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Sunday, July 20, 2008

A real alternative

July 20, 2008

Some thoughts on the road to giving the people a real alternative. I have been hard at work, as usual, over the last several days, on my campaign to give the people a real alternative in the race for Attorney General, and to manage the party as State Chair. All the while, of course, I have a busy law practice to keep up. Sometimes I wonder if I can do it, and it it is all worth it. This morning, however, I was reading the autobiography of Harry Reid, the majority leader of the US Senate. He wrote of the pressures of going to law school, keeping a fulltime job, and starting a family. At one point he sought counsel from his law school dean, who told him that the best answer was probably to quit law school. Obviously he didn't; but he harbored a grudge against that dean for many years, as he became a great success in his chosen field. Well, we all do the best we can with what we have, and I will not quit either. Besides, "irritating the establishment" is too much fun.

My last blog entry, written just before my 6oth birthday asked for small donations and volunteers to help with my campaign efforts. The response was disappointing, to say the least. Please, if you have not read that one, go back and do it now. And if you have, do it again, and this time do something, however small, to protect your freedom. There is so much to be done; and it really does bring satisfaction to know you have done your part.

I recently made a five minute presentation of my views on Valley Television, at Salt Lake Community College. That will shortly be available on their website and on YouTube. Yesterday, I spoke at a rally to end Marijuana prohibition, and that will also shortly be available on YouTube. I did not speak as a user, as I have never tried it (or cigarettes or alcohol or coffee) but as one who thinks it is just plain stupid to jail people for doing something the government thinks will harm them. Jail will harm them too, and it cost us so much money! The number of people in jail or prison in this country is a national embarrassment. If you agree with my views, please pass this blog, and those videos, along to your Utah friends. We will never have enough money to compete with the current Attorney General; but a few people who will help get out the word really can help us make a difference.

Last night I commented on an article in the Tribune about the big expensive campaign of the current Attorney General, and the fact that he currently has a "crushing lead" on his Democratic opponent. I referred to her as "a sacrificial lamb", and today noticed that I got negative marks for this from some of her supporters. I want to make it clear that I have nothing against the Democratic candidate in this race; but the fact is that she is not competitive, and is not likely to be competitive. The Democrats have not committed adequate resources to her campaign, because they know this. Perhaps it is a question of "the chicken or the egg". Whether putting a lot of money into her race would help is unknown; but right now, she is going nowhere. I point this out only because it becomes all the more important that I be heard, and that a real alternative is given to the voters. And it cannot be said that votes for me are any more "wasted" than votes for her. So, if you believe in more freedom, smaller government and lower taxes, do what you can to help me heard. Media advertising will start shortly. But it will always be important to just have many friends passing the message on through yard signs, bumper stickers, word of mouth and the Internet. Do something today. You will feel better, and more free!


  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger Allie said…

    I've commented before on your blog that I really like Jean Hill, but your post reminds me of something I've been thinking about quite a bit lately...

    I'm a registered democrat, overall, I think the democratic party in utah is a good fit for me, but the biggest thing that keeps me where I am, is that the democratic party is a lot closer to balancing our lopsided state government than any other party- although they've still got a long way to go.

    If at some point in the future there is more of a balance between the two major parties, then I'd look at others.

    If you think Jean Hill hasn't got a chance, what does that say for your own campaign? Wouldn't it be better to work together to get a non republican elected?

    Just wondering what your view of that is.

  • At 7:23 PM, Blogger Andrew McCullough said…

    Appreciate your comments. I would love to see a non-Republican elected. I run primarily to present a point of view that will not be presented any other way. For instance, Ms. Hill says the current AG is not aggressive enough with poygs. I say leave them alone unless there are specific law violations. Ms. Hill would prosecute the war on drugs. Somebody has to say that it is time to stop. The fact is that I have as good a chance to win as she has, and I am the one who brtings new ideas that need to be said. We do not need be two candidates each trying to prove they are tougher on oppressing the citizens. We need more freedom.


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