posted on Aug, 20 2007 @ 08:36 PM
I haven't been spending a lot of time in this forum. Almost nobody has been spending a lot of time in this forum. The debates didn't happen in May
and June. The primaries didn't happen in July. We've got a problem.
The election just seems pointless. It seems like everytime I sat down to write more for my platform, I felt like I was wasting valuable time on a day
So let's get a few things straight.
Above Politics is electing a president and vice president who will run a dedicated forum for commentary on the real elections. This is no small thing.
The Above Network is going places. Somebody in this election is going to have a pretty respectable soapbox from which to tell the people what's what
in the runup to the presidential primaries, and then right on through to the general election.
So it's about time somebody told you what they're REALLY going to do if elected.
I will neither raise or lower your taxes. I won't even leave them the same. Not my call.
I won't increase or decrease funding for NASA. I won't seal the border or give amnesty. I won't speed up or abolish executions of death sentences.
I can't give you gay marriage, civil unions, or a constitutional amendment banning them. I can't fix the electoral system. I can't save your 2nd
amendment rights or pass laws to keep criminals from abusing that right. I can't get rid of the fed or reform it, bring back the gold standard or the
silver standard, tie our currency to a basket of goods, or even shrink the trade gap any more than I already have by boycotting Walmart. None of that
stuff is my call.
Every one of us who is running has at times spoken as if we were being elected to wield a magic wand. We're not. We're being elected to
So here are the things that I think we absolutely need to be talking about, and the way that I'll talk about them:
First and foremost, we have to talk about the candidates. You deserve to be represented by someone who won't push one candidate or one party down
your throat, but who will work hard to build a first-class collection of objective factual information on what candidates are saying and doing, what
their political strategies are, and how political analysts are interpreting it all. You also deserve an independent analysis of it all from outside of
the mainstream media. Above all you deserve a voice. The Above Politics president must not only be able to provide the best possible coverage
of the election, but should welcome and help make possible a fair and civil discussion.
I'm done pulling ideas out of thin air for this campaign and arguing about things that aren't going to happen. If you want serious election coverage
on Above Politics, I'll bring that here.
We need to talk about how the war in Iraq is going to end. Not just about whats wrong with it, but about what kind of results are and are not
acceptable, and how we will get a conclusion that we can live with and bring our finest- my brothers in arms- home from that god-awful place. We need
to talk about how the candidates in the real election intend to achieve that.
Gas prices are out of control. Who is evaluating politicians records and their statements to give you the information you need to weigh their
respective plans in this area?
Who is questioning "progressive" candidates about the fact that gasoline is taxed at the same rate regardless of whether it is going into police
cars, school busses, or the trucks of a multi-million dollar corporation?
Who is questioning conservatives about their tollerancce of states regulating different blends of gasoline, thus forcing prices up, when the commerce
clause of the constitution, as interpreted by the SCOTUS, would arguably put that into the federal arena?
Who is looking into the role of energy companies in this campaign?
Whos looking at the influence of corporations and individuals who encourage illegal immigration in order to unfairly exploit immigrants in this
And perhaps above all, Lies in the Media and Dirty Politics
Back in January, there was an amendment to an ethics bill that would have provided oversight of lobbyists who practice "astroturfing", which is
essentially the manufacturing of phony grass roots campaigns.
A lobbyist named Richard Viguerie, who has been called, "The Funding Father" of the Republican Party circulated an outright lie that the amendment
was going to affect bloggers, even members of forums like ATS, and for a time the blogosphere ae that nonsense up. The amendment was defeated because
the people were lied to.
The Above Politics President had better be someone who keeps an eye on what's going on and knows how to detect and spotlight BS, because that's a
big part of politics today. For crying out loud they are labeling candidates pictures as Osama ("by accident" of course) and assigning news
contributors who used to work for candidates to give "objective" analysis of how that candidate did in a debate. Now that is what I call being
alarmingly full of it, and that's the kind of stuff you're going to hear about from me when it happens.
So if anybody is actually still reading this forum, let me know. Do you want to have an election or not? And if you do want to have it, should it be a
game, or should something good for Above Politics come out of it?
Bottom line, I haven't got a platform anymore. I'm throwing it out. Whether or not the rest of the candidates want to admit it, they don't have
platforms either. This job that we are running for has not the first thing to do with how we would run this country.
I'm going to the candidate advocacy forum, and I'm gonna start doing the job. That's my campaign from here on out. If it's good stuff, vote me in
to do it officially.