Real solution to two-party system
My friends and follow progressives,
The door is wide open. Republicans have completely misread the election results.
1. A large majority of Americans want a public option in health coverage, not a repeal of "Obamacare."
2. A majority of Americans do not want an extension of tax cuts for the top 2 percent income group.
We know that trickle-down supply-side economics does not work. Right? Agreed?
Well, President Obama isn't going to fight for these principles.
The time for a progressive revolution is now. I am 73 years old and have never seen the Demos is such a sorry state. Watching the news yesterday and today is making me sick to my stomach.
The mixed messages coming from Obama and Axelrod are pathetic. Many people put their lives on hold to get Obama elected. My wife like thousands of black women rejoiced when he was elected. As a white man I shed tears of joy that one of my two wishes had come true. A black person elected to the presidency. My second wish is to see a women in the White House.
Now reality has set in. The political system in this country is rotten to the core. We have a de facto one-party system I call the Demopublicans a k a Republocrats.
Please read a short article I wrote last week:
A Viable Four-Party System: The Only Hope for Democracy
I have been active in politics since 1948. I can remember as a youngster the Truman victory. Then the Democratic Party was a coalition of labor, minorities and working poor. The Republican Party was mainly composed of Eastern conservatives and Midwest farmers and corporate/business interests.
How times have changed. Progressives and hard-right conservatives are no longer at home in the "Tweedledum, Tweedledee" two-party system we have today. Looking at current political activity is all we need to prove the glaring fact. The 2010 mid term elections further prove this unforunate reality.
The Tea Party movement on the right and the real progressives on the left have little or no voice in the RNC or the DNC. Big corporate money drives both parties and without serious election reforms and the abolishment of the antiquated electoral college there is little hope for democratic expression at the polls.
As a lifelong progressive I have resisted the overtures from my democrat friends to vote for the lesser of two evils. There has always been an alternative to the "republicrats" in the presidential races but never a real viable minor party campaign due to the lack of media exposure and refusal of the "demopublicans" to allow the Progressives (Green party) or the hard right (Libertarians, AIP, Constitution) parties to participate in the national TV debates.
Opening up the process to the Greens and the hard right would have these salvitic results:
1. Expose the electorate to the views of the left and the right
2. Make the "demopublicans" address the real issues that concern about 40 percent of the electorate
3. Raise the voter turnout by about 20 percent
I estimate that at least 20–30 percent of registered voters would vote for a third party. Perhaps 15 percent would go left and 15 percent would go right.
It is extremely important that both the left and the right have viable, healthy parties. It would avoid the false argument that "you are wasting your vote." Or the utterly incomprehensible idea that "a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush."
The oil companies, insurance industry, and the banking/Wall Street conglomerates own the political system. They will continue to own it and do as they will until 30 percent of the electorate leaves the "two-party system" and votes for a third party instead of staying home.
Senators Feingold and Sanders: Come home where you belong. The doors to the Green Party are wide open.
The view expressed here are that of the writer and not endorsed by the Green party
Dec 10 2010 - 4:53pm