Wednesday, January 13, 2010
#14: The Farce of the Two Party System.
Years ago I lived in a small town in north west Arkansas and became acquainted with the former investigative reporter from Chicago, George Murray. He had written the book, "The Legacy of Al Capone". As you might expect it had some interesting stories about the life and crimes of "Scarface". But the real story was how Capone had institutionalized corruption and graft into our everyday political life. Corrupt politicians have always been with us, but it was Alphonse Capone who took it to the level of a public institution.
Mr. Murray states in his book that there are only two kinds of public servants, The Crook and The Square. We don't have much trouble identifying the crooks, they are the sleazy creeps that will sell a political favor and look the other way if the price is right. The crooks wear nice clothes, drive big cars and eat high on the hog. But what about the Squares? They are good well meaning folks that want to get into public office to help make a change. They have high moral ideals and lofty goals. They genuinely want to make the world a better place to live and raise a family. The Squares enter their new positions full of enthusiasm and run head first into a stone wall of corruption, graft and greed. They are forced to deal with a evil machine and after a short time they become beat down, disillusioned and toughly defeated. They serve out their term in quiet frustration or they look at all the money lying on the table and sell out. They become crooks and find ways to justify their choices by convincing themselves that that is just the way the game is played.
We are ruled by two very powerful and thoroughly corrupt gangs of thugs. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Neither one of them now have the faintest resemblance to the political parties of our fathers. Over the last twenty or so years the forces of evil have infiltrated both parties to the point that they conspire together to enslave the people they are sworn to protect. We have elected what we believed were the best people for the job and once they get to Washington, they drink the polluted waters of the Potomac and become drunk with power and control. They are seduced by the life style of the aristocrat and have become addicted to the narcissistic belief in their own importance.
I realize that I am painting with a broad brush. I do not mean to imply that there are not a few dedicated public servants. They are genuine American heroes who are working tirelessly to protect we the people and our Constitution from the evil doers who also work tirelessly to enslave and control. If you have such a representative, give thanks to God and write them to say thanks for watching out for you. (A link is provided for your convenience at the right).
The two party system is dead. It is grave yard dead and has been for decades. In 1992 Ross Perot was the first third party candidate to join in public presidential debates. He received 19.7% of the popular vote making him the most successful third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 election. This near miss was too close for comfort and caused the two ruling parties to tighten their grip on the election process. Since then, no third party presidential candidate has been allowed to debate with the two major parties. At the first sign of a serious threat in the form of a candidate that is speaking out against their corrupt agenda or worse yet, insisting that the liberties guaranteed by the constitution be respected, both parties, with the aid of their ally, the elite media, launch a propaganda war on the would be candidate. Neither party has any scruples or ethics in these attacks as long as it belittles, ridicules and marginalizes the Independent candidate.
The control of the presidential debates has been a battle ground for more than two decades. The role was previously filled by the nonpartisan civic organization, the League of Women Voters. In 1988 the LWV withdrew from debate sponsorship, in protest of a major party candidates attempting to dictate nearly every aspect of the debate process. The LWV's 14 trustees voted unanimously to pull out of the debates and issued the following press release:
"The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates .. because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public."
That same year the two major political parties assumed control of organizing the presidential debates through the newly formed Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). The commission has been headed since its inception by former chairs of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. In spite of much criticism over the exclusion of third party and independent candidates and the insistence that the control of the debates be returned to an independent nonpartisan body, the CPD still retains its control. And you thought we had an open and free elections. That couldn't happen here, could it? Want to buy a bridge?
The leftist elite media loves to whip us into a frenzy from time to time with all sorts of election scandal and party propaganda. By the time the election rolls around we are so saturated with phone calls, letters and endless political ads and commercials that we are looking forward to the end of it all. It seems that the only ones of us who are immune to this deluge are the yellow dog voters who will vote just like dad and his dad before him, no matter who the candidate is. Then there are those of us who simply hide in oblivion, pretending that nothing is going on.
The next time you hear someone say, "I vote defensively, I vote for the lesser of two evils", reach over and punch them in the neck, hard. Big deal, you coward. You still voted for evil. Now they will whine and say, "yah, but I didn't throw my vote away". Ask them how they will choose between death by lethal injection or the electric chair? I guess the deadly shot will hurt less than that initial slam of 500K volts to the brain, but you are still stone cold dead. Ask them who they would rather have molest their children, a neighbor or a total stranger. Come on, they should be pretty good at this by now, choosing the lesser of two evils.
When we go to the polls, it is not a horse race where we try to pick the winner. Voting is about choosing with your heart and your conscience. What happened to voting your conscience? What's wrong with supporting a candidate that you believe in your heart of hearts will support the constitution and fight for your liberty? Voting for some sleaze bag because he or she is less of a sleaze bag than the other, how is that not throwing your vote away? Don't ever, ever, let a Democrat or a Republican tell you that you have just thrown your vote away. If you don't vote your heart and your conscience, you have in fact wasted your vote.
Al Capone kept the Chicago politicians happy with bribery and intimidation, but he also keep some order in gangland by cutting up the city between the different gangs. The government of the United States has been cut up and divided between two gangs. They take turns being in charge and share in the plunder. It's Chicago on the Potomac. And we have a South Side Chicago community organizer in charge to prove it.
So what are we to do? Stop accepting the propaganda that tells you that you only have two choices. Look around you. Ask some questions. And above all, do not rely on the main stream media to keep you informed no matter how Fair and Balanced they say they are. Look for alternatives to the two choices that are given to you. Do you know that there are political parties that are working to defend our Constitution? The Libertarian Party is America's Third Largest and fastest growing political party. Libertarians engage in a variety of projects, working for everyone's liberty on every issue. Look to leaders like Chuck Baldwin of the Liberty Defense League. Dr. Baldwin is a Constitutional warrior and has authored many inspiring and informative articles on our current condition. With a little homework, perhaps you too will become a Constitutional warrior.