Most anybody can run for office, but not all of them should
Criteria for winning an election: first, one has to be electable – you know, no murders, rapes, or recent B&Es under their belt. Secondly, one needs money to run for office. Without one’s own money, there is the possibility of having the wrong people’s money – like big corporations. Third, one needs a consensus, a constituency, a team of supporters. Next, one has to be organized; unorganized campaigns lose every time. It is not enough to be “for the people.” One must have the basic elements for victory. Otherwise, the campaign would be a waste of time. Yes, people like Jill and Bundley have the community’s interest at heart. But, more is needed. Politics is not for the faint at heart, the weary, the weak, the broke, the unorganized, or the short-sighted. And, for the record, a little charm goes far. Again, this is not about who has the best platform or stump speech. Politics is war, and people play for keeps. Further, blacks are more likely – if history remains true – to look out for blacks. The time for blacks having to wait and – in the meantime – push candidates from other communities is dead and stinking. First, blacks must exhaust the resources already available so as to promote a black agenda. For BMORENEWS, this black agenda includes public education, black business, universal access to healthcare, ex-offender services, and housing. For the record, few if any of the citywide candidates in Baltimore’s citywide races have addressed all of these concerns.