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Gary is the Communications Director for the National Constitutioni Party.  He is a political stategist/consultant who is focusing his attention on building the Constitution Party and assisting Constitution Party candidate.
Gary Welch

Should We Stop Paying For Ballot Access?

Should We Stop Paying For Ballot Access?

In the December 2016 National Committee Meeting, I spoke about how politics was a rigged game (Gary Welch NCM December 2016). The Duopoly of Republicans and Democrats have assured that no third party will ever be successful if they try to play the game set by the rules that the Duopoly has established.

What is their game? Their game is that a political party bases everything on a Candidate Centric/Ballot Access system. It requires that a political party gains membership, donations, and political power by focusing on having candidates that run for political offices. To be able to have the candidates, you must first “pay to play” by having ballot access.

 This system does not only negatively affect the Constitution Party. It impacts all the 3rd parties. None of them have been successful in creating any meaningful change in government. Oh, there have been those rare exceptions where a 3rd Party candidate has been successful, but the sad truth is the 99.9% of them fail. I would also propose that the wins that 3rd parties have had were despite the system, not because of it. I am surprised that all the 3rd parties actually go along with this scam. Exactly what kind of data do you need to convince you that this is a rigged game that is impossible for you to win? Even if we were successful in being able to gain ballot access, they would only change the rules again.

At that December 2016 meeting, I stated that we needed to change the game. We needed to force the Duopoly to play OUR game, by OUR rules. In that presentation, I provided the information about the assets that are available to us and provided this party with a message (The 3 Pillars) that could help.

Now I am proposing that we change the way that we are delivering the message. With that,  I have a very controversial and bold recommendation:

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So You Want To Be A Candidate...(Part 11)

So You Want To Be A Candidate...(Part 11)

SPEECHCRAFT – Timing, Timing, Timing

(Part 3 of a 3 Part Series)

WATCH THE CLOCK

When I am not advising political candidates, I work as a Sales and Marketing Consultant for professionals (Attorneys, CPAs, Wealth Advisors, etc.). One of the main points that I stress to my clients is an understanding of a truth regarding clients. That truth is: “I don’t care about you until you demonstrate that you care about me.” If only I could get my political candidates to understand that concept.

DO YOU CARE?

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So You Want To Be A Candidate....(Part 10)

So You Want To Be A Candidate....(Part 10)

 

 

SPEECHCRAFT – The Tool of Politicians

(Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)

The Whole Package

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Honesty, Integrity, And Judge Roy Moore

Honesty, Integrity, And Judge Roy Moore

The first principle of the Constitution Party states “We are committed to restoring honesty, integrity, and accountability to government”. Embodied in that statement are goals, commitments, and policies that will change how our government operates and the character of those that serve as government officials. It incorporates our commitment to having candidates and government officials that are honorable men and women who will be held accountable for their integrity, conduct, and actions.

On November 16th, the National Executive Committee of the Constitution Party voted to start a fundraising effort to assist Judge Roy Moore in his Senate campaign in Alabama.

Some may consider this a controversial decision because (a) it contradicts our standing policy of not endorsing or officially supporting any candidate from another party and (b) because the nature of the accusations against Roy Moore have convinced many (including some staunch conservatives) that supporting him would be violating that first principle of honesty, integrity, and accountability in government.

I feel that it is important that the Constitution Party explains its actions and uses this opportunity to explain how this applies to our unwavering dedication to restoring honesty, integrity, and accountability to government.

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The Christian…er..Constitution Party

Where do we draw the line between promoting our Christian beliefs and promoting a Theocracy? Where does Christianity belong in our party?

If you want to start a good fight in our party, bring up religion.

Right now, our party is divided into two main camps – Those that want to strongly promote Christian principles and beliefs as part of our platform and those that want to remove all connection with Christianity from the party.

The former are not religious zealots that have no understanding of the Constitution or the 1st Amendment. The latter are not unfaithful Christians and Secularists that are opposed to Christian beliefs.

The former typically quote Howard Phillips and his desire to have a political party that would restore the United States to a Christian Nation. The latter quote John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who stated that a single religion could not dictate the policies of the government and that we needed to be a country that supported all religions.

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The Art of Compromise

The Art of Compromise

In a Republic, politics require both the voters and the elected officials to understand that you cannot get everything that you want and you need to work with those who do not share your opinions.  In nearly every political arena, you are going to find those who agree with you and those that don’t. Very few issues which politicians vote on will have a strong consensus one way or the other.

From the time of our Declaration of Independence to the present day, the vast majority of the laws and political agendas in this country require compromise. Our beloved Constitution is a document filled with compromises. I don’t think a single paragraph did not have some kind of compromise required to get it approved.

Which leads us directly to the discussion of principles. The large cry of today is “No compromise on principles!” but exactly what does that mean? All political beliefs and agendas are based on principles. If you are supporting or opposing a bill or law, it is because of your principles. If you take an attitude that you will not bend on your principles, then you will not bend on any proposal that you make. Additionally, if you run as a candidate with the mantra of “I will not compromise on my principles!”, be ready for failure. You will either be totally ineffective because you get nothing passed, or you will be condemned if you make any compromises because they will be seen as “compromises of your principles”.

Which leads us to the discussion of principles and goals. What is important is achieving your goals and promoting your overall agenda. Your principles need to be aligned with your overall goals and your goals need to be aligned with your principles. As long as you are moving toward your goals, compromising is an effective tool to use. The criterion, however, is that the compromise is not a total betrayal of your principles and that you are much closer to your goals because of the compromise. This is a smarter approach to take, rather than just basing every compromise on principles. We should not be so fixated on a single principle that it prevents us from achieving our goals. An intelligent and careful approach to political processes can ensure you achieve your ultimate aims, even if it is not a straight path.

Which leads us to the discussion of GOP and compromises. This current mantra on principles started because most people are upset that the GOP decided it was better to get Liberal votes rather than sticking to conservative principles.

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The Distorted Lens – How Traditional Media distorts the News (Pt 2 of 2)

The Distorted Lens – How Traditional Media distorts the News (Pt 2 of 2)

THIS IS PART TWO OF A TWO-PART SERIES ON TRADITIONAL MEDIA

You are watching your local news and you see thousands of people on the street protesting Donald Trump’s election. The news reporter is stating that “massive” protests are erupting all around the country.

You go to YouTube and watch a video of how college campuses are providing grief counseling for those who supported Hillary in this last election. You also see the emotional outburst of young people who are melting down because their candidate lost.

You then become concerned. “What is happening to this country?” “What is it with these snowflake Millennials and why are we spoiling them?”

You become afraid because you see the protests, hear the activists, and fear that it is having an impact on the entire country. You despair over the direction your country is moving and that the younger generation is lost to the liberals.

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Mass Media? We don’t need no stinkin’ Mass Media! (Pt 1 of 2)

Mass Media? We don’t need no stinkin’ Mass Media! (Pt 1 of 2)

THIS IS PART  ONE OF A  TWO-PART SERIES ON TRADITIONAL MEDIA

Here are three reasons why the Constitution Party should ignore traditional media outlets (TV, Radio, and Newsprint) and use the new technologies of Social Media to promote our message.

Reason 1 – Traditional Media are Propaganda Tools, Not Unbiased Information Sources

Most people don’t know this, but in the 1930s, the Nazis were the darlings of socialism. All the socialists in America (who were in power under FDR at the time) were enamored with how fast Hitler came to power and how he was changing Germany. They also LOVED Joseph Goebbels and how he effectively used radio and newspapers to shape public opinion. In fact, they liked it so well that they adopted it in the United States and ensured that their people were in charge of the newspapers, the radio stations, and as journalism professors in the Universities. When television came along, it was easy to move all the radio staff over to the new medium.

Traditional media has all the characteristic that socialists love – control by the very few and power to influence the very many. Decisions at every level are controlled and manipulated by a small group of people who determine what is “news”.  The change that occurred in the 30s (and was manifested in the 60s and 70s), was that they changed from factual reporting organizations to propaganda organizations. They have an agenda and a mandate to move society in the direction they think is best. Therefore, they control the information to ensure that it fits with their agenda. In saying that, I am not proposing any vast conspiracy. They are just all like-minded in what they want and feel that they know “what is right.” As such, they block or ignore what does not fit into their paradigm of what the people should be hearing/seeing.

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Why the Constitution Party should be Optimistic

 

A Political Population Shift is a social condition that occurs when the general population changes its attitudes and desires but the current government fails to react to the changes. This causes a situation where the people are moving in one direction and their leaders are moving in another. The shift occurs when a significant percentage of the population realize that the values and desires that they hold are not held by those they have placed in power.

The problem with having power is that it corrupts those that have it. For some reason, humans cannot properly handle power once they achieve it. Inevitably, they become arrogant and egotistical. They start believing their own hype and feel that they are better than the people they lead. When the people start changing, they don’t see it because they are self-absorbed in their own ideas. When the people start demanding change, they resist because they have too much invested in keeping their power bases intact and they simply cannot accept the fact that they may be wrong. Thus, a Political Population Shift occurs and they find themselves being swept out of power because they no longer resonate with the masses. Vanity is the downfall of many a government.

There is a shift occurring in the United States right now. Polls and research shows a major distrust of political figures, a loss of confidence in the existing political parties, and the start of movements that reflect the discontent of the people with the attitude and corruption of elected leaders and their respective parties.

While I have found literally hundreds of indicators that there is a political shift happening the United States right now, I want to simply point out some major examples that I have found that demonstrate that the people are moving in one direction and the existing political elite are moving in another. There are three major indicators that I feel prove my point:

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Is It Worth Fighting Over A Statue?

Is It Worth Fighting Over A Statue?

The current issue of the removal of Confederate statues initially would not appear to be a Constitution Party issue, per se, but a closer look at the motivations and the players involved in the removal of these statues does make it something that we need to address because it is part of an attack on one of the prime goals of our party – restoring State Rights.

For me, the problem is not the removal of the statues. Removing statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest or Jefferson Davis is not objectionable to me. They were hardcore racists and proponents of slavery. I feel they deserve no honor nor respect. The removal of the statues of Robert E. Lee, however, show the true intentions of those that are promoting an agenda and a cause that we need to fight against.

You see, it is not the removal of the statues that concerns me. It is the narrative of why they are removing them that bothers me. The removal of the Robert E. Lee statues clearly shows what their true motivations are. It is part of their insistence that all statues of Confederate leaders, regardless of their character or motivations, must be removed because they all supported and promoted the institution of slavery.

This narrative removes all the historical truths and presents a historical agenda instead. It purports that the Confederacy and the Civil War was only about one subject: Slavery. Yet, like any major conflict, the war was about many issues and many of them were equal in importance to those that fought them. Was slavery a major issue? Absolutely and undeniably. Any efforts by our members to try to minimize the issue only hurts us in our cause (more on that later). Yet, State Rights were also a major part of the motivation for the clear majority of southerners. There were also conflicts with economic issues, culture and technology differences, trade concerns, and frustrations with a Congress that failed to resolve the issue and kept trying to skirt around it with patches and temporary fixes. These were all a big part of the decision to succeed. Trying to minimize the issue to just one topic is purposely being deceptive because there is ample evidence that all of these issues were important factors in the conflict.

Removing the statues of Robert E. Lee is where the true nature of their agenda comes to light. Labeling him as a racist and pro-slavery advocate is a very big stretch. These revisionists ignore the evidence that Lee, like many southerners at the time, was becoming more enlightened about slavery and recognizing it as an evil institution. The revisionists want to promote a south that would have continued slavery indefinitely if they would have won (note HBO’s “Confederate” series) when there is a preponderance of the historical evidence that indicates that slavery would have ended within 10-20 years even if the south would have won. Based on his personal letters and writings, Robert E. Lee would probably have been the leader of that movement.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 9

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 9

SPEECHCRAFT – The Tool of Politicians

(Part 1 of a 3 Part Series)

Just like a plumber or an auto mechanic who uses tools to accomplish their tasks, a political candidate also has tools that they need to use. No tool is more important than using their voice and body to deliver effective and motivating speeches. Like any professional, if you are not using the right tools or if you are not using them correctly, the job will end up in a mess.

When it comes to Speechcraft, too many Constitution Party candidates are lacking in their ability to effectively communicate their message to the voters. When it comes to speeches, it really is a case of it being more important on HOW you deliver your speech than WHAT you deliver. Even the best of messages will be ignored and dismissed if it is delivered in a way that does not engage and inspires the audience.

In advising candidates about speeches, I always tell them about the three basic concepts that every candidate needs to know before making a speech: 1. Know your audience, 2. Know your topic, 3. Know your goals. In this article, I am going to discuss these 3 components and provide some insight on improving your Speechcraft.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 8

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 8

BRANDING: What Good Candidates and Coca-Cola Share in Common.

If you want to be successful in politics, you need to have name recognition. This is especially true for Constitution Party candidates because you don’t have the advantage of “Letter Voters” (those that vote for whoever has a “R” or “D” by their name). You want those voters to immediately identify that the person on the ballot is the same person that has been doing all these great things and they know exactly who you are and what you stand for.

As explained in the very first article in this series – if you are starting to develop name recognition at the beginning of your campaign, you are much too late (unless, of course, you have access to millions of dollars in marketing money). 

If you want to get name recognition and you don’t have a personal fortune to tap into, then you need to have two things: time and people. It is just that simple. Either you have the money or you have time+people. If you are missing all three, stay at home because you are wasting everyone’s time.

To effectively develop your brand, I recommend that you take the same approach that the Democrats use for voting – early and often. The longer you have your name out there and the more often that people hear it, they will start building the memory connections that will come to play when marking their ballots.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 7

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 7

In this article, we are going to discuss how to use the 3rd Pillar of our new marketing program to get donations and support from small business owners plus gain voters by sending an optimistic message about the future of the United States.

The 3rd Pillar states “We want to create the greatest economy that the world has ever seen. We will do so by restoring True Capitalist principles to our economic policies.”

This pillar achieves 3 objectives for the Constitution Party candidate.

First, the message is about True Capitalism and the need to create a level playing field for small businesses. Our current economic system resembles socialism much more than any resemblance to capitalism. Much to the surprise of many readers, large corporations actually prefer this version of socialism rather than True Capitalism. Why? Because they can handle the burden of government taxation and over-regulation better than small businesses. The phenomenon is called a “Tax Incidence”. Basically, it means that a large corporation can easily pass on any tax or regulatory burden onto the public. A small business, on the other hand, has a harder time doing that. Large corporations don’t like taxes, but they absolutely fear and hate competition. The best way to keep your competitors from taking your business is to use government to prevent them from growing. Fees, regulations, and taxes all prevent small businesses from growing and being successful.  There is some dispute of the failure rate of small businesses. They range as high as 90% to as low as 50%. Either number is unacceptable for a capitalist society. This is what large corporations want. Better to deal with a small tax and regulation hindrance (that you can pass on to your customers) than deal with a competitor that has the ability to force you to lower prices, improve services, invest in R&D to keep your products competitive or (even more frightening), put you out of business altogether.

Therefore, if we want to create true competition (and that, in a nutshell, is what capitalism is all about), then we need to create a level playing field that gives small businesses the opportunity to thrive and succeed. True capitalism creates a very hostile environment for large corporations. When working correctly, large corporations get replaced by small businesses that provide better service, better products, and better prices. They become the large corporations that are then challenged by new small businesses that are constantly challenging them to improve. Great for the consumer, bad for large corporations.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 6

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 6

USING THE 3 PILLARS –

2nd Pillar - Inefficient, Ineffective, and Costly Government

“We believe that Government is the most ineffective, inefficient, and most costly way to get anything done. As such, we are offering innovative, non-government solutions to our country’s social spending issues. ” – 2nd Pillar of the Constitution Party

The second pillar was developed specifically to tap into the angry and frustrated voter. Of all the pillars, this one also has the best chance of bringing in non-voters that have never participated in an election.

The core of this pillar is based on something that anyone who has ever worked with a government agency knows all too well – government agencies are inept.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 5

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 5

USING THE PILLARS – The Contract

The program that we call the “3 Pillars” was designed to help the party grow in recruiting membership, but its main purpose is to help our candidates get elected. Our research showed that these three areas are what voters respond very strongly to.

The first pillar actually applies directly to the candidate. It says that we want to restore honesty and integrity to government. This article is going to deal specifically with the Honesty component of the pillar.

We want to change the public’s opinion about who and what an elected official is. There is no trust between the people and those that fill government positions. Whether the person is elected to office or appointed, there is a natural assumption that the person is dishonest and untrustworthy if they are in government positions of power. The joke about “How can you tell if a politician is lying – their lips are moving” is based on a very strong perception of politicians. Most polls show an 81% mistrust of government officials by the population. Politicians rank lower than Used Car Salesmen in most polls when it comes to honesty and trust.

So, you are an honest and trustworthy individual. Great! Let’s go tell everyone, right? Well…not exactly. The problem is that we need to provide proof that you intend to uphold your campaign promises and act ethically while in office. The first pillar actually offers two solutions to this problem and you need to make sure that the voters know about them. Before you start promoting the issues, the promises, and the reasons why they want to vote for you, you need to establish that they can trust what you are saying.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 4

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 4

“Thars Gold In Dem Hills!”

The difference between prospecting for precious metals during the Gold Rush days of the 1800s and today is technology and science. Most of the guess-work involved in the old days have been replaced by technology that allows mining companies to know exactly where to dig to find what they are looking for.

Campaign donations should be the same thing. You don’t want to be randomly running around town trying to find donors to help fund your campaign. You need an organized system so you will know exactly where to go to get your funding.

First, you can use technologies like Facebook and Crowdpac.com to help fund your campaign. Just remember that these are tools, not complete solutions, to getting funding. At the end of the day, the most effective fundraising will be done by hitting the streets and asking for donations.

The single best thing you can do to ensure a steady source of funding is to build the party. 80% of all funds for political campaigns comes directly from the candidate’s party. They come from either the party itself or from wealthy (and not so wealthy) members of the party who support their candidates by helping them fund their campaign. Helping to grow the Constitution Party is the single most important thing you can do to ensure your success in a campaign. Not only does it provide for a steady flow of donors, but it also provides you with the volunteers and voters that you are going to need to win.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate...Part 3

So You Want To Be A Candidate...Part 3

“It’s The Money, Stupid”

I once worked on a campaign for a Libertarian candidate. In this particular election, he was the only candidate running against a strongly entrenched Democrat (the Republicans could not find anyone to oppose her).

My candidate was offered $10,000 by a GOP donor. The donor stated that he wanted to donate to my candidate because he hated the Democrat and would be willing to donate even to a member of another party to see her defeated. The donor was clear that there were no strings attached, he just felt that anyone would be better than her (my own personal theory was the donation was because he felt that a Republican might have more success in the next election facing an incumbent Libertarian rather than a Democrat).

My candidate turned the offer down because he made a decision in the beginning of his campaign not to accept any donations over $200 in order to demonstrate that he “could not be bought”.

Obviously, he did not raise much money and lost (only getting about 13% of the vote). This Democrat incumbent was actually very vulnerable to a Libertarian candidate. I am certain that the $10K donation would have given him enough funds to properly advertise his campaign, raise more funds, and would have allowed him to get his message out. He had a strong message that would appeal to the liberal voters in the district. Because they never heard it, he was beaten like a cat in a Monty Python movie.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 2

So You Want To Be A Candidate…Part 2

 

Building Your Network

In my last article, I discussed the attributes and personality traits you need if you want to run a successful campaign. If you find that you are still interested in being a candidate, then it is time to start the preparations for your campaign.

A good campaign actually starts one to two years before the election. It is throughout this period that you are building your network and name recognition in the community.

Obviously, the first thing is deciding which office that you want to run for. While it is not impossible to run for a State-wide or Federal office for your first election, I would not advise it. These positions usually take a lot of effort and expense to run a successful campaign (more on that in a later article). They also involve complexities in office that having prior political office will help you when you get elected. Just like any other job, you just cannot ask to be the CEO of a major corporation without having some experience in working with the company. Political office is no different. Having prior experience working in a political office will help with both your election and your success once you are elected.

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So You Want To Be A Candidate... Part 1

So You Want To Be A Candidate... Part 1
What makes a good candidate?

I have been working with several Constitution Party members who have expressed an interest in running for public office. This is something that I always like to encourage. The entire purpose of our party is to promote and elect Constitution Party candidates to public office.

The problem is, when I ask them questions about their campaign, they start making claims and expressing ideas that demonstrate that they do not realize the monumental efforts required to run a successful campaign. When I ask questions regarding funding, campaign staffing, advertising, and basic strategy, I normally hear a long silence, followed by a lot of stuttering and then humble admittance that they don’t know what to do.

That is to be expected. We are small party and not many of us have experience in running for office. The vast majority of our party members have not had the opportunity to be an active member of a campaign staff and work with a candidate. Our small numbers and our status of being on the fringe of politics means that we don’t get many opportunities to participate in promoting Constitution Party candidates.

So, I have decided to write a series of articles for those that feel the call to serve their community by running for political office. This series is designed to give you a brief overview of what is involved with a political campaign and to dispel some of the misinformation and myths involving a campaign for political office. As such, I thought my first article should be a self-evaluation of your personality traits and characteristics to see if you would be comfortable as a political candidate.

In doing this self-evaluation, I want to first blow up the myth that politicians must be from an elite class of individuals. That is exactly what we want to fight against. In the U.S., we identify the “perfect politician”  based on the candidates who are currently running for office. The Constitution Party wants to destroy that image and introduce new characteristics for our political candidates. Your status in life, your wealth (or lack of it), your education, and your family background have nothing to do with your ability to be a successful politician in the new format that the Constitution Party will use for promoting our candidates. We want to destroy the status-quo of politicians because they are corrupt, egotistical, controlling, sociopathic, megalomaniacs who have an elitist attitude. Our programs are designed to encourage average Americans to step up and serve their communities by getting elected. At the heart and core of the changes we want to make, our politicians are the most critical component to promote our cause. As such, we need them to be just as different from GOP/Democrat candidates as much as our policies and principles are different.

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