The E-Party: 'None of the Above'
From my copyright 2002 copyright book, “Aren’t you sorry you asked…for my opinion”
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying that the Constitution should have mandated the rotation of elected officials. Incumbency is the greatest political obstacle for the American voter to overcome. The power, money, prestige, and perks of the office, virtually assure reelection for incumbents, making it a virtual impossibility for new seekers of the office.
TA corollary to the incumbency problem is that candidates are handpicked by powers behind the scenes. Big business and powerful interests control the process that limits the choices for office. The distinction between the two major parties has been blurred and merged so that there is virtually no difference in Government no matter which side wins the election. It is business as usual without apparent changes.
Committee memberships based on seniority headed by one legislator or senator can block voting by the entire legislative body. These senior members wield an inordinate amount of power and can and do corrupt the voted will of the USA public. They are virtual dictators. Senator Tom Daschle accidentally became Senate Majority Leader due to the switch of Senator Jeffords to Democrat. But he wields his power as though he earned it.
“Fast track” is another method of circumventing the “one man one vote” rule. Legislation is proposed with no allowance for discussion, debate, or amendment. The senior members of the legislative bodies are virtual dictators and can hold the presidency and the voting public hostage. The wrong people in the wrong positions at the wrong time can permanently undermine the Constitution of the USA. They are elected by a “MINORITY” of the eligible voters.
The balance of power lies with the fifty percent of eligible voters who do not bother to vote. Herein lies the power to dynamically restore vitality and integrity to Government, to put an end to incumbency, the greatest internal threat to the will of the American people. The problem is how to get this “majority” to work together to effect changes desperately needed for the good of the USA.
Finally, there could be a way to get everyone to vote and have every vote count. A new political “third party” to unite all who disagree with the way things are going, particularly as regards the abuse of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Individual rights, and States’ rights. The initial premise is to in unison, say “NO” to the powers to be who are jamming their will down the throats of the USA public. The easiest way to do this is to vote, but cast a negative vote for “NONE OF THE ABOVE.”
What a concept. The fifty percent that do not bother to vote can now vote and have an immediate impact on the Government and the way its members conduct themselves and Government business.
The problem is how to implement the E-PARTY concept and get it on the ballot.
The simpler way would be to unite all third parties, particularly if that party cannot possibly win the election, or even come close. The dollars saved on separate campaigns would be more than enough to stage a rewarding campaign that would attempt to register sufficient dissenting votes to possibly win certain races. The two major parties would have to come to the realization that their cavalier days are numbered, and come to the realization that they must listen to the voters.
The task at hand would be to register as many voters as possible in the “E-PARTY,” none of the establishment above. A coordinated effort to unite all third parties would be made to foster cooperation in an effort to unseat the primary two parties in as many offices as possible. The concept of winning seats and representation is primary to separate third party agendas.
Each person registering in the E-PARTY would pay one dollar to be held in a trust account that would not be authorized to spend any of these funds at all. The total dollar amount at any given time would be equal to the total number registered in the E-PARTY. Only the interest from this fund would be available for expenditure by the E-PARTY. This dollar amount would be touted to the two traditional parties as a sign that the dissident numbers are growing and the major parties should begin to worry.
The main agenda of the E-PARTY should be the protection and preservation of the Constitution of the USA and the related Bill of Rights.
The second goal should be the election of E-PARTY candidates to local offices so that there is a small but growing presence.
The third goal would be to tie up an election so that there would be no winner and force a run-off.
The fourth goal would be to force better candidates by the major parties.
The fifth goal would be to make the politicians more honest. They would know that they are under scrutiny and it would make them more “honest” and responsive to the people they represent.
The sixth goal and perhaps the main goal of the E-PARTY would be to give the voters an alternative. Their vote would be better than not showing up to vote. It would indicate to the major parties that their free ride is over. The total votes for “E,” none of the above, would show that the voter does care, does want their vote counted, but none of the candidates were adequate and satisfactory to the voter.
The seventh goal would be to veto the “Politically Correct.”
The eighth goal would be to harness the ACLU and force them to follow the “CONSTITUTION” and the “BILL OF RIGHTS,” or deny them their “Not for Profit Tax Exempt Status.”
The ninth goal would be to instigate impeachment processes against any politician who was sworn to uphold the Constitution and has in fact gone against the Constitution.
The over-riding principle would be to unite all individuals and parties disagreeing with the two major parties in a way that they would all unite and work together to achieve their common goal that is to unseat the two major parties. Where an individual third party could not gain the nomination or election, they would cast their votes for a common nominee, “NONE OF THE ABOVE,” in order to exceed the vote tallies of any of the two major parties. Thus the cooperation of all the minor parties could combine to block the election of major party nominees and either create a constitutional crisis or force a runoff election as occurs in many European countries when a majority is not achieved by a given party or nominee.
To this end, there would be a national convention via teleconferencing, of all minor/third parties to establish guidelines and make decisions as to where real candidates would be put forward and where a token candidate, E-PARTY, NONE OF THE ABOVE, would be placed on the ballot. The uniting guideline would be to block the major parties and/or unseat them where possible. Venues that are more likely to draw disgruntled voters would receive the bulk of the attention and funds of the E-PARTY National Committee.
“RULE 1”…Defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
“RULE 2”…Defeat the incumbents.
“RULE 3”…Do this with the least amount of money possible.
“RULE 4”…Respect for and cooperation with all third party members.
“RULE 5”…Recruit Independents, especially those already in office.
“RULE 6”…Do not expect victory immediately; be prepared for the long haul.
“RULE 7”…Be guided by the Spirit of the Founding Fathers.
“RULE 8”…Don’t vote with your feet! … Vote for “NONE OF THE ABOVE”
“RULE 9”…Don’t give up … Keep the Faith
“RULE 10”…Rule of tens. Each member advocates E-PARTY to ten new members.
The idea is to e-mail ten voters, write ten letters, make ten phone calls, and ring doorbells of ten neighbors. Grass root efforts can be done without a budget but the cumulative effect can work miracles. A miracle is just what may be needed to save the American way of life and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The minimum goal per registrant is to get at least one new person registered as a member of the e-party.
One final note. In cases where the e-party members really want to cast their vote for a good candidate on the two major party slates, they should write-in the vote to show that the e-party was instrumental in the election of another candidate.
Rush Limbaugh derides the Third Party voters and insists that their vote is wasted. It is NOT wasted. The Third Party vote announces and discloses the extent of discontent with the voting public. As this vote reaches a crescendo, the two major parties will have to pay attention and pick candidates and political platforms to suit the growing body of dissenters. What better way to show both major political parties that they are not responsive to the will of the people and that they will eventually be voted out unless they pay attention to their constituents.
Voting for the “lesser of two evils” is a wasted vote because in those cases, neither party is suitable so why vote for a candidate not wanted? If one candidate or party is as bad as the other, it makes no sense to pick one of them, unless one of the other candidates is Hitler, Stalin, or Osama bin Laden.
The way things stand now, there is no perceptible difference in the way the Government operates and the laws it passes, no matter which party is in charge. All the differences are nuances and of slight degree, but no substantial differences.
If dissenting votes are counted, “None of the Above,” a strong message will be sent to the politicians, who being politicians, will be forced to respond with better candidates and platforms. The agenda should be broad enough to satisfy the E-PARTY membership and not so narrow as to cause division AND in-fighting that would guarantee victory for one of the two major parties.
A study is planned to determine the feasibility of uniting third party members under a single banner, and the best way to get the ball rolling. It may be feasible to concentrate on Senatorial elections because of Senator Jeffords switch to the Democrat party, thereby entirely changing the governing structure of the USA Senate which arbitrarily catapulted Senator Tom Daschle into dictatorial power as majority leader, which he is now using as a weapon, blocking votes from the floor of the Senate, ignoring the fact that he did not earn this position.
Concentrating on finding others who can be induced to switch party affiliation may be an ideal way to upset the balance of power for the better.