John Ransom

You’ve rallied, you’ve worked, you’ve organized.

You’ve made progress, you’ve made waves, you’ve made enemies.

You’ve won some campaigns and you’ve lost some.

Politically, you’ve grown up quite a bit over the last few years.

And here’s the kicker: Between now and 2012 you have an historic opportunity to get America back on the right track on education, on spending, on taxes and much more.

Almost uniquely in the history of our country, you, the grassroots- the ordinary people who do all the working and pay all bills- get to determine whether we are saved or whether we are damned.

You are that organized; that important.    

You think some politician in a dark suit or high heels is going to save you? Nope. It’s going to be you. That’s the good news and the bad news rolled into one.

But it’s always supposed to have been about you.   

The election in 2012 isn’t about Sarah Palin, or Herman Cain or Mike Huckabee. This isn’t about individual saviors; it’s about any army of individuals just like you, who together can remind America just how great we are and can be.  

Don’t look at the candidates right now; look in the mirror. The candidates will sort themselves out during the primary process.   

The candidates, after all, are just spokespeople who are lucky enough to represent the ideals and aspirations of the rest of us. And the sum total of us is much greater than mere individuals.   

So forget about candidates for a minute, because here’s the truth:

I look at the capital every day. I’ve been living or visiting here since 1975, off and on; mostly off.

But I know the city well enough to say with authority that there are very few people at the capitol who understand what’s going on in the rest of the country. DC is still a relative boomtown compared to Denver and Cleveland and Chicago.

They think that things are going swimmingly in the rest of the country. They all have jobs. And they are creating more for themselves.  

“After the surprise election of Democrat Kathy Hochul, who attacked the GOP Medicare plan,” writes USA Today, “Democrats now need a net gain of 24 seats to win back the House. On Medicare, [former House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi said Democrats are willing to use the issue as a campaign weapon.”

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.