From the left: GOP civil war can create a third party
The Republican Party is currently ripping apart at the seams: the civil war raging between its crypto-fascist "Tea Party" faction (whose name is nothing more than a romanticized veil designed to hide their dark nationalism) and the mainstream GOP establishment (complete with its police-state market fundamentalists and their super PACs' infinite wallets) is threatening to tear the party in two, and the final relegation of the GOP to the dustbin of history should be something that all liberty-lovers should celebrate.
If there is a titanic split between the Tea Party and the GOP elite, it may create conditions that are conducive for the final destruction of the totalitarian, two-party system. Having two parties that each define themselves in accordance with their rejection of the other is conducive for one thing, and one thing only: partisan gridlock.
There needs to be more than two - there needs to be three, four, five or even six parties that constantly enter into deals, coalition governments and legislative partnerships so that we can have voices from all sides of the political spectrum be represented. These parties could be chosen from the dozens that exist today - from the Green and the Socialist Party, to the Libertarian and the Constitution Party - and every voice should be heard, no matter where it falls politically.
This is reminiscent of what was said generations ago, when our founding fathers fought valiantly to build our glorious republic.
In September of 1796, George Washington said that "the alternate domination of one faction over another, sharped by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension ... is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads, at length, to a more formal and permanent despotism ... on the ruins of public liberty."
John Adams echoed him by explicitly saying that "there is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the Republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humblest apprehension, be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."
The two-party system has our entire government stuck in a never-ending war wherein the Republicans and the Democrats care only about political rhetoric and television talking points rather than working to create an economy geared in the interests of the working class. They play political games. The two-party system is, as the founding fathers said, an evil that we must avoid.
Of course, if we have multiple parties, two of these parties could be the Republican Party and the Tea Party, whose violent schism is only generating more discussion about ditching our corrupt system in the hopes of establishing alternative, viable parties that do not answer to the corporate establishment or to the rich party leaders in their ivory towers in D.C. If it's the GOP, the Tea Party, the Democrats, and a "progressive party" that fractures away from the Democrats much the same way the Tea Party does from the GOP, then our legislative branch may work better seeing as it would be almost impossible for one single group to obtain enough electoral support to have a totalitarian majority in either chamber of Congress.
The two-party system is also dangerous because it creates the illusion of a false political binary, wherein the two competing parties may look different but fundamentally act the same. The Republicans and the Democrats pretend to be radically different, but the truth is that the majority of the problems that plague our great nation are caused by the two of them working hand-in-hand. They both recently supported an agricultural "farm bill" reform that slashed food stamp programs for working-class families; they both authorized the use of extensive military force in the Middle East; both expand the wasteful spending by the Pentagon bureaucracy, not reduce it; neither has proposed fundamental education reform to end systemic exploitation by for-profit universities; neither support a living wage; neither support single-payer healthcare, but rather support "reform" based on using federal tax powers to coerce individuals into a for-profit, monopolized insurance market (be it state-level Romney-care or national Obamacare).
We need more parties in Congress, and each and every one of these parties should be constructed in such a manner that allows them to function without relying on the bottomless-pit pockets of corporate-funded super PACs.
How is this possible? By having the United States join the rest of the industrialized world and adopt a publicly-funded campaign finance system that allows candidates that are not sponsored by corporate puppet-masters on Wall Street to receive grants from the federal elections monitoring agencies. This would allow them to effectively compete during election cycles.
Would this be a drain on the public treasury and a waste of taxpayer funds? I argue that it wouldn't, and that those who worry about such a drop in the bucket should instead turn their eyes to the war-mongering police-state and its military-industrial complex, which parasitically steals hundreds of billions a year right out of the pockets of the average American and funnels it into technologies designed specifically to slaughter humans.
The death of the two-party system is something that our founding fathers would support. They would not want our glorious republic to be ripped in half by hyper-partisan career politicians, and they would not want it to become the corporate police-state that it has become in the wake of 9/11.
We have allowed the Democrats and the Republicans to prey on our fears by stripping our civil liberties away in the name of "national security." Our republic has degenerated into a partisan Empire. If we want to restore it, we need to send more than just "liberals" and "conservatives" to Congress - we need to send socialists, libertarians, greens, constitutionalists and more.
On a lighter note, happy birthday to our governor, the one and only Maggie Hassan.
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