Over the course of the past several months I have frequently stated that, in competitive contests such as my congressional campaign, you don’t have to win to win. What I meant by that observation was that victory comes in varied forms and manifestations. Of course, outright victory on election day would be the ultimate embodiment of success
It would appear, however, that now is not the appropriate moment for such an overt and obvious victory to be achieved. In his sovereign plan, God has a perfect time for all things...and I have lived and outworked my 37+ year Christian life in full recognition and acceptance of this fact. Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
As the vote tabulation was finalized for the November 8th general election, the fully-expected reelection of Chuck Fleischmann was confirmed as an absolute fact. The incumbent Congressman garnered the anticipated percentage of the vote (66.39%), leaving his Democratic rival, Melody Shekari, in the proverbial dust (28.85%).
In third place, among the five candidates, was yours truly with 5,091 votes (1.93%). I was pleased to have bested the other two Independents, Cassandra Mitchell and Topher Kirsting. In order to put the election results in proper perspective, the following points must be considered:
(1) The Rick Tyler for Congress campaign was as much about interjecting hardcore truth into the political discourse as it was about seeking electoral victory.
Not to be misunderstood...I would hasten to emphasize that my sincere desire and intent have never wavered in principled determination to win the election. Outright victory is not impossible...even with a central message that is comparatively radical. What is vital to understand is the fact that progress en route to success is often incremental and gradual. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” as the old saying goes.
When preparing to move mountains, we must be committed to the “long haul” proposition. Along the way we must be cognizant of and thankful for all the opportunities to propagate truth and challenge the thinking of those who are yearning to grow.
5,091 voters cast their ballot in my favor. A significant majority of them were, doubtlessly, thoroughly familiar with the Make America White Again campaign slogan and recognized its importance and relevance in the context of our nation’s present perilous circumstances. What is all the more intriguing is the consideration of how many additional tens of thousands of other voters would be supportive of this message to the point of casting their vote in my favor, if purely tactical considerations were not the guiding force behind their actions.
Without question, there are vast numbers of Third District voters who are firmly persuaded that the maintaining of a white super majority is vital for our future best interest and survival. Of more immediate concern to most of these voters, however, is the goal of making sure that the Republican incumbent not be picked off in a surprise upset by the Democratic candidate. To a substantial extent, votes for Rick Tyler would come at the expense of the Republican incumbent. Therefore...if Rick Tyler is unlikely to be able to win in his independent, no holds barred status...support and votes for him could actually increase the possibility of a Democratic upset in an otherwise “safe” Republican district.
Thus...as we now begin the Rick Tyler for Congress in 2018 campaign, a central goal will be the presentation of a realistic manifesto for electoral victory. As was described in the 6/27/16 article, 34 in 16: Can Rick Tyler Actually Win?, victory can be accomplished with as little as 34% of the vote...which happens to be a very doable objective.
It is significant to note that there is little time to waste. Victory in 2018 will likely require an enormous amount of time spent traveling and campaigning throughout the 11-county district that stretches from the Tennessee/Georgia to the Tennessee/Kentucky state lines. God willing...I intend to begin this process very soon!
(2) 5,091 votes is an impressive and noteworthy beginning.
Yes...it is most encouraging to reflect on the fact that this significant number of fellow Tennesseans were energized and inspired by the Make America White Again message and all that it touches and encompasses. And...as previously noted...they are the mere tip of the iceberg as concerns the overall total of those possessing the aptitude for racial awareness.
Bear in mind that the amassing of the 5,091 vote total occurred as a result of little more than a single attention-generating event...the controversial erecting of the Make America White Again billboard in late June. In less than ten hours (when it was illegally taken down), this extraordinary billboard managed to spawn a widespread, albeit fleeting, publicity windfall and sensation. Indeed, in one fell swoop, the Make America White Again billboard catapulted the name Rick Tyler to a status of significant levels of recognition and familiarity among voters of the district.
Name recognition happens to be a crucial component of viability as a political candidate. The Make America White Again billboard has succeeded in surmounting the name recognition hurdle and, as such, has laid the groundwork for bigger and better goals and accomplishments.
(3) Hostile and vitriolic opposition spawned by the Make America White Again billboard effectively paralyzed the campaign for the remainder of the election season.
Yes...penetrating truth concerning the subject of race tends to elicit a dramatic and irrational response from the ranks of the brainwashed and propagandized element of the body politic. In this particular situation, the liberal-minded and youthful river community was quick to rally in opposition to my seasonal business. They maliciously sought to bring destruction upon myself and my family through their boycott efforts and actions. In light of the fact that they are, in large part, a band of godless reprobates, it is not surprising that the “river hippies” would be so readily disposed toward mindless, ignorant hostility to such crucial and vital truth.
The hardship and injury they have inflicted upon me are nothing more than a textbook phenomenon that will ultimately serve to greatly augment and fortify the cause and crusade for truth! Overcoming adversity is a challenge that, of necessity, always accompanies the achievement of great and noble causes. The mindless and ignorant faction that has worked with determination to destroy my business have unintentionally provided me with profound and valuable assistance.
Had I been spared the financial hardships engendered by their hateful and malevolent behavior, I could certainly have conducted considerable campaign activity and received many more votes on election day. Despite this fact, it is still preferable that circumstances have played out in the manner we witnessed and experienced. In retrospect, I will have these enemies to thank for helping to create the following blessings and benefits:
As the German philosopher said...”That which does not destroy me only makes me stronger.” Thus...I can thank my foolish and ignorant enemies for enabling me to grow in strength.
When called upon to suffer, financially and otherwise, for that which we believe...we are given the opportunity to prove the depth and sincerity of our convictions. True character is evidenced not only by one’s ability to recognize profound and unpopular truth...but by our willingness to suffer for the cause and sake of that truth as well! Thanks to my enemies are therefore in order for helping me establish my bonafides.
The dramatic lessening of seasonal clientele necessitated the expediting of other business and organizational endeavors that happen to be important facets of long term dominion strategies in my home location and territory. For this reason, I owe my enemies a debt of gratitude for helping God’s overall plan for occupation and dominion to proceed in a timely and comprehensive manner.
In conclusion of this article, I want to offer my sincere expression of thanks and appreciation to all who have supported the 2016 Rick Tyler for Congress campaign. Your prayers, financial help, and other tangible acts of assistance have been a tremendous blessing and inspiration. I hope and pray that you will understand how the results of the election represent anything but failure. In light of the massive opposition and hostility that is typically leveled against hardcore truth...to have done as well as we did with so little expenditure of time and resources is nothing short of amazing!
Without breaking stride...I plan to commence my 2018 campaign for this very important political office. With your continuing help and support I will proceed to execute systematic and methodical activities that will accrue toward the likelihood of notable success...possibly even outright victory...in the 2018 race!