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Do Political Solutions Still Exist: Liam Madden Seeks Vermont Congressional Seat
The Wars of Wars Part 4
Before I get started, I'd like to mention that I forgot to email out my last article before I took a few days off for a hiking trip to anyone except paid subscribers. And even though it's not one of my most densely cited or completely tight or rigorous articles, I think it's one of the more important that I've written because it represents something like a starting point for a journey that is relatively new to me, including hypotheses about the broadness of harmful effects of vaccines and environmental toxins that are relatively new to most everyone.
Liam Madden Wants to be Part of the Solution
And nobody can say that he lacks the courage. As a veteran who served in Iraq, he later took the steps legally allowed to push back against U.S. invasions in the Middle East at risk of being indicted for treason. After leaving the military, Liam sought an education that helped him on an entrepreneurial track. Now he wants to help untangle the many knots of the U.S. government as a House representative in Congress. He's doing it the hard way: as a political independent. You can read about his key issues here, or visit his campaign site, rebirthdemocracy.com, to find out more.
I connected with Liam a few weeks ago because he is an RTE reader. I am daily humbled by all the amazing connections this platform has helped to establish.
Twenty minutes into our conversation, Liam flipped the script and began asking me questions. Isn't that something you want to see from a member of Congress—somebody who asks questions in order to investigate and to help form their own opinions about what might be going on in the world?
If you like what Liam has to say, why not get on the phone with your friend in Vermont and encourage them to find out more about his platform?
I will be entirely honest—I do not know whether or not the American people can retake the Republic through elections. But I do suspect that it is worth trying and want to encourage as many people as possible to step into the political arena. Winning may not be as crazy as people think if you have $153 handy:
In one of the more remarkable upsets of Tuesday's elections, a New Jersey truck driver who spent less than $200 on his campaign unseated a longtime state Senate president.
While early vote tabulations led many outlets to report that Democrat Steve Sweeney had won reelection in New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District, continued counts showed that a political newcomer — Edward Durr, the Republican nominee — was actually leading by 4 points, or a little more than 2,000 votes.
The Associated Press called the race on Thursday.
Durr, with two prior unsuccessful campaigns to his name, had bested a longtime political power player — buoyed, it seems, by Republican enthusiasm and backlash to Democrats.
When I think about strategy in making the world a better place in the midst of powerful authoritarians, I feel strongly that making it costly for the opposition to win is itself a win, and the more independently-minded people sneak into Congress, the greater the cost of control that subverts the Constitutional protects Americans cherish.
Liam stands a solid chance in Vermont where independent candidates have had greater success than in most states over the years. He did win the Republican primary, so he gets an ® by his name in an open primary state, and it's hard to imagine he will lose much of the Republican vote. That already boosts his hopes in a state with one Independent senator already. While Liam has been outspent more than 40-to-1 at this juncture, it is not clear whether that will hurt him or help him at this stage.
It may turn out that many Democrats in Vermont are a bit tired of a corporatist Democratic Party and reject a candidate funded by Heather Podesta's recently rebranded lobbying firm that invests most heavily in cut-throats like Chuck Schumer. Crazier things have happened!
Speaking of funding, why does the State of Vermont get to throw huge sums at one candidate over another? Who controls those purse strings, anyhow? (Edit: I am unsure how to interpret the information in the snapshot below—discussion in the pinned comment.)
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