Should I Run?

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I spent a year investigating running for Congress in 2011-2012 and decided against doing so because of all the begging for money that’s required to run for and stay in office. Since that time I’ve focused my efforts to make a difference into keynote presentations about how big money is stealing our democracy, as well as offering this series of posts. With the 2018 election just 17 months away and our election cycle now a perpetual thing, it’s time for me to reconsider.

Should I decide to proceed, I certainly want to do what works, so I’ve started to craft my campaign platform. Here’s my thinking to date:

  1. Legalize these words:
    1. Best words
    2. I alone
    3. Wall
    4. Believe me
    5. Lock her up
    6. Russia
    7. Crooked Hillary
    8. Little Marco
    9. Low energy Jeb
    10. Let me tell you, folks
  2. Repeal the law of climate change
  3. Taxes for rich people cut in half
  4. 100% protection from self-immolation via tweets
  5. Comprehensive healthcare for all rich people
  6. Detention camps for Muslims
  7. Shut down all newspapers and develop electronic muzzles for cable news and online anything
  8. Forget baseball: Make lying our official national pastime and impose penalties for telling the truth
  9. A new National Secrets Act that rewards the passing of top secret information to adversaries
  10. A full roll on every TP holder

That last item, of course, is more than because it’s a nice thing, like legally requiring all shopping carts to track straight. The real reason is because Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just starting to crank up his investigation and by the time he’s done it’s likely we’ll all be pretty sick over what’s been done in our name, so we’re going to need that tenth item.

Let me know what else you think should be in my platform in order to win.


Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.

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3 Responses to Should I Run?
  1. Jim Altschuler Reply

    Tongue-in-cheek aside, I thought you should have run in 2012 but understood your reasons for not doing so. I think, though, that you would have been a great help toward stabilizing the political insanity.

    The foregoing platform is too late, Jack. It’s already been done and to an extent we don’t even know yet. There’s WAY more to come, I’m sad to say.

  2. Sharon Sanders Reply

    I really do think you should run (away from that platform). And, unfortunately, it’s people like who should run that have the sense not to run in this insane country. What a Catch-22 we’re in. If you’re capable and have your feet on the ground and care about people, forget about it: you won’t be funded by the powers-that-be. If you’re willing to take endless money from special interests, you’re in- like-Flynn

  3. Joni Lindgren Reply

    First I think you should forget it because we already have that embarrassment in Washington and we’re getting less and less of what we want.

    Last night, I went to a documentary called, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. We all left again in a huff thinking of what the profiteers are doing…..but really how they’re doing it. The corrupt money is worse than any of us imagined, and the best part, they name names!!!

    If you go to: you’ll see trailers of the video and you could buy it by making a donation and showing it at events!! I didn’t know who Greg Plalast was, but he is/was a journalist for the Guardian and another journal. Also, go to :