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Two-party power politics has led to creeping socialism

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For those who were able to catch JD Rucker’s interview with Steve Deace on his September 28, 2017 program, I found the interview quite refreshing and a message that needs to be heard. Not because Rucker founded NOQ Report and The New Americana or the fact that he is a leading voice of the Federalist Party, which is honestly trying to break the Republican/Democratic Party lock on our nation; but because Rucker is “right about the fight”…period.

Background: Thank a Frenchman, Maurice Duverger

Believe it or not, a lot of creeping socialism has been accepted by many Americans whether they know it or not. Some of the biggest ideals that have slowly crept into the political world are indeed out of situational ethics. The biggest one is that of “voting for the lesser of two evils,” and out of that a philosophical law espoused regarding how a two-party political system anywhere on the planet forces weaker factions to join stronger factions in order to win power in elected office…but it also disallows the good candidates (based mostly on character) not to run for office and get behind a candidate is that most likely to win (regardless of the candidate is of character or morally corrupt).

Wonder why you find it a challenge to get rid of the Bush Family (when it comes to elected office) and their associates like Karl Rove? What about getting rid of a John Boehner, John McCain or a Mitch McConnell, only to be replaced with someone similar, or not at all and is rewarded with more power? Well you can thank a Frenchman named Maurice Duverger (political sociologist, and politician and above all a socialist if not a Marxist) and his correct observations about how people would act in the world of politics if they did not have a moral compass and focused only on in the words of the fallen actor Charlie Sheen; “winning.”…even if some of our founders like Thomas Jefferson did not believe in the miracles of Jesus Christ but understand that we needed the Law of God even in our Government.

Duverger: The Electoral System

The Technical Factor: The Electoral System To these socio-economic and historical factors a technical factor must be added: the electoral system. I expressed its effects in 1946 in the formulation of three sociological laws: (1) a majority vote on one ballot is conducive to a two-party system; (2) proportional representation is conducive to a multiparty system; (3) a majority vote on two ballots is conducive to a multiparty system, inclined toward forming coalitions. The brutal finality of a majority vote on a single ballot forces parties with similar tendencies to regroup their forces at the risk of being overwhelmingly defeated.

Analysis

The so-called Establishment in both parties have stayed in power in part because of Duverger’s Law. Not too many people have the money and time to actually form a political party to actually challenge the Republican/Democratic paradigm like the Republicans did originally back in the days of Lincoln and making the Whig Party a footnote in history. The Whigs would rather cut a deal and eventually give what the Democratic Party wanted (back in the day, it was more slavery…hey follow the money).

In that example, certain people made strong sacrifices in order to abolish the act of slavery. They did things to actually protest against slavery and win power through the use of the grass roots and accomplish the goal of abolishing slavery, rather than get behind some charismatic personality or someone in the elite. Many followed those who offered prescriptives that Person W only can do it and therefore must win office to do it. Yet in the long run Person W either couldn’t and didn’t do it and eventually bore false witness to his base (as in “lied”) in order to maintain trust and loyalty. In those days it was slavery, today it’s pre-born baby/child-killing (aka abortion).

The Takeaway

While it’s important to win elected offices, it’s also important to do a little housekeeping from time to time as well. The third parties of today (Libertarian, Constitutional, America’s Party) are nothing but small protest movements. Protests actually get things done–but being small is not enough. Thus we come to JD Rucker and The Federalist Party. They want to be more than just a protest against what the Democrats and Republicans claim to be the ONLY CHOICES on the ballot.

To be continued…

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The most important thing George H. W. Bush said is a lesson for today

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The most important thing George H. W. Bush said is a lesson for today

All Presidents have their share of great quotes. Speech writers are paid to spin words in a way that is catchy, intellectual, and understandable. President George H. W. Bush said many great things in his life, but none were as important for today as his perspective on government.

The only addition I would make is that true governance under the Constitution starts at the individual level. He may not have been the biggest proponent of limited-government federalism the way his predecessor was, but that doesn’t change the importance of his message.

“The heart of our government is not here in Washington, it’s in every county office, every town, every city across this land. Wherever the people of America are, that’s where the heart of our government is.”

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

Democrat Stacey Abrams possesses some pretty radical political ideologies. I completely disagree with her far-leftist rhetoric or the agenda she hoped to bring to Georgia as governor. Republican Brian Kemp is the next governor, which even Abrams admits.

But she refuses to concede that she actually lose the election. She’s clear that Kemp is the governor-elect, but she falls just short of saying that his victory is illegitimate.

That’s all political theater. Here’s what she gets right. Georgia and many states need to clean up their election practices. Laws should be passed. Other laws should be removed. Ballot access for American citizens must be protected and the process must be made as easy as possible without jeopardizing accuracy or opening the doors to fraud.

Most importantly, this must be done through a combination of the legal system and the state legislature. At no point should she or anyone else try to turn this into a federal issue.

People on both sides of the political aisle seem to be leaning towards fixing election problems at the national level. This would be a huge mistake. The states must clean their own houses. The residents of the states must be the catalyst. Keep DC out of it.

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Be careful about calling for more national election laws

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Be careful about calling for more national election laws

We’re starting to hear rumblings, mostly from Republicans, calling for national standardization of elections. It’s understandable that people are frustrated by what’s happening in Florida. Arizona and Georgia also have some questionable happenings. But it’s imperative as conservatives that we allow the states to fix the problems no matter how bad they may seem.

The biggest reason: the more the federal government gets involved in just about anything, the easier it will be for voter fraud, counting mishaps, and election official corruption to occur. Take, for example, calls ringing out again for national voter ID. Would it make it harder for non-citizens to vote? Perhaps. But it also runs the risk of catastrophic failure when we centralize and/or digitize the voting system itself. Not only will all of our eggs be in one basket that becomes a single point of failure, but it also slows the process of adjusting against threats. Sophisticated vote manipulators in or out of the country would love nothing more than a federalized voting system.

Taking away the states’ responsibility to administer their voting protocols takes away their accountability as well. Calls for centralization of nearly every other component of administration, from education to the environment to healthcare, has resulted in horrific results that greatly overshadowed the localized problems they were intended to fix.

Some states are having major problems with elections. These states must fix their problems. When the federal government gets involved in sweeping changes that force solutions for isolated cases on the rest of the country, more problems arise. The benefits are greatly outweighed by the detriments.

Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes is incompetent, corrupt, or both. She needs to be replaced and the voting process in Florida needs to be fixed. Let Broward County and Florida replace her and fix their voting process. It may be hard to have faith in the county and state, but do we really have more faith in Washington DC? Should we be calling for more centralized voting laws and protocols because of a few persons’ gross negligence?

No.

It’s frustrating when local officials can affect national elections, but that’s why people can vote them out and force reforms. Where it’s broken, let those states fix it. Bringing in a DC solution will give us DC results, and that’s almost never a good thing.

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