Part 3: Restoring the People’s Power
Parties (which are simply organized, financed groups with an agenda) spring from human nature, The dilemma they present is this: they are, historically, destructive to republics; but they are also inevitable in any free society. The Framers' design was meant to provide the ability to include them, but NOT allow them to take over.
They took over anyway. And during that tumultuous process, the people's sovereignty was quietly taken from them, too. We as a nation have never fully faced this loss of sovereignty by the people, which has undermined our entire Constitutional premise.
After many years, to our great danger, we have devolved (evolved backwards) into a "parties-only" system: parties-only in control of government. Inevitable consequences have followed; and now result in two things:
First, government "of and by" parties has become government "for" parties. ("Party", here, again simply means, "an organized and financed group with an agenda.")
So Interest groups, lobbying groups, and ideological groups ("little parties") have become the priority of our party-dominated government (not the un-organized 'people').
For those in charge of it, this arrangement is much easier to manage. True republics are messy by comparison, and almost impossible to "manage", because the people are in charge.
But the people have now fallen to secondary status under the party system, and they know it. Government "of" the parties and "by" the parties has become government "for" the parties (of all different sizes).
Second, republican governments under party domination become slowly bastardized--they morph toward "manipulocracy" (government by those most skilled at manipulating the people).
This is what America has become: a party-dominated manipulocracy. We are on the way to losing our Republic, unless we can turn around this terrible historic trend toward more and more party domination.
Minimizing party power, animosity, and division will be the liberating phase of a long process of restoring power back to the people.
But first must come the 'sine qua non', the essential step: To regain access to the ballot for the people.
As former congressman Micky Edwards shows in his book The Parties Versus The People, our two parties maintain their complete domination of our government by controlling access to the ballot.
We Americans simply do not have the freedom to vote for whom we'd really love to be able to elect. Many of our best, most honest and proven citizens can never appear on a party-organized ballot. As independent citizens, who are not willing to submit themselves to party agendas or to vile party tactics, they do not "qualify".
They are excluded. And we are left to "hold our nose and pull the lever", as the cynics say. We are forced over and over to choose "the lesser of two evils".
This has gone on and on; the parties haven't changed.
This is freedom?
No. This is a party-organized, party-benefitting restriction of American freedom!
We must create a steady, well-vetted source of non-party candidates, or we will lose our Republic.
We must take this step by adopting the Right to Nominate amendment, providing an orderly mechanism for the people to nominate non-party candidates for public offices, thus restoring true freedom of choice..
Parties will always exist. Our constitutional goal must therefore be to give the people the upper hand over all parties, for good (meaning forever). Which is exactly how the Framers originally designed things to be, before the parties shoved their design aside and replaced it with the "party system".
The party system is NOT in the Constitution; a fact many Americans do not know, but they must become aware of it.
We must limit the harm parties can do while maximizing their potential benefits. This can only occur when the parties are checked by non-party candidates who can be voted in at every election, in whatever proportion or numbers the people may choose. Only power can check power.
This is the minimum requirement for the survival of America..
Real competition, in the context of liberty, will provide us our answer.
Primaries are not the answer. They provide only more party candidates.
And a third, fourth, or fifth party is no answer. That would only form a political snakeball, as occurs elsewhere around the world. It would mean MORE parties, more gridlock; more hypocrisy, more insider deals, etc., etc. All the defects of the party system, multiplied.
Our Constitution must provide a mechanism for the people to nominate their own candidates, to provide themselves non-party choices in every election; or else the parties will continue to overwhelm, to smother our elections. And if that goes much further, it will dismember and destroy our Republic.