intelligently on the issues in complete sentences rather than poll-tested and cliched sound bites. And I'm really tired of office-holders who are more interested in striking poses and playing 'gotcha' than in actually serving the interests of the people who elected them into their office (regardless of the office itself).
Is that naïve? Perhaps, but then I've never been accused of being worldly. I've been called a lot of things -- most of which are not printable -- but "worldly" is not among them. "Because he was human, because he had goodness, because he was moral, they called him insane."
Why the Libertarians instead of one of the Old Parties?
As I started to become more politically aware after leaving the service, I started to realize that many of my centrist views on political topics did not fully mesh with what I have come to view as the political extremism of the two major political parties -- the "Old Parties". Some of my views aligned behind one, but some of them aligned behind the other. As a result, I realized that I could not fall into step with either party because I don't believe in their platforms enough to support either of them. To me, partisans of these groups are "scheming demons dressed in kingly guise beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise."
The Libertarians, however, support most of my politically centrist views, and while I may not be (as one Libertarian put it) as strident in my positions as other Libertarians may be, their platform is one that I can support.
Why should I support you? What makes your campaign different from any of the other candidates for that seat?
Quite honestly, I don't know. I don't know what will make it any different, but I do know where I will be placing my personal focus over the next few months:
- I will be listening to the voters (both inside and outside of my district) to understand how specific problems affect them (rather than telling them what their problems are, and then telling then how I am the only candidate with a solution to solve them),
- I will gather input on each of the problems facing the voters from sources and experts across the political spectrum, and
- I will work together with colleagues across all of the political aisles to find the best solution for all of the people involved.
From a cynical perspective, and despite the volumes of political promises made by candidates over the past few decades, very little seems to have changed regardless of which person sat in the chair, or with which party they were aligned. "Some world views are spacious, and some are merely space."
You have no real possibility of winning. How is this not a waste of time and money?
I will agree that the track record of Libertarians being elected to any office is less than stellar, so spending money -- anyone's money -- on a Libertarian campaign is probably not the smartest investment option. "It's a Cinderella story on a tumble of the dice." But to me, that's still not a very good reason to completely avoid the fight. As a Marine, it's not the losing that bothers me; it's the idea that no one is willing to even gear up for the fight that needs fighting. In my opinion, the continued lock-step extremism of the Old Parties and their respective platforms has been wholly detrimental to both the political discourse of this country, and to the soul of the country itself. "... and the men who hold high places must be the ones who start..."