Note: The election is long past. I got 11% of the vote, which was quite good considering I had neither corporate money nor the support of a national corporate franchise party. I’m proud to have connected with thousands of people who saw clearly how desperate our situation truly is.
However, I will not run again. While there were parts of the campaign experience that were truly encouraging, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of hopelessness much of the time. The vast majority of Americans have been manipulated into believing that one corporate-funded party is the antidote to the other, when in fact that perception has been cultivated by strategists. The social issues bitterly dividing people these days have been elevated in voters’ minds, hiding the fact that BOTH parties get EQUAL money and are therefore EQUALLY INFLUENCED BY MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. That is, despite what you’ve been led to believe, neither party will protect you from having your state and your country sold out from under you.
Even giving away my books for free, I was unable to compete with brand-name parties that spend billions on cultivating a public image. The campaign was a good experience and I’m glad I was able to take a stand and fight, but there’s no way I can overcome teams of professional manipulators by knocking on doors.
I believe my books still have a chance of showing people where we’re headed. Just as George Orwell and Ayn Rand showed us that all-powerful governments are dehumanizing, I hope to show that all-powerful corporations are equally so. Below is the material I posted about my candidacy, which I’m leaving up in case you’re interested.
MARK D. DIEHL FOR SENATE
My daughter made me a commercial! It’s amazing, but not as amazing as she is. She’s a 13 year-old full-time college freshman and she made this as a gift for me before moving into the dorms.
Click the picture below to watch it on YouTube! (Don’t forget to share the link with your friends.)
And now a few words from me: