We, The People, look down into the well. We STAND and cheer the battles being waged upon the Coliseum floor. The debt ceiling. The filibuster. The legislative VICTORIES and the congressional DEFEATS.
Though engaged in by representative gladiators, the ULTIMATE decision comes from on HIGH… from here, in the gallery.
We, The People, shall decide. Up or down. Left or right. YEA or NAY… the CHOICE is always ours.
You can call me crazy, but I still believe in our Rule of Law. Imperfect as it might be… Defective. Two-tiered. Flawed… it remains Rigid. Predictable. Consistent… and it can always be CHANGED. That part alone might be its ONE redeeming quality… the ability to learn from past mistakes.
I’m not quite sure what I should be doing in this moment… I’m fairly new in the world of politics. Three election cycles, a drop in the bucket for some. But these last three cycles?! I tell you what… it feels as if I’ve gained the amount of knowledge, one once would have acquired over the course of an entire DECADE.
The simple act of engagement. One can’t help but learn something new. Curse the phrase ‘May you live in interesting times.’
I don’t know what’s required of me… or what’s expected. With limited exposure, I’ve had limited data; which makes it harder to interpret the signals of others… but I have no problem sticking my FOOT in my mouth from time to time, in order to break the ICE.
That might be my ONE redeeming quality… sometimes I have no filter. I have no problem being blunt.
I might not know what other people want, but I do know what I want. And I know, in order for that to come to pass… I must share it. I cannot do this alone.
Right now, I live in a world of illusion. I can see the precipice upon which we STAND, but I can also see the BRIDGE that will guide us safely to the other side. A bridge, that has yet to be built.
There is no need for such a bridge if there is no divide, if we can find safe passage without it… but right now, I don’t see another way around.
The damage has been done. LIVES have been lost.
If we do not act, the result will be the SAME… MORE LIVES will be lost.
Our INACTION will be seen by those who study our Nation’s history. Just as clearly as we can look BACK, and see where THEY failed to act.
The inflation. The scapegoating. The INACTION and the consequences… right there! For all to see.
Now is the time of THEIR discontent.
‘If ONLY we had known!’
‘If ONLY we had acted!’
What good is our Written History if we choose to ignore it?
What good comes from our SILENCE…
What would they say… if they were still here to be asked.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t driven by a strong urge to win, so I won’t patronize you with that. But at this moment, I’m more driven by an urge to TRY. To be heard. To test the waters and see if this ship is actually sound… so sayeth some guy from the Great State of Kansas.
The one thing I fear in this moment is not being heard. I might fail. I might succeed. But that is for The People to decide… not for me. My job is to do all I can to spread the word.
The information firehose. The media. The Congress. The existential threat… at some point, either we choose to ignore it or we choose to believe it. Once you believe it… what comes next.
That’s where I’m at. Where do we go from HERE…
I am ready to walk down that path.
I believe in the idea so strongly that I’m ready NOW, to jump back into the ring once again. Headlong, just as I did in 2018. A vision and a goal… Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
But my wife has already told me, going it alone is a non-starter.
This time… I feel I must agree.
At some point in July, 2019, when it became apparent that my Presidential Campaign wouldn’t be able to expand beyond a certain threshold, I was faced with a choice. Either give in or keep trying, even knowing I couldn’t succeed.
It’s like the idea of a pinhole camera. The LIGHT may be limited… but the image still shines quite succinctly.
I’ve spent my time in the hole, and I’ve used my time wisely. I’ve made my mistakes and I’ve made my miscalculations… all IN THE LIGHT, where everyone can see. Any mistakes I have made, I’ve done so in GOOD FAITH. Seeking answers. Knowing I alone could never solve all our problems. It goes to the heart of who I am and what I believe…
I’ll put my fate in the hands of the MAJORITY of this Nation. Every time.
Whenever they are fully informed.
Before the experiment, there was no PROOF. There was no DATA.
Cast aside your preconceptions in LIGHT of the data we have gained!
The experiment shows… the Will of the Majority is SOUND. It is JUST.
The Experiment was created for us… we ARE the experiment.
We are the BALANCE upon which the entire experiment is judged.
May the blessings of a NEW YEAR come to all of us,
And may God continue to bless the United States of America.