The Campaign for Our America shuts its doors for good at the end of this month, dead from lack of support, voter apathy and my own inability to rally enough people behind the cause.
I’ve spent the last three months trying to generate more support but appeals for help have gone largely unanswered and you can’t have a “national grassroots organization” with fewer than 100 contributors.
Responsibility for the failure is mine. I overestimated the appeal of this web site in drawing support for the cause. My ego got in the way of what I still think was a good idea but I’m too much of a lightning rod for controversy to serve as a catalyst for serious campaign reform.
Over the last 11 months, I’ve put every dollar of ad revenue from Capitol Hill Blue into the campaign along with twice that much out of my own pocket but I cannot, and will not, continue to channel either my personal resources or the resources of this web site into a cause that does not have public support.
Perhaps it is, as an email from one reader suggests, “a comeuppance” I deserve. Perhaps it is an indicator of a fractured America where no cause can generate the level of support needed to motivate serious change.
It is my belief that America, as both a nation and an institution, is in serious trouble and that the problems we face as citizens of this once-great nation may soon be irreversible, if they have not reached that point already.
I believe radical change is needed to save this country but the motivation from that change must be driven by someone who is less polarizing and whose past mistakes have led some to doubt his motives. I cannot serve that role and it was foolish for me to think I could.
The prospects facing us as we head into the 2008 election year leave me with feelings of dread and despair. I started the Campaign for Our America with the hope that we could find ways to re-energize public support to restore a place called the United States of America. I believe such support can be rallied but I do not have the answers on how to do it.
Recent polls say most Americans have lost faith in their country, their government and many doubt our prospects for the future.
As a review my recent writings, I realize that I too have lost faith. As a reader correctly noted earlier this week, I cannot be part of the solution as long as I am a catalyst for the problem.
America has lost its way. So has this web site. I can’t fix America’s problems but I can fix the problems that I believe have caused Capitol Hill Blue to stray off its path. That will be my focus in the coming weeks as we wrap up 2007.
The job will be easier with your help. This may be my web site but its goal has always been to serve its readers. Let me know what you think needs to be done and I’ll try like hell to make it work.