Partisan politics – blow it all up, start again

Partisan politics – blow it all up, start again

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

SANTA CRUZ, March 31, 2014 — Flip on your television and navigate to CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News and it will become sickeningly apparent that America’s partisan political landscape is ready to implode. Regardless of individual political leanings, most reasonable folks can agree that the odious trash talking and partisan bickering has reached critical mass. Everybody is sick of it. Americans have begun to understand that they are being used as pawns in a shell game played by the privileged and powerful in Washington. Something has to change, and soon.

If only there was a way to blow the entire thing up. Destroy the paradigm, rotting from the inside, and start from scratch. Make parties earn their constituents, rather than driving them like so much cattle. Hold elected representatives accountable for their shortcomings, and stop allowing them to use their terms in Congress as interview junkets for beltway lobbying gigs when their terms are up. In fact, how about we chase every single lobbyist right out of the capital? We could send them into the wilderness with only the clothes on their backs to try and find real work.

There was a time in America, albeit brief, where a free press existed. There was news, it was dully couriered by people who had no corporate agenda, and it was transmitted over airwaves which were publicly owned. The state felt they had an obligation to inform the general population and that was pretty much it. If Edward R. Murrow were alive today, he would no doubt be wagging his finger at us, reminding us that he saw it all coming.

Americans still dutifully watch televised news, trusting that they are being given the information necessary to carry on with the trappings of citizenship, many unaware that they are being unconsciously driven into prefab, dogmatic foxholes. There is no more news, such as it was, on network television, instead, there is 24 hour paid advertising for disparate, monied agendas. Americans, demanding ever less from their elected officials, have transferred the responsibilities of governance to voracious lobbyists and beltway hucksters. Yes, it is definitely time to blow it all up.

Mexico has five political parties which have national traction, as does Canada, while most Americans still believe they have only two choices. By creating a political genesis, Americans would be able to see the field as it truly is, rather than what the corporate-owned media would have them believe. People are hungry for true democracy, Americans long for their voices to be heard, and for their votes to have meaning. The nation is ready for legitimate change which, if it came about, would benefit all Americans, regardless of where they fell in the political spectrum.

Destroy the billionaire cabals which manipulate the systems of information, drive the lobbyists from Washington, and foster the creation of an array of parties varied enough to ensure that every American has a voice in Washington.


Russ Rankin writes about hockey, music & politics. You can find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He also sings for Good Riddance

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