August 14, 2004
An American Revolution: On The Campaign Trail with Michael Badnarik
In 1776, 56 men assembled in Philadelphia to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the task of securing liberty among the American colonies. 228 years later, Michael Badnarik asks, “If you were there in 1776, would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Would you have signed on the dotted line, knowing that perhaps you were signing your own death warrant?”
Mr. Badnarik, the Libertarian candidate for President in 2004, speaks on the hottest issues in this year’s election, including the War in Iraq, the Economy, Health Care, Social Security, and the recently proposed (and defeated) Gay Marriage amendment to the Constitution, among others. You’ll also hear him as he discusses his self-described “hot button” issue: protecting the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Set to the patriotic rock song, “Prayer For America” by the Pennsylvania-based-band Pokerface from their CD Made In America, An American Revolution is a combination documentary and music video, set in actual venues in July 2004 where the Badnarik campaign has been meeting with voters, the media, and party supporters. Reality TV has never before been this real. Nothing was staged. It was all captured on-the-fly, as it happened, for your viewing and listening pleasure.
The title for An American Revolution comes from a comment Mr. Badnarik made off-the-cuff to some supporters in West Virginia. It’s in the video. In that clip, he said, “We have to get an American revolution. Benjamin Franklin said that there’s a difference between revolution and rebellion. Revolution is an astronomical word: a planet revolves around the sun, and after it finishes a revolution, it comes back to its starting place. Well, the human starting place is private property and individual rights. And for a short period of time we gave up those rights to live under a king….They were proudly British, and 15 years later they changed the way they thought and decided that taxation without representation was not really a cool thing.”
The reason we named our team The Camcorder Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight is that we just bought our “portable TV studio” this summer, and we were learning how to use the equipment at the same time that we were following Mr. Badnarik around as he campaigned in North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland. As a result, the scenes weren’t lighted ideally, the camera angles were sometimes cockeyed, the sound was sometimes off, and some of the shots reflect the fact that they were taken by an operator holding the camcorder in his hand. Worst of all, we lost about two-thirds of our sound tracks in North Carolina due to a faulty microphone.
In West Virginia, I discovered that I had brought the wrong camcorder…the one that was scheduled for a visit to the repair shop. I was devastated, until a kind person helped arrange for me to borrow a camcorder for my day’s shooting. My heroine! This didn’t stop the ongoing onslaught of problems, though. Later that day, Mr. Badnarik was speaking ad hoc to a group of supporters and interested guests. Unfortunately, directly behind the audience was a large slide-show screen, and there was no room to set up the camera. Thus, we were forced to settle for a side-shot of Mr. Badnarik as he rattled off some of his best impromptu sound bites on the spur of the moment.
But we were not defeated by all these setbacks…just temporarily derailed. We pushed on, and the result is now available for you to see online. Despite the warts and blemishes, we decided to release the video as-is, knowing that it might be the only opportunity most voters will get to see and listen to Mr. Badnarik before casting their votes on November 2, 2004.
We hope you enjoy the result.
Of course, since most people have Internet access these days, perhaps this program might be viewed by hundreds of thousands or even millions of voters before the debates in September. Once they view it, they might be willing to tell pollsters that they support Michael Badnarik, just to get him into the Presidential Debates with Mssrs Bush and Kerry this Fall. If that happens…watch out: the revolution could become a reality!