Grabbing the Tiger by Its Tail

The two things that are most telling in regards to the last two partisan elections that I've managed to be on the ballot for, the 2008 Secretary of State Primary and the 2012 Lieutenant Governor Primary, is the fact that people are swayed by party line and incumbency more than anything that I ever believed was possible, especially party line.  No matter if parties and incumbents are practically completely out of step with the wishes of the people, there is a vast multitude that is practically programmed, as if they were automatons, to vote by party line regardless of any third party or independent challengers, especially if the outliers happen not to be rich.  Even though the political philosophies and policies within a particular major party, and thereby among individual candidates, vary so much as to make Republican or Democrat stand for pretty much nothing more than being certifiably status quo.  I cannot believe how this guy, Brad Owen, who has made a long Lieutenant Governor career out of going on foreign junkets, gets a half-million votes in the primary other than that people don't know anything about his junkets or much about his politics, generally, other than that he's backed by the political Establishment and the naturally biased and corrupt corporate media.

These experiences, and knowing about the experiences of Ralph Nader and other third party and independent luminaries, makes me feel that it is almost impossible to defeat the entrenched major parties.  Some outliers have gotten around this "tenant" of American political life by co-opting or trying to co-opt the major parties, such as the Tea Party is doing with the Republican Party.  However, personally speaking, I am through with the major parties if that means that I have to lose every election here on out.  Though, I'm sure that public opinion is already convinced that the major party Establishment politicians are basically not looking after the public's best interests, all we have to do is convince public opinion to stop rewarding them -- irony of ironies -- by voting them into office.  Mission Impossible.

by Mark Greene, Candidate for Congress (WA 9th Congressional District)

[revised on 8/26/12]

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