William Saturn is an IPR contributor and accredited reporter for Wikinews.
Published August 28, 2013
With over 16 years of service in the Minerva Village Council, free speech advocate Phil Davison has more legislative experience than the man the nation elected as president in 2008. Despite his political history, Davison did not gain notice until delivering one of the most impassioned speeches in recent memory. Now, as he considers higher office, a new moniker combines his fame with his political qualifications. Meet Phil Davison, America’s Councilman.
Though it may be a bit of a stretch to equate the Minerva Village Council with the Illinois and U.S. Senates, Davison’s 16 year tenure tops Barack Obama’s 11 years of legislative experience. Interestingly, the two men share some commonalities. While both served significant time in legislative bodies, both caused media frenzies after delivering monumental speeches, which allowed both to reach levels of celebrity unmatched by their peers.
After delivering the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Obama became a household name. Had he not delivered that speech, he would not have been able to mount a successful presidential campaign in 2008. Davison’s fiery oratory before the Stark County Republican Party in 2010 was the sole reason he became a viral sensation. Had he not delivered that speech, there would be no discussion about him possibly running for president in 2016.
Davison remains obscure in comparison to Obama, but he has attained a level of notoriety unheard of for a village councilman. In addition to the millions around the world who watched his inspirational speech on YouTube, millions more saw his general likability in interviews with Good Morning America, America Live, and Tosh.0. At this moment, it is safe to say Phil Davison is the most well-known councilman in the United States.
Like America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Davison stands as America’s Councilman. While bad campaign strategy cost Giuliani his opportunity in 2008 to take advantage of his national standing, with proper skill, Davison can use his standing to achieve on a smaller scale.
If Davison seeks the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, he can go far, on three conditions: (1) he brings forth the same passion displayed in his 2010 speech and the same likability shown in interviews; (2) he stands above the field as the strongest advocate for free speech; and (3) he proves himself more politically qualified than Barack Obama in 2008, branding himself as America’s Councilman.