Salaries are not huge in Florida. As a substitute teacher I made $11.88 per hour which is actually not bad considering what full time teachers make in this state for all their hard work and the responsibility that goes with it…
So I got to thinking about candidates who are running for office. No, not the entrenched candidates –the ones who have been in there 10, 15, 20, 30 years…but the citizens that feel compelled to step up to run for office because they know there is something wrong, very wrong….and they want to help. The ones with passion and who are doing it for all the right reasons…I mean, no one put them up to it or made a deal with big money behind it to support them if they played along or followed the “agenda”…..
I’m talking about hard working citizens who love America and want to make sure the country doesn’t continue to be run by thugs and fascist and corporations…
My point is….
Most of the entrenched or put-upon candidates seem to get a treasure trove of big money from somewhere….usually it’s through some corporate sponsor or a PAC which has corporate money behind it. These people get thousands upon thousands or even millions of dollars in their coffers…..and for what? TV commercials to fool us? Ads in Newspapers we don’t read? Facebook ads that get lost in the mire? Oh wait…..what about those palm cards that come in the mail during election time…you know, the one’s that get thrown in the garbage and never read?
They spend money to get more and more big donors. They use it for travel expenses and hotel rooms and events to praise those that gave them the big money…. Funny though, no one pays the citizens that go door to door or do sign waves or give up their time to watch polling stations. It’s all a crazy game and it makes absolutely no sense.
Then once in awhile you get someone who wants to run for office because they give a damn and the people who donate to them make about $10, $12 or $15 an hour and if they are to give a $20 donation it’s 2 hours of labor before taxes. This is a “real” donation. One from the heart given by someone who probably could use that $20 to feed their family but they want to see America be Great Again 🙂
You can go to a place like OpenSecrets. Org and see who donated what to whom. It’s a fascinating place. It gives the true story of who your legislator is working for….most times it’s not the people –not the citizens, but rather some corporation that wants favors for their “payment”. Someone like Big Pharma or Big Agriculture….
So to the candidates out there who are stepping up to run for office because they give a damn –relish in those $5 and $10 and $20 donations and appreciate that someone may have worked a few hours on your behalf.
And to the citizens who are giving donations, give wisely because you don’t want to give your hard earned money to some guy who lies to you and says they’ll do things like support your beliefs in the constitution and then as soon as they get elected they turn the other cheek and disregard everything they stood for (and sponsor the Pelosi gun law). Stop giving your hard earned money to these thieves in the night who don’t appreciate that you gave them an hour of hard labor….
And for goodness sake when you judge or choose a candidate to vote for, look at the amount of small donations they get by hard working citizens rather than the sum total –thinking that the more money a candidate makes the better they must be is archaic thinking!
I used to run ‘Liberty Candidates’ . com for 5 years (I closed it down in 2014 and decided to run for office myself.) I did it because I cared about these citizen candidates who I watched run for office because they gave a damn and I wanted to help to promote them and get them donations. In the end so few of them won. Why? Because people didn’t vote for them –sadly, people voted for the entrenched most of the time….
It’s our job to see who is running for office and to make a wise decision. It’s our job to get out there and vote and not to make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s our job!
This election season I’m giving my hard earned hours of work to Rich Williams who is running for St. Lucie County Sheriff against a man who has had the job for 19 years. I know that Rich was endorsed by good people like CSPOA and Sheriff Mack and The Republican Liberty Caucus and that the Constitution is of the utmost importance to him. He’s the man who I choose to give my hard earned money and time to. I also know that he appreciates me for it.
Find your citizen candidate and help support them in your locality or your state or your country….. WE are the change. WE can make the change and WE can be the change. Stop voting in the people who want to rule over you and instead vote in those who want to stand beside you.
If you would like to support Rich Williams check out his facebook page (richwilliamsslcsheriff/) for information on where you can talk to him, ask questions and donate your hard earned money. You don’t even have to live in his district to do that….you can support any citizen in this country that you so desire to…. but make sure that this person shares your values and that they appreciate your hours of work in order to support them.
Treasure Coast Republican Liberty Caucus
Gigi Bowman, Life Liberty & the Pursuit of Clean Food