A Pox On Both Parties
An election is supposed to be the free selection by We, the People of those we deem most suited of those who offer themselves as out public servants.
Serv´ant - n.
1. One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper.
Men in office have begun to think themselves mere agents and servants of the appointing power, and not agents of the government or the country.
- D. Webster
We aren't getting that free selection from our 'servants', and both parties are ear-deep in the shenanigans which are preventing that free selection.
The subject is Ralph Nader. I do not support Nader, and I do wish that he saw fit to drop out of this race. But I do believe he has the right to run.
I DO BELIEVE NADER HAS THE RIGHT TO RUN
There is nothing in the US Constitution that ceded the entire political process to the dominion of political parties. In fact, George Washington decried their rise, and warned of the dangers such entities represented in his Farewell Address.
Both parties - Democrat and Republican - are doing things which showed that Washington knew of which he warned us about.
In Michigan, the GOP is mobilizing their members to bring about the placement of Nader on Michigan's ballot, whether or not he really has enough support there, because it is believed that he would hurt the Democrats if he was on it.
In Arizona, where Nader seems to have enough support, the Democrats are attempting to use the courts to block his ballot placement.
In Florida, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, Nader is mounting ballot placement challenges, with the Republicans pushing for while the Democrats push against, and to hell with the real wishes of the American people.
This is why, despite my support this year for the Democratic Party in their effort to oust George Warmonger Bush and the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse from power, I am not a Democrat. It is for this sort of political power-mongering that I believe fervently in a real third party emerging, which I believe will lessen the likelihood of this situation happening.
Neither party is making themselves look good in my eyes, for both are trying to maipulate the election for their own advantage. Certainly, this is nothing new, but the Republicans took this to a new level in 2000 and the country is the worse for it.
This is certainly an item which should outrage true conservatives, but - unfortunately - they are in it up to their eyeballs just as liberals are on the other side.
It's only going to end when the American people regain control of their elected servants and demand that it does. This 'end justifies the means' crap has got to stop, or America will cease to exists as a free democratic republic, and the Great Experiment will have failed.