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The Paradox of the Independent – part 1

We have to begin dismantling the two-party system, and one way is to get the money out. It’s not the only thing we need to do, but money buys the broadest support for the current system. Candidates are personally enriched, those who work for the party are enriched, and suppliers of services are enriched. Suppliers are many, and include marketing firms, convention centers, travel agencies and airlines. And it’s an entire ecosystem: it’s not the candidate travel that enriches travel suppliers, it’s their entourage, convention attendees, and most of all, their competitors who must keep up. Lobbyists, PACs and all the donations must be managed so that’s more money spread around. And all these leeches on the political system buy houses, cars and luxury items that bring commission to others. Everyone mentioned here has a stake in the status quo. And they will do their part to keep it like it is. It’s survival. And there is another problem, the paradox of the independent: voters like it this way. Here’s why.

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Am I real?

We often read about candidates who claim to have degrees but really don’t. Most guard their privacy, and for good reason. My Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are fairly old, and from before I considered running for Congress. Feel free to take a look. For members of the media (including vloggers/bloggers) I’ll furnish originals of my university transcript and a background check done by an employer some years ago, the most current one, which verified employment and education.

If there’s anything else you want to know, just ask. I want your concerns to be addressed, and for you to feel confident that what I say is true. Being open is the best way.

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More district encounters

Conversations again:
A little while ago, I met a homeless woman outside a store and we talked awhile. I’m leaving out some details but she wanted to pray for me, and so we held hands and she prayed so clearly, and in a way that applied to both of us. Then she asked me to look at her, and she said, “People act like I don’t exist, but I do. I’m a drug addict, but I’m a person.” She wasn’t accusing, just staying the truth. We hugged, and I left feeling I’d encountered someone with so much capacity for love and accomplishment, not necessarily material, but able to play a positive role in the community. More and more, we are normalizing drug use, and I don’t know where it will end. We have a hunger for tax dollars and had already promoted gambling to feed our habit. When government promotes harmful things just for tax dollars, it doesn’t serve people well. Still, voters made this choice via elected politicians.

I met a young man today while we were getting lunch at the Wienerschnitzel at Chapman and Haster, and I was impressed that he knew his district. That’s rare here. I gave him a flyer, and it was really great hearing how much he cares, and that he sees what politics has become, and how electing the first real independent in decades to the House would amplify our voice. The values here are the ancient ones of hard work, family and community. We could remind the nation of the beauty of these values.

Another young man I met was too young to vote, yet in talking he was so well spoken, troubled by where we are going, and so pleased at the prospect of an independent for life and Dreamers.

I want to vote for someone without feeling guilty, without disappointment that the choices aren’t better. Since that person didn’t show up, I’ll be on the ballot in June. Please look around these pages and spread the word, write me, text me, share this page or others. Many hands make light work.

We can do this, and to beat the system without donations or special interests or the Parties that have fouled our home, that would be an achievement you can tell your children and grandchildren about. If I win, we all win, and we will show the nation it can be done.

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