The Third Rail

Once again, there are people calling for a “Third Party”. As always, this argument has an emotional appeal; we’re tired of being treated like trash by the GOP/RNC, being ignored, being abused, and getting no representation in return for our taxation.

Alright. I understand that, I really do. But a third party is not, and will never be, the answer to this issue, because it can’t be. It is simply logistically and economically impossible.

The political landscape needs to be viewed from an economic standpoint, as well as a military standpoint. As such, this post will just be a basic overview, expanded on in the next few posts.

The Nature Of American Politics

Eisenhower, in his farewell address,  spoke about the “military industrial complex”. He saw quite clearly the potential that a major industry sector allied with the government represented. What he didn’t see was the root of the problem; the fundamental economic shift that the creation of the Federal Reserve system, fractional currency, and the income tax would cause over time.

When he was president, it was only a few decades from those seminal events, and the USA was still on the gold standard (mostly). The monster that is Social Security was still in its infancy, and all the entitlement programs the government has since instituted were not yet in place.

Even so, he saw that something had changed, and would continue to change. And it worried him enough that he spoke to the people about it. Not Congress, not on the Senate or house floor. He spoke to his “fellow Americans”. He was warning us to be vigilant, informed, and work to prevent what he saw coming.

Unfortunately, people have short memories, and in the boom years following the war, then the social tumult of the Viet Nam era, we dropped the ball.

The Rise Of The Kleptocrats

As the political, social, and economic landscape changed, politics became the newest industry for kleptocrats–people who believe in rule by theft, in this case theft of money and power through legislation, taxation, and regulation. Kleptocrats are the dominant subset of the political and economic world. They have no intrinsic morals, ethics, or values. They seek only money, and power. But make no mistake, they are entirely sane, rational people. Don’t equate their behavior with mental illness; it isn’t.  They are pragmatists, efficient, and elegant in the scientific sense. They simply see no reason to concern themselves with extraneous issues like the needs of others.

Under certain circumstances, they are extremely effective leaders, as they don’t have to distance themselves from emotional issues to deal with logical ones. There are times when it pays not to be tied down with morals, ethics, or values….When it benefits them to make us happy, then they are more than willing to do so. As such, unlike some other varieties of politician, you can deal with these people.

When a kleptocrat runs for office, it is with these thoughts in mind:

  • What do I have to say, and how must I present myself, to get this job? (pandering to voters and special interest groups, for example)
  • Who do I have to pay, how do I have to pay, and how much, to KEEP this job? (Sending pork back to states and non-profits through legislation, for example)
  • How much personal power and wealth can I accrue to myself, while in this job, and after? (becoming a K Street lobbyist, running a PAC, an ambassadorship, as examples)

And that is all there is to them. They go to Washington under the guise of the “two party system”, and once there, they promptly begin dealing, dickering, and divvying up the money and power. When you read all the legislation and regulation over the years and strip away the language, it doesn’t take long to see the most fundamental aspect of a uniparty kleptocracy:

No matter which party is ostensibly “in charge”, both parties benefit equally in the short and long term. In case you missed that: THEY BOTH BENEFIT EQUALLY. Therefore, they are not only on the same team, they will work together to maintain this system. This leaves the body politic, the people, with a relatively limited set of options:

  • Bloody Revolution/Civil War. Obviously, this should be the absolute last resort, for a long list of reasons. So we’ll skip it for a while.
  • The Ballot Box. Yes, voting can effect temporary change, but without fixing the underlying uniparty structure, it’s a temporary lull in the gravy train.
  • Making a Deal. Yes, we can make deals with kleptocrats, and in some cases, this should be part of “the plan”, as long as there is a mechanism in place to insure both sides of the deal are honored.
  • The Third Party Option. This is an ABSOLUTE NON-STARTER. From all points of view: statistically, mathematically, economically, militarily, it simply doesn’t work in our current system.
  • Hijacking the GOP.

The time has come to get to work–and the optimal choice is choice #4, hijacking the GOP.

Why We Need Option Four

The American people are laboring under a few misconceptions, politically speaking. One of these is that it is possible to field an effective third party, when it isn’t. I’ll go into the logistics and reasons in another post. The other misconception concerns how our political parties are structured, and how the power base within those parties works.

So, here’s a real world analogy: PTA/PTOs

If you’re a parent, you may belong to one of the organizations. And if you do, then you know very well that though such an organization may speak for hundreds of families, and may have dozens of volunteers, all the real power is concentrated in a very small group–typically a dozen members AT MOST. I have been a power player in every PTA/PTO I ever joined, because I understood that in all organizations, 20% of the people or less do 80% of the work–and 1% of the people hold the majority of the power. If you can get voting power, you own the organization. Because we know this in my business (kettle corn), we can get into any school sponsored events in our city simply by making one or 2 phone calls, while other vendors who don’t understand how these groups work may never get into these events.

The GOP is no different–you have “the base”–in this case about 90% or more of the members. They vote for politicians, make donations, buy bumper stickers, and sometimes volunteer as poll watchers etc.

Then you have another 9% who hold the real power–the precinct committee people/precinct captains. These are the real power in the GOP, because they have voting control. They elect delegates at state level, elect the rules committee, vote on policy. They get out the vote and control the databases. Without the support of this group, the big boys can’t become big boys in the first place.

At any given time nationwide, anywhere from 30-50% OR MORE of the precinct seats are empty, despite the fact the position literally involves going to one meeting a month, and contacting precinct republicans as needed, by whatever means the PC chooses.

This is why the GOP is able to function in the uniparty–because these seats are empty, the only people voting on party business are the GOPers in the occupied seats. This is also why the GOP is vulnerable to be hijacked, very easily. If those seats are filled with people who want reform, and other reformers are in place to run for a seat after the general election with a group of people ready to vote them in, the game is over for the GOPers.



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