Saturday, May 1, 2010

...the "other guy"

Like a thief in the night, the legend of the “other guy” lives on in America. Who is this “other guy”, who can take the vote from you and cause your candidate to lose? Throughout our history, this legend has run rampant through the campaigns, at all levels of government.

We have all heard the story. That Independent, or third party candidate that has supposedly stole the vote from that good Republican candidate. Of course, that good Republican just happens to lose the election because of the “other guy”.

Not a whisper can be heard of the “other guy” that surpassed the Whig Party. Yes, the Republican (GOP) Party was that “other guy”. Supposedly a constituency of Right of Center. The younger of the two factions of the duopoly.

It is hardly a notion of difference between the actions and inactions of either faction. They both claim to be the peoples' party, yet neither seems to stand strong on the very foundation by which our great nation was founded. They are unwilling to use the all-powerful NO!

Now it seems, I am that “other guy”. My affiliation with the Libertarian Party, the third party, has branded me as such. To this I say, “I am the other guy, and I cannot take your vote. You cast your vote to whom you see fit. The only votes I will receive are those that are cast in my favor. If your vote is cast to my platform, I thank you.”

We the people are the “other guy”. For this, we deserve proper representation. We show redress of our grievances in the election process. If you are not satisfied with the turnout then make the proper changes in the next election. Those in office, at the time of the election will banter, “racist, unpatriotic, and un-American!” We the people know better. We know the truth.

As our representatives have in support of HR 2499, I have opined that we should have a public question placed on the ballot. This question, “Are you satisfied with the current status of government affairs in our nation?” As you have most assuredly guessed, the answer will be an over-whelming NO!

I don't believe that many are satisfied with the current status quo. If there are, I am sure to find out very soon. Our process of election is a sure answer to such matters. If there was ever total satisfaction, there would be no need for elections on a regular basis. Since we are not in the perfect world we must use these elections to make proper change in government affairs.

The 'other guy” has eluded proper establishment throughout history. The time for representation is now. The only true representation seems to be the “other guy”. If you will allow me to expand on the issue, I will venture to show my ideas on this matter with the following:

1)Accountability and Responsibility: The third party candidate will be closely monitored by the constituency (via the duopoly), thus being unable to stray from the campaign platform.
2)Anti-Lobby: The third party candidate would be unwilling and unable to accept gratuities based on voting for special interest. (via the duopoly)
3)Representative Compliance: Essentially an addendum to Accountability and Responsibility; the third party candidate would force accountability and responsibility upon peers (duopoly) in either chamber of government.

Can you see the trend? The “other guy” will be forced to the campaign platform via the duopoly and their scrutiny. They will want to dispose of third party because the “other guy” is obviously anti-establishment. Therefore the accountability and responsibility would be affirmed by virtue of the third party.

I see nothing wrong with this method of accountability. It is about time that proper representation is convened with the traditional authority, We the people...

The “other guy” is the only foreseeable answer to our current situation. So, the next time you see that non-establishment candidate, don't immediately rule out the possibilities. They might just be the perfect fix.

In closing, I would like to provide these words of wisdom:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”.

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