Political Parties Suck – G. Washington
December 14, 2012 |
The party is not the people, and hasn’t been for a long time.
Witness the widespread discontent evidenced by the tea party movements which started in 2009, then add in the discontent amongst progressives turning against Obama and the Democrats, and you have a full blown, anti-party movement going on. More and more people every day are leaving their prospective parties and marking down their party affiliation as “Independent”
The problem, if you ask me, is that most people out there are unhappy with the progress of either of the parties out there for these reasons:
- They are not really aligned with your interests
- They say that they are aligned with your interests in order to get into power, then opportunistically change their tune once in power in order to solidify their power
- They really are the both for the same goals, and neither is willing to listen to the people
- While they fight on the surface and in the view of the cameras, they are really both only interested in the same thing: increasing their power, suppressing the people, and taking more of our money. They just do it for different reasons. Think of opposing lawyers who fight each other mercilessly in the courtroom, only to meet for drinks later after their clients have gone home. This is Washington, and our State and Local governments today.
Even George Washington said:
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Sounds like the parties of today, don’t they? So what do people say: “Throw them all out! Both parties suck, so we need a third party to come in there and clean house”. Problem is is that will never happen: the current duopoly has things so locked down that a third (or fourth or fifth) party could not possibly win enough of anything to get into power. I saw this in action during Bill Clintons election. Remember Ross Perot? Sure, millions voted for him, but he didn’t even get ONE vote in the electoral college. Same thing will happen to any other future movement.
This is why, even though I hate to say it, the only way we can effect real change, real movement back to the founding principles of this country, is to infect members from BOTH parties with the ideals WE hold dear. We need to identify leaders in both parties who feel like we do, and get them voted in, no matter if they are Democrat, Republican, or Independent. A “block” not a party. A block who believes as we do.
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