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I am UN-suspending my candidacy for President in 2012

Mark A. Goldman                                                                    Dated: 1/7/2012


I am UN-suspending my candidacy for President in 2012.  

On December 17, 2011, I endorsed Rocky Anderson for President.  I took this action because of his strong showing in the media when he announced his candidacy.  It looked like he was going to enjoy a wide following and I wanted to support the effort because it sounded to me like his reasons for running were quite similar to my own; he has political experience, and he also has an enviable record of defending human rights.  He's a worthy candidate.  I thought it would help the cause for me to bow out and support him.  

But I've changed my mind.  I have nothing against Anderson.  I wish him well. But I want to continue now from where I left off on December 16.  Despite my admiration for Anderson and his abilities, I have to be myself.  

I don't want to start or join any political party. I think each citizen should always support and/or vote for whichever candidate is best qualified for the job, period. The fact that someone might belong to a particular party, by itself, doesn't tell you enough about the candidate to earn them your vote. 

With respect to members of Congress I believe honor requires that each elected representative vote his or her conscience on every issue that comes before them regardless of party affiliation.  With respect to my platform, I outlined what I believe in and what I will strive to accomplish if given the opportunity.  

I am not going to spend any time trying to raise money, nor am I going to do anything beyond filling out an application in order to be on a ballot. If it takes money to be on a ballot my name won't be on it.

What's the point?  The point is, I'm not trying to win an election; I'm trying to be who I am and live what I stand for so that citizens can confidently decide if who I am is who they want to represent them.  In my writings, I've considered a great many issues, offered my thoughts, and did my best to make my case on each issue.  But now the issue is this:  Our government has morphed into a criminal enterprise.  

I have no illusions about being elected President of the United States.  I'm not even sure if someone like me can get elected, even if a majority of the electorate wants me to be president. But I do think running and getting votes does serve a useful purpose in any event.  So if I am what you want, you should vote for me.

I'm not anxious to be president.  But I'm willing to serve.  I don't know if I am the best candidate this country can produce, but at this moment in time, I would rather you vote for me than any of the other candidates now running. 

I refer you to the original announcement of my candidacy and to my platform.  After reviewing all the information that will become available to you in the months ahead, I am asking you... on election day, please vote for the person you think would make the best president.

I am greatly offended by the wave of treason being propagated throughout our country by so many of our elected officials, and others, who do not believe in or understand the power of the truth or have appropriate respect for intellectual integrity.  I am appalled that so many Americans don't seem to care that our freedoms and the rule of law is being stolen from us, right in front of our eyes.

A vote for me would be a vote for change... a vote for the restoration of the integrity of our Constitution, and the rule of law.  A vote for one of the major party candidates, I believe, will be a vote for more of the same -- the further degrading of, and/or the dissolution of, our Constitution, our rights, and our freedoms.

I'm giving you a choice.  What I stand for is reflected in my writings which can be reviewed at my web site.  

If you are not willing to strive for what you want, what you value, what you believe in... then I think it is foolish for you to expect to manifest something of greater value than the effort you are willing to put into achieving it.  If what you believe in are illusions, then perhaps what you will really be voting for in this next election is the opportunity to experience your illusions up close and personal, so they can be experienced and revealed to you for what they really are. 

Apparently, recent experience is not enough for many Americans to gain insight from, or draw conclusions about, where our country is headed, let alone what needs to happen in order to make an appropriate course correction.

I believe the electoral system in this country has been purposely designed to make sure you and I can't win.  If we vote for what we truly want, we greatly increase the chance that we will get exactly what we don't want.  They want us to believe that we are better off voting for what we know in our hearts is the lesser of two evils.  Voting for evil, lesser or otherwise, is not going to get us what we want... not now... not ever. But it might get us what God thinks we need... to catch up on lessons not yet learned, or to experience what we deserve for having neglected lessons we ought to have learned. 

There are those who say that people who have high hopes, dreams, and ideals ought not to seek political office.  I strongly disagree.  I think this is a foolish idea and one that's logically indefensible.  In a government of, by, and for the people, the people are the government. A government of, by, and for the people elects a government of, by, and for the people.  An educated population that values and strives for intellectual integrity cannot be bought, cannot be corrupted, cannot be fooled into giving up their sovereignty or their dignity.  An educated and incorruptible population does not elect or retain ignorant and corruptible servants. 

The question is, is it possible to educate an uneducated and corrupted population?  I think it is possible if those who are truly educated choose to educate... which is to say, if they educate by choosing to live what they teach, that is.  I understand that remains an open question.  We won't know if that can be done unless we try.

The only way to win a new chance to live in freedom is to open our minds, raise our voices, and stand up for who we really are, what we have become, and what we truly want.... those who can, that is.  Maybe if we would do that we would inspire others to do the same.  But that choice comes with great risk. I realize that.

My guess is that there's no more than a one in a million chance now to turn this treason around.  Those are not good odds.  When Thom Jefferson sat down to write the Declaration of Independence, the odds that something good would come of it might very well have been better than our odds are right now.  But this is where we are.  This is what it's come to... our ignorance and negligence.  

If you want to know what it felt like for John Hancock, John Morton, Josiah Bartlett, Wm Floyd, George Walton, and 51 others, to put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, knowing that doing so might cost them everything they held dear, including their homes, their freedom, and their lives... well, this year or next you might just get a chance to understand what taking that kind of risk feels like.  For some, maybe for just a few... it is worth risking everything... everything...  to have the chance to be, and/or not to lose... the truth, honor, dignity, compassion, courage, and love... that each of us is capable of becoming.

Declaration of Legitimate Government

Declaration July 4, 2011

by  Mark A. Goldman            January 7, 2012        
Candidate for President of the United States