So… what’s new about today’s 50-Year-Old Thursday Throwback? Well, it’s more about what it isn’t than what it is.
For instance, it isn’t complete. Generally, we post the balance of the Front Page articles that flow onto a next page. Not this time. Instead, we’ll be giving you some links as there is just too darn much happening in this – and coming – 1968 Issues to place everything in this one section.
As an example, the important speeches given at the ‘Alt Convention’ (vs the Democratic National Convention) by Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, and Sidney Peck. We’ll be giving them space elsewhere, and links to them, to you, shortly. (We’re thinking that we’ll have that all organized by the time you get back to this feature next Thursday. K?)
In the meantime, what we’ve chosen for today’s space is an article of an idea that surely should be more feasible than when little more than the LAFreep was around to help it succeed: Putting a candidate on the ballot.
So, while it should not be forgotten the we did have a success in a similar effort – ‘legitimitizing’ the Peace and Freedom Party (and this article, itself, notes that that was likely tougher to accomplish than this) – undoubtedly, today’s ‘new’ social platforms can power-push such concepts into reality much faster than most folks ever imagined ‘back in the day’.
Now you may be wondering if I am advocating for a write-in candidate. The simple answer to that is “No, not yet.” Therefore, I want to plant this seed of an idea – now – so that it has some time to sprout, and so that you have enough time to consider how big you might want it to grow.
To begin… What if, when the next election cycle comes, you don’t like any of the dozen or more Presidential candidates? What if, in fact, you’re not keen on selecting a salesperson with the hope that they can- or will – convert to a competent administrator when elected?
Or what if you believe that, for real, totally eliminating big contributors IS a good thing? And how bad would it be if you were able to wait till the very last months to, just then, pick the right person for the job… better suited to the most current national situation, maybe both in temperament and training, than the ‘Winner’ who got into the race when all was well?
Give it a moment… then picture a plurality in every state going down to the polls knowing a single name well enough that they can spell it correctly on the ballot. Could happen, hey?
Or…maybe not if you don’t help put the pieces in place by then. Here’s what a test run looked like – 50 years ago:
Big concepts with large implications – better to take note, and a break, for the concert in that small ad? Box seats, $6.50? Maybe this is just 2 no-brainers on the same page??