Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 9, 2011, 7:47 p.m. EST by Isvara
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The only thing that would set them straight is to scare them. The greatest scare is a pledge to not vote for them, and if we can get a huge swath of voters to sign onto the pledge as well.
What we need is a multiparty democracy. Not because it's the "right" thing to do or anything, but it's the most rational way to keep a check on power.
I mean, having two political parties is like having only two telecom companies to choose from. Both will fuck you over, and you don't have an alternative at the end of the day. Or at least that is what people think, in terms of political parties.
When there are only two political parties, neither with any solid ideology that guides it, it becomes real easy for K Street Lobbyists to lobby either party. Lets assume a lobbying firm has $100k to spend on politicians. They know that only two parties are competitive enough to win an election, therefore they split that money towards campaigns, both Republican and Democrat. If we assume that there are 50 districts, meaning 100 republicans and democrats running, they can ideally spend $1k on each candidate to assume clout over them.
Now add a third party that is competitive, and a fourth. Lets assume that the Libertarian Party and the Liberal Party gain enough support to run in those aforementioned 50 districts. That makes for 200 candidates of all parties, and would end up splitting the ability of these lobbyists to lobby effectively in a low risk manner, because not only do they now need to influence 4 candidates in each district with much more of an equal shot at winning, but they'll need more money than before to retain the same level of influence.
Also, for another point, lets assume the House of Reps gains enough representatives, a sizable amount, from other parties. Libertarians, Liberals, Greens, and maybe even a Pirate. Each party now has to compete with all the other parties in the House in order to gain recognition, power, and etc. This competition forces each party to keep the other parties in check, and as such serves as a check on power that currently does not exist. The more parties in the House of Reps, then the more parties you have looking into other parties to oust corrupt members.
Finally, having more political parties allows for a dying down of the rancid, left vs right, atmosphere. No longer will there be just two camps, and that you are either one or the other. It would be harder for news organizations, such as Fox, to be a blatant shrill for the Republicans without shafting its viewers who would rather vote Libertarian, or a supposed "Conservative Party of America". Same would go for channels such as MSNBC in terms of supporting Democrats.
I mean, if neither of the ruling parties are willing to enact the changes we want, then we should change the ruling parties.
And so, I'm here to push for such an idea. I mean, us here on Occupy Wall Street don't agree on everything. We're a mishmash of Liberals, Libertarians, Socialists, capitalists, and environmentalists. If anything, something that we could get behind in full force would be to support A PLEDGE to vote ANYTHING but Republican or Democrat. We could have a website, a PAC, and we can use our numbers and support in this movement by going door to door and giving out pamphlets. We could have a voter information website, where we can list candidates in every district who aren't democrat nor republican, and what these candidates stand for. There could even be a pledge that third party candidates can make in that even if they disagree with their fellow third parties, they will limit criticisms against one another and instead collectively focus on criticising the Democrat and Republican candidate.
We can use our collective power to gain star power by getting certain well known Americans to show vocal support for a party other than the GOP or the Dems, and heck, even get them to run for one of them.
I think that this is the sort of thing we can do in order to shake things up, and to change America for good. We end this duopoly on power that the GOP and Democrats hold, by getting everyone and their mothers to not vote for them.
What say y'all?