I have left the Libertarian Party. No, I have not left because I have changed my political position or philosophy, I have left because I realized a big part of the problem with our representative democracy is political parties themselves. For a long time I have been voting third party, knowing that the current political parties are both corrupt, and are scarcely different in any important way. My line of thinking was that a vote for a third party was a vote against the status quo and a vote for someone who’s political leanings were far more close to my own than what was being offered by the two mainstream parties. I often was criticized for “wasting my vote”, and not employing strategy by not supporting a party that had a chance to win. I always argued that a vote for the status quo was a waste since, at best, it was a vote for the lesser of two evils, guaranteeing the perpetuation of evil among our representatives.
Now I am going a step further. I am not even going to employ the idea of a party itself when choosing a candidate, meaning that there is almost no traditional political strategy at all. Foolishness? Not really, I think the foolishness is the system we have allowed ourselves to be manipulated into. The United States was not initially designed to have political parties. There is no provision for them in the US Constitution, nor is there any requirement to use such a system in the writings of the founders. Indeed, the first political parties emerged 20 years after our independence.
The first parties were factions within the initial government under George Washington, the Federalists and the Democratic-republicans. This was a basic philosophical difference between the two groups that underpinned all other issues. As such, an organic development of political factions, or parties, was understandable. Even then, however, the Federalists did not last long, and the Democratic-republicans were the only viable “party”, meaning there was another period of essentially no political parties involved in the selection of representatives.
As time went one, there were again ideological divides, the appearance and disappearance of the Whig party, and the eventual split of the Democratic-Republicans into two separate parties that lead, ultimately to today. The problems began when parties started over specific issues rather than basic philosophy. When things really got bad, however, was when election law started getting manipulated. Most of this happened at the state level, but it was corrupt none the less. It is difficult to imagine getting onto a ballot without party support, especially on a national level. With the restrictions that are put in place these days it will not be easy.
The thing is, we need to stop focusing on the presidency. Sure, a president that would rescind all of the messed up executive orders, abolish the czars, not sign legislation into law that was unconstitutional or increased taxes or spending, and lift the moratoriums on domestic energy would be perfect, but the real problems are in Congress. I think it would be possible to get someone in there that would not only refuse to play the game, but would expose it for what it is. I will be embarking on a project to that effect, I think it is the last best hope we have, and it all starts with refusal to play the game. The system will be hard to fight, hard to change from inside, but the games that are being played within the system now will make such a thing impossible unless we refuse to play at all. No deals, no earmarks, no compromising, no using technicalities to get things blocked or last-minute sessions to ram things through. No failure to show up at votes, no writing of bills so complicated they cannot be understood, no tacking on legislation that cannot stand on its own, no voting for anything that does these things, and no promises made that cannot be, or are not, kept. Full disclosure of anything legal to disclose and full compliance with every law that regular citizens have had levied on them.
New media affords the potential to accomplish all of this, but we must think outside the box, and if we are to operate within the system, we must at least not try to additionally play the games. There is no time for games, and no room for the corruption and hypocrisy that the games force one to engage in. I don’t care “how it’s done in Washington”, because that is precisely what must change. I don’t want an experienced politician, knowledgeable in law and public service. I want someone with a real life brain and integrity that won’t quit.