We The Political Parties

Oct 30, 2011 by

We, the political parties of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Herd, establish the party machine, insure a dependent relationship, provide the mechanism for tyranny over the states, promote division, and secure reelection for party members and our posterity, do ordain and establish this faction for the United States of America.

Article 1 The Party

George Washington in his “Farewell Address” devotes a significant portion of it to warning “we the people” against the formation of political parties. He writes that the function of political parties are “to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force”. Parties are an extraordinary force because they are instituted to be a permanent structure for a fixed set of interests (factions) that are not intended to have adequate forums for the free exchange of ideas. It therefore is artificial because a free exchange of ideas is a basic and necessary right in a self-governing society to promote the good of the community. This extraordinary force becomes a danger because, as James Madison states in Federalist 10, a faction  is “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

Article 2 Insure a Dependent Relationship

Each party grows into a bureaucratic organization to herd like-minded people for the express purpose to gain political power. To maintain power they must make themselves indispensable for those seeking political office to be elected, and for those who choose to vote provide an expedient way, party voting guides, to select the “right” candidate. The competing parties become indispensable as they manufacture crisis after crisis causing false fears, then come to the rescue. Thus creating a mutual dependency. Washington writes, “[t]he alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”(Farewell Address) Each party offers HOPE and the only possible solution, and candidate to get the job done! The party becomes the “delegated will of the nation … often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.(Washington, “Farewell Address”) The people incorrectly believe they must settle for what is available to them, thus preventing them from achieving excellence in government. As important, settling will eventually break a person’s spirit.

Article 3 The Mechanism for Tyranny over the States

The parties must create ways in which their power can be enlarged to extend nationally subjugating the states. That mechanism is the Supreme Court (please reference article “We Hold These Truths”). The justices are nominated by the president and confirmed by the party dominated senate. The president uses three criteria: political party affiliation, similar judicial philosophy, judicial experience. Through the Supreme Court decisions the parties are able to usurp the power of the states. The founders hoped that the justices would be immune to the pressures of the other branches, or the peoples’ will, and merely interpret the Constitution. Washington warns that “[t]here is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”(Farewell Address) When the Supreme Court failed to uphold the limited and separate power required of the federal system they lit the match for the fire. Unfortunately, we were not vigilant and the ensuing inferno consumed the powers of the states.

Article 4 Promote Division

The reason to create division is to break the bond we share as Americans “which belongs to you, in your national capacity,” and “must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” (Washington, Farewell Address) Party leaders know it is much more difficult to control a united people. Division is useful to weaken the people and to begin to influence their perceptions. “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart-burnings, which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those, who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.”(Washington, Farewell Address)

 

Article 5 Secure Reelection for Party Members

Parties are great for mobilizing a work force to insure the election of party candidates. Its success is evident by the high percentage of incumbents that are reelected. A significant portion of voters do not believe that it is their congressional representative that contributes to the problems. Only when the situation is dire do they consider an alternative to the multi-termed prop. We will have free elections as long as the parties have a guarantee that their power in the election process is safe. I fear that if parties loose their power in the election process we will see more restrictions on voter registration, and coercive measures to get the “right” party voters to the polls. Once again Washington warns us that parties “are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”(Farewell Address)

Our Posterity

I believe political parties long ago may have had the same understanding of the founding principles, but just differed on how to protect them. Today, I am certain that they cannot agree on the principles thus making it an impossible task to protect them. “We the People” know what is just and reasonable. We will not go to the polls and vote along party lines, but on merit and character.  Our posterity depends on it!

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