Lets just suppose for a minute that you are an average citizen
that wants to run for office.
You have values, you've lead a moral life, you have friends and family that you are trying to do good for. So you spend a lot of money, run a campaign and win. I am talking federal here, not state, although it does happen in all politics.
Now suppose you go to DC and the feeling of being somebody with the power to change the world sets in. Then you receive a dose of reality. You have people approaching you all the time asking for favors or pressuring you to do something for them. After all, that's how our government works. You suddenly realize you've been bought by donors and are expected to return the favor for your campaign funding and future funding.
HOW LONG COULD YOU HOLD OUT BEFORE YOU JOIN THE OTHERS AND SELL YOUR SOUL? Because that's what you face with our present election system. And if you do bite just one little bit from the forbidden fruit, you are sunk for the rest of your term. Your will vote straight party line no matter how strongly you don't want to, because the powers that own Congress will tell you so, and you've already sold out, so you might as well take the bribes.
I have decided that I will spend as little as possible on my campaign, and not take contributions unless I can't afford it in the end, as I'm not going to run a popularity contest. If I can't go among the people and tell them my story face to face, then I don't deserve to win. I deal in honesty, and if I tell you something, it's usually well researched. I am who I am and I intend to stay that way.
Night All, may peace be with you.
Dennis M O'Connor For Common Sense Maine Legislator District 72 Facebook