A Frightful Despotism

Washington’s Farewell Address talks about Parties and Demagogues,

"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state...
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by 
the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension...is itself 
a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more
formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result 
gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the 
absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some
prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his
competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of
his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty."

This was written and spoken by Gen. Washington in 1796 It reads to my mind as a distant mirror to today’s predicament. For Donald Trump seeks absolute power and the GOP has sought security and repose in him. And this, I fear is the ruin of our public liberty.

As a candidate for United States Senate, under Missouri Law 115.305,   I must canvass a paper petition and gather 10,000 signatures from registered Missouri voters to be placed on the ballot. This cumbersome requirement is waived if I run with an established Party. Today, these established Parties are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Constitution — the Green party having been disqualified.

The right to petition is actually part of the U.S. Constitution — it is written in the First Amendment. to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  What is my grievance? To run as a Republican candidate, knowing that this party has been carjacked by Donald Trump and his dirty money. So I face the Herculean labor of canvassing in these Covid-19 times, trying to get 10,000 signatures for my petition to be placed on the ballot in 2022.

Is this fair? No.

I ask you, the reader, to help me with this petition. If you want to sign, send me an email at straussfor22@nick-strauss.com and I will arrange a signing event near you. Better yet, volunteer as a conavasser, and I will send you 8.5 x 14 inch petition forms, and a clip board. Each form with fifteen names must be notarized.

The campaign will reimburse you the notary fee.

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