I've Been Thinking A Lot About Third Party's...Oh, how tempting they are! I've been trying to be an activist in the Republican Party since catching Ron Paul Fever in the summer of 2007. Unfortunately my efforts have not always been viewed with favor by the Party elite.
So along comes this temptress called Third Party. Oh yeah, she's hot. Open to new ideas. Available and ready to do what ever I want her to do. She promises me she'll work hard to make the relationship last. And just as I lean forward to embrace her, POOF!
It was all in my imagination. I realized that that sweet young thing was just toying with my emotions. Time to go home to that not quite so attractive, but quite dependable woman that has been around for so many years.
This analogy is really what I think we are facing as supporters of Lady Liberty.
Sure we could go for a quick and fast hookup or we can determine that for better or for worse America is a two party affair. Mr. Republican and Mrs. Democrat are married and will be together till 'Death Do Us Part.'
Now for some plain talk. We must face reality and get to work on 2010 planning.
First we must find candidates to run for smaller, winnable races. I'm thinking that State House, State Senate, and other LOCAL offices are our best bet. Federal offices are bid up too high by corporate interests for us to realistically have any hope.
Here in Florida, I and a bunch of other HARDCORE activists are going to launch an organization to help
potential candidates make their decision easier. We're going to supply them with their yard signs, literature, provide them with a platform, and even help with the technical paperwork.
Even with lots of help the odds are, ahem, less than 50/50. But that's okay. Because we will be measuring success not by whether we win or lose but how we play the game (oh brother, another analogy).
We want to win of course. But each candidate that we help and support will be given a new paradigm. Instead of seeing how many doors you can knock or how many pieces of literature you can stuff into someone's hand, we will be emphasizing how many people did you meet that were at least open to a Liberty message? Did you get their name, address, and email contact info?
This way, come election day, win or lose, we will come away with a movement that is much bigger in numbers and with a longer term mission of waking up voters.
To make the numbers even more manageable, we are going to target the Republican Primary in 2010. Primaries remember have typically a 10-15 percent eligible Republican turnout. Therefore in Districts where we have a candidate, we may only need to get less than 5000 votes to win.
Compare that to US Congressional seats where you'd need at least 10,000 signatures to JUST TO GET ON THE BALLOT!
I'm going to be sharing with the Science of Freedom membership the things we learn along the way. I invite you to join the discussion in the forums section.
Hang in their guys (and girls too), with your help we may just have a hot date with destiny!