An Independent Candidate.

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The final debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, prior to Decision 2016, is now one for the record books. Televised pundits are all over the fact that the GOP candidate reserved commitment, regarding public support of whomever is elected, until the time comes; to them, this seemed the most outrageous take away from the debate, simply because it was unprecedented.

How about we take precedence one step further.

After the second debate, this writer declared support for neither party’s candidate for the office of President of our [persistently dis-]United States. Here’s why.

Party politics are restricting and divisive. They pit legitimate ideas against one another, drawing a hard line between them and, on the grounds of dubious, yea, evolving “platform” position, preventing any potential for fusion or synthesis. Yet, pragmatic solution is all about selecting from among many kernels of verifiable truth and grafting them into something that bears digestible fruit. Nobody in the midst of this invariably creative process gives a preponderance of thought to the sources of the truths. The sources aren’t relevant.

In a world where robotics rule the surgical rooms, drones fly unmanned, and computer chips track the activity of countless populations, this writer (yours, truly) feels almost at home designing her own Presidential candidate.

She’ll borrow from a dormant category long since deemed irrelevant, and call hers an Independent. (After all, can you name the Independent PARTY candidate? Yeah. Thought so.)

This Independent candidate distinguishes between human rights issues and civil liberties, realizing that the right to choose extends far beyond the debate over a woman’s power regarding her own body to include the right to choose from among a variety of medical treatment options and physicians, even places of residence; to marry, or to cohabit; to study, or to create; to work, to earn, save, invest, spend, and bequeath; to live, even to die; and, that defending civil liberties, while they include the right to bear and collect arms, to consume the foods and substances one prefers, to worship according to one’s beliefs, and to live in the privacy of one’s home in whichever lifestyle suits one’s liking can sometimes be a foil for extreme behaviors that are at heart both harmful and subversive.

This Independent knows the Constitution by heart, and also understands how and when the context of an issue factors into its application. While neither judge nor jury, this Independent realizes that he or she represents the integrity of that document as leader of the free world.

Maintaining a cogent world view, this Independent knows both his or her place in the universe and the role of nation in an increasingly global society. This candidate is both a peace maker and a protector, knowing the difference between keeping the people informed and holding defensive strategy close to the vest. This Independent avoids employing sanction or no fly zone tactics, as these are a predicate for war.

For this reason, this Independent is neither imperialist nor isolationist.

Regarding relationship with other civilized nations, this Independent respects the right of place and resource without greed or covetousness, and works to foster interdependence by sharing what is plentiful and graciously receiving in kind what is found to be needed or valuable. Trade agreements are made in the spirit of symbiosis, and enforced without rancor or a mentality driven by any need to acquire.

Concerning human resources at home in America, this Independent pays keen attention to inventive minds and ways in which those with outstanding drive to accomplish and contribute can be paired with emerging markets. Education is given priority as an institution, and both sound philosophy, proved pedagogy, and experimental methods share the stage in any implemented plan. This Independent abolishes the assembly line mentality and, overriding outmoded notions of class and segregation, provides education for the entire population with equitable opportunity.

This Independent is not a taker. Rather, this candidate is a gatherer, knowing that successful mobilization of people with widely varying cultural histories and traditions requires a deep understanding and respect for individual differences and a magnanimous acceptance. This Independent knows the value of building community without attempting to enforce behavior.

With regard to those from other countries interested in becoming citizens, this Independent is able to balance amnesty with programs that facilitate rapid assimilation, using the educational models established a priori. A defender as well as protector, this candidate firmly enforces border security by providing both practical guidelines for distinguishing threat and the resources to address them.

Finally, this Independent knows that hard work in any arena deserves recognition and reward. Beholden to no corporate entity, this candidate is free to accept support from all peoples, irrespective of old notions of race, creed, or socio-economic demographic. With regard to the dispensing and allocating of government funds, all such decisions are made with every facet of the needs of the people in mind. If money is required of the people to support programs that serve them, these are collected according to the amount of income generated and distributed using a system of accountability that prevents fraudulent appropriation. Because there are no lobbying entities, the system of accountability is free of infiltration by vague language which creates loophole.

This Independent accepts the role of leadership neither emboldened by prior party successes nor shackled by previous party failures. In this way, such a candidate can only move forward, with eager anticipation of a multitude of opportunities to serve the nation and its people.

This writer would vote for such a candidate. At this writing, this writer isn’t ready to vote.

So, before we are all asked to cast our ballot, perhaps both party candidates might do well by taking one step away from their platform, just long enough to see the world from a truly independent perspective.

Perhaps this might generate an outcome unprecedented in our time.


* Any similarities found between this blog post and any other such treatise? ex: George H.W.Bush’s letter to Bill Clinton, or the preamble to PeeWee Herman’s Playhouse are, as God is my witness, purely coincidental. will vouch for the post time of this piece as preceding any press releases containing similar material.

© Ruth Ann Scanzillo   10/20/16       All rights those of the author – an American citizen, a woman, and an Independent. Thank you, and God Bless America.


10 thoughts on “An Independent Candidate.

  1. I think that one problem with a parliament / senate made up of independents is that it has no direction, you might expect it to be cool and libertarian but then it does nothing which upsets anyone and just trundles on and on. People wind up feeling castrated, thats whats happened here with the Brexit thing, people felt that Europe wasn’t listening to the local concerns – there’s a raging debate on the telly right now about lets throw out foreigners and all this monstrous crap which is just awful voices getting airplay like never before – its weird whats going on here now, so weird, I can hardly believe it! Hopefully its just a passing phase, but I think you are experiencing some pretty dangerous flirting with extremism from Trump, and maybe Hilary too, tho I don’t actually know whats so bad about her – I googled, but can’t find a reasonable answer. Its a pity they couldn’t find someone more exciting I agree, and its a shame Obama didn’t seem to achieve what was hoped for, its a tricky path politics for sure – probably best if they keep government small, because as it gets bigger, so does controversy. Oh for just one country as an example of how to be! They tell us Norway, or Sweden, or some place is meant to be happy, but then they say oh, its only because . . (like for instance Norway struck oil and supposedly invested it wisely) Britain is more like the USA than any other European country, (apart from Uzbekistan and Belarus) Nowadays its all about the fast food and shove it up your you know what (I mean have a nice day) (we have our own unique twist on it)

    I wonder if it really is so nice in Sweden? We have 2 main parties here, on the right we have the Conservatives, on the left Labour, the main third party is called the Liberals, (it means something else here) apparently, not much really, they were considered left of centre, but when the achieved power (for the first time in about 80yrs in a recent coalition with the tories) they appeared to be merely the sidekick of “whoever” they lost most of their seats in the last election, pity really, cos they weren’t to blame so much as the tories themselves, who are currently riding higher than any one other party! The public are even less reliable than the politicians in my opinion! 😉

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    1. You know, it is true that opposing points of view keep people thinking, speculating, and setting goals. But, we have Congress and the Senate for that. I just think that the highest office should not be party based. It would be radical, but that way those who want their ideas heard and their candidacy accepted would be considered objectively, and no money would control their trajectory like it does now. I admit, I don’t think these things through as thoroughly as some would prefer, but in this case I am trying to shed light on the fact that it is a composite of ideas that come from both “sides of the aisle”, as it were, which seem best. More on this, later…I just got back from rehearsal, and am watching The Blacklist.

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      1. Ah yes, well there are a lot of differences between your system and ours – I don’t even know what the presidents role is to be honest. Here of course we have a Queen, I don’t think it would be at all easy or satisfactory if we had to vote for one.

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  2. Here’s something that I find disheartening. I see the youth culture becoming homogenized. They don’t THINK they are, but…they are. In 1984, Scotland was Scotland…..small, preserved, authentic, hands on mill towns and simple life. A decade later, American marketing had plunked down shopping malls, and every kid wanted to be like an American. And, a decade after that, they wanted sweatshirts from Old Navy so they could hang out in American stores and eat fast food. Yet, my generation comes to Scotland to lay our palms against hewn stone and gaze across a highland. I am not a typical American, and I like it that way. And, I can’t abide our shopping malls and chain restaurants. Give me the unique, every day of the week.

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  3. The whole “any idiot deserves a voice” mentality that you can’t abide comes from America. Trust me. And, when I advocate an Independent election, I am certainly not saying to throw wide the doors and let any half crazy sexist megalomaniac mouth off. Good God – that’s exactly what we have, now, representing the Republican party! How easy was it for him to get nominated? Money, I tell you. His own money. Money buys power. Not intelligence, not talent, not inventiveness or creativity; just money.

    So, what’s the alternative? Dispense with power. The need for it, the greed for it. Take stock of what you’ve done with your own life, hedge it about, preserve what’s worthy, set aside the rest. Choose the best food, the purest water, the cleanest air, the finest art and the most beautiful music. Then, live til you breathe no more.

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      1. Unfortunately, I believe the race will be tight. He has attracted an entire, vast segment of the undereducated, currently unemployed, blue collar class….and, that is the fault of both our education system and our corporate monopolies and their outsourcing.

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