iCandidate - Lessons From Iowa
By David Mason
If the result in Iowa taught us one thing it was this; the voters are looking for something different. The state’s Republicans didn’t give a stuff that just about everybody who has ever had anything to do with Ted Cruz in politics despises him. Frank Bruni, of the New York Times, quoted a staffer who worked with the Texas Senator on the 2000 Bush campaign as saying: “Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.”
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If the result in Iowa taught us one thing it was this; the voters are looking for something different.
The state’s Republicans didn’t give a stuff that just about everybody who has ever had anything to do with Ted Cruz in politics despises him. Frank Bruni, of the New York Times, quoted a staffer who worked with the Texas Senator on the 2000 Bush campaign as saying: “Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.”
So what if Cruz is like kryptonite to the GOP leadership and pretty much everyone on Capitol Hill. It clearly worked in his favor that he was apart from the establishment.
With all his posturing, Donald Trump could be controlled.
He knows all about the art of the deal and he would have fallen into line - and may yet do so - if he really does get a sniff of the nomination proper and not just in the notebooks of the pollsters. The leadership isn’t so sure about Cruz and therein lies his appeal.
Similarly, Bernie Sanders came within a whisker of defeating Hillary Clinton in a youth-led drive anti-Washington Democrat vote.
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He missed winning by a statistical sliver and how he loved sticking one to the Clintons. But it wasn’t so much a vote against Hillary but for the hope of something different. Something better.
“It is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics,” Sanders said following the count. “We do not represent the interests of the billionaire class, Wall Street, or corporate America. We don’t want their money.”
Wouldn’t Bet A Dime
But it is very likely the establishment and the big money will yet feature decisively in this race.
I wouldn’t bet a dime on either Cruz or Sanders because the two-party system will do everything in its power to crush them in favor of more compliant status quo nominees.
All of which brings me around to the alternative.
Up until now, all the challengers to the system like Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and Ron Paul have done is to split the vote and corrupt the eventual result.
The iCandidate would replace the two-party presidential election system altogether.
Many of you will already be aware that eight finalists are vying against each other in the The iCandidate political reality show that debuted in the NoteStream app on February 1.
It will be serialized each week, culminating on the day of the final presidential poll on November 8.
The carefully selected nominees - none with any formal party affiliation - will battle it out through a series of surprise challenges designed to test their mettle, their courage, their intelligence, their integrity and their credibility.
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By the end of the contest, you will know these people better than your neighbors and you will vote each step of the way to decide who goes back into oblivion and who stays the course right through to the winner’s podium.
At the end of each challenge there will be an iVote on NoteStream. All you need to do is join the Book Club to join the ballot. We’re not talking Super Pac here. It costs 99 cents a year!
Real Change, Real Hope
Right now, it is the primaries and caucuses that matter.
But everybody outside the Republican and Democrat power base knows this can’t go on much longer. This is 2016; there are such things as computers and apps and the means to absolutely stamp out corrupt ballots. Nobody uses paper anymore.
The iCandidate is a vehicle to give the people what they want. It’s not just a reality show; it will soon be reality, mark my words.
As we have seen in Iowa and I predict we will see in New Hampshire, the American public wants real change, real hope. Not just words, but action.
The only way they will get it is by scrapping the current presidential voting system and replacing it with a high-tech, fully transparent process that will give us the President of the United States that we deserve and not one we have to settle for.
To find out how it can be done, read The iCandidate.
Let’s change the world, one iVote at a time.
David Mason, Communications Director