Dear Democrat,

After exploring the idea of running for Congress in 2018, I was unable to discover a viable path to victory. I have chosen to forgo a candidacy, in favor of continuing my current political work and preparing to attend law school. While I believe that ending the wars, balancing the budget and defending the Constitution should be the urgent priorities of our next Representative in Washington, I do not believe that 2018 is the year in which Massachusetts Democrats will be ready to embrace these causes in earnest.

I originally took an interest in politics in the months leading up to the Panic of 2008. Those were confusing and scary days for many Americans, and it was during that time that many voters realized just how little their economic interests mattered to politicians in Washington, at least when compared to the interests of Wall Street bankers and their lackeys. The bank bailouts were a sure sign to some that American democracy had been permanently overwhelmed by a system of centralized bureaucratic control.

The TARP bill and others were the last nails in the coffin of the American system of civil politics and governance: no longer were industry, voluntary exchange, and the rule of law to underpin economic activity from sea to shining sea. Rather, rent-seeking, regulation and the rule of unaccountable ideologues and planners became the accepted order of the day. Since 2008, our economy has stagnated, the appearance of growth being maintained only through the continuous debasement of the U.S. dollar.

There will come a day when Washington’s chickens come home to roost: either interest rates will rise, making the 22 trillion dollar debt unserviceable; or they will be kept artificially low, facilitating more and greater financial bubbles. Either way, eventually markets will roil: if the past is any indication, it will be at this moment that many Americans seek new representation in Congress: when they do, I will be ready to perform, and I hope to have your support.

God bless you, and God bless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Sean Ryan