2016

It is with humility and hubris that I announce my candidacy for President of the United States.

In life, I have been a constant traveler.  I've lived in some of the largest cities in the country, as well as some of it's smallest towns.  From the crowded city subways to the dusty dirt roads, there isn't too much I haven't seen, or heard.  Hard truths and opinions, hopes and disappointments, praises and presumptions.  Everyone has their own.  For me, filtering the nuance of each has forged an understanding that we really aren't all that different from each other, regardless of the cultural, political,  or religious labels we wear to carve out our own niche.  Everybody wants something to believe in.  I aim to give it to them.

It is often said that our political system is broken.  I believe it's just the opposite.  The consolidation of power by two parties committed to their own survival, by way of polarization, is working as well as ever.  Aided by an intentional watering down of popular culture, it shows no signs of slowing.  I have long held the belief that politics is about power and government is about people.  It seems the relationship between the two cannot be untangled, but the way in which they are woven together is an open matter. 

No longer can the elected officials anchored to our country's political machines adequately address the needs of the people.  Nor can those who feel disenchanted and disheartened by the process sit on the sidelines.  In the next two years I will build a coalition of people who still believe in the idea of self-governance through participation.  A coalition of people who still believe that all politics are local.  A coalition of those who want more than what is offered by today's popular culture.   And, I'm going to do it through music.

Is it bold?  Yes.  Is it crazy?  Perhaps.  Will it work?  There's only one way to find out.  I do hope you'll join me in this effort, or at least look in from time to time to see what's happening.  Thank you, again, for all of your support and interest.  It means the world.  Stay tuned for more!

With appreciation,
Matt Campbell