This interview took place on May 24th 2017. #WeThePeople met Samuel Ronan who plans to run as a candidate in the 1st Congressional District of Ohio. He believes in Progressive Unity which was why he started “Our Voice”. (At the time of interview) he is, he tells us, a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reservists and in charge of 3000 people’s personnel records and all the different programs that that involves.
Sam ran in 2017 as a DNC Chair Candidate, and we saw, that as he says himself “I can be feisty at times but I have nothing against Tom Perez” (and in reference to now), from a military standpoint I’d like not to have to fight Republicans and Democrats on two fronts, it’s not a good tactic.
John and Sam speak about Kimberly Ellis and her bid for the Chair of the California Democratic Party. He tells us that the room came alive when Nina Turner spoke, and that Kimberly received a similar reaction from those present. She had amazing support, and yet didn’t win? There were though threatening tactics, and delegates who didn’t show up. Were they able to afford to go, Sam wonders? There were also people voting who shouldn’t have been. The Democratic Party with a little integrity, a little bit of transparency and a little bit of accountability could turn this around by standing for the issues people care about, he states. If the Democrats support me financially in the knowledge that I won’t sell out, then okay, otherwise too bad. Progressives are bringing an Establishment Party to its knees. They can’t fight our truth, they have to resort to dirty tricks. In California we barely lost, Sam says, with almost no centralization or pooled resources, against a machine! The solution is simple, politicians need to “Quit being idiots. Don’t be assholes and take care of your people.”
Sam started OV as a call to all Progressive Organizations to unify. We need to see the big picture and to win so that the People’s voice is heard. OV is not into internal fighting among the groups. It’s a matter of combining our efforts and supporting our candidates regardless of what ticket they are running on. The idea was also that there would be one place to go to find out who to vote for, and what activist groups are out there focusing on which issue, so that when one is not helping elect a given candidate, one can help promote Y cause. Sam also speaks of combining forces for each march which would mean far more activists on the streets. This is music to John’s ears and he adds “What you’re saying is what Bernie has been saying…focus on issues.” Sam says the fundamental point of OV is to “Do whatever the hell it is you want to do, but don’t do it against others.” It’s our job to police the government says John. We’re supposed to have the help of the media, but we don’t anymore. We can admonish groups for not taking a fully progressive stance, but we don’t vilify them, Sam comments. Humans *** up, continues John. Okay, but if you’re elected I expect you to be accountable for those mistakes, and I (want to) be able to say, how are you going to fix it? ...and move on. We forgot that we have to be the boss, John insists. Sam reminds us that if the 270 million people eligible to vote, actually did, things would be very different, gerrymandering notwithstanding. 60 million voted for Donald Trump, 63 million for HRC. Half of the country didn’t vote! If you are that disenfranchised, go out there and make a statement says Sam. Say “the other guy sucks” and that you’re going to campaign against them. He questions though why Justice Democrats are wasting resources putting up a primary challenge to someone who also embodies their principles? There are 435 seats, so run the Progressive somewhere else! If we in OV support Independents, Democrats, Republicans … that we like, we are more likely to get the result we want.
Along the way Sam tells us that “I want universal healthcare. I want universal education. I don’t want the military to be everybody else’s first job…Serve your country if you want to, otherwise I don’t want you there.” And later, interestingly, he says “If I were to run as a Republican, and win, that’s a win for us!”
They refer to the DNC lawsuit, and the fact that if the DNC can rig the primaries and choose its candidates – and that sets the dangerous precedent that it’s okay, by law, then the RNC can do it, and all these elections are nothing but show, and your vote becomes meaningless … this lawsuit then literally determines whether the United States of America becomes a dictatorship. John still feels that even then if that happens, the fight will carry on, and that the legal system can intervene (when it wants to says Sam). How do we fix it, asks John? What we do have to do, Sam replies, is to play the long game, that’s why I support all of the options (Dem Enter, Dem Exit…) because one of them will be the catalyst that brings it all down. We have to persevere, and even if we have some losses, we will win more and more over time!
Yes, but because of climate change, we don’t have 20 years! The technology is there says Sam, and so are the resources. Tesla created solar roof-panels, we have electric cars: Tesla, Chevy Cruzes and Ford Fusions… If all we did was invest the $1.5 trillion corporate subsidies (that’s annually!), into developing clean energy technologies (electric, hydrogen, thorium power…)…Imagine! Did you know that 100 grams of thorium can power a sedan-sized vehicle for a hundred years? Thorium is a leftover residue from uranium, and it’s more common than dirt. The mention of thorium makes the audience happy. John adds that science and engineering is hurdling forward at the speed of light, and the government is going backwards to the Dark Ages. Sam tells us excitedly, that the literal definition of the latter is a theocratic, Christian-based society that shuns intelligence and science.
Sam and John mention the failure of MSM to report on the drought in California, and that Nestle is pumping what little water is left, for pennies on the dollar. Never mind that Flint’s water system is still screwed. Never mind that we are destroying our own lands, with our own resources gathering by fracking! And we use petroleum to create plastics, but hemp could literally replace everything that petroleum does, Sam points out.
Sam, says John, you’d be a great candidate in Oregon, but in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District? … The money is arbitrary Sam replies. Okay, I need X amount to spend on yard signs, handouts and flyers, and also travel expenses. The money that needs to be spent is on my field (operations) directorates and volunteer coordinators. If I flooded every radio station (cheapest form of advertising) out there, every wave length, regardless of music, genre, what is being spoken of… that would cost less for a year, than a month’s worth of TV ads! It’s not about money (although I’d love to pay volunteers $15 an hour, to compensate for lost income, jobs…), but it *is* about people. I need in total maybe less than $250 000, but I really need an army of volunteers knocking on every door. Build an army that will continue on to the next election, and builds the group, John says. If endorsed by a group Sam adds, they help him, they elevate him and then he helps them.
I’m running for Congress because the voice (Our Voice) of the American People is not being heard. I love my country, earned my citizenship and have fought for it. I want to continue that service by running for Congress. I don’t want to see children starving, and veterans on the streets - homeless, cold, dying - due to adverse weather conditions. I don’t like fathers forgoing cancer treatment to avoid putting their families in debt after their death, nor the elderly forgoing medication in order to eat…
Samuel Ronan has a limited income and will require funds to run. Please help him if you can. What he most needs beyond this is that army of volunteers. Good luck Sam.
P.S. Samuel Ronan is running as a Republican. There is an Independent, a Democrat and an Incumbent Republican in the race too. His primary date is May 8th, 2018. Links are in the video description.