10,046—The Road Not Taken!!
10,046. We often hear people say that they want to make a difference. Our candidacy gave 10,046 people someone to vote for instead of having no choice at all. Many folks wanted a candidate who not only supported Medicaid Expansion (which passed by a slim margin), but also favors Medicare for All and Lower Prescription Drug Prices. We gave them that opportunity. Others want Bold Climate Action closely following the blueprint laid out in the Green New Deal. We made that choice possible. Others want Paid Family Leave and Childcare. Some want workers to earn Living Wages. Others want Citizens United repealed and to Eliminate Big $$$ Poisoning and Corrupting Our Political System. We made those choices possible for primary voters in CD5-OK.
Some cynics say winning is the only thing that is important. Let us mention that Adolf Hitler and many other horrific historical figures won plurality or majority victories—some of them in rigged and some of them in honest elections. My primary opponent is a good person, with whom 10,046 Democrats and Independents who voted in the primary in the fifth congressional district have important policy disagreements. If we are going to achieve the systemic changes we want, we must fight for those changes. As the timeless saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I am happy and proud to have carried the banner for 10,046 of my fellow Oklahomans and many others who are on the march with us.
It is not easy to run against an incumbent with millions in the bank. We fought a good and honorable fight and campaigned on the issues. We carefully documented every statement we put forth. We did our best. We fell short in votes but won on a very modest budget in many other ways. Elections without choices are empty forms. We provided our fellow Okies with a choice, not an echo. I am so grateful for the 10,046 Oklahomans who voted for me—fought with us along the way. Thousands of others donated to our campaign or helped us in other ways.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves, no step had trodden back.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Thank You from the Bottom of My Heart!!
Stay Safe. Engage in Random Acts of Kindness. Love. Peace.
Yours in the cause,
Tom Guild, 2020 Candidate for Congress in CD5-OK