I don't think that many folks have truly contemplated the repercussions of our growing ability to run candidates.
I would like to draw your attention to an old but seldom used political term: Gerrymandering.
If you Google this word you will find: "is a form of redistricting in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are manipulated for an electoral advantage." (Wikipedia)
Gerrymandering has been actively done for quite some time. The two old parties have had quite a time loading the dice against public dissension. Even with an outraged public on any topic it is hard to unseat most candidates as the power sharing status quo has quite neatly insulated the parties with the abuse of gerrymandering.
Behold, however, that whatever behind the scenes haggling, wrangling, and plotting has occurred to date will be wiped clean with our new party entering the ring.
It is easy to gerrymander with two parties, but with three? Not likely.
A major but little seen benefit that you will all gain from is the fact that no longer will the old parties be capable of deviating from their alleged values. No longer will they be certain of reelection or holding on to their control. What was once gerrymandered to nearly guarantee power sharing and abuse will be washed away in one fell swoop. That swing of the sword begins its descent on the head of gerrymandering this year, 2007.
The Libertarian Party of Allen County is growing in all ways: strength, public support, public interest, and stability. We will continue to run candidates and increase the number of positions our candidates will challenge. Let us not forget that next year is also an election year. The seeds of peaceful political revolution have been planted today in the rich soil of public outrage. Over the coming years these will grow into a movement that will come into its own and benefit all of the citizens by presenting a new and vibrant party that truly supports the people by holding fast to the simple olde philosophy "that government is best which governs least".
Imagine four years from today: Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans...Oh my!