Third Parties Get Nowhere; Would a Political Boycott?
|December 17, 2013||Posted by Joel S. Hirschhorn under Editorials|
The system is so rigged against third parties that they are mostly a wasted effort. Worse, third parties provide a kind of high pressure escape valve for very unhappy Americans to express their anger and frustration. In so doing, they perversely help to sustain the very corrupt, dysfunctional two-party system they reject and want to change.
Economic inequality is now at its highest level. The rich, upper class controls the political system through money that more than earns a terrific return on the funds invested. The political system has also corrupted the economic system.
There really are two economies. The one for the top on the economic ladder is working wonderfully. They are gobbling up luxury cars, jewelry, and all kinds of products, eating expensive foods at home and in fancy restaurants, getting the very best medical care, and experiencing the joys of luxury travel and entertainment. The lives of some 30 million Americans are truly wonderful. But the remaining vast majority of Americans who constitute most of the voters are leading very, very different economic lives with much diminished quality of lives and considerable economic insecurity.
So, rather than celebrate that less than 2 percent of voters supported third party presidential candidates, what the country really needs are millions of Americans more forcefully attacking the status quo. Americans who happily and proudly vote and work for third party candidates need to realize that it would be far better if many millions of Americans who, as expressed in virtually all surveys and polls, have no trust and confidence in both major political parties and all the elected politicians chose to express their discontent by NOT voting in elections.
Not much more than half of eligible voters actually vote, far worse than in other advanced, industrialized nations. Americans should attack the legitimacy of the political system by cutting voter turnout substantially. Think in terms of a political boycott just as you would an economic boycott against a company.
The one most powerful tactic to restore democracy and economic freedom is removing all private money from the entire political system. That requires a constitutional amendment, and that can only happen through an Article V convention. The failure of Congress to call it, like so many other circumstances, decisions and events, only further proves just how awful American democracy has become.
Third party presidential candidates have not made the Article V convention option a major campaign issue, just as Republicans and Democrats have ignored this constitutional option. We need millions of Americans to fight for what is necessary, rather than think that third party candidates are the answer.
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