First of all, I am not what I consider a typical politician. A politician should be a person who has the best interests in mind of the population as a whole, not small, wealthy portions of that society. I understand that it takes money to run a campaign, but these days that money has become all-encompassing. You are up against well financed, carefully chosen candidates with backing of people who want the country to go a certain way which fits their interests. It has nothing to do with you as an average citizen or consumer.
I have said time and again that when you accept money to run a campaign from these people, they expect a return on investment, because after all is said and done, you are an investment, just like any other business expense.
It was bad enough before Citizens United, but now that they have a compliant Congress, they can pretty much call the shots as they see fit. When it takes millions of dollars to elect someone, that person is then owned by the person calling the shots. I know my chances of beating that are slim, but I am hoping for RCV to become law in Maine, to at least put some semblance of fairness for the average person trying to overcome this nightmare we have allowed to be created.
To this point, I have taken everything out of my own pocket, and I choose to do that until I am officially on the ballot. At that point, then I will have to consider my options, but I would rather get my voice out there and lose, than to sell it to the highest bidder. I can't do that!
The people of this country deserve better!
The children of this country deserve better!
The elderly, who have work hard their entire lives, deserve better!
The people who are losing their homes and lives to medical bankruptcy, deserve better!
Greed is killing us, whether it be oil, pharmaceuticals, seed to grow crops, overpopulated prisons, military armaments, waste and graft, consolidation of industry to a point of no competition, you name it. It is killing our society and is the first step toward total collapse of our values, where it becomes each person for themselves in order to survive.
We can change this, but it must be soon! Otherwise we as a society are done! Think about that and get behind someone with those values, even if it's not me. I'll be fine. But at least I can wake up the next day and look at myself in the mirror and be proud!
Peace to all