With only a few weeks to go before the mid-term elections, one glaring question comes to mind for Maryland’s independent voters – who and where are the state’s independent and minor party candidates?
It is true that they exist. In fact, there are numerous candidates running across the board in Maryland who are either campaigning personally or representing the Constitution, Libertarian, or Green Parties. That being the case, why aren’t we hearing more about them?
There are many excuses the candidates and their respective parties can make. They can say that the two-party system represses them, that they lack money, or media attention. Some will even claim that they are building up support for some unknown point in the future, confident that the country will swing sufficiently right or left to eventually enable their cause.
While there are indeed debilitating factors and future-oriented agendas to consider, these excuses are not sufficient. When it comes down to it, independent and minor party candidates simply do not do enough to make themselves known.
It is not enough for these candidates to confine themselves to small acts such as renting out a booth at a neighborhood festival or appearing in a two minute slot on Maryland Public Television. They had to have understood when they announced their candidacies that there would be certain obstacles that impede all minor candidates. Therefore, they also should have had a plan for how to combat those obstacles, or else what’s the point? If Maryland’s minor candidates do indeed have plans this election year, it is obvious their plans are inadequate.
Now, with only a few weeks before the election, Maryland’s minor party and independent candidates have precious little time with which to become recognized by the voting public. Will they find a way to do this or will 2010 be another lost opportunity?
As an independent voter myself, I can only implore the candidates to do more to attract Maryland’s vote. I am tired of the excuses. I am tired of the lax effort. I want to see dynamism! If it is true that independent and minor party candidates have their hands tied behind their backs than it is also true that they have nothing to lose from being bold and decisive.
Organize rallies. Get people together. Literally get out on the streets and speak. Don’t be afraid of appearing in public. Don’t be afraid of failing to be politically correct or committing gaffes. Challenge the Democrats and Republicans to debates and prove them wrong. Find a way to stick in people’s heads. Be a real revolutionary! The people of Maryland need new choices.
If you don’t, perhaps I will. For information regarding my own political plans visit www.thenationalrealist.com.