“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” – Harper Lee from “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Originally published January 26, 2010 at http://towneforcongress.com/economy/independent-jake-towne-skyrockets-to-a-stunningly-high-8-in-the-polls-1
Today the incumbent released some startling numbers from a recent poll paid for by his campaign. The results: Towne 8%, Republocrat A 53%, Republocrat B27%. Scott Kraus of the Morning Call reported my total as “stunningly high” and he is correct – it is a tribute to both the hard work of the campaign’s volunteers in spreading the message so far, and the growing discontent of the district with the Washington, DC establishment. This is impressive since it is still quite early in the election season, and I have not been able to spread the message to a high amount of residents just yet – we obviously have 92% left to cover – and I have not yet even begun to fight.
The incumbent career politician released this poll mainly to make the other career politician look bad in comparison, but no doubt he should have deleted my totals. The 15th District is widely looked upon by both the Democrat and Republican national parties as a top 5 battleground race, and millions of dollars will be spent. Opposing the Republocrats in the general election is myself, the campaign’s valiant volunteers, and a powerful message to serve the people and solve the problems rather than mudslinging and refusal of my campaign’s request to debate. The Republocrats are fiddling while Rome burns.
For example, the incumbent is spending precious time pushing a federal crackdown on tanning salons. Regardless of the risks in indoor tanning this decision belongs to the individual, local and state levels and is ultimately just another usurpation of the Constitution. The tanning industry’s lobby even points out that some degree of UV ray in sunlight may in fact help prevent disease via Vitamin D. Plus, to be consistent, the federal government might as well set limits for how many hours one can tan on a beach in the summertime and what clothes can be worn outside. I warn that acts like these have unintended consequences on the marketplace, as I noted with the 1.6 gallon flush post earlier this month – besides, I am already informed by a campaign volunteer that the spray-on tan stuff works just fine. OK, we are into the weeds a little, but that is the WHOLE POINT!
What the incumbent should be doing INSTEAD is reading over my Sound Money and Jobs and Federal Reserve Planks, and then follow my suggestion to co-sponsor HR 4248 as the dollar is in dire trouble and the people should be free to protect themselves from the reckless spending and money-printing of their own government. The incumbent’s knowledge on this topic is pretty sparse, as I personally discovered last year when I asked why he was sponsoring wasteful spending bills, approving $800 banker bailouts, and sending $50+ billion in arms dealing and foreign aid overseas while paradoxically claiming to be saving the taxpayer money. (The incumbent failed the last National Taxpayer Union’s survey with a 48%.)
While the poll was completed by a Republican-affiliated polling company on just 300 residents and apparently introduced myself to voters as “the Libertarian Party candidate” – I am a true independent with no party, and have never been registered with the Libertarian Party, the fact that 25 people would decide to vote for me so early is a strong sign of potential for success in the fall election. While I suspect that the incumbent’s polling numbers might magically decline to understate my threat in later polls, the fact remains – make no mistake – that my campaign is the true threat to end the tyranny. I realize that most people do not have the time to go door-to-door these days, but what I find is strong identification with the platform of prosperity and peace, the novel-yet-simple Open Office concept of accountable and transparent government, and the fact I am running with no party and not enriching myself on the public’s dime and donating most of my salary to local non-profit hospitals.
If residents want MORE spending, MORE taxes, MORE war, MORE debt, FEWER jobs, LESS prosperity, and LESS liberty, than I suggest they go vote for Republocrat A or Republocrat B. For my supporters, take heart. America is our country and we can take it back. As Samuel Adams said during the Revolution:
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen.”
That Freedom Shall Not Perish.