1 month, 3 weeks and 4 days from today, New York’s 26th congressional district will hold a special election to fill the seat vacated by family-values adulterer Christopher Lee. Green Party candidate Ian Murphy knows that he doesn’t hold the institutional advantages of his rivals. Unlike Kathy Hochul, he won’t be able to rely on those who always vote Democrat out of habit. Unlike Jane Corwin, Murphy cannot rely on a stable of lobbyist contribution bundlers who will support any Republican — at a price.
With an eye to the limitations every third-party candidate faces, Murphy has pulled out the remaining attractor available to him, the great equalizer of human communication: humor.
On his issues page, Murphy alternates humor with an earnest seriousness:
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
You want a job? I can relate. These past few years have been rough. The crooks on Wall Street, and their enablers in government, have ripped us all off. Their fix? Give away the farm to corporations and the super wealthy! This is how to create jobs, they’ll tell you. This is a lie.
The myth of “trickle down economics” is just that—a myth. It’s a myth employed by The Billionaires to explain why they deserve more of your hard-earned money. This pisses me off. It should piss you off, too.
When I’m elected to Congress, I’ll create the jobs that failed right-wing economic policies can’t—good, high-paying jobs.
I am pro-Craigslist transsexuals. Unlike your last Congressman, however, I am not a terrible hypocrite. And unlike my Republican opponent, I am not a discriminating jerk.
The divide between the haves and the have-nots hasn’t been this wide since the Great Depression. The middle class is being ripped off and lied to. Crooks on Wall Street receive bailouts and bonuses, for stealing your money. People are working harder than ever, for less and less. This pisses me off. It should piss you off, too.
When I’m elected to Congress, I’ll fight to shift the tax burden away from the middle class and the small business owners of the 26th district. It’s time the U.S. had a sane, progressive income tax and corporate tax structure.
When Warren Buffett’s secretary pays more income tax than he does, you know something ain’t quite right.
I am pro-adorable puppies. When I’m elected to Congress, and if you’re good, I might get you one.
Slash Military Spending
We’re slated to spend a whopping $1 – $1.4 TRILLION on our military in 2012 alone. But if you listen to right-wing politicians and pundits, you may be under the false impression that our historic deficits should be blamed on Medicare and Social Security. This is a lie. This is just another way The Billionaires are screwing the little guy.
We need to reevaluate our priorities in this country. Do we want to live in a nation which wastes its vast treasure on myopic military adventures and tax breaks for the super wealthy? Or do we want to live in a country which values the lives and rights of its older and infirm citizens?
This country is under attack by the super rich. They want more. And they want you to have less. This pisses me off. It should piss you off, too. When I’m elected to Congress, this will change.
Ian Murphy’s approach has won the attention of people across the country. Will it win some votes in New York’s 26th district? We’ll find out in 1 month, 3 weeks and 4 days.