The time is upon us to forge bravely ahead into an uncertain but nevertheless glorious future - much like any other day.
We are here to vote for the office of ATS Regent, an ATS member with superpowers beyond compare - much like any other ATS member.
During the course of this campaign, the various candidates sought to develop a vision of just what the office of Regent entailed. Some saw it as
"member advocate". Some saw it as an office to coalesce the membership, galvanize it into a homogenous unit. All acknowledged it to be an office with
no bestowed power, no real authority to accomplish much at all.
I see it as a symbol. A position of powerless leadership, but leadership all the same. An office of unity, a symbol of all that is ATS. Note well that
"unity" is not "homogenous" in my particular vision. There is a boringness to sameness, and variety IS the spice of life. If we all agreed, all but
one of us would be unnecessary. No, unity is something else, a way of forging what can at times be maddening difference into the staggering complexity
of solution. ATS Regent is not that solution, but the office is the embodying symbolization of it.
The holder of the office of Regent is YOU, the members of ATS The elected officer is only keeping the throne warm for you.
It only makes sense, therefore, that the Regent be elected from the trenches, a person of the people of ATS, straight out of the ranks. An effective
leader must first know just what is being led, and that requires a rise from the rank and file, someone who has been there, done that, and is
cognizant of YOUR concerns, fears, hopes, and dreams. that's me. I've spent all of my time at ATS fighting, laughing, and crying with a great many of
you, side by side and sometimes toe to toe. I've turned a lot of foes into friends, but never a friend into a foe.
I AM you, even when we disagree, and that is the paramount reason, perhaps, that I ask for your vote. A vote for me is a vote for yourself.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all connected with the campaign for Regent, and my own election team in particular. Beezzer, for coming up
with the idea for this grand experiment in political action. The staff and ownership of ATS for allowing it to happen, and not grinding it to dust
under the weight of the candidates own foibles and eccentricities. My esteemed opponents, the other candidates, for providing thought provoking
platforms and stimulating debate. OpinionatedB, for an absolutely outstanding job of interviewing all the candidates, crystallizing and clarifying
their stances and positions.
In particular and by name I'd like to acknowledge my campaign and graphics team. Nettie's Hermit, who nominated me in the first place, and initiated
the campaign with the Curmudgeon party campaign pin and flag. Slayer69 for the official campaign video and commercial, numerous campaign banners and
signature-stickers in lieu of bumper stickers, and tireless campaigning on behalf of the Curmudgeon Party. BIAD, my campaign manager, for direction,
banners, numerous graphics, and some much needed campaign levity.
It's been a fine run and a fun time. Good luck to all the candidates, and may the best one for the job take the tinfoil crown!
Neno's COLB - proving he's eligible for the job... Obama's COLB at top for comparison and verification:
(AKA "Campaign Advertisements"):
You don't know me
My name is Gertrude Abagail Snodgrass the
I just wanted to reply and let everyone reading this know that I fully support and endorse the
Curmudgeon Party officially. Not just because I've been Nenothtu's long time penthouse
kept sex kitten [Oh, the passion] but because the man has a real good message!
Paid political spokeman Kitteh sez:
Even Aliens want to believe....
The Curmudgeon party Campaign Song:
(THIS SPACE FOR RENT - Inquire within for details)
edit on 2012/7/3 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)
Fricken awesome. Well done nenothtu, still laughing. On a serious note, perhaps because the literature from the booze party seems to have been lost
in the mail, when is the actual vote and how do we participate?
It's true, you can vote for more than one candidate. You can vote for all of them, if you like. It's your choice. The end tally will be the
candidate with the MOST flags. You, as a member, can influence this election! If your vote ever counted before, it's now.....
Look for the threads in the "Political Rivalry" forum with (Summation) in the title. Those are the candidates that have made voting threads so far.
The vote goes to the member with the most FLAGS. Voting goes on until Saturday at noon, so be sure to get your friends to vote for the best
The voting processes have now begun for ATS Regent. ALL members of ATS should locate the thread for their chosen candidate with the word "Summation"
in the title and flag that thread. The flag is your vote! Whichever candidate gets the most flags in their summation thread is the next Regent of ATS
for a term of 1 year.
This is democracy at its finest folks... here your vote really will count!
The Summation threads are not however, for commentary of any kind. The Moderating staff have kindly asked everyone to keep all comments out of the
summation threads. Those threads are for voting ONLY. Your flag is your vote!
I didn't really know where this was all taking place....but now that OpinionatedB has steered me toward it, I'm enjoying reading your platform and
You've got my vote, and you KNOW IT!!
The Summation threads are not however, for commentary of any kind. The Moderating staff have kindly asked everyone to keep all comments
out of the summation threads. Those threads are for voting ONLY. Your flag is your vote!
Woops. I didna get the memo. Sorry. Delete if necessary, pls.
edit on 3-7-2012 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)
To me, this whole election wasn't about winning. There's nothing to win. To me, it was about interacting with my fellow members, and watching how
they acted. To watch personalities be presented, whether harsh or kind, was the amazement with which I watched this all unfold.
I want to thank ATS most of all, for allowing our charade to continue, and intrepid, who unwillingly found himself the dictator of a anthill. That
position exemplifies the selflessness of the staff, and for that, I am proud to be a member.
The votes have been cast, and the winner just shy of being official. I am not he, but I am his supporter. The policies created by this imaginary
election still ring softly in our minds, and the ability to speak our minds still resonates deeply in our souls.
This election has been both an "experiment", and a satisfying venture into politics. We made it realistic, and for that, I thank all the
participants. We all knew there can be only one winner, and everyone had a fair chance to express their position. I am content with the results, and I
think we will have a fair and just Regent.
I also wish to thank beezzer, the rabbit that got this started, several hundred threads of his own imagination. We made your thoughts into reality,
and provided much comedy, much insight, and much reality.
On the eve of the election, I believe ATS has voted for the right choice for Regent.
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