Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2, 3, 4.....or more?

My hubs and I have a disagreement. He believes that there needs to be only 2 political parties for maximum effectiveness in our Federal Government. He believes that any additional parties would just water everything down and therefore there would never be a consensus.


I think hes wrong. And, bless his heart, I get to explain why..... (If he wants to explain in further detail his opinion, he is more than welcome to comment, get his own blog or nicely ask me to allow him to guest post).... Although I did a very accurate job ofsuccinctly portraying his viewpoint, ifIdosaysomyself.


I so see his point - I really do and I have struggled with my own personal viewpoint - but here it is. If we are going to be a free society - a free market comprised of free men, then competition is good - scratch that - competition is necessary - absolutely a bedrock principle.


I think the less one party has a majority, the more those scumbags answer to those at home - the less they are able to game the system with their pork, their deals, their corruption. The less they have a party's backing, the more their true compass are those people at home and the Constitution they swore to defend.


The less they have a party, the more they have to actually work together and KNOW what is in the crap they sign.....


But its not that easy - Here where I live, we have a closed primary which means that I HAVE to be a member of one or the other party to vote. I get to vote anyway I want in the general election, but D's vote for D's in the primary and R's vote for R's. And Heaven help the off brand Political Party.....good luck even getting on the ballot. I couldnt vote for the Libertarian Party this last time around.....


Some states allow Independents to vote for either but it is up to the individual parties in the individual states. For example - D's let anyone vote in the primary in CA this past presidential election.....


The parties have rigged the system as much as possible - DUH.....


So what do we do? You pull your registration - You register as an Independent - more Independents exists now than D's.....How cool is that? You let each party know they are boats filling with water and that people are jumping ship. Actually, You register any way you see fit....again, the more the merrier in regards to parties.


And you learn the rules in your own state. This is my plan.... I am going to register I. However- I have marked on my calendar the dates by which I have to register as a D or an R to be able to vote in the primary (or I am praying a viable 3rd party). Neither party will be able to count on me in deciding Who to run - they wont be able to count me on their rolls as they make their plans for the upcoming election. Its not a perfect plan and it does put the pressure on me - the pain of switching, going to the Tag Agency - all of it on me.


But you know what? I am cool with that because for far too long, people have depended on someone other than themselves. They depended on the D and the R and look where it got us?


So I say bring on the Constitutionalists, the Libertarians, the Greens, the Secessionists, the Independents, the Socialists, even the Communists. Its time we know where everyone stands. Because I am fine knowing you love Stalin, its the hiding it and lying about it that I have had enough of.....


Pray - Praise - Prepare

5 comments:

Kim Heinecke said...

Dear John,
I probably lean toward your camp of a limited number of parties but I wouldn't say that to Jennifer because she was pretty passionate here and I'll be honest, it scared me a little. :)

love your spark, sister. luvit.

Annette said...

I'm new here so John, cannot help you atm. =)

Well said Jennifer.

Meadowlark said...

Two parties is simply not working. Unlimited? I don't know. But as long as they can divide us into "us versus them" this system isn't going to work.

Brad K. said...

I think more parties is (would be) a disaster. The more parties, the more confrontations and the more time lost in establishing communications and consensus.

And I think the likelihood of corruption would increase.

Remember - to find the IQ of a meeting, divide the average of the IQ of those present by the number of those present. Did I just imply that many parties would be a stupid thing to do? Gosh, I hope that wasn't the moral of the story.

BTW - I got a "Republican Census" form. It should be a felony to use marketing tools intended to mimic official government instruments.

Anyway, it appears the GOP in Oklahoma hasn't learned squat about communications. The "census" - that is, fund raising letter - wants to use this thing to validate doing the same crap all over again. There was one amusing section - select which party is better able to . . The available choices were limited to Republican, Democrat, and No Opinion. I have an opinion, a very definite opinion, that both Republicans and Democrats have screwed up, have made things worse, and failed to fix problems. How do you put that in a check box? The idiots. No, I didn't send them any money to keep doing (wrong) what they have been doing.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Brad - I got one of those.... I thought it should be illegal too...

Previously when I got things from the Republican party, I have put the torn up forms right back in their paid for envelope and mailed it back to them. I have even put a note in there that they will not get a dime from me until they quit being scumbags and that I dont think those on the otherside of the aisle are any better :)

Meadowlark - I agree that the 2 party thing isnt working.

If you go through history, there have been different parties all throughout and they changed frequently. This D/R thing has been around too long, mostly because they have rigged the system to stay in power. I wish we could throw everyone out at the next election and those that arent up for a vote, we could recall. Wish we had an option for a "no confidence" vote...