In accordance with the laws and customs of our people, the Democratic Pre-primary was held on March 10th unfortunately, much earlier than I had hoped for. The deadline for signature collection is 10 days after the Pre-primary, March 20th. I just didn’t have the money or resources to get the signature-gathering done in that time frame. If I had raised more money I could have had people work for me longer, or if I had gotten onto TV, local or national, I might have generated enough attention to get volunteers. I looked into TV ads, which are shockingly affordable for campaigns, but the political rates don’t start until April. Newspaper advertising was more expensive than I could afford, and neither of my appearances in the paper generated much of a response from the public.
I could try to blame all sorts of things for the campaign ending early, but I’m solely responsible. It was a long shot from the start and with a budget and network as small as I had, mistakes were costly. Despite whatever failures I’ve suffered, I’ve learned a lot. I have a much more nuanced understanding of the political process, engaging the public, and the issues than I did when I first started. The education I received has been invaluable.
However the problems that spurred me into running still remain. Wealth inequality is only getting worse, and jobs are still largely stagnant. The ones that are coming back they aren’t of the same quality as those that were lost. SOPA is tabled, but there are a thousand other less well known efforts eroding the foundations of the Internet. Civil rights and liberties continue to erode through the militarization of police forces and the ever-expanding surveillance apparatus. These issues haven’t gone away, and aren’t going to go away, until Democrats get serious about what they’re supposed to stand for.
It’s great that we passed a healthcare bill, but we aren’t done there. It’s great that we passed a stimulus bill in 2009, but it didn’t go nearly far enough. The bottom line is we haven’t recovered and we won’t recover until we start addressing our problems like adults. Our priorities as a country are so far out of whack that we’re wasting time talking about contraception instead of how to help out the millions of people who lost their homes and jobs. We have to crush the virulent meme that people who need help are lazy, bad people, or don’t deserve it because they didn’t work hard enough.
We used to be the envy of the world because of our standard of living, upward mobility, and freedom. All of those things are being ground into dust by elitist authoritarian jackasses like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Staving off these lunatics isn’t enough. We have to push back harder than them to gain back the ground we’ve been losing for decades. Complacency isn’t going to change anything and neither is cynicism. We can do better and we have to. My campaign is over, but I’m not done. I’ll return in a few years more formidable and firey than ever.
Thanks to everyone who supported me and helped out with the effort. I couldn’t have come as far alone. Here’s hoping more regular people get involved in the political process. Democracy doesn’t work if we don’t participate.