An End to One-Party Rule

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Sometimes people look out on the political landscape and see areas of our country heavily dominated by one political party or another. This reeks of the kinds of political system that the USSR or North Korea or China has. Of course, in America, there is a critical difference.

In America, no political party is endorsed by nor supported by the government. As long as we have free political speech and the right to vote, no political party is safe.

As we move towards abandoning the right to free political speech (even paid speech), and the right to vote freely and have that vote and only the legitimate votes counted, we move towards the kinds of one party rule that made the USSR, North Korea, and China possible.

As a practical example of this, consider the Coakley-Brown race in Massachusetts. Sen. Ted Kennedy passed away, leaving his seat vacant. The laws of Massachusetts allow the governor to choose someone to temporarily appoint a successor until an election can be held for the seat. Tomorrow is that election, and Coakley is running as the Democrat while Brown is running as the Republican candidate.

Now, if there were true one-party rule in Massachusetts, Brown wouldn’t even be on the ballot. He wouldn’t be able to get his message out, and anyone who hinted at supporting Brown would find themselves in prison, along with their relatives and friends and co-workers for good measure.

However, what we see is a political environment where Brown is able to reach the voters, the voters are free to choose one candidate or another, and there is a lot of debate going on. Among the groups that you’d think would be a lock-in for Coakley we see a fervent support for Brown. No one is going to get killed or thrown in jail for supporting Brown over Coakley, even if they are a lifetime union member or a Democratic Party leader.

Tomorrow, all the polls indicate that Brown will win. I don’t know of anyone who thinks Coakley will pull this off. If she does, I would suspect vote fraud, since the people are so heavily leaning toward Brown, and especially because those institutions which should be lock-step behind Coakley are themselves divided.

When Brown wins, you can rest assured that democracy is alive an well in America, and no matter what letters you put next to your name, you cannot win an election simply because of them.

Tomorrow, we’re going to show the world, once again, that the people run this country, not the politicians. And tomorrow, we’re going to see politicians grind their teeth and throw a tantrum when they realize that they are their on our errand and serve at our whim.

An additional note: Some people complain because there are only two successful parties in the US. I disagree. There are at least a hundred. See, Republicans in Washington State are different from Republicans in Massachusetts and are different from republicans in any other state. There are states where I might actually vote democratic, and there are states where democrats might vote for the republican. And then, at the national level, the Republicans and Democrats are different yet again than any of the states of our unions. But more especially, from time to time yet another party captures a seat or controls a district or a town.

Just like in the business world, if there’s a winning third-party issue, one or the other dominant parties in that region will adopt it. Even the Republicans are forced to adopt the politics of the tea party because it is in their best interests to shift that way rather than see their vote divided. It’s because we have so much free speech that these things happen sooner than they happen in different countries.

And one additional note: The democrats heading for election and re-election this November have got a very steep hill to climb. There is a real good possibility that the Republican Revolution of 2010 will make 1994 look like a minor insurrection.

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