Huh. Jesse Ventura Is Thinking About Running For President Again
When a potential candidate starts talking about non-partisan politics, that gets my attention.
I am nonpartisan. For much of my life, I have had a political outlook that says that I’m more concerned with policy positions and outcomes than with political affiliations. I may be liberal, but I don’t look at the ballot and vote “D” when I see it. I research the candidates to see if their policy positions match my values. And in that respect, when it comes to the race for the White House, I’m really disappointed.
I had high hopes for Bernie Sanders. If there was one candidate I believed in, he was the one. He has maintained a consistent policy position for 40 years. I can look at him, his record and what he’s saying today and know that he’s not going to change his position just because the winds of politics have changed. I know that he’s not driving under the influence of big money in politics.
But as could be expected, he was soundly defeated by the big money. He provoked real terror in the minds of the liberal faction of the donor class. The message I get from the donor class is, “well, you can have all the personal freedom you want, as long as you give up any ideas about financial or social mobility. We reserve those freedoms to ourselves, our families, and our friends.” That’s the message from the donor class.
This terror is easy to see. One only need to look at the coordinated drop out of every leading candidate the night before Super Tuesday, and how they all endorsed Joe Biden after dropping out. I can see the word “cabinet” on their foreheads, every one of them. The sequence of events that played out just prior to Super Tuesday says, “collusion”, in big, blue letters.
Trending in social media are serious and corroborated allegations of sexual assault that are being leveled at the “frontrunner” in the primary race, Joe Biden. I also see that his wife, Jill Biden, is doing most of the talking during their press conferences and streaming events. The only thing missing from those scenes is a cloth napkin in Jill’s hand to catch the drool from Joe’s mouth. I suppose ABC’s video of Hillary Clinton endorsing Biden is the culmination of her revenge on Bernie. In the following 4 minute video, Joe limits his speech to just introducing Hillary Clinton:
It’s hard to say if Joe was being deferential or cautious. But for four minutes, Joe had very little to say. He only offered smug smiles and he lowered his head and closed his eyes many times. It is clear to me that both of these people can count on the support of mainstream media, where Bernie could not.
Just the other day, I saw someone mention that Jesse Ventura is exploring a run for president. Cool. I heard about how he ran for the office of Governor of Minnesota as a third party candidate and won. I also read that he had done very well in the debates leading up to the election for governor in 1998. I was surprised to learn that, Hubert H. “Skip” Humphrey, the Democrat in the race, refused to appear in debates with the GOP candidate Norm Coleman, unless Ventura was invited to participate in the debates.
We need third-party candidates for president. We need to expand the scope of debate. We need to remove the influence of big money, an influence that tends to limit the scope of debate. I believe that’s why Jesse Ventura was able to win in 1998. He won because he was willing to discuss issues that career politicians are not willing to discuss.
I see Trump and Bernie Sanders in the same light. Both of them belong to a third party. I honestly don’t know where Trump would fit because he doesn’t fit anywhere. But Sanders for sure is lit Green all over him. Sanders has been running for Senate as an independent for his tenure there, and as an independent when he served in the House. Sanders had no choice but to run as a Democrat or he would be entirely ignored by the media elites. Trump has donated to both parties because “that’s how you get things done.” In that sense, they have both been nonpartisan. They both see real problems with the two major parties.
Now I’d be very concerned if Ventura ran for president on the Green Party platform only because he’d bleed votes from the Democrats. But Joe Biden, with all of his baggage, incoherence, and lack of enthusiasm, is about as appealing as a root canal. At least with Ventura, we’d see an expansion of the scope of debate, of discourse, in America. Here are a few examples from Jesse Ventura’s Facebook page:
The fact that Democratic elites would let someone like Joe rise to the nomination is very much a sign that they do not wish to expand the scope of debate. Joe is just the kind of candidate they want: malleable, resistant to true liberal influences, and unwilling to listen to Sanders supporters. I know about the committees from each campaign that are going to “talk things over”, but there is already a movement to cancel the primary in New York. There is already talk of removing a third of Sanders delegates to reduce his influence on the party platform. Remember, the Democratic Party is a private organization, and the courts have ruled that they don’t have to listen to the voters if they don’t want to.
That’s why I see some hope in Jesse Ventura if he should run for president. He may not win, but at least he’d expand the scope of debate.