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Friday, October 18, 2013

Should I Run Again for Congress?

The question is looming again to myself:

Should I run again for Congress next year?

I ran for U.S. Congress in 2006 back home here in SW Missouri on the Democratic ticket. With no money. Just a little known filmmaker with a liberal background. And that year, with no money and unknown, I won the Democratic nomination with over 70 percent of the vote. Unknown. With no money. A liberal vegan filmmaker in Bible thumpin' conservative cattle country. After winning the nomination, what help did I get from the Democratic party? None. Zero. Nothing. They told me they couldn't even work with me if I didn't have at least a quarter million dollars in my campaign. Roy Blunt was the incoming Republican Congressman I ran up against. With no money, no contributions, no help at all with my party, you know what happened? I lost the election in November. But I got over 30 percent of the vote in the General Election: a record for a Democratic candidate for Congress in this District.

I swore after that experience, after finding out so many things about our government and election process I never would have believed, that I would never run again for office.

Here it is, 8 years later.

Our country is doing worse than ever. We're going to hell in a handbasket. Government's getting worse and more corrupt. We're getting more and more idiots running Washington that don't give a shit about the people. The times are getting worse. People and kids are getting fatter and unhealthier. We're killing our environment. People are getting fed up with America. We're becoming the laughing stock of the world.

Maybe it's time for another shock. Maybe it's time again for an underdog to run.

Maybe I should run again for Congress.

It's been 8 years. Things have done nothing but got worse in this country since I ran last time. I've got a bunch of independent films made that have screened all over the world, written many books, and have continued to live a truly independent, alternative, liberal and underground life. Maybe a shock again might work this time. Who knows?

I wonder if I should run again for Congress....