Section 6: List local, state and federal politicians currently in office. Include all politicians in your local district, in your state and federal. This includes your school board member, city council member or supervisor. Not all elected officials are in your district; make sure you only list your elected officials. List your politician’s name, position, party affiliation. DO NOT LIST ALL MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The 2008 election results made the Democrat Party believe it was unstoppable. It had divided Americans by race, gender, and abortion positions. The growing Hispanic population was continuing to move further to the political left, and getting non-citizens to illegally vote would not be difficult—especially with the “Motor Voter” legislation that had been enacted. How could the Democrats lose? They had the black vote sewed up, as LBJ had promised. They had the majority of the Hispanic vote, and that population was growing because of higher birth rates and massive immigration. They had the votes of single women because of the abortion issue. They had close to half the votes of married women. The only group they had not fully captured was white men. But the Democrats had even won over many of them in 2008 by playing the “white guilt” race card. What could go wrong?
The key phrase is impossible. After nearly aquarter century of third party experience, after spending thousandsof hours and dollars working on behalf of the Libertarian Partydoing things the standard way and then performing my ownexperiments, I have discovered two loopholes in Duverger’sLaw. Exploit one or both of them and your new third party has arealistic chance at actually electing candidates in significantpartisan races – not Soil and Water Board. One of theseloopholes is simple and easy to exploit. With it a niche partycould get some legislative seats. The other is huge. Exploit itproperly and your new political party has a chance to grow than one or both of the existing majorparties.
Make yourself comfortable. I’m going to walk you step bystep through the proofs of some important political theorems. Ifyou don’t follow the proofs, the conclusions won’tstick, so take your time with this if you are serious about thirdparty politics. The hours you spend here will pay for themselvesmany times over if you are serious.
If you are just a bit more principled than the major parties,if you wish the Democratic Party was a bit more liberal orthe Republican Party a bit more conservative, you might be able toexploit the smaller loophole and win some elections. Shouldyou succeed, you may well make the system less corrupt, and youthus have my blessing even if I disagree with your politics. Thatsaid, it’s probably more efficient for you to work within oneof the major parties. Many local party offices are ripe fortakeover. You just have to show up. (Ron Paul’s activistsexploited this fact in his second run for presidency.)
If you are a political centrist and despise the bickeringand paralysis of our two party system, you too might be able toexploit the smaller loophole. Should you succeed, you willmake the system less corrupt and thus have my blessing evenif I find your ideas to be boring. But still, you might have aneasier time making an impact by working within the existingparties.
Back when I stuck to the Libertarian Party line, I had a hardtime getting people to hold still to hear my ideas. Many of theideas here at Holistic Politics play well to mainstream citizens. Ihave market tested them at supper clubs and the like. Since I madethe switch I have seen many a nodding head, and had many a personask me why I wasn’t running for office. Independents lovedthe ideas. Most of the people who pushed back were active in theexisting political parties.
The voting system is rigged against third parties at its verycore: how we fill out our ballots and determine the winner:pick one plurality-take-all voting. The problem is acknowledged byacademia; political scientists call it . Unless you can change the game, unless you can get thiscountry to adopt , any party other than the Democratic and Republicanparties will face a nearly impossible challenge gettingtraction.
There is a huge market out there for fresh ideas, a market whichmay be bigger than either legacy party. But it might take anew political party to put these ideas before the voters.
Political parties are the vehicles used by individuals contesting for various representative positions in Government in an attempt to assume office. The term political party broadly refers to the organization which provides the platform for politicians to ascend to power. In truth, however, the party encompasses the organization, the party structure and its leadership. In addition to this it also takes into consideration the politicians and the voters who align themselves to the party and remain loyal to its ideals. Political systems refer to the manner in which political parties package or brand themselves in relation to other parties in order to remain competitive.
5. Starting from Scratch. Going from a glimmer of an ideato a real political party – even a fringe party – is achallenge indeed. I have some observations based on experiencewhich can be useful. (But make sure you start with Parts 1 and2!)
This will be accomplished by establishing your own special interest group.
The respective 10 sections of this paper will require you to:
(I) determine your own political passport
(II) create a special interest group supporting a cause that you support; give this
organization a name and a mission statement
(III) detail the history of your cause, why it is important to you, and why it is important
for Americans to support your cause and group
(IV) hire a lobbyist to persuade members of the legislature to support your cause
(V) draft federal legislation in support of your cause and interest group; what is a law
that, when passed, will further the cause of your group?
(VI) draft an initiative for the California state ballot
(VII) recall the governor because he is not supportive of your cause
(VIII) stage an engaging and persuasive public event; you will create a publicity flyer for
this event encouraging people to attend; be sure to include location/date/time of event
(IX) stage an act of civil disobedience to draw more attention to your cause
(X) summarize the state of democracy in the US and the legitimacy of the current
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• Political party affiliation (or lack thereof)
Political passports are essential in determining who gets what, when and how.
For this section, you are to compose your own political profile and determine what
political access your profile allows.