so in contemplating the idea of running for President of the United States, I have dug up some old plans for what I wanted somebody running to be like or what I would do if I were running. (Be the change you wish to see in the world, as it were)
Basically, I figure the value is in the running, not in the "winning" (you are being approved for a job to serve people, and you should treat it that way, rather than a prize to be won).
Since most of my plans for projects for 2020 are falling apart, I may just have the time to do a full series of videos on every election and measure on the National, state and local levels, lay out the people in office, and those running based on their voting records and stances on the common issues as well as the issues most likely to effect the states and regions they are running in. Cover voter registration, means of getting an ID, and a ride to the voting station, as well as all the other ways of getting a ballot. Perhaps contact some unions and ask about arranging some kind of psuedo-strike on voting day to support those who must work and cannot risk their jobs and income to go vote.
Interview people via e-mail, phone, video and in person wherever possible. And just set it all out in the open. Every bit of info everyone needs to vote, down to the sample ballots.
And at the same time ask that anyone who thinks their vote doesn't count, or objects to the choices they are given go through the process anyway using all the steps I've provided and cast their vote for a third party like the libertarians or the greens or some of the others, that is if they don't feel like they want to vote for me or write me in. If we get third parties enough vote they are better positioned to run on a more even field against the two primary parties. Break the political monopolies.
and when all is said and done, we will see the voting power of the people we encourage to vote who would otherwise feel their vote didn't count or who would otherwise abstain. Despite my 'loss' it would still be a win if we made any change along those lines, and we set things up for a repeat in mid-terms two years later where I will likely begin by announcing my run for president in 2024.
I've heard time and time again, people complaining that the millions being spent on election campaigns could solve so many more issues than the people who actually win ever do. And so I feel like I would prefer to campaign by making investments in positive changes to the communities in the areas I'm campaigning in. "Great idea, but you'll never win that way." gee I guess you might be right, that's hard luck, maybe we will succeed the next time we do it, or the time after that, or the next one. Yes really, I'd run for 20 years with no hope for a "win" if every run resulted in a better situation for all the communities in the process.
That and any debate or media coverage that invites me in to talk will get some Jon Stewart or John Oliver style calling out the BS of the system and those in it right now. Not sided hit pieces on anyone, but more reasoned out logical proposals about what we as a country are clearly not doing well at and methods available to do better that can be acceptable by the vast majority of reasonable people in this country.
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