As an independent voter in the battleground state of Ohio, I am feeling pretty special. Phone calls and tons of political mail flood my house. I don’t watch network TV, but I am told that the onslaught is pretty non-stop there as well. Every day one or more of the candidates for president or vp is in my state, practically begging for my vote.
But I am playing hard to get, especially after I learned that I do not, in fact, have to vote for either the neocon or neolib shill for the corporatocracy: I read yesterday in The Canton Repository that, far from not having much of a choice on election day, there will be, in fact, four other presidential candidates on the Ohio ballot.
There is a Socialist, a Libertarian, a Constitution Party and a Green Party candidate on the presidential ballot. Plus there are seven qualified write-in candidates. Yes, one must be qualified to run as a write-in candidate in my state, which means that my two previous votes for Wendell Berry were literally wasted; they weren’t even counted.
Dang. Mr Berry would have made a great president.
But while I ponder whether or not to vote Green or Socialist what really caught my eye was the fact that one only needs 5,000 signatures to be on the ballot in Ohio. I’m pretty sure that I could get that in four years, and am considering a run. Not least, it would be fun to write a platform. Urban homesteading, cooperatives for single mothers, eliminating taxes for small businesses while progressively taxing larger business according to size, declaring the primacy, not of states’ rights but of neighborhood rights, radically slashing military spending, establishing a Department of Poetry; the list goes on.
But maybe I am getting ahead of myself; perhaps I shouldn’t run as an independent but to establish credibility run as a party candidate. The Peace and Solidarity Party, perhaps?
And I can foresee the attacks coming my way. I have a good response to one of them; I will no doubt be mocked for my ponytail. Well, hey. They all claim the founding fathers as their role models.
I would be the only candidate who has the hair style of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.