Two Party Tyranny
It is midterm election time. For those not paying attention, it is primary time. Time for the two party system to do its worst, and select two candidates for us to choose from, one being an incumbent.
Now that I have gone back to work, I have the luxury of listening to local talk radio host Lars Larson. Sometimes he is hysterical in his beliefs, but he is fairly knowledgeable.
Since it is primary season here in Oregon, the major race is to see who the candidate to go up against incumbent US Senator Jeff Merkley is heating up. Currently, there are at least five candidates running for that slot. One of them called into Lars’ show this afternoon and lamented that he and two others were not invited to the debate. Lars’ attitude was that the bottom three candidates were only going to garner about 5% of the vote between them, so why should they be invited?
What it shows is that if you don’t have a lot of money in your war chest to advertise yourself, you get written off by the Establishment. The funny thing is that Lars kind of considers himself a Tea Party guy. The political parties have become an entrenched, invitation only, exclusive club. If you are on the outside, you aren’t invited to their party.
The Republicrats have gone to great pains to ensure their power, and anyone seeking to break that monopoly of power is shunned.
About 32% of the country are registered Republicans, while about 34% are registered Democrats, from the last numbers I’ve seen. That means that a full third of voters in this country are not adequately represented in the government. And the two parties like it that way.
The two parties control everything from election laws to campaign finance. Ever wonder why campaign finance laws never stick or term limits never gets off the ground?
I mean, it has been suggested that the 22nd amendment, presidential term limits, be repealed so that a president could do like FDR and run until they die. Currently, that’s how it works for more than a few in Congress.
The commission that runs the presidential debates has locked everyone else out of the process. They decide who is invited, the location of the debate, the format, the questions and the moderators. Socialists, communists and libertarians need not apply. They can go hang out in the designated “First Amendment Zone” if they want to be heard, far away so no one else can hear them, either.
These people have a right to be heard, regardless of if they will garner a small percentage of the vote or not. It would give them exposure, and that is exactly what the two party’s fear. A different voice exposing their hypocrisy. I may not agree with what they have to say, but they are being suppressed by the Washington Establishment Elite. The unsuccessful Senate run this year could translate into a successful State Senate run the next time, and the beginnings of a movement as this person may build a following, if they do the right thing.
Of course, there are also those who say that if there were more than two parties, Congress would break down into sectionalism as parties form in different regions. What would be wrong with representatives from different parts of the country forming political parties that looked out for the interests of the region in which they live? God forbid that representatives from Oregon would look out for the interests of (*gasp*) Oregon!
So, we should fear more than three parties because it might break down into sectionalism? So, how did the two party system fare in the run up to the American Civil War? How much sectionalism existed then?
The US Constitution can only attempt to guide and protect us from the government, but in the end, it is still only a piece of paper. The Constitution, however, cannot protect us from the political parties.