THIS PARTY PLATFORM
In our two party system, many many many of us feel left out, left behind, or even left for dead. Too many of us leap to hatred and disgust, throwing away the opportunity afforded us by our citizenship. What opportunity is there?
In a nation divided so clearly by political party lines, the citizens of that nation begin to lose their way. When they are tired of voting based on a party's stance on the social, economic, moral, and religious issues that are part of their society, these citizens become disenfranchised and full of resentment for their government and the people who are there to serve them. They become very disillusioned and full of hatred and disgust. Finally, they give up. These people quit thinking and cast their votes in the direction of the most television ads they've seen. They've learned that their position on things larger than themselves...their neighborhood, their side of town, their city, county, state...their Nation...that these positions have lost their value.
They give up. You can't fight the Man.
Some do not give up. Some fight the Man every step of the way, around every corner, in every deep dark thought they think. Its hard to beat the Man, though. You have to find a way to outwit him. You have to find a way to take away the Man's "The Man" status.
You have to become the Man. You have to take the reigns and drag this Nation, this State, this City, this Neighborhood kicking and screaming into the future. The future without pollution, the future without oil consumption, the future without war and famine and pestilence. You have to figure out what it takes, for REALS, and lead the people to it.
There'll be no more blind protesting. There'll be no more yelling at people to make a point they don't want to hear because they're getting yelled at. Try yelling at a vegetarian that "meat is murder" at the top of your lungs, with a sign in your hand saying the same thing and see what happens. Will the vegetarian embrace you and begin shouting too? Or will the vegetarian walk away, mildly irritated with that display of in your face-ness.
There WILL be protesting. Just not blind protesting. Pick your battles. Choose your targets. Make sense. Spread the word.
The guy who plays video poker and has a nagging wife at home and has seven more payments on his mortgage until he's home free and screws a piece of metal to another piece of metal all day long and has a boat and a fence and barbecues after church on Sundays before the game....what does he have to say about our two-party system? Is he reading this right now? Probably not. The person who is, is often telling their very good ideas to people who already know their very good ideas.
We preach to the choir too much.
How do we reach that guy? The one with the big pick-em up truck and a steady job for once and the subscription to Hustler and grease on his hands, beer in his stomach? The one with the Constitutional Right To Vote?
It sounds like too many of us have forgotten those people, in our pursuits of academia, intellectualism, anti-corporation, anti-pop-culture, anti-American (come on liberals, admit it, many of you, way deep down...you're anti-American)...our pursuit of the anti-ordinary.
When did we learn that ordinary meant un-intelligent? Did we? Sometimes it seems we have, collectively, elite-fully.
Some forget, but deep down there somewhere, the documents outlining the way these United States of America are supposed to work told us we had the right to change the system if we wanted to change it. It didn't say we could create war with the system. It didn't tell us that we could experience a bloody coup, violently grabbing power in the name of the destruction of the government, in the name of Anarchy. Those old documents told us we could use the written rules, follow them, and make an effective change. It gave us the right to vote, and when we vote, we can make change. Too many of us do not use this right. Too many of us REFUSE to use this right (in an effort to make a point missed by every single person who does vote--probably a useless point). Those fore-fathers, they would laugh in the face of a person with something to complain about regarding the government if they learned that that person refused to vote.
Those old documents did NOT tell us only to have two parties. It did NOT tell us to create parties of people who collectively agree on the social, economic, moral, and religious issues. Many of these issues are becoming non-issues. They've only remained issues in the eyes of people who continue to see them as issues. For example, the issue of racism: Recognizing that there is still racism, (yes of course, oh yes there is) how many racists do you know that anybody truely takes seriously?(besides other trashy racist-types) How many racists do you believe can effectively sway our people into COLLECTIVELY agreeing that being a hate-filled racist is good policy. Racism only remains an issue for as long as we hug it and caress it and kiss kiss kiss our sweet little issue. Black leaders: Stop telling "your" people that the white man hates them...Most of us don't. White Liberals: Stop embracing everything African and full of heritage and crying diversity, diversity, diversity. Stop saying "African American." Nobody calls you "Caucasion-American" or "Anglo-Russio-Slav-Pan-Arab-Hispanic-American." They call you an American. While ideal, the point is...Let go of racism, and it will go away. Let go of all predjudice, whether its sexism, racism, homophobia, vertigo, wheel-chair users...quit pointing it out when it happens and crying, and start stopping it
This common sense approach to the Big Issues can be applied to all of those issues. Corporations? Duh. Health Care? Double-duh. Foreign Policy (super big duh! How single minded must you be to not see that we need to get this world heading toward one big decision making body of everybody, where we all decide together?)
We need a Party. We need a party that is done with party politics. We need a party that represents the citizens. That's all we need it for. We need, as a community, to work on a platform for This Party (as it is tentatively titled). We need to take this Party off of the internet and into the world. We need to discuss. What issues do we stand behind? What issues do we fight? Are we Lefty's, Righty's, Indepedent (whatever that means)...what are we? What is our vision for this city, this state, this nation...What is our vision for this world, and how do we make that happen and stop wishing?So far, the only written platform for This Party is this: Common Sense.
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