(Overcoming Rigged Moritis)
by Sidney Secular
Once again, we’re faced with primaries where we choose our candidates for political office in a manner analogous to that of the late Soviet Union. In the USSR, voters had to choose between two approved candidates from the Communist Party, while in the USA we are “left” to choose between a pair of approved candidates chosen by, and owned and controlled by the same people; the elites behind the scenes. Third parties can only get so far, before the elites and political bosses intensify their slanderous misinformation and disinformation campaigns to derail any serious challenge to the status quo/woe. So, we’re stuck right where we were, right?
Not necessarily. There is another option.
We all know how hard it is for a third party victory: for most high offices, it is well nigh impossible, and is made and kept that way by the two parties in power. But it doesn’t have to remain that way, if the various third parties are willing to work together. There are a multitude of small third parties of a patriotic bent embodying varying degrees of conservatism such as the American Third Position Party, the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, the Reform Party, and the America first Party, who regularly run candidates for State offices; and just as regularly lose. Even those who do the hard work and get ballot access for themselves(that is vital: in real terms, you’d have better luck finding a needle in a haystack than winning any write-in campaign above an occasional municipal office, and even that is not much easier) get nowhere. Why? Because the two-party duopoly of Republicans and Democrats are determined to keep out any other parties, and hold the positions of power that will allow them to do so, and the SEPARATE smaller parties have no chance…as long as the key word is “separate”. “Together” is a different story.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Relax; I’m not talking about unifying the disparate parties into a single party, particularly when they have such diverse viewpoints. I’m not even talking about a coalition or formal alliance, since such an association could create squabbles. A gentlemen’s agreement will suffice for the moment, especially when its for the benefit of all concerned.
Here’s how it needs to work: The leaders of the various parties meet somewhere in a neutral/central location, and with no fanfare, and hammer out a simple deal.
NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH
See who wants to run for what to start with; the odds are that most positions will have only one single third party contending for them. These are the easy cases–all the other parties involved promise not to put forth a candidate for it, and pledge to have their local party organizers quietly ask all members in that district not only to vote for, but to actively support and work for that candidate. In return, the candidate vows, if elected, to use all his influence to get other parties’ candidates on future ballots, and if the position is legislative in nature, to introduce and support legislation making ballot access easier for all.
If two or more parties want a candidate to run for the same position, that scenario is a bit more difficult but resolvable under the same agreement; in this case, the contending parties need to be honest with one another and determine who has more support in the voting district in question, thus the better chance of winning; and the other parties/individuals should bow out.
This may involve some horse trading. Party A could agree to pull a candidate out of Jones County in exchange for Party B withdrawing theirs from Smith County, etc.
The important consideration is not to put the maximum number of third party candidates on any ballot, but to get more of those in the running elected to office. There they will actually have the power to do something to change things for the better–first and foremost, the objective today is to break the the two-party stranglehold on the System.”