Sorry I'm late--the conference was busy and a blast yesterday. Today, I'm running the Catholic Writers Conference Online website solo because my best friend, co-coordinator and webmistress extraordinairre, Ann Lewis, is manning the polls in her area. (help me....)
So, I thought it was only appropriate to tell you today about my favorite Non-Candidate, Gray Rinehart:
Meet the anti-candidate: we're not on the ballot for President, Senator, Governor, Representative, County Council, City Council, School Board, or any elected office (so far as we know). You won't see our name on those irritating little signs in your neighborhood. You won't see any obnoxious "I approved this message" ads on television. In fact, if you're committed to one party or one issue and you find a candidate who will represent you adequately, we encourage you to vote for that person.
Then again, if you find you're not satisfied with the candidates already on the ballot -- and you can't pick one to vote against, as Robert A. Heinlein suggested -- just vote against all the candidates and write in "Gray Rinehart." It doesn't matter what office: put us down for any or all of them. (Be sure to spell the name right; we wouldn't want the election officials to get confused.) On the off chance that we win, we probably won't show up anyway, since we agree with Thomas Jefferson: "That government governs best which governs least."
On his forum, he also has a thread for discussion of his political views. Some serious, some fun, but he forgot one:
he vital issue of Science Fiction.
Let's take just one point: the return of Firefly. I can understand McCain not addressing this--though he'd love the guns and horses, his staff would have to work him into the idea of science fiction as a whole.
But Obama? He's a democrat--how can he not be aware of a television show? Oh, that's right. It was on Fox.
Hilary, I think hinted at it with her campaign ad: It's 3 AM and the terrorists strike. Who do you want in the White House? The answer is obvious: