A Hopeful Way Forward, A Possible Escape From the Quagmire

I have been pondering a political party. Then I realized how much I cannot stand politicians. A political party in this day and age is a sure fire way to let people know that you would rather seen them drawn and quartered, than actually allow them the same freedom that you desire for yourself. Politics in general has been played as us versus them.

The us versus them is red versus blue versus independent is how it is always presented, when in fact the real quagmire is politicians against us. We always fall for their nonsense, every two years.

The only way the government works for us is if the government is splintered. We need to divide government if we expect to maintain our freedom of maneuver, we require division in D.C. and in every state capitol.

I would like to present a different way to vote:


Freedom

We must make our own individual sacrifices if we ever expect an attempt to secure our own individual independence. We must limit not only the representatives that we did not vote for but also the ones we did vote for.

For too long our elected representatives have grown dependent on our complacent allegiance to red, blue and at times independent. The majority of us vote one party down the line, every time. Once our vote is cast, these elected representatives are no longer beholden to us, their constituents.

We must break the trend, we must cause chaos, we must keep them guessing. We must limit their time in any elected seat.


I propose Freedom Ballots

Change your party every election. Vote red one election, vote blue the following election, then go back to red and then blue and so on and so on. We can limit the president with the opposition party in control of the house or the senate, not both. We can limit the house or the senate with a president in opposition.

The house and senate must remain in opposition as well. The more opposition in government the more we maintain control.

I know this may seem outlandish and many will read this with a healthy dose of humor. I am serious though.

After 8 years of Obama and opposition in the house, Obama took the easy way out and led via executive order. Once Obama’s 2nd term had expired, so did his executive orders.

Trump has been heavy handed with his execute orders as well. Once his term is up, so may his executive orders.

Executive orders are rubbish and they have the power to destroy lives and livelihoods, yet they are not infinite and are easily abolished, unlike our laws.

If we can disrupt government, they will be less apt to disrupt us.


Chaos on them and not on us.

This may seem radical or even ridiculous, yet what has tradition gotten us so far? Perhaps instead of attempting to avoid insanity, we seek out insanity.

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11 January 2019 Update:

The Democrat majority in the house makes me think I should vote red in 2020. If I vote blue in 2020, then this would be contrary to what I had proposed.

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23 thoughts on “A Hopeful Way Forward, A Possible Escape From the Quagmire

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Yeah, it’s something I’m gonna start doing. I don’t know if it will actually do anything, but hey, what is there really to lose that hasn’t been lost already?

  1. I don’t vote along any party line. I’m registered as an Independent, but only because I vote all over the place – for whomever I think is actually best for the job. So I guess, in essence, I’m already living the scenario you’re proposing – the lot of good it’s brought…

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      You vote all over the place? Like in different places or different parties?

      Good on you Heather, if only more followed your pattern. Unfortunately though, I don’t think many do.

      I realize what I propose, many will see a asinine or just plain ludicrous. And to them I ask, what has your allegiance gotten you thus far?

      1. In WA state we have mail-in ballots, not polling stations, so I guess I could complete my ballots all over the place, but I usually complete them in the comfort of my own home…and usually in PJs. I meant different parties.

        Allegiance to a political party doesn’t make sense to me at all and never has, but I understand the mentality. People like feeling a part of something. It gives them an identity and a “tribe”. Whether or not that’s a good justification to always vote one party or another remains to be seen, but I guess it could be worse and folks wouldn’t take voting seriously in the least, choosing their candidates based on number of letters in their name or whether or not they own cats.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Hahahah, you’re a character Heather.

          I am guilty of this as well. I begin to view all politicians as the same though lately. All part of the party of easy money.

          In 2020, I plan to vote blue, regardless. I want to foster more competition amongst them.

          Hopefully I will be able to live up to this.

          1. Well, use your blog to hold yourself accountable and let us know how you vote in the next election – I’ll pay attention! That’s what you get for putting that out there publicly!

            1. I updated the post. This is what the update was:

              11 January 2019 Update:
              The Democrat majority in the house makes me think I should vote red in 2020. If I vote blue in 2020, then this would be contrary to what I had proposed.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  Hahahahaha, no, well maybe. Just really trying to analyze.

                  Just wanted to be upfront and transparent. We had discussed this and wanted to keep you up to date.

  2. Like hethrgood, I vote for an individual, not the party. I research my votes.
    However, Dems have made it a little easier recently, since most of them yell: “I will obstruct anything and everything. Good, or bad.” I cannot support such blindness and lack of character.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Perhaps I am the lone down the line voter. I just see all of these people as the same. It becomes harder and harder to differentiate!

  3. I think there was once a time when a referendum or election was held in Australia and quite a lot of people didn’t vote, or sent in invalid votes. Because voting has been made compulsory here in Oz, if you don’t vote, you get fined. But in the case I mentioned above, I think there was too many people who did it to fine.

    1. To clarify, Racheal: although voting has been compulsory since the 1920s (after a low-turnout election almost put the governing party in opposition – talk about partisanship LOL), in 2016, almost 10% of the voting population didn’t vote (the number was mere decimal points below 10%). Voter dissatisfaction with politics was (and probably still is) the highest since the 1970s (when the Governor-General dismissed the democratically elected Prime Minister and replaced him with the Opposition Leader, whose party was in the majority). That, of course, is too many to fine. (Similarly in the 2014 Tasmanian state election, some 6000 didn’t vote – of which only 2000 paid the fine.)

  4. I was going to describe how I choose who to vote for with the last state election I voted in as an example – but realised that would give away what state I live in (some parties are unique to my state; every state has parties unique to it; and I almost voted for one of those parties).
    Basically, I automatically exclude left-wing parties like the Greens and Labor (who, like America’s Democrats, have repeatedly proven themselves unworthy of a single measly vote), and take my pick from the remaining parties & candidates. The candidates running play just as much a role in deciding my vote as the parties (in cases when I’m unsure, sometimes moreso). But, my vote will always either go to the centre or the right – never the lunatic left.
    That’s me.

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