Sometimes I wonder why I complicate my life as much as I do. Then I realize, that’s just the way I was built and it’s become highly apparent I’m a masochist.
As such, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to get caught up. I know life and the universe have a funny way of tugging and pulling from places you didn’t even think were possible. So I continue to roll with the punches.
That being said, it is now second month of the year and my punch list continues to grow instead of it shrinking. All of my projects are being bootstrapped by none other than the man coursing me out in the mirror.
Although I try to only meet with him once a week. Lately, he’s been on my arse to get things in order and I must agree he has a point. So what does this have to do with the price of Gallo-pinto in Nicaragua?
My sentiments exactly, so without further ado and/or to spare you from another diatribe. Let’s get after it,
Going forward, I will commit to updating my progress once a week so you can have a clear understanding of what it is I am up to, moreover, what the end-game is.
The primary question every candidate has to deal with is. What is your platform? Or as I like to refer to it, my SoapBox. Similarly, I just had someone contact me this week that is interested in joining the campaign. In our conversation, he reminded me of the importance of simplifying my message.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, asking me a question about specific topics can lead to regret – since I have a propensity for diatribes. That said, if I were to condense the superfluous response of why I am doing this, especially into three parts, you’re in luck because this is a simple answer for me.
The aforementioned topics are in order of precedence for me. Each one of the topics presents a unique opportunity to address some of the systemic failures – we the working class continue to endure.
Conversely, in a conversation a few weeks ago explaining my candidacy to a colleague, I mentioned the fact that regardless of my success throughout my career, I still consider myself a “blue-collar” worker.
With the exception of the white-collar and mandatory suits, one of my employers demanded. Success has been afforded to me because I never considered myself above anyone, especially walking into seeing a client that was spending close to half a million a year.
In my opinion, it is the belief that anyone is better or superior to others that can be directly correlated to the myriad of societal woes the world continues to experience. I’m sure you’re familiar with keeping up with the Joneses.
I’m in Miami, so I say keeping up with the Lopez, Garcia, et al. You get the picture – I hope.
Side note – no offense to anyone, especially the Jones, Lopez, or Garcia. Just trying to convey a point of hierarchy that plagues every race, color, or creed. Absent entertaining a discussion on a pernicious cognitive bias of illusory superiority of course.
Wherefore, the way to move forward is by addressing the fundamental pillars of society. And this starts with education!
Without it, we will never be able to defeat the biases that keep society entrenched in perpetual debt. Without education, there is no health, without education there is no infrastructure.
As you can see, these pillars are integrally necessary in order to have a solid foundation. A foundation that can withstand insurmountable stress and not falter, buckle, and/or collapse.
” The first step is always the hardest…”Proverb popularly associated with the story of Saint Danis
Because I am ardent in my belief, society has abandoned the idiom; actions speak louder than words. I often find myself complaining about people who don’t practice what they preach, I’ll digress.
Therefore, one of the things I want to do with this campaign is to use the power of reproduction. I’m confident with the current GLOBAL PANDEMIC majority of us understand its potential.
In layman’s terms, one friend tells three friends, each tells three, and so on.
Furthermore, I am also hoping to do this campaign with as little money as possible. I know, I warned you I’m a masochist, now I want to personally drive the bus that runs me over.
I already committed political suicide by registering as an NPA. A position I believe should be mandatory for any elected official. The caveat? This doesn’t mean I’m not going to accept donations, but I think it’s important that I lead by example and not be beholden to special interest.
Yes I know, I’m nucking futs.
Back to progress, albeit ever so slow, it is still progress. Like many of us, I have experienced life altering events since the beginning of 2020. As much as I hate to make excuses, its really slowed things down.
Moving on, the priority continues to be with building the proper infrastructure for the campaign. This is why I decided to continue to use open-source tech. For example, this site is built on WordPress, a framework I have been using since 2008.
I decided to integrate open source into my platform since it provides a great resource to future-proof society. As I mentioned earlier – my platform is dependent on what I believe to be three pillars for progress.
Consequently, the donation framework I am building started out as a simple donate form. Obviously, this was not enough, more importantly, it didn’t fit well with the message. So I started to do some research on the current technologies available.
Although there are plenty of bolt on products, majority are out of reach for us working folks. This for me in the information age is unacceptable. Similarly the belief that it takes millions of dollars to run a successful campaign is counter intuitive to what the framers envisioned.
The basic construct of the Constitution is a socialistic principle. WE THE PEOPLE, in order to form a more perfect UNION… This is unequivocal, but I’ll digress on entertaining biases on the evil S word.
That said, a government for the people by the people in modern day society is nothing but a facade. Special interest, along with campaign finances continue to wreak havoc on society.
In my research and collaboration with a couple of open-source networks. I ran across the following.
I’m a stickler for transparency, and one of the things I said I would do differently is be 100% transparent with my campaign. My mother will tell you, anytime she asked me what I was up to, I asked her if she really wanted to hear the truth?
The truth for me – contrary to the belief of others – is something I seldom waiver on. As an A-typical nerd, facts, and science take center stage.
So, my ability to accept donations is on hold while I figure out the proper way to integrate the Open Collective framework. The goal is to do what no one else has done in real-time. In order to provide a framework for us common folks to adapt, in order to be the change we need to see in this world.
That’s all for now folks, so stay tuned and thank you for the continued support.