June 15, 2011. Chicago. Our parents warned us, ‘don’t talk politics or religion – it just gets people mad at you’. But are you one of those people who can’t bite your tongue? Do you like to debate or even argue a little? Are you passionate about your politics, beliefs and ideals? Then you belong at the War Room – the new Message Board forum launched at whiteoutpress.com. We called it that because our readers are passionate and when people talk politics, they get fired-up.
Our founding fathers gave us three ways to legally protest – the soap box, the ballot box and the cartridge box. Is it still legal to say that sentence out loud? We hope so. Because in twenty-first century America, all three of those Constitutional guarantees have been systematically eroded, and in some cases, outlawed all together.
It’s no secret that in many places throughout the nation, including the city Whiteout Press is located, it’s illegal to possess a firearm. And as many of you have experienced first-hand, even when firearms are legal, law enforcement confiscates them any time they wish. And unless you have $100,000 to sue to get it back, you’ll never see your firearm again. But that’s the cartridge box, the very last of the emergency options our founding fathers left to us to always guarantee, in every time and every generation, that We The People shall always be free.
The ballot box is another story. For decades, the only way to successfully run for elective office was to sell your soul to one of the only two socially acceptable Parties. But if you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve already found out that there is almost no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. And unfortunately, it’s practically impossible in some states to even challenge them. While Democratic and Republican candidates need to turn in 1,000 petition signatures to appear on the election ballot, independents and other Parties’ candidates need upwards of 30,000 signatures. Why?
Our elected officials say it’s to keep crackpots and pranksters from muddying up our electoral system. “Surely, anyone legitimately running for office can collect 30,000 signatures” they tell us. But if it’s so easy, why don’t the Republicans and Democrats have to do it? Here’s an eye-opening challenge to all our readers. Regardless of what state you live in, as all states are different, find out how many signatures you would need to run for a state-wide office, both as an independent and then as a Republican or a Democrat. If you believe in free and fair elections, you’ll be as shocked as we were.
Or if you’d like to save yourself some time, contact Ballot Access News and Richard Winger. He is THEE foremost expert on ballot access, or more often, the unfair system of ballot access. If you consider yourself an ‘independent’, he’s definitely one of the good guys. We at Whiteout Press can vouch for their passion, experience and heart-felt sincerity. For over two decades, we’ve watched them do what they can with their limited time, money and manpower to help educate honest, citizen-politicians and potential candidates throughout America.
The ballot box, while restricted and slightly eroded, is still our second option. That leaves us with the first option to protest the things we disagree with or give a voice to a well deserving cause. It’s the ‘soap box’. And while public speaking is unfortunately against the law in many cities and towns throughout America - they call it things like ‘disorderly conduct’, ‘public nuisance’ and ‘mob action’ – the internet has become the world’s biggest ‘soap box’.
With that in mind, we invite all of you to stop by the Whiteout Press War Room and leave your comments, questions or suggestions on our message board. Knowing our readers, the forum should be a wide assortment of passionate and active people representing all segments of the social and political spectrum. And make no mistake, all are invited and welcome, no matter what your political persuasion is. Our only rules are to keep it clean, keep it civil and keep it legal.
To keep the chaos organized and out of trouble however, we do ask you to pick a user name and provide your email address in order to post messages in the Whiteout Press War Room. Visitors however, are always welcome to stop by, look around and check out some of the posts and topics. You don’t need to register to do that.
Since the War Room message board is brand new, please be patient if you run into any technical issues. Remember, we’re not web masters here at Whiteout Press, but we’re doing what we can. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any problems with the forum or if you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion. Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Whiteout Press War Room. You can also find it on our Home Page at www.whiteoutpress.com.