I received word last night from emdoublegee, PP for the American Military Party, that I have won their primary. That is the 3rd top party nomination I have received, and unless the rules have changed again, I think that means I will be facing off against RGR on the 5th.
I am officially the Unity Candidate, and this is due in no small part to people working on my behalf. My idea of campaigning is releasing a bunch of articles that lay out what I want to do. Apparently there's more to it than that. You have to like directly ask people to vote for you. Thanks to the people who helped, specifically Jefferson Locke. I asked him to be my CoS a while ago and he's already operating as my right hand. Also thanks to the Feds. They are the ones who encouraged me to run in the first place and the whole party has been extremely supportive and helpful. Love you guys!
Now, the problem with being a Unity Candidate is you go into the general election knowing that there are quite a few people who didn't vote for you. Some of them didn't vote for you just because they are good friends with your opponent. But a few of them didn't vote for you for real reasons- they disagree with your proposed policy and direction. This is an important one because there were no close primaries. I either won by a lot or I lost by a lot. So you're either totally on board with what I've been saying or you think it's the wrong direction and will only vote me because the alternative is a PTO. I would rather you vote for me because you agree with me, but I know that's going to be a long road.
I tried to make this election as substantive as possible. The 'vote for your friends' element is what it is. Nothing can be done about it. But while JJ and I agree on a lot of different things like fighting the PTO and making government run more efficiently, what I think is best for the nation going forward and what John Jay wanted to do were very different things when it comes to alliances. He wanted us to stay neutral for another month, and I see that as something of an impossibility at this point. The only way we could really continue being neutral or work on creating some new alliance would be if other nations, specifically our bros, wanted that too. And they don't. Now that doesn't mean I think we should jump into the first alliance that comes along, I simply mean that we have a lot to consider here. We want to keep our friends close. We want to maintain some level of influence. We want to have some control over the future. We need more options, and staying neutral would actually limit them.
As I have said before, I'm not sure these are the decisions I would've made had I been the one in a position to make them, but this is the situation I'm walking into. I've heard the arguments for and against CoT. I've heard the reasoning, I'm aware of the work that's already been done, and I know of the potential benefits. I've talked with our allies and I know where they stand. I've also heard the concerns about being in an alliance with nations who are friendly with our biggest enemy, and in some cases enemies of our friends. I share in these concerns and I'm not taking this lightly. I firmly believe that there is plenty of negotiating to be done and I am not afraid to walk away from a lost cause. However, I also think the world will continue to change as we participate in these negotiations. There won't be 3 alliances forever, and I know where I want the eUS and her bros to be when that time comes.
This will understandably be a large part of the next term, but it will not be the only part. Over the next few weeks, we will fight to regain bonuses that can help take the strain off of our domestic communes. We will battle this PTO threat more fiercely than we ever have. We will greatly improve communication and there will be some much-needed transparency and streamlining of the government. I've set out some ambitious goals for a single term, but I am absolutely determined and I have a clear plan to accomplish them (actually the only thing that I don't feel needs to be finished by the end of my term is full membership into an alliance...discussions will go on for as long as they need to). It will, however, require cooperation. It will require a belief that we don't have to be in love with each other to work together and be our best selves. It will also require an admission that no one individual in this game knows everything and can do it all alone. I don't and I can't. You don't and you can't. That's why we need each other.
I know very well what it means to both serve and lead a group of people. My background is in party work and I don't think it's any secret how much I love my party and how hard I work for them. I will do my absolute best for you, too. I am honored to be your candidate and look forward to working with you.
My Cabinet list may look a bit unconventional, as it is lacking a lot of official titles. Some people will fall into specific jobs that would come with titles once the work begins, but managing departments is up to the directors. They'll post a 'who is doing what' article once the term gets going.
Here is the team:
Vice President: John Killah
CoS (ATO): Jefferson Locke
CoS (gov taskmaster): Thedillpickl
Advisor: Duncan Crowe
Chase Mason Mikeals
The Original Hawkie
Director: Civil Anarchy
Sir Gulden Draak
One Take Tony
We still need team members. If you'd be interested in helping out and getting involved on any level, in any department, please fill out an application! I won't know to give you the job unless you let me know you want it. http://tinyurl.com/FG-CabinetApplication
For those of you who have already applied, but haven't heard back yet- Thank you for your interest! All of your names and info have been put together and the department heads may still select you to work with their team. If you're not selected right away, you may still be called up mid-term, so sit tight and keep working at it!
This is going to be a good month!
Thanks for reading,
If you've missed any of my campaign and aren't sure where I stand on issues, please read the following:
Part 1/4- Communication and Cooperation
Part 2/4- Think of the Children (Interior)
Part 3/4- Some Assembly Required (Foreign Affairs and Gov structure)
Part 4/4- All of The Angles (DHS and ATO)
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