Political Parties Exist to Subvert Instead of Enable the Voice of the Individual.

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My Life for Ze Party und Ze Leader!

Why is it again that, in 2010, political parties still exist? Well, other than for the implimentation of the control of a few who claim the voice of many, I don’t see much reason; member voices are given more lip service than respect from the party’s “leaders”. And, while we are attacking preconception, why a party “leader”? Would not an “impementor” be a more appropriate term for the desired function of the office.? Someome trusted to make the will of the members of the party heard effectively?

But how is that again? A party is supposed to make the voice of its X number of citizens louder than this other bunch’s equal number of voices?

Do you people out there ever completey agree with every part of “your” party’s platform? If one election cycle you do happen to agree with it all have you ever in your life seen the party hold to each and every plank after the election?
Remind me again Virginia; just WHO these parties claim to serve?

A Modestly Heretical Proposal

Get rid of the parties. No labels to hide behind, no pols in pocket of biz or party, pols un-electable without personal support from the community, pol has to listen on every issue and best of all, the most important, the pol would be judged more by accomplishments and record than by their associations.

Today there is no practical reason not to elect individual candidates directly.

Not sure you like the idea? Think about this: neither. Obama nor Palin would have ever been nominated without an agenda following party forcing them upon their supporters. Think about that for a while…

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What IS Your Problem Anyway?

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I had a wonderful, fantastic vision while sitting on the (polite euphemism for toilet applicable to all  individual readers’ culture and tastes)  today.  What would our world look like a few years after a particular, completely unlikely, event. Namely the election in one year of NEW Senators, Representatives, Governors, and state legislatures never before involved in politics.
 
Just picture it, a government that is comprised of real, articulate, skilled or professional folks. People who have done things.  Imagine a further impossibility; NONE OF THEM ARE LAWYERS!
 
The quivers surely run down my leg thinking of THAT event Virginia.
 
What would happen if the Constitution and common sense ran the government?  Could it possibly be worse than the things the Left and Right have brought us with their endless political games that rape the future of We the People on the altar of their ambitions?
Will the paid-off-pundits of the Right who pretend to be Conservative please explain to me why they approve of the Supreme Court decision to equate dollars in marketplace with individual free speech as protected in the Constitution?
 
Just what is the justification for this equality of “voice” that allows a corporation to drown out the voice of real citizens who have no deep pocket masters?
 
We may never be able to rid ourselves of the “machine” that exists to promote the power grabbing of the Leftist and Right-Wingers, but we can surely starve it for funding and force it to listen to real people for a change!
 
And can the hypocrites on the Left who pretend to be Liberal tell me why they condone non-Liberal interference with the PROFESSION of education?
 
In the halcyon days of the political machine in America the murdering thugs who ran places like Kansas City and Chicago and New York had few morals, but they did have some unbreakable rules, one of which was keep your hands off the roads and the schools.  As long as these rules were kept to the population had little to complain of and the machine flourished. 
 
Some kind of perverse evolution has occurred over time.  As the governments in America became less and less overtly corrupt, and certainly less violent about it, they also threw the rules away.
Why are the schools across America constantly chasing “Liberal” ideals and consistently failing to improve?  Why are the roads in New Orleans the worst in my experience for a metropolitan area despite the huge income given the size of the city coupled with a, supposedly “Liberal” government?
 
Both Left and Right have felt no compunctions about interfering in every aspect of our lives motivated less by sense, than some immediate political consideration devoid of human values but rife with moralistic rationalizations.
 
But, most of all, I demand that the Left and the Right explain to me WHY partisanship is a good thing.  Just what is healthy about viewing the political opposition in a two party system as something to be ELIMINATED from the political process?
 
Is this not one definition of fascism, no matter the other politics of the proponent? Tell me Mr. Obama, and explain to me Mr. Limbaugh, why you feel a two party system would be healthier as a one party system.

And so you know I reall AM a moderate!

Liberal Church
Nowadays the word Liberal is often used as a pejorative. Heck, I often use it that way myself at least in my own head. I am a moderate and probably spend about 40% of the time cursing the idiocy of the Liberals and 60% complaining and worrying about the Conservatives (It is too bad there are not more real conservative minds in the Conservative camp these days.). Of the two the Conservatives tend to scare me a bit more but the Liberals in total power would be just as bad in other ways. But the actions of the radicals on either side does not condemn the entire school of thought. This should be remembered by pundits on both sides in this age of attack politics.

Lately a radically Conservative group has taken over almost all the political voice of American Christianity. They have used their pulpit to propound, and pound in, their own view of history and how Christianity has influenced the development of the United States as a nation. The problem is that they have forgotten from just where in the Church all that influence came. Yes, it was those damn liberals. Every time!

In American history, every time the religious culture had a profound influence on society those influences came from Liberal Churches, not Conservative ones. The Conservative Churches in every case have held the line with the status quo through history whether it was regarding the Revolution, slavery, child labor, workers rights, racial equality or now, gay rights.

Yet these same Conservative Churches of today want to shine their halo on the contributions of Liberal Churches of the past.

This activity is not unique to Christianity by any means. A Radical Conservative Jew will spend much energy telling you about Judaism’s amazing contributions to Western society but will not see that his brand of thinking never produced any of it. Find any Conservative Imam and you will find a man eager to convince you that Islam has been an enormously positive contributor to civilization over the centuries. But remind him that his blind Conservative philosophy again had nothing to do with those periods of Islamic glory he polishes up for you to admire and he may take offense.

In each case, when religious and political power are intermingled, progress comes when the Church is Liberal and tolerant and only stagnation and decay when the Church is Conservative. It should be noted that Conservative religious thought can have great influence on society, but it seems to be chiefly negative. Witness the defense of slavery and the stances against child labor and civil rights laws. Witness the attempts at blind conversion of any people that are under the influence of the politicized religion.

Conservatism is highly successful at keeping the wheels of a society turning. But it has no track record for being able to grease those wheels or provide a creative inspiration for the people who are pushing the cart of civilization. Without a Liberal element in society, one with enough of a voice to smack the bosses upside the head now and then to moderate their actions, society is nothing but a slave camp destined to fade into the dust of history.