My style of campaigning for public office is radically different from that of most candidates. Let me explain how and why.
First, I’m not a Democrat or Republican who gets millions of dollars in contributions. I’m not even a self-declared "socialist" supported by a few thousand clueless idiots who think they’re socialists as well.
As I write this, I have no campaign staff and no contributions. As the campaign progresses, I hope to raise some money, but I don’t plan on recruiting a staff, partly because it’s almost impossible to find honest people who are really politically savvy (or intelligent in general).
To cut to the chase, I don’t have the money, time or energy to crisscross the state attending forums and shaking people’s hands, especially when most of the people attending those forums are political operatives who received special invitations.
I could go around knocking on doors here in Seattle, but what’s the point? Once you meet one Seattleite you’ve met 95% of them. Seattleites wrote the book on stupidity. They’ve elected some of the most bizarre and frightening kooks on the planet, ranging from Paul Schell to Kshama Sawant, Gary Locke to Randy Dorn. Most Seattleites hate George W. Bush yet support his twin brother, Obama. Very rarely will you hear a Seattleite say a bad word about St. Bill Gates.
Though not as big a problem as public apathy, ignorance and stupidity, establishment corruption is another formidable obstacle. During my first campaign for public office in 1999, I filled out questionnaires, attended public forums and endorsement interviews, gave media interviews, etc.
I was stunned when the Seattle Weekly — a supposedly left-leaning alternative paper that I thought was on my side — stabbed me and the other outsider candidates in the back. Suddenly, a little light bulb inside my head suddenly flashed on. "Why am I collaborating with the very media whores who are part of the problem?" I asked myself.
I’ve thus developed a campaign strategy that’s very simple and straightforward: I just quietly do my homework, organize my thoughts and put them in writing on the Internet. Don’t tell me you can’t find any of my websites, because they aren’t hard to find. You can always contact Washington’s Secretary of State if you need help tracking down candidates’ names and websites.
I don’t plan on attending any media endorsement interviews during this campaign (and shame on any candidates who do whore after corporate media endorsements). I may not even fill out any questionnaires.
I generally reply to e-mail, time allowing. But how do I know if a seemingly ordinary citizen who sends me an e-mail isn’t really a corporate operative? If you are genuine, please check out my websites before asking me questions that I’ve very likely already answered on my websites.
Media interviews are another matter. As a matter of principle, I would advise candidates to steer clear of the corporate media, period. And just about all the media in Seattle can be considered corporate tools, including such "alternatives" as the Seattle Weekly, The Stranger (a Zionist mouthpiece) and the now defunct Eat The State.
On the other hand, what’s the point of fighting in a war (or revolution) if you aren’t going to grapple with the enemy on occasion?
In that spirit, I occasionally accept media interviews, though I may impose a few conditions. It’s even possible that I could vary my routine and attend a public forum — as long as it’s outside Seattle. The catch is that I just don’t have the resources to do much traveling at all. My time is better spent working on my websites, which are ultimately the best way to get the word out.
So would I be equally aloof if I was elected?
First, I’m hardly aloof. I’ve run for public office several times. I also have several websites. It would take you a long time to read all the political content alone. (Actually, I’m in the process of upgrading my sites, and I still have a lot of archived content that isn’t back online yet, but I’m making steady progress.)
On the other hand, the corporate media might find me aloof. I’d use my office to wage war against those lying, back-stabbing bastards, from the Seattle Times to Seattle’s favorite Jewish porno rag, The Stranger.
If elected, I would continue developing my personal websites, which already offer more information on both myself and the issues than any other Governor in state history has offered. And, yes, I’d be willing to meet and talk to people who have special needs or concerns.
In fact, I think it would be really cool to set up a system of "Meet-the-Public" forums, held in various locations around the state, perhaps on a regular basis. These events would tentatively allow attendees to discuss just about anything they want, from politics to philosophy to their favorite music.
Of course, I’ll have to get elected before I can make that happen. 😉
Don’t be in a hurry to vote. The government and corporate media want you to vote as soon as possible for a reason.
It’s to your advantage to take your time and learn as much about the candidates in various as possible. In fairness, that is a pretty dreary task when the overwhelming majority of candidates are virtual clones of each other.
Still, you never know what juicy facts the media are hiding from voters. So savor every minute of our increasingly short election cycle rather than cut it short.
I’ve been working on a huge multi-website upgrade for literally several years, and things really started coming together just recently. I’ll continue developing my campaign website, the Fifth Republic website, Politix (including Politix 101, which you really should check out) and several related websites.
In fact, I’ll continue working on my websites long after the election is over, whether I get elected or not.
I’ve already won!
Have you noticed that many candidates for public office are people you’ve never heard of before? They suddenly pop up out of nowhere just in time to declare their candidacy, promoted by some generally crappy website. The design might be slick, but the candidates usually have little to say beyond their lame rhetoric.
After the election, they usually disappear, along with their crappy websites. The few who get elected tend to disappear, also. Their campaign websites disappear, and they have remarkably little to say on their new official government websites, aside from a brief bio.
Unlike most candidates, I don’t disappear. I’ve been running for office since 1999, and I keep getting stronger.
If I don’t get elected this time around, my campaign will still publicize the Fifth Republic Party, along with my Jewarchy campaign. And if the Fifth Republic Party doesn’t gain more than ten new members, and the word Jewarchy isn’t suddenly listed in dictionaries, so what?
It takes time for new ideas to spread. The Fifth Republic Party and anti-Jewarchism will still be around in the spring, and next year and the year after that. A few people will link to the websites and maybe even write articles about them. They aren’t going away, and neither am I.
The revolution never ends.