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.
admiration for Anderson and his abilities, I have to be
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
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
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.
of Legitimate Government
July 4, 2011
by Mark A. Goldman
January 7, 2012
Candidate for President of the