I am a long time Redditor who wants to take our fight for personal freedoms to the next level. I am Dr Michael Ham, physicist, neuroscientist and candidate for the United States Senate from the great State of New Mexico
Today's blackout of the internet has been truly awe inspiring. For the first time in my adult life, I saw a diverse community come together with the express purpose of saving some of our freedoms from a Congress that has abandoned the vast majority of Americans. All three of my Congressional representatives are pro-SOPA/PIPA and it has been disheartening to contact them and have their offices ignore a very real threat to our freedom of speech.
I'm a long time Redditor who got tired of watching my freedoms and future evaporate. So I decided to do something about it.
Throughout my life, those that represent us in the Federal Government have been selling off my future piece by piece. I was born in 1981 when the Federal Debt was ~1 trillion dollars and the government couldn't wiretap my phone without a warrant. There was never any threat that my family might be indefinitely detained by the government we elected to represent us. The cost of attending a University was manageable for someone working a college level job. The promise of a society that rewarded hard work, but still took care of those who were less fortunate was still in place.
Like most Americans I pinned my hopes on first one party then the other to restore some sanity to the way government operated. However, this government by the people is no longer for the majority of the people. It has become abundantly clear that government is not broken, it's been hijacked to represent a few narrow interests. There is a segment of society that has always been on the upswing during my life, but it isn't the average American.
I want to show that there are consequences for these actions. The only way to get our Congress to perform it's duty, is to get a new Congress. We need to set a warning for every future Congress that if they continually subvert the will of the people, they will lose their jobs.
I am running for the United States Senate to replace a PIPA co-sponsor, Jeff Bingaman. I want to put pressure on the primary race and change the debate in the United States to one where we discuss which policies work and which don't.
I want to be the voice in Congress that stands up for civil liberties and increases opportunities for all Americans. I am expecting my first child and I want him to grow up in an America that is full of promise once again.
I don't want to be a Congressman forever. I want to make a positive impact for the people our past several Congresses have left behind: teachers, soldiers, police, firefighters along with the entire middle and lower class. I also want to ensure that we continue to invest in our future as we fix the budget. Then I want to return to my normal life and write books and build apocalypse ready cars.
Congress thinks this (SOPA, PIPA, NDAA, Patriot Act etc) is just going to blow away, but to paraphrase the great American John Paul Jones "[we] have not yet begun to fight."
Edit: Wow! what an incredible turnout. Sorry I can't stay up anymore, I've got work tomorrow. Thanks for all the questions, I will do my best to answer more in the morning.
Edit 2: Front page! Many asked, so here is my normal Reddit account...neurn2
Edit 3: I apologize if I was unable to answer you directly. Thank you so much for the amazing responses. I greatly appreciate those who have pointed out areas of my platform that need improvement. I will work to address that ASAP. On that note, a redditor was kind enough to set up /r/michaelhamcampaign. If you would like to help with the campaign I'll see you there