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The 2012 Elections
In the Fall of 2012 the American people rose up, challenged our political system, and changed—absolutely nothing.
In the coming weeks, as we analyze the November 6th election results, and a massive release of congressional-district-level census data that is due in January, strategies will emerge for electing real independents to Congress in 2014 and 2016.
Meanwhile, the principles espoused on these pages remain unchanged. Please explore and respond to these ideas.
New Political Parties
and Independent Politics
Could Save American Democracy
But No One Knows How to Make It Happen
Most Americans seem ready for an overhaul of our political system, but no one alive today has ever done anything like this. It happened only once in American political history—when the Republican Party was born in the 1850s.
So we need to learn how to create effective political independence and third parties in the twenty-first century.
Can We Teach Each Other?
Perhaps we could begin with an incubator where the concepts and principles of new parties and minority political power will be shaped. We need a new kind of think tank—an online think tank—where you and your internet-neighbors are the thinkers.
Why didn't things get better—After the '08 Elections?
Perhaps you expected a different kind of change. The Republican Party lost both houses of Congress in 2006, and the Presidency in 2008, but none of the fundamentals changed.
The divided power we realized after the 2006 election was completely ineffective. It always is. Power divided between the Executive and Legislative Branches tends to fall into perennial deadlock. Nothing really bad happens—but nothing particularly good either. And it always ends, returning eventually to monopoly power.
For two years,we almost had a minority power situation in the Senate. There were 49 Republicans, 49 Democrats, and two independents. If the independents had formed their own coalition, and not voted with the Democrats on Senate organization, perhaps they could have begun the movement to minority power. That didn't happen, of course, because they both voted with the Democratic caucus.
(See the articles on The Principle of Minority Power and The Three-Party Solution)
Then, when we returned to one-party dominance of the entire structure, this time Democratic, all the problems of majority power re-emerged. The leadership vacuum we witnessed in the 110th Congress (2008-2009) was unmitigated in the 111th (2009-2010). And, since the 2010 election, we've been experiencing yet another variation on the two-party theme, with Democrats controlling the Presidency and the Senate—Republicans running the House.
Have you noticed that the net effect is substantially the same through all these variations? Permanent change can't result from a change in major party power. It will require organized effort of a different kind.
Please Speak Up…
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And if you're interested in helping to build the Think Tank,
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