Independent candidates speak out

Posted at Poli-Tea:

At Political Perspectives, Stephen Lahanas announces his intention to run for US Senate in Ohio as an Independent, writing:

This nation has a problem. That problem is focused on our political process – that problem transcends partisan politics and affects all aspects of our daily lives. The problem we’re facing is the loss of credibility in a system that seems to most of us as if it has been bought and sold to the highest bidder . . . The problems in our country today are not due to one party or the other per se (despite what most pundits like to exclaim), but rather are due to the two-party system itself as it exists in its current form . . . I want to act as an Honest Broker for Ohio and work towards bringing structural reforms to our political system. I want to ensure that Conflicts of Interest and Revolving Doors no longer drive policy at the national level. I want to restore credibility to the United States Congress.

Running as an Independent is an uphill battle – in Ohio, it requires 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Passing that hurdle will not be easy as I am not independently wealthy, I’m merely an Independent . . . I’m glad that both the Republican and Democratic party are equally vested in the future of Ohio and I believe that both parties are supporting excellent candidates for this open seat. In any other time, I’d be happy to support one or the other of these folks. But I’m not so much running against them as I am running against what our system has become and despite their excellent qualifications, there is little they can do to reform a system from the inside out.

In other independent candidate news, Rich Hand is running for governor of Colorado. He asks, “why would anyone continue to vote for the major party candidates?”:

So why would anyone continue to vote for either party’s candidates? That is the million dollar question but I have a couple of ideas. First, the media ignores every other candidate in almost every race. They often opine about the need for better candidates but they ignore any attempt by good citizens to get involved in the electoral process. They are complete hypocrites and are in total collusion with both parties.

Second, the myth that only the major party candidates have a “real” chance of getting elected is an outright lie. If people had a better opportunity to see other candidates this myth would quickly fall apart.

Third, is the notion that if you elect a non-party candidate to office the two parties will keep them from getting anything done. Again, I believe that is a complete myth. A truly effective leader would go right past the legislature dominated by the two parties and make their case with the people. The truly patriotic individuals would come around and join the bandwagon of true constitutional reform.

And my final point here is one that I believe with my heart and soul; the parties have corrupted good individuals to believe politics is an industry, and we should promote career politicians. Nothing could be more corrosive to our country than a political class that by design will always be the enemy of freedom and our constitution.

Poli-Tea “>draws some conclusions at the end of the original post.

3 thoughts on “Independent candidates speak out

  1. Larry Bill

    I am running for Congress as an independent in the 8th District of Missouri. Please visit my website at and let me know what you think. I believe that, due to current popular distaste for either major party, there will ultimately be 35 independent and third party freshmen Congressmen elected nationwide in 2010.

    These independents will form the “conservative caucus” and will be the ultimate deciders of all issues in the House because neither party will have a majority without the independent/third party support.

    The brave souls who worked outside the two party system may actually save this country from bankruptcy. Remember, all human events must be visualized before they are actualized.

  2. Larry Bill

    We didn’t have thousands of tea parties and multiple marches on Washington and high-spirited town hall protests in 2006, 2007, an 2008 like we did in 2009. Sorry I’m so naive.

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