I watched the debate today. It was on the internet. I tuned in to WANE TV online and watched Mark Souder, Mike Montagano, and William Larson. Larson has been largely ignored by the establishment as most Libertarian or 3rd party candidates have been. There was no ignoring William Larson today.
While Souder and Montagano whined about the others dirty ads, Larson was answering the questions. Souder nervously defended his record. Montagano talked of change and the middle class. Larson talked about the excesses of government and the bewildering choices our government makes.
Mark souder lost today, not because Mike Montagano beat him, but because William Larson won. The two parties want to pretend Larson isn’t in the race, and history supports their position. The media accepts the notion that the only candidates that matter are the ones they deem competitive.
Larson’s debate victory will not likely be enough to give him the win, but it could siphon votes from Souder. This race got tighter today, and demonstrated why certified candidates should not be disregarded or marginalized by those who claim to represent the public. Had Larson been covered fairly and from the beginning, it’s hard to imagine what this race would look like.
I’m as anxious about this race as I am about the presidential race. These are strange days indeed. The democrats promise a return to the great society or a new new deal. The republicans promised to reform all that and give us a more limited government, but they betrayed us with more big government. What are we the people to do? Demand better. Understand the issues, the candidates, and their positions. Do what you can to help your chosen candidates, and vote with the future of our country in mind.
Do we want to be America? Do we believe in freedom and liberty as well as the independence and responsibility they imply? Can we do the hard work that is required to secure our nations ideals for future Americans?
Vote on November 4.