Democrats blame Republicans for the failure of our government. Just as loudly, Republicans blame Democrats for the failure of our government. I've got to say, I think this may be the one time when both sides are telling the truth.
Unless and until WE the PEOPLE limit Party power, we MUST realize that left unchecked, partizenship between two goliath mega corporations will continue to corrupt American government, sap all of our energy, and achieve little or nothing for the very People the two parties claim to serve.
They're totally disconnected from the people they serve, and they know it, but nobody in the beltway is willing to sacrifice the time, effort, energy and power they've got in order to solve the problem. And, I think it's fair to say, this phenomenon applies locally, on a municipal level, and gets progressively worse, as one moves up the partisan (or "partizen") power ladder, from County to State and Federal levels.
Today's modern political parties are in fact, mega corporations, and here's a scary fact: they are self-policing. Parties have become nothing more than general cause lobbies, and they've gotten extremely proficient at not only fund raising and campaign management, but they've also mastered corporate espionage and intelligence gathering, big data mining, information gathering, polling, race baiting, rumor mongering, reputation bashing, career-threatening, scandal spreading, and more.
You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
- Rahm Emmanuel
Political crisis is revered and welcomed by today's partizen leaders, for the simple reason: crisis brings money and power to the party. Political division, with flames fanned by partizen interests, fills treasure chests faster than unity.
Few people contribute to a political cause unless they think the cause is in imminent danger. So again, we've got major dissonence between partizen and citizen interests. Citizens want unity and action; partizens know division and stalemate earns them relevance in the fund raising efforts (hence the need to do away with privately funded campaigns altogether, but that's for a future post).
When political issues are managed by partizen leaders looking for an opportunity to turn a buck or pad their power base, you can bet the partizen will most often seize the moment, and pull a Rahm.
Addicted To The Lobbyist
Parties launder lobbyist money into campaign coffers faster than OPEC pumps oil. Parties haven't met a lobbyist or corporate interest they aren't willing to fully weigh in and pay in to buy influence at every level of government, as well as play kingmaker in elections, playing a deciding (and corrupt) role in which precincts, districts and states will have contested elections or not, making decisions which were supposed to be reserved for the People, not the Parties.
Meanwhile, they've forgotten what I believe to be a key role and most valuable purpose a political party can, and should play for the American citizen: to encourage, find, recruit, fully vet, organize and train in tomorrow's political leaders. The parties do an adequate job of laying the planks of a party platform, but parties have all but forgotten how to be an integral part in developing and fostering authentic leadership. Authentic leadership isn't dead in America, but you won't easily find it in the partizen systems we're suffering under today.
raising and funnelling billions of dollars, all the while consuming inordinate amount of time from our most important leaders. Meanwhile taxpayers are left footing the bill oftentimes for Presidential fundraiser appearances, security batallions, travel and per diem costs for it all. All to raise untold billions of dollars to further empower political parties to do what exactly?
with members who are individually utterly powerless to harness or re-direct the all-consuming monster they helped create. So, what do they do? The only thing they think they can do: they bow to its power, and feed the beast with more money, more power, and more patronage, at the expense of citizens' rights.
There is a place for our two-party system here in the USA, but their powers need to be reeled back in to focus on their mission: TO ENCOURAGE, FIND, RECRUIT, FULLY VET, ORGANIZE AND TRAIN IN TOMORROW'S LEADERS!
Just as we have a legal and Constitutionally directed separation of Church and State, to help ensure a particular religious institution can't or won't impose its own agenda or will upon the people, we too need to realize other corporate institutions - in this case, political parties - can and have corrupted our governmental process.
To fight the temptress of political partisanship, too need modern defen
We need to intercede with a clearer separation of Party and State. Here are just a few needed reforms and NEW regulation of PARTIES (below), WHAT are your ideas for reform, if any?
- Term limits for all elected officials (2 terms)
- All vacant seats (through retirement, resignation, death of current elected official, etc) are filled by ELECTION only, no appointments by parties OR elected officials (e.g. Governor appointing Senators, etc)
- Publicly funded campaigns - NO campaign contributions allowed, period
- No campaign staff can be hired by the elected official
- No sitting elected official above Precinct Committee level may simultaneously be a Party Executive nor Board Member