Ron Paul, one of the republican presidential candidates has complained that the press is ignoring his campaign. I believe him because we had a nice young fellow running for the US Senate here in Florida during the 2010 elections. He had the same problem as he was also a Libertarian.
The local and national TV news folks totally ignored him, as well as the Florida press corps. He had a strong following here in Florida and had enough support to rank right up there with the democratic and republican candidates. They would hold one of those meet the candidate shows and would not invite this man, even though his campaign staff did their best to have him included. He finally began attending these events and would hold a rally outside with a bull horn.
I know most of you haven’t looked into this situation personally and you may find this hard to believe, but I followed this man’s campaign closely and I can tell you it is the truth. The press just totally ignores everyone who isn’t an establishment candidate.
Ron Paul is running as a republican but the folks who know him, and he has a big following, know he has a libertarian philosophy. He doesn’t fit the republican mold. He is not an establishment politician. He has always been out spoken about the things he sees in Washington that cause financial harm to the citizens. His constituents know he will fight for them to the last breath, and not being an establishment politician is a good thing in their eyes.
The TV networks are the reason it is so expensive to run for political office. Any serious contender for a political office should expect to have to cough up at least a million or two for TV air time. Most of that money comes from the two national parties and fund raising is a full time business. The fee is higher for presidential candidates; think about 600 million dollars.
The fact that so much money is involved is why politics is rotten to the core. The people who are in office want to stay in office and most of their efforts in government are centered on raising campaign money for the next election campaign.
That is two huge problems for we the people. TV has become such a powerful tool that every politician in both parties must utilize it. As a result the income from those two parties is what fills the coffers of the TV networks. The two political parties are their principal advertisers, and they look out for them. The third party candidates do not have the enormous sums for advertising the republicans and democrats have, so they don’t give them any freebies. When they have one of those campaign debates they only invite their best customers.
The other problem is that of the incumbents spending most of their time and effort in getting re-elected. We citizens can’t afford to have 5 or 6 hundred high salaried folks doing nothing but worrying about raising campaign money. We see legislation being passed that does not benefit the country in any way, and we have to guess it is a campaign payback. We can no longer afford business as usual.
Do your best to fire a professional politician in 2012. They will not pass term limits, so we the people must limit their term.