"You have to put together a large and expensive campaign team." No, I don't.
"You have to raise a lot of money." No, I won't.
"You have to make friends with wealthy and powerful people." No, I don't like them and I doubt they will like me.
- 1980 graduate of Northwestern University with a major in Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa.
- Medical School at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
- Master's degree in Health Finance and Manangement from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
- Life Member of the Delta Omega public health honor society.
- Practiced anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins for 11 years.
- Recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 1998.
I am lucky to be married to my beautiful wife Anne, with our boys Aaron and Abram 2012 and 2013 graduates of the Ohio State University, and our youngest son Andrew. It has been two years since our cherished son, Alec, passed away from cancer at age 16. Alec taught me that we must live life without fear, and all my efforts are in honor of his loving memory.
We are in trouble. Big government, big spending, big debt, and big money lead to less freedom, less security, less opportunity, and less hope. Who is really to blame? We all are. We let this happen. Congress has the lowest approval ratings, but they get re-elected time after time.
Not voting doesn't help either. I understand non-voters. I was born in Washington, DC, but I never registered to vote until I was 50 years old. I thought the whole system was corrupt, and I did not see any way to do anything about it. In 2009 I discovered the Libertarian Party, the party of principle. But the old tactics of fundraising and campaigning did not work. We even asked ourselves, if we won and came to power, would we be any different?
We have to be different, and we can be. Technology makes it possible. Political campaigning is communication. The cost of mass communication has gone from millions of dollars to almost nothing. The Libertarian Party needed a candidate to run for Ohio Attorney General, and although I am a physician, not an attorney, I agreed to help. I used the opportunity to test campaign technology. For less than $200, I made the following TV commercial and aired over 100 times on Digital Cable:
I had a lot of fun making this video. The bright light made me squint and look angrier.
Spending no money and with very little campaigning, I received over 100,000 votes. Campaigning does not have to cost a lot of money. Together we can prove that votes are not for sale.