Back in 2010 I witnessed the future of politics. A little known councilman went before his local party and delivered the most passionate speech of this century thus far. Though the speech concerned, of all things, the Stark County Treasurer’s office, it harkened back to the exciting and entertaining aspect of politics. As the speech went on, I felt something special happen. Politics became fun again.
As many of my readers know, councilman Phil Davison’s 2010 speech inspired me to become more involved in politics. I was already covering politics as a citizen journalist; an activity that grew from my early participation in the Wikipedia project. But after watching Davison’s speech, I decided I wanted to see more. I thought a good way to do this was to convince Davison to run for a higher office. Up to that point, and perhaps still today, most of my journalism involved third party presidential politics. That was where I could make an impact with Davison. Coincidentally, I had joined the Boston Tea Party, a small Internet-based party that had nominated its presidential ticket online in 2008. I thought I could use this nomination process as a vehicle for Davison to make an exciting 2012 presidential run and bring needed attention to third party politics.
My plan did not work out as I expected. Although I was able to get in contact with Davison and convince him to accept my nomination of him as a candidate, the radical anarchist members of the Boston Tea Party were not receptive to the idea of a Davison campaign. They rejected his candidacy. Despite this setback, I remained in contact with Davison. Though the 2012 campaign was over, I knew 2016 offered another great opportunity. I convinced Davison to think about running for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. The party’s platform aligned with the views he expressed during his March 2011 interview on Tosh.0. Seeing how explosive the issues of political correctness and free speech had become as result of the growth of social media and consequential constant communication, I branded Davison as a free speech advocate and kept his name active in discussions of potential 2016 Libertarian presidential candidates. This went nowhere as Davison lamented. Then, suddenly, June 2015 came along and someone else took the role I had envisioned for Davison.
Donald Trump announced his campaign with a speech reminiscent of the one Davison gave five years prior. He was full of passion and emotion. He was loud and engaging. He went out on the trail and held epic, arena rallies. Like Davison, Trump made politics fun again. Moreover, he rode the issues of free speech and political correctness all the way to the White House.
It’s still too early to tell if Trump will have a successful presidency. I’m rooting him on and I remain optimistic. If not, though, I have an open offer to be campaign manager for the man who foreshadowed Trump’s run. Either way, fun will continue in politics and energize the populace.