Political Parties: Dividing the People
But Taking Us To the Same Place
Common Sense – Chapter 4; Part 3
It wasn’t long ago that I believed our political parties actually stood for something. On second thought, I guess I still believe that they stand for something, it just isn’t the something that I thought.
The only principle that our parties really seem to care about now is a principle called “Get elected at all costs.” That’s it. Do not believe their lies and propaganda that our parties still matter—they don’t. What matters are the values, judgments, and temperament of the candidates—not their party affiliation. You can find values and principles in individuals in any party and you most likely can find criminals, sleazebags, and early-stage sociopaths in any party as well.
More and more people are recognizing that political parties are intentionally causing problems so that they can later attempt (and fail) at fixing them. The greater our problems, the more we’re supposed to need them around. But, like so much else, that’s a lie. The number of Americans calling themselves “independents” has climbed from 11% to 25% over the past twenty years, a promising sign in the battle against the two-party system.
If you are still brainwashed by a particular party, it’s time for a reassessment. An alternative to the two-party system already exists, given the 25% who call themselves independents. It just needs to be taken advantage of. Times are too perilous to substitute blind allegiance to any political party for independent thinking!
The last paragraph also goes for any politician who may be reading this. Democrats who believed President Bush was spending us into an unstable third-world economy, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? Stand up. The people will support you. And Republicans, do you really think about George W. Bush’s defense policies were all we cared about? For those who believe our Republic is now at stake, DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE.
We vote for Republicans and get bigger government and more spending. We vote for Democrats and get bigger government and more spending.
We vote for candidates from both political parties who promise ethical government and the Republicans bring us the House intern scandal and the Democrats bring us Charlie Rangel, ethics-plagued Fannie Mae, and Chris Dodd’s sweetheart mortgage deals.
We support candidates who tell us they want transparency and accountability, yet we still can’t find out who is behind pork projects or who slipped last-minute amendments into legislation.
Are any additional candidates broken promises needed for us to finally realize that these parties all come from the same contaminated source? Both have been infected with progressivism—the belief that your individual rights are subservient to government power and that no personal liberty is above sacrificing for the greater good (a term that is conveniently defined by government politicians and bureaucrats).
Our collective experience since the Founding has taught us that all governments of every stripe are fascist in nature. They will gobble up as much money, resources, and people as possible unless adequately checked. Governments are never static; they always grow. Communism, fascism, socialism, imperialism, and statism are all different ends accomplished through the same means: totalitarian, absolute government control over the individual. All these “isms” simply reflect the mistaken belief that progressively larger governments are needed to address our problems.
The two-party system is a distraction, a sideshow designed to grab and keep our attention by producing a lot of “heated” debate, arguments, and political attacks while accomplishing very little. The best analogy is the movie Ocean’s Eleven, where a group a thieves rob a Las Vegas casino. The getaway van, controlled remotely by the thieves, pulls out of the casino parking lot. But it’s just a red herring. The thieves aren’t in the van, they’re still in the casino, free to walk out the front doors with loads of cash while the police are distracted.
Our politicians are destroying the economy. They are hijacking private business and are stealing our money and our children’s future. Bush did it. Obama is doing it now. But we’re fooled because we’re distracted by red herrings, such as debates over which party is more irresponsible.
I expect Democrats to attack this book’s message and messenger because they will believe that it’s pointing fingers at them. I expect Republicans to attack this message and the messenger as well for similar reasons. Both would be 100% accurate.
Make no mistake, this is the fight of Us versus Them. “Us” comprises those who believe in liberty, as described in the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence. “Them” comprises those who believe that the definition of liberty must evolve with the times.
Politicians, I have a message for you: Americans do not care about the R or D after your name; in fact, those letters probably hurt you. We care about your character. Americans don’t want someone with whom they always agree, but someone they can always trust. We want to be a part of a process that is open, transparent, and fair—but, most of all, we just want you to do what you promised you would. We’ll call you with our thoughts when you can, but if you keep your end of the bargain, then you’ll have nothing to worry about. We’ll always be there to watch your back.
Let us be the radical thinkers of our day and remember the commonsense warnings that George Washington gave us in his farewell speech:
The common and continental mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection… A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
We are now experiencing exactly what George Washington warned us about. Neither party is serious about finding solutions. Their focus is instead on building their own tiny political empires where “their guy wins” while the country burns. That is not leadership, THAT IS NATIONAL HOMICIDE. They seek to incite political support or raise money by pitting us against each other on issues like abortion, gun control, immigration, and gay marriage because they know that by igniting heated arguments, the issues are less likely to be solved and their own careers are more likely to be secure. Every time you vote “against” someone rather than “for” someone the two-party system wins and America loses.
When we support or vote for candidates outside the two major political parties we are immediately lectured about wasting our vote or making it easier for the less desirable of the two major candidates to claim victory. These lies are repeated every election and they must be ignored.
You never waste your note if you vote your conscience. Need proof? Just look at Arlen Specter. In the 2004 election, two third-party candidates ran, both of whom were considered far more conservative than Specter. But most conservatives figured those minor party candidates would never win, so they sold out their own values and voted for someone who very few people considered to be a true conservative.
Nearly five years later, Specter switched from the Republicans to the Democrats. So I ask you: who wasted their vote, the four percent of people who went with the candidates from the Constitution and the Libertarian parties, or the 53% who voted for a man who later stabbed them in the back by switching parties simply to have the best shot at winning his next election?
Common sense tells us that supporting the individual of our choice, after having studied his position on the issues, is never a waste. Are truth, honesty, and candor any less desirable in candidates that don’t happen to be Republicans or Democrats? Stop believing their lies!
The enemies are at the gate, and have been for quite some time. Many “liberals” have begun calling themselves “progressive” instead because it sounds new and forward thinking—but the truth is that it’s anything but. It is a movement that requires Americans to sever ties to our founding and follow an ever evolving social gospel instead.
Common sense tells us that a government that can provide everything is a government capable of taking everything. Wake up! We don’t need a new party in power—we need a new way forward!