Now is the time to admit the Two Party System no longer works. Let’s start a discussion of how best to fix it. I’m hoping my book will encourage that discussion!
Here I will publish my Journal/Blog
11-17-18 My good friend Paul Klebe asked a valid question, and it didn't show up on my "Political Reform with Art Rude" page. It finally popped up this morning, so I wrote a quick response, and then a more complete one. So continue reading for my more complete response, if you are interested.
If I may ask, What do people think about primary elections?
My opinion is there are no Constitutional statements regarding them. It is but one example of how political party has grabbed power. At the Federal level, the early states to hold them, get a disproportional amount of power in selecting the next president.At the State and Local level, most of us get to vote in one column only. This limits our options for choice, especially if we vote for character not party. The only thing they do is narrow the choices and dumb down the general election.Not having primary elections would greatly limit the power of the parties.
What can we the people do to make primary elections better?
Should we even have them, since they are not in the constitution?
Somehow, this got missed
MY SHORT RESPONSE
There are many facets to this.I am writing a response now, as with many parts of our political system, people want simple answers, but it is a complex situation.The simple answer is the primary is the crack in the system that will allow reform, and if that reform can happen, they become pointless.
A more complete response:
The primary system in the United States is very diverse and complicated as each state is different. The purpose of the primary system, actually is very good, it is meant to democratize the parties. Decisions by both Political Parties in the 1800’s were literally made in smoke filled back rooms by old men with power and influence. The Primary Election was instituted in the most part, so the electorate could over-ride the decisions of the Party Bosses. However, many people interpret it just like you do Paul, and to a certain extent you are correct in that it makes Party decisions at Public Expense. In my book I write about the first part of the primary issue, as that is what applies to my current book. The answer to your question Paul, goes into an area I don’t address in this book, and potentially the seeds for another book, if the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise. So, I won’t write the book now, I think the total answer will depend on future developments.
The NonPartisan League recognized the potential, used it, proved it works, but has for the most part been forgotten. The primary system is the flaw, or chink in the armor of the two party system. Because it was meant to democratize the party system, average people have the right to participate easily. Here is where the brilliance of the NonPartisan League came in. They recognized if they could get the endorsed candidates by either party to endorse the League platform, they didn’t need to run anybody! They only needed to run someone if they couldn’t get an endorsed candidate to pick up the League banner. The second part of the brilliance is, everyone complains about the low turnout for primary elections, and especially off year elections. The NPL recognized the opportunity, low voter turnout means fewer people need to vote to have an effect! Brilliant! In fact I’ve always found that things perceived to be negative often turn out to be resources when viewed differently. This is why I propose the “Common People’s Response” and have the slogan the Nation needs CPR in the book. I call my vision a Non-Partisan League, because I do not want another party, and I think it is a valid concept proven in the early 1900’s. The Democrats can have the old NPL, it’s meaningless to 99% of the voters in North Dakota, and 100% of those outside of the state! (I do believe the Democratic Party using NPL on their posters constitutes false advertising. When was the last time they did something non-partisan? Many times for many years I have been tempted to sue the Democrats for false advertising, especially when Lloyd Omdahl put a curse on me! but I digress)
So I see Non-Partisan League as a concept, an ideal that I would like to pursue and develop. Lloyd and his polar crew could only interpret my attempts to start the league as an attempt to split the party, and ruin their personal legacy, while I simply wanted to reform the process. They didn’t get it, but there a few people (potentially) who may read this who have known me for a long time, know that I have been saying pretty much the same thing for almost 40 years! Same concept, new name.
I understand the frustration for some of my favorite people, people who want to vote for the person and ignore party. I love you! So going to a primary election is an affront because you are forced to choose a party which runs totally against your nature! I love you more! So like so many things, education is key, and we need to educate people to the tremendous opportunity the Primary represents. Instead of staying away because they don’t want to declare one party or the other, recognize that is your opportunity to force your will on the parties, at least with sufficient numbers. Such is the goal of populism, hence the name, and my goal as well.
If the winner take all rule can be eliminated, and third parties given a chance, and votes outside the "battleground states" can begin to count. Voters could go to the general election and have a choice that goes beyond Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dummer, a real choice! Multiple choices, like what you have for toilet paper, or cereal. Then the primary is irrelevant.
11-16-18 It’s been so nice renewing friendships on this trip. I haven’t done much book promoting, but that’s ok, the quality of conversation has been excellent! Somehow, we all got too busy, and we lost a lot of depth in our relationships, we let ourselves become superficial. My choice, especially since I am officially retired, is to renew as many of my old friendships as possible, and start new ones with substance. I especially enjoy that friend to friend we have been able to discuss old times, personal histories, and even politics and religion, the two subjects everyone must avoid, or so they are told. My preference is respect. I respect you enough that whatever your belief or opinion is, I believe you have every right to that opinion! If I respect you enough to actually listen to you for understanding, and you the same for me, that gives a quality and depth to life that is far too often absent. So the key is to not discuss the issues that have become polarized. Instead talk about the polarization itself! That is what almost universally needs to be done. I’m sick of the polarization, and I will do everything I can to reduce it, and substitute discussion for argument. Most of the polar addicted of either variety only listen to respond, once you are in a trench, you shoot back at the trench that’s shooting at you! Dumb!
So talk about it! Not the same old same old polarized issues that haven’t changed in 40 years, and aren’t about to, but dream the dream of Jefferson and Madison. Think about what the system could be. Learn of the mistakes of the past so we can eliminate them or at least mitigate their effects (such is the case with political parties in general). How can we make the system work better? Of course to the polar addicted of either flavor, they have all the answers and the system will work when we eliminate the evil other party. Jump back in your trenches, let’s work to advance a society where we learn to value one another. Reach out to a neighbor and say hi. They may blow you off, I’m sorry they missed an opportunity to know a quality person. I think we commonly use the fear of being rejected as an excuse to not look for the lonely people around us. There are plenty.
So I encourage you to broaden your horizons. Don’t limit yourself to the materialistic pursuits, everyone needs to pay the bills, but that’s quantity, not quality. I have friends who say it’s all about family. I disagree. Family should be your first concern, but if it is your only concern, your family loses quality of life, by not sharing your gifts and enjoying the good gifts of those around you. It’s community, the sum of which is our society.
Listen to appreciate, not just respond. Look for quality, quantity is never enough.
I thank those of you who read my thoughts, I hope they help you think. One of the great ironies is there is so much information today, yet the thought about that information has become far more shallow if not nonexistent. If you are a strong supporter of a political party, I don’t hold it against you, I think you have been misled. My goal is to be like a step ladder, and help as many people as possible out of their trench. Political parties do not want people to be well informed critical thinkers. They want people to jump on the bandwagon and promote their favorite points and catch phrases so an emotional responsecan squeeze out anypossibility for creative thought. I think you are better than that. Especially if you bothered to read this far in my little essay.
If you found something here of substance, and can recommend it to a friend, I appreciate it so much. I need that type of support. I guess I will post my Journal entries on all three sites, my personal page, Political Reform with Art Rude, Art Rude Productions, all of which are on Facebook. My www.artrude.comwebsite will also have this information as time goes on, but I have more work to do on learning the new software, so that phase of the program is running behind.
If you read today’s comments this far, I hope you will do two things. First of all, I hope you will think about some things you haven’t thought about before, or for a long time. Secondly, I hope you will consider sharing my page“Political Reform with Art Rude” as that is the place I will concentrate my political comments on my quest. I hope to also be posting on my regular page artrude.com, but I am still learning the new software. Also, I hope you will consider a third thing: purchasing my book“Political Cocaine, How America got hooked on the Two Party System and how to Intervene” which is $5.99 on Kindle and iBooks as an ebook. Please understand there are some outlets that discount the price, but from my point of view, do not aid the quest as they pay me very little, Kindle and iBooks sales help me much more (just so you know). The situation is even more ridiculous in the paper book! I can’t control the price as an unknown author, but I think $12.99 is ridiculous! Way to expensive! If it is bought on Amazon, I appreciate the sale, but they pay me very little, compared to if you would choose to order it directly from my publisher. Unfortunately, the price will be the same, but they are far more supportive financially to my quest. Finally the book is available! Just click on the link to order. Thank you so much! https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Political-Cocaine1