Reality Check: Last Word On The Independent Vote James Campion July 18, 2012 Columns 2 A Public Service Message Before Business As Usual Commences Once every two years when national elections loom, this space makes its case for a third political party or at the very least a legitimate non-partisan independent voice to emerge from our fixed system. And make no mistake, it is a fixed system. It’s been rigged since 1860 when the last third party candidate took the White House. Several independents have tried and failed; among them notables Theodore Roosevelt (being shot didn’t help), John Anderson (who?), Ross Perot (twice) and Ralph Nader (lost count), lest we forget the now defunct Citizens Party, Independence Party Of America, Reform Party, Unity Party and my favorite, the Modern Whig Party. All of them sent packing under a pile of money, strong-armed racketeering and public derision by the monolithic, monopolized corporate monstrosities know as the Republican and Democratic Parties. Ralph Nader, a friend to this space, used it in 2004 to reveal the Democrats illegal jerry-rigging of poll numbers to keep his independent run from entering primaries, town halls and caucuses, as both parties blocked his and fellow independent, a frequent contributor to the Reality Check News & Information Desk, Pat Buchanan’s participation in the 2000 presidential debates. Details of these and other atrocities against democracy are well documented in compendiums of this column readily available in book form. Normally I would now descend into satirical hyperbole garnished with an explicative-laced joke-a-rama mocking everything you hold dear. But this is serious business now. There appears to be no way—and the evidence bears this out—that anything can be done during this generation on a bi-partisan basis. One party must rule to get stuff through the system, and usually it is asinine, like when the Republicans went insane and turned the country into not so subtle forms of Marshall Law and the Democrats kicked them out to engineer a massive health care law they still cannot fully explain. What truly needs to happen to “fix” things is a balance of tax hikes and government cuts the likes of which we have not seen in four generations, because the shit storm is coming, folks, and there is no one in sight who has displayed the balls to deal with it. John Boehner? Nancy Pelosi? Mitch McConnell? Chuck Schumer? How long have these fossils been “in-charge?” They have new ideas now? I dare either one of these party hacks to utter the phrases “tax increases” or “budget cuts”—and I mean across-the-board tax increases and real cuts to a bloated military and a groaning entitlement coffer. Perhaps if there was any true balance for the past two decades then things could have gone a bit smoother, but nope. It was all-in, and we have paid the bills and will continue to pay the bills for it. Some of us and our families and friends paid dearly with life and limb. Now these myopic ideological sycophants have the balls to ask us to choose once again between one fuck up or the other? So the sheen is off the Barack Obama apple? Great. What’s the alternative? A guy who’s been hanging around the political trough for decades pitching the same tired shit that straddled the current guy with a broken economy and a damaged foreign policy? Excellent. And what is the alternative to back-to-the-future? The guy who was supposed “change” with all the “hope,” who instead was predictably sucked into the system and spit out the other end a flaccid, inconsequential historical burp? Soon, I will get emails arguing that Obama has been jacked by the congress since 2010 and another will retort that he had control of both houses for two years before that. Then another will counter with how awful the 2000-2006 Republican congress was. And all of it will be spot-on. So where does that leave us? Mitt Romney has nothing. If he did, you would have heard about it. He represents the same dead-end refuse the Republicans offer up every time. And this version isn’t even authentic. The Republicans haven’t improved on the Calvin Coolidge model of free-market in a century. The same nonsense that landed this nation into a Great Depression has been watered down to careen us into a Deep Recession, but it’s not anything approaching new. And then there is the made up stuff, like repealing laws and deporting undocumented citizens. Romney has as much power to repeal laws as you and I, which is none. So he will do nothing to the health care law. And he will do nothing about immigration, because Obama has done nothing, as Bush II didn’t, as Bush I didn’t and Clinton in between, or has anyone in the position of president or members of congress during our lifetimes for that matter. Why? These are ideological party platform issues. Nobody is going to budge. Same-sex marriage? (Yes, I’m going there again.) There is no real champion for civil rights in the picture. The idea that a 50-something progressive president can come to an epiphany that homosexuals are also citizens is enough to make you weep, when you’re done being embarrassed to be an American. Romney, once again, has no idea about this. He didn’t have an idea when he supported it and he has none now that he is against it. He is a party puppet, an ambitious suit with nothing to offer as president. He, like the guy in charge now, is a party suckfish. Need more evidence? The Affordable Care Act Of 2010 was a Republican invention—the individual mandate the brainchild of Newt Gingrich and the last great Republican revolution on Capitol Hill. It was originally a fairly centrist answer to the colossal mess Hillary Clinton sent to congress. It is also the same model the opposition candidate instituted in his state when governor of Massachusetts. Now the very same idiots who helped forge this alternative call it “socialized medicine.” Why? Because a Democratic congress enacted it, not a Republican one. Mitt Romney has even gone as far as supporting about 14 of the law’s merits, and he’s the alternative. Both candidates and their respective parties can’t even agree on the goddamn thing being a tax or a penalty. They have called it whatever suited at the time. It is a song and dance, nothing more: The Democrats did everything they could do doom Reagan, so the Republicans did everything they could to doom Clinton and the Democrats countered with treating G.W. Bush like a pariah and what this president has endured by the opposition party takes all comers. The debt ceiling debate last year was by far one of the dumbest cons ever perpetuated on the American public. And I am convinced had an independent or non-party affiliated politician been in the Oval Office, it would never have happened. The United States Congress refused the paying of our bills to make political points. It was a battle they could never win, like these empty votes to repeal the health care law or Obama stonewalling Romney on gay marriage, women’s issues or immigration. It’s the same dime-store distractions Karl Rove pulled in 2004 to keep Captain Shoo-In afloat. None of it ever has a shred of truth to it. It is a fantasy dribbled out for our entertainment. Okay, so I’ll get to my point and get back to the pool and my gin. Last August, a bi-partisan group called Americans Elect had a fine idea to send out a direct primary to the citizenry, so we had a grassroots alternative to nominate a capable candidate to bridge the political divide. It needed no affiliation with the two-party system, just an alternative voice straight from the people—like what the TEA Party was going to be before Roger Ailes turned into a bleating quagmire of slack-jawed car salesmen. I hadn’t been apprised of Americans Elect until last Sunday when it was mentioned off-hand in an interview on CNN with former senator, Bill Bradley. Now to say I spend an ungodly amount of time trolling the underground media for crazy shit like this is a profound understatement, and I never heard a word of it. Turns out both political parties spent millions in a successfully engineered kibosh of the thing. True democracy trampled by those who control the system—the jack-booted mutants of our making. We gave them the hammers and hell if they don’t use it. Now poor Ron Paul, as independent a voice as you’re going to get in 2012, who tried the traditional way to make a dent in this whirlpool of corruption, is trying to just get 15 minutes of time on a podium to make his alternative points at the Republican Convention. The Republican Party wants no part of it. Lord knows the Democrats don’t even have someone with those kind of stones. They’ll be parading the usual bureaucratic wonk-addled “power to the people” snake charmers with nary a dissenting voice. Meanwhile, this summer into fall we’ll listen to over a century of shitty ideas regurgitated by party shills calling themselves “the voice of the people.” I ask: What people? They’re not my voice and never have been. And they don’t give a flying fart about you or your country. Never did and never will. Now I’m ready to cover this baby. Bring it on. 2 Responses A. Hamilton July 18, 2012 You had me as a truly objective and independent article until 1) you said that Romney cannot repeal anything. Obama just flouted 2 Congressionaly passed pieces of legislation to push his agenda a) immigration laws; b) Clinton’s Welfare reform. Romney need merely follow that model. 2. The gay issue. No one says gays are not citizens. THere is no federally protected right to marriage – for ANYONE. That is something that is handled by the states. Democrats are manipulating gays for their political gain. marriage is NOT a fedeal issue. I stopped reading there, everything above that was pretty good. Reply Scott Campbell July 18, 2012 I’m old enough to remember John Anderson and George Wallace. It always makes things more interesting when a strong alternative candidate or third party gets involved. Sometimes it even can affect the outcome like when Ross Perot ran. In reality we should call them 2nd parties though because right now we only have one – the money party. I’m supporting Rocky Anderson and the Justice Party now and in the next election but others like Jill Stein of the Greens are good too. Reply Leave a Reply to A. Hamilton Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.