by Brad Peacock
My decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by the most popular politician in the country required a lot of thought. Perhaps this would end my political career before it began. Luckily for me, I’m not doing this to be a career politician.
While out on the campaign trail I have been collecting the 500 signatures needed to be placed on the ballot here in Vermont, and have begun to notice a worrisome trend. A surprising number of voters are offended by the fact I would even consider running for the Senate while Bernie Sanders is still in office. More than once I have been met with hostility, negativity and a refusal to sign my petition, thus denying me and thousands of Vermont voters the right to a participatory democracy without even having a conversation on any of the issues we face, or what my positions may be. These interactions with voters have given me serious pause, and a chance to reflect on what it is I see happening. My conclusion is this. The two-party system is promoting blind loyalty, which is suppressing innovation, creativity and our future leaders. Read more here