Lottery tickets are for sale in probably every grocery store and gas station in Indiana. I don’t buy them for one simple reason: I do not feel lucky.
Because, there’s nothing I can do to improve my odds at the lotto. It does not help to be extra kind to the clerk or to cross my fingers. Buy a scratch off and I will win or lose. The outcome will be what it will be.
But I do think there’s a chance that I can win this election. It’s small, to be sure, but it is not zero. And that’s for three reasons:
1. You (probably) don’t trust my competition. In American politics, there are two parties and pretty much everybody agrees both parties are terrible. Most voters feel that one party is slightly less awful than the other, but that’s about it.
2. Marketing is powerful but good ideas are more powerful. Last cycle, several million dollars were spent on the election in this district. So now I ask you: what do you remember about it? Can you name the two candidates? Do you know anything about them or their platforms that isn’t straight from party headquarters?
3. We are way overdue for change. I’m tempted to drop a bunch of links to surveys and studies that show how frustrated everyone is with partisan politics, but you don’t need that. You’re already here because you know that Congress is basically broken. Anyone (that’s me) who isn’t the usual suspects (that’s them) feels like a breath of fresh air.
But still, we have a long way to go. So let’s talk. Share this post. Tell people about me. Let’s improve the odds.
Because even though the chance is small today, it’s worth it.