My name is Andrew L. Hicks and I am running for office of President of the United States in the election of 2020.
I am not running as a Democrat or a Republican, though I love and empathize with people who identify with those and any other labels.
I am running as a human being with a compelling, actionable vision for peace and harmony in America and on Planet Earth.
The path towards my decision to run for office of POTUS has been unconventional to say the least. I have no documented formal political track record. You could run a background check on me, and find reasons to label me a degenerate. I laugh sheepishly when I ponder the public’s reaction to my tax returns, with my years of non-employment and difficulty holding jobs due to major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, addiction, and more.
But all of that’s only a fragment of my story.
I was born in Lansing, Michigan, on March 20, 1981 at 2:53AM (making me a Pisces/Aries cusp, unfurled into this world under a vibrant full moon in Virgo).
I am an Indigo Child and an empath, born at the tail end of the Millennial generation, and from a very early age, my traits became evident as a philosopher, inventor, and pacifist with aspirations for leadership, entrepreneurship, and social revolution.
Another defining characteristic that shone from my youth was having zero tolerance for double standards, hypocrisy, deception, and injustice, especially from authority figures.
The limitations, contradictions, inequities, and delusions of the Institution always deeply frustrated and often infuriated me, especially into my teenage and adult years.
What set me off even more was when people would admonish me for seeking solutions, saying things like, “This is just the way things are. You have to accept it.”
(Like hell, I do.)
That is largely tied to why I have struggled with depression so much throughout my life. Because I knew there had to be a better way, and I couldn’t let go of that, no matter how hard I tried.
I was incapable of conceding, but finding solutions to society’s most nagging discrepancies often seemed… impossible. But then again…
So, yes. I’ve spent a lot of my life in the shadows of solitude. Some of it on the streets. I’ve gone through periods of being intensely suicidal and pleading with God to strike me down where I writhe.
But again, that’s just a fragment of my life. One side of the coin. One part of the yin-yang.
I put it all out there up front, because to me, transparency is highly valuable. Transparency allows us to connect in ways that are unlikely to ever transpire if we keep our secrets locked away in forgotten attics of the human psyche.
Besides, if this were a rap battle, I’d be Eminem in 8-Mile. You can’t dig up any dirt on me that I haven’t already dug up myself.
And besides. If I defined myself only by my own dirty laundry, I wouldn’t be running for President. Nobody wants a President who is depressed, overly moody, and unstable. I wouldn’t want to be a President if I were still prone to being depressed, overly moody, and unstable.
Point here being, I cracked my own code. After being on the edge of death for much of my existence, my feet are now firmly planted in the endless fields of life.
I know how to keep myself from falling back into those shadows, too. It’s all about staying authentic. Owning my truth. Being transparent. Having faith.
Walking in humility and service. Taking care of my body, mind, and soul.
Distancing myself from toxic relationships and situations. Practicing balance, gratitude, and equanimity.
Standing up for that which promotes evolution, harmony, inclusion, and cohesion. Loving my enemies until I don’t consider them enemies anymore (they can consider me whatever they want).
Exploring my mind. Knowing myself. Admitting my flaws. Admitting my desires and needs. Identifying, articulating, and enforcing my own personal boundaries, while also respecting the boundaries of others. Being mindful, and caring for our planet and all of its creatures.
That’s the basic gist of it. And it’s a science I believe anyone can apply to their lives in whatever way makes most sense to them as an individual.
All the philosophizing I did in the shadows over the years, added up to something special.
I now have some real, actionable answers to those seemingly-impossible societal problems.
We can work together to co-create a barrier-free world where everyone always wins, and no one has to lose, ever again.
We can enter a new paradigm of national and global synergy, leaving competition and all the division that goes along with it in the past, along with war, social and economic inequity, and social progress being held back my corporate greed and special interests.
We can do this. So let’s get it done, so that I can retire to some lakeside cabin for a decade or so and write the fantasy novels that have been building in my head and heart for the last twenty-five or so years.
There may be more you want to know about me. Feel free to ask me anything. But here are a few bullet points.
- I graduated from Lansing Community College with a GPA of 3.91. My major was Human Services, and I planned to become a counselor to help people with addictions. I ended up feeling suffocated by the limitations of the social work system, so I set off to find my own way to help through writing, advocacy, and eventually politics.
- My all-time favorite job was at the Lansing Community College Writing Center. Empowering students to realize that they were capable of expressing themselves through writing was a highly-fulfilling endeavor. I am currently developing a writer coaching side business to apply my experiences at LCC to a broader canvas.
- I am currently working full-time as a delivery driver at J & J Appliance, Furniture, & Flooring in Lansing.
- I am a certified medical yoga instructor, auricular acupuncturist, and hypnotist who specializes in the cessation of self-limiting behaviors (like smoking, or any other behavior an individual sees as detrimental to the vision they have for their own life).
- My favorite film of all time is Vanilla Sky, followed by Interstate 60, Requiem for a Dream, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
- In the 90’s, the X-MEN cartoon taught me all I needed to know about forgiving and protecting people even though they often hate what they don’t understand.
- My most cherished genres of music are electronic and industrial, but I’ll attentively listen to literally anything, especially for the purpose of getting to know other people.
- I am the lead singer of the international cyberband Anorkia, and am heavily inspired by the likes of German industrial act KMFDM, who’s prolific output has largely contributed to my current political ideology.
My ultimate personal dream is to set up a network of animal sanctuaries and communes across the world, and spend a few decades perpetually traveling in an RV, writing, running life-affirming businesses, making music, and loving everyone I meet along the way.
Much love to everyone who reads this (and everyone who doesn’t).
Andrew L. Hicks