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:
- Corrupt organizations operating illegally, as I’ll substantiate below. They are crime rings enabling and fronting worse crime rings.
- Owned by pretty much the same people. The small variation in owner pools (a few seemingly opposing corporations, unions, and “special interest groups”) don’t make any difference in political reality, because the major shareholder of both parties are the same bankers, military industrialists and energy, transportation and debt services companies.
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.
And to be clear…the Democratic and Republican Parties have, with the power they won during WWII (when most other parties, like the once-powerful socialist parties became discredited by their association with the USSR and Nazi/socialist Germany, and the opposite ideologies were overwhelmed by the USA’s new imperialism and nationalism), wrote themselves power over everybody else. Only they are “major political parties.” Only they get all the freebies, special powers and exemptions, and the ability to ignore laws anyway.
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:
- Recognizing how we got here.
- Going somewhere else.
I worded that in just that way for a reason. We got to where we are because authoritarian corruption is 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.
- We have to change ourselves. Our choices must change. Our actions must change. We must do our homework before we vote, after we vote, and whenever we feel like caring about our lives, liberties and property. We can stop voting for the same people and parties that we know are corrupt. We can vote for alternatives that, up to now, have been getting only single-digit support.
- And to do that, I think we need to imagine a better way to live. We need to stop putting so crazy-much trust in politicians, and show a little skepticism with their promises. We need to see more ways to do things through the free market (look up what this really is if you think the Free Market is the bad guy…we have crony capitalism, not free markets). If we can picture a better life, we can choose it. If we choose it, we’ll get it.
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!