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March 31, 2010

Let’s just do away with political parties

Pauls Valley — If there is one absolute truth that can be unearthed in the never ending garbage pile called politics, it is usually lost along with those that wallow in the refuse. Yet, amidst the rotting lies we hear from those who claim to represent us perhaps we can pinpoint one of the key sources that keep the perverted joke free of a punch-line.

I’m speaking of course of the good old fashioned rally behind your favorite nincompoop political party. Ever since we decided to ignore the sage advice of George Washington and create them, we have fulfilled his prophesy that they are nothing short of an ongoing mistake. Instead of voting for what is best for the nation, we vote for the most annoyingly vocal zoo animal that promises it is following the wishes of those that shovel their crap every two to six years.

Look at the health care legislation mess thrust upon the media outlets 24/7 for the past 100 years or so. As far back as one cares to drag this historically, one Blemishcrat or Republican’t has always claimed they have the overall solution to making sure all Americans are equally covered.

It has all been well and good to choose sides depending on your point of view, but even as the donkey has gotten one over on the elephant, one might argue that the end result benefitted someone’s agenda more for the next race for moron than the people who suffer under the argument. Screw “bi-partisan” efforts; if it takes some act of divine power to bring these repeat offenders together under a common goal, then maybe they should all be stripped of the ability to run under a group in the first place. Sure, it should be illegal to be supported by lobbyists who pile behind their lackeys, but we might as well go after one impossible dream at a time.

Some might consider this idea to be at the root of Anarchy or in the support of a dictatorship, but if our nation was able to begin on such a suggestion, then what is stopping us from going back? I wonder what great harm there would be in abolishing affiliation and only making it possible to run in any race as an individual who really listens to voters in each district.

There are already towns where one cannot run as a blue or red candidate and while it does not always keep stupid from office, it certainly makes each screw-up harder to be buried by one of two major players. If our leaders want to switch beliefs to what is most popular at the moment, make them do it without an elitist nomination from an outdated fraternity. If nothing else it could be a gesture of proof that an election really can be about helping the nation move forward.

The people aren’t dissatisfied each time around because either couldn’t predict the current NCAA bracket, it’s because neither organization even knows or has forgotten what it is like to be the low man on the totem pole. The best thing both the GOP and Dems can do is to stop existing.

Again, it wouldn’t stop all the problems made worse by either of them, but wouldn’t it be nice not to have to hear their rhetoric again? Then perhaps the distant possibility of someone not being included in a debate because they go against the status quo would finally be a thing of the past. Prove to me that it would be worse if these guys would actually give it a try.

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