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November 5, 2014
This is unedited friends–so forgive the grammar and spelling from a paper written 6 hours after the party.
The Morning After
Nebraskans — what an amazing journey! Usually analysis the day after the election is not wise. However, we have known since we started the journey we were getting ourselves into a monumental undertaking. I’ll break down the sections of learning so people going forward can learn from my journey. I still think we will be in a dangerous tug of war for some time. In my opinion, Americans will have to figure out how to take back our liberty from either corporations or government. Do they even want liberty anymore? Do they know how to define it?
First things first, I have to accept the facts. Independents did not make the dent at the polls this year in Nebraska. This is probably the hardest statement to take. It is very obvious the state is very polarized and voting for the extremes of two sides. People are conditioned to be either Democrat or Republican and ultimately WIN.
This election was a landslide statement against Obama. I don’t think the message was against Independents this year. The message was we can’t risk anyone that even associates with a Democrat.
Money still wins. Our state set two precedents that will hurt us in the future. Nebraska is a low campaign funding state. The out of state money and interests are able to buy the election by being 70%+ of the funding. It definitely appears we do have a corporate fascist state and a socialistic state as the tug of war option between two parties. One side working for the corporate interests and the other side for more government control. What I have learned is people are running to either money to protect them from government or government to protect them from corporations. No one stops and asks if we need a third direction? We continually put our trust in things that are not lasting. It is unfortunate a lack of faith and knowledge of the Constitution is unable to protect us from both options.
I still see both sides as poor options. Nebraskans will need to accept the results of this economy being controlled by those on top. There should be no complaining on economic conditions by Republican Nebraskans the next six years. The corporations on top of this economy paid for this election. GOP Farmers need to hold their tongue for the next 6 years. Don’t think for one minute that the institutions paying for this election have not dictated the plight of our rural towns. They need big. They need small to consolidate.
The message was not rejected like one might think. Let’s look at the money spent in the race (as of 10/15) and the corresponding results. I spent 34k (most of you probably did not know I spent so little–part of my cause). Jim, the other independent, spent 300k. Dave spent 846k. Ben spent 4.4 million. This does not include PAC money (this dramatically changes results) or the expenditures the last 3 weeks of the campaign. When you break down the price per vote Dave spent $5.19/vote. I spent $5.55/vote. Ben spent $13.03/vote. Jim spent $19.35 a vote. I think a better message can win but I think you are seeing at least $5.5o to $6 vote is needed–MINIMUM. It should be noted that Dave did receive the most votes for the money he spent. I think most can observe that Dave is very articulate, his command of the law is exceptional, and many people appreciated his message. My message of Complete Constitution, Spiritual Heritage, and Conservative values without the donor dictation was popular as well for the few that heard it. It just wasn’t popular at the top for the people with money who benefit by being closer to the party sources.
With roughly 525k votes this election and 51% needed to win, you can calculate you need at least $1.5 million to have a shot in a mid-term election. However I caution many to look at Kentucky. When the banks like their candidate, you cannot outspend them. They literally have a license to print money! Would it not be nice if the banks repaid the American people for the regressive tax they placed on the American public for the bail out as opposed to invest in campaigns?
We were rejected early by key people (where the real race was lost) in the beginning to financially support a message of spiritual strength and the Constitution. Courage is still not there to be different for most Americans. They are still afraid to step out of the herd. Many actually liked the message but believe “R” is more important because that is what was needed to beat Obama. Many do not see the dangers of both sides. They line up against the worst danger in their mind. On a separate note, it is amazing how Christians will treat other Christians when winning is on the line. That was a wake-up call for me. I was shocked which side of the aisle treated me better. I’m not switching my views but I felt first hand who likes to judge and who is more compassionate. That will stick with me for sometime. Again, this is not a 100% thing. I had so many amazing christian conservatives be the most amazing and loving souls but the Pharisee became more evident to me this time.
I didn’t back down though. I was called to speak. I was raised to not quit. The journey needed to go on. That is what I did. I still standby the warning of spiritual decline. I still believe putting faith in government or the corporation over individuals is dangerous and against the backbone of our country.
We are happy with what we accomplished based on the money we were given. Our best result was receiving 15% of the vote of the 20k kids that voted in Lincoln. As you know, we did not purchase TV/Print advertising this election based on our funding levels. We only did radio the very last weekend before the election. The kids responded to our message with no advertising! I’m really pleased about the 3k kids that liked my message best with no propaganda reinforcing their vote. I’m excited to continue serving them in the Leadership Lincoln groups going forward. The future obviously heard a Constitutional message that resonated enough to not vote for the candidates on their TV or the choice of their parents. The future looks bright with kids that can think outside a label.
Jim (the other Independent) and I have different opinions on money and message. Jim emphasized the need for money. I emphasized the need for organization. The reality is you need both. Most did not know that I did not have a campaign marketing group. The leader of that group I almost hired dictated I would not talk about God in the campaign. That was not going to happen. We parted ways and I called most of the shots this election. Obviously, I’m not a campaign pro but we did not do that bad with most of our money going into basic operations.
I was blessed to have a full time volunteer for a campaign manager. In addition, we were lucky to have people around the state to work the petition. Jim had the resources to pay people to collect signatures. God gave me the people I needed to get a message out. We were pleased with the volunteer work we received to make the message possible.
The organizational structure for Independents is a big problem. The D’s and R’s have a great county structure that have organizations that mobilize the micro details in a macro campaign. They offer the party candidate 3 distinct advantages.
One, they have worked on their base around their county quite extensively for some time. The counties know who owns the land in key traffic areas to display signs and have recruited the citizens of the county for years. Signs in key locations are very influential. I did not have money for signs until the last month. When we did obtain signs — they helped.
Two, the state offices are great with the media. The journalists love them as they prepare and feed them the information they need. Reporters that chase stories in politics are dying. A few like Mike Tobias and Nate Christopher still exist. However, most expect you to call them with info and educate them on what is happening in the area. They don’t call you to work on a story to educate their citizens anymore. When you put all the party candidates in one room–the media flocks. The smaller parties have to learn to band together despite differences. We are stronger together than apart. Stronger Americans do like debate and I think it would be wise for 3rd party candidates to hold their own debates–especially in primary season to maintain exposure.
Three, county leadership organize events for their candidate to come and speak. Many of their members are key leaders in the civic organizations. We did not have places to speak when we traveled around the state. Our campaigning on the road was done at the State Fair, on campuses, in coffee shops, etc. However, the key group that votes is over 50. They are not at many of these places to listen to opinions. Senior Centers were nice stops but you can only reach so many people.
The key stops to build momentum to your message are dedicated gatherings where 20 to 50 gather for an hour to listen to your platform and you can answer their questions. We did well in the handful we had. We had converts at these events. However, we needed many more stops. Events like the Hastings Debate and forums take a lot of work and organization at the grass roots level. We are grateful for their work but you need these people in each county making this happen to expose your message to the citizens passionate about politics. They spread the word to their friends.
You need at least two of these speaking events a day for 5 days a week to build momentum early. An Independent platform struggles because they don’t know what you stand for. Therefore, they have to talk with you. They like you (at least they did me) once they know who you are are and your platform. That takes a citizen engaging your material for at least 30 minutes. That is 30 minutes many will not invest much less seek out. Right now the majority are influenced by main stream media or friends. Very few educate themselves from the source.
You need these converts early as well to have “First Mover” advantage and capture loyalty before a person has made a commitment. I give Ben full credit on this. His ground game in the spring was huge. He was first on the TV and he made a bigger ground commitment before the primary that paid huge dividends. We wanted to make these moves but there are no organized functions created for Independents to speak. This is a huge disadvantage that Independents need to solve. To be successful as an Independent or a third party—I think you need this organizational structure on the ground. Meeting 1 to 5 people at a time is no way to win a state wide race.
I don’t need to harp on this too much as I have spent a lot of time on this topic in this election. The media is owned by a smaller subset of people each election. The owners and their selected studio leaders have a lot of say in what is presented and what is not. You can even see the consolidation on TV this year in the state. The balance of coverage is not there. What is worse? When these publications print “Educational Election Guides” and do not put choices that citizens of Nebraska signed to put on the ballot. This is inexcusable. When the Omaha World Herald who owns many of the papers across the state will not print you in the guide—you don’t have a free press or a democracy. You have controlled media. On a positive note, stations like KETV and KOLN and the Lincoln Journal Start put together a very informative web site for reference. These are investments of time and they should be commended for their work.
The forums (we need more debates) were everything to Independents this year to get our message out. We can compete and did on message in these mediums. The feedback and support I received after the Nebraska Chamber, State Fair, and The NET debates was outstanding. Unfortunately, 10/11 pulled their TV coverage at the State Fair for a drama show (we see American priorities these days). The NET debate went up against Sunday Night Football, and the chamber debate was not televised. The eyeballs were not there on the forums and the numbers of views on my You Tube channel show people take little time to educate themselves on all candidates.
To make it worse, the local media were present to watch Sasse present but frequently did not show if he was not in the forum. I was astounded by the poor coverage when Jim, Dave, and I presented and debated. This is worth an investigation in and of itself. We all received converts when we debated. In a decision that I think will haunt him for some time, Sasse elected to not participate after the TV debate where he struggled. If we have lost debate in America — we have lost a pillar of Democracy.
Strategically, I get the decision. They were losing voters and had nothing to gain by showing up. This is where the decision of ‘right’ by a candidate needs to come in. The fact Nebraska is sending the message that it is OK not to debate the issues in front of the Nebraska citizens will hurt this state and democracy for some time to come. They have OK’d to the party that you do not need to debate issues to win our vote.
It was disturbing to see candidates of less prominent positions follow suit in their races. “R” + Money + No Debate is the new formula to win in Nebraska. That is so dangerous. What is more dangerous is the voter gave this conduct a stamp of approval. What is worse is Ben will have no credibility to call out others to debate in Washington.
I will never understand why the Sasse campaign offered up a ‘scheduling conflict’ excuse for 8+ events. Why the Nebraskan citizen bought it or is OK with this excuse is beyond me. Just tell the truth, Ben was not going to debate.
I admire Dave Domina hopping on Sean Hannity and dealing with that grilling. There is something to say about a man willing to face the fire. I disagreed with Dave a lot (watch the 1 on 1 Watson vs Domina debate) but he let’s you know exactly where he stands. I have no problem with a man that tells you the truth and you respectfully disagree.
Short term thinking to win has created long term precedents that will plague Nebraskan Democracy for years. Republicans decision to give executive authority to Bush to hide info is what Obama has used to cover up Benghazi and other disasters. This precedent of big money and no debate will win in Nebraska will hurt this state for sometime.
A lack of an open mind and a lack of commitment to cover a significant political race was monumental by media dedicated to cover the Senate race. The seekers of information are drying up. The same is true for the citizen. They don’t seek to learn. They are conditioned to be fed information. Jim told me only 40% of voters knew he existed based on polling research. I don’t know what that means for me spending a tenth of his money (It can’t be good). My biggest problem is people did not know I existed. This is another reason I wouldn’t read too much into a rejection of the message. The vast majority did not know who I was to begin with and many were voting straight party line based on national frustrations in DC. I received so many messages the week of the election from people who did not know I was in the race.
I want to make sure I give balance to the media complaints before I end this topic. I found NET outstanding. I found groups like Bluffs Broadcasting, the radio networks steered by KRVN, Tom Becka (even though we got into it), 10/11 (web format only), and KETV made the effort to show some balance. Well done. However, groups like KLKN, KNOP, Omaha World Herald, and KFAB have damaged their credibility. Their bias was obvious.
You have to take your lumps and move on. I did it in sports. I’ve done it in business. I’ll do it here. We accomplished our goal. We changed the debate, challenged numerous voters to think, opened many eyes, and changed a few lives. We did not achieve the results WE wanted in the end game but I rest assured we accomplished the original mission.
If we were to do this again—we must have the money. I’m a poor fundraiser by the mere fact I hate asking other people for money. I’ll need that fundraiser or I will have to change.
I’m unwilling to sell out my positions to compromise to entities of greed to be elected. This may keep me on the sideline but I can live with myself as I know the price the citizen will pay. I don’t want to be a part of that.
If we were to do this again– the organizational structure both internally and externally needs to be solid. We need a better framework internally (need funds for people) and a state wide structure that supports gatherings to discuss issues.
If we were to do this again– the citizens will have to show they are ready for a new choice. More pain is likely in store from either government control or corporate control over their lives. The next 5 to 10 percent of the population will find it harder to make it and they are not going to know why. They will be told to yell at the other party but they just need to look at monetary policy. However, they seem content with either of these options right now thinking things will get better once ‘my party’ is in charge. It appears the pain meter will have to grow before they change.
I’ll have to be comfortable in my own minority skin until then.
Finally, God is a tough subject for a lot of people to listen too. Only 17% attend church regularly now. They don’t want to hear the topic on Sunday much less in a political speech. Regardless of its diminishing emphasis in the lives of our people I will hold to my beliefs. Popularity doesn’t matter to me. We need a spiritual backbone. Most of you know by now I do not get hung up on denominations and I support freedom of religion for all. However, I still express my beliefs because we need a moral fiber back in this country.
The people that profess belief in this state still struggle with dependence on money over Him. I think God will make it a point that we can’t put our faith in money when this American Century is all said and done. I think our collapse of money will happen from people who love money. They craft policy in favor of those with the most money and these policies are failing in balanced economic growth that will keep the American fabric tough. Unconstitutionally structured capitalism will falter. Capitalism structured in a Constitutional format is the best path for the long term. Make citizens and not NYC the backbone of our credit markets to business and it will transform the commitment, the fiber, and the growth of our communities.
Thank you to all who stood with me this election! I want to give a shout out to Alan Kaiser. Many know my face but he gave an equal amount of his time and effort to this message. I want to thank my lovely wife Kelly for enduring a very strenuous election season. I want to thank volunteers like Jake Tollman, Beva Stroud, and all the volunteers around Nebraska who gave a few hours of their time for the cause.
God Bless you Nebraska. Please take accountability for your vote this year. There are no excuses to be had by the Republicans. We must demand Ben and Deb honor their words. They have made an emphasis on entitlement reform and balanced budgets. I expect nothing less. We need our leaders to make a difference for the future and not those with the money. There is no room for blaming the President now. They have the votes in their term.
Furthermore, the art of diplomacy is negotiation to achieve results. Fighting the President or Diplomacy with the Democrats are two options all candidates have to achieve results. The GOP needs to learn fighting 24/7 doesn’t solve much. The first failure I will be looking for is the jockeying for power positions over working. That was their first failure the last time they had control with the Contract with America and achieved nothing. The first failure of the GOP is the desire for more power. Watch for more infighting as a sign things have not changed. I hope and pray I’m wrong.
Senators are accountable for the strategy they deploy. Blaming is the order of the day for the citizen, but accountability needs to become the norm again. I’ll be praying for these leaders as I’m instructed. Many conservatives are grateful that Dave and Jim were defeated this election so their voice was not in Washington. I’m more thankful I made two new friends. I hope to stay in touch with all the candidates this season as I have grown to respect and enjoy the company of all my peers even through disagreement. I’m truly blessed to still have great close friends and amazing new peers from both sides of the aisle.
Thanks for sharing your lives with me this year Nebraska. I’m truly lucky to have met so many great people across this state and am truly captured how beautiful God created our land!
Take Care and God Bless – Todd
November 2, 2014
Here are some verses to pray over before you decide to vote on Tuesday. Please spare the, “Todd, you think you are better/holier than us” comments. I’m imperfect like you. Here is some great guidance the Lord gave us. Many of these verses apply to government. It’s time to pray and use our rights these next two days. Come Wednesday we need to honor those in authority. Let’s make the changes and exercise our rights to work FOR our country before it is too late!
Exodus 23: 7-8
2 Corinthians 7:14
1 Peter 2:13-17
I Timothy 2:1-3
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14