CSM: People been asking who I am. This is part of the answer to that.
“So I got a few endorsements and a few near misses.” Mike sighed and leaned back, looking at the comm screen with half closed eyes.
“Why dat matta to you, you be sure ta win dis time.”
Mike laughed at his aunt and shook his head. “Part of the problem is the concept of ‘wasted votes’. A few candidates are trying to spread the myth that unless you vote for someone who is sure to win then you are wasting the vote as it will count for nothing.”
“Dat not be a new idea, nor a good one. Only vote wasted is the one not cast.”
“Or the one cast at random. Funny thing is I really respected the guy who put this idea up until recently. I have spoken highly of him and then he starts talking about tactical voting and making a ‘Voting guide'”
“Sa man be running in da ‘lection and writes up a guide, oh no, there be no bias there.”
Mike nodded. “Trebor has earned a lot of respect, over the years, and it almost seems like he is trying to get rid of some of it. His guide is biased and driving more voters away then towards him. The thing that stung me personally was the labels he attached.”
“And what did he decide you label be?”
Mike grimaced. “Newbie, which he defined as . . . ”
These are candidates running for the first time, often because they are concerned about a specific issue or set of issues and want to use the election to air their views. Because they don’t have broad support, they are unlikely to make it onto the CSM.
Mike sighed. “Been a long time since I considered myself new at this game.”
“He not even take the time to check his facts?”
“Busy guy, I guess. Just hope he checks facts better when he is in office.”
“Anybody else hanging labels on you?”
“A few . . . a well respected writer called said . . .
Mike Azariah, even though he’s probably the strongest role-playing candidate and the strongest Incursion candidate
that he would not recommend me but that . . .
Still, I hope he gets an alternate seat this year. I think it’s about the right time.
so there is that.”
“OK den, him I still like”
“A few others whom I respect have sent me words of support. Podcasters and writers who I have chatted with in the past but the worst thing, for me, is the labels.”
“You worried about what others think? I thought I raised you betta than dat.”
“Tanta . . . ” Mike wiped his hand across his face. “They see me chattin and bein what I am and they figure they have juuuust the box to set me in. I write about incursions so I must be all that. Then I write some fiction so I be wearin a wizard hat. I write about what the CSM does and does not do and I maybe have that wizard hat made outa tinfoil. They don’t see the whole ting just the part they want ta box.”
“Dat be their problem then.”
“Not when it comes to the vote. Then it become my problem. I gotta figure out a way ta make them see what I am.”
“No. You be who you are and what you are and show them. Iffen they follow what you do they will know you ain’t one to think or live in one little box. If they don’t know that by now then nothing you gonna do is gonna change their minds. Politics is sometimes about the preconceived notions of what is right. Or what is, period. There be people you could talk at till you was blue in the face and not budge them an inch.”
“Be who I is?”
“And if they don’t want that then it be their loss. Iffen I could vote ya know I’d vote for you.”
“Ah, Tanta, if only I had about 3000 more of you.”
Newbie hurt. Seriously Trebor . . .
Ripard Teg was much nicer . . . and I appreciate that.
Who the high profile non candidates like will sway some of the folks who listen, read, play the meta game. The forums . . . um, no. That is less a campaign platform and more troll.
I have started dropping secure containers in appropriate systems with My name on the and CSM . . .the space equivalent of yard signage.
For those who wonder, yes I am a serious candidate. I just like to write in character. Ask anybody who has flown with me in a fleet and they will tell you I know what I am doing and I do not wear a wizard hat while flying logi or DPS