Thursday, January 21, 2016

Our Political Parties

In my last post, I discussed the seven types of government: anarchy, democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, republic, theocracy and totalitarian. In the USA we have two major political parties: Democrat and Republican. Democrat sounds like it may have something to do with democracy and Republican sounds like it has something to do with republic. Actually they are both just names (proper nouns) that function within a democratic republic form of government.

The Democrat Party likes to call themselves Democratic Party, but they are not strictly a democratic organization. As an example, for the 2016 presidential election, the Democrat Party has a total of 5,083 delegates of which 4,336 are delegated via the caucus or primary process – votes of the people. The party leadership controls 1/5 of the delegates in the 2016 election for a total of 747 super delegates that are not assigned by the democratic process. These delegates are a combination of officials of the Democrat Party and previous Democrat office holders.

The Republican Party has a similar process for nominating a presidential candidate. The Republicans have 2,430 delegates for the 2016 presidential election. Of that total 2,033 are pledged delegates selected by the caucus or primary process in each state. Republicans use the term unpledged delegates, instead of super delegates, but the outcome is the same. The Republicans have 437 unpledged delegates, 168 of which are members of the Republican National Committee.

Our political parties both want to win. The main reason they want to be in power is because each party likes to allocate money differently to achieve their objectives. Both parties are accused of cheating in every election. Bending the rules to keep their power is so prevalent by office-holders, it is mostly ignored.

Democrats always want longer voting periods and try to register as many people as possible to vote Democrat, whether they are eligible to vote or not. They always deny voter fraud, but it happens in every election. Most fraudulent votes do not get counted, but some always slip through. When the Democrats were trying to recall Scott Walker in Wisconsin, some precincts had over 110% of registered voters recorded. I personally want every eligible voter to vote and no ineligible votes.

Republicans are always accused of trying to keep poor Democrats from voting. Democrats consider requiring a picture ID at the voting booth a technique to prevent people from voting. Republicans claim it is to prevent voter fraud. Many of you remember all the dead people in south Texas that used to vote for LBJ. I personally think everyone should have a picture ID and it should be free and easy to get with proper documentation. Rampant voter fraud is rare, but there is voter fraud in every election.

Now we have Bernie Sanders who is running as a democratic-socialist. That is definitely not a type of government I remember. Socialism is a philosophy where the work product of the people all share the dividends equally. No matter how hard you work or do not work you get your share. The democrat part of Sander’s platform is the government acts as the redistributor of wealth. In other words, Sanders wants to take the Obama policies to their extreme.

Being a conservative, I prefer a small government that allows the capitalist system to work with necessary regulations to prevent fraudulent or unfair activities. Something that must be addressed is the extreme wealth being accumulated by the wealthiest families in our country. If something is not done to bring the wage/wealth problem back to an equitable balance, the populace will revolt.

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