As a small business owner I busted my tail to be the best brick mason I could, to build a reputation as a competitive and trustworthy contractor to provide for my family. I never wanted any assistance from the government. South Carolina, as a right to work state, is where I wanted my chance for a small slice of the pie. Twelve years, my beautiful wife and three great kids later, I found myself in a situation where my financial dreams of independence were slipping though my hands and no fault of my own. No fault because I did the research on what happened with this artificial economic housing boom. I found out that our representation in Congress had everything to do with this artificial boom.
In a nutshell, we vote for a political party, that party is highly funded by corporations expecting a return for their investments. Obviously, our elected officials can be compromised by owing billions collectively, to the point that they completely disregard large economic mistakes.
So this is the plan. We write in our candidates. Not quite as simple as that but we need a way to get them elected in which they owe little or no money and owe no favors. We must untie their hands. Take a hard look at our Constitution and George Washington's farewell address. Not only are political parties not mentioned in the Constitution but they were frowned upon from the very start of our republic.
For the parties to have any type of campaign finance reform today the change would have to come from the top. They are not going to bite the hand that feeds them. Where are the ideas to solve the economic and social problems of today? Complex problems deserve equal solutions considered carefully over time.
The solutions come from the people, people who usually don't run for office or who are not in office. Most of us are not going to be professional athletes or elected officials but we do hold the key to govern ourselves. We need a structured service of some kind for the public to introduce ideas in every category. We all need to bring forward ideas (everyone has an idea of a better way), put our two cents in (everyone wants to judge) and compete to come up with the best candidate. We need a real primary, a primary of write-in candidates where the public makes up the rules, and that features candidates with detailed posters of who they are and what they propose to do once in office.
We feel the only way to implement change is to introduce real competition for those elected seats. History proves that competition will not come from a third party. The timing is right for a revolution of sorts.
The writer, the founder of countypublicprimary.com, lives in Murrells Inlet.