If we are to wrest control of America from a relatively few who control it with checkbooks, bags of cash, and (more frequently) ACH transfers, some things are important.
1) Take over the two major political parties.
The Framers of the Constitution did not like “factions,” their term for political parties. Hamilton: “Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties” The Federalist, No. 1. Madison wrote history has “divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good” Federalist No. 10.
The Constitution’s checks and balances, however, inherently cant toward creation of a system of two parties in constant search of power. One has a discernible philosophy geared toward the rich (who hedge bets and donate to candidates from both parties), bigots (but the “Solid South” was coddled for decades by Dems), and fear.
One solution? Create a new political party. The two “major” political parties have passed laws that benefit those parties. To name only a couple, their candidates’ automatic appearance on ballots and primaries held for their benefit. Much effort must be expended for a “third” party candidate simply to appear on a ballot, and then many consider a vote for a “third” party wasted.
Since political parties took over a system created by people who despised political parties, there is nothing wrong with people, for whom the government was created, taking over the political parties.
“All politics is local.” Those right of center should take over the GOP. Those left of center take over the Democratic Party. If people run for their major parties’ precinct committee chairs (the “basic” or lowest office on the ballot in Indiana) and as delegates to State conventions, they will take control of each party. In Indiana, that would be a couple of thousand people, across the State’s 92 counties.
2) Evict from office all elected officials who benefitted from Russian actions in the 2016 elections by actions to nullify the 2016 election results.
Impeachment only goes so far. If DT goes, Pence steps up. Ryan spread around Russian hacking information to benefit “down ballot” GOP candidates. Lifetime appointees will remain in office, even if DT is sent someplace far from the Oval Office. We can hope those who took oaths for those offices will understand they violate those oaths if they hold onto offices they obtained as the result of acts of treason. If they do not, we must seek to nullify.
We have a lot to do. Friends of mine who are conservative are appalled by where “their” GOP has gone. Others are (more than a little) disgruntled by a Democratic Party sometimes/often run for the benefit of those who hold power (like Hoosiers who supported and, in the primary, voted for Baron Hill for U.S. Senate, only to see party leaders install Evan Bayh to run in 2016). The Constitution is for “We, the People,” not “they, the political parties.”
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