Some people might take offence to this post. In no way it is my intention to belittle or make fun of people, this is just my opinion. The USA has always been the country I hope to at least visit and if I could make it happen live in. However I am also baffled by how ” third world” this country is in certain ways.
We The People
This is, as I understand, the starting phrase of the Constitution of the United States of America. America…. Land of the free, home of the brave…. or is it?
For a long time, I was under the impression that the USA was a two-party nation. You had either Republicans or Democrats. Some other party names I did come along like ” the wig party” and ” Independent” but I always thought these where either just interest groups or people who didn’t want to affiliate themselves with either political party.
Today I was reading an article by Sachem Walkingfox over at Sachemspeaks in which he listed not two but no less than 13 different parties (although not all might officially be a party in the political sense of the word) and I was surprised. I asked him why, if so many people didn’t feel either of the parties representing them in a way they could approve, there had never been another party in power, if the two big parties where more into destroying each other than to look out for the people why not vote in someone from another party.
Sachem Walkingfox responded
Simple reason is that, while we were sleeping at the controls, both parties wrote in laws, still are writing then today, that effectively cut the rest of the parties out of elections!
To top that off, the millionaires and billionaires keep buying elections from those two corrupt parties in order to steal more of our hard earned tax money!
This started, I believe, when we the people allowed them to sneak in a law stating that, “if you are not register as a Democrat or Republican”, you cannot vote in a ‘Mid-term election,’ this my friend is socialist, communist at its finest, and we the people allowed them to get away with it!
I was baffled, laws that make it impossible for other parties to gain control? not voting if you are not registered for one of the two parties in charge? what the bleeping bleep?
Rich people trying to buy elections, ok, that has happened since Grumph tried to be the head caveman back in 20000BC and it shouldn’t matter in an electoral system that is democratic and fair. I see nothing wrong in trying to help your favorite politician to get elected and if you are willing to help him pay the costs to try to achieve this good for you. However, making laws that effectively block other parties from participating or that keeps people from voting if they do not register for a certain party… I agree, that smells like communism / totalitrium / dictatorship to me.
BUT, isn’t it partly not your own doing? What is “we the people” worth if “we the people” does not use it’s voice, does not demand changes in this dictatorial election process? Isn’t it up to “we the people” to go out on the streets and protest against this, go to the courts to fight this form of injustice? I do not pretend to be a scholar or to have any fundamental knowledge of your constitution and laws but if I read the start of this constitution it seems clear to me that it is very unconstitutional after all, if you cannot choose whom you want to choose as your representative, what then is left of this freedom, where are the ” blessings of liberty” What remains left of Justice and how can you still call it ” a perfect union”
There is also the Bill of Rights and this one I hear often used to defend certain rights but I hear loud howls when it comes down to gun rights and when it comes down to deny people rights in favor of certain religious groups that don’t want people to have that right but what is left of this freedom of speech when you don’t have that freedom in maybe the most important task a citizen has to do for his country.. voting for your government.
Voting, one of those other issues I hear a lot about and although I am a socialist at heart I have to agree with the Republicans here, you want to vote you should be able to show identification HOWEVER if you want to implement this restriction it is up to the government to make SURE that everybody is able to GET a valid ID and I am led to believe that this ain’t that simple but I never hear those same Republicans address THAT issue.
If ” we the people” truly want change then it is up to ” we the people” to ACT, to go to “your representative” and demand that other parties should be able to take part, to demand the removal of needing to register for the two grand parties, to demand a way that EVERYBODY regardless of his “situation” or income or social group can have access to a valid ID, to demand that being a citizen of the USA should be registration enough to be a valid voter.
and remember, not voting does NOT exist, you either vote by voting or you vote by absentia but remember that the last method of voting means you give your vote to the winner by default. Only YOU, the people of the USA can demand change.
I know.. I am just a dumb Dutchy that has no understanding of the ” American way” but if that would be the way things where done here in the Netherlands I know their would be a revolt, people would stand on the barricades to DEMAND that their constitutional rights where granted. If you are offended by this piece or if you agree doesn’t make much difference, feel free to say whatever you think of this article I will not cut the comment (or if needed to approve I will approve unless it’s spam for penile enlargement and crap like that)