Some things never stay the same, but then some things do…sad!

April 2, 2013

I ran across an old file while cleaning out some computer folders this evening.  The file contained a post I put up on my campaign website during the 2010 WV-01 primary election.  What stuck me when I re-read it is that little has changed throughout the GOP and the political system as a whole.  We are still facing an uphill battle to fund and field viable candidates.  Why?  Because the good candidates who are not in it for what they can gain, but rather what they can do to make things better, are seldom the ones with deep pockets.  As a result, the big money does not support them because “they can’t win.”  But the reason they can’t win is because the sources of meaningful amounts of money won’t support them.  Catch-22 revisited.  Note the similarities of the present with those of nearly three years ago… 

January 29, 2010:

“I received a disturbing message from a really knowledgable person in WV politics tipping me off to the fact that there are currently discussions circulating among the “party faithful” that a many-candidate primary will be “damaging to the party and cost money needed to fight Mollohan during the general election.” The gist of the information was that I would eventually be approached along with others to drop out of the race to bring the race down to a choice of just two candidates for the Republican nomination.

Funny, I guess I was naive enough to believe that the purpose of the primary was to give VOTERS a chance to make that choice. Earlier last fall, everyone was raving about the “choices” the Republican party would have and how great it was. Did something happen to change that? Absolutely! And a recent poll may have planted the seeds of this proposal in someone’s mind – not that any insider would ever admit it publicly. You remember the poll…the one that said that a generic “tea party” candidate would beat the Republican or Democrat Candidate if the election were that day.

Well, there are only two or maybe three of the “grass-roots” candidates left. No more than two who have been active within the tea parties, 912 Projects, or other similar grass-roots advocacy groups. You have to wonder if anyone will asked Dave McKinley or Mac Warner to consider leaving the race. After all, they are the ones who entered last without clearly stating positions on the issues. But then, they’re the ones that have the financial deep pockets and the “history” or “connections” within the party. But are they the only ones who can win this election? I think not, at least if the voters remain alert and exercise their right to vote intelligently.

What I am not clear about is whether <u>any</u> other candidates are prepared to walk the walk as well as talk the talk when it comes to real remedies for the problems we face in D.C.

Will they commit to introduce, publicly support, and/or co-sponsor H.R. 25’s (Fair Tax) re-introduction next year, Resolutions repealing the 16th and 17th Amendments, and Congressional rules that fix a budget limits before the budget negotiations begin?

They all have good basic conservative philosophies (pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-family values, etc.), but none has yet to take specific stands on any of the other serious issues – issues that are very important to many of us. Will they support the dismantling of those portions of the federal government that are not clearly supported by an enumerated power in the Constitution (Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Education, and E.P.A. to start with and another 6-10 others either partially or totally)? There are others as well, but the list of concerns is too long to repeat here.

This type of commitment, my friends, is what it is going to take in order for this country to be returned to its rightful owners – you and me. Are any willing to do it? Or will they continue the establishment politics of the past…go along to get along? I honestly don’t know, but I would be hard pressed to accept the concept of dropping out before January 29 if the only choice I had were two candidates who show no inclination toward supporting the kind of fundamental reform that got the tea parties and other citizen groups off the ground in the first place.

I would also find it very distasteful to support any of the other candidates whole-heartedly if they were not willing to commit to most of the things I mentioned above. Their failure to speak out on where they stand before the end of the filing period is a thinly disguised effort to keep you, the voter, in the dark while working to remove candidates who want what you want. Once the filing period closes, then you are faced with this potential prospect – Hold your nose and vote for “anyone” in order to remove Alan Mollohan.  You will have little choice if the two candidates are two peas in a pod and the pod has “establishment” painted down the side.

This election, in order to move the reform effort forward has to be about MORE than just removing Alan Mollohan. We all know he has to go, but we also know that the “establishment” politicians of either party are simply offering more of the same. Unless your candidate is committed to structural change (i.e., strictly honoring their oath of office and refusing to accept business as usual) you will be facing an even more difficult effort to remove an almost as distasteful incumbent in the primary of 2012 because they were the “only choice” in 2010.

So what can be done to slow this effort? Support YOUR candidate – me, if you believe I can do it, or someone else – but support your candidate – with enough volunteer assistance spreading the word (some people still will vote for the name they know best) and with financial support so that they can continue their campaigns which are never as well funded as the “connected” candidates.

A candidate cannot function without financial support (e.g., signs = $3 ea.; bumper stickers = $.25 ea, mass mailing = $thousands. ea). However, it does not matter if the $150,000 – $300,000 that is estimated to be the minimum required amount comes in as (150) $1000 contributions or (10,000) $15 contributions. The money spends the same way. The difference is that no small group of people has an exorbitant amount of power over a candidate in the latter scenario. His obligation is to all the people. As it should be.”


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