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Obama Will Be Primaried

Let me let you in on what I am up to:

President Obama is being challenged in the Democratic Primaries and Caucuses. That's right; someone is stepping up to hold him accountable for his lack of progressive and liberal vision and leadership.

Is it Dennis Kucinich? No. Alan Grayson? I could only wish, though I am glad to see him running for his former seat in the House. We'll need champions like him in there.

No, it's me. *I* am challenging the President. So, naturally, you want to know who the hell am I to try something like this, yes?

I'm a working man, and have been my whole life. I'm a father, a husband, and firmly, firmly in the 99%. I’ve waited and waited for someone else to step up and hold Obama accountable for the abysmal record he's had of appeasing and even collaborating with the corporate powers we counted on him to help protect We the People from.

Someone else never showed up.

Will I win? It depends on the prize now, doesn't it? I am a citizen candidate, which is to say, I've never held office before. I won't be able to draw the millions that every other "viable" Presidential candidacy will have to spend in order to make an impact.

But I have a distinct advantage. Unlike any other candidate for the Presidency I can name in either the GOP or the Democratic Party, I am one of you, the 99%. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not looking to be the leader of the beautifully leaderless Occupy movement. However, I am looking to use the Internet and social tools in a similar way to how the Occupy movement did to spread the message of my candidacy, and to accomplish what it takes to get on each ballot as the opportunity arises. For instance, even as unknown as I am, I've managed to drum up enough support to qualify for the New Hampshire ballot. I'm putting everything in order and I'll file next week, putting my name on the ballot against President Obama for the first time.

With your help, it won't be the last.

With even more of your help, my presence there will get enough votes to cause a buzz. That buzz needs to grow loud enough to awaken the people of this great nation to the fact that we DO have a choice. Even if that choice is this unlikely champion from Madison, Wisconsin, we CAN choose to vote Democratic and still not vote for Obama.

In taking on the top seat in the Democratic Party, I hope to inspire others to challenge Blue Dog so-called “Democrats” in other seats. I mean, if someone like me has the guts to stand up to Obama, what’s stopping someone in California from putting together a citizen candidacy to challenge Dianne Feinstein or Ben Nelson for their Senate seats? After their records, they don’t deserve to represent We the People, and as a nation we need better Senators, ones who won’t keep siding with the GOP. And every Blue Dog in the House is up for election, so if I can challenge Obama, and get it put together in the span of a month and a half, why can’t they take out every one of these backstabbers?

If I succeed in lighting THAT fire, then all these Tea Party freshmen can expect to get swept out come the General Elections; We the People will be awake and ready, energized from the fight to take our nation back from these corporate puppets. And you never know… that kind of inspiration might just beat Obama in the Primaries. But, as you can see, that’s hardly the important part to me.

I'm well aware that the above barely touches on who I am, but I hope it gives you a clearer vision of what I intend to do. My campaign website, has many more details on the platform I champion, the history I've had, and how I see the issues we face, together as the People. It also has a way for you to donate, should you so choose, but right now, I need daylight more than anything. Get the word out. Obama's not just going to sail into some glorified coronation next September at the Democratic National Convention, and in so doing help hand this nation even more into the hands of the 1%. Not without a fight.

Let's give him that fight.

America Changes Today,
Aldous C. Tyler

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Submitted by libbyliberal on

Looking forward to reading your campaign material.

You should join open salon. Too many Obamacrats over there who need a wake up call of a 99 percenter!

Would you want to work with the Green Party and get their support? Might be a way to go.

Submitted by lambert on

As I keep saying, there's a huge ferment in the country, good and interesting things happening everywhere, which the elite either doesn't notice or tries to corrupt, and goes double for our famously free press. Thanks for this post and keep us informed (with as much of the nitty gritty as possible, so that others are helped.

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Submitted by Joe on

Lots of luck and success to you, sir.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Thank You for doing this. WE need a citizen to challenge the usual conversation and hope you make all the ballots. Just wish you were going to quality in all 50 states. Good Luck and keep the message going. I just donated to your efforts.

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Submitted by Rangoon78 on

Steve Jobs return- 1997 Apple Commercial:

"Here's to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes.  The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo.  You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore  them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them  as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think  they can change the world – are the ones who DO!"

Though Jobs was not that impressed by Obama, later telling Isaacson that his focus on the reasons that things can't get done 'infuriates' him, they kept in touch and talked by phone a few more times…

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Submitted by Alcuin on

I guess maybe I should change my registration back to Democrat so I can vote in the Florida primary, eh? If you get on the Florida ballot, that is. I went to Kos, following a link from your website, and found a whole bunch of nay-sayers. But then, we know that the inhabitants of Kos live in the world of "No Primaries Here". I sure don't understand progressives who refuse to consider the idea of voting for someone running against an incumbent. Did the organizers of OWS just give up and say, "this isn't gonna work"? Jeez, what a bunch of defeatists those people over at Kos are. They give progressives a bad name. If you want change, you gotta take some risks. You can't cling to the tried and true and then whine about what you get by doing so.

Submitted by Alcuin on

A question for you: if you finish the primary season in decent shape (however you might define that), but don't win the nomination, what do you intend to do? Are you going to throw your "support" to Obama?

Submitted by aldousctyler on

Thank you all for the very warm welcome. In reply:

libbyliberal: I'll check out Open Salon. As for the Greens, they've got their own Presidential candidate, but I suppose it would never hurt to talk to them.

lambert: I'm very grateful to you for having this community of writers for me to join! Is it at all against protocol to re-post pieces here that I also have posted elsewhere?

Joe: thank YOU. Little bits of encouragement like that help keep me going when I am faced with the onslaught of "NOOOO! You'll make Obama LOOOOSE!" I get a lot of on Facebook.

insanelysane: Thank you VERY much for your donation. I am now financially set for filing in New Hampshire - I just need two more New Hampshire Democrats to volunteer to be my Delegates/Alternates and I can send in my paperwork. If any of you know anyone there, point them to me!

Rangoon78: You're not kidding about the irony. His record of continuing Bush-era policies is monumental, almost as if he felt Dubya had the Presidency mostly correct, with just a few tweaks put in here and there. That's certainly backed up by his refusal to prosecute any of Bush's administration.

Alcuin: The funny thing is, Kossacks are fond of whining about Obama, but are horrified that someone is DOING something about it. You can tell which end of the "put up or shut up" spectrum I'm on. As for what I'll do if I have notable support but not enough to defeat Obama outright? I'll state that President Obama may have managed to grab the establishment's power once again, but that in no way legitimizes his pro-Corporate actions, when We the People have been counting on him to defend us from the greed-laced ravaging that the 1% visits upon us daily in the REAL Class War. I will then tell people that the best thing to do with their pent up energy for my campaign is to work to remove any and all other Corporate drones from ANY office they want to hold across this nation, and to support the Occupy movement. What they do in November I leave to their individual judgments, with the proviso that they do NOT stay home, but ACT.

Submitted by Alcuin on


I asked the question about support because it seems that there are some out there who think that you would urge your supporters to vote for Obama. You might want to consider this, going forward. What prevents you from running as a candidate on the general election ballot? Competing in the primary is a good thing, but having a choice (other than Republican/Democrat) in the general election is an even better thing. I'm not saying that you would win, but votes for candidates other than the duopoly parties surely help to advance the message that OWS, for the most part, stands for.