We’re back with this VERY important post — just to show you where we stand on the ’08 election.
Source – cedarcomm.com
We’ve tried… We really have! We wanted to evoke political debate and to a certain extend we succeeded to do just that. On the other hand, we failed miserably to draw enough attention our way. Bill Gates probably noticed and read the website and our arguments, but he probably didn’t feel the drive needed to go for that presidential candidacy…We would like to thank all of you who tried to get this thing to work, and we hope we’ve inspired some people to think about the US Presidency in a way they never did before.
I’ll leave the website in it’s bare form online as a reminder of better times. This, however, will be our final update.
As we posted yesterday we decided to launch a petition. We know doing this petition means taking a risk. We know this petition means opening our website for people spamming and abusing the little input fields we give them. Yes, we know people will sign this petition with bogus names and bogus e-mail addresses. The thing is: we decided to go for it anyway – armed with enthusiasm and motivation!
We’re hoping thousands of people will sign the petition, and even though we know there are thousands of people supporting our ideas, it’s not going to be easy to actually get them to add their signature too… We’re counting on all our supporters to help us get the word out, and appreciate all the exposure we get!
No, we’re not dead! We’ve been busy, though… We’re working hard to get a stable and reliable petition system set up to show the world how much support there is for this whole “Bill Gates for President thing”…
We’ve reached some of our goals: getting the ideas out, stirring up a discussion and getting people to think about the whole presidency thing… The petition is probably the most expected next step….
There’s more to come, but we’ll let the holidays pass first…. See you soon!
To the WGT (“Windows-Gates-Transfer”-syndrome) argument identifying Bill Gates with errors or omissions in Microsoft software, I would answer, imagine any of our politicians running Microsoft! There’s a good laugh! Concerning the non-issue of bugs in MS code, I would point to the vast numbers of hackers trying to exploit the software (because it is there, yes, I know, it’s irresistible!), and further note that it would be surprising if there were not some employees of Microsoft who are doing a little, uh, “internal crusading” let’s call it charitably, for open source alternatives to the company software. Even if there were no hackers or destructive sympathizers, running an enterprise the size and speed of Microsoft would guarantee errors, because human beings, like their software, have not been formally verified as error-free. In addition, I doubt that Bill Gates writes those incomprehensible error messages himself!
The very concept of Microsoft – a giant campus – is advanced beyond older business models. The employees I have seen, heard and read the writings of (including Bill Gates himself) are enthusiastic and positive, partly because they have to be, sure, but also because the employees working for Bill know they are in all likelihood destined to become millionaires, and they all know they are contributing to the frontier of advancing knowledge and utility for the average person, and so they partake of the optimism of service at the forefront of their field. The symbol of the frontier that they are living out is an American tradition that is unacceptable in the current political climate of win-lose mindsets and criticism of traditional America.
How long has it been since we have seen anything so positive come out of our government? I hate to be negative, as it seems against the positive nature of this website, and the positive call for Bill Gates as president, but I had hopes that the current President might devote much more effort to getting us a foothold in space, or end the Iraq war long before this, or that a candidate from the other party might have acted to fix over-managed health care or the plight of the homeless. But we have not seen the kind of hope in politics that technology promises every day, that is, the hope of curing the sick and prolonging life, of preparing by forethought for natural and man-made disasters, of universal care for those who need it. The political parties seem afraid to actually address these issues in public, much less offer us a candidate who is an unqualified winner, a completely successful entrepreneur!
To cut to the chase, imagine an America returning to the frontier of a rational war on human poverty and misery! Imagine, for an example that is particularly poignant, charities run on a business model (as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation requires, if you hadn’t heard), as if they really hoped and were designed to succeed at their impossible tasks! Imagine the multiplier effect of technology, and cutting-away of deadwood, that rational thinking with a grasp of technological issues and successful management could accomplish, when applied to the unresponsiveness of government and the political incumbents that seem baffled by it, or ignorant of it. Then imagine a government that finally returns to the ideal the founders had for the Republic: appoint (okay, elect) grownups, not demagogues, for high office. For President, elect a responsible person who has proved he can handle enormous responsibility, and trust him to do a competent, no, a superb job, as he has in managing his own affairs. Now, that is an exciting idea! Bill Gates for President!
We would like to thank Dan for sending in this article.