From Indiana Policy Review Foundation:
Horning: Help me file a complaint against both political parties
From Indiana Policy Review Foundation:
Horning: Help me file a complaint against both political parties
I suppose we don’t react to it in any useful way because it has happened gradually, over several generations, in a sort of frog-in-the-cookpot scenario. And maybe we just can’t picture anything better than what we’ve suffered all our lives.
But I don’t know why we even talk about ideology or “issues” until we deal with this: The private clubs called the Democratic and Republican Parties are:
Let’s end the charade. The thieving, deadly game of false dichotomies we call “The Two Party System” should be revealed for what it is…a sock-puppet show that distracts us from the real behind-the-scenes truth that our government is a crony crime network. Their modus operandi and stock in trade is division and conflict; categorizing people and then setting us against each other; both here and everywhere on earth. And this isn’t petty crime. No other gangs on earth steal so much or kill so many. This isn’t tin-foil-hat hyperbole. It’s fact. Let’s stop acting like it’s not.
Realistically, there are no other issues worth discussing until we deal with this one. All other serious problems are just symptoms of a government gone very bad. …And very well-armed against us.
A dozen Presidents warned us about the people who have made the world their ATM and battle ground. But over generations, the factions controlling our government have become ever bolder in their violations of written, practical and moral laws.
Just to banish any possibility of doubt about the preceding:
Special privileges and powers granted to a class of citizens called a “major political party,” as defined and implemented in Indiana, are of course illegal by the Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 23:
“The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.”
Here is a small sampling of special privileges and immunities just here in Indiana:
By creating arbitrary thresholds (Ind. Code § 3-10-1-2) that suppress all other candidates and political organizations, they have granted themselves taxpayer funded primary elections, which implicitly provide more money, public attention, free advertising and media promotion to only Democrats and Republicans at the actual expense of all alternatives.
Ind. Code § 6-4.1-4 specifies that members of the Indiana Election Commission “must be a member of a major political party.” And Ind. Code § 6-4.1-4 grants that only “the state chairman of the major political party” has powers of nomination and appointments for succeeding terms. Only designees “of the state chairman of each of the major political parties” shall “serve as members of the state recount commission.” (Ind. Code § 3-12-10-2.1)
Ind. Code § 3-10-1-4 grants only major political parties privileges of organization (precinct committeeman are a special class of citizen who have special powers [example, Ind. Code § 3-13-1-4, 5, 6], yet aren’t subject to the limitations placed on other political officeholders [Ind. Code § 3-6-1-15]) and process for nomination to public office and filling vacancies (e.g., Ind. Code § 3-13-5, 6).
Ind. Code § 3-8-2-2.5 imposes requirements and limitations upon write-in candidates – (b) 4: “The candidate may not claim affiliation with any political party described by IC 3-8-4-1.” “(e) A person may not be a write-in candidate in a contest for nomination or for election to a political party office.”
Ind. Code § 3-10-1-4.6 applies to only precinct committeemen elected by the Indiana Republican Party.
Ind. Code § 3-10-1-15 sets apart a separate ticket for “each political party holding a primary election” making all alternative candidates inconspicuous to voters.
In case you think that writing words into Indiana Code can make anything legit, Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 25 makes it clear that legislation cannot transgress the constitution:
“No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.”
As far as the corruption goes, the evidence is everywhere. The correlation between campaign donations (business investments that pay multi-thousand-percent dividends) and legislation, the revolving door between regulators and the regulated, the hand-in-glove relationship between lobbyists and lawmaking, the insider trading that’s illegal everywhere but in the halls of power, the obvious payola, pork and conflicts of interest are so well documented by both “left” and “right” media as to be the most universally known and completely inexcusable part of this problem.
It’s not just academics, advocacy groups, bloggers, wonks and journalists who’ve told us about corruption. Our own US Presidents, from the very first one, tried to clue us in. President George Washington warned us against not just the existence of political parties, but also the entrenched corruption that invariably sprouts from such tribalism. In 1834 Andrew Jackson called Central Banks, “… a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out!” In 1912, after decades of rising cronyism, President Woodrow Wilson wrote that, “… we have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world.” In 1961, President Eisenhower warned us against “…the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
We should have heeded the warnings. We should have noticed when the warnings stopped.
Personally, I don’t care what politicians do on their free time and with their own money. They can have affairs with every sort of willing creature(s), and snort all the coke that Marion Barry missed, and I won’t care a whit.
But all the stealing and defrauding and needless, groundless war has got to stop.
Come on…we know this one. Our government, from the Precinct Committeeman who gets special business contracts and a summer job for his son on the DOT, to the bankers who own and operate most of the world, is corrupt from stem to stern, from keel to crow’s nest.
So let’s fix it.
There are two parts to this:
I worded that in just that way for a reason. We got to where we are because it’s where people usually go. And in the case of the USA and its democratic elections, we didn’t just fall into humanity’s default state of corrupt government, we voluntarily chose it, kept choosing it (with a >90% reelection rate).
And, if I can believe my ears and eyes, will likely choose it again in 2016.
Of course I hope I’m wrong about that last part.
This last part is critical. Simply voting for alternative candidates won’t fix a thing because it’s fixing the wrong thing. First, comes us. We must change our hearts and minds. We must develop a picture of how we should live, and then, dammit, choose that life!
I shouldn’t have to prove that constitutional rule of law under our existing state and federal constitutions as written would be a great start. I’ve been trying to prove it for decades now (to little effect). But ultimately, nobody can make you read the constitutions or choose wisely. That has to come from you.
I’m hoping that what I’m offering here is a first step in recognizing that we have a terrible, terrible problem.
And I’m hoping you know that it’s in your power to fix it. If we could get more people to see only that, we could be on the path to a better future…as opposed to the more usual cataclysm…which, I hope you can see, is just around the corner.
Liberty or Bust!
We have been told that we operate under a “two party system” that, in fact, never existed in law or practice.
What does exist, is a globe-spanning criminal crony network that has hoodwinked and robbed us for generations.
Given the incessant, ongoing revelations of scandal and corruption in our government, as well as the common observation that things have gone terribly wrong, my hope is that more of us awaken to this fact, and vote accordingly.
That awakening is a long time coming. The worst of the crime ring’s basic infrastructure started just over a hundred years ago with a network of private bankers given monopoly power over our currency. With their debt/inflation-based fiat currency comes an ancient pattern of failure that consumed most of the greatest civilizations in history. And this time, it is truly a global colossus that is about to collapse in what would be the worst, most violent and impoverishing conflagration ever.
This is a lot of “conspiracy theory” to absorb, let alone believe, so for now I’ll ignore the global monetary, espionage and military systems, and start with what you can see every day here in Indiana.
The Indiana Constitution’s Article I, Section 23 is strong and specific in prohibiting special individual or class rights: “The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.”
In direct violation of this clear prohibition, members of the private clubs called the Democratic and Republican parties have incrementally and over the past century created and protected special powers as “major” parties under Indiana Code.
It’s surprising how many people don’t know that only the Ds and Rs get taxpayer-funded primary elections that serve as vehicles for free media promotion, more donations, and direct public involvement with the internal affairs of their parties. Only they can have Precinct Committeemen with special political rights and powers, yet without the constitutional and antitrust restrictions on other political officeholders. Only “the major political parties” are entitled to serve on the Indiana Election Commission and Recount Commission, among other things.
Worse still is that the Democratic and Republican parties have illegally placed arbitrary barriers and special requirements on all alternative candidates that make it vastly more difficult for them to get on ballots, be seen on ballots, or even come close to the level of taxpayer-supported organization voters assume are shared by all political parties.
In case you think that new law trumps old law; that’s not how constitutions work at all. Both Indiana’s Article I, Section 25, and the federal constitution’s 10th amendment make it plain that violations of the constitutions are null and void; they’re no more “law” than if a cat coughed them up.
The good news is that all governments are by consent of the governed. Even the most oppressive regimes are overthrown when the people have had enough. And we have elections so that our revolutions can be peaceful.
So, look around the various structural and media roadblocks to research the truth on your own.
I’m hoping you’ll realize that even participating in their primary elections gives too much help to corrupt parties that don’t need our help. I hope you’ll see that it’s not alternative candidates who need to explain what they’re doing on the ballot. I really hope you’ll look at what our nation has become, look at the agents of that monstrosity, and ask, “How dare you show yourself on our ballots again?”
In light of all the madness in DC today, I’d like to make a counter offer:
1) Rule of Law Reboot: A resolution reaffirming that the US Constitution is a civil law contract, to be obeyed as written. What’s not clear must be clarified by written amendment. What needs to change needs to be changed by written amendment. Details are here: https://wedeclare.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/rule-of-law-reboot/, and here: https://wedeclare.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/the-united-states-constitution.pdf.
2) A resolution reinforcing that, in the constitution as actually written and amended, there are only seven federal crimes that apply to citizens outside of Washington, DC (1. counterfeiting, 2. piracy, 3. high seas felony, 4. offense against the Law of Nations, and, 5. treason. Tax and postal crimes are implied, but unfortunately, unspecified). Other federal crimes must either be the result of a trans-state-border dispute (murders, other State crimes crossing state lines, for example), or are not federal crimes at all, and the wrongly convicted would be freed.
3) Of course nullify PPACA/ “Obamacare.” But I want politicians out of our healthcare system entirely. More details here: https://wedeclare.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/can-politicians-even-define-health-care/.
4) I propose we cut as many nations as possible loose from both our purse strings and browbeating. Peace, commerce and cautious optimism with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
5) I don’t oppose everything our legislators have done recently. I’d strongly support “Free Competition in Currency Act,” which was reintroduced in this Congress by Rep. Paul Broun (H.R. 77)
6) Pork (“earmark” or localized spending added to bills) is unconstitutional, and it’s time we call it the crime it is. Farm subsidies, corporate welfare, federal block grants that should originate and end within the states…they all must stop. I will squeal whenever I see pork. That alone will keep me busy.
7) I know that the federal constitution isn’t perfect. But I really hesitate to even mention amending the constitution, given who’d be sitting next to me in congress. But since I’ve been asked about this, here’re some amendments I’d propose if I thought they could be ratified intact:
a) Sunset Amendment: a 10-year expiration date for all non-constitutionally specified agencies, laws, powers and programs to gracefully remove, or at least review for reinstatement, everything that’s not specifically written into the constitution. Our laws must be simple enough to understand, few enough to know, and important enough to enforce without classes or exceptions. So a regular “spring cleaning” is required.
b) To more specifically forbid central banking and “monopoly money” in both senses of the term (money backed by nothing, enforced by government monopoly on currency).
c) To nullify the 16th Amendment, which essentially pays for only central banking anyway.
d) To very specifically limit the authority grant of Article I, Section 8:3 (the “Commerce Clause”) to only disputes/issues between states, and not within states.
e) To clarify or even nullify the misinterpreted and increasingly dangerous “Law of Nations”, or jus gentium (Article I, Section 10).
f) To modernize references to the Navy (Article I, Section 8:13-14; Article II, Section 2:1, the 5th Amendment) and “high Seas” (Article I, Section 8:10) to delimit authority and armament in the air and space as well.