OPINION – For all its pageantry, pomp, and stirring speeches, last week’s Republican National Convention has put to rest any question of how far party leaders will go to maintain their power.
GOP committee leaders successfully pulled off a power grab that effectively allows them to strip state delegates of their status for any reason, and to replace them with delegates of the RNC’s choosing. The prospect of working within the Republican Party to restore good government has been decisively nullified.
One might as well choose to fight racism by joining the Ku Klux Klan and working for change inside the organization.
Those who remain mired in the two-party mindset still insist that voting for the lesser-of-two-evils this election will somehow produce different results. But 150 years of history says they are wrong.
For instance, what do the following things have in common? Unconstitutional wars and interventionism; a convoluted progressive or graduated income tax; centralization of credit and money in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank that enjoys an exclusive monopoly; free education for all children in government-operated public schools; redistribution of wealth through government bailouts; excessive and unconstitutional regulations of business and private life; violation of the Bill of Rights through various laws establishing a national security police state.
In addition to containing many of the planks of the Communist Manifesto, all of the above policies, which negatively impact freedom, are supported by the two dominant parties.
Roberts asks: “When was the last time any of these were openly discussed on either of the two party’s platforms, in a public debate, or in our legislative chambers?”
It’s time to face some difficult truths. Despite some notable differences between Romney and Obama, neither candidate is articulating a clear ideology of personal freedom and limited government. This is because they do not represent the voice of the people, but rather the voice of the parties that work to get them elected.
The dominant parties have shown themselves to be perfectly willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that the voice of the people, in any degree, is not allowed to interfere with their lust for power. Why would any reasonable person sanction such overbearing conduct by submissively casting their vote for the candidate these parties insist they must support?
Most of us wish to arrive at the same destination of freedom and prosperity for all, but without adjusting our current direction, it’s not going to happen. The current two-party system has proven violently resistant to any change in direction.
The only way to effect the kind of course correction that is needed is to begin by changing our thinking about voting.
Writer Melanie M. Johnson points out that, “contrary to popular belief, voting is not a pragmatic activity. Rather, it is a supremely ideological one. It is the best opportunity most of us ever get to voice our beliefs, our values, and our life philosophy. Following your conscience is never wrong, ever. If enough people understand this, real change can and will happen eventually.”
Instead of fighting the same myopic battles each election cycle, it’s necessary to take a longer-range view of reclaiming the power of our vote.
Writer Stephen Palmer does a masterful job of differentiating between short-term tactics and long-range strategy.
He describes short-term tactics as follows:
- Public, energetic, and angry marches and demonstrations
- Passionate, vitriolic, and partisan commentary that preaches to the crowd and riles the base but fails to win new supporters
- Literal, logical, and personal argumentation
- Directing energy primarily at getting individual political candidates elected
But long-term strategies are noticeably different:
- Personal, lifelong, classical education in the quiet of our homes
- Respectful, thoughtful, open-minded discussion with people across the whole spectrum of belief, with the intention of winning hearts and minds, rather than simply spewing passion or proving how smart and “right” we are
- Symbolic, metaphorical, and artful story-telling and persuasion
- Directing energy toward reforming education, building families and communities, and becoming successful entrepreneurs
If the two dominant parties are running roughshod over our freedoms and preventing our voices from being heard, we need only withdraw our consent and cooperation to break their hold over us.
Bryan Hyde is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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