"Let’s put America back together again."
Who the heck is Pilliard Dickle?
On election night 2016, cartoonist Pilliard Dickle was so disillusioned with both candidates that he went into a self-imposed Bubble of Ignorance. He became known as the only person in America who didn't know who won. Now he's making a bid for the job...but he's doing it his way.
"I'm running my entire campaign from my futon. In my bathrobe."
His campaign budget is $175
Plus two Beatles glasses full of change. But he considers this one of his strongest qualifications.
“I will not accept payola from—nor am I indebted to—any corporation.* I realize being poor is not a qualification in itself , but I vow to be just as broke the day I leave office as the day I go in. I think a broke cartoonist who picks up a few extra packets of mayonnaise at Wendy's to keep from having to buy a jar at the grocery store might be just what America needs."
* In the interest of full disclosure, he does owe Citibank about $300.
Does he really think he can win?
"It's a foregone conclusion that our democracy is accessible only to the rich. But I believe that with enough imagination and a positive, forward-moving agenda, it just might be accessible to a cartoonist on a futon."
Who better to answer that than...
The party named after a crayon
Pilliard Dickle is not running as a Democrat or a Republican. He's with The Periwinkle Party. It's mostly blue with a dollop of red.* It spans 2/3 of the political spectrum from the Indigos and Cobalt Blues on the left to the Mauves and Plums in the middle.
* Eisenhower red
Note: Membership in The Periwinkle Party does not preclude membership in any other party. It's a little plug-in party. You can be a Periwinklillian and still be whatever else you want. So join today!
"We welcome everybody from true-blue progressives to disgruntled conservatives who don't feel like they have a party anymore and are willing to join us in a temporary alliance to dethrone a regime-run-amok."
"I pledge when elected to put on pants."
Pilliard Dickle has a vision for the future
And he should. As America's most imaginative calendar artist, he's been drawing it for years. And what's his vision for 2020? Surprisingly bright!
"This cauldron of insanity has set positive forces in motion. People are coming together in amazing ways. The future looks good. We are going to put this nation back together better than it's ever been."
"A yearlong trip to a cartoon fantasy land."
"All I'm asking voters to do is go insane. Like they did two years ago. Do it again, America, but this time, 180º in the opposite direction."
Pilliard Dickle's New Bubble
Pilliard Dickle has gone back into a bubble. It's a bubble of Positivity. And Victory.
"We're on a merry-go-round of non-stop hand-wringing and nail-biting. It's sapping our vitality as a nation. Well I say let's step off that ride."
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"What's important is not that I get elected, but that we all pull together to put America back together again."