I have found myself getting more and more disenchanted with our political system, to the point that I am leaning towards dropping out. I don't want to follow it. I don't get anything from watching two politicians snapping back and forth on the news, both calling the other a liar. Well I take that back, I do get something. It's called anxiety.
For some time now I've been teasingly saying that I'm going to run for congress. Run the Anti-Campaign.
How about someone who is just a regular person? A real person? Someone who wants to run for the short term, and not turn it into a career, someone who is less worried about being re-elected, less worried about trying to appear the well-rounded, all American family man right down to the two kids and golden retriever and is more worried about what is best for this country? How about it?
Maybe it's time to shake the system up a bit.
So there it is. I throw my hat (my Jimmy John's Visor) into the ring!
I will attempt to run a campaign that is the opposite of what everybody expects. Sounds kind of fun doesn't it? What about a campaign poster that reads..... "For the perks, not the people." I mean isn't that truly why most politicians seem to run anyway. Who in their right mind would want to be a politician...? What a sick and twisted system.
That's why you should vote for me, this special election, next election... it doesn't matter, because I don't care if I win. Maybe that's the key to correcting our political system... or maybe our political system, our country, can't handle such a thing. Why would you want to vote for anyone who wanted to run anyway? Doesn't that make their judgement questionable right off the bat?
I don't have any interest in being a plastic wind up doll - with a fake smile, and a conservative business suit. I am real. I don't want to kiss babies for photo ops, or sit on boards hob nobbing trying to secure as many votes as possible. You'll find no ass kissing here. But guess what....? I'm not running for you. I'm running because instead of becoming more apathetic about the system and dropping out, I think I owe it to America, to myself and to my kids, to try something different. You know the old saying, you are either part of the problem, or part of the solution.
So here's my resume, I assure you it isn't very impressive:
- I'm a 38 year old single mom of two girls. (Divorced! One nail in the coffin for my political career right off the bat, crap)
- I own a Jimmy John's Franchise here in Fort Wayne, IN
- My family immigrated to America from England in 1978
- I am a high school graduate, and a college drop out
- I pay my bills and meet my obligations
- I enjoy writing, I enjoy exercising, but not enough to actually do it (lately anyway)
- I swear sometimes. (see below)
- I have a quirky sense of humor, and like stupid, yet clever jokes.
- I care more about being comfortable, than being fashionable - maybe you'll see me on CSPAN in jeans and a t-shirt!
- I love our country, our flag and democracy.
- I am a natural runner when being chased by something scary.
- I have made plenty of mistakes and screw-ups in my life - and will make a bunch more
- My Hero: World War II Vets
- My Favorite Treats: (an abbreviated list): Snyder's Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Lay's Salt and Vinegar Chips and of course #12 Beach Club sandwich at Jimmy John's, it's why I bought into the franchise.
- Weaknesses (an abbreviated list): Color blind, left handed, immigrant with a funny name and a tendency towards attention deficit disorder.
- I believe in God and want to have a deeper relationship with Him.
- I think bail out money being used to pay exorbitant bonuses to CEO's is bull shit.
- I don't want the government taking care of me.
- People who litter piss me off, especially on our War Memorials in Indianapolis.
So there you go. Nothing noteworthy, nothing spectacular, no military service, no golden retriever. I'm not a hero, some folks like me, and other folks don't. No money to run a fancy, polished campaign, and no backers to speak of.
VOTE FOR ME! Marika Hamilton the Anti-Candidate
Running for the Perks, not the People