Personal Endorsement: Justin T.
Dear Mr. Tevis,
I have just donated some money to your campaign. I did not give you money because of your positions on illegal immigration, sales taxes on food, Kansas schools, or government transparency. My donation, therefore, has nothing to do with your positions (whether they are right or wrong), and everything to do with your attempt to leverage the internet as a tool to gain political power.
You seem like a smart guy and your sense of humor is obviously impeccable, but most of all your characterization of running for office as a “flamewar with a forum troll” is, in my opinion, dead on. Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Liberals, it does not matter to me. People who compare George Bush to Adolf Hitler are just as close-minded as the people who think Barack Obama is a secret Muslim terrorist. Where are our country’s critical thinkers? I often feel like our political debates are nothing BUT forum trolls. So, in a way, my donation to you is support for the notion that we can fight against these mindless, reactionary politics. I hope you emerge victorious. I also hope that it is not too stressful for you; remember that forum trolls throw nothing but dirty punches.
Finally, my donation is also support for notion that grass-roots internet campaigns should be a staple of political campaigns. I believe this form of fund-raising is far superior to the old-school methods, such as fancy dinners or political action committees. Your fund-raising is, in many ways, more democratic, and I support that.
P.S. I note that for a donation over $60, you have offered to send a card signed by your volunteers. Please save the effort, cost, and time. I don’t need or want anything from you, but I would like to see you win. Good luck!